Sentosa Island is bit of a Singaporean kids’ central. Home to some of its best beaches and too many world class family-friendly attractions to mention, the action-packed island playground already has long had my kids hooked, but with the brand-new Village Hotel Sentosa upping the ante on family fun, they’ve become raving fans.
Here we share why we think families should stay at Village Hotel Sentosa with kids.
1. The location is unbeatable
The Village Hotel Sentosa is located right in the heart of Sentosa right alongside Imbiah Station, and just minutes from Palawan beach and numerous kid-friendly attractions, resulting in whinge-free offspring from morning to night.
2. They treat children like VIKs (Village Important Kids)
From the minute they check-in at the crayon strewn VIK priority check-in counter and sign their lives away on the proffered forms, the kids are made to feel very special indeed. Sadly, it doesn’t mean they are picking up the tab, but it certainly makes them feel involved.
3. They offer family rooms with a view
The Village Hotel Sentosa offers three room types. We’re staying in a Deluxe Family Room, which is essentially two delightfully light and bright rooms with connecting doors that offer the option of privacy or an open plan. The rooms rock a cool Scandinavian style and there are lovely sea views from both rooms. In fact there’s two of just about everything, including bathrooms (there’s a tub in the master bedroom). There are even separate controls for the air conditioning, so I can enjoy the cool, while my heat seeking mini missiles can sweat it up next door.
4. The in room TV is kid AND parent friendly
Two TVs means the kids can tune in to The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, while I settle back to watch a movie of my choice. i.e. one that is neither animated nor superhero-studded, something I’d almost forgotten even existed.
5. They offer kids amenities on request
Every young guest (up to the age of 12) staying in a Family Room can access unique amenities – this could be anything from baby cots and toiletries (for younger guests) to traditional Singaporean games like chapteh (a weighted shuttlecock that is kept in the air using the feet) and the kid-sized bathrobes that my two are partial to swanning about in.
6. They’ve got green cred
In every room you’ll find a genius Hyflux Filtered Water Tap so parents can do their bit to protect the environment whilst keeping their offspring watered. There’s also a collapsible reusable cup to take out to save on single use waste.
7. They offer a daily scavenger hunt for kids
Every morning at 9am the kids (and their adults) can join a guide on a fun and engaging scavenger hunt at Sentosa Nature Discovery where they can look and learn about Sentosa’s flora and fauna.
8. The pool deck is extra
Let’s be honest, the absolute highlight of the Village Hotel’s is its epic Pool Deck, which offers a choice of themed pool experiences for all ages. Younger visitors will love the Children’s Play Pool with its mini water slides and fountains, but the cleverly terraced Adventure Pool is my kids favourite.
Dotted with social pods that mimic tiny islands, yet huge enough that they can enjoy a little space, they spend much of their day submerged in it. Me? I’m more about the gorgeous adults only Pamukkale with its sea views and pool bar. Happy hour anyone?
9. There’s a lazy river
Raffles and Sugarpuff are all about grabbing their inflatable donuts to float around the Village Hotel Sentosa’s leafy Lazy River. With its luxuriant foliage, rain curtains and fountains, they manage to turn every lap (and they make many) into an imaginative giggle-punctuated adventure.
10. There are heaps of fun activities on weekends
From face painting and balloon sculpting to organised pool games and al fresco family movie nights with beanbags and free popcorn by the pool, there are plenty of activities on offer on weekends at the Village Hotel Sentosa with kids of all ages and stages in mind. There are activities for mum and dad too with Aqua Zumba classes in the Pamukkale Pool. Though personally I prefer to exercise my arms lifting cocktails at the pool bar.
11. The Natives are friendly (and tasty)
My kids couldn’t think of a better way to start a day than ransacking the amazing buffet at the hotel’s Native Kitchen, which offers everything from cereal and pastries to eggs made to order and a nasi lemak station that Raffles practically glues himself to. The restaurant goes deliciously à la carte for lunch and dinner with an island-inspired menu that is as fabulous as the friendly service. For more on the delicious dining at Native Kitchen check out Raff’s detailed review.
12. They’ve made it easy to refuel
To prevent wastage there are no tea or coffee bags in rooms, but there’s a free supply station on every floor with everything you need, including ice. You’ll also find vending machines stocked with cup noodles, crisps, sweet treats and beverages.
There’s also grab-and-go snacks, ice creams and barista coffee at Supply depot in the lobby and the super cute Happy Camper, a vintage VW food truck, is the spot for poolside burgers, hot dogs and light snacks. Plus brand new dining area, “The Mess Hall”, offering 15 culinary options is opening soon.
13. It’s just a bridge away from Kidzania
The resort is connected to Kidzania by a walking bridge, so your kids can get their adult on as they enjoy their grown-up dream jobs in the kid-sized city while you kick back with a coffee.
14. There’s plenty to see and do nearby
Those families in the mood for a little sand and sea will find pretty Siloso and Palawan Beach just a few minutes’ walk or a short tram ride away. It’s also just a short stroll to Universal Studios Singapore with its seven themed zones of cutting-edge rides, fun shows and epic attractions. Kids can unleash their inner superheroes at Madame Tussauds Singapore’s Marvel 4D Experience, race their way down the skyline luge, take a joyride on a giant swing, and zip across the island on the Singapore Cable Car to Mount Faber for amazing views.
By night Sentosa is just as fun, and the incredible Wings of Time is a short tram ride from the Village Hotel Sentosa, making it simple for easily tired little visitors to enjoy the must see spectacular of water, laser, fire and music.
15. They’ve made Singapore simple to explore
The Village Resort offers a shuttle service available at every 30-minute interval between VivoCity and the hotel, making Singapore City’s major attractions and shopping destinations easily accessible by taxi, public buses and MRT.
Village Hotel Sentosa
10 Artillery Ave,
+65 6722 0800
Disclosure: We stayed as guests of Village Hotel Sentosa but all pool frolicking, face stuffing, out and abouting and opinion making remains our own.