Shangri-la’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa (Part 2) – family staycay heaven

[After Part 1 of our review on the rooms, pools and service of Rasa Sentosa, here’s more on our recent experience there.]

Breakfast at the Silver Shell Cafe

So how was the buffet breakfast at the Rasa Sentosa? In one word, impressive.

The Silver Shell Cafe is one of the largest breakfast and dining areas I’ve seen in a hotel. Its plush indoor seating and breezy outdoor seating can accommodate up to 300 guests at one time.

There was a wide variety of Indian cuisine, including roti prata and freshly made appam, as well as Nasi Lemak and all sorts of curries……

To all manner of croissants, bread rolls, muffins and assorted pastries……

To a Chinese and Japanese section with miso soup, porridge, fishball noodle soup, laksa as well as Asian meat and vegetable dishes…..

And a good range of cheeses which I thoroughly enjoyed, plus fresh fruits, yoghurt, muesli, juices and cereals. All this was so well-presented across a long airy hall with wide passages, which makes for a much more pleasant dining experience than squeezing with the masses in the cramped quarters of a usual buffet.

My favourite item at breakfast was the honey baked ham – totally tender and succulent!

Even the tea corner had such a wide array of high quality teas to choose from – I enjoyed my cup of earl grey very much indeed.

Kids Zone

The kids have certainly not been left out, for the Silver Shell Cafe has a most impressive Kids’ Buffet area.

Just look at this! Even the height of the buffet counter is scaled-down to a child’s height. K&B were thrilled.

Plus, we thought that the Ice Milo from the dispenser tasted like it came from a Milo Truck! No higher praise than that.

For kids aged five and below, one child dines free with an accompanying adult during buffets, whilst 50% of the full buffet price applies for additional children five years and below.

Baby Zone

The Rasa Sentosa certainly cares for families with infants – this is the first dedicated Baby Zone I’ve seen in a buffet! The small section provides complimentary baby food for different stages of infancy during lunch and dinner, and comes equipped with a milk bottle steriliser, a warmer, hot water, a microwave and baby dining utensils. I heard that even diapers and baby wipes are available.

It’s such a considerate touch to provide such essentials, so that harried parents travelling with babes have one less thing to worry about. Parents of infants certainly have enough on their plates, given the sleep deprivation.

Guests with special dietary needs are not forgotten either. There’s a small gluten-free section for those who need it, with a dedicated microwave to keep food allergen-free.

Beyond the large indoor dining area, there is also ample seating outdoors if al fresco is your kind of thing. I can see the attraction of having breakfast with a view of lush greenery and basking in warm sunshine if I have just flown in from a freezing clime. But being Singaporean, if there’s a choice, we always choose aircon, period.

8 Noodles

At a corner of the Silver Shell Cafe is 8 Noodles, which serves local noodle dishes with roast meats. I heard this eatery is a huge hit with tourists and locals alike.

I love the decor, especially the abacus-inspired giant menu on the wall!

 

Toots Club for kids

After all that feasting, some activity and exercise is in order.

The Toots Club features a three-story treehouse with a slide from top to bottom!

Beginning on level 3 of the resort, kids can whoosh down to level 1, rinse and repeat! Running up the steps in a game of hide and seek sure helps to expend all that seemingly inexhaustible fount of energy that little ones  have.

At level 1, there are books, a stage for fun musical performances, and a craft room for art to come alive.

Kids aged 5-12 can be dropped off for an entire day (with lunch and dinner provided) with play fully supervised whilst parents take their pick of a relaxing spa, or just reading in delicious solitude by the pool.

Full day Kids’ Club sessions are complimentary for guests who have booked a Family Fun Package (more info at the end of the post), as well as other packages such as Dream Ahead and Take 5. Other guests may book a half-day or full-day programme for a fee.

 The varied programme includes sessions of indoor musical games, scavenger hunt, art and craft, mini putting, an island tour and even water polo or non-motorised water sports such as kayaks and pedal boats.

Mini Toots Club

All toddlers below five years who are accompanied by a parent or guardian have full complimentary access to the Mini Toots Club room, even if they have not purchased a Family Fun Package.

Inside the room, there’s a colourful padded mini jungle gym and ball pit, plus a variety of toys specially catered to tots.

The kids’ restroom is conveniently located between the Mini Toots and Toots Clubs – well-designed indeed!

Flying Trapeze

The Friday afternoon that we were there, the Toot’s Club Programme actually included a trip to try the flying trapeze! But we had already made plans to visit iFly Singapore that afternoon, so K & B didn’t join in on that.

Located just a 5 minute stroll away on Siloso Beach, the Flying Trapeze allows guests to see if they have any circus acrobat potential, swinging eight metres off the ground with the assistance of a certified trapeze instructor.  Sentosa’s latest MegaZip attraction is also located right next to the Rasa Sentosa, so it’s super convenient to try that out, alongside a staycation.

Lunch at Trapizza

Right next to the trapeze, what should Rasa Sentosa’s Italian deli be called, but Trapizza? We had a yummy lunch there, with a view of the beach facing the South China Sea.

The pastas were good (the kids and I enjoyed the Carbonara especially) but the wood-fired thin crust pizzas were simply delicious.

Being kid-focused as usual, there were bright and cheery play structures on the sand for the kid who can’t maintain charming table manners after the first hour is up.

We had such an enjoyable staycay at the Rasa Sentosa and would recommend it to any family who is looking to celebrate a special occasion or just as a treat for the family! All the needs of your little ones will be well taken care of, and you just need to sit back, relax and hear about how happy they are to be here. Truly family staycay heaven.

One of the major benefits of having a staycation is the fact that you save the cost of airfare and airport taxes, not to mention the time in the air and time spent navigating foreign airports’ immigration queues as well as traffic jams. A very practical option especially for those with very young kids, or a newborn amongst the brood.

Right now, Rasa Sentosa offers the comprehensive Family Fun Package, which includes the following and more:

  • Room comes with a complimentary sofa bed
  • Free buffet breakfast at Silver Shell Cafe
  • Free buffet dinner at Silver Shell Cafe with unlimited soft drinks, chilled juices, house wine or beer
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 12 will receive free (full-day) registration at the Toots Club and be able to participate in organised activities there, including complimentary lunch and dinner
  • Now that the kids are taken care of, parents can head to the resort’s spa and enjoy 15% off a la carte treatments
  • Free (one-hour) use of selected water sports facilities on a daily basis

All this from S$495++ per night. Click here for more details and to check room availability.

 

 
Note: Thanks Rasa Sentosa for hosting our family!

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