We decided on a staycation to celebration the Man’s birthday. We’ve been wanting to stay at the Ocean Suites over at Resorts World Sentosa for a while now but the price-tag on the room was so prohibitive! In the end, we decided to splurge since it’s a birthday celebration for the Man and what better excuse than to do just that.
We brought the Bub along because neither one of us wanted to be away from her given that we are going away on a holiday real soon without her, I was worried about the severe Mama separation anxiety!
Check-in time was 3pm and we took Bubba out of school at about 3odd. By the time we reached the island and sorted out the logistics for check-in, it was about 4pm. We were shown to our suite by our personal butler (apparently there’s a 24-hr butler service available on-hand) and when he opened the door and the little one ran in, she was super thrilled with the view that greeted her. She exclaimed loudly ‘FISH!! FISH!!!‘ We had a quick room tour and the little one wasted no time to chomp the grapes in the complimentary fruit platter we were given.
After our butler left, we marveled at the view and almost didn’t want to leave our room given that it was expensive but we weren’t too impressed with the room service menu and the little one looked like she was hungry, ordering us to feed her ‘GRAPES, GRAPES’! We thought it would be best that we settle dinner outside and for her to run around in the open then mess up the room.
So we took advantage of the complimentary buggy service and headed to the main area of Resorts World. Bubba took in the new sights and oggled at the huge ‘Universal Studios’ signage. She ran towards the gift kiosk and begged Daddy to buy her a Minion balloon. The Man nearly caved in but I stopped him. Thankfully, she can still be distracted with other methods.
Such as terrorising the cute figurines at Candylicious and the Hershey’s store! She also loved the mini shopping cart and would be visibly upset with me when I try to stop her from ramping her mini cart into other customers. All I can say is do not underestimate the fury of Bubba-hurricane! Dinner was a simple affair settled at Din Tai Fung which ended up disastrously because all the Bub wanted to do was to eat her noodles using her fingers and to fling the things she didn’t want to eat all over the place. Thankfully, no major meltdowns, she loved the underground buggy ride and squealed ‘Whee!’ all the way back.
One of the attractions of the Ocean Suite also included this indoor bath with a full view of the marine creatures right in front of your eyes. Our butler helped draw the long bath and guess which 2 people could not wait to jump inside it. The little one enjoyed the bubbles while I took in the view of a happy Father and Daughter bonding moment and the graceful rays that swam by our window.
After putting the Bub to bed, that’s when us parentals came out to play! The hotel gave us a complimentary birthday cake and we brought along a vintage bottle of 1977 wine for the occasion.
We made ourselves comfy and enjoyed the awesome view of the majestic marine creatures swimming by our window. I tried to identify them but failed horribly. The Man, being an avid diver once, did a far better job of educating me what fishes or rays or sharks they actually were. That said, we both agreed that it was very therapeutic just looking at those fishes swim by and sipping our wine in the comfort of a lovely room with Bubba fast-asleep at the background.
The flood lights of the massive aquarium goes off at about 11pm and there’s where the action happened. We noticed that the fishes, rays and sharks were visibly more active and there wasn’t a dull moment that went by right outside our personal viewing gallery. The Man and I chatted and just sat there admiring the view. We contemplated putting down the blinds while we slept for we didn’t know if it was going to be too bright in the morning. Thankfully, we didn’t. We let the schools of fishes swimming outside our window lull us to sleep and when Bubba stirred from her sleep the next morning, the first word that came out of her mouth wasn’t ‘Mama!‘ but ‘FISH!’
We settled our breakfast at the Equarius Hotel. The international breakfast buffet spread was a simple affair but had what Bubba would normally eat, eggs, cornflakes and fruits. We walked around the grounds of the hotel for a bit and Bubba pretended she was behind the wheels of the buggy (our main mode of transport during our stay).
We were super duper lucky to have secured a later than usual check-out. Usual check-out time is 11am so we rounded up the very precious hours of our staycation by dipping ourselves in the Outdoor Jacuzzi in the living room patio.
Needless to say, the Bub definitely had more fun during our stay. It made for the perfect birthday weekend get-away for the Man and our little family. In fact, we felt so rested and had such a good time just looking at the spectacular views that the aquarium had to offer, we thought that perhaps this could be our annual weekend get-away without physically hopping on a plane.