Last weekend, we took a break from work and went on a 2D1N fun and romantic getaway to Resorts World Sentosa.
With less than one hour flying time from KL, Singapore is perfect for a quick getaway from work stress. If the vibrant island city is too much for you to handle, why not consider Resorts World Sentosa? Whether you are looking for total relaxation, family fun or a romantic getaway; RWS is suited for everyone.
Where to Stay?
A wide variety of hotels such as the family friendly Festive Hotel, the chic Hard Rock Hotel and the luxurious Equarius Hotel are dotted around Resorts World Sentosa.
However, the newly opened Genting Hotel Jurong is a great option for budget conscious travelers.
We love its unique “hotel in a garden” theme. The hotel has beautiful landscaping, a roof garden and sky terrace.
No complaints on the contemporary designed rooms with clean-line furnishing too.
Everything is brand new and spotlessly clean.
In terms of location, Genting Hotel Jurong is only a 20-minute drive from Tuas Checkpoint (perfect for Malaysians who drive to Singapore) and a 5 minute walk from Jurong East MRT. There are many retail malls located around the hotel too.
Hotel guests can use the 24-hour FREE SHUTTLE between the hotel and Resorts World Sentosa. The drive takes about 25 minutes. Even the shuttle bus is brand new and clean.
Our room came with free wi-fi and buffet breakfast that runs until 10 am daily.
Genting Hotel Jurong
Address: 2 Town Hall Link, Singapore 608516
Tel: (+65) 6577 8899
But first, let us take a selfie in front of the trademark Universal globe!
From the entrance, the first zone that we entered is Hollywood. With palm trees, striking architecture, ‘Walk of Fame’ all present here, it reminded us of the famous Hollywood boulevard.
There are plenty of photo opportunities here!
Do not miss out on the street entertainment in front of Mel’s Drive-In as well as the Lake Hollywood Spectacular – an incredible fireworks show that will burst across the night sky on selected Saturdays.
We managed to catch the awesome hurricane simulation experience at the “Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg”. “Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase” was a fun indoor joy ride too.
There are also frequent live performances in New York throughout the day, such as The Rockafellas, a hiphop dance performance in front of a Madame Tussauds figure of Vin Diesel.
Hi Betty Boop!
The 3D thrill ride brought us to a world where DECEPTICONS invaded the NEST head quarter. We raced through the city, zipping through subway tunnels, down city streets and across high-rise rooftops. It felt as though we were in the movie. The Accelerator ride is a whirling twirling attraction that tests your intergalactic stamina.
However, we were there to accept a new challenge! Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON, the world’s tallest dueling roller coasters. The red side represents HUMAN, a seated roller coaster, and the blue side, CYLON, is an inverted coaster, which means your legs are dangling free beneath you as you ride.
All I can say is, it was too late to cry for mama as we got up there!
THE LOST WORLD
The Lost World is divided into two themed areas: Jurassic Park and WaterWorld. The “WaterWorld” show is a must watch, we reckoned. It is an action-packed show, with many death-defying stunts, along with thrills and spills from real explosions. Audiences who sit at the wet and splash zones might get really wet though!
FAR FAR AWAY
We had fun exploring Shrek’s world in the Far Far Away zone. One can discover Shrek’s tree house and stroll along Far Far Away’s Romeo Drive or sing along and even talk with Donkey in the Donkey LIVE interactive show. We enjoyed the Shrek 4D Adventure show so much. Through the 3D lenses, we saw, heard and felt all the action right from our seat.
How could we miss out the world’s first Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey coaster!
It is a fun family roller coaster. Riders get to join Puss and Kitty on this anti-gravity, swashbuckling adventure in search of the legendary golden eggs.
We were so excited to meet Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria in the Madagascar zone. We went onto the “Madagascar: A Crate Adventure” river boat ride with state-of-the-art animated figures and many other show-action effects, just like in the movie! Kids can go take the King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round.
HOLLYWOOD DREAMS PARADE
I’m glad that we revisited UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE! We have tried most of the rides but it was fun to go on them again. Plus, we got to try out UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE’s two latest attractions: Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON and Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey!
Adult (ages 13 to 59) One-Day Pass S$74
Child (ages 4 to 12)
One-Day Pass S$54
Seniors (Age 60 and above)
One-Day Pass S$36
Universal Express starts from $30
Universal Express Unlimited starts from $50
At only S$66, you get entry to Universal Studios Singapore, free S$5 meal voucher, S$5 retail voucher and all-day parking worth S$28! Deals for S.E.A. Aquarium also available, check out http://bit.ly/1HlrzL3 now for more information!
ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa
An award winning spa that is spanning nearly 10,000 square metres, ESPA at Resorts World™ Sentosa is an oasis of tranquility. ESPA has a wide range of spa treatments such as manicure, pedicure, signature massages, facials and various body therapies. I’m glad that we came here on the second (and last) day of our trip, after a fun but tiring first day in Universal Studios Singapore.
ESPA’s wide range of luxurious treatment pavilions, private beach villa and garden spa suites are immaculately designed for total relaxation.
From the entrance of Hotel Michael, we took the free shuttle bus to Equarius Hotel. ESPA is located right opposite Equarius Hotel. We wandered through the lush tropical gardens of the area and into the air-conditioned entry of the spa. The modern-styled lobby area was large, bright, and clearly enticing.
We filled in a few forms that required information such as our health conditions, lifestyle and treatment preferences.
Once all the formalities were out of the way, we were separated into male and female change rooms, where we were provided robes, disposable underwear and slippers to change into. I like how the locker uses a digital lock that is very convenient, as we do not have to carry a locker key around.
Guests who book for spa treatment can check in earlier to make use of the spa facilities such as this fully equipped gym.
or the Outdoor Vitality Pool and Cold Plunge Pool.
I enjoyed my pre-treatment soak in the Outdoor Vitality Pool and Cold Plunge Pool. The Vitality Pool is heated, so it was a pleasure jumping into. The micro jets were perfect to relieve my muscle tension.
Crystal Steam rooms
Attention to detail is apparent in ESPA, as we can see from the use of premium mineral water from the mountains of Japan, toiletries and hair styling products for guests’ perusal as well as a 10 seconds swim wear drying machine.
After an hour, both KampungBoy and I meet at the tea lounge. We were sipping on our herbal tea, while overlooking the Onsen Pool.
Soon, our therapists ushered us to the Hammam chamber and we were asked to lie down on a full sized marble plinth. It is a serene space designed to promote purity, energy and balance. The room is slightly heated too, as it helps to open up our pores for deep cleansing.
The traditional Hammam ritual is one of the signature treatments at ESPA.
First, we enjoyed a deep cleansing full body scrub, using a traditional Kese mitt and black olive soap. It was then followed by a full body foam massage to purify and soften the skin before my therapist applied a nourishing marine mud body mask with aromatic oils. I also love the hair cleansing and scalp massage. Throughout the cleansing ritual, our therapists splashed luke warm water on our bodies. Lastly, we spent about 15 minutes in the steam room before some final water rinsing in the Hammam chamber.
After the one-hour treatment, our skin felt really clean, soft and refreshed. Then, we took our own sweet time to shower, get changed and took a nap in the sleep zone.
Now, this is what you call a complete spa experience. Even though we were booked for a 60 minutes treatment, but we spent almost half a day in ESPA. It is definitely worth every single dollar paid. I wouldn’t mind coming back again for a birthday or anniversary treat!
Add: 8 Sentosa Gateway
Tel: +65 6577 8880
Hours: Daily: 9am – 10pm
Where to Eat?
There is no shortage of places to eat in RWS – from restaurants helmed by celebrity chef to the Malaysian food street.
While in UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE, we had our lunch in KT’s Grill. It is an authentic 1950’s New York Grill serving the good steaks, pastas and seafood.
Our order of set lunch (SGD 24.90++) came with a soup, a main course (BBQ chicken sandwich or beer battered fish n chips) and drinks. Now who says that theme park food is all about hotdogs, fries and popcorn. Plus the set is really value for money!
For dinner, we opted to dine at Osia, a celebrity chef restaurant helmed by Scott Webster. Composed of healthy, light seasonal dishes featuring the freshest ingredients from Australia as well as the Pacific Rim and Asia Pacific regions, the Osia experience is artfully complemented by sought after New World wines and attentive, delightful service in an elegant yet convivial atmosphere.
It was our second time dining here and the food exceeded our expectations once again. Flat bread (SGD 11++) is a signature here. Served with a tube of the house’s special bush tomato spread, the breads were given a burst of tangy flavours and creamy textures. The bread has a delightfully crisp crust, and is gorgeously airy and chewy on the inside.
We opted for the pre-theater three course dinner menu (SGD 50++). Again, it is very reasonable for the quality of the food served at the restaurant. I opted for the barramundi with ginger lime curd, orange grapefruit salsa and piment d’espelette as starter. My order of beef hanger steak main was beyond amazing!
KampungBoy was equally happy with his starter of cauliflower soup and Lamb Shoulder main.
The highlight for me was Osia’s signature Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soup with black peppered ice cream and sesame crisp. It was so good that it rivaled all the other chocolate fondant desserts that we have tried.
After our spa session in ESPA, we proceeded to Tangerine, a first of its kind celebrity chef helmed spa café in Singapore.
Chef Ian Kittichai from Thailand is well known for his influence on Thai cuisine, and in Tangerine, he is exploring both Asian and Western cuisines, with an emphasis on healthy, tasty meals brimming with robust flavours and aromas. Our set lunch (SGD 45++) came with a smoked tomato soup topped with pesto, parma and walnuts which are known to decrease risks of cardiovascular diseases.
My choice of main sea bass served with Asian style salsa and rests atop a bed of sautéed Napa cabbage, which is a natural antioxidant and high in fibre.
KampungBoy opted for the Chicken Roulade – sous vide free-range chicken breasts served with bell pepper, lily bulb and white onion.
Our desserts were antioxidant packed. I told KampungBoy that I do feel prettier after having the lemongrass jelly with wild forest berries dessert.
This concludes our 2D1N fun and romantic getaway to Resorts World Sentosa. If you are looking for some inspiration for your next trip, we hope that this blog post is useful. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a fun family getaway, RWS has got a world of options.
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