|Rasa Sentosa Resort|
Rasa Sentosa Resort, A Shangri-La Property, Sentosa, Singapore
Parked on Siloso Beach, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort faces the South China Sea. Leaf or water views are guaranteed from almost every room. Lush tropical jungle engulfs the property and, it is clear to see, nature is paid due respect at this serene and harmonious property.
One of six of the oldest trees in Singapore majestically welcomes guests on the verdant boulevard leading to the hotel lobby. The 128-year old angsana tree is recognised by Singapore’s National Parks Board as a heritage tree. It is believed that British soldiers planted the angsana tree in 1885, when they settled at Fort Siloso during the pre-war period. A tree lightning conductor has been installed to protect the old tree, vegetation replanted to reinstate its natural habitat, and there are even security cameras monitoring its safety. This, alongside other efforts to work with, rather than against the natural environment, are evident throughout the hotel.
Gardens abound and greenery is at your doorstep at the Rasa Sentosa Resort. Giant trees rim the shoreline and profuse layers of plants form quiet enclaves and private retreats. Verdurous shelters are allocated for those choosing to smoke. Putting the smiles on the hearts and lungs of many guests, the Rasa Sentosa Resort has been a non-smoking property since extensive renovations in 2010. Ongoing projects to further green the resort continue. Currently, works are in progress to introduce an area of floral plants designed to attract birds and butterflies.
Family friendly, the pool provides hours of entertainment. Slides, fountains and various forms of play equipment keep the kids cool and engaged, while adults might choose a dip in the jet bath, cocktail at the swim-up bar or just a laze in the sun. The natural water swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi employs a particle-physics based water management system. This means instead of using a barrage of chemicals, as is the case in most pools, Rasa Sentosa Resort is able to employ a minimal amount of chlorine - only that legally required by the government authorities. A reduced impact on our earth is the result, but it’s also of considerable benefit to our bodies. Those with sensitive skin and or young children will be particularly pleased to emerge from the water irritant free.
A giant facility for children caters for all age levels, from a playroom for toddlers, a three story tree house, arts and crafts room to a ridiculously well stocked video game arcade, the amount of thought gone into making kids happy is admirable. An activities program runs from early morning to late night, ensuring kids have a blast and adults are able to find some peace too. And… it’s not just the fun times that have been given attention to, basic needs are thought of also with especially designed washroom facilities and even a kid-sized buffet.
One of the biggest contributors to our increasingly unmanageable pile of trash on this earth is the use of disposable plastic water bottles. While Rasa Sentosa Resort hasn’t fully combatted that problem, they are well on their way to reducing the amount of plastic bottles disposed of daily. Every room is supplied with two bottles of water. When refills are needed guests are encouraged to use the filtered water and ice dispensers located on every floor. Those who carry their own reusable bottle can skip the use of plastic altogether. Recycle bins too are speckled around the resort, so that trash not eliminated can at least be reused.
Care for our earth and health of its inhabitants continues in rooms. Guest amenities are packaged in self-biodegrading boxes printed with soy ink, with the Plastarch material decomposing within 80 days in the right conditions. Products used for cleaning rooms and around the resort are eco-friendly wherever possible.
Every room at Rasa Sentosa Resort comes with its own private balcony proffering views of the sea, pool, hills or garden. No matter what direction you’re facing, you can be assured verdant nature will be bringing you calm. Air-conditioning automatically shuts down when balcony doors are opened (it will restart when doors are closed). Ceiling fans have been installed and individual climate controls hand over decision making of how much or how little energy you consume. Over 450 newspaper bags daily have been done away with through the establishment of permanent “Good News” holders by the door of every room. Various signage allows choice of reusing bed linens, towels and bath robes again, reducing strain on our limited fresh clean water supply and the amount of chemicals that go into it.
454 rooms ranging from 31 to 150sqm, with 10 varying layouts, cater for most travellers’ needs. Complimentary broadband is expected these days alongside all of the other benefits of modern technology such as an LCD television, satellite channels and, an iPad docking station. Rasa Sentosa Resort has the anticipated and more. Thinking of those staying more than a few nights, numerous launderettes are available allowing guests to do a load of washing as needed. Keeping in mind international commuters whose flight timing might not convene with check-in/ check –out times, or even local vacationers just wanting to make the most of the resort’s facilities but not pay the fee for a late checkout, refreshment rooms (equipped with full bathroom amenities) and air-conditioned entertainment areas with TV, internet and reading material are comfortable, purposefully designed spaces.
Boasting sweeping views of the South China Sea, development in harmony with nature and, a sense of thoughtfulness signature to the Shangri-La group, Rasa Sentosa Resort is a flawless choice to persuade you to forget work and just breathe.
Reason to visit: surprising beach resort minutes from the heart of Singapore, lush gardens, thoughtfulness in all aspects of care for guests, eco-friendly efforts, excellent facilities for families
Rasa Sentosa Resort by Shangri-La
101 Siloso Road
+65 6275 0100
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