Who doesn't want to be a jetsetter experiencing the entire globe without stressing about the bunch of silly emails that have been keeping your mobile buzzing all day long? I know I'd love to!
The lucky ones are always whisked away on planes so often they don't even purchase toiletries and cosmetics full-sized anymore, while most of us are stuck in a rut.
No (wo)man can function optimally without ever taking a breather. I have absolutely no idea how parents do their thing but just in case you're a parent who's in dire need of chilling with your kids without getting your passports chopped, here's a list of 10 kid-friendly staycation venues GET.com has rounded up for you to make your life just a bit easier!
1. Fullerton Hotel
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Oozing with heritage and sheer grandeur, the Fullerton Hotel may not be the first name that pops into your head when you think about family-friendly staycation spots, but you'll be surprised to learn that The Fullerton Family Package that they offer is quite the deal.
Note that the promotion is only valid till 28 February 2016, so act fast if you're keen on organizing a staycation at The Fullerton!
The Fullerton Family Package is a great choice as your family gets to stay in one of their Heritage Rooms with a daily American buffet breakfast for two adults and two children (below 12 years old) at Town Restaurant.
On top of that you'll be taking home an adorable Fullerton Plush Bear and having the chance to discover Singapore's culture with the Singapore Standard Jubilee Pass when you reserve via their website.
Additionally, children will receive Fullerton's exclusive colouring book with crayons, an ice cream pass for one scoop of ice cream daily at Town Restaurant, delicious cookies, and also a Kodomo amenities set including baby wipes, baby powder, baby lotion and shampoo.
1 Fullerton Square
2. Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
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Thanks to its massive rooms, suites and ultra kid-friendly touches, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the premier luxury options that families can seriously consider spending a fun weekend at. Rooms with two double-beds are available, as are bigger two-bedroom suites.
You'll be happy to know that deluxe rooms come with a King-sized bed for you and your spouse, while a rollaway bed or baby cot can be provided at no extra charge upon request. Bathrobes and slippers in kid and adult sizes are also provided in the room.
Also, babysitting services can be arranged should you be needing that extra service!
Right from the moment your children become Ritz Kids, those between the age of 4-12 are entitled to a cup of Ice Milo and Oreo Cookies at the lobby on weekends, plus they will be issued with an Ice Cream Pass which entitles them to one scoop of ice cream daily at the Pool Bar.
Also, your young ones can embark on a learning adventure with the activity book, stickers and crayons provided! Infants and toddlers will receive a set of mini bath amenities comprising of baby powder, body lotion and shower gel instead.
Want a sweeter deal? Book a staycation during your child's birthday and s/he will receive a complimentary birthday cake, an exclusive Birthday Badge and a special birthday turndown amenity!
Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
3. Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort
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If you are looking for a relaxing beach staycation away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is one spot you should be bookmarking right away.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is literally heaven on earth, especially in the eyes of kids. You also get direct beach access to Siloso Beach from the hotel if you're holed up there!
Boasting a myriad of water slides, a separate kids' pool, an exhilarating splash pad, a ton of activities, arcade games, an outdoor playground and jungle-themed play areas suitable for babies and toddlers, this luxurious beachfront resort is a water paradise for energetic, outdoorsy children. Nobody says the sun, sea, and sand are only for grown ups!
Should you run out of ways to tire your kids out, get them to try out the Flying Trapeze. You'll be glad to know that the you'll be returning to your calming, family-sized room that is spacious enough to accommodate two adults and two kids.
Each room comes with an attached private balcony and a view of the hills, garden, pool or sea so guests can enjoy the lush, natural surroundings.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
101 Siloso Road
4. Hard Rock Hotel
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Here's another family-friendly hotel located on the island of Sentosa. Littered with plenty of rock n' roll nuances, musical touches and memorabilia, the Hard Rock Hotel is especially appealing to families with tweens and teenagers who can better appreciate all these unique touches that make Hard Rock Hotel true to its name.
In case you're wondering, the rooms are done up just over-the-top enough to make staying at the Hard Rock Hotel a super fly experience unlike any other.
Although the rooms aren't as massive as some other family-friendly hotels, the pull-out beds shouldn't dock too many points off the entire staycation experience.
The huge free-form, beautifully landscaped pool in the hotel will definitely keep all water-loving children (and adults) happy while the beach bunnies can soak up the sun and play some volleyball on the private man-made beach within the hotel's compounds. How exciting!
Hard Rock Hotel
Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
5. Festive Hotel
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Also situated on Sentosa island is this 5-star hotel that is big on space and fun altogether. Without a doubt, Festive Hotel has some of the best family rooms in any of the hotels in Singapore.
The humongous rooms are cleverly conceived to consist of separate areas for parents and kids, and can easily accommodate up to 5.
Some rooms come with living areas while others are structured like mini-flats. Children even get the option of sleeping on loft beds.
I would be beyond ecstatic if I were them! Additionally, Festive Hotel boasts an assortment of deluxe amenities, a kids' club, a kids' pool and it offers anything from family-friendly facilities to even babysitting services.
Strategically located next to Resorts World Sentosa, an integrated resort that houses the world's largest oceanarium, S.E.A. Aquarium™, along with Adventure Cove Waterpark™ and Universal Studios Singapore, guests will find plenty to see and do.
And if you'd prefer not to splash out on hotel food, you may want to head over to nearby VivoCity and HarbourFront Centre; the sea of food options available there are really quite breathtaking!
Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
6. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
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This gem of a transit hotel is out of this world. It is too magnificent to even be categorized under the generic "transit hotel" with those drabby ones in other countries.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is a tropical paradise resort that's been conveniently plonked right next to Changi Airport Terminal 3. Did I mention that they're connected? You don't even need to drive, how convenient!
Even though the hotel itself may not be entirely child-friendly with all those fancy kids-approved activities, all that kid-friendliness that you're looking for can be found in the nearby airport terminals.
You can never forget the indoor air-conditioned playgrounds, tall slides, plethora of food and shopping options there, can you?
Honestly, tell me which kid doesn't like the cheap thrill of taking the sky trains back and forth just for the fun of it?
The experience at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is surely one that cannot be replicated elsewhere in Singapore - you get to check yourself and family into a swanky 5-star hotel complete with a strangely therapeutic view of planes taking off, landing and taxiing along the runway all day long.
Children and adults whose hearts are with the soaring planes are bound be extremely stoked! Just make sure you request a room that faces the runway, just to be safe!
Also, the beautifully landscaped swimming pool is gorgeous albeit not very child-friendly compared to some of the other hotel pools mentioned in this article. Be sure to always supervise your kids when they are frolicking in the water!
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
75 Airport Boulevard
7. Rider's Lodge
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If horses, ponies and treasured family time in the lush outback is your idea of an unconventional staycation, consider Rider's Lodge.
Nestled in a colonial building in Turf City, this 40-room hotel has accompanying horse stables and keen riders can participate in horse riding lessons and trail rides.
Your little ones can even try their hand at riding adorable ponies and feeding gentle horses on weekends!
Where else can you get a laid-back staycation experience in the company of mild-natured horses in urban Singapore?
It sure doesn't hurt to breathe fresh air and stray away from the usual stressful lifestyles that we're all so accustomed to.
A word of advice - you may want to book in advance if you're interested in taking your family there for a relaxing getaway because the rooms are very limited!
If you're looking for more choices of kid-friendly activities in the vicinity, The Grandstand at Turf City is just minutes away from Rider's Lodge.
The newly revamped lifestyle mall has plenty to offer your little ones including fun-filled kids' enrichment and play options such as Bricks 4 Kidz, Kiddy Fun and Fidgets World.
100 Turf Club Road
8. D'Kranji Farm Resort
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D'Kranji Farm Resort is another option that is far away from the concrete jungle of Singapore. You will fancy it if you're keen on huddling in nature's arms.
It is Singapore's first and only agritainment farm that offers its visitors a one-of-a-kind staycation experience in a farm setting.
Fret not if you're one of those who can't live without air-conditioning, because the villas overlooking the Kranji countryside are fully air-conditioned.
Isn't it heartening to see your precious kids wonder and marvel at nature's creations instead of glaring iPad screens?
I reckon it makes an enriching experience for them young city dwellers to explore the on-site fruit and vegetable farms and learn about the various fruits and plants that are unique to Singapore, too!
With its unique drive-through check in/out reception, visiting D'Kranji for a family retreat is a breeze.
Take your little ones to the Fishing Village to teach them a thing or two about fishing and prawning.
Note that equipment rental charges apply! Also, if your kids would like to embark on even more exploration, the Hay Dairies Goat Farm and Jurong Frog Farm are also a short drive away.
D'Kranji Farm Resort
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2
9. D'Resort @ Downtown East
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Located far away from the busy city precinct, this considerably new establishment at Downtown East provides a refreshing, fuss-free respite for families and children.
D'Resort @ Downtown East is Singapore's first nature-inspired resort with an integrated Wild Wild Wet water park experience.
From complementary activities at eXplorerkid to child-friendly and elderly-friendly amenities, their family-oriented rooms are designed with every family member in mind.
Children would love the themed family rooms offered where you get to pick from the Amazonian Jungle or Underwater themed rooms. They also have one room specially designed with an M&M's theme!
Parents will definitely be pleased to know that your LinkPoints can be used to offset the costs of many activities at Downtown East!
A special kids' check-in counter, welcome pack and a specially-prepared treasure box full of surprises are some extra touches to keep your little ones bubbly and excited.
Additionally, if attractions remain closed for more than 30 minutes due to rain, they'll re-validate tickets for use within the next 60 days.
*Note: eXplorerkid is closed for renovation from 12 Oct 2015 to 31 Mar 2016
D'Resort @ Downtown East
1 Pasir Ris Close
10. Swissotel Merchant Court
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The Swissotel at Merchant Court has bedrooms that are specifically tailored for kids. Each child-friendly bedroom is beautifully furnished with bright bed linen, age-appropriate toys, DVDs, books and games.
In case you're wondering, the kids' rooms are sub-categorized according to ages 0-5 for babies and toddlers, ages 6-12 for young children, and ages 13-17 for teenagers.
Each kid's room includes family-friendly amenities and a range of entertainment options that the entire family can enjoy together.
The idyllic swimming pool equipped with water slides and a wading area is especially popular with children!
If you ever need a temporary nanny, the hotel offers babysitting services at a small fee.
Parents should also be very pleased to know that the delightful kids' room is adjoint to theirs, so that makes it so much easier for you to keep an eye on your children. And if you want some privacy with your spouse, all you need is to click the lock!
*Note: The Swissotel Merchant Court is currently undergoing refurbishment on weekdays between 9am-6pm, except public holidays. Guest facilities including their resort-style pool and 24-hours gym remain fully operational.
Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Road
**All information is accurate as of 12 Nov 2015.
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