Staycation. It's one of those words that shouldn't exist in the English language, if not for the increasingly non-existent modern work-life balance. The fact that we consider staying in a nice hotel within the country half a vacation is pretty sad, but if that's how it has to be, may as well make it a good one.
If you've heard of The Village at Sentosa, its adults-only edition is now open in the adjacent block (nothing raunchy, just accepting guests aged 12 and above). Joining Small Luxury Hotels' esteemed portfolio, its visual is decidedly distinct. You enter a classic monochromatic palette textured by luxe surfaces and gold tints at the lobby, which threads throughout the rooms.
The hotel prides itself on its attention to detail. Its exclusive tea blends created by Pryce Tea, Palawan Dawn and Siloso Night, which makes a refreshing welcome mocktail. The minibar is purely up to your customisation with compliments from the hotel, though choices are limited.
Plus points for the filtered water tap available in place of bottled water (there's always the kettle if you forgot how it was done before the earth started rapidly dying), which could be offset by the fact that both the shower head and rain shower functions can be used simultaneously. Why anyone would need to be washed from two directions goes over my head.
Should you be that person who wants to submerge yourself in that much water, you'll be glad to know there are five accessible pools. Literally on top of that, one of them belongs to the recently launched rooftop day-to-night dining 1-V:U. Its dual Day Club and Restaurant concept makes perfect sense with your likely itinerary at the hotel, and the breakfast menu is a great combination of pleasant plating and good ingredients.
The half hourly shuttle bus services and other dining options in the vicinity like Native Kitchen and Hidemasa make it convenient, but what we like most about it would be the room itself. With the SmartTV, a menu for pillows, and stylish yet comfortable interior, a staycation doesn't seem that bad an idea.
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa is located at 10 Artillery Avenue, Singapore 099951. For reservations, call 6722 0801.