Sunday, July 19, 2009


Spent the weekend at Amara Sanctuary Resort in Sentosa!

I must say how much Sentosa has changed from the old resorty island we were previously used to. The whole island's like a theme park of sorts now.

The wifey booked a room on the island to celebrate my birthday! Awwww....thanks dear!

We checked into the room at around 2pm and were given a 2nd-storey courtyard room. Its the one of those old colonial-styled terraces with the creeky floors and frightnight ensemble. Since the wifey booked the Endless Love package that promised your own pool (promotion's over here), I was abit dismayed tht we got the 2nd floor and not the first which came with a private jacuzzi.

This was in spite of the fact that the hotel had already upgraded us from the Sanctuary package to the Courtyard package. Still, a room without a pool is not good enough for me, upgrade or not. So we complained. Given that the hotel was full (not sure if that was true), credit to them for making the extra effort to accede to our request. And before we knew it, a buggy came to pick us to send us to our upgraded room - the Villa!. No more complaints!

The villa given to us was so huge that it had its own zen space, and two enclosed rooms separated by a jaccuzi/swimming pool! Waaaaaaaaah!!! Amazing. Never stayed under such posh conditions before. One room had the queen-sized bed while the other was like the living room/business area. The only downside of that villa was the amount of pesky mosquitoes, a lack of tv in the bedroom, and the shower facilities on the outside of the room. But then, how could I complain further?!

The package also had dinner and breakfast thrown in. Dinner was made special (else why call it the Endless Love package?) being candlelit and having free champagne. But what trully stood out was the food at Shutters (their resident restaurant). Onion soup was fantastic, wagyu beef steak was crazily gratifying, and the chempadak creme brulee rounded off an excellent 4-course dinner.

Then in the evening the wifey and I went to try to catch one of the attractions at the Beach Station which was the Songs of the Sea 40-min show. So commercial an attraction that it spawned its own DVD, softtoy, fried chips food and whatever else saleable. Sadly, we also realized that the show was wildly popular with tourists! So much so that the tickets sold out by 5pm! Crazy! In the end a nice Malay Sentosa usherer told us (I think because we were fellow kiasu Singaporeans) that we could actually catch a free view of the performance from up a zigzag slope. Haha. So we headed there and managed to watch bits and pieces of it. Fireworks, musical fountain et al.

Would totally recommend everyone to come visit Sentosa soon!

Thanks for the treat once again dear!

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