Best staycations in Singapore: JW Marriott Hotel

By Elisa Chia   — November 17, 2017
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    It’s rare to find infinity pools that are shallow enough for toddlers and preschoolers. Guess what? JW Marriott Hotel has two.

    My family had checked into this five-star property for a weekend staycation, after hearing so much about its uber-stylish decor. Little did we expect that it would be child-friendly, as well.

    There is one on the sixth storey that faces Suntec City. Imagine our excitement when we discovered another on the 18th storey (pictured), which has sweeping views of the Padang, Esplanade and CBD skyline.

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    Both pools begin from 0.5m and go up to 1.2m deep. At the shallow ends, I could relax in the comfort of in-pool chaise longues while keeping close watch on my two kids.

    Earlier, they had borrowed swim armbands and kickboards from the staff.

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

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    On the 18th storey where the pool is, there is also a spacious recreation area where guests can play billard, foosball (pictured) and table-tennis.

    Related: Best staycations in Singapore: The Fullerton Hotel

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    This is Singapore’s first Philippe Starck-designed hotel, previously known as The South Beach. It was rebranded the JW Marriott in December last year.

    Right from the hotel entrance, we were wowed by a colourful, giant installation – a 7m-high video wall combining art with technology.

    Even the elevators to the rooms were designed to make guests feel as if they have entered a mystical underwater world. As soon as the doors closed, my kids would challenge each other to spot the marine creatures on the wallpaper as the mood light alternated between blue, green and red.

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    Our Club Premier room was fitted out with some of Starck’s most iconic furniture pieces, such as the Heritage and Lou Reed chairs.

    At 452 sq ft, it has a bedroom, a living room (pictured), a pantry and an expansive bathroom with a standing bathtub.

    Related: Best staycations in Singapore: M Social Hotel


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    It might cost more to book the Club rooms and suites, but it gave us access to the executive lounge.

    The latter was where we enjoyed free buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres and evening cocktails. Children below age 12 are not allowed in after 7pm, though.

    In most other hotels, the lounge is designed with business travellers in mind, but at JW Marriott’s, it has low tables and chairs for families with young children.

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    On Sundays, make a reservation for its buffet brunch at Beach Road Kitchen, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. There’s a dedicated kids’ corner where the chef and his team entertain the little ones.

    Kids aged five and below dine free at buffets at Beach Road Kitchen.

    Related: Best staycations in Singapore: Oasia Hotel Downtown

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    How much Rack rates start from $700++ per night for the Deluxe room and $750++ for the Club Premier room. Check out the hotel website for promotions. All rooms can accommodate up to two kids, if sharing beds with parents.

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