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this was our first time staying outside of a hotel/resort and what an incredible experience! outside of super-luxe hotels, the condo complex, location & dealings with the owners could not have been better. the condo: this is as luxurious a condo that you could hope for anywhere in the world. the last time we visited, we (email hidden)gis and had a fraction of the space. we were 4 adults and 2 children (4.5yrs & 1.5yrs) and the condo still felt spacious. the master suite came with a TV & superb bathroom (double sinks, deep sunken tub & large walk-in rainforest shower). the kids bedroom was large enough for 2 cribs but we turned the playroom into a 4th bedroom at night so that the kids could have their own rooms. the 3rd bedroom is a very cosy guest room (ensuite bathroom) of hotel quality. the kitchen was excellent with high end appliances and there is a second kitchen annex (with separate service entrance) if you really want elaborate meal/party preparation/planning. the living/dining area is spacious with plenty of seating and a large high-end tv setup. there is wifi throughout the apartment with 3 access points for good coverage. most importantly, each room has its own air-conditioning thermostat which was invaluable for a large family of varying ages (my elderly parents stayed with us). the condo complex is 5-star also. 2 beautiful swimming pools (1 of them for toddlers) with a mini playground next to it as well as tennis courts. there is gated security and the private access elevator means that it opens directly into the foyer of the apartment. security is such that no-one else can get off at your floor! location: the location is unparalleled. across the road is tanglin mall which has a large high-end supermarket (perfect for international travellers). the food court is high quality and relatively inexpensive, while the mall itself has several good restaurants (e.g. indian (yantra) & thai (patara)). finally, a starbucks meant that breakfast was taken care of. within short walking distance are several attractions including the botanical gardens and, since you are on the corner of orchard road, all the shopping you can dream of. the super luxe ion mall is about a 15 minute walk along orchard. the owners: the icing on the cake was the accessibility, friendliness & generosity of the owners. they checked in with us regularly and made sure that any minor issues were addressed immediately. they left detailed information on the apartment & kid-friendly activities and sightseeing & restaurant suggestions. we landed at 2am and when we got to the condo, the fridge was stocked with essentials for our 2 kids as well as enough adapters to make sure all of our US-based computers, cell phones & child monitors could be charged immediately. these may seem like small details but compare that with calling guest services in a hotel and we found the experience much more stress-free. in summary, you will NOT be...