Last month, DS and I had a short 2-night stay at the new Resort World Sentosa (RWS).

This was our third time taking a short holiday in Sentosa Island.  In the last two times, we enjoyed very much staying at the Rasa Sentosa Resort (by Shangri-La) but it is now undergoing a complete makeover and will only due for re-opening in early 2011.  RWS became an obvious choice since we have yet to stay there and we were also keen to explore the Universal Studio.

For those who are unfamiliar, there are currently four hotels in RWS – three (Hotel Michael, Festive Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel) are opened to public while Crockfords Tower is a by-invitation only all-suite hotel.  Based on the information by the RWS general enquiry line, we decided on Hotel Michael which is said to be a quiet, business hotel with great art decor.  Accordingly, Festive Hotel is more suitable for families while Hard Rock, for the young ones.

Walkway from the lift lobby to reception area.  Lots of art pieces

Well, it turned out it was not a good choice.  The hotel was not quiet at all, neither was it impressive!  The swimming pool was very small and there was a gym next to it.  We later learned that about 80% of the hotel guests are actually casino guests (not business travellers!) – mostly uncles and aunties from around the region like Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong etc. The design and woodwork in the guest room looked nice but the workmanship was so poor that some of the drawers and cabinets were very hard to close!  Artwork wise, unfortunately, it was just not our cup of tea.  We were also surprised that the house-keeping staff sent to attend to our request was a China national who could not speak English at all!  Buffet breakfast (included in the room rate of S$400 nett) was not great either although  the service attitude of the restaurant and front-desk staff was good.

Not sure why so many chairs?

Relatively small bathroom.  There was no bathtub.  Shower curtain stunk!!

View of USS from the balcony of the guestroom

Another view from the room – monorail connecting Vivo City and Sentosa Island

Swimming pool on the third floor

I think if we ever want a short break on Sentosa Island again, we may consider Hard Rock hotel which looked a lot better from the outside, has a nice swimming pool and cheaper.  Or else, Rasa Sentosa would still be our preferred choice when it reopens.

We spent the second day of our stay at the Universal Studio (USS) which is very small compared to Universal Studio Japan in Osaka where we spent our last Christmas there.  It was a sunny day but I think the hot and humid weather in Singapore is not very ideal for such a theme park.  Some of the attractions are still not opened yet and with the help of the express passes (additional S$48 per person during peak season), we had priorities in every attraction, and managed to cover all, including the rides, in less than 5 hours!  If only there were more buzz such as street performances and night parade to make USS much more impressive and enjoyable for the visitors.

Madagascar, A Crate Adventure (yet to be opened)

Believe it or not?  I went on this!  Oh, for a moment, I felt so young!

These roller-coaster are still closed

Jurassic Park @ The Lost World

Canopy Flyer @ The Lost World

Ancient Egypt

Catch Revenge of the Mummy indoor roller coaster ride here.  It is fun!

Water World – exciting action-packed show not to be missed!

See that helicopter?

Far Far Away Palace.  Catch Shrek 4-D Adventure and Enchanted Airways (another roller coaster ride) here.  We went on Enchanted Airways twice!

Kungfu Panda taking photos with visitors

Click here for more photos of Universal Studio Singapore

Click here for photos of Universal Studio Japan (Osaka)

Despite all these, the overall experience was still pleasant.  We had a very nice seafood dinner at Singapore Seafood Republic @ RWS, and enjoyed watching Voyage de La Vie too.

This restaurant is a collaboration between four big names in Singapore – Tung Lok Seafood, Seafood International, Palm Beach and Jumbo

Together with my younger sister who joined us for dinner, we had a very satisfied meal and the highlight was the super yummy crabs!

Sri-Lankan Crab cooked with salted egg

Sri-Lankan Chili Crab

This dish was very delicious too – white cabbage cooked with crab meat

Voyage de La Vie @ Festive Grand Theatre – a world first theatrical circus about the story of a young man’s search to discover his destiny.  We were not so impressed with the story-line but the stunts were absolutely spectacular and jaw-dropping!

Jonathan Leong, 2006 Singapore Idol first-runner up, plays The Boy in Voyage de La Vie

As always, we enjoyed our holidays!


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