Joining an expat club can help you settle quickly into your home away from home. Here’s a helpful list to track down your best fit.
Stepping off the plane into tropical heat and blinding sun while manoeuvring around the city can be disorienting for expats. That’s why expat clubs set up in Singapore can help – a lot! Providing everything from a place to meet new friends, to recreational sports and top restaurants, the right social club will make you feel completely at ease.
Centrally located in Singapore, the American Club strives to create a home away from home for you and your family. This is true, of course, if your home has amazing facilities, including a massive and very popular pool, state-of–the-art gym, multiple tennis courts, squash courts and serves some of the best food in town. This club has tonnes of activities to keep the kids entertained and parents feeling pampered. Need a birthday party idea? The club’s birthday party team can plan a fun programme, complete with a theme, snacks, cake and activities (bowling and pool parties are always hits).
At 10 Claymore Hill, Tel: 6737 3411
Located on the second highest peak in Singapore, the British Club provides a welcome respite away from the city in a lush, green setting. With plenty of recreational facilities, restaurants and networking opportunities for professionals from over 40 nationalities, the British Club has something for everyone. Choose from a wide range of popular sports – facilities include multiple tennis and squash courts, state-of-the-art gym, spa and two lap pools. The indoor Mike Gorrie Playground, for kids up to age seven, is constantly supervised, so parents can leave their children there (for a maximum of 65 minutes) whilst they participate in other on-site activities.
At 73 Bukit Tinggi Road, Tel: 6467 4311
For families looking for an international club experience, look no further than the Hollandse Club. This social club boasts members from over 40 different nationalities, and is equipped with a large pool and multiple sporting facilities and classes. The Hollandse Club also has a large outdoor playground, playroom for young children, a junior’s room for older kids, chill out room for teens, a candy shop, and a library. Families will find it easy to keep everyone happy here!
At 22 Camden Park (off Adam Road), Tel: 6464 5225
The Singapore Polo Club is, most obviously, the best place for those who enjoy polo and equine sports. Their unique clubhouse, with its old world charm and rustic feel, is well equipped with stables and facilities to help keep and manage horses. Enjoy other club facilities such as the pool, gym, tennis courts and restaurants, and a wide variety of events and activities. For experienced riders or those looking to begin, the Singapore Polo Club is the place to go. The club conducts aqua spin classes too!
At 80 Mount Pleasant Road, Tel: 6854 3999
The family-oriented Swiss Club is a one-stop destination for food, fun and friends. Equipped with tennis and squash courts, pools, Singapore’s only padel court, and a large playground for the kids, the whole family will be well occupied. Members can enjoy the impressive and unique guest house, as well as formal and informal dining venues. The Swiss Club has a packed events calendar, and throws a great Oktoberfest!
At 36 Swiss Club Road, Tel: 6466 3233
Situated amidst the lush greenery of the Loewen Cluster at Dempsey, Tanderra has plenty of activities for children and parents, making it the ideal recreational escape. With Reggio Emilia-inspired play ateliers, a unique natural playground, the Nutmeg Spa for massages and manicures, and a charming Officers’ Mess set in a black and white heritage building, Tanderra is the perfect family retreat. There’s a range of classes and workshops, including yoga, Pilates, bootcamps, cooking, music, art and drama.
At 73 Loewen Road, Tel: 6509 3468
One of Singapore’s oldest and exclusive social clubs, the Tanglin Club offers members modern facilities steeped in a rich history. In addition to world-class sporting facilities with a gym, spa and pools, it also offers a theatrette, hair salon, card room, library, and a children’s playground among others. Sporting and recreational activities vary from ballroom dancing to lawn bowls, and darts, to traditional tennis, golf and swimming. The club also has 16 suites for members (perfect for when you have no space at home for visiting family).
At 5 Stevens Road, Tel: 6622 0555
*Fees vary depending on length and type of membership, please visit websites for more information on pricing.
By Kathleen Siddell, The Finder, August 2015
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