If you want to go on a nice family staycation but want to save money at the same time, consider booking a weekend at one of the resorts or chalets in Singapore, instead of a fancy hotel.
Most of the chalets in Singapore are located near beaches as well so your kids will have heaps to do to keep themselves occupied.
Chalets are also quite affordable and when divided up between family members, can cost about $20 per person. Plus, if you want, you could even cook an entire BBQ meal.
What you must know about booking a chalet
- Peak: Dec 2019
- Off-peak: April 2020
- All prices quoted are for the cheapest available rooms, for the general public (non-members).
- Prices can fall below the quoted off-peak price if the resort is not able to rent out the rooms close to the date.
- Prices can rise above normal peak pricing during school holidays and public holidays.
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Top tip for booking chalets in Singapore
When making a booking for chalets in Singapore, check if the chalet has placed listings on sites like Agoda.com or Booking.com, where you might be able to get discounted rates, especially for last-minute bookings. There are also promo codes and credit card promotions on Agoda you can take advantage of.
Right now, both Aranda Country Club and D’resort have listings on Agoda.
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D’Resort @ Downtown East (Off-peak prices from $103 per night)
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This Pasir Ris chalet is located in the Downtown East area, which is perfect if your goal is to go cycling at Pasir Ris or East Coast Park, or spend a day splashing around at Wild Wild Wet water park.
Unlike the East Coast chalets of yore, D’Resort is new and modern, as it reopened just last year after five years of redevelopment. You can choose from themed family rooms that come with activities for kids to enjoy: The Rainforest Room starts from $180 per night in December 2019 (peak-period), but can go as low as $102.70 during non-peak seasons.
They have family themed rooms with a queen bed and a bunk bed starting from $280.50 per night in December 2019. Cots are available too, which is perfect for families with young babies. Last we checked, rooms are limited. Call in to check available dates.
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
CSC @ Changi (off-peak prices from $225 per night)
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CSC stands for Civil Service Club, but to the majority of Singaporeans who aren’t in the civil service, they’re still good places for cheap chalets, bowling and KTV.
They operate two chalets in Changi, CSC Changi I and CSC Changi II, previously known as Aloha Changi chalet. The cheapest chalets are at Changi I. Changi II operates mainly cottages and seafront chalets which are pricier. The CSC also operates the Aloha Loyang chalet.
Many of these chalets have an actual view of the sea and, while simply furnished, are very spacious, and a decent starting point if you wish to explore the Changi area.
If you are a civil servant, you get discounted rates too! Check out the price list on the official CSC website.
Do note that the public must book chalets up to 60 days, which means you can’t plan ahead for more than two months.
Address: 2 Netheravon Road Singapore 508503 / 30 Netheravon Road 508522
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NSRCC Chalet (off-peak prices from $227 per night)
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NSRCC Bungalow pass holders enjoy free entry to our swimming pool! In addition, you can use our Club’s facilities at special rates and get discounts for dining at our Club’s restaurants. What are you waiting for? Book your stay at NSRCC Bungalows now: https://bit.ly/2RAfTgy
These bungalows can only be booked by current and past NS men who have signed up as members of NSRCC (National Service Resort and Country Club).
The prices quoted are for members of the public, and while the rates are already quite affordable, NSRCC members get further discounts ($115 off-peak, $278 peak).
NSRCC members also have priority and can book up to six months in advance, rather than the usual five. This means that it may be hard to get a slot during peak period for non-NSRCC members.
Other than NSRCC members, SAFRA members and NS men also get preferential rates, while ordinary Singapore citizens pay less than non-citizens.
The chalets are super spacious and equipped with nice, big windows that offer green views that many of us don’t get at home, and the design and décor are pleasant and tasteful. This makes it very tempting to persuade the men in your household to go sign up for an NSRCC membership.
Address: 10 Changi Coastal Walk, Singapore 499739
The Chevrons Chalet (off-peak prices from $220 per night)
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Unlike all the other chalets in Singapore on this list, the Chevrons Chalet is indeed located in the west, proving (sort of) that easties aren’t the only one who can claim that their end of the island is best.
The Chevrons is a club for SAF warrant officers and specialists who get special rates (from $120/night, off peak), but members of the public can book their double-storey chalets too.
Each chalet enjoys access to and views of the swimming pool, and is also equipped with a mahjong table, although you have to bring your own tiles.
Address: 48 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 609961
Aranda Country Club (off-peak prices from $400 per night)
One of Aranda Country Club’s biggest draws is that they’ve got a Ten Dollar Club KTV lounge on the premises. By renting one of their rooms, you’ll get to stumble to bed right after a Jay Chou warbling session.
And because it’s also a Downtown East chalet, you’ll also get to enjoy the sun, sand and sea in the daytime. The chalet is also located right next to Wild Wild Wet.
You get discounted rates if you are a member of Aranda Country Club or NTUC. The full price list is on the Aranda website.
Address: 60 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Singapore 519497
A version of this article first appeared in Moneysmart.
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