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Review: Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa - Singapore (Sentosa Island)

Just like that, our month long holiday is over..

We've been back home for nearly three weeks now and it feels like so much more than that. I must admit that this time, I got a great big dose of holiday blues when we arrived home and I'm only just starting to shake it. It's been pretty quiet on the blog as I adjust back into the daily grind. I have quite a few travel posts to come, there's so many posts written in my head. And photos to sort through and edit and I haven't been sure where to start.

So I thought the best place to start would be right at the beginning. On our way to Australia we stopped over at Singapore for 4 nights and although we were incredibly jet lagged we had such an amazing time. Last year we stayed at Shangri-La on Orchard Rd and loved it, so this time we decided to stay at Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa on Sentosa Island. In this post I'm going to share my thoughts on our stay.

The Location
This resort is located in Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island is a resort and escape away from the bustling city but still very close by being only a 10-15 minute drive away. It's home to 14 hotels, attractions,   Universal Studios, beach bars and restaurants and a man made beach. Shangri-La offers a free shuttle bus that will take you all around the island and everything is close by. The shuttle bus also goes to VivoCity Shopping Centre just outside Sentosa which hosts a range of shopping spots and more restaurants. Shangri-La is the only hotel on the Island that has a beach front. We had no need to ever leave the Island during our stay here.

Checking In
After a long but uneventful 13 hour flight into Singapore we whipped through the very efficient Changi Airport, jumped in a taxi and in about 25 minutes and at 5.30pm local time we were pulling up across from a humongous waterfall and next to the lobby of Shangi-La on Sentosa Island. From the moment we arrived and I got a view of the ocean I felt instantly relaxed.  The team at reception were super friendly and helpful and the welcome we received was just perfect after a long haul flight. When we were showed to our room we were greeted with an amazing welcome treat of fresh fruits, a bottle of wine and a delicious selection of truffles and macaroons. Amazing!

The Room
We stayed in Room 983 which was a Deluxe Sea View Room. Let me let our view speak for itself....

The room had a king sized bed and there was also a travel cot set up for Baby Girl. The bed was super comfy and big enough for all 3 of us (did I mention the jet lag and non sleeping toddlers?). The room was light, bright and airy. 

The first round of drinks in the mini bar was complimentary and included some local treats too. Bottled water in the room was also complimentary and was topped up daily.

The bathroom was stocked with Shangri-la amenities. As a nice touch they included a children's amenity pouch with soaps, shampoos and wipes. There was the choice of a bath or a big shower and we chose the shower. The shower was super roomy and had a shower seat inside. The shower head was a pull down so it was easy to give our 2 year old a good wash too. It does seem to have been a few years that the rooms have been refreshed and some parts of the room you can tell have seen a lot during it's time but everything is well kept and clean.

The bathrobes in the room were super plush. I spent a lot of time in mine inside the room. The hotel slippers were slides which I thought was a bit strange until I wore them down to the pool, and they were absolutely perfect for pool ventures.

The Pool & Beach
I've done a lot of research and visited multiple SG hotels and I feel like this pool and beach area is probably the best Singapore. There is a corner to suit each member of the family. From the kids pools, to the splash park and the two waterslides, to the larger pool, the poolside bar and then the beach. There's also water sports by the beach. Whilst the beach is man made, I think it does a pretty good job of being a tropical escape only a stones throw away from one of the worlds biggest financial districts. We spent as much time here as possible however when we were leaving I felt sad that we didn't spend more time.

The pool bar resident pet.

The Food
A breakfast buffet was included in the price of the room and was served in the choice of 2 restaurants. We ate at Dine on 3 most mornings. The choice was endless. There was literally every kind of western and asian style breakfast you could think of. There was also a great kids corner separate from the main buffets that had a scaled-down-to-height buffet counter perfect for children and a selection of kids breakfast delights. Everything was help yourself including the teas and coffees. You could order your eggs to be cooked any way you fancy.

Singapore knows how to put on an exceptional buffet and in the past I've been really spoilt for choice. In comparison to the others I've tried this would be a 3/5. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed a yummy breakfast every day, our bellies were always full and we had a selection of and kind of breakfast our bellies desired, however the 5 star hotels closer to Singapore city seem to do breakfast where the bar is much higher than most other buffet breakfasts I've had anywhere in the world.

We also ate dinner at Dine on 3 and snacks at the pool bar and the food was yummy. We missed out on eating by the Italian and Seafood restaurant by the water and it's one of my regrets. We heard rave reviews about them both. There's a video at the end of this post featuring more about the food so have a looksy if you want to see more.

For The Kids
Shangri-La Sentosa have kept children in mind in every part of their offering. There is a kids club that operates from 9.30am - 9pm with different activities every day. Whilst we didn't use the kids club as I'm a neurotic mama that worries too much, there was loads of kids that took part and they always looked like they were having the time of their lives. There's an awesome soft play with separate areas catering for both under 5's and over 5's. The section for the older kids has a giant slide spanning across 2 storeys. The equipment was in great condition and they made sure that all children and parents entering the area sanitised their hands. They also took everyone's temperatures to make sure no one was going in sick and passing germs. Genius right? 

The pool area has a kids pool, TWO waterslides and a splash park and there are lots of cool kids activities by the pool.

The smaller details like the kiddie amenities pouch, kids breakfast buffet and kiddie cutlery sets made me feel like this hotel really valued and cared for their kiddie customers.

My verdict
I will choose this hotel every single time, and over again if I fancy a bit of Singaporean beach side relaxation. As well as having the best pool and beach side in all of Singapore, I couldn't imagine a hotel that would host kids just as well as Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa do. 

What this resort isn't, and doesn't pretend to be, is like their 5 star hotel friends closer to the city. We have stayed in hotels in Singapore city that have been a little more luxurious and grand. The manner at Shangri-La Sentosa is more relaxed. The decor is beach lush, rather than city luxury. The lobby is an outdoor set-up where you enjoy the ocean breeze hitting your face rather than a grand lobby where you are surrounded by fancy chandeliers.

I'm the kind of girl who sometimes wants a lush hotel where I can simply sit by the pool all day, enjoy the atmosphere and soak up the rays. This, my friends, is the perfect place to do that. 

Thank you Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa for the most perfect start to our holiday. You surpassed our expectations and more and we can't wait to see you again.

Finally here's some video footage of our stay: 

Let me know if this has helped and if you want any more details!

Another post is on it's way really soon.

Kat x

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  1. What a lovely hotel, The views from your room are stunning x

  2. I love how much they've thought about the children. I'd stay based on that

  3. Love how they have included the kids area whist still being luxurious for parents

  4. I love family friendly hotels and attractions. This looks and sounds amazing. Lovely photos.

  5. It looks amazing. Love the fact there were kiddies toiletries in the room. That soft play looked great. The island sounds fab in itself x

  6. Looks like an absolutely fabulous place! Love the view from your window. The swimming pool looks amazing!

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  8. Every single aspect of this resort sounds amazing, from the toiletries to the breakfasts. I would not have wanted to come home I think

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