5 to 8 Sep 10
For the Sep 10 school holiday, we decided to take the kids for holiday in Singapore with the opening of the Universal Studio.
We heard from friends that the Universal Studio tickets were selling like hot cakes and fast sold out. As such, we booked the hotel and Universal Studio tickets from Resorts World Sentosa in mid Jul 10. Singapore and Malaysia were having school holiday in the same week of Sep 10. We chose the beginning of school holidays rather than the end of school holidays as it crashed with Hari Raya holiday which means there would be massive traffic jam and lots of people in Universal Studio. And we were right ... we found out there were at least another 4 families that we knew went to Universal Studio during the same period as we did.
We paid S$786 for 3D2N Ultimate package which include:
- 2 nights accommodation in Festive Hotel
- Daily buffet breakfast for 2
- S$25 Resorts World Sentosa gift voucher
- 2 adults + 1 child tickets to Universal Studio Singapore
- 2 Welcome drinks at Casino Royale Bar
We drove to Singapore on Sunday, 5 Sep 10. We left home at 9am, made a toilet stop at Jejantas, lunch stop at the famous Fish Ball restaurant in Yong Peng and a petrol stop just before the immigration check point.
When we reached Resorts World Sentosa, we went to the underground car park but it was full and paid S$7 for the entrance charge. We went to another entrance and paid another S$7 for the entrance charge. Finally, we reached Festive Hotel at 3pm. There were long queues for the hotel check-in and I queued for about half an hour, checked in and was told that our rooms were not ready. While waiting for our hotel room, I approached the hotel concierge and made complaints on the full car park and S$7 that we paid. The hotel reimbursed us both the entrance charges as hotel guests do not need to pay for those charges.
We waited and waited for our rooms and the patience were running low as all of us were tired from the long journey travel. Finally, our rooms were only ready at 5pm! We made complaints to the hotel and the hotel allowed us late check out on our last day till 4pm.
Festive Hotel is a family oriented hotel. Upon check in, kids were given welcome pack with box of strawberry milk drink, toothbrush and sponge in a little bag. Kids tailored slippers were also provided in the hotel room.
These photos were taken at Festive Hotel. I love the design of the hotel with giant orchid motifs in a fun and colourful theme. We stayed at the Deluxe Family King room which can accommodate 5 guests comfortably, with one king-sized bed, one loft bed and one sofa bed which can fold out to a double bed.
Jared and Jaden love the loft bed. They climbed and played on the bed but refused to sleep there at night. Nobody slept in the loft bed and also the sofa bed. End up, 4 of us slept on the king-sized bed.
The only thing that I didn't like about the hotel room is the bathroom with too many doors and glass wall in such a small space.
View from the Buffet Breakfast Restaurant.
Our 2nd day stay in Singapore was scheduled for Universal Studio.
Ai Ling and her husband hosted us dinner at this Irish pub and restaurant, Mulligan's in Resorts World Sentosa. My sister and family joined us for the dinner too. The BBQ pork rib was soft and tender. The kids had very good appetite after a long day play at Universal Studio.
Complimentary daily show at 9pm ... Lake of Dreams. Nothing great though.
Initially, our Singapore trip was a 3D2N but my boss requested me to attend meetings in Singapore as the big boss from HQ was in town. As such, we extended another day stay and decided to try out Hotel Michael and moved to Hotel Michael for our 3rd night stay in Resorts World. As a member of Genting Worldcard, we got special rate of S$200++ (S$234 nett) which was not too expensive and this hotel stay was paid for by my employer.
Unfortunately, the timing of my meetings in Singapore office made it not possible for us to visit Singapore Zoo in this trip.
The signature pizza of Palio at Hotel Michael at S$28++ and the pizza was lovely.