Had a good stay with the family on the Rasa Family Package.
The Package is good value - room, plus breakfast and buffet dinner and tickets for the flying trapeze.
The hotel is a little outta the way but this being Sentosa, there is a good internal bus service and plenty to see and do on the island itself. The hotel is not far (only 1 bus stop and 10-15mins away) from the Lunge, Sky Lift, Butterfly Park and the 4D Adventure so there is plenty for the children. The beach is also just at the door step of the hotel - adjacent to the car park and a little walk from the pool.
In any case, the Rasa Sentosa has plenty on offer on their grounds already. There is a small children's pool and another with 3 slides for children, an adults' pool with the poolside bar; a Cool zone (one rooms for art and craft work, one room with a small 2-level treehouse cum jungle gym and a smaller room with a wee ball pit and padded mats on the floor for toddlers)....they even have 2 table-tennis tables free for use.
Interestingly, the hotel was thoughtful enough and provided a iced-water stand by the pool as well as bottled water at the lobby for all guests. They really had a mind on entertaining children as there were ballon sculptor(s) and staff giving out free mini ice-cream cones to the little ones. Children were also well-pleased to see the resident peacock and his flock roaming the grounds. We were warned about the monkeys but there were none seen throughout our stay.
Check in was very quick. Staff would let you "check-in early" where you don't have a room assigned yet but they will issue you a paper slip that gives you access to hotel amentities. Staff would then call you personally via mobile the minute your room is ready.
Staff would come around to bring you a basket of fruits to complement the box of nonya kuehs that are already in the room. And the hotel was generous in providing the first round of mini-bar goodies free, with an additional 3 bottles of water in each room.
The room itself was large and had a glorious view, albeit of cargo/tanker ships and the oil refinery in the distance. Fixtures and furniture looked a little old and worn in a few places but mostly in ship-shape. There wasn't so much of a scratch or chip anywhere, save a couple of peeling laminates on the door.
The bathroom was sufficiently spacious, especially compared to most hotels in western countries. And it seemed very well fitted/kitted out for an "old" hotel. The shower facilities seemed rather new and the family especially liked the thoughtful bath amenities provided - the hotel even provides laundry powder.
We had a good night's sleep on the comfy bed, with the curtains drawn to look out at the stars and the sea. The hotel wheeled in a children's bed for us as part of the package. There were plenty of pillows to go around and housekeeping staff were on-hand (they appear at your door surprisingly quickly) to pass you extra towels or pillows if you require.
Breakfast and dinner were at the Silver Shell Cafe. Enough choices to keep most of us happy but nothing extraordinary. Quite the normal hotel spare. The children has their own little buffet corner with children's cutlery and food displayed at their height. They were naturally most happy with the ice-cream chiller and the white chocolate fountain with marshmellows.
For dinner, there was a good noodle soup station at one end and a roast meat station at the other. Those see the longest queue. For breakfast, the porridge/meat buns and English breakfast fry-ups station(s) see the longest queues. The children were greeted with assorted cheeses, scrambled eggs and iced-milo on tap. We had to queue a bit before we could be seated so I would recommend you make a reservation if you wish to speed things up a bit.
In all, the family had a great time. It was really good value too, being cheaper than the hotels in Resorts World and the other boutique hotels on Sentosa. We liked that the hotel thought through how to keep families entertained and what would be most important/valued by those staying there with children. We also liked that it seemed a little private and not as busy/crowded as the hotels in say Resorts World.
We would head to Rasa Sentosa again if we can.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort, Singapore's only beachfront resort, is situated at Sentosa Island. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close to major attractions like Orchard Road, Little India and Clarke Quay, the resort is conveniently linked to mainland Singapore by a causeway. It is next to numerous attractions including the Universal Studios, Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon. The business district is a mere 15 minutes away by car. ... more less
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