Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Our Short Getaway to Sentosa

We stayed at Capella, a 6-star hotel and a member of Small Leading Hotels of the World, of which many of the GHM hotels (such as The Chedi Club, The Chedi Chiang Mai, The Legian etc.) and Banyan Tree are members.

Room rate: $549++ per night for a garden view room with complimentary buffet breakfast and English afternoon tea as well as everything that's in the fridge. Complimentary parking (overnight parking costs $50) and re-entry pass if you leave Sentosa. They upgraded us to a seaview room.

The WA! moments:
+ the lush greenery with free-roaming peacocks, peahens and chicks =)
+ the nice seaview
+ they upgraded us to a seaview room because we told them it was our 9th wedding anniversary  =) (yes, 14th Mar... 3.14... get it? haha)
+ high-tech touch-screen panel that controls all the lighting, air con, curtains and blinds in the room
+ complimentary drinks (which includes san pellegrino, coke, juices etc.)
+ nespresso machine! (ok, i don't drink coffee... but it's a nice touch)
+ Gryphon tea (Earl Grey, Pearl of the Orient, English Breakfast)
+ bose speakers
+ i-Phone dock
+ v nice range of Abahna toiletries from UK (white grapefruit and may chang)
+ large bath-tub with nice view =)
+ they gave a free bottle of wine (ok, we don't drink but we brought it home to give to someone who does) with schott zweisel glassses
+ when u r at the pool, they serve you Fiji water. They also served us a very nice mango juice with blueberries and raspberries
+ nice English afternoon tea with Waterford Wedgwood fine bone china
+ good service (although we do find that some of the local staff speak with an irritating fake accent)
+ our bathroom/shower area flooded after I took a shower. But they did rectify it when we called and the housekeeping team came to clean up the place pretty fast.
+ Auriga Spa is a very nice spa. the massage was so good i fell asleep when i was face-down and i drooled LOL woke up in time to slurp it back into my mouth LOL make sure you go early to enjoy the spa facilities. there is a hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy cold mist, warm tropical rain shower and herbal steam bath room. we went for the "capella celebrates" promotion where you get a 1-for-1 signature treatment if you stay for one night. We did the 2-hr waxing moon treatment (U.P. $280 per person) which included a rose and sugar scrub, rose mud wrap, body massage, facial massage and head massage. i'd say for the 1-for-1 price, it's very worth it =)

The WA LAO moments:
- the food is super expensive and not worth the money. do not, i repeat, DO NOT pay to eat at the knoll's restaurant. chicken rice is $28, nasi goreng is $30, beef kway teow is $34!! ouch. we did and boy did we regret it haha... it costs 10 times more than at hawker centres but the taste is not as good. The beef in the beef kway teow is supposed to be wagyu beef but they clearly over-cooked it so it was not tender at all. quite disappointing... good quality ingredients but i think the chef didn't do justice to them... you're better off driving out to vivocity for your meals (which we did the next day haha).

Will we go back?
Maybe... for a special occasion and if they have the 1-for-1 again. Otherwise, we feel it's really extragravant.

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