18-20 Aug 2012 – Singapore is the last place I’d think of visiting for a vacation, especially since our family stays in Singapore. However, on wifey’s advice, I went along with her suggestion of a 3D2N stay at Sentosa thanks to a promotion that included buffet breakfast and dinner for S$1300. The idea seemed a little silly at first since in my mind there wasn’t anything worthwhile doing in Sentosa other than visiting Universal Studios.
Turns out I was wrong!
View of the pool area from the restaurant at the Rasa Sentosa Resort.
Firstly, the hotel we stayed at – Rasa Sentosa Resort – has a lot of things going for it.
1) The hotel restaurant, Silver Shell Cafe, has a really good seafood buffet dinner every Fri and Sat night. We piled on the crabs, crayfishes and prawns till we were so stuffed. There’s also free flow of ice cream, an assortment of cakes and a chocolate fountain to wrap off dinner.
2) There’s a 2-storey indoor tree house with a slide that goes into a pool of coloured balls which is great fun for the kids.
3) A big pool area for cooling off from the tropical sun and humidity.
4) Free and unlimited wireless.
5) A short walk away from the bus stop which has buses to other parts of the island.
6) Right next to Underwater World, where the fish spa is.
Other highlights of the trip
1) The Pythons
Every since my visit to Sentosa way back in 1996, these pythons outisde Underwater World have been an ever present sight. Ashley really liked touching the pythons although the same couldn’t be said for Alicia, who prefered to look on from a safe distance. Photos with the pythons cost $6 per person.
The friendly python outside Underwater World. Ashley was very brave and kept wanting to touch the big slithery snake.
2) MegaZip Adventure Park
The main attraction here is undoubtedly the 450m free-fall zipline that takes one over the jungle canopy to Siloso Beach in under a minute. There’s also a 3 level ariel obstacle course called ClimbMax consisting of wobbly tightropes, bridges and cargo nets that definitely looks easier from the ground then when you’re on it. Ashley was the only one in the family who dared to try both the MegaZip and ClimbMax.
Start of the MegaZip firefox drop.
3) Fish Spa
There is a fish spa right next to Underwater World that offers 2 sizes of fishes – big and small (just can’t remember the exotic fish names!). Ashley loved the fish spa so much that we went there 3 days in a row. It’s hard to describe how being nibbled on by fish feels like, but many customers couldn’t take the intense feeling that they gave up after only a few seconds. After much laughter and loud squeals.
These are the small ones and when tens of them nibble at you at once, it feels like mini electric shocks up your feet.
4) Skyline Luge
Riding the luge is like riding a go-kart, but one that utilizes gravity instead of fuel. The only complaint I have is that the 650m course was over too soon!
This is the Skyline ride that takes people back to the top of the hill after the luge ride.
If you’re thinking of a short getaway without the hassle of a long plane or boat ride, Sentosa is definitely a viable choice now with the whole island transformed over the last few years with new and exciting attractions for the whole family!