Review: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort
Itís no secret that Sentosa Island is the ultimate holiday playground for kids, but the new Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa, nestled in tropical gardens on a cliff top above Tanjong Beach, has just amped up the fabulousness a notch. And this mum is just as excited as her kids.
The newly opened resort in Singapore is nothing short of magnifique, Sofitel having done an astounding job in integrating the existing architectural accents of the colonial buildings with contemporary art and design, while inviting the lush surrounding landscapes into the picture.
The resort is so chicly French, I half expect to find Brigitte Bardot indulging in a little avant-garde sun worship on a day bed by the pool.
But today, it is only my 4-year old daughter who is strutting her stuff poolside - along with a posse of peacocks, one of which seems to have formed quite an attachment to her.
Fortunately, she is equally smitten with her grandstanding beau and they are soon engaged in a squawk off.
When itís time for lunch, we dine in the landscaped gardens of Kwee Zeen, overlooking the South China Sea.
Our little group of three soon expands to four as my daughterís special friend joins us for lunch and they continue their feathery flirtation.
Raff too is in love, only with the innovative Asian, Western and French offerings at the resortís buffet which he eats his way through. Twice.
Our plush Prestige Family Suite is massive and packed with exquisite artistic touches. In addition to a spacious master bedroom with a king bed, the living room features a huge LCD TV, sofa and lounge area and a stunning bathroom with a big bath and a shower built for four!
The service at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa rates a special mention. Both the kids were made feel like family by everyone from the doorman to the restaurant staff and management. And they loved it.
The resort isnít the only thing thatís new. Accorís recently launched MyResorts programme - an extension of the free Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program Ė and comes with stacks of exclusive benefits designed to ensure travellers enjoy their destination in style, wherever they may be.
We took advantage of the super fast WiFi, early check-in, late checkout, upgrade, and dedicated MyHost to take care of arrangements during our stay. And it certainly added to our holiday experience.
MyResorts extends itself to tiny travellers too, with MyKids. My pampered prince and princess got quite used to the MyResorts royal treatment and were made feel right at home with surprise welcome gifts, great kids menus, free Kids Club access, and awesome in-room family movies.
Not to mention the delicious treats that were delivered for them in our room every evening!
When we could tear ourselves away from the resort, which did require the forcible removal of the kids from the resorts sparkling pool, Sentosa Island had plenty of activities to keep them happy.
They rampaged around the epic splash pad at The Port of Lost Wonder, high-tailed it down the Skyline Luge, and braved the ropes at the Megazip Adventure Park.
Raff even braved the heart pounding 75 metre high, 450 metre long MegaZip ... though he screamed like a howler monkey the entire way. Mind you, I wasnít brave enough to try it at all, so kudos to him for taking the 60kph leap.
Speaking of high speeds, my little miss got the rubber burning on the wheels of her pre-school proportioned shopping trolley around the candy and chocolate filled aisles of Candylicious!
I take advantage of the resortís babysitting service (a kids club is opening in the new year) and even manage a sneaky massage at the So Spa, the largest Sofitel spa in the world. In fact, itís so big they may never find me!
When sheís not treading on Lego and being forced to watch Frozen on loop, Aleney de Winter is a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of travelling and eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting six-year old foodie son and daredevil three-year old daughter on her blog, Boy Eats World