Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, located on Sentosa Island, is an ideal haven for a family vacation and is the only beachfront resort in Singapore. The resort completed an S$80 million renovation programme in January 2011 which resulted in enhanced children friendly facilities and services.
The resort has 454 guestrooms with views of the hills, garden, pool or the sea. Each guestroom has its own balcony for guests to enjoy the natural outdoor surroundings, while a majority provides a connecting room option. The highlight after the renovation is the introduction of Murphy beds in most guestrooms where families enjoy a larger space during the day as these beds can be retracted as and when needed.
Popular room choices for guests travelling with families are the Deluxe Garden Rooms, which provide direct access to the natural water swimming pools, and the Terrace Rooms, which have larger balconies.
To enhance family stay experiences, selected rooms’ duvets and plush cushions feature the hand-sewn frog mascot of the resort, Mr. Toots, which is a huge favourite with the children.
The resort presents a wide choice of dining options for families at Dine On 3. Casserole specialises casserole dishes with cuisines around the world served in sharing portions. At 8 Noodles, guests can enjoy value-for-money noodle dishes with a complementing selection of roast meats.
The all-day dining outlet, Silver Shell Cafe, tempts children with a selection of gummy bears and favourite dishes from a scaled down to height children’s buffet counter. Every child dines for free with one paying adult at any buffet in the resort. For alfresco dining on the beach, Trapizza provides a selection of traditional thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas and pasta in addition to a children’s menu.
The resort recognises the fact that parents travelling with children may end up spending more time to tend to their children instead of enjoying a full holiday experience. A range of recreational facilities is available to address this need.
Children can splash around at the water slides and children’s pool under a canopy, or the fun splash pad. A water management system is installed to keep the water in the pools in its natural state, where only the minimum statutory amount of chlorine is added, as opposed to four to five chemicals used in a commercial pool. This minimises guests’ risks of allergic reaction and respiratory problems triggered by chlorine, eliminates eye irritation and is gentle to the skin and hair.
While adults enjoy time off or indulge in a spa session, children aged five to 12 can enjoy a full day of fun at the Cool Zone. Spanning 100 square metres over two storeys, the Cool Zone encompasses a Game Zone, Craft Zone and a Toots Club and is the largest children’s club provided by a hotel in Singapore.
The highlight of the Cool Zone is the giant tree house slide, which winds all the way down from level three of the resort into a pool of colourful balls on level one.
As a value-added service, Toots Club offers a complimentary full-day children’s activity programme with free luncheons and dinners. There are at least 10 activities daily and each of these differs from the next day. The little ones will be able to make new friends as they enjoy the fun of building sandcastles, collecting seashells, kayaking, rock climbing or having fun with pedal boats, splash pad, water polo, treasure hunt and costume making. Throughout the evening, there will be movie nights or play time with Wii and Xbox 360.
Other activities available from the full day programme include circus time, when children learn various circus acts such as juggling, clowning, playing and mini trampoline. The children also get a go on the Flying Trapeze - the first of its kind in Singapore - and try their hands at being acrobats.
For enquiries and reservations, please call (65) 6371 1088, fax (65) 6371 1089, e mail email@example.com or visit www.shangri-la.com.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com