Best Sentosa family hotel – Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Sentosa Island has been steadily shedding its tacky reputation and the newly opened Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa with it’s sophisticated French luxury accommodation, further cements the island resorts new standing as a chic place for families to stay in Singapore.
- Best Sentosa family hotel - Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
- Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa – around the resort
- Rooms and Suites
- Pool at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
- Family friendly dining
- Babysitting and Kids Club coming
- Getting around Sentosa Island
- Getting to and from Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
- Staff and service
- Trip notes
Pros: A stylishly- renovated, five-star resort with luxurious family suites, wonderful staff and a pool so magnifique that, families will never want to leave.
Cons: Singapore’s main attractions are a distance away from the resort’s location on Sentosa Island. There’s also no kids club, so parents will need to take turns enjoying the resort facilities.
Families should stay at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa: for a luxurious resort-style family getaway whilst still enjoying the family-friendly action of Sentosa Island.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa – around the resort
The sprawling 27-acre garden property features 211 rooms, 4 private villas and the largest Sofitel Spa in the world, perched on a hill overlooking the South China Sea. The resort recently underwent a $40 million refurbishment and did not skimp on the finer details.
Impressive entrance and warm welcome
Smiles, chilled hand towels and refreshing drinks welcomed our family to the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. In the glossy, black-and-white tiled open foyer a magnificent hand-blown glass chandelier hangs from the fuchsia leather-padded ceiling.
The impressive entrance is draped in sheer curtains and furnished with bright velvet lounges, woven high-back chairs, fashionable floor rugs and gilded sculptures. Though the surroundings are fashionable, the tone is fun and we immediately experienced the resorts relaxed, contemporary charm.
Modern French accents
Chic French accents are featured throughout the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa; a bronzed lion is playfully dipped in gold, trendy artwork graces each wing of the resort, French tufted cream chairs are placed around the Jardin du Luxembourg-inspired gardens, and the fountains turn red, white and blue at night. By the pool, there is a statue of a cheeky French frog frozen mid-leap.
Peacocks, koi and free fish Spa
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa even has its own resident peacocks, they strut around the grounds with our kids eagerly following behind waiting for them to fan out their beautiful feathers.
There are quiet courtyards and countless ponds, some with colourful Koi skimming in the water. Most exciting is the fish spa, where families can dip their feet into a pond filled with garra ruffa fish to exfoliate their toes. The complimentary pedicure is not for the squeamish, but after a little trepidation our kids insisted on a twice-daily ritual.
Rooms and Suites
Our spacious 72-square-metre Prestige Family suite featured a plush living area styled with modern art deco furniture, trendy artwork and funky gold accents.
We loved the white and gold leather-trimmed minibar, shaped like a French hatbox, which included a white Illy Espresso Machine, French-labeled TWG teabags and a fully-stocked fridge.
Other nice touches included the intricate brass doorknobs, a funky fish towel hook, incredible art-inspired light fitting, HDMI and USB power outlets and a fresh white orchid.
The living area transformed into the kids’ sleeping quarters; the chic sofa turned into a bed with room for a separate rollaway. There was also a powder room and a 42-inch TV loaded with kids cable channels. When the kids finally drifted to sleep, we were happy to retreat into our bedroom, complete with tech innovations like complimentary high-speed WIFI, USB and HDMI outlets, central lighting and a smart in-room entertainment system.
The elegantly-styled bedroom incorporated a cream chaise lounge, a large TV with popular cable channels and a supremely comfortable king-size bed.
Shimmering pink mosaic tiles adorned the roomy shower which featured a deluxe rain shower head, the art inspired bathroom also featured a deep bathtub and a toiletries chest with luxurious Lanvin products.
Every evening we would return to our room, where lights were dimmed perfectly, gentle music played, beds were turned down, and standing guard over each of our children’s beds were adorable puppy towel animals. There were also sweet surprises including exotic tropical fruit and, for the kids, chocolate-dipped marshmallows and smiley face cookies.
Pool at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Families can be found by the glorious 33-meter swimming pool. There’s a shallow end for kids to splash in and the pool goes as deep as 2.4 metres, ideal for swimming laps. With Singapore’s famous heat and humidity, there’s nowhere better to be than by Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa’s midnight blue tiled pool.
Other facilities include a poolside bar, outdoor showers and a cozy pavilion overlooking the sea, with swinging seats to admire the view.
The pool is located at the back of the resort, where a boardwalk and 132 steps down a staircase lead directly to Tanjong Beach. There’s also a trolley shuttle stop that takes guests into Sentosa Island’s main attractions.
TIPIn pool supervision and kids floats for deep spa pool
Parental supervision is a must at this pool. It is recommended that kids bring floatation devices due to the pool’s depth.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa’s pool area is elevated, breezy and surrounded by jungle, an idyllic setting for families who want to relax and unwind. There’s a sense that you’re away in a tropical sanctuary even though Singapore’s CBD is only a 20-minute drive away.
Around the pool are soft, cushioned sun lounges under shady umbrellas and cabanas with shade sails and privacy curtains, great spots for a snack or a thirst-quenching beverage. For guests already in the water, there’s a floating cushion printed with the bar menu, so they need not get out to order.
Just for kids, pool attendants occasionally pass by with complimentary gourmet ice cream in waffle cones.
Family friendly dining
Families can’t go wrong with Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa’s signature buffet at Kwee Zeen. We loved the convenience, and our kids relished choosing for themselves from the delectable selections.
The sensational breakfast included continental options, traditional hot breakfast choices and an array of international cuisines.
Families can dine al fresco under whirling old-fashioned fans. If the humidity is too high, there is also very comfortable seating indoors, where a shiny golden machine brews a premium cup of coffee.
Choose from crusty baguettes and fresh-baked croissants to accompany deli meats, smoked salmon and French cheese. Guests can have their omelettes and noodle bowls made to order.
There is sushi, sashimi, miso soup, silken tofu, as well as curries and samosas. The Chinese station offers fresh steamy buns, hot dumplings, honey soy chicken wings and congee with traditional condiments such as preserved tofu.
Healthy options include salads, smoothies, fruit selections, muesli and Greek yoghurt. Last but not least are the hot selections: crispy bacon, tasty chipolatas, baked beans and creamy mushrooms.
If you linger a little longer after your meal, chefs prepare a dessert area with a divine sweets station filled with ice cream, macaroons, jellies and truffles.
The seafood buffet looked incredible, boasting 16 ateliers including fresh seafood and iced buckets of French champagne.
Le Bar is located in its own breezy pavilion. Guests can choose from tables in the corridors overlooking views of ponds and gardens, or pull up an orange silk cushioned armchair under the high ceilings and retro chic fans and enjoy the evening’s live entertainment with a cool beverage. Better still, grab a table by the fish spa and keep kids entertained while enjoying a cocktail or two.
Be whisked away by golf buggy to the heritage-listed SoSPA, located in another section of the sprawling resort grounds. The largest Sofitel spa in the world has 14 indoor treatment rooms, 6 outdoor spa pavilions and over 6,000 square metres of tropical gardens.
Indulge in the ultimate anti-aging facial ($250 SGD), the signature SO Exhilarating Massage ($190 SGD for 60 minutes) or go with your spouse to the luxurious couple suite, where you can enjoy a romantic bath together ($80 SGD for 60-minute bath).
The spa features a volcanic mud pool, plunge pools with tumbling waterfalls, a float pool in a Zen garden and a more intimate version of the main resort pool. Guests are also free to use the fitness centre, sauna and hammam.
Movie by the So SPA pool
Kids are also welcome at the So SPA for Movie by the Pool screenings. On select Saturday evenings from 7.30pm – 9.00pm, the spa’s poolside movie screen shows recent releases like Big Hero 6
Alternatively, make use of the babysitting service and catch a movie at the adults-only Friday night screenings of PG-13 and under [over?] movies such as The Great Gatsby.
Movie guests can paddle in the pool or recline with poolside tapas and gourmet popcorn. If kids are swimming close parental supervision is required as the pool is 2.4 metres deep, kids floatation devices is recommended.
Tickets to the movies cost $25 SGD for adults 12 years and older and $12 SGD for children 5 to 11 years old, including popcorn and a soft drink. $40 SGD tickets for adults include tapas.
Babysitting and Kids Club coming
Noticeably missing for families is a kids club, which nearby luxury resorts like Shangri La already have.
Whilst the world-class spa and amazing treatment menu sounds wonderful, the reality is that parents cannot make use of the facilities whilst having to wrangle kids.
It is still possible to indulge in a spa treatment by taking turns with the kids, however it means less family time together on a short stopover.
Another option is to request in-room babysitting – available in the resort – so both parents can enjoy a treatment together.
New Sofitel Kids Club coming soon
Coming soon is the Sofitel Kids Club, and if the existing services and facilities are anything to go by, it will offer an exciting program of activities
Conveniently, the kids club will be located by So SPA, which will allow parents to enjoy spa treatments and other adult offerings, such as the gym, nearby championship golf courses, complimentary tennis courts and mountain bikes.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is located on Sentosa Island, 15-20 minutes from Singapore CBD and a 25-minute drive to Changi Airport.
While the resort is not located in the heart of Sentosa Islan, there are free shuttle buses that operate throughout the day to take resort guests into Sentosa. A quick 5-10 minute trip has you at the Sentosa Island attractions including Universal Studios, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and the Merlion.
Getting around Sentosa Island
At the rear of the resort, guests can take the boardwalk and stairs down the hill and across the road to the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa Beach Tram Station. This free tram takes passengers along the beach, stopping at family friendly attractions, including Palawan Beach and Port of Lost Wonder, before reaching Beach Station.
From the transfer hub of Beach Station, families can reach any attraction around Sentosa Island, either via shuttle bus or monorail and it’s all free!
At the front of the resort’s main entrance, a complimentary shuttle bus is available every 35 minutes from 8.35am to 10pm daily. Beach Station is only three stops away. However, the route back from Beach Station is longer with with nine stops along the way.
Paragon Shopping Centre shuttle bus
Every two hours a complimentary bus operates between Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa and Paragon Shopping Centre, on Orchard Road the heart of Singapore’s shopping mecca. The bus departs at 10am near the front of the hotel, with a journey time of 30 minutes.
VivoCity Shuttle Bus
The VivoCity Shuttle Bus transports guests to the entrance of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Or every 30 minutes past the hour from VivoCity station.
Getting to and from Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
The most convenient way to get to Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is via metred taxi.
Taxi from Changi Airport
A taxi from the Changi International Airport will cost approximately $25-35 SGD and take 25-35 minutes.
Taxi from Singapore Cruise Centre
A taxi from the nearby Singapore Cruise Centre will cost approximately $10-20 SGD and take 10-15 minutes.
Taxis and private vehicles such as an Uber or transfer car are charged between $2-$7 depending on time of day. However, if you show proof of your hotel stay at the manual pay stations, your taxi fees will be waived.
Via Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT train)
The Mass Rapid Transit system is available from Changi Airport to VivoCity (Haroubrfront Station). From there, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa.
Staff and service
The staff at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa do not hover around you and at your beck and call, despite the lofty expectations of some reviewers on TripAdvisor
In true French style, the five-star service is exceptional with the key to it’s success in their subtly. The small things make the biggest impressions and go almost unnoticed unless on the look out.
When our child dropped a fork at the dining table, another magically appeared. There were neatly-rolled pool towels placed on sun lounges ready for guests to recline, rooms were spotless after housekeeping and again during the evening turn-down service. Taxis were easily available and when hailed and our kids safely escorted inside without having to ask.
Most major airlines fly directly to Singapore’s Changi International Airport (SIN) from capital cities including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.
Average flight duration from Sydney is 8 hours 15 minutes.
Singapore is the home base for Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot, Tierair, Jetstar and AirAsia, and a stopover hub for most major international airlines.
A luxury room at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa start from $368 AUD and sleeps up to three people (two children).
Family suites sleeps up to 4 (two children) start from $557 AUD.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa address: 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891
Phone: (65) 6708 8310
We paid media rates for our stay at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa and were under no obligation to write a review. All opinions, good and bad are my own.
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