A Singapore Holiday w Kids
A Singapore Holiday w Kids

A Singapore Holiday w Kids

Singapore for Families

Our Singapore holiday starts with a two night stay at Sentosa Island.  Sentosa is an integrated resort island which is home to a multitude of fun parks, beaches, restaurants, shops and a casino.  There is literally entertainment for all ages and accommodation choices for every budget. The island is attached to Singapore city via a bridge, so getting to the island is no more difficult than a taxi ride.

Festive Hotel Sentosa

Festive Hotel Sentosa Island

To accommodate the family we needed to book two rooms at the Festive Hotel. A family of two adults and two small children would have easily fit in the family room, but we also had a teenager to accommodate.

Festive Hotel Sentosa Island

Festive Hotel Family Room

Our best choice was to book an additional double room next door for the older and younger son, whilst hubby I stretched out in the family room.  The family room consisted of a very comfy queen bed and a double size upper bunk bed tucked away in an alcove for Anais.

Festive Hotel Sentosa

Festive Hotel Sentosa

Included in our tariff was entrance to Universal studios, Adventure Cove Water Park and Underwater World Aquarium. We also received tickets for the buffet breakfast each day for the family. Once on the island the monorail system and shuttles buses are free, so we were able to jump on and off transport easily while exploring.

Sentosa Boardwalk Puppy Sculpture

Sentosa Boardwalk Puppy Sculpture

For our first night on the island we decided we would have a walk around with a vague aim to end up at Vivo, the huge shopping mall at the edge of the island.

Sentosa Boardwalk Flower

Sentosa Boardwalk Flower

Even in the heat, it was an easy walk, as there were plenty of things to look at along the way, and most of the boardwalk was a moving footpath.

Sentosa Boardwalk Butterfly

Sentosa Boardwalk Butterfly

Each time we came up to another of these designs the kids would  pose for a photo… sometimes I think I may take a few too many photos of them… they have all the poses.

Sentosa Boardwalk Palm Tree

Sentosa Boardwalk Palm Tree

We wandered a little longer and found the “Malaysian Eat Street.” This is actually an indoor food court which is set out like a miniature city.  Each miniature building houses a food vendor.

Malaysian Eat Street Sentosa

Malaysian Eat Street

It seemed like an easy dinner option, and by this time we were happy to once again be in the air conditioning.

Eat Street @ Sentosa

Eat Street @ Sentosa

After a lap around the food stalls we decided to select a few share dishes. I chose a set plate which include a beef curry with saffron rice, pappadam and a vegetable side dish.

Eat Street Indian Curry

Eat Street Indian Curry

The curry was deliciously rich and spicy, it had so much heat!  I love hot curries and it was a pleasant change to have it made perfectly.

Eat Street Noodles w Prawns

Eat Street Noodles w Prawns

The noodles were chosen for the children, I was surprised to find this was another VERY spicy dish.  Anais was red faced but she continued to eat the noodles.  I don’t know if she particularly liked the flavour of the noodes or whether she was starving but either way she decimated the dish.  I had to prise it away for even a mouthful.

Food from Sentosa Eat Street

Beef Noodle Soup

Tylor chose his own dish.  A noodle soup which was gelatinous and rich.  I had a taste but the texture really didn’t do it for me.  He and Mr GG enjoyed it though.

Sentosa Boardwalk

Sentosa Boardwalk

With satisfied bellies we continued our walk to Vivo shopping mall.  We still needed to buy sunscreen, and I always like looking at the different types of snack foods in foreign supermarkets.

Sentosa Retro Retail Store

Sentosa Retro Retail Store

I was also interested in doing a little window shopping. I love finding cute things that you don’t see at home. The chairs in this retro styled store caught my attention, it would be great to take one home but I don’t think it would fit in my carry on! The store also had a set of electronic kitchen scales, with a kitsch retro picture under the glass weighing plate, I would have loved these too.

Vivo Singapore Hello Kitty

Vivo Singapore Hello Kitty

Anais spotted a very “pink” store and made a beeline to the “Hello Kitty”” merchandise. Again everything was so cute. It took a lot of bribing to get her out without a huge pink pillow!

Further inside the mall there was a mix of  expensive restaurants and cheap fast food options, there was also another “Eat Street” style of establishment called Food Republic which looked interesting. As we walked past one of the restaurants I became mesmerized by the hand pulling of noodles.

Hand Pulled Noodles

Hand Pulled Noodles

I found that hand pulled noodles were introduced to China over 400 years ago during the Ming Dynasty.  Chefs stretch and pull the noodles repeatedly until they achieve perfectly formed, springy noodles. It is a amazing to watch!

Sentosa by night

Sentosa Island by night

I could have happily stayed lost for days in Vivo but the children were getting tired. It had been a long day given we started the day at the Gold Coast.  We made our way to the exit and found that it was already dark!  The restaurants we had looked at earlier had the most amazing view of all the lights.

Sentosa Cable Car

Sentosa Cable Car

The cable cars above the island continued to run and were lit beautifully. The warmth of the night and the gorgeous light gave the island a magical feel.

Sentosa Boardwalk lightinging

Sentosa Boardwalk lightinging

Nearing the end of the boardwalk were these brightly coloured lighting columns.  he attention to detail and beauty here is amazing.

Sentosa Boardwalk lighting

Coloured Columns Lighting the way on Sentosa Island

Tomorrow is a day at Universal Studios for the kids… and big kids 😉

Resort World

Festive Hotel

Sentosa Island Resort

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Comments

  1. Everything looks great, and I love the night pictures!!!

    The room looks very comfortable, I love when a hotel room lives up to expectations.

    And I think you can never take enough pictures of the kids. 🙂 Have fun at Universal.

  2. What a gorgeous hotel my friend, so colourful and innovative in design 😀
    And I love your photos of this trip!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Your hotel room looks so fun. Even I’d enjoy staying there! Sentosa Island is definitely family friendly, and look at the view at night. Gorgeous! Hope you’re having a fabulous time! Universal is awesomeeeeee! Loved the rollercoasters 😛

  4. I LOVED Sentosa. What a lovely hotel you guys stayed at!

  5. I really like Singapore and you’re right – it’s a terrific place to get out and enjoy how beautiful everything is. The kids are cute and that cubby bunk is very clever.

  6. You look like you guys are having such a great time! And the food…don’t get me started, it’s so delicious! 😀

  7. I have to say that the hotel looks super cool! I haven’t been back to Singapore in donkey years! So much has changed!

  8. I so want to go back there! It’s such a lovely place and the food is AMAZING! Sentosa island was lots of fun for the whole family and we really enjoyed our time there for sure 🙂

  9. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

  10. You took so many beautiful pictures to capture a truly memorable family vacation. Love that room at Sentosa Island. {sigh…} I’m longing for a getaway…I better start savin’ my pennies. 🙂

  11. Fascinating, Julie! I’ve always been intrigued by Singapore. Reportedly one of the cleanest cities in the world…All your photos could be the pages of a travel brochure…And the shrimp and noodles dish looks delectable!

    P.s. If you ever travel to Southern California and need a babysitter for Anais, please look me up!. She sounds like the ideal daughter – into pink, Hello Kittys and not fussy about food =)

    • Lol Ninja, I will definitely hold you to that 😉 I am very lucky, all the kids are so easy to travel with… it is obviously in their genes 😉

  12. Ahh, there’s a place in Paris which makes fresh, hand-pulled noodles. It’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch, isn’t it?!

    What lovely photos… I’ve always wanted to go to Singapore… sounds like such a lovely country. That hotel as well – check that out! How cool is that?!

  13. Where was my invite?! Omg that bunk bed is awesome- sounds like the perfect getaway 🙂 Thanks for bringing us along on your travels.

  14. Love all the pics and looks like a great family vacation 🙂 Love the beef curry pic too!!Have a great holiday 🙂

  15. What fab pictures! The curry got my attention first but then the hotel room looks so cool! You have a beautiful family Julie.:)

  16. My sister left for Singapore today – these pics just made me even more jealous lol

  17. Just the type of post I love, it makes me feel as if I know what to do and where to go with the kids, great. And lots of photos. Look forward to reading about the rest of your trip next.

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