The Capella hotel is situated on Sentosa Island, a short hop over the bridge from the Singapore mainland, yet a world away from the frenetic pace of city life. Resorts World and Universal Studios are near neighbours, and it’s an easy stroll from Capella to the free Sentosa monorail which takes you right in to the door. The hotel also provides free passes for the Sentosa bus, which can drop you off at nearby attractions like Siloso Beach.
All the rooms and suites here have private outdoor rainforest showers and bathtubs, while the colonial manors have a small plunge pool. Most rooms have an expansive balcony, make sure you ask for one overlooking the South China Sea. Touch panel mood lighting and climate controls are beside the bed, and complimentary soft drinks are available. There’s also an additional 81 long-stay, fully serviced residences, with access to hotel facilities.
The main reception area is actually a historic bungalow dating back to the 1880s named Tanah Merah, or "red earth" in Malay. They’ve been lovingly restored and sit beautifully within the tropical gardens. The Capella is an amazing spot for a wedding, with Singapore's first circular, glass-roofed ballroom, designed by Foster + Partners.
Eating and drinking
The Knolls restaurant is an all day fine dining affair with wonderful sea views. But I prefer the more relaxed and laid back Bob’s bar. The interior is reminiscent of Cuban island bars in the 1960s while the outdoor terrace is just the place for a romantic sunset cocktail.
The main pool has stunning views out over the South China Sea, perfect for an afternoon dip. The Auriga Spa is an exotic rainforest haven while the library is a great place to grab a few free DVDs to entertain the kids. There’s also a golf buggy service to ferry you around the different parts of the resort, a welcome treat after a long day of sightseeing.
The service was attentive without being intrusive. I thought it was a nice touch that the manager greeted us while we were having a drink at the bar.
Who stays there
The hotel is ideal for cashed-up families or tourists wanting to get away from it all.
This resort isn’t cheap, it does after all, bill itself as a six-star property. But you can grab yourself a bargain (relatively speaking) as there are usually good weekday deals to be had and some packages with complimentary spa services. Make sure your room rate includes breakfast, because the morning buffet is pretty pricey at $48 plus taxes. And unlike other hotels in Singapore, cheap coffee shops are not so easily accessible.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with younger children
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Stunning location with an oasis feel
- Outdoor showers and bathtubs
- Expensive breakfast buffet