Capella Singapore Hotel Hot
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Living like a #richkidofInstagram
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sentosa's beaches lies the Instagram-worthy Capella, one of the top five resorts in Asia. Sprawling over 30 football fields, this five-star hotel is no stranger to socialites - including Jamie Chua, whom I spotted taking OOTDS with her beau around the estate. Upon arrival, my family and I were handed warm towels to freshen up, barely sipped on our freshly brewed Gryphon tea before we were whisked to our garden villa.
The two-room bungalow that we stayed in was complete with a private pool and free flow of Nespresso capsules, much to my parents delight. The highlight of my abode was the bathroom - two vanities lined both sides of the bathroom, each equipped with a tray of Aesop shower products and other amenities. There was even a walk-in wardrobe and an ottoman for you to sit on while slipping into your shoes before heading out. So classy!
My stay was made more memorable because of the impeccable service of the team at Capella. Our personal assistant also took the liberty to send over frozen strawberries dipped in chocolate and a decadent chocolate cake for our family to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. The most pleasant surprise was when we returned from dinner - our curtains had been drawn, capsules restocked and neatly placed by our bedside was a bottle of water, just in case we were thirsty in the night.
Needless to say we had a good sleep that night, woke up refreshed and energized to enjoy the complimentary breakfast spread, which had platters of smoked salmon, freshly made pastries and even a chocolate fountain to indulge in.
Worth the steep price.
On the topic of hotels in Singapore, much of the talk would be about Marina Bay Sands. However, personally, Capella ranks as the joint best, if not the best hotel in Singapore.
Impeccable personalized customer service, superbly maintained amenities; these are some of the few aspects that Capella is known for. Amenities such as the Spa and Fitness Centre have an array of treatments to choose from, promising a wholly relaxing experience. Additionally, they have a library well stocked with reference books on arts and generally the culture of Singapore, congruous with the nostalgic aura of colonially designed Capella. Not to mention it is within walking distance of Sentosa's main attractions; 5 minutes will take you to the beach where you can partake in water sports and a little further will take you to the Universal Studios.
I would recommend the Constellation room if you're a couple looking to unwind after an arduous work week, or the three bedroom suite if you're a group of friends seeking a weekend staycation. The former includes a private Jacuzzi and two beautiful overlooking views to choose from — the South China sea or the Singapore rainforest, As for the latter, the spacious suite will more than accommodate if you're looking to organize a gathering amongst friends. High-speed wireless internet access is also available in all accommodations as well, from the Premier Rooms to the Colonial Manors (which by the way, is every bit worth its steep price).
Every hotel usually has its upsides and downsides but to be completely honest, I don't remember feeling dissatisfied with anything during my stay.
In a Class of Its Own
Capella is one of my favourite hotels, and truth be told, after having stayed there a couple of times, I've found it difficult to stay anywhere else. Its just got that mix of old world charm and modern luxury which, when combined with its impeccable service, truly offers a stay of unmatched comfort and enjoyment.
There are a few things that made the hotel stand out for me, and the level of service was one of them. The staff were warm and friendly, and I was surprised that almost everyone we met was able to greet us by name throughout our stay, wherever we went. Buggy rides were readily available (with a smile) whenever we wanted to venture out of the hotel, and at the pool ice buckets containing bottles of chilled water appear without us even asking.
The rooms themselves are lovely. Large and well-appointed, with lots of extra amenities. There's free coke, orange juice and water in the minibar, free nespresso coffee and gryphon tea (my kids had a field day making many coffees for everyone), free wifi and free local calls. Yes, it's probably all been factored into the (rather high) room rate, but it's a nice touch all the same.
Another highlight of our stay was the Library, which is a private area for guests located on the second floor of the main building. You can drop by any time of the day and avail yourself to some tea, coffee or soft drinks, borrow some books or a DVD from their collection. And every afternoon, they serve a spot of afternoon tea with a selection of canapes and little treats. It is a lovely and comfortable spot to chill out in, just enjoying our tea, reading books and looking out for peacocks on the lawn outside.
If you're looking for peace and quiet and an opportunity to get away from it all in comfort. Capella is it. It really is a hotel in a class of its own.
The Epitome of Luxury
My 13th birthday was spent frolicking amongst the Capella with a few of my friends. It is located at Sentosa tucked away from the ruckus that is Palawan and Siloso Beach. The main building is a colonial styled masterpiece that houses a surprisingly modern interior.
The receptionist was welcoming yet professional and kindly arranged a buggy for our convenience. (The hills made for a roller-coaster of a ride to the villa!) The amenities at Capella are world-class, with a quaint library that gave us a chance to pick up movies for the night.
The room is definitely one of the best that I have seen. While equipped with the latest fancy technologies (that include temperature activated curtains), it was still homey and didn’t make us tip toe around in fear of breaking anything. There is also an outdoor shower and personal pool that we made the best of.
It was a great experience for my friends’ and I to stay one night in the Capella. Be sure to bring sandals to sit by the pool and watch the baby peacocks flutter around!
You pay for what you get
My brother rented a room there and invited my family over. The car park is located together with the check-in counter in a separate building. To get to the hotel room, you can either take a ten to fifteen minutes walk or take the buggy provided by the hotel.
We took the buggy because we were not sure how far the room would be from the main building, also, my children wanted to experience the buggy ride. When we reached the hotel room, we were overwhelmed. The room was so big and there was even a small pool at the balcony. Even the bathroom was so big, there was a section that was open air with a bath tub and shower area.
Whenever you needed to leave the room, you could call for the hotel buggy service. Most of the times, they would come within five minutes. I guessed the premium price for the room came with such good service.
Romantic weekend getaway
As I stepped out of the cab, a bell boy was ready to take my luggage and one of the staff promptly escorted us for a seat while another staff handed us a glass of peach tea right after, setting us straight into the luxury mood right away. The staffs was efficient as we were already on our way to our room in less than 15 minutes. That was remarkable, seeing how the lobby was still full of people when we came.
As we were escorted to our room, the staff mentioned every one of the facilities that was available to us and led us into our room. Honestly, that was the fast and easiest check in I've ever gone through and as soon as she was gone, I let myself fall onto the comfy bed before exploring the room, when the room bell rang. I was pleasantly surprised as the staff went into our room, with the sense to take off her footwear (as how we did) with a fruit platter in hand. Apparently it was courtesy of the hotel for every patron.
Back to the exploring of the room, I found a setting tablet in the bedside drawer. No, you can't take it out of place but yes, it is a nifty addition to the already superb room. The tablet helps you control the blind,lights and music. They even had a "mood" option for a romantic night. They had a little balcony , that was right outside the bathtub, so if you don't want to feel awkward when your other half goes out for a smoke, don't forget to let the blinds down before showering.
The room was spacious and had a modern, abstract feel to it as a big abstract structure hung on the wall. The big windows was perfect when the sun sets and with an addition of glass of wine, it would had been a perfect romantic setting, though that night I had champagne as it was my birthday. As my boyfriend asked for a lighter from the staff, they had probably caught up with the celebration feel that we got two free packets of cookies. The staff who gave them to me, simply smiled and wished me a happy birthday.
Drinks in the fridge, unlike most hotels, are complimentary and you could even top it up, so feel free to open up any drink from there without over-thinking of how much more you'd have to pay for it.
Capella is a romantic place, perfect for special occasions like anniversaries or maybe a short mini getaway from the hustle bustle of Singaporean life. If you're a reader, there's the 24 hours library that you could go to when you're bored. Although a bit pricey, (I peeked at the price without my boyfriend knowing) it is definitely a place worth a visit. So guys, here's one way to impress your special someone.