I was recently contacted by Singapore Airlines to celebrate the launch of the new children’s storybook Lost in Singapore. The book has been written by British-born Matthew Cooper and is beautifully illustrated by Hong-Kong artist, Candice Phang. If you have children who love trains, planes, bikes, local sights and parrots, then they will love this book which is also available to purchase on board.
When his pet parrot, Sid, takes to the skies, Ben Wong chases after him in a fun-packed adventure that takes him the length and breadth of Singapore in hot pursuit of his feathered friend. Ben hops on trains, pops to the airport, and even finds himself cycling in Pulau Ubin, all with his eyes to the sky on the lookout for Sid.
This book transported me right back to this time last year when we travelled to Singapore for the first time. To be honest, Singapore had never been on my radar until I visited and my eyes were opened. Quite honestly, Singapore is an incredible family travel destination. I have become quite taken with the country.
Everything is thoughtfully designed here, with an eco-friendly consideration. There is a calmness of the place. No pushing on the streets and even the public transport is so efficient, you don’t even need a timetable. The MRT runs every 5 minutes. It is a whole away from London.
I would highly recommend flying with is Singapore Airlines. Genuinely, one of the best flights we have ever had. Children as young as two years old can enrol in the KrisFlyer frequent flyer programme and are also eligible to qualify for the PPS Club membership, which is exclusive to customers who frequently travel in premium classes.
Seating for children is clever and Singapore Airlines provide approved car-type child seats and FAA-approved child harnesses for children under three. In May 2010, Singapore Airlines introduced the CAREs Child Hardness on board, a suitable alternative to a child car seat. There are also a number bassinets (beds specifically for babies and located in the bulkhead rows), which support a maximum weight of 14kg.
If you are considering a holiday to Singapore with Singapore Airlines, here are some of the amazing things we enjoyed:-
Stay - The St. Regis Singapore
On the fringe of Orchard Road, this hotel offers easy access to the city’s sprawling malls, with both the Orchard MRT station and the lush Singapore Botanic Garden just an eight-minute stroll away.
The St. Regis is a family friendly hotel. We saw lots of children and babies enjoying breakfast in a relaxed and calm environment. The service, overall, was impeccable here. Butlers, who are assigned to all rooms and suites, are well trained to attend every need including packing/unpacking your luggage and whipping up a pot of hot chocolate for the kids upon arrival. Baby cots are complimentary, while families with infants receive baby shampoo, lotion, powder and wet tissues. Children above the age of two are gifted with bathrobes and bedroom slippers.
The Remède spa has five treatment rooms and also features a Finnish sauna, ice fountain and a steam chamber. Other facilities include a pool and tennis court. There are six food and drinking spots so you’ll never be far away from enjoying any type of food you could think of. On one occasion as we were walking out of the bar, Barry Manilow walked in. If it is good enough for Barry, then you know are onto a winning hotel.
See – Gardens by the Bay
Truly, one of the most amazing spectacles I have ever seen in my life. A multi-award winning horticultural destination that spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, and is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden. There are two domes with man-made natural environments within them. The bonus of visiting these domes is that they are cool environments so offer refreshing relief from the heat. Take a light cardigan or scarf in with you.
As darkness falls, the nightly Rhapsody Sound and Light Show comes to life. This also is a must see. The 16-storey, solar energy harvesting towers wrapped in climbing plants and flowers and glowing lights changed colours in harmony with each other. It was very pretty.
Explore – Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo is often regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, and a day here is an absolute must see. Set in a natural rainforest environment, the Singapore Zoo is a model example of an ‘open zoo’ concept. Home to over 2,530 animals from 315 species.
Old-fashioned oppressive cages are notably absent here, and in their place animals dwell in spacious, green, landscaped enclosures separated from visitors by concealed moats, or in glass-fronted enclosures.
One of the highlights of a visit here is enjoying the Singapore Zoo breakfast with the orang utans. A generous breakfast buffet is laid on, and the orang utans usually swing by for some breakfast of their own and to pose for photos with the crowd around at 9.30am. Hands down, one of the best zoos I have ever visited.
Dine – At the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands Hotel
You’ve probably seen photos of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel online and to be honest, the photographs are impressive. It is even more impressive up close. This breath taking structure consists of three massive columns and the surfboard shaped top with the infinity pool. Yes, you heard that right.
Developed at a cost of $8 billion Singapore Dollars, the triple-towered, 55-storey Moshe Safdie-designed mega property fronting the Marina Bay is reportedly the most expensive stand-alone integrated resort property ever built.
The hit broadway musical Aladdin will be staged at Marina Bay Sands in July 2019 - the first time the English version is being performed in Asia. The production, which promises to be a dazzling visual spectacle, will feature 40 tonnes of exotic flying scenery, 60 tonnes of automation and staging, and hundreds of glittering costumes with 1,225 different fabrics, 712 different styles of beads and nearly 500,000 Swarovski crystals. Not to be missed!
Book a table in advance at CÉ LA VI Restaurant and SkyBar which is perched on top of Marina Bay Sands on level 57, CÉ LA VI offers you breath taking 360 degree panoramic views of the city skyline and Singapore Strait to enhance your dining experience with delicious Asian cuisine. SkyBar offers unparalleled views of Singapore from a stunning rooftop bar sitting centre stage. I would struggle to find a better location to enjoy a French Martini.
Book your family flight with Singapore Airlines or it's sister airline SilkAir which flies to 100 destinations in the 35 countries. To find out more, head to www.singaporeairlines.com.
This blog post is brought to you in collaboration with Singapore Airlines but all content are honest and my own.