Singapore family-friendly staycation deal: The Fullerton Hotel

By Elisa Chia   — October 27, 2017
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    A staycation at The Fullerton Hotel? We knew it would be a surreal experience that no other hotels in Singapore can offer.

    This was, after all, the stately building that has witnessed historical moments since 1928. 

    So when the hotel introduced a value-for-money family staycation package, we grabbed the deal and packed our bags.

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    To get more mileage out of the package, we were recommended to sign up for a guided heritage tour – and we did, even before we checked into our room.

    This started from The Fullerton Heritage Gallery which has exhibits and hands-on fun for visitors to learn more about its illustrious history.

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    Here, we learnt that this property, previously known as Fullerton Building, was also where pioneer leaders, such as the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, Lee Kuan Yew and S.R. Nathan, began or progressed in their careers.

    “The guestroom you’re sleeping in tonight could have been Mr Lee’s former office,” our guide Bill said, half in jest.

    The building was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in 2015.

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    Bill also brought us around the building and highlighted many Instagram-worthy photo opportunities – not just because of the grand neoclassical architecture, but also the stories behind it.

    The one-hour free tour, which is also open to non-hotel guests, ended at the rooftop bar where we enjoyed this spectacular view. 

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    By now, we were eager to relax in our Straits Club Premier Quay room.

    The attentive staff had added an extra bed for my two children, as well as kid-size bathrobes and bedroom slippers.

    During the check-in, they were each given an activity book and an ice-cream pass. Yes, kids would feel like royalty here. 

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    And look, we found toiletries from Bottega Veneta in the bathroom. How luxe!

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    We could chillax in our room’s bathtub, but we would much prefer to take a dip in this 1.2m-deep infinity pool, which is set against a majestic backdrop of Doric columns.

    Here, we also enjoyed views of bumboats cruising on the Singapore River.

    Related: Staycation review: Ritz Kids Night Safari at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

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    Another precious experience for the kids? Going in and out of the revolving door!

    Few properties in Singapore have such doors now, so this became perfect Boomerang moments, too.

    Related: Singapore hotel review video: M Social Singapore

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    Before checking out, we tried the Sunday brunch buffet at Town Restaurant on the ground floor, where the hotel’s bear mascots came to say “hi”. 

    The buffet, from noon to 3pm, features a lavish spread of seafood such as lobsters and oysters, as well as roasts and Asian dishes.

    Related: 5 family-friendly Sunday brunches you must try

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    An observant staffer noticed that my five-year-old was getting restless after having his fill and offered to usher him to a playroom.

    Located in the basement, this was converted from a function room. An external vendor conducts activities, such as face-painting and balloon-sculpting, here every Sunday. 

    The room also has a food corner, where kids can refuel with mini burgers, pasta and pastries while they play. 

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    And yes, we did say earlier that it’s a value-for-money family staycation package. Guess what?

    It includes admission tickets to Adventure Cove Waterpark, as well as one-hour Gogreen Segway/e-scooter rental for four people.

    Our room category also gave us access to the Straits Club lounge where we could enjoy champagne breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

    Related: 10 most family-friendly hotels in Asia

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    How much Rates for the Fullerton Family package start from $478++ per day.

    Find out more www.fullertonhotel.com

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