Curious about what it takes to join one of Singapore’s social clubs? We’ve got all the deets for you, mama, plus exclusive offers on trial memberships!
With a storied history as a crossroads for international trade and multiculturalism, it’s little wonder that Singapore is so popular with expats. It’s also one reason the country has a wealth of international social clubs catering to foreigners, which can always provide a little taste of home even when it’s actually quite far away.
Most clubs in Singapore welcome different nationalities, with a huge range in joining fees and dues (companies sometimes cover club fees for lucky employees!). Of course, factors like facilities and location may also play into your considerations.
Check out our roundup of social clubs in Singapore to find out a bit more about what’s on offer and how each club is unique. Home just might be a lot closer than you think, mama!
NB: This roundup will focus on Singapore’s “nationality” clubs; stay tuned for an upcoming look at social and country clubs across the island!
Conveniently located near Orchard Road, The American Club has a huge range of dining, wellness and recreational options. Priding itself as a “home away from” for its members, The American Club is wonderful for making friends and expanding business networks. It’s a social hub for many children, and their food really does offer a little taste of home, mamas (you can never go wrong with nachos and good mac ‘n’ cheese!). While the club’s swimming pool is currently closed due to renovations, it’s recently added some fab new business centre facilities and brand new adult and children’s libraries, with more exciting new features coming soon.
More exciting news: The American Club is currently offering a 1-Year “Pathway” Membership at $5,350 for Americans and Canadians for a limited time. Visit their website for more deets!
Dating all the way back to its founding in 1908, the Hollandse Club places a lot of emphasis on family events and activities, from movie nights under the stars, to Halloween and Christmas celebrations, to its beautiful tropical swimming pool. It also offers a fab range of sports and fitness programs, including triathlon, yoga and meditation classes, and both youth and adult sports teams. Parents can also look forward to comedy and trivia nights, poolside parties with DJs and alfresco dinners with live music. Another big plus: Hollandse Club has some of the lowest membership fees around!
Membership fees: Start from $150 (singles) to $225 (families) per month.
Sign up for a free one month trial at the Hollandse Club. Click here to register and just enter the promo code SASSYMAMA.
Established way back in 1871, The Swiss Club is one of the oldest and most historic clubs in Singapore, an elegant and family-friendly retreat surrounded by lush jungle in Bukit Timah. It offers a wide range of sports and other activities, from social nights to kids’ camps, and has all the facilities you’d want in a club, like a gym, a huge swimming pool, tennis courts, and sports fields. Their newest addition, The Guesthouse, even provides comfortable accommodation for visitors. Other highlights: the new AVEDA Hair Salon (open to members and guests), and a yummy set lunch at Arbenz restaurant during the week at $26 for two courses.
From 4-14 October, Sassy Mama readers who sign up for a membership at The Swiss Club will get a complimentary 2-day/1-night stay at The Guesthouse. Click this link to register and get more info on membership fees.
Nestled in the scenic Punggol Waterway Park, eco-friendly SAFRA Punggol opened in April 2016 and is the ideal destination for Singaporean NSmen and their families to have fun and unwind with a huge range of lifetstyle facilities and events. Highlights of the five-story club include Singapore’s first indoor water playground, a NurtureStars Preschool, and a number of other education and enrichment centres. The club’s also got a fab gym, bowling centre, KTV outlet, yoga studio, and a spa and wellness centre. Yes, please! In addition to eight on-site restaurants, families can also enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities that make the most of the beautiful setting, including cycling, rollerblading, and running along with potential future water sports!
SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Crescent, Singapore 828654, Tel: (+65) 6585 8718, www.safra.sg
While ANZA (the Australian & New Zealand Association) does not have a clubhouse, it does have a very active social calendar, sports leagues for both adults and kids, and a charity arm. The annual ANZA Ball is also a major highlight of the social calendar (we hear the Aussies and Kiwis really know how to party!).
Membership Fees: From $150 per family; click here for more deets.
Like ANZA, BLAS doesn’t have a clubhouse of its own, but organises over 50 social and recreational events per year for its members. From cooking classes, to sports leagues, to business networking, it’s a popular way to retain a bit of home. BLAS can even organise babysitters who speak French and/or Dutch!
The British Club’s sprawling facility in Bukit Timah is a haven for the recreationally inclined, with a massive swimming pool, a gym, a spa, various racquet sports courts, and both indoor and outdoor play facilities for kids. There’s even a regularly scheduled Thursday morning playgroup for mums and toddlers.
Click here for more deets on membership fees; the British Club is known for having transferable memberships that make it easier to trade off with newcomers if you happen to leave Singapore!
British Club, 73 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289761, Tel: (+65) 6410 1100, www.britishclub.org.sg
One of Singapore’s newest clubs, having opened in 2001, the China Club is an elegant members-only club built atop the 52nd floor of Capital Tower in the CBD. In both decor and its carefully coordinated food options – which range from home cooking to haute cuisine – the China Club is meant to evoke the beauty of Chinese design. China Club Singapore is a sister club to the China Club Hong Kong and China Club Beijing.
China Club, 168 Robinson Rd, #52-01 Capital Tower, Singapore 068912, www.chinaclub.com.sg
The German Association does not have a particularly sprawling club facility (it’s conveniently close to GESS, though), but is a welcoming point of entry for German-speaking families new to Singapore. Like many of the other clubs it organises many social, sports and networking events throughout the year, a particular highlight of which is of course the upcoming Oktoberfest celebration!
Membership Fees: From $30 per family, per month. Click here for more info.
With everything from authentic Japanese cuisine, to a dedicated karaoke room, to a children’s library, to a special medical clinic with Japanese doctors (and Singaporean doctors who speak Japanese), The Japanese Association is a popular and welcoming spot for Japanese families in Singapore.
One of Singapore’s oldest and most prominent social clubs, the Tanglin Club dates back all the way to 1866 and its founding by British businessmen. Once exclusively limited to elite Europeans, today it has over 7,000 members from over 40 different nationalities. The massive clubhouse next door to the American Club on Claymore Hill offers a wealth of children’s activities, dining options, spa and fitness facilities, and much more.
Lead image courtesy of The American Club. Brought to you in partnership with The American Club, Hollandse Club and Swiss Club.