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That's the usual comment I get whenever I tell them that I'm heading there. Actually, I do enjoy myself at the island as I find it pretty relaxing and enjoyable there. I guess one key reason is because there's loads of activities for Aidan.

Well, with the impending opening of Universal Studios and the casino, I guess people won't be asking me that anymore. The first phase opening of Resorts World last week saw the opening of the hotels to the public and it gave me a good reason to head to Sentosa again (I should really get my Sentosa Islander card!). In fact, I'd already made up my mind to book a stay there when I had a glimpse of a picture of a room at Festive Hotel during a presentation to us by the marketing team from Resorts World sometime mid last year (you'll understand why soon). So when RW offered a special preview rates (50% off the rack rates) for their hotels, I quickly took advantage of it! My colleagues were asking me why I would want to stay there since most of the major attractions at the integrated resort like Universal Studios and the casino are not in operation yet.I guess it was for the novelty of being one of the earlier ones to stay at the hotel (yah cheap thrill heh) and as I'd mentioned, there were also tons of stuff I could do at Sentosa (man, this is sounding like an advertorial :P).

Here's what the family room at Festive Hotel looks like..Yeah, very bright and cheery with large orchid motifs! Reviews about the room decor was mixed..I personally liked it but some found the orchid visuals too OTT..

But here's what got my attention! A loft bed especially for kids. Cool yah!!
There's also a sofa bed in the room so it can comfortably fit 4!

I kapo-ed this picture from MrBrown's review of the resort.
It shows the room and loft bed better.
Check out the pictures of the other hotels in the picture gallery.

Aidan lurrvvved the bed!! When I told him (jokingly) that I wanted to share the bed with him, he insisted on sleeping alone. Hrmphh!! The loft bed was really comfy especially with the padded walls..The boy slept really well the 2 nights we were there.

The 4 hotels that are open are Hard Rock Hotel, Festive Hotel, Michel Hotel & Crockfords Towers - the last one is by special invite only. Not all the amenities were ready yet though..Only 10 of the eateries were in operation. The pool at Festive Hotel was still under construction so we hopped over to the one at Hard Rock Hotel.

Wei Chi, Yun Huei & Norman stayed over on Saturday (Yun Huei booked a room at Michel Hotel). Aidan was glad to have 2 gorgors to torture play with! They have yet to try the luge and I've not tried the Segway before so we decided to do both activities! The boy as usual insisted on going as many times as the luge and he also had a whale of a time on the segway!

lobby of festive hotel..love those colorful lanterns!

doing what most singaporeans were doing..taking peektures in front of S'pore first ever casino!

We were all amused by this...

The gorgeous lights along the corridor leading to Crockfords Towers..
Yun Huei was going gaga over Dave Chihuly's creations..

Aidan loved this...it was along the escalator leading from the hotel down to the casino/Fesive Walk.The LED strips on top of the escalator had pretty cool light effects accompanied by ambient music...
Heard it was designed by multiple Emmy-award winner, Jeremy Railton..a mini-prelude to the crane dance & light sound extravaganza, 2 public attraction at the resort..

The awesome looking Porte-cochere that led to the casino..

Outside Hardrock Hotel!

Not sure if u are able to see it from this pic but they've created a beach pool at the hotel. The pristine white sand creates this beach effect..
I understand that the sand was imported from Australia and it cost abt half a mil!

Dinner at Palio Restaurant (Hotel Michel) that serves Tuscan cuisine. We were all extremely satisfied/happy with our meal (food was delish!) and we were given really good service. Would definitely go back there again!
Can't really say the same for Starz Restaurant at Hard Rock Cafe though..there wasn't much variety for their buffet and their ala-carte menu wasn't ready yet. For $39 per pax, I was expecting more.

At the lobby of Hotel Michel..

Aidan on the segway~~

We signed up for the guided eco adventure that brought us to siloso beach..Our main grouse was that we couldn't go as fast as we wanted to as the segway was locked at 8km/hr.

Taking the chairlift to the luge...

All in all, it was a fab weekend! Aidan enjoyed himself tremendously & I had fun too especially with the great company. The hotel staff were friendly although a tad blur at times. Poor Yun Huei who was staying at Michel Hotel was woken up at 8.30am because a staff wanted to check on the mini-bar items. I, on the other hand, was woken up at 7am by a super enthusiastic boy who couldn't wait to get the day going. Construction at the hotels were still on-going and drilling (which was more audible from the rooms) would start as early as 8.30am and end about 10pm. I called the front desk at 9.30pm to enquire when the drilling would stop. I was told by the lady in a confident voice "9pm!! >_<...

But I would definitely be heading back there again when Universal Studios open!! :)

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Jan. 26th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Now *I* want to sleep in the loft bed too ;)

And how funny is that bouquet from one sales team to another??
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
hah..whenever i climbed into the loft bed, aidan shooed me away!

Heh, friendly competition amongst the 2 IR sales team yah!
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Jan. 26th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
actually, i'm pretty chicken so i probably wont dare to do most of the rides and same for aidan too. BUT, that's not gonna stop me from going to USS when it opens too :)
Jan. 26th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Oh, you can blame Aidan for that. :P They won't unlock if there's a kid on the tour! Hahaha!
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
hehe true true..i think aidan couldn't have handled it if it was any faster BUTTT they could have unlocked it for us adults :P
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Jan. 26th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
looks like so much fun!! and yes the loft bed for the kids is damn cool!!! i have to book for the family one of these days...when it is not so crowded hahaha =D (if that day ever come....)
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
yeah..should wait till universal studios is ready then u have even more stuff to do especially since the hotel preview offer has expired.

Gabe & Kristen will sure fight over the loft bed!!
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Y'sure this isn't an advertorial? :P
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
i wish man..then my stay there will be subsidised :P
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Love the first shot of Aidan!

(as well as the rest. the bright and cheery colours sure brightened up my morning!)
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
i like that pic coz he looks so babyish there :D

Big D's dinner when? :P
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Jan. 26th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for bringing the new updates of Sentosa!

Makes me feel "Ooh I really haven't been there for ages!"
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
heh..most pple i know have not been to sentosa for quite a while. you'll be amazed at how much it has changed in the past few years :)
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
What a really really fun weekend! I want to go on the segway too!!
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
heh..i was initially quite unsteady on the segway but got the hang of it quite easily! I'm sure when u try it, u will wish that u can go faster too! I heard that there's no speed limit in bangkok :P
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Jan. 26th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Ooh, looks like you had loads of fun! Will definitely check it out soon.
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
yeah we did..aidan had the most fun :)
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Gorgeous design. Makes it look like Vegas instead of Sentosa
Jan. 26th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah..cant wait for the Festive Walk to be ready..i think it will be even more impressive! Next time we all stay there together lah! Will be more fun and Aidan would have kids to play with!
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
Sentosa really got things to do! :) My daughter is also a big fan of the island so it's great there are all these new hotels to try out! The loft bed looks great! Glad u & Aidan had fun!
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
There will be even more activities planned for the island since they are gearing up for more tourists due to the opening of the resort/themepark..good for us yah although it's gonna be really packed man.

Jan. 26th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
The loft bed seems damn comfy, I want one for myself! Hahhahaa.. Sentosa seems 'rejuvenated' and I guess its time to pay the sunny island a visit some time soon! =)
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
heh now aidan wants a loft bed in his room!

well, if you dont mind not waiting for USS, yeah..why not. At least it wont be that crowded yet! U can go check out the Victoria's Secret shop there too :D
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Jan. 26th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
that looked like a blast!!

thanks for giving us a head's up! :)
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
yeah..the idea was to have fun and relax which we did :)
Jan. 26th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, things to do when I go back to sg again!! I should book a stay with the hubby, it looks awesome!! :)

And the loft bed, I so totally understand why Aidan doesn't want to share it! heehee!
Jan. 27th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
You will be in Japan for another year yah? Coming back to Spore for a break first? Yeah, u 2 deserve a break and some R&R time together man...

heh..he's now asking me for a loft bed in his room >_
Jan. 27th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
The loft bed looks so comfy! i'm sure my boys would love that too...

You just shown me all the new things I can do in Sentosa...
Jan. 27th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
yeah..your boys will definitely enjoy the loft bed..abit daunting initially because it is quite high up (the ceiling of the room is very high) and Nenita kept asking me whether it was safe for him to sleep up there (she's such a worrier :D).

Heh..there's more stuff planned for the island..so im sure if we go again sometime later part of the year, there will be more new things to do (on top of going to USS).

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