DITCH THE KIDS

EXCHANGE the family FOR some friend FUN

Think you can’t afford to ditch the kids and grab your friends for a girls’ weekend in Singapore?  Think you are just a poor crazy Australian  dreaming about living the high life like “The Crazy Rich Asians” in the hit movie?

We have found the solution. Gather the sisterhood and listen up.

Scoot has a cabin up the front, just behind ScootBiz, called ScootInSilence. It is called that because no kids under 12 years are allowed to sit there. That means no crying babies, no toddlers kicking your seat, no iPads without headphones attached blasting Frozen on repeat, and some extra S-T-R-E-T-C-H in your seat.

It costs a fraction more than a normal economy seat on the flying bus, but what price is sanity for 7 or 8 hours?  Gather up a posse of gal pals, and if there’s over ten of you, be sure to enquire about a group fare.

When you arrive – relaxed after watching a few movies, eating a meal without interruption, flicking through Facebook using the on board wifi, or just snoozing without a “Muuuummm” in earshot – here’s what you could do in Singapore.

Check in to the luxurious SO Sofitel Singapore, housed in an historic building that sits squarely opposite the most famous Singapore hawker food centre – Lau Pasat. From 5pm every night, they block off the street and it morphs into Satay Street, awash with tables and chairs and noisy vendors on BBQ grills cooking up feasts of skewered meat and fish. All washed down with an icy jug of Tiger beer to share.

After a feast, head up to the top floor of SO Sofitel’s new 1927 bar, the coolest rooftop pool bar in town, where the chilled tunes and chilled drinks with names like “Tiki Timebomb”, will have you murmuring “What kids?” in the time it takes to shake a cocktail. Dance, chat, and luxuriate on the laid-back loungers, and fabric-swathed cabanas, or take a sneaky dip in the infinity pool that overlooks the city skyline.

Maybe a night or two at the beautifully refurbished Swissôtel The Stamford, with hours of retail therapy right under your hotel at the popular Raffles City Centre shopping mall? After a stress-free, silent sleep, in cool, cotton sheets and in a huge bed -all to yourself, it is time to strike a pose in the shops selling Kate Spade, Coach, Furla, Chanel, Dior, Rolex. Oh no wait. That’s in the movie.

Click your collective champagne glasses, celebrating your new child-free lifestyle at the brand new Bar Rouge on the 71st floor of Swissôtel with dance tunes thumping till the wee hours. But not before you sample the menu at SKAI one floor down on the 70th. Here you’ll find a social dining destination set high over Singapore’s sparkling metropolis, simply the best views in town.

In a chic setting, serving finely crafted food with Japanese influences, the dishes are almost too pretty to eat. Enjoy in peace, the finest meats grilled to perfection, a delicate tuna tartare or the signature crispy rice noodles with truffle, wild mushrooms and onsen egg. Equally impressive are the show-stopping desserts such as the yuzu white chocolate dessert, which looks like fruit served on a plate as if hanging from a chocolate tree. Executive Chef Paul Hallett is aided in these masterpieces by Chef Koo Jee, winner of the Singapore Pastry Cup 2017. Droolworthy.

After all this hard work you’ll need some more time, to really unwind, and without a full washing basket in sight, the staff at Willow Stream Spa will wrap you up in swathes of clean fluffy towels. Laying you on an Egyptian cotton-topped massage table, the therapist will pummel the school pick-up up traffic knots out of your aching body, leaving you feel revitalized.

As the spa is right next door, at the adjoining Fairmont, after the massage you can sink into a hot bubbling Jacuzzi, – without dodging rubber duckies – and sweat it out in the steam room, before serenely wandering back to your room, where the bed has been magically made up and the bathroom is gleaming.

Unfortunately, as with Cinderella, all good things come to an end and it is time for one last indulgence in your Scoot Silent Zone, and perhaps for buying a gift for the kids from the Scootalogue. Then as a Scootee crew member treats you to one last taste of Singapore, with a signature chicken rice (that you remembered to pre-order), and with nothing to worry about, you descend….back into family life.

The Essentials ScootInSilence is available on every flight in and out of Australia to Singapore on the superb 787 Dreamliner. Fly fares start from Gold Coast to Singapore from $189 Fly Fare (bags and food extra) and for the Silent Treatment in ScootinSilence, add another $40

For the best fares of the day visit www.flyscoot.com

Sanity for the sisterhood is available at either Sofitel SO https://www.sofitel-so-singapore.com or at Swissôtel any night of the week at www.accorhotels.com