Located along West Coast Crescent, Oasia Residence, Singapore is Far East Hospitality's latest addition to the Oasia brand portfolio in Singapore. I have previously stayed in a club room at the relatively new Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore where I was first exposed to the three wellness pillars of the Oasia brand - Recharge, Refuel and Refresh. The Oasia Residence, Singapore is a serviced apartment that offers 140 studios and apartments (one and two bedrooms) for longer-staying guests who are looking for a home away from home experience.
As you enter the property, the first thing you will notice is the familiar scent that the Oasia Residence, Singapore has. The serviced residence is perfect for travellers looking to stay in the West side of Singapore - it is located near to the city's science and technology cluster, the Singapore Science Park, one-north as well as the National University of Singapore. If you traveling to the Oasia Residence, Singapore by car, look for the entrance to Seahill Condominum first as the Oasia Residence shares the same compound as the latter property. Make yourself at home in the spacious and brightly-lit Living Room located on street level - it reminds of an extended living room which serves complimentary continental breakfast on weekdays and plenty of snacks, water, fruits and coffee (or tea) at all other times.
During my visit to the Oasia Residence, Singapore, I stayed in a Studio apartment which is essentially the lead-in room category here at the property. As mentioned earlier, there are three main apartment types here at this serviced residence:
- Studio (approx. 33-35sqm)
- One-Bedroom Apartment (approx. 39 sqm)
- Two-Bedroom Apartment (approx. 70-72 sqm)
This is not my first experience in a serviced residence here in Singapore but the studio apartment here is definitely the smallest one I have ever been to and as such, I was slightly skeptical as to how much a 35sqm space can actually be utilised.
In spite of its small room size on paper, the Studio came equipped with everything I needed for a stay - the king-size bed was comfortable with great back support, there was a two-seater sofa by the side which is perfect for reading (or watching the TV) and there are spaces around to get some work done (besides, if you really want more space, head down to the Living Room for free coffee and plenty of daylight).
The bedroom also shares the space with the living and dining area where you will find a 48" LCD TV that is well-stocked with cable TV channels. There is also a DVD Player in case you require it but honestly, when was the last time you held a DVD? A handy smartphone is also provided in your room in case you require it. In front of the sizeable work desk, you will find a number of power sockets for your battery-hungry devices. Complimentary water and premium TWG-branded teabags are also provided in your room for your convenience.
The windows in the Studio apartment can also be opened if you prefer fresh air over air-conditioning (it is worth noting that you are not required to pay extra for electricity and internet here in Oasia Residence, Singapore as they are already included in your rent). It does not look out to anything ridiculously spectacular but you do get a rather unobstructed view of the surrounding area which means you do get to enjoy some of that sea breeze nearby (West Coast Park by the sea is located within 10 minutes stroll from the property).
The bedroom and the kitchen can be partitioned away with the use of a sliding door (see GIF above!) but I like to keep that door open to create a greater sense of space within the studio. For larger families looking for a little more space, connecting studio apartments can be arranged next to a two-bedroom apartment if you prefer to give your children more space and privacy.
One of the most important considerations for renting out a serviced apartment has got to be the kitchen - the Studio apartment's kitchen comes with two induction hobs (one larger and another smaller), a full-size refrigerator with freezer, a microwave oven, rice cooker, electric kettle as well as bread toaster. The drawers and cupboards around are great for storing dry food and other equipments needed in the kitchen - you will also find crockery, utensils, cutleries and glassware inside these spaces.
A small sachet of laundry powder was also provided on top of the front-loader - I am not too sure if it would be replenished and replaced on a regular basis but if you do require to get home supplies, there's nothing easier than RedMart. Alternatively, West Coast Plaza is located just a 15-minute stroll away from the property and you will find everything you need.
The bathroom in the Studio apartment is located directly across from the kitchen where you will find a separate toilet, a rain-shower and a small sink with a mirror in front of it. You will not find a tub here in any one of the apartment units but the Oasia Residence, Singapore does have a pretty nice swimming pool that comes complete with sauna and steam room facilities.
Located on level seven, the swimming pool is reserved only for guests staying at the Oasia Residence, Singapore. Guests are also able to utilise the facilities (e.g. swimming pools and BBQ pits) over at Seahill Condominum - direct access is possible via the Living Room on level one. If you are not too keen on sharing a swimming pool, the one here is peaceful and quiet.
There is also a small gymnasium that is located on the same level as the swimming pool - it will not substitute for a full-size gym but the equipments are quite versatile at working out most major muscle groups. After a good workout, head to the steam room or the sauna to rest and relax.
Residents here at the Oasia Residence, Singapore will also get to utilise the tennis court which is located on the rooftop of the property. Channel your inner-Federer here as you enjoy a game or two with your friends at your convenience - usage is free of charge but booking is necessary.
While a serviced residence will never possess the same level of attentiveness from a hotel, it makes more economical sense for travellers who are looking to settle down temporarily in Singapore. The three wellness pillars of the Oasia brand is evident in the Oasia Residence, Singapore as residents are able to refuel at the Living Room anytime of the day. The opportunity to benefit from the facilities over at Seahill is also a great one as residents will be able to hold BBQ dinners and parties whenever they want.
While most serviced residences are located centrally in Singapore, the Oasia Residence, Singapore is perfect for guests working in the west - traveling is kept down to the minimal and getting out and about is pretty easy from the property. Regular shuttle buses also run from the property to connect residents to nearby MRT stations like Clementi and Haw Par Villa, making it easier and more affordable to visit Singapore and places of interest via the extensive MRT system.
This was a hosted media stay, though all views expressed are my own.