Imagine you’re on a long-awaited staycation: the sky is perfectly sunny with dotted clouds and there is a gentle breeze in the air.
You check-in at the lobby and start heading towards your room. As you walk along the corridor you hear the quick thumping of footsteps behind you and before you turn around, you hear excited shrieks fill the air. Children may not be a nightmare all the time, but in your rested getaway they definitely are.
Thankfully, The Outpost Hotel understands how important the sanctity of peace is during your stay, and have made the hotel an adults-only hotel, which means guests have to be aged 12 and up.
Location and Check-in
The idea of a holiday is to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, so the hotel’s idyllic location in Sentosa makes for an island-within-an-island escape in Singapore.
Those who want to do some exploration outside the serene compounds can head to Sentosa’s Imbiah monorail station, which would bring you to the sandy beaches, Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios. The monorail station also heads to Vivo City, where guests can then take the public rail to other parts of the city. Each guest is given a free three-day monorail pass as well.
After sipping on our welcome drinks at check-in, we were brought to a wall in the back of the lobby that at first glance, resembled a large wall shelving space filled with decorative items and display pieces. However, we were led here to pick out five items for our customisable mini-bar, which included a variety of snacks and drinks to keep our peckish mouths busy during our stay.
Each of the chic 193 rooms are Deluxe rooms that average 24 square metres, with three different configurations depending on who you’re spending your time with. All come with two types of blinds: a translucent day shade and black-out blinds, which open up to views of either the expansive South China sea, the Pamukkale Pool or the garden.
A pillow menu is provided for those who require customised support, and we found the lavender-scented pillow mist kit from Appelles that came during our turn-down service extremely helpful in setting the scene for our heavy heads at the end of the day.
Nespresso machines with four different capsules are available for the early mornings and late-night pick-me-ups, and those with a healthier sleep schedule than ours can also take a sip of tea from the bespoke teas provided by Pryce Tea before dozing off. The environmentally conscious guest can rejoice: every room is fitted with a separate Hyflux tap with filtered water instead of disposable plastic bottles.
Waking up to a delicious meal not prepared by yourself is quite possibly one of the best parts of being on vacation. Our rooftop breakfast is served at 1-V:U, complete with a do-it-yourself congee station for Asian tastebuds and a hearty spread of bread, butter and jams to savour. This mini buffet area is meant for those hungry while we wait for our a la carte menu, which serves a decent selection of hot plates like the Tomato Shashuka and the Korean-inspired version of Bangers and Hash.
For dinner, we headed to Japanese restaurant Hide Masa, located in Mess Hall just beside the compounds of The Outpost Hotel. Here, we were served mini-portions of what diners could usually get at the restaurant, including the usual sashimi and nigiri plates, as well as specials like the Steamed Live Abalone with Aburi Sansho and the Young Chicken with Truffle Butter Rice. Guests can also sit by the Teppanyaki grill and watch as the chef prepares beautifully marbled Miyazaki A5 wagyu and chateaubriand for your tastebuds to savour.
Drinks are best enjoyed at 1-V:U, which also functions as a pool-side club from day to night. Sip on one of their signature cocktails (we particularly enjoyed Sunset on V:U, made with a blend of Sailor Jerry Rum, Malibu coconut, homemade pandan syrup and mango puree!) as you watch the sun go down in the distance. For those with peckish habits, they also serve delectable bar bites like the Hot Fried Chicken Chunks and the Loaded Prawns Pizza. The ambience is made complete with Resident DJs Jorge Monteiro and Erica K as they spin soulful melodies and electrifying rhythms during their daily Soul Therapy Session, which only ends at 3 am on weekends and 1 am on weekdays.
Amenities, Activites and Facilities
The Outpost Hotel falls under the umbrella group of Far East Hospitality, which means that amenities across the neighbouring Barracks Hotel and Village Hotel can be used as well. The result? Four thematic pool experiences for all guests. However, the adults-only Pamukkale Pool is truly the pull factor here: inspired by the white travertine terraces in Turkey, the cascading layers of poolside space is complete with lounging chairs set in pairs and a poolside bar to boot.
To be honest, the 24-hour gym didn’t entice us too much since we were there to spend the weekend lazing about. However, we took a sneak peek and saw a dual pulley machine and 8 cardiovascular machines ranging from bikes to ellipticals to treadmills for the exercise junkie.
Guests who are too tired to head out but still want to participate in activities are welcome to join a class on the weekend. Bi-weekly classes on Saturday range from flower arrangement to art jamming and terrarium making, all free of charge for guests here. We spent a chill Saturday afternoon making preserved flower bouquets and learnt the ways of how to wrap and present them as well.