The Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore is located on Sentosa Island which is just off the coast of mainland Singapore. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore is one of 14 hotels located on the island. The hotel was built 24 years ago and is the only resort in Singapore with beach frontage at Siloso Beach.
Sentosa Island is connected to the mainland by road, cable car, monorail and boardwalk. It has some of the best activities in Singapore including, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, KidZania Singapore, iFly and Mega Adventure Park. Definitely enough to keep the kids entertained and the Sentosa Island shuttle buses ensure you get around the island without the need of a vehicle.
From the time you arrive at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore you know you are at a beach resort, its all open and free flowing through the reception lobby. It reminds me of many beach resorts we have visited and you instantly feel relaxed and calm. We weren’t actually staying at the resort on this visit, we stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore (click the link to read our review) and were spending the day at Sentosa before heading to the airport in the evening.
We had a tour of the resort including some of the rooms. I have to admit I was pretty impressed that quite a number of the rooms can accommodate 5 people on a case by case basis provided the youngest child is below 3 and will happily share a king bed with parents. This makes it so much easier for those of us with 3 kids. Not many hotels at the pointy end of the market are offering this and I think many other hotels could take this on board. We had a look at a couple of different rooms which I am happy to share below.
These rooms have 2 configurations including a king size bed or a twin double, fold up double futon that is a couch by day and a child below 3 years old can share the king bed with its parents. I love this idea as the bed folds away during the day for more space when you are using the room. The rooms have a small balcony with table and chairs so that you can sit outside and enjoy the glorious warm Singapore weather.
There are 441 rooms over 9 floors comprising of garden view, pool view and sea view. The rooms look fresh and modern and the carpet has been recently updated. The hallway has a faint smell of fresh paint, always a good sign! The bathrooms are spacious with good quality toiletries as you expect from the Shangri-La.
There are 13 suites at this property and we had a look at the deluxe sea view suite. These have an outdoor jacuzzi on an extended deck in front of the suite with a day bed for sun bathing. From the jacuzzi you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the South China Sea.
The luxurious one bedroom suite has a separate living area with room for kids including a sneaky drop down bed that folds out from the wall. The bathroom has a glass window to enjoy the view across the bedroom and out to the private deck. The suite has a shower and separate deep bath tub. The room also has a separate bench with coffee machine and minibar. The suites are very spacious and the outdoor deck would be a great space for families and particularly good if you have little ones that still require a day sleep.
As expected the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore has a very inviting resort pool, it’s the centre of the resort and has a kids area in the main pool and includes a splash park with two water slides for the kids. Best of all the kids pool has a shade over it to ensure the kids don’t get burnt. The resort pool has a bar right next to it with sun lounge waiter service which is by far my favourite thing when looking at resorts.
The kid’s club is amazing at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore and my kids were desperate to try it out, especially the three storey tree house! My kids aren’t normally fans of the kid’s club but on this occasion they were very keen to check it out instead of participating in the hotel tour. They met a few kids in there who they later played polo with in the pool. The Mini Toots Club and the Toots Club cater to different ages with different activities and the staff are engaging and great with the kids.
We enjoyed a buffet lunch at Silver Shell Cafe, now there are buffets and then there are buffets! This buffet had such an extensive choice of foods you could eat for a week. Choices included freshly cooked indian, noodle bar with laksa and fresh cooked stir fry, fresh cold meats, salads, vegetables, sushi, roasts meats, seafood and pasta.
There is a special kids zone where the buffet was kid sized and they are able to help themselves. Be warned, they may need supervision. They will likely come back with a plate full of lollies like mine did. They really do think of everything, even catering for babies with a variety of jars of baby food options, sterilisers and microwaves for anything baby might need.
There are a number of different options for eating at this resort. These include Trapizza Cafe on Siloso Beach (currently under renovation and due to reopen in February 2018) serves Italian favourites and 8 Noodles offering Chinese roast meats with noodles in a relaxed cafe environment.
Now you are probably thinking this resort has seen better days being nearly 25 years old? I can confirm that this resort has had regular upgrades and the rooms are as fresh as a brand new resort. This resort offers self laundry options so people with young kids can do a load of washing themselves without paying high prices for hotel laundering. We know how those costs can add up quickly.
The grounds of the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore are well manicured and they have introduced a nature area where they are growing produce for the kitchen and for guests to do some gardening if they wish. The kid’s club also spend time here planting new plants for the resort. It’s great for kids that live in apartments that don’t get the opportunity to do some gardening.
I love that this hotel has complimentary mini bar for your first day. There’s nothing better than arriving after a long flight than enjoying a nice cold refreshing drink free of charge. This is a really nice inclusion, one sets them apart from others.
Although we didn’t stay at this resort on this occasion, I’m definitely keen to stay here on our next visit. The kids loved it, they welcome kids with open arms. It very much reminds me of our stay at the Shangri-La Tanjang Aru in Kota Kinabalu a few years ago and we loved that also.
Its no secret that I’m a big fan of the Shangri-La Hotel chain. I feel they have something special that I personally refer to as the ‘Shangri-La Way’, nothing really compares and this resort is no different. I love that they offer the option for families with young pre-school kids to have 5 in a room, such a plus for parents of small children who may not feel comfortable having their kids in a separate room.
We are hoping to head back to Singapore early next year. I hope to update this post with all that we get up to when staying at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore. For me especially the world renowned Chi Spa and Wellness Centre for a nice relaxing massage!!
Sal & Co.
Disclaimer: We had a mutually beneficial arrangement with the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, as always our opinion is our own.