When you are flying somewhere internationally like Singapore, the first hotel you stay in becomes more important because you will need quality sleep to help you overcome jet lag. Fairmont Singapore luxury hotel is an ideal place to stay when first arriving in the country. This upscale hotel will offer you the rest you need. From the quiet surroundings to the delicious food, they have just what you need to get acclimated to the new time zone.
For the first time ever, the kids and I went to Asia and our first stop was Singapore. By the time we landed in Singapore, we had been traveling for well over 17 hours and we were completely exhausted. Depending on where you leave from in the United States, getting to Singapore can take anywhere from 16 -26 hours. And the single most important thing for anyone who has traveled that far is sleep.
When searching for a hotel after a long journey, it is important to research the sleep quality the hotel has to offer. I had booked the Fairmont Singapore fairly last minute and to be honest, I did not do a whole lot of research, but they touted on their website that “every room is a private sanctuary.” Needless to say, I was quite pleased when we got to our hotel was luxurious and the rooms were private.
Hotel Amenities Needed When Battling Jet Lag
- Good Mattress – Often times the hotel’s website will tout what kind of mattress the rooms have. If not, call them and ask.
- Low Noise Levels – Check recent reviews of the hotel to see if others are complaining about noise.
- Black Out Curtains – If the website does not tell you, just call the hotel and ask or email them. If you are on social media you can tweet them.
- 24 Hour Food – Having food available when you need it is essential when battling jet lag with kids. Whether it is room service or a hotel restaurant with 24 hour service, it helps.
Jet Lag Tips for Asia
- Plan to sleep when you arrive – If at all possible, try to arrive at the destination no later than 1 or 2 in the morning. You can immediately go to sleep and begin adjusting your internal clock. Take the sleeping mask and ear plugs the airline gives you. These will help you sleep in the room.
- Do not sleep all day – If it is daytime there, get outside. The sunshine will help you stay awake.
- Melatonin – Taking melatonin will help you get to sleep. Melatonin is safe for children. If your children struggle to take a pill, give them melatonin gummies instead.
- No caffeine – Do not drink any coffee or soda on the plane. It can take up to 14 hours for the caffeine to leave your body.
We arrived at the Fairmont Singapore around 1 a.m. and checked in quickly. We were over the moon when we saw how large our rooms were. I had to get two rooms, because they only allow three people per room. This made our stay twice as expensive. You will notice that in one room there are two double beds and a rollaway. I called down to let them know we only needed that one room and not the extra room, but they said we were not allowed because we were over the 3 person limit.
A nice touch was the extra outlets next to the bed. And of course the balconies were great too. Both rooms had a balcony with a decent view.
Both of our rooms had bathrooms with a bathtub and a shower. When traveling with children it is always a plus to have a bathtub. The bathroom had lots of amenities including shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, and more. Plus, everyone had robes to use.
I felt like we were in a great location. Right across the street was the historic Raffles hotel where the Singapore Sling was invented. So, of course I went over and tried one! I am happy to report that they are excellent, but expensive. Since they cost $26 each, I decided I only wanted one! I figured I could go back to the bar at my hotel and drink for much cheaper. The Fairmont Singapore’s hotel bar, Anti:dote, was excellent. They have one of the most creative cocktail menus I’ve ever seen.
Our hotel was also attached to a mall. The mall seemed quite large and nice, but all the malls in Singapore are large and nice, so I could not say for sure if this was one of the good ones or not. It was certainly much nicer than any near where I live. The mall had a bunch of shops I was familiar with and in the basement level there were hawker stands where people were indulging in Singapore’s fabulous foods. Being this close to major shopping is so nice if you have forgotten an item or two.
The mall also had an MRT station (subway). Travelers can get to almost anywhere in Singapore on the MRT including the airport and Sentosa Island. For travelers using the MRT for more than a few trips they offer a traveler’s card.
Things I liked about Fairmont Singapore
- Childcare (for a fee)
- On site restaurants (6 of them!)
- English speaking staff
- Tennis courts
- Swimming pools
- Poolside bar
- Felt safe
- NESPRESSO coffee machine in the room
- Hotel bar cocktail menu
Things I did not like about Fairmont Singapore
- Having to get two rooms
- The electricity – Be careful! My converter did not work with the outlets built into the desk. I ended up burning off some of my hair off with a curling iron!
- Wifi costs extra
Have you been to Singapore with your kids? Where did you stay?