It is a rare occasion for both Freman and I to go on a staycation. I mean, I quite enjoy it but at the same time I’m not like the sort that has to staycate at every opportunity. In short, as ironic as it sounds coming from someone who markets products like staycations for a living, I’m not the target consumer.
I also do think any “travel” related adventure with Freman is a challenge. We are just different when it comes to exploration and enjoyment. He loves to take things slow, unplanned, move at a glacial speed sometimes and may not even leave the room (he has his own schedule and internal clock he abides by) even if he’s on a “holiday” or staycations. I want to make the time worth it and use all the facilities, especially the pool. I LOVE being by the water and being in it and that’s one of the biggest draws for me when it comes to choosing a hotel: Is the pool awesome? Also I just love exploring the hotel and taking a real shitload of photos. He really isn’t a photography person. You know what they say about opposites attract. I think this is it.
Naturally, I come across as an anxious grump when I want to spend my time doing stuff and my other half is slumped on the bed not moving. I don’t blame him really, we all have different interests, but I can’t just leave him in the room and do my own thing – then whats a staycation or holiday together for?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s just the way it is, we are different and we try to make it work.
But I guess I thought getting a promotion at work and having Valentine’s coming up, I’d treat the both of us to a staycation at Oasia Hotel. I was there once for a media tour and I loved the tasteful design and how they were selling their Club facilities. I thought, you know what, why not? I got a pretty good rate for the Club Room King Bed under their Holiday Savers Rate. It was $285++ and came up to $335.44 with tax included.
Check-in was on the 22nd floor at their Club Lounge, The Living Room. Service was decent. Apparently, they were running full on the Monday when we checked out and they had a busy Sunday too so staff were not given the benefit of time to really go all way out to impress if you get what I mean. But it definitely was decent. We requested for late check out as well but understandably they could only extend it to 1pm instead of 12pm because they were running high on occupancy.
Our room was on the 24th floor and it was a dedicated club floor.
The design is minimal; a lot of muted hues and modern decor – once again, very tasteful.
The room is not as spacious as I would have preferred but for the price I paid, I really can’t fault them for a small 25sqm room size in a prime location like Novena right next to two malls and with a direct link to the Novena MRT.
If I could do it all over again, I would have just paid for an upgrade to a corner room which is larger since I did spend quite a bit of time in the room during the staycation.
Freman is truly a creature of habit. He practically leapt onto the bed and was quite keen to stay there forever if he could. Instinctively he also started fiddling with the telly and we ended up spending quite a bit of time glued to the TV.
I took some time to wander around the room. Got to give them credit for a bathroom with both bathtub and overhead rain shower. There were also luxurious THANN toiletries which seriously, are THE best toiletries I’ve ever come by.
I really liked how some parts of the bathroom reminded me a little of designer Jean-Marie Massaud’s Hansgrohe Axor Massaud Collection. I don’t think they were from that collection but I did find the designs in general really pleasing to the eye with (very) minor similarities. Perhaps it’s the nature inspired look and feel or the blend of both organic and geometric forms.
After a lot of slacking around, and me just generally being antsy because I really wanted to check out cocktail hour at The Living Room, we headed there.
I’m pretty split about the lounge.
I loved the lounge and access to the Club Guest only pool, but I wasn’t really impressed with the selection of canapés during cocktail hour (6pm – 8pm). I know it’s subjective and sometimes the menu gets rotated, but I thought there wasn’t much to scream about (compared to some of the really awesome stuff that I’ve seen served there on other blogs). The complimentary flow of cocktails, wines and coffee was really good and I appreciated it. I think that’s pretty good reason to pay for Club access but both Freman and I were a more than a little bummered by the canapés because there was so much hype about the great spread. I do think I expected more after doing my research and that was the main reason for the mismatch in expectations.
The pool though is utterly gorgeous and the view is really so relaxing. I absolutely adored the heated pool (which I thought was a jacuzzi because of the nozzles in it, but had no jacuzzi bubbles). The main pool which looks so beautiful is actually freezing cold though. Kudos to the people who were swimming in it.
We had a good time at The Living Room pool of course. Towards the later part of the evening and end of cocktail hour, we had some white wine and had a really good time just talking and watching the sky get dark. It was nice to stop being busy and just enjoy being together some place we’ve never been before.
I was a bit knackered and the bed was so damn comfortable so I fell straight asleep but Freman spent the whole night watching TV. I guess he wanted to enjoy every waking moment during the staycation, literally.
I woke up in the morning fresh but Freman was tired because he slept at 6am and we had to rush for breakfast at 9am since breakfast closed at 10am. We headed to Zaffron, their all-day dining buffet restaurant, since we had already tried cocktail hour at The Living Room. The spread was pretty basic for breakfast and you’ll probably get what you need for a hearty one.
A little disclaimer now! Maybe being in the hotel and PR/Marketing industry has left me spoilt. I have to admit, I am pretty hard to please now that I’ve stayed at a couple of places and holidayed quite a bit and been to several different hotels. Plus it doesn’t help that I have been fed very well after all the food blogging.
Still, I really enjoyed the staycation experience with Freman at Oasia. I think being away from home is always exciting and the hotel was really a beautiful place that was well designed and lovely. Disappointment about food is really a small thing in the bigger scheme of things when it comes to a staycation. I love the feeling of getting away and regardless of whether it was value for money, the time we spent together exploring something new makes it worthwhile.
New experiences. New memories.
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