When I stayed in the Junior Suite of the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa earlier this year, I fell in love with the place - in fact, I dare say it is my favourite hotel in Sentosa for a weekend escape in Singapore. I had the recent opportunity of running a company event at this beautiful property once more in the crème de la crème room type - the Villa du Jardin. Since I could not seem to find enough photos of the villa while I was researching the place, I made it a point to take a couple of photos so people will know what to expect if they are going to shell out over S$2,000 a night for this amazing space.
During my stay in the Villa du Jardin at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, I was a Le Club AccorHotels Gold Member (read more about the program changes that are happening next year!) - one of the advertised Le Club AccorHotels MyResorts benefits for Gold members is an early check-in time of 8AM. I arrived at the property at approximately 12PM and was only given the room at close to 130PM. With that being said, the early check-in time is obviously subjected to availability and the staff were so nice about it - they actually showed me to Le Bar where I enjoyed a cup of complimentary coffee.
From time to time, I was also given updates on the villa - they actually got in an external party to clean the pool as there was something wrong with it at the time of checking-in. In any case, I was rather happy to spend the afternoon sipping coffee while looking out to a fantastic pool and sea-view. The Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa really reminds me of a resort in Nusa Dua, Bali and not having any potential flight disruptions make this a really attractive location.
There was also an issue with the phone which they took some time to figure out buy hey when I finally got to my villa (there are only four Villa du Jardins at the time of writing), the wait was worth it! Getting from the main lobby of the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is easy because you do not actually have to find your way - just hop on one of the buggy and you will be there in no time. I did have an appointment at So SPA (did you know that this is the largest So SPA in the world?!) at 2PM so I left the villa shortly after arriving but having said that, I did manage to sneak in some photos before my friends came in to mess up everything.
There is direct access to the Villa du Jardins located inside the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa - in fact, there is ample space for two cars to be parked directly outside the villa. Be prepared to be blown away when you finally enter your villa - this 300 sqm of beautifully-appointed space is yours to live in for the night (or the month, depending on how deep your pockets are). The living room where most of my guests mingled is huge enough to take 20-30 adults comfortably but be sure to check with the hotel as you may be charged a maximum fee of S$10,000 (yes, they make you sign this indemnity form upon checking-in) if you hold an unauthorised party. Honestly though, as long as it is reasonable and you are not incredibly disruptive and noisy, I am sure the hotel will be more than happy to allow it - just let them know!
During this stay at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, I was a Le Club AccorHotels Gold Member and I am not too sure if the welcome amenities photographed above are indicative of what to expect as a Gold Member or is this just because I booked the Villa du Jardin (I suspect it is the latter). The bottle of wine (French, of course) was decent and the chocolate treats were slightly disappoint since I have gotten a nicer welcome at the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour where I stayed as a Classic Member in the lead-in room category.
There are three 47-inch LED SMART TVs in each Villa du Jardin and they are located in the living room and the two bedrooms respectively. In the living room, be sure to utilise the Bose surround sound system to enjoy your favourite movie of music! The large open-plan living is also connected to a small pantry on the side where you will find an illy coffee machine (alongside TWG teabags), a sink and a decent-sized minibar for you to stock up on drinks (if you are bringing your own!). Just for the sake of clarification, you will not find an oven, a microwave or a BBQ pit here (just putting it out there because I was curious myself) in the Villa du Jardin. There are enough cutlery, cups and glasses for four adults but if you would like anything else, just press '0' on the phone and let the magic happen.
One of the most impressive features of the Villa du Jardin at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is definitely the sizeable private pool and the outdoor terrace where children (and adults alike) can play. As mentioned earlier, this villa is really made for four adults in mind but that being said, you can easily fit a lot of people here (it is 300 sqm of space after all). The peacocks do come and visit from time to time as well so if you have young children who are ornithophobiac, be sure to keep them out. In all honesty though, we did have children at the little get-together and the kids loved the peacocks! A small rain-shower is also located outdoors for you to rinse down after a swim.
There are two bedrooms in each Villa du Jardin - the Master Bedroom (which you should definitely choose if you are in a position of choice) comes with a king-size bed and the somewhat equally-sized (but slightly less impressive - I will share why later!) Second Bedroom comes with two queen-size bed. Both of the bedrooms have their own private and attached bathrooms but one is definitely more superior than the other - if you are guessing that one bathroom does not have a tub, that's not it but you are pretty close. There are two USB charging ports by the bedside (where I actually spent most of my afternoon at since my phone was running low on battery) so if you only brought a cable without the charger head, that's where you are going to find help.
I love the space in the Master Bedroom and to me, there's a huge difference between having one king-size bed as opposed to having two queen-size ones. Sure, you may put them together, but that little gap in the middle is going to kill you (think about it like combining suites on the Singapore Airlines A380!). There is also a small seating area in the Master Bedroom but honestly, you have 300 sqm of amazing space to yourself - get out there in the living room and live like royalty instead!
Finally, the most crucial differentiating factor between the two bathrooms in the villa (actually, three if you count the powder room outside too) - the tub. I know I said that both bathrooms that are attached to the bedrooms come with tubs but the one in the Master Bedroom is a Pharo massage-jet whirlpool. Yes, it is a massive bathtub with jets! Once you get over that huge difference, the two bathrooms are actually quite similar - they each have a double sink and a bathroom inside.
During my stay in a Junior Suite here at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa the last time, I was given significantly larger (100ml) LANVIN-branded bath amenties. However, since the Villa du Jardin is all about that luxurious experience, you will be receiving the more expensive Hermès-branded bath amenities instead (regular-size ones though!). You will find them located everywhere - by the bathtub (obviously!), in the showers, by the sinks and even outside in the powder room. Feel free to ask for more if you run out of them - remember everything is only a simple call away.
Let's get to the Second Bedroom - in case I have painted a rather bleak picture of what this would look like, be rest assured that it is still a really nice room. The only real difference is really that Pharo massage-jet whirlpool tub in the bathroom of the Master Bedroom - the room size is approximately the same but the bed configuration here is different (perfect if you have children though!).
The bathroom is a decent-size one with a separate standalone shower, a deep-soaking tub (similar to the one I had in the Junior Suite) and double sinks. Similar to the bathroom in the Master Bedroom, there are also wardrobes where you will find the luxurious bath robes and ample space to hang your clothes.
My stay at the luxurious Villa du Jardin in Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is nothing short of perfect - the resort grounds itself is amazing. The swimming pool is massive, the place is beautiful and I love how easy it is to get down to Tanjong Beach (just a flight of stairs away!). If you are ever in need of a good spa treatment, I cannot recommend the So SPA enough - just make sure you bring along your swimwear and extra clothes because you will definitely want to spend the rest of the day here. Compared to other five star hotels and resorts in the area, the prices at So SPA are actually quite reasonable (especially if you consider how much you can get out of it). Check out the mud pool and the galaxy steam room - thank me for it later.
As I have mentioned earlier on, there are some upcoming changes to the Le Club AccorHotels program starting 2017 and 2016 is the last year for you to acquire Platinum status (which will last through the whole of 2017) relatively easily if you tend to stay in more expensive rooms and suites. My stay in the Villa du Jardin for approximately S$2,000++ a night alongside a triple miles promotion with the program has triggered my Platinum status and I can't wait to test my newly-minted Platinum status out at another property soon!