Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published January 22nd 2014
Escape the heat and crowds in tranquil, green oasis
I was off to the Grand Prix for the weekend, and was on a budget. I'd managed to nab a fantastic rate in the Amara Sanctuary Resort on Sentosa Island, so thought I'd try staying somewhere new.
This resort, while a short taxi ride to the race track, was walking distance to almost everything else I wanted to do. So the location was perfect.
The hotel itself is old, but has been refurbished and the rooms are comfortable. I had lovely sea views and over looking gardens, so I really felt remote and in the tropics, a true sanctuary from the busy Grand Prix circuit.
While I didn't make use of their day spa, nor the charming outdoor billiard table in the open air bar (which I was quite taken with, and had I not been so tired on my return each evening, I would have loved to have racked up the balls, pretending I was in some sophisticated bygone era), I did make good use of my early mornings to explore the grounds and make use of the many pools.
The hotel is on 3.8 hectares of lush gardens, on the aptly named Larkhill, given the abundant birdlife. Many of the buildings are old colonial style, giving it the feeling of being small and remote, an oasis of tranquillity.
There are a number of pools, including one with a kiddie pool and waterslide.
There is free wi-fi in the common areas, and in the foyer, there are complimentary snacks and the most delicious peach and ginger iced tea, that I grew particularly fond of. In the afternoons, there was an ice cream vendor, offering guests a free ice cream to enjoy on return to the hotel.
It may not be the newest kid on the block, but it has a lot of charm and was a pleasant surprise for me. The resident peacock shared my fondness for the billiard table, and I bade him farewell every morning as I made my way off to explore the city.