Oh yes, Shangri-La. I may have fallen for the hotel chain as it has satisfied my needs for truly relaxing vacations. My latest experience is in its Sentosa Singapore property. This is the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort.
As you all well know, accommodations in Singapore are expensive. Even those of 3-star quality equal the rates of 5-star hotels in Malaysia and Thailand. Thus, I find it difficult to spend for hotels in Singapore. As a result, luxury hotels in Singapore turn out to be of more value. Hence, we have splurged in Marina Bay Sands, in Mandarin, the Marriot and now, Shangri-La.
For almost P15,000 a night, it is indeed a big spend, but I will show you how one night in Shangri-La can be worth the trip. I guess the resorts bigger draw is that it is the only resort in Singapore that has a beachfront.
Located in Siloso Beach, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa boasts of a wide stretch of sand. It may not be private, but being located at the end of Siloso Beach gives it that exclusive feel. Singaporeans even check in since the resort really feels you are not in Singapore, but in some South East Asian beach.
The rooms match any five star experience. It was spacious and very well appointed. Our room had a forest view, but it was near the end of the building so we could see the sea as well. The resort is not that vast, and the common grounds were limited. Aside from the pocket gardens, the central area was made up of just one huge pool. There was also a kiddie pool area, where the pool slides and pool sculptures were located.
And just like any other Shangri-La, I loved their activities. Being an all-inclusive resort, you really don't have to leave the place to be entertained. The free activities make up for the relatively unexplorable size of the resort. They had a wonderful kids club which my daughter loved. She practically spent the entire afternoon treasure hunting and playing games. It was just like having a daycare center which is perfect for parents.
While my daughter was treasure hunting, I attended a cooking demonstration. The featured cuisine was Indian, so I was vey much interested. The chef explained several spices and even allowed us to asset him in cooking.
All in all, we had a great time in Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa. One night was truly enough for a pleasant experience. We practically spent two full days here, since we were still allowed to use the facilities even after we checked out (there was a changing room if you want to freshen up again).
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort may be expensive, and comparable to Marina Bay Sands. But at least it will give you a nice beach experience in Singapore. So, spend a night out here, and experience a different Singapore.