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Best hotels and resorts for families

When it comes time for a family vacation, there’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort. Here are our picks for the best family-friendly hotels in town

Best for activities

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa

The Amara is tucked away from the more touristy areas and offers a complimentary programme of family-friendly activities, such as the kids’ art jam and family yoga, as well as a range of sports and games. Otherwise, splash around in their four swimming pools, two of which – including the children’s pool – are located in the tropical gardens, one on the rooftop overlooking the South China Sea, and another on Larkhill Terrace reserved for those staying at the suites.

Best for vibrant décor

Festive Hotel

Also located on Sentosa, Festive Hotel is part of Resorts World and close to a range of the resort’s attractions. We love their fun and cheerful decor, too. The Deluxe Family King comes with either a king or twin bed, but it’s also kitted out with a specially-designed loft bed for little ones to live out their treehouse dreams. Their Kids Club is suitable for ages three and above and offers creative activities such as storytelling and art and craft sessions, plus a baby pool. Their babysitting service starts from $40 for two hours.

8 Sentosa Gateway (6577 8899, rwsentosa.com/festivehotel). HarbourFront MRT.

Best for in-room facilities

Swissotel Merchant Court

Swissotel Merchant Court offers stunning views of the Singapore River and skyline, and families with children between the ages of two and 17 can book the Kids Room package, where parents and kids can stay in two adjoined rooms: the side for little ones is equipped with bright beddings, child-friendly amenities such as a step stool and baby bathtubs for toddlers, as well as a whole bunch of entertainment options like toys, games, and even an Xbox. The outdoor swimming pool also boasts of a water slide and a wading pool.

Best for VIP treatment

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

All kids up aged four to 12 are eligible for the Ritz Kids club when they stay at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia, which gives them access to a whole bunch of special treats. These include a welcome drink of iced milo and Oreo cookies, an activity pack, a pass entitling them to a free scoop of ice cream during lunch and dinner, as well as poolside games, amongst others. If it’s their birthday, they will also receive a complimentary birthday badge, cake and special turndown amenities. Babysitting is available from $60-$70 for two hours.

Best for nature lovers

D’kranji farm resort

Located away from the hustle and bustle of the more central areas of town, the resort is surrounded by fields of corn, rice and other plants. Choose from a range of villas including the Elegance Villa, which comes with a jacuzzi, or the Family Suite, comprising two bedrooms with four queen beds and a private karaoke system. Guests can also stroll through the farmlands and admire the abundance of fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, there’s a fishing village, which has a prawning facility and a fish spa – at $7 for 15 minutes, the latter is substantially cheaper than city spa rates. Alternatively, the only Swiftlet Garden Museum in Singapore is also located here, where visitors can learn about the species responsible for the much-prized bird’s nest.