Ola Beach Club: Sentosa’s new family-friendly destination

By Elisa Chia   — February 09, 2017
  • New family-friendly hangout
    1 / 9 New family-friendly hangout

    Longing for a beach holiday escapade with your kids? You don’t need to leave Singapore – head to Sentosa’s Ola Beach Club for a day of fun in the sun.

    Opened last November, it offers beachfront dining with Hawaiian-inspired dishes, and a myriad of water sports.

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  • Take your family and friends here
    2 / 9 Take your family and friends here

    Ola’s founder Christina Tran wants the venue to be as family-friendly as it can get. 

    She explains: “In Honolulu, Hawaii, where I’m from, beachside venues often cater to the whole family, and that’s what I wanted to do as well — create an all-inclusive, fun-filled seaside destination that seamlessly melds food, drink, water sports and music.” 

    OLA BEACH CLUB

    Where: 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099005

    Open: 10am to 10pm (weekdays), 9am to 10pm (weekends); 10am to 7pm daily for watersports 

    Info: Call 6250-6978 or e-mail aloha@olabeachclub.com

    Find out more: www.olabeachclub.com

    (Jetpack and jetblade photos: Ola Beach Club; other photos: Young Parents)

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  • Bouncy playground for the kids
    3 / 9 Bouncy playground for the kids

    When we were there, there was an inflatable playground for the kids. Extra charges apply, though, at $10 for 15 minutes of play, or $15 for the entire day.

    Ola rotates its line-up of weekend activities, including yoga by the sea. Check its Facebook for updates.

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  • Don't forget to pack the swimwear
    4 / 9 Don't forget to pack the swimwear

    After all that water adventure, you can relax on a day bed and enjoy the cool sea breeze while your kids build sandcastles, or jump into its 1.2m pool with them. 

    Be sure to pack your swimwear, towels and sunblock. Life jackets for the little ones are available – just ask the friendly staff for one. 

    Related: What to do when your child is afraid of swimming lessons 

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  • Enjoy a taste of Hawaii
    5 / 9 Enjoy a taste of Hawaii

    Now satisfy hunger pangs with Hawaiian-inspired dishes, such as Kalua Pig Taco ($25, pictured centre). Kids will love the soft meat and gooey melted cheddar cheese that are enveloped in a crisp taco shell.

    Other highlights include the Ahi Poke ($20, right) rice bowl that’s topped with tuna and a choice of two sides (we went with guacamole and pomegranate).

    If your little ones prefer cold somen noodles, order the Saimin Salad ($15, left). You can toss the noodles with spam, omelette, cirspy fish cake and lettuce.

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  • Water sports for the family
    6 / 9 Water sports for the family

    My kids, aged nine and four, still fondly remember going on banana boat rides when we were on vacation in Bali and Phuket.

    So during our recent visit to Ola, they jumped at the chance to strap on the life vests and relive the thrill here. 

    The banana boat at Ola, towed by a jet ski, takes up to 10 people. Each 15-minute ride costs $25 per person. 

    We’re told that toddlers as young as two years old can do this water sport, as long as they’re accompanied by their parents. 

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  • Lockers and shower facilities available
    7 / 9 Lockers and shower facilities available

    Before mealtime, shower the kids at its nature-themed bathroom, which has locker facilities.

    We like that Ola also provides a nursing room and baby changing stations.

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  • Fly with a jetpack
    8 / 9 Fly with a jetpack

    Adrenaline junkies who are at least 18 years old can experience what it’s like to “fly” with a water-propelled jetpack.

    It is capable of going at a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour and can propel you up to 9m high. 

    Ola’s Hawaii-based water sports operator Sea Breeze, is said to be the first to offer this sport in Asia.

    A 45-minute basic training with an instructor costs $228.

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  • Soar even higher with Jetblade
    9 / 9 Soar even higher with Jetblade

    Want to soar even higher? Try the jetblade, which can take you as high as 15m above water – with advance training, that is. 

    This sport was only introduced in Singapore in December. A 45-minute basic training with an instructor also costs $228.

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