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How We Enjoyed a Bali-style Holiday in Singapore: Phase 2 HA Beach Staycation

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This family had one of Sentosa’s beaches all to themselves during their staycation in Phase 2 HA!

Still figuring out if you should postpone/cancel or go ahead with your staycation during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)? To recap, the new rules for staycations include no dining in at restaurants, and family members have to be in groups of 2 whenever outside of the hotel room, even if from the same household. Our Sassy Mama Editor Syazana went on a staycation when the new restrictions kicked in and surprisingly had a good time – as long as the pool’s open, we’re in! Keep reading as father-of-two Matthew Kumar shares all about his recent staycation in Sentosa during Phase 2 HA with his family of four!

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Best decision ever!

Back in April, I happened to book a staycation at Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa from 19-20 May. It cost us $335nett, inclusive of a $135 dining credit for a night. We almost cancelled it after the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions were put in place from 17 May. But since the pool and facilities remained opened and we could still dine indoors in our room, we decided to go ahead, hoping that most of the other guests might postpone their stay. It was the best decision ever! We got upgraded to a pool view room, and were given a late checkout of 2pm.

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Staycation on the beach

There were less than 10 guests when we arrived. The pool and beach was empty, and although pre-reservation was required to use the facilities, it was never an issue, as we were almost always the only ones using the facilities.

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Whole resort to ourselves

We spent our time using the pool, lounging by the beach, engaging in sea sports activities, and it was amazing, because we knew that we would never get such a chance again ever, to have almost the whole resort to ourselves during this period. The public beaches were also completely empty (a strange scene in Sentosa), allowing us to have 100m or more of social distancing.

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Jetskis & Kayaking in Sentosa During Phase 2 (HA)

As I had missed riding a jetski in Bali, I decided to give it a shot in Sentosa again. You can approach Seadoo Singapore based at One-Marina Sentosa for jetski tours as a passenger, or rent one if you have a boating license.

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The in-room dining was comfortable as they served us on a movable dining table. It was a little messy, but since it was just for 1 night, we did not request for cleaning after that.

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So if you are still contemplating whether a staycation during the Phase 2 HA is ‘worth it or not’ as long as you don’t mind dining in-room and as long as pools remain open and you can use the hotel facilities, you’re likely to have a great time!

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