Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Our Staycation at Shangri-La Hotel

Mention Shangri-La and we'll immediately think of luxury and awesomeness. We are no strangers to Shangri-La's signature hospitality from the heart, having been invited for Sunday brunch at Rasa Sentosa Resortlunch at Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in London and vacation at Golden Sands Resort Penang.

However, we've never stayed at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore before (even though we like to go for at least one staycation a year) and were therefore very excited when we were invited to experience the Horizon Club.

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore (exterior)
Greeted by red lanterns on our arrival! =)
Lovely installation to celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the lobby
The monkey is made up entirely of flowers! So pretty!

As with all club rooms, the check-in counter for guests is on the Horizon Club floor of the hotel (separate from other guests).

The exclusive check-in desks for guests of the Horizon Club only
The family hung out at the Horizon Club Lounge and admired the awesome view of Lady Hill while waiting

This is not our first experience with club rooms as the hubby and I love to book club rooms whenever there is a promotion because the privileges are just too good to pass up! The Horizon Club at Shangri-La Hotel is no exception =)

Horizon Club Privileges include:
  • Complimentary breakfast at The Line offering an extensive variety of choice with 16 live theatre kitchens and/or BLU, a private breakfast venue exclusively for Horizon Club guests
  • Complimentary afternoon tea at Horizon Club Lounge from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Complimentary serving of wines, cocktails and canapĂ©s from 5pm to 8pm daily (children below 12 years of age are welcome before 6pm) 
  • Complimentary beverages all day at Horizon Club Lounge 
  • Access to Lounge facilities
  • Complimentary use of Horizon Club meeting facilities for 2 hours daily 
  • Complimentary 1 suit pressing and shoeshine service 
  • Complimentary parking

In addition, families get to enjoy additional privileges when they book the Family Stays for Free package by 31 March 2016. On top of the Horizon Club privileges above, additional privileges include:
  • Complimentary breakfast for additional family members (up to one additional adult and two children under the age of 12 years old) at The Line
  • Late check-out at 6:00pm - more time to enjoy the room and facilities!
  • Complimentary extra bed upon request
  • Complimentary welcome amenities for children under the age of 12

In summary, you'll get to eat, play, sleep and then eat, play, sleep some more (as we'll demonstrate in the rest of this post)! *laughs*

We wasted no time in getting ourselves acquainted with the Horizon Club Lounge and had our afternoon tea too while we were at it.

Horizon Club Lounge
Kids having fun in the lounge, which was really not suitable for infants and toddlers as there were a lot of glassware around!
Shangri-La's signature orchids
(I think it's their corporate flower?)
Dilmah tea leaves in pretty jars
Am always impressed by the tea at Shangri-La! Enjoyed my Earl Grey tea =)
Food is served all afternoon =)
Yummy mini sandwiches
Clockwise from left: Rich chocolate tart and chocolate cake (close up);
Variety of dessert that you can choose from;
More mini sandwiches than you can eat!

We couldn't wait to hang out at our 72 square metres Horizon Grand Premier Room! It's probably not the biggest room we've stayed in but it's definitely high up on that list!

Clockwise from left: Fresh orchids greet you as you come in;
The main door area;
Little treats and a couple of bookmarks to keep as souvenirs.
Comfy sofa and spacious living area
The welcome gifts for my kids! The bears are sooo cute!
Welcome fruits, a box of chocolate and a personalised card from Shangri-La to welcome us =)
Chocolates are my absolute favourite food!
Thank you Jesus for creating cocoa (and the Aztecs for accidentally discovering that cocoa can be made into chocolate)! =)
The food bar (not complimentary!) and 6 bottles of water (complimentary!), more than enough for the whole family
Additional bed is available on request and is FREE if you get the Family Stays for Free package =)
Mum-in-law's favorite corner of the room, she says the lounge chair is super comfy.
Baby cot and super king size bed!
Similar to the bed at MBS, this bed is also big enough to sleep 3 adults and 1 kid comfortably
Baby Boy taking his nap later that day

The most impressive of all has got to be the gigantic toilet. Definitely the biggest hotel room toilet we've ever stayed at (and we've stay at a lot of hotels, at least 5 hotels a year)!

The bathroom is simply oozing with luxury, from their pure marble floors to their L'occitane toiletries to their Grohe faucets! Everything is top notch and as we call it, "atas"!
Kids loved exploring the toilet! Baby Boy probably thought it was a play room since it was so big.
A full size bath tub for taking warm baths and a spacious shower with a bench at the side for those of you who prefer to bathe sitting down
L'occitane toiletries and full amenities such as toothbrush, comb, cotton buds, etc
Left: Even the area to put your luggage is huge!;
Right: Wardrobe where the safe, bathrobes, umbrellas and other amenities are kept.
Bedroom slippers for the adults
And cute slippers for the kids!
(unfortunately these are too big for my boy and too small for my girl)
Left: Girl thinks the bed is for her but it's really for the mum-in-law;
 Right: Kid-sized bathrobe for the kids! Super cute!!!
The view of the awesome pool from our room window. The girl couldn't wait to change into her swim suit!

"MUMMY! Let's go and swim! Faster, faster, stop taking photos!!!!"

Alright, alright, I'm coming..

Shangri-La Hotel pool

One of the largest ground level swimming pools in Singapore, there was a general pool, a deep pool, a wading pool, a jacuzzi and even water fountains for kids!

Water fountains *whee*

Although the pool was so big, we spent most of our time in the jacuzzi because it was HOT! Reminds me of the hotsprings man! So awesome =D

Loving the jacuzzi

Take it from me, very few jacuzzis are warm so this is a real treat for warm-bath lovers like our family.

 We really love it in here =)
A family photo of us

We only got out because it was literally too hot to stay in there for too long. Make sure to monitor your kids, don't allow them to stay in the jacuzzi for too long and ensure that they drink enough water as it's very easy to overheat and dehydrate if you're not careful.

After swimming, the hubby and I met up with the bro-in-law and headed for Canape and free flow of alcoholic drinks at the Horizon Club Lounge while the kids and mum-in-law took their naps in the room.

Drinking my mocktail (I don't drink alcohol) and enjoying the gorgeous view!
Ahh, this is the 'high' life
(the boys thought a wine glass looked more atas than my mocktail)

The usual alcohol-fanatics, hubby and bro-in-law, had an awesome time drinking all the wines to their hearts content. They were premium wines too, not those cheapo ones people serve at big parties to cut cost.

Cheers!
(it's good that the hubby had his brother to keep him company since I don't drink)
The drinks menu, which are all FREE between 6-8pm!

Do note that because alcohol is served, kids are NOT allowed in the Horizon Club Lounge after 6pm.

Variety of food served
Our favorites were the prawn and satay! So good!
Yummy desserts
(loved the chocolate mousse and berries tart)

The hubby said it was some of the best alcohol he has had in a long time and he can't believe it's complimentary. I thought the mocktail was lovely too =)

I was so full that I didn't even need to eat dinner that night! Crap, I think I ate too much =(

We all snuggled up in bed that night, squeezy but happy because it has been a long time since I shared the same bed with all my kids. They all slept soundly the whole night and didn't wake up till the next morning.

By the time we got up the next morning, we were hungry and couldn't wait to try the breakfast at Shangri-la's famous The Line restaurant. I had great expectations and I was glad that I wasn't disappointed.

Taking the lifts to the first floor
(if you look carefully, the carpets in the lifts always reflect the day of the week, which meant that they are changed everyday!)
The Line

The Line has the most variety of all the breakfast buffets that I've eaten! There is Indian, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Western and more! Crazy.

Clockwise from left: The noodles section;
Eggs and prata!;
Japanese sushi, rice and nato

Clockwise from top left: The must-have sausages for breakfast;
My favourite pancakes and waffles!;
Six different flavours of donuts to choose from! Super crazy!;
Love the pastry selection. I went straight for my favourite chocolate croissant =)
Dim Sum table
(the prawn dumplings were fab! Some ang mohs took more than 5 each!)
Local Kaya Toast
For those of you who must eat bread and kaya in the morning

Usually we need to pay extra for additional people in our family but the Family Stays for Free package meant that my mum-in-law and girl can eat with no additional charge (baby boy is below 3 so he's free anyway)! Very worth it =)

After an awesome breakfast, we went swimming again before having our final lo hei (prosperity toss) in our room. We had bought it but never managed to toss until now.

To a greater and better year ahead!

The Family Stays for Free package is priced from SGD505 per night (subject to 10% service charge and government taxes including GST) and is available for bookings made before 31 March 2016 and stays on Fridays and Saturdays only. Bookings may be made at their website. Prior reservations are required and bookings are subject to availability.

Having stayed at many comparable hotels (e.g. MBS and Royal Plaza on Scotts), I feel the price is quite worth it because you get to enjoy Club facilities and priviledges, free flow alcohol and food for not just you but the whole family (alcohol for the adults only), late check out, complimentary roll-away bed and a room so big you can squeeze at least 5 adults and 3 kids (I'm not saying you should but you could hehe). That's at least $150 worth of savings!

If you're celebrating a special occasion with a staycation, why not consider Shangri-La? You'll be pampered so much it's like you really went on a vacation without ever leaving the country =)


Disclosure: Complimentary accommodation for 1 night at the Horizon Club Room at Shangri-La Hotel was received from Shangri-La Hotel Singapore for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.
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