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5 reasons Singapore makes for a great multigenerational holiday this summer

ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
Jun 11, 2023 01:03 PM IST

Critically endangered species at Bird Paradise, Pokémon-themed cabins, Avatar feel in Cloud Forest: Here's why Singapore must be on your travel bucket list

Summer vacation is the ideal time for families to escape the monotony of daily life and forge lifelong memories together, especially with children on break from school and Singapore is a perfect travel destination for families with people of all ages, offering a wide array of attractions and experiences that cater to everyone's interests. From thrilling theme parks to interactive museums, the city-state provides endless entertainment options for children, ensuring that every moment is filled with joy and excitement while at the same time, adults can explore the city's vibrant cultural heritage by visiting historic landmarks, exploring ethnic enclaves and indulging in delicious local cuisine.

5 reasons Singapore makes for a great multigenerational holiday this summer (Image by Graham Hobster from Pixabay)
5 reasons Singapore makes for a great multigenerational holiday this summer (Image by Graham Hobster from Pixabay)

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Jean Choi, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Mandai Wildlife Group, shared, “Singapore is the ultimate family destination with something for everyone from the vibrant cityscape to the enriching nature encounters across the island. Amongst the nature-based experiences are the country’s wildlife parks - Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Night Safari and the newly opened Bird Paradise - located at the Mandai Wildlife Reserve. From encounters with majestic elephants, stunning bird species from around the world to observing playful primates, every visit offers guests a window into the wild, instilling a sense of wonder and igniting a passion for wildlife conservation in the hearts of families. With its unique blend of family-friendly attractions and nature experiences, Singapore is an exceptional destination for creating cherished memories and forging lasting bonds.”

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According to Chew Tiong Heng, Divisional Director of Business and Experience Development at Sentosa Development Corporation, Sentosa is an island destination that is merely 15 minutes away from the city centre and highly frequented by Indian travellers, especially families with children. One can enjoy family time on the heritage and sustainability-themed guided tours there, search for four friendly giants called Explorers of Sentosa or be mesmerised by the Sentosa Musical Fountain at Central Beach Bazaar.

Here are reasons why Singapore must be on your bucket list for the next multigenerational holiday or summer trip -

  • Bird Paradise

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Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and explore the fascinating world of wildlife. Singapore's newly opened Bird Paradise offers a truly world-class experience not just for young children but also for very seasoned adult travellers. Nestled within the sprawling Mandai Wildlife Reserve, this vibrant attraction spans 17 hectares and is home to over 3,500 birds from 400 species.

Step into eight walk-through aviaries that represent diverse biomes from around the globe, right from African rainforests to Southeast Asian paddy fields and immerse yourself in the captivating presence of African Hornbills and the vibrant hues of Starlings in the Heart of Africa exhibit. While marveling at these magnificent winged creatures, visitors also have a chance to see some critically endangered ones such as the Baer's Pochard and endangered Milky Stork. A verdant, immersive experience, Bird Paradise not only aims to entertain but also to conserve and educate. Informative displays in the transitional zones between aviaries provide valuable insights into birds and their habitats, creating a truly enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

  • Museum Of Ice Cream

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Young or old - there is no one who does not enjoy the sheer pleasure of a scoop of ice cream. The Museum of Ice Cream is the only international museum dedicated to Ice Cream; it features a vibrant wonderland of immersive installations and celebrates the sheer joy of uninhibited playtime. This renowned attraction, which opened its first edition in Asia in 2021, is known for 14 multi-sensory installations, allowing visitors to sample various sweet treats along the way. From the fun sprinkle pool to the candy-themed rooms, there is no shortage of excitement and sweet indulgences.

Beyond the individual experiences, The Museum of Ice Cream is a great place of visitors of all ages to come together to share moments of delight and laughter. Whether you are a dessert enthusiast or simply seeking a playful escape, The Museum of Ice Cream offers an extraordinary adventure where you can revel in the joy of ice cream and create unforgettable moments with your loved ones.

  • Singapore Cable Car

Experience the exhilaration of soaring high above the cityscape with the iconic Singapore Cable Car. A must-do for visitors, this picturesque mode of transportation connects Mount Faber to Sentosa Island, offering breathtaking views of the city, Sentosa Island and the Singapore Strait. Embark on a memorable journey gliding above lush treetops and marvel at the stunning surroundings. Begin your adventure at Mount Faber, renowned for its panoramic city skyline vistas and be whisked away to Sentosa Island, the world-famous resort island featuring attractions for everyone in the family.

Adding a touch of whimsy, as a part of the 50th year celebrations, the cabins are adorned with delightful Pokémon-themed artwork, captivating fans of all ages. The exteriors of cable car cabins on the Mount Faber Line are wrapped in the recognisable red and white colours of Poké Balls. Much like the inspiration behind their outward appearance, inside each cabin awaits a surprise -- five different interior designs, each themed around first-generation Pokémon like Pikachu and Eevee, as well as Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly from the latest Pokémon video games.

  • City and high seas vacations

Singapore is a premier cruise destination that offers a very unique proposition for Indian families seeking a memorable vacation experience. Embark on an unforgettable cruise vacation from Singapore, where a world of extraordinary experiences awaits. This vibrant city serves as the perfect launchpad to a harmonious blend of relaxation, exploration and indulgence, ensuring a delightful pre or post-cruise experience for families. With a wide range of luxurious voyages departing from Singapore to exotic Asian and Southeast Asian destinations, it stands as one of the largest ports in Asia. Step aboard and immerse yourself in a wealth of activities and amenities tailored to fulfill your every desire. Unwind by the pool, rejuvenate at the spa and be enthralled by captivating live entertainment.

Moreover, Singapore's unique advantage lies in the opportunity for Indian families to enjoy experiences and attractions in the mainland, further enhancing their cruise vacation. Singapore sets the stage for an extraordinary land and sea adventure, offering an unforgettable fusion of cherished memories, exquisite dining, exciting activities and breathtaking sunsets.

  • Gardens by the Bay

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A modern botanic garden extending to over 100 hectares of land, the Gardens by the Bay covers artistic landscapes, high-tech trees and space-age biodomes. Go face to face with 12 of the Gardens' 18 Supertrees at the Supertree Grove. Rising up to 50 metres above ground, these iconic giants provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating light and musical show at night. The colossal solar-powered Supertrees act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories and collecting rainwater. Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes, marvel at the futuristic architecture and be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes that unfold before your eyes. Find solace amidst the serene gardens where vibrant blooms and tranquil surroundings create a haven of peace and relaxation. The sprawling outdoor spaces invite leisurely strolls, picnics and quality time with loved ones. Experience the cultural vibrancy of Singapore through captivating performances and festive celebrations that are enjoyed by children and adults alike, making this a memorable experience for the entire family.

While you are in Singapore, do not miss the immersive wonder of "Avatar: The Experience" nestled within the Cloud Forest. Step into a realm inspired by the mesmerising beauty and captivating storytelling of the Avatar movie and be transported to a fantastical world beyond imagination. Gardens by the Bay is a sanctuary of natural and architectural marvels, offering a truly unforgettable experience. Let the beauty, innovation and enchantment of this remarkable destination leave a lasting impression as you create cherished memories in the heart of Singapore.

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