There it was, right before my eyes, sitting inside a tall chiller – rows of quality baby food and organic drinks from Heinz and Gerber that cater for babies and kids from a few months old to a few years old.
I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a hotel restaurant (or any restaurant for that matter) serving a buffet spread of baby food – free. There at the baby’s corner are sterilizers and milk warmers complete with baby diapers for use. Free.
In fact, right in the middle of the buffet island is, a Kids Corner where a generous spread of food specially catered to the kids’ preferences yet providing proper nutrition. From nachos to broccoli, kidney beans to ice cream, fried rice to cereals – this special corner is set up for the kids to share in the joy of selecting and eating their own meals, giving them autonomy and accountability.
This is the Rasa Sentosa, Shangri-La resort – a name that is synonymous with providing luxurious family-centered experience. We last visited this hotel about 8 years ago before the kids came along and were pleasantly surprised that it has undergone revamps over the years to keep the guest experiences fresh and relevant.
Right next to the dining area are 4 rooms within one large venue – the Cool Zone which has customized ample space for kids of different age groups to play in. From crafts to Xbox Kinect games to sliding down the 2-storey tall Tree House, the Cool Zone provides hours of endless entertainment for the kids. The Kids Club programme changes daily. On some days, kids get to go on nature trail around the resort. On others, there are garden relays! The younger kids who are below 5 years old are not left out. The hotel has built dedicated baby areas for infants (completed with a carousel and baby TV!) and a toddler playroom, which resembles a mini indoor play gym.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Families are encouraged to participate in the unique outdoor activities too. Right outside the Cool Zone are table tennis facilities where parents and kids can paddle away at your own leisure. Walk a few steps to the beach and you can engage in simple water-sports with your spouse and children (free for the 1st hour). From paddleboats to kayaking, these water sports are excellent ways to distress and bond with the family.
Stroll further along Siloso beach and you can take your family to a new height, literally. Situated right on the beach is perhaps Singapore’s only flying trapeze (owned and operated by the hotel for guests and public to use at stipulated times). The flying trapeze activity is guided by a team of qualified, patient instructors; although height is involved, it is totally safe, fun and extremely addictive. Dana would be the first to assure you that once is never enough. In fact, we were overjoyed to know we don’t have to fly to ClubMed overseas for the flying trapeze anymore!
For nature lovers, you’ll like the hotel’s new ‘Nature’s Corner’ built under the canopy of large mature trees where guests can indulge in a bit of nature’s very own ‘aromatherapy’ among local plants and herbs. Slow your pace and take a stroll in this tranquil, invigorating little oasis perched on the rocks and you feel your tensions ease away. The whole family can also learn a bit or two about gardening while admiring the intricacies of nature’s random but beautiful patterns here.
Right in the middle of the hotel is its iconic pool that is main draw for families. After all, what are staycations without a splashing good time? In fact, on the weekend when we were there, the hotel staff was conducting fun water relay games for families at the pool. These games, facilitated by the lifeguards, are safe and fun as you get to interact with other guests. The 3 large water slides at the children’s pool never fail to draw squeals and laughter from the kids. Given a choice, the kids would be more than delighted to swim all day. For the younger toddlers, there is a water play area for them to frolick in. There are ample lounge chairs under the coconut trees and on the beach for lazing. The hotel is also thoughtful enough to supply chilled lemony drinking water by the poolside to hydrate guests.
After an exciting day enjoying the activities around the hotel and the attractions in Sentosa, the family can unwind in the one of the many comfortable guests rooms at the resort. The quality of Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa’s rooms deliver a luxurious, pampering experience for the entire family. Freshly pressed sheets, clean (and thick!) towels, kid-sized bathrobes and room slippers, free wifi, free complimentary child bed, welcome local fruit basket and nonya snacks, ice-dispenser on every floor, coin-operated laundry machines…and hear this – free mini bar (for the 1st round)! So many value-added amenities to ensure that families enjoy a fun, luxurious, pampering holiday right here in Singapore, without compromising on convenience or comfort! That’s service excellence.
During our stay, we savoured breakfast and lunch served at the hotel’s Silver Shell Cafe. The buffet offers a smorgasbord of international and local favorites. Chief among them are the Indian curries, the Biryani rice, Curry Laksa as well as the plethora of cakes and desserts. We were seriously spoiled for choice! And yes, the Kids Corner and the Baby Food are included in the buffet, adding to the heartwarming knowledge that at Rasa Sentosa, everyone’s needs (no matter how young or little) are well taken care of.
Just like its sister resort, The Golden Sands Penang Malaysia, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa is a pleasure for the senses and a sanctuary for the soul….an amazing feat considering its family-friendly atmosphere and top-notch service quality. It’s no wonder Rasa Sentosa has just been crowned the ‘Hotel Of The Year’ during the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 2015 Annual Awards. What a big accolade! In fact, we left with a tinge of regret for not booking an additional night to enjoy this beautiful beach-front resort fully – 24 hours is definitely not enough! For your next family holiday, do take advantage of Rasa Sentosa’s attractive “Family Package” offer from now till 31 August 2015.
- Free buffet breakfast at Silver Shell Cafe
- Free buffet dinner at Silver Shell Cafe inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks, chilled juices, house wine or beer
- Free registration (full-day) at the Cool Zone and participation in activities organised for children aged 5 to 12. For the club’s signature giant tree-house slide, each child is entitled to one hour of complimentary play time during one of the following sessions – 10am to 12 noon, 2pm to 4pm or 7pm to 9pm
- Complimentary lunch and dinner for children registered with Cool Zone’s full day programme
- 15% off a la carte treatments at the resort’s spa
- Free use of selected water sports facilities daily (one hour)
- Three free swings on The Flying Trapeze per stay
- Free broadband Internet access in guestrooms and around the resort
- One complimentary sofa bed for the child
- Free entry to Sentosa Island
- Free Sentosa Express tickets
From SGD 485 per night. This offer is available from 1 Sep 2014 through 31 Aug 2015.
Read our superb experience at its Sunday Garden Party (which takes place every Sunday) in this review – Sunday Lunch, the way it was meant to be.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, 098970, Singapore
(65) 6275 0100
Thanks to Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort, we are rewarding 1 faithful couple with a weekday buffet dinner for two at the Silver Shell Cafe where a gastronomic feast of flavors from around the world awaits. The dining voucher is valid from 2 June to 1 September 2015. Check out the Silver Shell’s daily thematic buffet dinner menu here. To participate in this giveaway, simply do the following:
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Disclaimer: We received a complimentary night’s stay for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are, as usual, ours.