So there was an offer on Groupon for a staycation at Amara Sanctuary Resort, and we decided to buy two! That works out to a nice 3D2N staycation on Sentosa island.
After our usual morning swim and lunch, we headed there. (By the way, if you’re driving in, don’t forget to print out the confirmation e-mail from the hotel; it gives you free entry to Sentosa. Without it, entry from 7am-5pm costs $7 per car for Sat, Sun and PH, and $3 after 5pm).
Check-in time was officially 3pm, and we arrived around 2.30pm. The lobby was nice and bright (unlike Hard Rock, our last staycation venue), and thankfully, there was no queue at the check-in counter (unlike Hard Rock and Festive Hotel). The whole process was relatively smooth, but we had to wait for the room to be ready. How to while away the time? Head for the snack cart, of course! How thoughtful of them to provide kacang puteh and iced water/tea so we can stuff our faces while waiting.
And then because the room was still not ready, we spent some time taking pictures since we wore matchy outfits.
Finally, it was time to head to our room! We got a twin-bed deluxe room (each room ranges from 37 to 39 sqm), which was spacious enough. But again, no free Wi-Fi 😦 (Why do all the hotels on Sentosa not have free Wi-Fi?!?)
The kids loved the bathtub, which was sorely missed at our previous RWS staycations.
And of course, most importantly, Cartoon Network on TV! Too bad no Adventure Time this time around, but we watched lotsa Gumball 🙂
We also checked out the swimming pools. Amara Sanctuary actually has four pools :
- SkyPool – A stunning rooftop infinity pool boasting impressive views of the South China Sea
- DreamPool – A splendid pool with waterfall amidst the beauty and comfort of a natural rainforest garden
- Children Pool – A kiddy pool completes with water slides sits prettily next to DreamPool
- Larkhill Terrace Pool – An exclusive infinity pool with impeccable view, just for guests of Larkhill Terrace Suites
(info from http://sentosa.amarahotels.com)
We didn’t manage to go the the Sky Pool, partly because children are apparently not allowed (probably cos it’s too deep for them). And it didn’t help that the weather was rainy.
But we did have some fun at the Children Pool. Although the above description is slightly inaccurate (not to mention ungrammatical!) as there is only ONE water slide. Yes, singular.
A word of caution if you want to head to the pools: The area is teeming with mosquitoes (and big ones too)! I spent most of my time shooing them off from MM and splashing water on her to chase them away (although she thought I was just playing with her and had a good laugh). I wonder if that was why nobody was at the pools when we were there. Miraculously, we didn’t get bitten at all (must be thanks to the zealous splashing Mummy hehe… and Korkor was probably moving around too much for them to land on him).
More on what we did at the hotel in the next post!