Leisure activities are highly beneficial for the mental and physical health of the elderly. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our elderly have no choice but to stay at home.
Thankfully, some recreational activities, destinations, and hotels are currently opened to the public.
In addition, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is giving out $100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers for Singaporeans aged 18 and above from 1 Dec 2020 to 30 June 2021. Family members can purchase up to six child tickets at $10 off per ticket.
The end of the month is fast approaching, and there is no better way to enjoy the holidays and create new memories with your loved ones. Now is the chance for Singaporeans to unwind and have fun while supporting the local tourism industry. You can redeem your vouchers via STB authorised booking partners such as GlobalTix, Traveloka, Trip.com, Changi Recommends, and Klook.
Top 5 Elderly-Friendly Attractions to Visit
There are over 200 available merchants listed on the STB websites. Here are the top 5 suggestions for elderly-friendly attractions:
1. Universal Studios Singapore
Singapore’s most well-known theme park, Universal Studios, is located within Resorts World Sentosa. It offers thrilling rides, shows, and seven themed zones. There are various shows that the elderly can enjoy.
Elderly in manual wheelchairs can experience rides like Pantages Hollywood Theatre, Lights, Camera Action!, Shrek 4-D Adventure, and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, among others. Moreover, the attraction marks out conveniently placed toilets, rest stops, and F&B outlets.
2. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is one of the best attractions in Singapore. It features a captivating landscape with lush plants and flowers that anyone can appreciate.
The nature park extends over 100 hectares and features the iconic flower dome, cloud forest, and Supertree.
Do not worry about your elderly in a wheelchair as there are wheelchair rental, automated doors, accessible lifts, and parking lots. There is even a map available for barrier-free routes for the convenience of wheelchair or mobility scooter users.
3. Science Centre Singapore
Science Centre Singapore is a go-to attraction if you are looking for an enjoyable and educational experience. The scientific institute located in Jurong East specializes in promoting scientific and technological education to the general public. Singaporeans of all ages can enjoy looking at over 850 exhibits in the galleries. Aside from this, you can also drop by Snow City, KidsStop, and Omni-Theatre.
Do not worry about your elderly, as the main entrance is very accessible to the elderly with mobility aids. Linkways are fully-covered and the ramps are strategically built. You can also rent a wheelchair for free. Push-around buggies and strollers start from $6. Please note that these items are available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Visitor Services Centre.
4. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 161-year-old tropical garden that is a must-visit attraction in Singapore, especially if you and your loved ones are nature-lovers. It is the only tropical garden to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It offers more than 74 hectares of greenery for families to explore and enjoy the fresh air. The National Orchid Garden has over 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. There is no need to worry about your elderly getting tired from the walk, as there is wheelchair rental available.
5. National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore, the oldest museum in Singapore, offers visitors a multimedia experience of its history and archaeological heritage, where the elderly will be able to reminisce their youth.
There are also elderly programs and resources available that provide opportunities for them to share their memories and personal experiences related to its history and heritage. They can also learn a new skill or knowledge through hands-on workshops.
Top 5 Hotels to Spend Your Staycations
As aforementioned, the vouchers are not exclusive to recreational activities and attractions. You can also use it for hotel accommodations. Here are the top 5 elderly-friendly hotels for your perfect staycation:
1. Andaz Singapore
Andaz Singapore is one of the approved hotels listed in the STB. Nowadays, it is among the most visited hotels in the city. It comes as no surprise considering its fantastic location and spacious rooms. Both the young and the old would be able to enjoy the stunning panoramic view from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms. The hotel also provides a wide variety of food that you can enjoy.
2. Grand Hyatt Singapore
Grand Hyatt Singapore is a must-visit luxury 5-star hotel. All the rooms include a luxurious bed and bath – perfect for your stress-free holiday.
Located in the center of Orchard Road, you will be able to enjoy the city view in the comfort of your room. A prime location near popular shopping centers and restaurants, this location is highly recommended for you if you are planning to treat your elderly to a shopping spree.
3. Amara Singapore
Amara Singapore is a flagship hotel of Amara Hotels & Resorts located in the Central Business District and is only a 2-minute walk from the Tanjong Pagar MRT. Shopping malls, eateries, and bars are located right outside the hotel. It offers guests an ideal getaway.
4. St. Regis Singapore
St. Regis Singapore features a timeless elegance and luxurious ambiance. Upon entering the hotel, you would be welcome by the sophisticated interiors.
There is a private art collection of sculptures by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, sketch by Spanish artist Joan Miró, and painting by Chen Wen His that your elderly can enjoy. You may also savour an exquisite dining experience during your stay.
5. Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore, the most famous hotel in Singapore, is a colonial-style luxury hotel. There is no other institution that embodies its colonial history better. It is famous for its Neo-Renaissance architecture that highlights the magnificent verandahs.
Look out for the oldest piece of furniture at Raffles Hotel, the grandfather clock. It is believed to predate the hotel. When the clock chimes eight in the evening, a pianist would play Noel Coward’s classic tune, “I’ll See You Again“. It would truly be an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to travel. However, there is no reason to stay at home. Do your part to support our local tourism sector! Redeem the SingapoRediscovers voucher and plan for a staycation or a fun day out. Time to create beautiful memories with our loved ones!
*Please be advised not to rush to redeem your SingapoRediscovers voucher during this holiday season. There is currently a surge of gatherings, leading to higher risk of Covid-19 transmissions. Rest assured that STB will continue to work together with tourism businesses to roll out more deals. To protect our elderly who are more vulnerable to Covid-19, kindly be advised to use the voucher next year.