After doing a ton of research on Trip Advisor we decided to stay on the Island of Sentosa in Singapore. We were told by several people that we would hate Sentosa and it was really crowded with tourists. But with a very active toddler on our hands we were really looking for somewhere child friendly with lots of activities. Sentosa is filled with attractions for children including beaches, nature centers, a dolphin lagoon, and amusement parks. What really attracted us to Sentosa is the Resort World Sentosa that was home to a newly opened Universal Studios. Resort World is definitely a must if you are in Singapore with children.
We stayed at the top ranked Capella Hotel Singapore and it definitely lived up to all the great reviews. The entrance of the hotel is a beautiful white colonial building that used to be an army barrack. Inside the colonial building is the reception and on the first floor there is the Library and Tea Lounge. The Library is stocked with DVDs that you can take to your room which is pretty handy to entertain the little monster. The Tea Lounge has all sort of drinks and lovely biscuits and snacks that are complimentary for the hotel guests. The staff are all super friendly and helpful so nothing to complain about there.
We upgraded our room to a suite as the final splurge of our trip and it was definitely worth it! The main part of the hotel is a modern addition to the colonial building which has a totally Jurassic Park futuristic feel to it. Once we entered our suite we were amazed at how incredible the room was. The room has clean simple lines with a modern Asian influence. The main attraction of the room was definitely the sweeping views of the South China Sea. There were tons of gadgets, switches, and control panels in the room which I found pretty complicated but the little monster was in heaven pushing and possibly breaking all the switches. My absolute favorite part of the room was the luxurious spa bathroom. I definitely did not want to leave this place.
The food at The Capella is absolutely incredible. What I loved about everything at the hotel was the extra attention paid to every little detail and just made the whole experience so special. The breakfast buffet is simply the best I have ever had! Fresh pastries, cereal packaged in individual glass jars, sushi, jamon sliced fresh, amazing congee and of course more dished offered on the menu. We had a dinner there as well and the menu had a large selection of Asian and Western foods. Everything we ordered was delicious and the presentation was superb. The little monster had gourmet fish and chips from the kids menu. All of the staff at the restaurant were so sweet to the little monster and we had top notch service.
There are a series of really beautiful infinity pools cascading down the hillside with views of the sea. At the bottom of the pool are the luxury villas but we didn't have a chance to tour. Again we had amazing service at the pool with someone bringing us towels, magazines, water, snacks, and refreshing drinks without us even asking.
The hotel also provides shuttles to attractions on the island and some nearby shopping centers in downtown Singapore. Otherwise taxis are such an easy way to get around. It was really strange traveling without carseat but there is just no way you can lug a carseat around with you all day.
I'm definitely going to find a way to work Singapore into my future Asian travels and can't wait to stay at the Capella again.