Staycation @ Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa

Hello everyone!! How’s your week?Mine was quite a crazy one due to work and other errands.. When it’s time to rest on weekends, i fell sick.. -__-
 
Therefore while nursing my sorethroat and runny nose, time can be put to better use by indulging in my favorite past-time (which is blogging)..Last month, i celebrated Derrick’s Birthday over at Sentosa.. As mentioned, i have chosen Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa for our staycation.. Since he has never been to USS since its opening, i have decided on the USS package which consists of the following:
 
Universal Studios Singapore Package
Deluxe room accommodation (king or twin) for 2 people
Buffet breakfast for 2 people
2 one-day passes for Universal Studios Singapore which can be used on weekdays as well as weekends
2 one-day passes for the Maritime Experiential Museum™ (including admission to the Typhoon Theatre)
Complimentary Monorail Sentosa Island Pass for two for the duration of your stay
20% discount on food and beverages during your stay, inclusive of in-room dining
 
Pricing details are:

Daily rate @ SGD 388.00
Taxes @ SGD 68.68
Total price incl. taxes @ SGD 456.68  (Picture credit of Sentosa’s website)
 
 
To access to the hotel, you can take the Monorail from Vivocity.. You do not have to pay the entrance-fee if you produce your hotel confirmation slip at the gantry.. Take the Monorail, alight at Imbiah Station and you can see the hotel opposite… The location is superb as it is just 5 mins walk from the monorail station and RWS is just located one stop away (waterfront station)..
 
FYI.. Part of the hotel (The Heritage wing is still undergoing renovation so it will not be a pretty slight while walking to the reception area… If you are intending to stay in the room most of the time, you have to put into consideration the noise factor.. For us, we were not bothered by it as we were out till 9pm.
 
Initially, we went to the hotel at 9.30am with the intention of collecting the USS tickets but to our surprise, the counter staff provided us with early check in since it was Derrick’s birthday and check in was done fast..
 
 
Our Deluxe Room which can accommodate a maximum of two – Room 615.. 
 

Along the Corridor, you could see the on-going renovation of the Heritage wing….. I have to highlight again that you have to be mentally prepared for highly possible noise pollution in the Morning / Afternoon.. 

I find the 30 sqm Deluxe Room small for a five-star hotel room but despite of the size, the room is nicely furnished.. To provide a serene, cosy and tranquil environment, warm neutral colours and modern natural wood furnishing are used.. As the walkway is rather narrow, it might pose space constraint issue if you have many pieces of luggage in the room…

At the corner of the room, there’s a small work station.. Since the hotel caters more for people on holiday / relaxation, the small work station won’t be of a concern.. The room is also fully equipped with WLAN access (chargeable) and a big LCD flat-screen TV with bluetooth connectivity. 

Ironing board, Safe (located in one of the drawer), two sets of bathrobes and slippers will be provided for the guests as well..
 

The deluxe room comes either with Twin size bed or king size bed.. Bed sheets are clean and smooth (probably very good quality ones with high thread counts).. Pillows are big and fluffy while mattress is firm which gave me a good night sleep…

The view overlooking our room: we can see the sea from far and the coach terminal… Because there are no obstruction in front of the hotel, the room is bright with natural sunlight coming in..

The Coffee / tea and Mini Bar area is loveeeeeeeee!!!! There’s a Nespresso Machine in every room completed with 4 different capsules.. I’m delighted to see this machine as we planned to get a coffee machine for our future home and Nespresso is one of the model shortlisted.. 

Anybody knows what model is this? Alfred is using Nespresso Pixie (which has a metal handle which you need to press it down in order to get the capsule in).. For this model, you just have to push the black lid to get the capsule in…

Beside the coffee, 4 different sachets of TWG tea are provided as well… A really nice personal touch for all the coffee and tea drinkers.. 🙂

Next up, the spacious and modern bathroom is entirely made up of granite tiles and flooring so you need not worry about slippery floor.. The bathroom is nicely divided into three different areas: Toilet / Shower area, Bath-tub area and basin area.. I love the design as you get to share the bathroom (one of you can soak in the bathtub while one of you can shower!)..

 
The entire bathroom is covered by a translucent door so it might pose some privacy issue if you are standing at the basin / bath-tub area.. The shower and toilet area each has a door respectively which will enhance on the privacy aspects. 

Movenpick is also very generous with its toiletries.. There are two sets of Miller Harries hair and body care products provided in each room..


 
In addition, other necessity items like shaver, toothbrush sets, cotton buds and mouthwash are provided in a cute dim sum steamer.


The hotel was also kind enough to provide a yummy complementary chocolate cake for Derrick big enough to share among 4 paxs.

Breakfast was served in one of their ball-room and to be frank we were really disappointed with the breakfast.. I guessed the hotel occupancy rate was on the high side so we had to wait for a table.. The sitting area was also small to begin with and perhaps the hotel should look into increasing the number of tables / chairs..
 
The food selection was limited as well with the main focus on Asian food… Nothing much to rave about so no photos were taken during breakfast..  On a side note, the swimming pool is really pretty and it looks like a giant fish tank! As there are only eight sun-beds available, do hit the pool early.. 🙂

If you ask me if i’ll return to this hotel again, i guess i’ll say no as there’s better hotels available on the island itself… Beside the renovation woes and the disappointing breakfast, the sound insulation of the room is bad as well… Early in the morning, i could hear people opening their doors and walking outside.. As i’m a light sleeper, my sleep was disturbed which left me frustrated… Sigh!
 
Although the hotel provided us with late checkout at 1 pm, we encountered one minor hiccup as the clock in the hotel room was faulty.. We did not know it was already 1pm as the clock indicated 12pm.. The reception gave us 2 calls asking us what time we would be checking out (They should have just tell us directly that it was already 1pm).. We only came to realise the time during the 1pm news broadcast and we were about 10 mins late in checking out.. Upon reaching the counter, one of the receptionist (a guy) seems unhappy while we told him about the faulty clock that caused us to check out late.. 
 
Nevertheless, we had a relaxing time in Sentosa and we are in the midst of planning for another Staycation in Sentosa.. 

 

Thanks for reading and have a great Sat everyone!

(Week 25 Updates) My Unforgettable Stay in Amari Vogue Krabi

Hello everyone, It has been one month since i’m back from Krabi and life has been really busy!
Despite being so busy, there’s a need for me to pen down this entry on my unforgettable stay in Amari Vogue Krabi.

Came across this hotel as it is highly recommended in Tripadvisor and reviews have stated that this hotel has a laid-back and luxurious environment.. In addition, the resort is located near / next to a private beach (Tub Kaek Beach) with rooms that have breathtaking ocean views.. Although it is secluded, it is still accessible to the islands available around Krabi.

Took their Amazing Summer package at THB 19,400 which includes:
(works out to $792 for 3 nights stay)

– 3 nights stay in Deluxe room including daily breakfast for 2 persons
– Roundtrip Transfers Krabi Airport
– THB 2,000 Baht Spa or Dinning Credit
– Guaranteed Late Check-out until 14:00 hrs.
– Welcome Drink
– Fruits & Flowers
– Free WiFi Internet Access
– Free use hotel kayak upon availability

Upon reaching the arrival hall in Krabi’s Airport, the driver greeted us warmly while bringing us to the Van (Our Plane was delayed for an hour so the poor chap had to wait for us)

The journey from the Airport to the hotel took about 40 mins and there wasn’t any jam (Unlike the road conditions in Bangkok).. After reaching the hotel, we were greeted by few of the hotel staff and they helped us immediately with our bags..

Even thought we were 2 hours ahead of check in time, no questions were asked and check in was done fast.. While processing our check-in, Warm towels and cold drinks were served…To my surprise, the GM of the hotel (Michael) came down to welcome us personally as well!!  Such warm hospitality! You will never receive this kind of service in Singapore…

Michael told us that he had arranged a room on the top floor for us so that we could enjoy the sea view… As per my understanding, there are only 57 rooms in the hotel so you will not face any overcrowding issues… 

We were bought up to our room which were well-prepared and i cannot stop wow-ing while the team leader showed us around the room… Were a little disappointed with the fruit platter as the fruits were a little too ripe for our liking…

I’ll always check out the toilet in the hotel first, weird i know.. haha! The toilet in the room is big, clean and completed with ocean-feel furnishing.. Something which i like will be the separate shower area as i always hate wet toilet seat! 

The bathtub is also positioned strategically as you can watch your favorite TV program while you soak inside the tub.. If you want to shower or bath in private, you can also lock the window.. 🙂

Furnishings have an elegant Lanna-inspired setting and every items in the room are well maintained (despite the hotel is already 5 years old)… The room is approximately 50 square metres so there’s ample space all around.. The room is also flooded with sources of soft lights so you need not worry about the room being too dim..

The king size bed is neither hard nor soft (just the way i like it) and covered with comfy quilts and covers.. Pillows are soft and fluffy! There’s also a couch at the side of the room for us to indulge in TV program or some readings..

Here’s the coffee and drinks area.. There will be 4 bottle of complimentary water which will be topped up daily…

Just step outside and there’s a private balcony perfect for some relaxing and quiet moments.. Because it was the monsoon season, we did not get to spend much time at the balcony. Due to the strong wind, the couch would be wet after the rain stops… As for the privacy, it is not really that private after all as people could see what you are doing.. I’m not complaining as i’m able to have a nice sea view from the balcony area.. 🙂 

The resort has a nice laid-back and garden setting with 2 restaurants, 1 lounge and a Spa center inside.. Other facilities include swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a fitness room etc..

The Lotus Restaurant (picture below) serves Thai food and Daily Breakfast while you can enjoy Seafood / Italian food at the Bellini…

The Sunset Lounge serves many nice cocktails and alcoholic drinks while enjoying the beautiful sun set every evening…. 

To get to the private beach, It’s just a 5 mins walk from the Lotus Restaurant..

Something important to highlight (if you are travelling with small kids / elderly),there’s quite a fair bit of stairs in the resort so it might pose some inconvenience while moving around.. 

Since there’s only 57 rooms in the resort, you will not expect an overcrowded pool as well! There’s no need to fight for sun-beds nor   fighting for a space to swim… From the end of the poolside, you can see the sea and Hong’s Island.. Really breathtaking views. 

The private beach area!!! It was really quiet and beautiful!! Did not have the chance to visit Hong’s Island but i will be back the next time to visit 🙂

The calm sea during low-tide and after sunset.. 🙂

If you wish to have a romantic dinner by the beach side, Arrangements for dinner can be made at 2500 Baht per person.. Although it is pricey, we don’t get much chances to do such a dinner in Singapore.. Beside, the quality of the set dinner is really good and portion is big as well.. However, please take note that there will be small crabs moving around but rest-assured that they won’t climb up your chairs and tables.. haha!

After a nice dinner, you can end the night with some cocktails while soaking up the peaceful night scenery..
The cocktails are cheaper as compared to Singapore and they are really concentrated!!

As many of you should know by now, my bf proposed to me during the trip and he told me that the hotel staff really helped him in many areas.. Despite me being very alert, i did not sense and suspect anything at all… Kudos to Michael and his team members for going the extra mile in making sure that the ‘back-end work’ ended up well… 🙂

The beautiful and Huge Bouquet of fresh red Rose.. 108 Stalks prepared by the team and i was so touched.. More on the proposal in the future post so let’s move on..

Therefore to sum up, here are the pros and cons:

1) This resort is quiet, well maintained and the room is large, well furnished and clean… The housekeeping team will actually make your bed twice and deliver complimentary tea-time snacks in the late afternoons..2) Level of service is really good and i will rate it 10/10.. Everyone in the hotel are always smiling and sincere in helping you with all your needs.. Most of the staff can actually remember our room number and our preferences for beverages during breakfast.. When we are indecisive about the island hopping packages, they made really good recommendation on which to take while keeping into consideration on our needs.. The day before we depart, reminders and arrangements for airport transfer have been made without us asking them to do… 

3) The food was great and the breakfast is nice with a wide spread of food… They even have an area for making fresh fruit juice and for ordering freshly made waffles too..
 

4) The only small downside is that the Hotel is quite far from the Ao Nang.. In Krabi, Taxis are expensive and pre-arrangements needs to be done.. To make up for this shortcoming, Amari caters shuttle bus service twice a day but seats are limited (only 10 seats) so booking in advance is needed. The shuttle bus will leave the hotel at 1:00 and 4:00 pm and return at 4:30 and 8:00 pm and journey will take about 20 mins..

I’ll definitely return to  Amari Vogue in the near future.. Thank you for leaving behind such great and sweet memories for the both of us.. 😀

Win Free Room Nights at Bay Hotel Singapore!

Situated across Vivocity and near to famous attractions like Sentosa and Mount Faber,
a new four-star destination hotel is opening in Singapore in the first quarter of 2012.Beautifully positioned at the gateway to Sentosa, nested in the lush atmosphere and excellent views of Mount Faber, Bay Hotel Singapore will entice travelers with tastes of urbane and adventure experiences.**Images are from Bay Hotel’s website and Facebook page.

A little background information about Bay Hotel Singapore

Bay Hotel Singapore

50 Telok Blangah Road

Tel: 6818 6666

Fax: 6818 6688

Email: enquiries@bayhotelsingapore.com

– Owned and managed by Bay Hotels and Resorts, a property development and management firm.

– Passion towards creating and innovating a standard in hotel operations and to deliver the best guest experience.

– Business model consisting of lean operation (reduced layers of hierarchy) to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

With modern, comfortable and well-appointed rooms, coupled together with quality
restaurants, facilities and excellent services; travelers who are away from home are in for a treat.

Exclusively for Facebook Fans of Bay Hotel Singapore, Bay Hotel Singapore is organizing an online treasure hunt competition +  some questions about the hotel.

By participating, you can win a free night stay and there are six free nights’ stays up for grabs.

How to Participate:

1) ‘Like’ Bay Hotel Singapore’s facebook page.

2) There are 2 parts to this competition: Treasure hunt and Q&A session

Treasure hunt will follow a Christmas theme and you will have to find 10 Christmas icons amidst images of the hotel. (it can be found in the photo album of Bay Hotel’s FB page)

Items to find (in no particular order):

   1. Santa
   2. Christmas tree
   3. Sitting reindeer
   4. Christmas star
   5. Candy cane
   6. Christmas hat
   7. Bells
   8. Christmas ornament
   9. Snowman
  10. Christmas wreath

After which, Evidences must to be sent by email to (dennis@publicistpr.com)

  * Evidence must be in the form of

1) Naming the specific location the icons are in

2) Screenshots of where the icons are

In your email, you must also include the answers to these questions :

1) What is the name of Bay Hotel Singapore’s Pan-Indonesian restaurant?

2) What are the opening hours of Bay Hotel Singapore’s pool?

If you are able to fulfill all criteria, you will stand a chance to win the prize.

Each lucky winner will stand to win a one night stay in the Deluxe Queen Room (worth S$450++) for 2 persons, including breakfast, internet access and minibar, subjected to terms and conditions.

There will be 2 lucky winners per treasure hunt and from now till Feb, there will be a total of 3 treasure hunts

First treasure Hunt will commerce on 16th Dec 2011 (9am) and ends on 1st Jan 2012 (9pm) and winners will be announced in early Jan 2012

Good Luck! 🙂