Now, it's been on my mind for a while to plan a staycation on Sentosa with the kids. They've never stayed overnight on Sentosa before and I thought it would be a refreshing experience. It would be nice to walk around the island, enjoy the night sights and not have to rush home. So, when I came across this really good promotional rates by Costa Sands Resort for their hut stay, I jumped on it! (Only $45/night!) If you've never stayed in a kampong hut on Sentosa before, this is what it looks like. :)
It is basically a very small hut, fitted with 2 double-decker beds and air-conditioning (and nothing else!). Bathing facilities are shared, and near to the swimming pool. It is basically a very simple place for you to spend the night at low cost. Before these huts were fitted with air-conditioning and bunk beds, they used to be pavilions fitted with straw draw-curtains, and they were for rent for about $15/night, I think. I stayed in those before when I was still a teenager!
The moment we ushered the kids into the room, Joey exclaimed, "SO SMALL??!", before the girls scrambled off to climb to the upper deck of the bunk beds. I cannot blame her - She was probably expecting a typical hotel room. LOL. Don't expect luxury, you get what you paid for.
These kampong huts go way back to my era, so you can imagine how old they are. Brought back fond memories though.
Not exactly the most comfortable option for little children, but I was going for the experience. Just one night anyway - we can always recuperate back home the next day! =P
The disappointing thing was that the day we checked in was a very rainy day. Though it didn't pour like crazy, the drizzles were enough to dampen our mood. I was planning to laze at one of the beach pubs and let the girls play with the sand, but when the drizzles got a little too heavy, we had to retreat for an early night. Bad timing for a rainy night.
Spotted a peacock as we were walking out of the resort after putting down our bags, and she was hanging around, totally at ease. It was probably her territory.
The beach was crowded with lots of people playing volleyball..
Went to check out the WaveHouse... Looks really fun! Didn't see a single local playing though.
New Mambo pub opened along the beach. Nice concept with lots of private seating area.
When we were hungry, we settled at Coaste for dinner as we still have leftover vouchers. Food is really not bad there!
Took the Sentosa rail to USS, and wanted to check out their After-hours tickets, but they were only available for Saturdays, and the staff told me the price is now $20/pax and no longer $5!
We did practically nothing except walk around. Daddy & Mummy were bored, frankly. But the girls seemed sufficiently entertained by themselves. Well, as long as they are happy, I guess. :)
I have fond memories of these mosaic structures. As a youth, I used to walk barefooted in them! =P I had initially wanted to let the girls try, but now, there were signs erected everywhere telling people NOT to enter the pool. =X
They still kept themselves busy trying to catch the water spurts and laughing at themselves when they got splashed.
Then we checked out the sand sculpture displays near Beach Station. I couldn't resist and touched the sculpture. It was slightly drizzling and I'm wondering how they could keep their shape. =P Apparently, they were hard as rocks. Probably solidified after they were sculpted?
Then we went back to the resort, and I swam with the girls in the pool before we retreated to an (extremely) early night. Next morning, Papa Isaiah's HP alarm clock rang at 6am! So we went for morning walk and had Mc'donalds breakfast. Nice to walk around Sentosa when it's so quiet and virtually empty except for us.
Joey and her very challenging pose. As you can see, Baby Jayne couldn't be bothered.
It was a short staycation and we seriously didn't do much, but somehow nice to slow down once in a while. :)