Costa Sands Resort Downtown East
A resort chain with chalets in Downtown East, Pasir Ris and Sentosa. The downtown east resort is the priciest of their branches.
At downtown east there are nearby activities such as BBQ, swimming, Wild Wild Wet or bowling. There are 315 rooms available over three room categories: Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Plus Rooms and Family Suites.
So I wasn't too thrilled when my friends decided to book a chalet there and invited me to sleep over with them. This was only compounded after my friends decided to laze around on the beds, having played in the sand and not showered prior to that. I was pretty grossed out by this, being the clean freak that I am, and there and then decided to stick to hotel rooms, where you can always ask for room service to clean up your mess.
Besides that, though, Costa Sands did provide a pretty okay experience. Although old, the facilities worked (I saw a guy pick his nose in the pool though, which ruined it for me), and although the chalets were not exactly mansions, they were big enough to house 8 comfortably. The affordability is a plus point, especially if you know anyone who is an NTUC member.
But keep in mind that the chalet is at its basics for a reason. It is provided for people to sleep all the fun and excitement off at night while enjoying the day out in the sun. Again, this is not a place of luxury which you expect from a hotel. It is a chalet. Booking one will mean that you are there to BBQ, cycle, take a dip in the swimming pool and more; and not stay cooped up in the room like a butterfly during metamorphosis.
On a brighter note, with the chalet situated near E!Hub, you get the hussle and bussle of a small city during the day and the island-like resort at night. That is a win-win situation in my opinion.
One good thing about chalets will be their fringe, which you can keep your seafood for BBQ or even birthday cake. I have rented Coasta Sands once for our class gathering and we only use their bed when we stayed-over, most of our time was spent on outdoor activity.
If you prefer BBQ only, I would suggest to rent a BBQ pit either at East Coast or Pasir Ris park instead of the chalets, at least it is cheaper. Since BBQ pits at chalets are also located outside, it makes no difference if it rains or not.
Despite the relatively lower rates and close proximity to the beach and other eating places, which made the chalet popular with many of my friends, I must say I was quite disappointed with the cleanliness of the place. Besides several large cockroaches that appeared each night (that never failed to terrorise those using sleeping bags on the floor), I remember a friend of mine that used the bed waking up to find her hair crawling with ants. It turned out that there was an ant nest just below her pillow.
Perhaps it was the chalet's peak period, where many groups had been making back-to-back bookings, and perhaps I shouldn't have expected too much with a smaller budget. But this first experience has definitely put me off from choosing this chalet again.
Personally though, I think that the idea of a resort in your own country is quite redundant. If you wanna BBQ, doing it at your friend's condo is just as good. And if you wanna hang out at downtown east, you don't necessarily have to stay at a resort. For a small group, it's not quite worth the money.
Other than my personal view, I think this resort is well suited to its standard and quality.
I love this place because it is so conveniently located and there is no lack of food and activities to participate in. Just in ehub, you can find yourself tempted to buy bubbletea and ice cream and yogurt, not to mention seoul garden and Mr chicken rice. Also, if you're feeling bored you can just pop by the beach and have some beach games or just take a lazy stroll along the sand.
The place is also equipped with two mattresses and two beds. There were 8 of us sleeping over and we had a rather fitful sleep other then the noisy bunch of people screaming over a soccer match outside. Overall, it is a really nice place worth the price paid.
*There is a DVD rental machine at the entrance/exit area that makes for good entertainment.
They had some pot luck and BBQ. It was not enjoyable because there was simply not enough space in the tiny chalet and the compound outside was also shared by the other chalets so there was not even enough standing space if we were to keep within our share of the compound. And never expect your neighbouring chalets to be empty so you can have a bigger share of the compound, the whole area would just be overflowing with people.
One thing I don't particularly like is how we always bump into people while there... like literally every turn you see someone familiar and you're like oh hi okay yeap here for chalet too. Awkward.
Still, it's pretty clean, and the bbq pit right outside is convenient. I would recommend the place if the target group is small. Any bigger and this wouldn't be the most ideal choice.
E!Hub has bowling, karaoke, cathay and even a gym. McCafe at downtown east is a good place to chill if you can't sleep at night. Bath wash is provided, don't have to bring any, making it convenient for your stay.
Most importantly, it makes a good venue for hide and seek. I recall being lost as a seeker in the midst of a game, haha!