Oct 18, 2018

First Look at the Family-friendly Village Hotel at Sentosa (Opening in Feb 2019)

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A brand new family-friendly hotel is set to (soft) open its doors in February 2019 and judging from the media preview I had, I must say kids and parents alike will love the Village Hotel at Sentosa!

Located just behind KidZania Singapore and a stone's throw away from Palawan Beach, Village Hotel at Sentosa is part of the three new hotels under Far East Hospitality that are slated to open by the third quarter of 2019. The other two hotels are The Outpost Hotel (also soft opening in February 2019) and The Barracks Hotel (opening in Q3 2019).

An expansion of the Village brand, Village Hotel at Sentosa is set to be its flagship property offering 606 rooms deliberately priced at the mid-tier range.

From design, ambience to the choice of furnishings, Village Hotel at Sentosa is decorated in sun-washed hues of nature by the sea and my first impression of the hotel was it's extremely gorgeous!

See the darker building in the photo above? That's the second hotel - The Outpost Hotel which only adults can stay in. So if you are ever in need for a quick getaway from the kids, you know which hotel to go to. Heh.

But back to the family-oriented Village Hotel at Sentosa. There are three room types at the hotel: Premier Room (offering sweeping sea views), Deluxe Room and Family Room.

The Deluxe Rooms have a variety of views from Pool Deck, city view of KidZania or the Merlion, to sea views of the Southernmost point of Continent Asia. Deluxe Twin rooms also come with a bathtub.

But if you are having a staycation with the kids, go for the Family Rooms which are essentially two connecting rooms. But the two rooms come with two connecting doors, two vanity areas, and two bathrooms. All rooms has either view of the Pool Deck or city view of Kidzania or Merlion.

Children's amenities like a baby bathtub and cot are available upon request.

I simply love the styling of the room... definitely a very resort feel. Although my only bugbear is the rooms may be a little small especially if you have older kids.

But no matter, because parents can always bring their kids down to the pools at Village Hotel at Sentosa to wreck havoc. Personally, I think that is the main selling point of the hotel... because there are FOUR different pools to choose from!

There is the free-form Adventure Pool.

For younger kids, there is the Children's Play Pool with 2 mini water slides.

But I think my monkies will love the third one - a Lazy River! Yes, right in the middle of the hotel!

The Amazonian Riverine lazy river mimics the Amazonian Rainforest with large luxuriant foliage.

But the most beautiful (read: instagrammable) pool of them all is the Pamukkale Pool, which is inspired by the cascading pools in Turkey.

An infinity pool overlooking the seaside and comes complete with a pool bar, this pool is THE prime spot to chase the sunset while enjoying a cool dip at the same time. Plus, you can see the daily evening fireworks by Wings of Time from the pool too!

For couples looking for a kids-free island getaway, head to The Outpost Hotel. Inspired by Sentosa's Heritage as a colonial military base, the 193 guestrooms are a stylish interpretation of colonial black and white design, with crisp lines and a sharply contrasting palette.

The Outpost Hotel's unique selling point has to be its exclusive rooftop pool which is out of bounds to kids.

And the views from up there are spectacular!

The Deluxe Rooms at the Village Hotel at Sentosa start from $280++ per night while the Family Room starts from $370++ per night.

However, there will be a soft launch discount of minimally 20% for stays between 19 February and 30 June 2019. Booking starts from 7 November 2018 until 30 June 2019. Perfect timing to plan that March or June school holidays staycation!

For more information, or bookings, visit www.StayFarEast.com/Sentosa.

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Oct 12, 2018

Disney Tsum Tsum stacks up at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay this Christmas!

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It looks like it's going to be a Disney Christmas this December! The Orchard Christmas Light-up is going to be a Disney-themed this year, and the Disney Tsum Tsums will be joining in the festive fun at Gardens by the Bay too!

After wowing visitors with plenty of cute lanterns at VivoCity, the Tsum Tsums will be calling. The Flower Dome home from 2 Nov 2018 onwards!

Get ready for a dash of pixie dust fills as Disney Tsum Tsum brings a touch of magic to the Christmas floral display at Gardens by the Bay. It's time to get the fairy lights and festive baubles ready as Mickey and his Tsum Tsum pals stack up to decorate the tallest live Christmas tree in Flower Dome.

In this special "Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum" floral display, Olaf feels right at home amidst a snowy landscape of poinsettias, Christmas berries and holly, while Dumbo prepares to take flight with a sled full of presents.

I know just who in the family who cannot wait to celebrate the holidays with her favourite Tsum Tsum pals in this festive display at Gardens by the Bay! 🤣

Event Details
Date: 2 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Details: Admission ticket charges to Flower Dome apply

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Oct 11, 2018

BOO! LEGOLAND Malaysia Halloween Brick-Or-Treat 2018 + GIVEAWAY!

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It's that time of the year again, when LEGOLAND Malaysia's Brick-Or-Treat Halloween Party returns in all its spooktacular glory!

Hang on, so does it mean LEGOLAND Malaysia will be overrun with vampires, mummies and ghouls for the month of October?

Well, you can't scare me.

I have THREE kids.


But in all honesty, Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia is anything but scary. Because how scary can a Vampire that comes in the form of a LEGO Minifig be???

Throw in plenty of kid-friendly activities like speed building challenges, live shows, activity trail and meet & greets, and I think kids will wish to spend an entire day at the park!

As a rule of thumb, most of the Halloween activities are taking place at LEGO Kingdoms Castle area with one of the attractions being the Castle of Grim.

I think this is probably the 'scariest' of the all the Halloween activities at LEGOLAND Malaysia because of the dim lighting and eerie atmosphere. It is essentially a maze, which we had to navigate from one end to the other... with a few surprises at each turn.

The boys were unfazed the maze but Ale got a little scared towrds the end, all because of him.

But there are no sudden shocks or people jumpong out from nowhere within the maze so it is still pretty kid-friendly. Heh.

For something more fun (and brighter), head to LEGO City at 4pm where a Monsters' Parade will be taking place daily.

Don't let the name fool you... the parade is NOT spooky at all. In fact, it is so fun that park visitors are encouraged to dance along with the kooky Halloween-themed LEGO characters!

Expect to catch a glimpse of many of the kids' fave LEGO characters!

And don't say I didn't warn you... you may just get wet from all those water blasters too!

Of course, what's LEGOLAND without LEGO building challenges, no?

Kids will be able to participate in the Halloween Building Activity where they get to build the ultimate spooky LEGO in order to win the coveted limited-edition Halloween DUPLO Brick.

While all of the above Halloween activities are happening daily throughout the month of October, a huge bonus awaits visitors every FRIDAY and SATURDAY in October.

The hugely popular Brick-or-Treat Night Party returns from 5pm to 8pm - yes, the park closes at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays - with tons of activities that make the 3 hours fly by instantly! Or at least that was how the monkies felt.

At this lively party, kids can put their imagination and innovation to test with a Speed Building Challenge and their problem-solving skills in the Hut Activity Trail.

Just grab the free empty goodie bag and head to the various activity kiosks to complete the challenges. And in return, the kids will receive sweet treats and other prizes to fill up that bag!

Oh, and you may want to stop by the LEGO Kingdoms stage area to participate in the Scream-O-Meter challenge where the loudest scream will win a LEGO set! How do they know that kids can never keep their voices down??? 😜

Better yet if they are dressed in Halloween-themed costumes, because that will mean they can take part in the Best Costume Contest too... more prizes to be won!

And it probably pays to dress your kid in a Halloween costume when visiting LEGOLAND Malaysia because ALL KIDS WHO ARE IN FULL HALLOWEEN COSTUMES ENTER FOR FREE FROM NOW UNTIL 30 OCTOBER 2018!

Not only that, LEGOLAND Malaysia is offering a special admission price of only RM88 (S$29) when you visit the park on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 8pm.

It gets better for Premium Pass Holders, you get to bring a friend into LEGOLAND Malaysia for FREE on Fridays & Saturdays in October!

So yes, families get all the fun not the scares at LEGOLAND Malaysia this October!

(Download the full schedule of activities HERE)

P.S. The monkies had a blast with the SengkangBabies at LEGOLAND Malaysia so hop over to their post to read more about the fun they had too.


I have TWO sets of LEGOLAND Malaysia Theme Park tickets to give away. Each set consists of FOUR tickets.


You have each won one set of 4 tickets to LEGOLAND Malaysia Theme Park!

Please email me at kelvin@cheekiemonkie.net for prize collection details. Thanks!

To participate, all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE LEGOLAND Malaysia's Facebook page HERE.

2. Leave your comment either in the corresponding Facebook post HERE or in this blog post after you have done so.

SHARE this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook for a BONUS chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that I can see the shared post.

Giveaway ends on 15 October 2018, 2359 hours.


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