If you are thinking of a quick getaway within the city, Sentosa is always a good idea. Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is one of three Sofitel properties in Singapore. The French luxury 5-star resort is a hidden gem atop a cliff of Sentosa Island that offers a haven of tranquillity and relaxation. With delicate French flair to the colonial heritage building, the property boasts 211 sizeable rooms and suites, 4 opulent villas and the Iconic So Spa.
Since I’m not able to travel this year, I decided to splurge the last 2 nights of 2020 at Sentosa. The average daily rate for the lead in room category starts from SGD 340++, but the rate doubled on new year eve that cost me SGD 698++ per night. Thankfully, I have my rewards point to burn for this stay.
All guests are required to complete the pre-arrival form. Once you enter the open-air lobby, you will be greeted with Lasvit’s dazzling spiral lighting installation named Stellar. The pink ceiling design is inspired by the well-known song “La Vie en Rose”, which literally translates to “I see everything in (rosy) pink”.
The reception area is small and as a preventive measure, only one representative is allowed during check-in to register all who will be staying in the resort. There were 3 check-in counters, although only 2 were manned when I arrived.
The resort compound has a beautiful landscape with manicured gardens inspired by Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg. There’s a complimentary fish spa that allows you to dip your feet into a pond of little fish cleaners. Unfortunately, this is not available due to the pandemic.
Tranquility and Peace Wing
The resort consist of 2 wings; Tranquility and Peace wing. It’s a vast compound with sheltered walkways surrounded by greenery.
Tips: Rooms at Tranquility is closer to the lobby.
Even though I checked in after 4pm, I waited for another 15 minutes for the room to be ready. My original booking was for Luxury Room, but I got upgraded to the Prestige Suite due to my ALL Platinum status. I was assigned a room at Peace Wing. Apparently, level 3 is the same as the lobby. The view from my assigned room wasn’t the best. It was directly in front of the new Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa construction work, which is slated to open in 2022.
When you enter the Prestige Suite, there is a small entryway with Sofitel’s signature art piece on the wall which separates the generous living room and bedroom. Each room configuration might differ, but the layout is more or less similar. The cosy living area consists of functional and chic furniture to make guests feel at home. If not for the COVID-19, the living room will definitely be decorated with more ornaments and books.
The mini bar cabinet has been emptied and sanitised but is still available upon request. Coffee and tea-making facilities are available for use too.
Both the living room and bedroom has double entry doors to give guests more privacy. I love the unique design of the wardrobe doors. The bedroom was well decorated with leaf motifs above the Sofitel’s King-size MyBed. The orchid carpet on the hardwood floor adds colours to the room. You will also notice sophisticated art installation and plush chaise lounge perfect for relaxation. Do note that housekeeping service will be done every other day or upon request with no turndown service provided for now.
The spacious bathroom has a built-in bathtub as well as a separate rainfall shower area with colourful mosaic tiles.
Lanvin bathroom amenities were carefully packed individually.
On the last day of my stay, I was granted a late check out at 5pm with the condition that I move to the Luxury Room anytime before 12pm. I agreed and the staff seamlessly arranged the room to be ready just a few doors away. The layout of the Luxury Room is similar but with balcony access to the backyard.
The view from the balcony is not fantastic but you get a high chance of seeing peacocks scattered around the property.
The 33-metre pool is nice and breezy. Each room is limited to one booking per day with a maximum of two hours per visit.
Access to Tanjong Beach
If you skip the pool, you can take a stroll down to Tanjong Beach. The access is located near the pool. Do note that there are 132 wooden steps which can be a challenge on the way back up.
To get around Sentosa, you have to rely on the Beach Tram at Tanjong Beach. I wish the resort provides a regular shuttle from the lobby to the Beach Station. I just find it inconvenient to take the stairs down to Tanjong Beach to get to the Tram stop. The alternative way is to take the Sentosa Bus B from SO Spa which can be a far walk.
The Cliff has always been regarded as one of Singapore’s most romantic dining destinations. Pairing comforting Italian flavours set against the captivating sea view, the Cliff exudes an elegant chic vibe for a dining experience that is intimate and inviting.
Breakfast at Kwee Zeen
As part of my status, I got a complimentary breakfast at Kwee Zeen. The menu set is limited but do come in early because the outdoor table tends to snap up quickly.
Situated at the heart of the resort, LeBar invites you to linger over French Classic High Tea sets paired with cocktails.
In a Nutshell
If you are craving a much-needed break, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is an ideal breakaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The tranquil sanctuary and resort vibes somewhat remind me of Bali. The service is subpar due to the influx of staycation-goers. I tried to email the resort multiple times for some enquiries, but it falls on deaf ears. Thankfully, the wonderful staff at the front desk is a saving grace. The best way to get there is by car, but the resort also provides a complimentary two-way shuttle service from Harbourfront MRT Station Exit D.
- Peaceful atmosphere and located on the quieter side of Sentosa
- Gorgeous garden grounds
- Complimentary shuttle to and from Vivo City
- Ageing room and facilities
- A hassle to get around Sentosa
- Not many dining options nearby the resort besides the in-house restaurant
- Rooms have no nice views
Eligible for redemption of SingapoRediscovers vouchers!