Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sentosa Staycation (Part 1)

Staycation’s the latest in-word of late, with a December 2011 CNA report that more Singaporeans are choosing staycations over overseas holidays.

And we have added to this statistic! In mid-January, to spend time with Jay & celebrate his birthday, we decided to go over to sunny Sentosa for a 2-day, 1-night stay. We initially wanted to stay for two nights, but unfortunately our work schedules were really packed.

Our hotel of choice was the Rasa Sentosa, and the stay was absolutely divine. The usual check-in timing was 3pm, but we had requested an earlier check-in at 12 pm. However, we decided to spend the day at USS, so we reached the hotel lobby at 10am, wanting to deposit our bags first – but as it was a lull season, they allowed us to check in to the room then! Wooo! We upgraded to a Family Room (with an extra sofa bed, with a gorgeous pool-side view.

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This is the view from our hotel room.

For a staycation, it was pretty perfect. In fact, when some friends asked me about my staycation, I compared it to the Bali holiday I had in the beginning of 2011… While I had fun in Bali, I think to some extent, Sentosa was a better beach resort holiday.

We didn’t do any water activities in Bali (cos I was pregnant with Xav then), but at least in Sentosa we didn’t get accosted by people asking us to rent beach towels and chairs for a fee. Safety-wise, Sentosa also comes up tops, and I felt so safe walking back to the hotel even when the streets were empty. In Bali, it wasn’t as safe due to high traffic, free-flowing alcohol, and beggars lining the streets. Food-wise, I love Balinese food, but it was a “trial-and-error” sometimes, and we relied heavily on Trip Advisor. In Sentosa, the hotel breakfast buffet was yummy, and we could dine at quality and affordable places like Din Tai Fung at Resorts World.

All in all, we had a blast in Sentosa! It was a great mid-week break from work!

More posts coming up about our staycation.

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