Adventure Cove, Sentosa, Singapore

We had a fabulous day at Adventure Cove, in Sentosa Singapore. We had been to Wet and Wild back home in Sydney so were keen to compare.

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We decided to invest in hiring a cabana for the day. Best decision ever, because then we didn’t have to think about our belongings and we could stop and relax when we wanted!

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Adventure Cove has a wave pool and several different types of slides. These rides were all very similar to those at Wet and Wild Sydney or Gold Coast.

We had fun on these rides.

What made Adventure Cove unique was 2 experiences in particular. There was a tyre ride called Adventure River that went right around the entire park, including parts of the park the public cannot access – Shark Encounter and Ray Bay. It was cool!

The other attraction was Rainbow Reef. This is a man made pool that is designed for people to snorkel in. It had tropical fish and a glass wall so you can take photos outside too.

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We had a great day exploring the attractions! With Singapore being so humid, it’s a great way to cool down.

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Exploring Sentosa, Singapore

After our visit to the S.E.A Aquarium, our family decided to explore Sentosa for a few hours. We stayed at the Festive Hotel which is on the island and part of Resorts World. Resorts World is a connected series of hotels, restaurants and theme parks in Sentosa. Universal Studios and many of the attractions in Sentosa are part of this group.

Our hotel was reasonably comfortable, we were initially disappointed as we were meant to be in a room which could accommodate the 4 of us, and the hotel put us in a smaller room. After this issue was sorted we were in a large room, which was comfortable although my girls had to share a double bed (I am not a fan of my kids sharing, they fight a lot). However moving rooms meant we lost the fabulous view we had in the first room.

Our hotel stay included breakfast daily which was at the Hard Rock Hotel next door. This hotel was really nice. The pool in this hotel is amazing!! As we stayed at Festive, we were also allowed to swim in the HRH pool, which we did in the afternoons during our stay.

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So, after the aquarium visit, we explored Sentosa a bit. We had monorail passes that enabled us to go between the different places. Sentosa has 4 monorail stations.

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We decided to take the Cable Car and check out what was around.

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There were some spectacular views from the cable car of Sentosa and Singapore. The cable car flies over Singapore and takes you to Faber Peak where you can enjoy the view. There is also a museum showcasing the history of the cable cars.

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Yes, it’s a LEGO Cable Car!

 

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Even the toilets had a view!! Yes these are the Ladies toilets at Faber Peak!

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Adventure Cove (where we went the next day!)

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S.E.A Aquarium, Sentosa, Singapore

During our Singapore holiday in January 2016, we visited the amazing S.E.A (South East Asia) Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore. It was an amazing experience for our family.

The aquarium was a short stroll from our accommodation in Sentosa, the Festive Hotel.

The aquarium was filled with massive tanks of all sorts of sea creatures!

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My husband was in his element. He loves showing nature and animals to our kids.

At first we were saying this aquarium is similar to Sydney Aquarium, however it wasn’t long before those comments stopped. This place was truly epic!

There were tropical fish, freshwater fish, sharks, touch pools, a lot of interactive parts. A shipwreck, a HUGE glass walled fish tank. The girls enjoyed glow in the dark fairy floss! IMG_0377

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Have to also share this t-shirt we bought Miss H at the aquarium!!! LOL

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If you come to Singapore, this aquarium is definitely worth a visit. Allocate about 2-3 hours to visit here. Lots for the kids to see and interact with.

Universal Studios Singapore

Once off the Mariner, we embarked on our week long adventure in Sentosa, Singapore. Our first mission was laundry! We had to go on the mainland to find a coin operated laundry or risk paying more than $100 to have things washed! The cruise didn’t have a self-serve laundry and neither did our hotel. Apart from this and a mix up with our transfer off the ship, it was the only thing I could fault about our stay!

Anyway, once disembarking off our ship, we checked into the Festive Hotel in Sentosa.

It’s central to everything in Sentosa and we got given monorail passes for the duration of our stay. The monorail gets you around the island, it’s the main form of transport.

So needless to say, first stop was Universal Studios Singapore! Was a short 5 min stroll from our hotel…

I don’t have a lot of photos from this day. We were on a lot of rides!

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The girls loved the rollercoasters! One of them was in Far Far Away land (all Shrek-themed rides). In the middle of the day, it started to pour rain, but this did not stop the ride running and they rode the rollercoaster in pouring rain! They loved it (my husband, not so much!). IMG_0321

As Miss O had a fractured toe, getting around was an issue. So we hired a “stroller” for her. Turned out to be a blessing! We were able to store all our stuff in it and not have to carry it around. Plus it didn’t stop Miss O, she went on everything!!

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We had a fab day. After the park closed we went to the Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa for dinner. Universal Studios is located next to a whole area where there are shops and restaurants all nearby. A bit like Downtown Disney in California. The Hard Rock was just across the road from the park. Was lovely to not have to think about anything. Then a short walk later we were back in our hotel!

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Singapore Flyer and Gardens By the Bay

When we first arrived in Singapore, we spent the first day checking out the city. We got on the Hop on hop off bus and went exploring.

First stop – The Singapore Flyer. This is the giant ferris/observation wheel basically. It’s the biggest one in the world! It takes about half an hour for the wheel to go around once. We had some great views from the top around the wheel. On a clear day apparently you can see as far as Malaysia and Indonesia.

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The Marina Bay Sands Hotel (next time I’m in Singapore I am so staying here!). Apparently the rooftop infinity pool is awesome!IMG_0034IMG_0026IMG_0027

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After the flyer we got back on the bus and went to Gardens on the Bay. These gardens are beautiful. We had planned to go to the children’s garden and have a play in there (it has a water play area), unfortunately we were there on a Monday and the children’s garden was closed. We didn’t know and we were very disappointed! Still, it was beautiful to walk around in the garden. I would have loved to see it at night (another reason to go back!). By the time we left the gardens though, we were hot, sticky, sweaty and hungry!

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We got back on the bus and ended up back near our Orchard Road hotel at the Hard Rock Cafe for a late lunch! The kids’ meals came in a guitar-shaped plate, which my girls loved!

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If you are visiting Singapore, Gardens on the Bay and the Singapore Flyer are must-do’s to get a good overview of the city and its beauty. (don’t go to the Gardens on a Monday if you have kids…. 🙂 )

My fabulous 40th Birthday Holiday!

What a summer! My family and I have had the most fabulous December and January break! Asia was an intriguing and wonderful experience.

I’ll try and post more about each place I went to, but overall, for me my absolute favourite thing about my trip was the cruise I went on. I was really nervous (yet excited) about cruising. I had heard so many fabulous and not so fabulous stories about friends and family who had completed cruises and I was curious to try one. As this was my first cruise, I was adamant I didn’t want to do a long cruise, and that I didn’t want to visit the South Pacific (as my husband and I had been to many of the places already…that said, maybe we will do a South Pacific cruise down the track, if we go with a group of people). I was worried about seasickness. I can get carsick (dizziness), and I have been quite nauseous before on smaller boats in choppy waters, so I was super prepared for it all.

The cruise we went on was Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, which left from Singapore. The ship is absolutely massive (and it’s a mid-size boat in their fleet! Yes, there are bigger ones!). Mariner has 15 decks, 2 swimming pools, a 9 hole putt-putt golf course, an ice rink, a mini basketball court, a rock climbing wall, a Royal Promenade (think like a mini shopping mall) that runs through the middle of the ship with shops, a cafe and even an English pub just to name but a few of the facilities on board.

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Why I liked my cruise so much was not only did I NOT get seasick (yay!), crusing took the stress out of traveling to various places. You can get on and off the boat very easily when in port and you don’t have to think about hotels, luggage, immigration etc. All you have to worry about is not losing your SeaPass (the card they give you on the ship) and getting back to the ship on time (and if you are on a ship tour you don’t have to worry too much about that either). On a sea day, there is a lot to do for both adults and kids, so you can’t get bored. Almost all the food (including snacks) are included so you can eat at almost any time what you like (a dangerous thing!). The only thing not included were drinks (apart from coffee, tea, water, iced tea and juice at breakfast), but as we aren’t heavy drinkers the costs were not excessive and the drink prices weren’t too bad.

The destinations we visited on our 5 night cruise were:

Singapore (our cruise started and ended here),

Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia (KL is about an hour away from the port itself),

George Town, Penang, Malaysia,

Phuket, Thailand.

We had one day in each port (apart from Singapore) and one day at sea.

The rooms are compact, but surprisingly adaptable and spacious. We had an ocean view room on Deck 2 (next time we will probably get a balcony) We did freak out when we got to our room, because it looked like this when we checked in:

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We were wondering where the girls were going to sleep! Thankfully our stateroom attendant pointed out that each night he comes and pulls the beds down from the ceiling each night. It’s rather clever actually. You can see the mechanisms in the photo below and you can also see where the beds are hidden in the first pic.IMG_0114

This was our tiny yet useful bathroom. We had a shower too it was on the right hand side of the picture, but you can’t see it too well. You can see a bit of the shower screen!IMG_0177

The experience on board was amazing. The staff were efficient, friendly (and all spoke English well) and nothing was a problem for them. I’m hoping to post more about the ports etc soon. I am now a cruise fan! We are already looking at another cruise to go on in 2017!