Furama RiverFront Hotel Staycation Review: Fun Kid-Themed Staycation

Looking for a staycation package that is thoughtfully-designed with families in mind? What about a colourful themed hotel room with bunk bed, XBOX games, kid’s toiletries and bath robes, outdoor inflatable water bouncy castle, spacious play area, and complimentary buffet dinner for the entire family? Sounds fantastic, isn’t it? Now, I shall give you an overview of our recent staycation at Furama RiverFront Hotel that checks all the boxes.  🙂

Furama RiverFront HotelPhoto Credit: Furama RiverFront

Furama RiverFront Hotel Staycation Review

This is, by far, one of the most memorable staycations we’ve ever had. We were SO impressed with the exciting kids-friendly activities lined up for families. It’s more than just a hotel staycation, we experienced an ultimate kid’s fun all day in the heart of our city. ^___^

Here are 5 things that we absolutely LOVED about our staycation:

1. The Beautiful Themed Hotel Room with Bunk Bed and XBOX games

Trust me, bunk bed is always a HUGE HIT for kids. We stayed in a Castle-themed room that comes with a bunk bed (single on top, queen at the bottom, and a pull-out bed too). As you can see, the room can easily accommodates 4 persons. And still, it’s so spacious for the kids to play in the room.

Furama RiverFront Theme Room

Furama RiverFront Hotel Theme Room

Furama RiverFront Hotel Theme Room

Festive Buffet at Atrium Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

What I love most about Christmas is being able to enjoy a sumptuous festive buffet with my loved ones. I feel fortunate to live in Singapore – a food paradise, where there’s no lack of festive season dining.

This year, I started my festive dining at one of the most drool-worthy Christmas buffets in town. Atrium Restaurant in the centrally-located Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium offers a delicious line-up of festive menu that is totally calorie-worthy!

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This was my first visit to Atrium Restaurant, and I really like its ambience. I understand that the restaurant had a revamp last year, and now it looks brighter, modern and clean.

Atrium Restaurant

Atrium Restaurant

Led by Executive Chef Chua Yew Hock and his team of master chefs, diners can look forward a stellar spread of festive dishes such as fresh seafood on ice, including Alaskan king crab, oysters, and scallops, before heading to the live cooking station for some Pan-seared Lobster with Tomato Stew and Onion Espuma made à la minute.

Festive Buffet at Atrium Restaurant

We started our meal with Cream of Spring Bay Black Mussel with Fennel. Its rich and creamy taste is the perfect start to warm my tummy. Spoiling my taste buds next were Pan-Seared Lobster with Tomato Stew and Onion Espuma, and Roast Rack of Lamb with Apricot and Thyme Jus.

Festive Buffet at Atrium Restaurant

Truth be told, I’m generally not a fan of lamb. But surprisingly, I was delighted at my very first bite to discover the tenderness of the lamb ribs that was fine-tuned and perfectly-roasted. The taste of the lamb was well-balanced. I’ve a word with the chef, complimenting him on this dish and he even shared with me that he used his secret ingredient which is apricot to balance and enhance the taste of the lamb.

The pan-seared lobster was an excellent choice to satisfy my seafood indulgence. This dish certainly lived up to my expectations. To further compliment it, I’ve decided to take a picture of Chef Jeffery Chong, which he has kindly obliged.

Chef at Atrium Restaurant

After indulging in these festive dishes, we head on to the buffet line. My buffet feast started with the hot and spicy chilli crayfish. This dish is best paired with fried buns. Dipping the buns in the addictive spicy and sour sauce, I savoured every single bite of them.

Chilli Crayfish at Atrium Restaurant

The fresh seafood on ice was a total delight! We were so impressed with the fresh prawns, mussels, crabs, sashimi, scallops, oysters, sushi and many more!

Seafood on Ice

Sushi

After filling our tummies with the festive dishes and buffet highlights, we moved on to savour the rest of the buffet spread such as laksa, popiah, curry chicken, salad, assorted Chinese and Western food.

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Festive Buffet at Atrium Restaurant

We saved the last 10% of our tummies for desserts. Who could resist a yummy Christmas log cake and a wide spread of desserts from chocolates to cakes, yogurts, fruits, Ice Kacang, Nyonya Kueh, ice-cream and many more!

Dessert

Atrium Restaurant is the best place to soak in the festive season’s ambience. Impeccable service and delicious food, it’s a totally delightful festive buffet that I’d like to recommend to you.

Festive buffet at Atrium Restaurant begins on 12 Dec 2015. Buffet lunch starts from $35++ per pax, and buffet dinner from $58++ per pax. 50% for kids between 6 and 12 years of age. Kids 5 years and under dine free. Citibank Cardmembers enjoys special discount on these festive buffets. Click HERE for more details.

 

Atrium Restaurant
Level 4, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075
For reservations, call +65 6731 7172
Website: http://singaporeatrium.holidayinn.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hiatrium

Disclosure: This is an invited media tasting. All opinions are honest and are my own.

District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square – Family-Friendly Restaurant

Dining is a relaxed affair at District 10 as the restaurant is very child-friendly, complete with bouncy castle and spacious play area that children can enjoy while adults enjoy the food. It’s also perfect for families and friends to gather for a relaxing weekend brunch or lunch.

District 10 Bar & Restaurant is located at UE Square. It’s pretty unique because it houses a main dining hall, private dining room, al fresco dining and al fresco bar – all within their premises that guarantees a cozy and relaxed ambience for all the diners.

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Last weekend, we went to try out their brunch menu and here’s what we ordered.

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I had Florentine Style Eggs Benedict (poached eggs on toasted brioche bread, sautéed spinach with pesto hollandaise sauce & pine nuts, $16++). This is a new item on their brunch menu which is also their signature dish specially created by Chef Luca Pezzera. The eggs are nicely runny while the brioche bread is so soft and moist. I highly recommend it!

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V ordered the Black Angus Striploin (served with fried eggs, $28++). The accuracy for medium rare was good, and it was a close complete of a 7oz steak.

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Edison loves prawns, so we got him a Linguine Aglio Olio with Tiger Prawns ($22++). He totally enjoyed the generous servings of succulent tiger prawn.

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We also tried the Wholemeal Tortilla Wrap (served with Mexican style chicken breast, roasted capsicum, scrambled eggs & crispy iceberg lettuce, $16++). It’s a perfect choice for a healthier and lighter meal to start the weekend.

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For the drinks, we ordered Anti-Oxidant (peach, green apple, mango & strawberry, $13++), Anti-Aging (dragon fruit & pineapple, $13++), and Freshly Squeezed Carrot & Apple Juice ($12++).

No meal is complete without some great dessert. No matter how full we’re, we always save some room for desserts. The desserts at District 10 are awesomely delicious. We ordered a Belgian Waffle (served with berries, ricotta cheese, wild honey & roasted walnut, $14++), Traditional Italian Tiramisu ($12++), and Warm Lava Chocolate Cake & Vanilla Ice-cream ($14++).

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I actually LOVE all of them! These desserts taste as good as they look – definitely worth a try!

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To top it off, the laid-back and family-friendly space made us feel right at home. Edison was completely captivated by the bouncy castle. The moment his order was taken, he zoomed right into the bouncy castle located on the outdoor patio (available from 11:30am – 4:30pm on weekends and public holidays).

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There is also a play area complete with ride-on cars, colouring books, and pencils for the younger kids.

District 10 is also a perfect choice for children’s parties, where 240sqm play area is lined with play pads to ensure the safety of the kids while providing plenty of room for them to run freely and explore their surroundings.

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District 10’s special kids menu is uniquely printed on a colouring paper (I almost missed this out!). It offers delicious options such as Roasted Mini Chipolata with Fried Eggs and Fries ($9++), Black Angus Mini Burger with Fries ($9++), and Fish Fritters with Sautéed Vegetables ($9++).

Would I return again? Certainly YES! We like everything about District 10, from their food to their set-up, ambience, and location. I’ll always look forward to spending a relaxing Sunday morning filled with great food and great fun at District 10. You should check out this place too!

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District 10 Bar & Restaurant (UE Square)
Address: 81 Clemenceau Avenue, #01-15/16/17 UE Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 239917
For reservations: (65) 6738 4788
Website: www.district10.com.sg
Facebook: Facebook.com/District10BarandRestaurant
Instagram: @district10sg

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

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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

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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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Birthday Staycation at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa has always been on our staycation list, and I’m glad we finally managed to check them out again during the Sept term break, as well as to celebrate our boy’s birthday.

It was a glorious weekend with perfect weather to head to Rasa Sentosa Resort, which is just half an hour drive from home. The main reason why I love this place is because it is the only resort in Singapore with a beachfront location.

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I can stroll along the beach after breakfast, spend some couple time with V while leaving Edison at the Cool Zone (kid’s club provided by the resort), enjoy a wide selection of food, and then have fun with the various activities available at the resort.

All the spacious guest rooms in Rasa Sentosa Resort are either sea-facing or overlooking the pool, landscaped garden or lush tropical greenery of the hill. Each room is fitted with a private balcony for guests to enjoy the natural outdoor surroundings. A majority also provides a connecting room option.

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We stayed in a Deluxe Pool View Room located on the 5th floor. The room size is very spacious and comfortable even after we put up a Murphy bed for Edison.

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Awesome pool and garden view from our room

The room is tastefully design, and one thing that is worth mentioning is the plush cushions featuring the hand-sewn frog mascot of the resort, Mr. Toots, which is a huge favourite among children. The hotel has also prepared a Mr. Toots plush toy and birthday cake for Edison, and he was extremely delighted.

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Hi Mr. Toots!

I love the attention to details and thoughtfulness of the hotel staffs!

Unlike other hotels that impose charges on mini bar items, Rasa Sentosa Resort provides complimentary mini bar to their guests that includes fruits, snacks, soft drinks and bottled water.

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The bathroom looks absolutely stunning! It has a separate standing shower and bathtub, complete with plush towels and premium Shangri-La toiletries.

In my next post, I will share with you EIGHT things we love about Rasa Sentosa Resort. So please stay tuned!

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/

Disclosure: This is an invited media stay. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are honest and are my own.

 

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