There are few things we love more about Singers than the ability to go swimming year round. And obviously the little ones are always up for a splash about. But if the idea of sandy bums and crowded community pools doesn’t get you psyched – or if you live somewhere without a pool – we’ve scoured the Lion City for some luxe alternatives.
We’ve rounded up our ultimate list of hotel and spa pools where mum and dad can kick back and relax while the munchkins run wild — just be prepared to spend money on cocktails or food, not that you’d have to twist our arm to want poolside drinks service! And if you happen to be on the lookout for more beachside venues, mama, don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to Singapore’s Top Beach Clubs!
Escape from the city and head to Sentosa with the family for some relaxing fun in the sun; Capella Singapore truly feels like a private getaway that doesn’t require a passport! With 30 acres of beautiful lawns, a gorgeous beach on the South China Sea, and three swimming pools all set amongst a beautiful mix of colonial and modern architecture, you’d be excused for never wanting to leave!
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, (+65) 6377 8888, www.capellahotels.com/singapore
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Despite its proximity to the airport, the Crowne Plaza’s swimming pool is quietly nestled amongst tall palm trees on the third floor. This quiet hideaway has relaxing and private corners that allows you to blissfully chill out with the family for the afternoon (or take a pre-flight dip if you’re so inclined!).
75 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819664, (+65) 6823 5300, www.ihg.com/crowneplaza
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
This rooftop pool boasts fab view of Singapore’s Marina Bay, and it is perfect for littlies who need space to splash, swim and play. While the rugrats run around, mum and dad can lie back and relax as pool butlers go around with light refreshments.
80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, (+65) 6333 8388, www.fullertonbayhotel.com
Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel is the ultimate water playground for the whole family. Good luck trying to get the little ones out of the water at the end of the day!
8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269, (+65) 6577 8899, www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/HotelsAndSpa/HardRockHotel
Luxuriate in the lush green surroundings of the Mandarin Oriental’s stunning 25-metre rooftop pool. Kids can practise swimming their laps while you top up your tan. Sounds ideal to us! Note that the pool is only open to hotel guests.
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, (+65) 6338 0066, www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore
This boutique hotel has a gorgeous infinity rooftop pool that is an ideal oasis if you’re looking to stay away from the city’s poolside hotspots. Although it’s not the biggest pool, it is a great spot for the whole family to grab a bite, enjoy stunning views, and cool off.
1 Seah Street, Singapore 188396, (+65) 6403 6000, www.naumihotel.com
Pan Pacific Singapore
Not only is this beautiful outdoor swimming pool conveniently located in Marina Square, but it’s divided into two sections with differing depths so you can rest easy that munchkins can run riot without having to keep your eyes on them at all times. Plus, the pool has underwater speakers so you can lie back and catch some rays while chilled out tunes drift through the water.
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, (+65) 6336 8111, www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/singapore
PARKROYAL on Beach
Take a break from pounding the pavements in the relentless heat and bring the family down to the PARKROYAL Hotel on Beach Road. With two huge pools, Jacuzzis, refreshing poolside menu and gorgeous city views, this is a great spot to spend the weekend.
7500A Beach Road, Singapore 199591, (+65) 6505 5666, www.parkroyalhotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/singapore
PARKROYAL on Pickering
This quirky eco-friendly hotel boasts a stunning and intimate infinity pool and colourful poolside cabanas in the shape of giant birdcages. Set amongst cutting-edge architecture, PARKROYAL on Pickering is one of the city’s most stylish spots to take a dip. Just note that the pool is only open to hotel guests and patrons of St. Gregory Spa.
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289, (+65) 6809 8888, www.parkroyalhotels.com/
Shangri-La Singapore (Orchard)
Little ones will have a blast at the Shangri-La Singapore, from splashing in the pool to running through the water fountains, there’s plenty to keep them preoccupied while you indulge with some much-needed poolside R&R.
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, (+65) 6737 3644, www.shangri-la.com/singapore
We love that Sentosa is our own little island escape from the frenetic city pace. Next time you’re heading south to bask in the sunshine, pop into the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa to enjoy some poolside relaxation or beachside fun. Don’t forget the bucket and spade!
101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970, (+65) 6275 0100, www.shangri-la.com/singapore/rasasentosaresort
So Spa (formerly Spa Botanica) at The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa
Looking for some proper R&R? Head to So Spa and enjoy access to their lush urban oasis for every 1-hour treatment booked. Energise and revitalise your skin in their mud pool, grab a float mat and relax as your body is massaged by cascading waterfalls or simply chill out poolside with a good book and refreshing drink. You’ll be sure to walk away feeling rested and refreshed.
2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891, (+65) 6275 0331, www.singaporeresortsentosa.com
Village Hotel Changi
This hotel has two fab pools, but the Creek Pool is more geared towards kids and families, as it’s filled with inflatables, water guns and features a transparent wall. Parents can kick back while little ones occupy themselves with splashing fun.
1 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508502, (+65) 6379 7111, www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/village-hotel-changi
This huge swimming pool is full of fun for the whole family. The W offers floating beds, chairs, beach balls and even table tennis in the water! If you fancy taking a breather while the little ones tire themselves out, the gigantic daybeds are ideal for relaxing in the sun.
21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, (+65) 6808 7288, www.wsingaporesentosacove.com
The Westin Singapore
Although The Westin exudes more of a corporate vibe, its fab infinity pool on the 35th floor boasts incredible views of the city and is a nice quiet spot to chill out with the family. Kiddies can work on their swimming skills in this sleek and minimalist pool while mum and dad sip cocktails poolside.
12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961, (+65) 6922 6888, www.thewestinsingapore.com