The main reason is because it was free…….
Daddy sometimes stays in Shangrila Hotels on his business trips, and he already earned enough points to be A Golden Circle Member. So, we received a letter confirming his membership and also an offered of discounted room price and a free night stay using the existing points. The promotion was ended on 10th February 2014. Well, the free stay using the points can still be used even until the promotion is over, but the discounted price for the room would be expired on 10th February.
We received the offering letter since last year, but I didn’t read it carefully and just put it in my drawer. Then in the last week of January, while I was sorting all the papers in my drawers, I found the letter and read it once again before I decided to throw it away or not. Then, I realized what a good offer it was and checked the offer on the Shangrila website immediately.
Well, the points weren’t enough for us to stay in one of Shangrila Hotel in Singapore, but luckily it was good enough for a standard room in Traders Hotel, and the nearest Traders Hotel is in Nusajaya or near Legoland. Yayyy……it’s only 20-30 minutes from Tuas Checkpoint.
We tried to book the room on Chinese New Year just one week before CNY, and of course we failed. Lucky us we still got a room the next week after CNY. So we decided to take the offer and went there on Saturday and Sunday (8-9 Feb 2014). I booked the room only few days before the actual date that we should have gone, and by accident found out again that I actually could upgrade the room into Club Room because the points were still enough.
You see, there was quite a big discount for Golden Circle Member (25% for standard room and 30% or 40% for Club Room if I’m not mistaken) and we only needed to spend 1000 points for the Club Room. In the usual days, 1000 points is only enough for the Standard Room.
So there was the story of how we finally booked a room in Traders Hotel for our 2 days staycation. It was a good thing that we finally went there just a week after CNY, because we never ever found the immigration counters were so empty like those two days. We only needed to queue behind one car in the immigration clearance in Singapore or Johor Bahru.
And how was our stay? It was fantastic and we had a very very very good time. Traders Hotels are managed by Shangrila, and truth to be told…..the experience that we had was beyond our expectation. Clean room, nicely decorated hotel that just made us feel like home, good food, friendly staff, good service, small but wonderful swimming pool, and a top notch club lounge that really made us wanted to stay longer. We hope we can come back again someday……..
The boy……as usual, was very reluctant when we told him that it was time to go home. He had a great time and of course unlimited TV time in the bedroom which only happens when we’re staying at the hotel.
After lunch, we decided to take a look and visited the free club lounge (free if you book a Club Room) which located in the fourth floor. It was very easy to be accessed from our room because we could use either elevator or stairs. The boy always chose to use stairs then the elevator. The club room lounge was big and bright with comfortable sofas and beautiful decoration.
What to do next after our stomachs were full? Well, let’s exercise and visit the health club to burn all the calories from all the food that we already ate……
We felt hungry after swimming, and so after a long time in the bathroom and under the rain shower, we went to the club lounge for free afternoon snack from 5pm to 7 pm. We loved the spread of food……my mom and I skipped dinner after that because we were so full.
What did the boy do while eating or wait for us to finish eating? Well, not just the boy, but my mom and I were also occupied with this:
It was still 7.30 pm, so we still had times before going to bed, and we ended up in:
At 11 pm, we took a walk outside to see what’s outside the hotel. This hotel has two towers that connected by a bridge in the third floor. Under the bridge is a long street full with shops and restaurants. We wanted to see all these but had no time at all the whole day, so we decided to go at night. Almost everything was closed at 11 pm except Starbucks.
We decided to go back to our room because we were very tired, and found out that the boy who woke up very early in the morning and missed his afternoon nap, was still awake and fresh in front of the TV and said: “I’m hungry……again.” What I love from vacation is the big appetite of the boy, he always feels hungry……
We had a good night sleep and woke up at 8 am and headed to the restaurant for breakfast. The food was surprisingly tasted good. The service was also very good, friendly staff and chefs, and good ambiance for eating too. The restaurant even served fresh juice of vegetables and fruits. The boy said he had one of the best hash brown (served hot and crispy).
After breakfast, the boy went for another round of swimming, went back to the room to watch TV again before preparing to go back home. While daddy was doing the check out process, we waited (again) in the club lounge for the last time.
When we reached the ground floor, the boy asked to take pictures in front of Sushi King Restaurant
The boy slept in the car all the way until we got home. He was very tired and again…..ate more than usual at home. I really hope we can get free holiday more often, hahaha…….