Fun family ‘staycation’ at Four Seasons Singapore

by admin on August 18, 2013

Four Season Singapore Premier Room
Premier Room

Over the Summer, I have been having fun doing some fab one night ‘staycations’ at some luxury family-friendly hotels in Singapore.

The first family-friendly hotel was at Four Seasons Singapore right by Orchard Road. As a travel writer I love taking my family away on holiday, but it was nice to go somewhere only a ten minute taxi away for a change. No long car journeys or flights. Hurray!

Sadly I lost all my photos when my iPhone had a major malfunction, so I’ve had to use hotel stock photos.

One of my favourite luxury hotels is the Four Seasons in Hampshire, back in the UK. It is grand, gorgeous and hugely family-friendly. I was keen to find out whether Four Seasons Singapore would live up to my high expectations.

The destination

Four Seasons Singapore is a luxury hotel located on Orchard Boulevard. For those who don’t know Singapore, it’s in the heart of the main shopping area, so perfect for all you shopaholics out there. Its central location means you have easy access to main attractions too. It might not look much from the outside, but the minute you step through the doors, you are transported to a world of luxury and sophistication. Beautiful flower arrangements adorn the tables while chinese antiques, opulent furnishings, and a rich colour palette of golds, browns and reds feature throughout the hotel.

Pan to a poorly Baby C, who immediately proceeded to have a meltdown in the lobby. Thankfully the only people who seemed bothered were her parents. She soon cheered up when the staff brought out a toy box full of treats.

We stayed

We stayed in a Premier room which had plenty of space, a huge bed and fabulous views. My kids love checking out the rooms (they must get that from me), making sure their beds are bouncy enough and hunting for any treats or food that might be around. They were sold as soon as they saw the cupcakes on the table with their names on, and loved the space in the room too as they could run around. In fact, Miss C asked if we could move to the hotel (I wish!). There was plenty of space to store clothes and cases, but the bath was on the small side. Although there wasn’t a kids’ TV channel, there was a selection of DVDs at the concierge. Miss C picked Happy Feet 2. As usual when we share a room with our kids, we were all asleep by 10 but I hardly slept thanks to a very restless Baby C. A better idea is to get interconnecting rooms or a suite and I loved the Four Season Executive Suite. None of the rooms have balconies.

We ate

The buffet breakfast at 1-Ninety was divine and terribly decadent. I love hotel breakfasts and this was no exception. Our kids were given colouring sheets which occupied them once they’d eaten. The children also ate from the in-ro0m dining menu and there’s also a poolside children’s menu. The fried rice was absolutely delicious and the portions were huge.

I am desperate to try the Four Seasons Sunday brunch which has been highly recommended. Children are fed and entertained while you enjoy your lunch.

For kids

Four Seasons do “child-friendly” exceptionally well and that includes babies too. Our children were warmly welcomed at Four Seasons Singapore, and although there isn’t a kids’ club, they do apparently put on a programme of activities over the holiday periods. The hotel supplied us with a cot and can arrange things like babysitters, bottle warmers and sterilisers as well as DVDs and computer games for older kids.

We did

Not much! We were only there for a short time and wanted to relax, so (despite the rain) we made full use of the outdoor family pool on the 20th floor. We had it all to ourselves too – probably because of the rain. There were pool toys and inflatables so the kids were happy and I spent a lot of time in the hot tub enjoying the views over Singapore.

Tips for things to do with kids in Singapore

For those wanting to get out and about, being in the heart of the city there’s plenty to do in the vicinity for families. Nearby are the Botanic Gardens, where kids can feed the fish and turtles at Swan Lake, or have a play at at the fabulous Jacob’s Ballas Children’s Garden (bring swimmers as there’s a splash area). For parents, there’s a fabulous Orchid Garden. You might spot the orchid named after Kate Middleton who visited with Prince William last year. There’s endless shopping malls including Forum and Paragon which are great for kids and the designer store Kids 21, is right next to the Four Seasons hotel.

Other fun things to do with kids include the open top bus tour, Singapore Flyer, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo & Night Safari and that’s just a few things. If you’re on Orchard Road, take little ones to Cold Stone Creamery near Orchard Central and watch as they create some amazing ice-cream concoctions.

The verdict: 8.5/10

Four Seasons Singapore gets the thumbs up as it is a great hotel for a luxury city break. We had a fabulous time, but although it is a family-friendly hotel there is no kids club. It is popular with business travellers but apparently gets busy with families over holidays. The hotel is still a great place to base your family so you can explore Singapore – especially if you’re interested in shopping. I just wish we had time to try the Cantonese restaurant and the spa, which also has a kids spa menu.

Rates

There is a family package available.

For more information visit Four Seasons Singapore

 

 

{ 2 comments }

Nicola August 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Sounds fabulous, I love the Four Seasons chain. Nothing beats a hotel breakfast. My sister recently visited the Hampshire property, am desperate to get there next time I’m back in the UK!

Yoyo Mom August 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Oh la la! Sounds lovely! Can’t wait to go! Thanks for the info.

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