Did you know: there are 5 long weekends coming right up in Singapore? Since long-haul flights with your kids can be stressful, why not take this opportunity to see all that the little red dot has to offer instead? Mark down the following dates on your calendars so you can start planning your holidays right away:
- Chinese New Year (8 & 9 Feb)
- Good Friday (25 Mar)
- Labour Day (1 May)
- Hari Raya Haji (12 Sep)
- Christmas Day (25 Dec)
Of course, what better way to spend these holidays than with endless sunshine, tropical temperatures, and stunning views! Team Expat brings you 5 kid-friendly family getaways that you definitely need to know for the 5 long weekends ahead:
1. Telunas Resorts (Sugi Island, Indonesia)
Prices start at IDR 750k++ for a Deluxe Room on Telunas Beach Resort and IDR 2000k++ on Telunas Private Island
Located roughly 3 hours away from Singapore, the beauty of Telunas Resorts lies in the fact that you don’t require a plane ticket to get there. The resorts are divided into 2 options: Telunas Private Island (the luxury option) and Telunas Beach Resort—there’s even a page listing comparisons between the two! Expect lots of sunshine, tranquillity, breath-taking views, and exciting activities fit for your kids, and the high standard of service that comes with a resort that was awarded TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2015.
2. Pulau Joyo (Bintang Island, Indonesia)
Prices start at SGD 350++ for 2 nights’ stay in an Individual Villa and SGD 4000++ for the Whole Island for 2 nights’ stay
With the option to book the whole island, if you’ve read Robinson Crusoe, this is your chance to experience life like its eponymous hero! Billed as your classic Robinson Crusoe Island, Pulau Joyo is anything but—it’s equipped with every luxury, and superb food and wine; so you can stop worrying about scavenging. The island does, however, come with white sand beaches and clear blue sea, and if you’re more of an indoors person, there’s a Pool Pavilion. To get there, you would need to catch a public ferry to Tanjungpinang, and journey time is about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
3. D’Kranji Farm Resort (Singapore)
Prices vary according to villa size
If your kids prefer a more hands-on experience for family getaways, why not schedule a visit to D’Kranji Farm Resort? Here, you can experience fruit picking, fishing and bird watching—basically all the excitement of country life with additional perks such as air-conditioning, hearty meals served in-house as well as spa and massage amenities. Even better, Singapore’s sole agritainment farm is located at Lim Chu Kang, and you can get there either by driving or via public transport!
Prices vary according to type of tent suites
Nothing bonds a family more than camping, but if your spouse and kids are adverse to the idea of no toilets, we have the perfect solution: Glamping! Glamping combines the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’, to elevate the outdoor activity to luxurious heights. At The Canopi, you and your kids can go on nature walks, jungle and farm tours, kayaking, riding on an ATV, wakeboarding, stargazing—the list is endless! You’ll be excited to know that Treasure Bay Bintan, where The Canopi is located, is home to the largest Southeast Asia crystal lagoon—among the top 10 in the world! The Canopi Resort is an hour’s ride via ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and 5 minutes away from Bintan jetty.
5. LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel (Nusajaya, Johor)
Prices for hotel rooms range according to room type; Theme park tickets start at RM81 for early bird bookings for 1 Day Theme Park
Want your kids to indulge in their love of Legos without you having to go through moments of pain a.k.a. stepping on a Lego brick at home? Then you and your kids will love spending the weekend at the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort! All the guest rooms at the LEGOLAND Malaysia hotel are themed, so your family can choose from one of three popular LEGO lines—Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure. Each rooms come with two separate sleeping areas: A king-size bed for grown-ups, and a separate area for up to three little ones, complete with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed and their very own TV! If that’s not fun enough, don’t forget that you can spend the whole day at the theme park next door; with so many themed worlds to explore, there’s bound to be something for everyone in the family.
Last but not least, for more fun kid-friendly family getaways that are closer to your home away from home, check out these 10 new Singapore attractions you won’t want to miss out on for more family-friendly activities!
Have we missed out on any other great family-oriented getaways? Feel free to share your experiences with us in the comments below. Here’s to long weekends and more quality time for all expat families!
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