In December 2018, the Martini family took a trip to Singapore. The flights were great with Singapore Airlines; plenty of entertainment for the kids and big kids as well as great kids meals (which Dad was eagerly eyeing off!).
We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment in the Singapore Orchard Parksuites and the space was fantastic; having a full kitchen, laundry, dining room and lounge room in addition to the bedrooms made our holiday very comfortable. The ability to have breakfast in the apartment, instead of having to get 3 children ready before heading out made a big difference to our stress levels (because let’s face it, holidaying with young children always comes with a level of stress!). Or, if the kids were tired, we would have dinner in the room and an early bedtime – hello flexibility!. The location was also fantastic, right across the road from ION Orchard Shopping Centre and Wasma Atria Shopping Centre and the plethora of shops that is Orchard Road!
We did quite a lot while in Singapore, including Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay and the Domes, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Aquarium, and Trickeye Museum. For those that don’t know what Trickeye is, it’s a fantastic place located on Sentosa, with interactive picture and sculpture set-ups which come to life when looking at them through your phone or iPad. Make sure to install the Trickeye app and you can record to your heart’s content!
Some of the things we learned from this trip are:
- When travelling with young kids, stay at a place with a good pool and kids area. The kids will relish in the ability to cool off from Singapore’s humidity (and so will you!).
- Kids under 8 are not always as interested in visiting the typical touristy things as adults; they just want to swim in the pool!
- Make sure to plan ahead and don’t plan too much for one day (so there’s more pool time, of course!).
- The humidity can, and most likely, will affect you and the family. Bring plenty of drinking water when out and about.
Also noteworthy, choose your flight times based on when your kids are at their best. There’s no point taking a 5:30pm flight that lands at 11:00pm to save you a few dollars. By the time you get off the plane, go through customs, get to your hotel etc it will be very late and, if your kids aren’t good sleepers and are grumpy as a result, it’s not going to be a fun arrival! But you know your kids better than anyone, so think about what works for them and plan your trip accordingly.
A family holiday should be about fun and enjoyment, and you can’t do that if you’re stressed out the whole time!
If you and your family are interested in a family holiday to Singapore, then please contact us! We can help you find the best, and most suitable, deal for you and your family as well as offering you firsthand guidance when it comes to travelling with young children.