It’s no secret that I am smitten with Singapore. Seriously, what’s not to like about a country whose unofficial national sports are eating, drinking and shopping? But after a stay at what might just be our new favourite hotel, the Sofitel Sentosa Singapore Resort & Spa, that infatuation may have just become true love.
So what’s so great about a stay at Sofitel Sentosa Singapore Resort with kids? Pretty much everything. The newly opened resort, nestled in tropical gardens on a cliff top above Tanjong Beach, is stunning! The Sofitel team have done an extraordinary job of integrating existing colonial architecture and lush tropical landscapes with stunning modern art installations.
The effect is so sexily, chicly Gallic that I almost expect to find Brigitte Bardot lolling languidly by the resort’s midnight black pool with a bottle of France’s finest.
But in her absence I instead order a glass or two of my own and watch as Sugarpuff struts her not so languid stuff.
She’s ably assisted by a posse of peacocks, one of which seems to have developed a crush on my wee girl. Fortunately, she is equally smitten and they are soon engaged in a rather raucous squawk off.
Indeed I think she may have squawked an invitation for him to join us for breakfast as her flashy feathered beau turns up at the resort’s restaurant, Kwee-zeen the following morning! While Sugarpuff flirts with her flashy friend, Raffles and I flirt with the chefs serving up a feast of Asian, Western and French offerings at the resort’s buffet.
In fact, the selection of spicy Indian curries is so good that Raffles is in a frenzy of curry consumption at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As for the enormous chocolate fountain that appears at lunchtime, that may have received more than one visit from the kids! And it’s nothing but a vicious rumour that we just lay underneath with our gobs open. Only becasue we din’t think of it at the time.
As for the accommodation, well that’s incredible too. Our plush 72 square-metre Prestige Family suite rocks a Soho warehouse vibe and is packed with exquisite and quirky artistic touches like little bronze men scaling the walls.
There’s a master bedroom, living room featuring a huge LCD TV, leather-trimmed minibar with an Illy Espresso Machine and a glorious selection of French teas as well as a lounge that converts into the kids bed, though naturally they forgo that to sleep on my head.
The sparkling bathroom boasts an enormous bath, quirky bronze fish leaping through the glass and a mosaic strewn shower built for two… or three, as is the case with my privacy challenged offspring.
The resort’s design and décor isn’t the only thing that’s fabulous. Accor’s MyKids programme – an extension of the free Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program – comes with loads of benefits designed to ensure tiny travellers enjoy their stay in style. My pampered pair are both made to feel right at home with surprise welcome gifts, great kids menus, free Kids Club access, and a great selection of in-room family movies. Not to mention platters of delectable surprises that magically appeared in our room each evening.
It isn’t all about the kids though. I manage a sneaky sojourn to the resort’s sublime So SPA, the largest Sofitel spa in the world. There are 14 indoor treatment rooms and six outdoor pavilions with private gardens, as well as a mud pool and float pool with cascading waterfall. I’m in heaven. There’s also a social space where guests can interact… but as I’m taking a break from my children and their incessant chattering, I elect to be antisocial and simply soak up the tranquillity.
While the chic style and sophisticated atmosphere are more than enough to have us hooked, it is the immaculate service at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa that has us truly besotted with the resort. Not only am I treated like royalty; both of the kids are made feel like family by everyone from the restaurant staff to the management. So much so that tears are shed when Raffles has to say goodbye to his new bestie, doorman Shukar, who has gone above and beyond to make our stay an extremely special one.