8 Things We Love About Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

Continued from last post

We enjoyed our staycation at Rasa Sentosa so much that we want to make it an annual vacation. Here are EIGHT things that we truly love about this resort.

1. Huge, beautiful and comfortable guestroom

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As shared with you in my last post, the guestroom in Rasa Sentosa is very spacious, beautiful, and comfortably furnished with fine amenities, as well as complimentary mini-bar.

Little Edison was giggling over the bathtub. To him, bathtub is a must in every hotel. I love the balcony, and I really enjoyed the natural outdoor surroundings. During the day, the pool is bursting with activities, and at night, it looks so serene.

2. Sumptuous buffet spread at Silver Shell Café

Breakfast

The buffet breakfast was sumptuous, and we also tried the outdoor breakfast by the beach. The breakfast selection is amazing, from American, Japanese to Chinese, and the usual cereals, fruits and drinks.

The highlight of the restaurant is their Kids Corner, with a variety of kids-friendly food items, plastic plates and cutleries, and at a level that is comfortable within their reach. Edison was truly excited, he felt like a big boy being able to select and pick-up his own food.

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Have I mentioned about the colourful marshmallows, yummy cupcakes and tempting gummy bears that are available during the buffet lunch and dinner? And we left the resort feeling well-rested and well-fed!

3. Not just kids-friendly, but also baby-friendly

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Rasa Sentosa is not just kids-friendly, but also very baby-friendly. If you’re travelling with a baby or infant, you’ll be delighted to hear this. Baby Zone, the latest addition at the resort, provides complimentary baby food for different stages of infancy during lunch and dinner.

Other items such as milk bottle sterilisers, hot water, a microwave and baby dining utensils, complete with baby wipes and diapers, provide a hassle-free experience for travelling parents who are in search of essential baby care.

Now, who said you can’t travel because you have a baby? 🙂

4. Amazing facilities at the children’s club Cool Zone

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Most of the time when we travel, we end up spending more time to tend to our children rather than enjoying a full holiday experience. I’m glad that Rasa Sentosa recognizes this fact, and a range of recreational facilities are thus provided to address our need.

Children aged 5 to 12 can enjoy a full day of fun at the Cool Zone. Spanning 100 square metres over two storeys, the Cool Zone encompasses a Game Zone, Craft Zone and a Toots Club. It’s also the largest children’s club provided by a hotel in Singapore.

Cool Zone, the children's club
Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

The highlight of the Cool Zone is the giant tree house slide, which winds all the way down from level three of the resort into a pool of colourful balls on level one.

Full-day children’s activity programs inclusive of lunch and dinner are also available. There are at least 10 activities daily from building sandcastles, collecting seashells, kayaking to having fun with pedal boats, splash pad, treasure hunt and costume making. In the evening, there are movie nights or play time with Wii and Xbox 360.

The Flying Trapeze
Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

Children also get a go on the Flying Trapeze – the first of its kind in Singapore – and try their hands at being acrobats. The Mini Toots Club, on the other hand, caters to children aged 4 and below who are accompanied by their guardians or parents. There is also a playground with slides amidst the resort’s landscaped gardens.

5. Chilling out at the outdoor swimming pool and water slides

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Love the line-up of frog water fountains!

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Children's pool and slides
Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

Children can splash around at the water slides and children’s pool under a canopy, or the fun splash pad. A water management system is installed to keep the water in the pools in its natural state, where only a minimum amount of chlorine is added to minimise the risks of allergic reaction, eye irritation and respiratory problems triggered by chlorine.

6. Going the extra mile to ensure guests’ comfort during their stay

Comfort

Rasa Sentosa is like a little paradise to me. They’ve certainly gone the extra mile to ensure guests’ comfort through all seasons. Whatever you can think of or need, they’ll have them prepared for you.

Wet laundry? No problem. There is a 24-hour self-operating wash-and-dry machine that you can use to wash your clothes at a very small fee. This is on-top of the usual laundry service that is provided by the resort.

Need some ice? There is an ice and water dispenser machine at every floor. Need an exercise? They have a well-equipped gym surrounded by nice greeneries here.

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If you checked-in early and your room is not ready, or you’re waiting for your flight after you’ve checked-out, you can relax at the lounge that is furnished with coffee machine, internet stations, books, newspapers and TV. You can also take a shower in the Refresh Room.

Awesome, isn’t it?

7. CHI, The spa, is every woman’s dream come true

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Apart from all the above fun-filled experiences at Rasa Sentosa, a good body massage is good in many ways. Try their signature Singapore Massage (only available at Rasa Sentosa) which incorporates different massage methods from Singapore’s three main cultures – Chinese, Malay and Indian – to deliver a tension-relieving and relaxing experience.

Singapore Massage
Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

8. Trapizza, the alfresco dining on the beach

Trapizza
Picture Credit: Shangri-La’s Press Kit

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I love cosy dining in an outdoor setting while overlooking the beachfront. It’s very relaxing and romantic. Trapizza provides a selection of traditional thin-crust wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts in addition to a children’s menu. There is also a children’s playground by the beach.

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Thank you Rasa Sentosa for the memorable stay and fun-filled weekend.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, 098970, Singapore
Tel: (65) 6275 0100
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/rasasentosaresort/

 

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Checking Out: Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Last weekend, we took our first peek at Gardens at the Bay, and we found ourselves pleasantly surprised at what the garden had to offer.

We left our house at 3:30pm after everyone had enough of their afternoon nap. The weather was sunny and we were all excited about the trip. Unfortunately, half an hour later when we exit the expressway at Nicole Highway, it was pouring rain!

“Oh, no!!! What are we supposed to do?” I stared at V blankly for a few seconds, and I felt bad if we had to change our plan since we were almost reaching our destination.

“Just proceed, maybe the rain will stop soon,” he replied. Seeing the level of enthusiasm in him, we decided to proceed per our plan. Perhaps, we can take a shelter somewhere while we wait for the rain to stop as we had no clue how the garden is like – whether it is mostly indoor or outdoor.

The rain was slightly lighter when we reached the garden. Luckily, the walkway from the car park to the ticketing counters is all sheltered. We started our visit at the two conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

Cloud Forest

Cloud Forest is the cool-moist conservatory that housed plant life found between 1,000 to 2,000 meters above sea level, from ravines to mountain-tops. Its main feature is the 35-meter tall mountain covered in lush vegetation with a magnificent indoor waterfall.

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The 35-meter indoor waterfall

Crystal Mountain
Crystal Mountain

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Somewhere in Cloud Forest…

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Tree Top Walk

We took a leisure stroll up to the mountain top, before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside beneath. There are nine unique zones in Cloud Forest, namely Lost World, Cloud Walk, The Cavern , Waterfall View, Crystal Mountain, Tree Top Walk, Earth Check, +5 Degrees and Secret Garden.

Tree Top Walk & Cloud Walk
The Top Walk at the middle, and Cloud Walk at the top!

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The exciting Cloud Walk!

The Tree Top Walk is at Level 4, outside the Crystal Mountain. The Cloud Walk is at the top of the mountain. I really enjoyed catching the 360-degree view from the Cloud Walk, but our boy freaked out of the height and he cling on to me for dear life throughout. Only towards the end, he soon adjusted and enjoyed the walk as well as the beauty of the nature.

After completing our visit at Cloud Forest, we went for our dinner at Supertree Dining before we proceed to Flower Dome.

Flower Dome

Flower Dome, on the other hand, is the world’s largest column-less greenhouse and it replicates the climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. It features a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, showcasing the adaptations of plants to dry environments.

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Flower Dome

V at Flower Dome

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Can you find the chicken here? Not real one, of course!

With our tummies still full, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a cooling and leisurely stroll here, as we enjoy beauty of the flowers and plants. The time was already 7:15pm, so it’s also getting a little dark here.

We spent about an hour here before we proceed to the Supertree Groove.

Supertree Groove

SuperTree Groove
At 5:30pm

I would say that the Supertree Groove is the most beautiful part of the garden at night. These unique trees of up to 16 storeys in height can be found all around the Gardens, but there are twelve at the Supertree Grove, and the remaining six are placed in clusters of threes at the Golden and Silver Gardens.

SuperTree Groove (Night)
At 8:45pm

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At night, these supertrees come alive with an exhilarating display of sound and light. It starts at 7:45pm and 8:45pm.

The main attraction here is the OCBC Skyway, which is a 128-metre long walkway that connects the two 25-metre Supertrees at the Supertree Grove. From here, visitors can enjoy the panoramic views of the garden as well as the surrounding Marina Bay area.

However, due to time constraints, we didn’t make it to the OCBC Skyway. Tickets to the OCBC Skyway can be purchased separately at $5 (for adult) and $3 (for child/senior). We’re planning our second trip here next month to visit the OCBC Skyway and outdoor gardens like Heritage Gardens, Dragonfly Lake, Bay East Garden etc. This trip, we only managed to cover about 60% of the garden.

If you haven’t been here, you can consider bringing your family to enjoy the beauty of the nature in the garden. The garden is free to enter. Or you can visit the Supertree Groove at night and have dinner at the nearby Supertree Dining. Night photography here is fantastic!

Useful Info:

1. Admission to the Outdoor Gardens in Bay South is free, including the Supertree Groove. Tickets to the OCBC Skyway at Supertree Groove can be purchased separately at $5 (for adult) and $3 (for children).

2. Tickets to the Cooled Conservatories (Cloud Forest and Flower Dome) can be purchased at the Ticketing Hub. You can choose to buy tickets to one or two conservatories. Admission to one conservatory is $12 (for adult) and $8 (for child/senior), and admission to two conservatories is $20 (for adult), $15 (for senior) and $12 (for child).

3. Click HERE for opening hours and ticketing information.

4. The cooled conservatories can be quite cold, so please bring along a light sweater for your children.

5. Website: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html