Rasa Sentosa Resort Staycation

Shangri La Rasa Sentosa Staycation
It's holiday time. We decided to take it easy during the short 1 week break with a Staycation. Since we like the idea of being away from the mainland, Sentosa became an obvious choice for us.
This is not a sponsored post, all expenses are from our own pocket!

Sentosa has always been a favourite Staycation destination for us. however our choice of Staycation had always been RWS. We had heard so much about the kid friendly Rasa Sentosa that we decided it is about time we make it our destination for this holiday.
Check in lobby
The check in time was at 3pm. We had arrived earlier at about 230pm and was allowed to pre-register. Registration took only 10 mins even with a queue. It is quite efficient compared to other hotels we had stayed.

Since we were early, we decided to roam about at the lobby. We chanced upon a staff giving away mini ice cream cones for kids ( Sorry adults!), which we think it is a great introductory touch for our stay at Rasa Sentosa.
Free ice cream
At 3pm , Dad received a call from the reception that the room was ready. It comes to no surprise that we were highly impressed with the service. In fact throughout the stay, we were treated impeccably. The staff were freindly and accomodating. We rate the service a close 5 out of 5 stars. Almost flawless.
Rasa Sentosa Deluxe pool view
Our home for the next 3 days would be the Deluxe Pool View room. The room itself was awesome with a few pleasant surprises. It warranted a review on its own. Do check back as we bring you a tour around the room.
Swimming pool
The first thing that caught our eyes would be the swimming pool. Being Water boys, we wasted no time in dictating our first activity. Within minutes of settling in, we decided it is time for the real fun to began!
Swimming pool
The pool itself it pretty big and divided into 4 sections. There is a water play station with 3 slides for kids under 120cm. A wading pool about 0.5 m deep, the main pool for everyone and a quiet corner with jacuzzi for adults only.

There are also swim vest provided for kids. We highly recommend this for non swimmers. As we cannot swim, the vest is perfect for keeping us afloat and 'swim' in the deeper parts of the pool.
Wading pool plus water play station
The good thing about Rasa Sentosa is that it is probably the only hotel in Singapore with a beachfront location. The beach is literally steps away from the main pool.
Beach time
It comes to no surprise we decided that it would be our next destination for some sandcastle time!
Sand, fun and sun!
For adults, there is a sea sport center where you can indulge in. You can rent kayaks, paddle boats as well as bicycles to explore Siloso beach by sea or land.

Should you decide to step away from the water sports as well as sand play, there is a playground on site for those dry moments of play.
Outdoor playground
That is not the only playground on site. For in house guests aged 5-12 , they can choose to play in the Cool Zone. Spanning over 100 square meters over two storeys, the cool zone is a paradise for kids. The best part - Parents are not allowed!!!

Cool Zone - No parents allowed
There are activities ranging from arts and craft or even a mass Xbox kinect dancing session.The kids can also explore the tree house in the premises. Best of all,I did made some new friends while I was there.
Dancing on stage.

The Cool Zone is a drop off place and opens from 930am to 9pm. You just need to register your child and in return you can enjoy the rest of the resort on your own. Perfect for Mom and Dad for some 'couple' time.
Register here
For younger kids (4 and below) , there is a mini toots club by the side of cool zone. It is however an adults accompanied place.
Mini toots club
The mini toots club is probably good for kids 2 and under. There is a shallow ball pit, a carousel ( you need $2 to ride this) , play stuff and Tv. Little Lou ,who is 3,was rather bored after a good 5 minutes. It would be good if they revamp the space or integrate it to the Cool Zone. After all that is where most fun occurs!
Mini Toots club
Within the same premises is a smallish arcade. It comes with a few arcade machines, a basketball station and a 'hockey' arcade table. This space would probably cater more to the older kids.
The arcade
Since we were on Sentosa, the whole island was actually our playground. We did venture out during our staycation to catch a glimpse of our favourite 'Plants vs Zombies' who were there for a meet and greet session.
Plants vs Zombies
It wasn't long before we decide to return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the facilities.
Dine on 3
It has been quite a while since we have a nice long lingering meal. During our stay at Sentosa, we managed to dine in 3 different restaurants there. Since it was buffet style for most of the meals, we spend at least a hour each during mealtime. It was rare for us to spend so long in a restaurant given our short attention span. Our parents sure appreciate this as it allowed them to savour their food. For dining at Rasa Sentosa, there are a few choices located at Dine on 3. There are 4 different restaurants, namely Silver Shell Cafe, 8 Noodles, Casserole, Barnacles and Trapizza located on the beach.

Price wise, it is considered on the high side. A typical meal cost about $ 100 plus for a family of 4. ( Ouch ) However for buffet, kids dine free is they are guests of the hotel and they dine with a paying adult.

We will be reviewing the restaurants in an upcoming post.
Chill on 5
Other facilities on site included a chill out bar located on level 5 and a mini shopping area located on the same level.
For gym buffs, there is a gym located at level 5. We did not use the facilities as we were more into the Kids Cool Zone.
There is also a spa call Chi. Unfortunately our parents had to skip this as they spend most of their time entertaining us .
Chi Spa
Overall it is a memorable stay for us. We loved the room, the facilities for kids , the pool and the beach. It was a relaxing holiday for us as we spend many hours just chilling in the resort. We recommend a walk in the evening around the compound as the night lights were simply beautiful. We reckoned that if you have a family with young kids, Rasa Sentosa will be a top choice for Staycation in Singapore.

Rasa at night
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