Most hotel staycations are fun for the adults and leave the kids uninspired. This iconic Singapore hotel has had a make over, especially for kids – and we review the results.
Staycation spot: Shangri La Hotel, Singapore
Staycationer: Jacqui Young
The ninth floor of the Tower Wing of the Shangri-La Hotel has been transformed, and it’s now fully dedicated to family travellers. There are 19 Deluxe Family Rooms suitable for families of two adults and two children up to 12 years old, plus a choice of five different Themed Family Suites.
We stayed in the latter over the Easter break, and the kids went wild over the amazing Safari-themed bed and room, complete with desk, books and squishy bean bags, and a cute connecting tunnel between their room and ours. Other themes available include Treetop, Castle, Underwater and Space. These can also be joined to deluxe rooms for larger families.
The suites are very roomy – 72 square metres, complete with seating space and two bathrooms, the larger one designed especially for children and complete with additional shelving and storage space, a deep vanity sink, a baby bath, and space for nappy changing. There are also kids’ toiletries, toothbrushes and hooded towels.
The parents’ room, meanwhile, houses a great pantry with an induction heater, a sink and a large refrigerator. Every detail around travelling with babies and kids has been carefully thought out. A family concierge is on hand to look after you during your stay, offering a range of exceptional childcare amenities from Stokke – including car seats for airport transfers, strollers, travel cots and high chairs as well as smaller comfort items such as bath-time toys, bibs, thermometers, potties, nappy bins and sterilisers. These are available upon request before and during your stay, and at the hotel’s restaurants to ensure families travel light, check in fast and dine in comfort.
This January saw the opening of one of the best play spaces I’ve seen in Singapore, Buds by Shangri-La, an interactive indoor and outdoor play space spanning 2,150 square metres, and which is complimentary for hotel guests.
There is so much to do here and our kids just loved it, from the themed activities for budding artists, to a fully equipped kitchen with cooking classes and a mini music studio.
If that’s all too much, they can just run and let off steam in the play area adorned with climbing frames, slides and ball pools. There’s also a specially designed toddler zone for the under fours, with swings and slides, a piano floor and soft wall buttons that produce animal sounds along with vintage kiddie rides and a ball pit, and even a gorgeous café for parents to chill.
The fun extends outdoors, where kids can play make-believe inside a giant pirate ship structure offering challenging climbs and slides, and a water-play zone with splash pads. If that’s not enough, they can also enjoy the huge swimming pool and beautiful grounds.
The Waterfall café is great for families. It’s based at the poolside with indoor or alfresco dining, some lovely food choices and exceptional service. Everything is made so comfortable at the Shangri-La – we really didn’t want to leave.
• Buds is also open daily to non-hotel guests (from $28), from 9am to 9pm for the indoors area, and 9am to 7pm for the outdoors area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6213 4833 for more info.
• Themed Family Suites start from $900 per night, and Deluxe Family Rooms from $430.
• Bookings can be made by emailing email@example.com or by phone or via the hotel website.
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