The Outpost Hotel Sentosa offers a selection of pools, dining and excursions aimed at romance and some affordable indulgences. If you would like to escape the pitter-patter of little feet in a serene adults-only rooftop pool and enjoy a stopover staycation for grown-ups only on your way to or from Europe, this is the place.
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa is part of a cluster of four Far East Hospitality Hotels including The Barracks Hotel Sentosa (a high-end luxury stay with a dash of history), the Oasia Resort Sentosa (a modern wellness hotel) and The Village Hotel Sentosa, which caters almost exclusively to families.
We chose The Outpost as the hotel only accepts guests aged 16 and above, plus it is one of the smaller hotels in the Far East Hospitality group of hotels on Sentosa, with just over 190 rooms. Guests at The Outpost can use the pools at the other hotels but if you aren’t keen on kids crashing your grown up getaway, it’s best to either stick to the rooftop pool at The Outpost Hotel Sentosa or stay at Sentosa mid week when things are a bit quieter.
That said, even though we stayed over a local long weekend, it was easy to make jetlag work for us and enjoy the Pamukkale at The Village early in the morning while it was quiet. Located in the centre of Sentosa Island, The Outpost Hotel Sentosa is only a short walk to all of the major attractions like Universal Studio’s beaches and Resorts World Sentosa where there are loads of dining options available including the Peruvian restaurant, Chifa, where we had a delicious dinner one night. Whatever cuisine you’re craving, you’re sure to find it somewhere on Sentosa!
We opted for the Coast to Coast package at The Outpost which included daily breakfast at Sol & Ora restaurant and a choice of activities ranging from a deluxe picnic, cable car dining or RIB boat ride. The deal also included a $100 voucher to spend at Bikini Bar, Coastes and Ola Beach Club overlooking the beach plus discounts off some of Sentosa’s other attractions and F&B outlets (show your hotel keycard and ask for the special rate).
Checking into The Outpost can be a little confusing as the entrance is accessed via the carpark, with a lift taking you to Level 3 where reception is located. Most Grab and taxi drivers know where it is but the easiest way to get there if you’re walking from the Sentosa monorail is to head to The Village Hotel and then follow the signs around the corner to the entrance to The Outpost Hotel Sentosa. We arrived in a Grab taxi and the driver dropped us right at the door.
The check-in process at The Outpost includes a welcome drink in a novelty golden pineapple and a minibar selection process. Each room gets to choose five items from a choice of drinks and snacks. After selecting our goodies, we were presented with our keycards and given a quick rundown of the hotel’s facilities and our itinerary for our Coast to Coast package.
Complimentary Outpost Xperiences are included too like a Sachi soy-wine cocktail-making class, gin cocktail-making class, or Supafresh Fitness and Partner Yoga classes. The times for these clashed with the other activities we had booked in at Sentosa but they sounded like a lot of fun and were completely free to join.
Arriving at our room we were greeted with a view of the Sentosa Straits with a (very large) King Bed with appealing modern decor. All of the rooms are the same size, with the option to pay a little more or less for different views of either the South China Sea, the Pamukkale Pool or the garden.
Rooms are fairly compact at 24 sqm but they are perfect for two people, provided you don’t have too much luggage. We had a few extra bags as we were stopping over in Singapore on our way to Europe. However, we opted to live out of our suitcases rather than unpacking and this worked fine, provided we kept things tidy.
Our room also featured a 55-inch TV, coffee/tea maker, bar fridge for our mini bar treats and USB and power points on each side of the bed. A separate shower and toilet area is adjacent to the entry and features a fabulous rain shower and Appelles toiletries. Bathrobes and an in-room safe are also standard as is the environmentally friendly filtered water tap to do away with plastic water bottles.
Heading off to explore the hotel facilities the next morning brought us to Level 7 and the Sol & Ora restaurant and the Altitude pool bar/club area. This level 7 area is a focal point for party people and indulgence with dining and drinks plus a rooftop pool with views to delight. The music comes on at around 11 am and continues until late, with people taking in the view, having fun and enjoying the vibe. We could faintly hear the bass beat from our room but it didn’t stop us sleeping.
Breakfast is served at the air-conditioned Sol & Ora as well as lunch, dinner and high tea. We had breakfast in our package which included a set menu with a croissant and bowl of fruit salad each plus a choice from the menu which offered a selection of Western and Asian choices.
We packed a lot into our day with plenty of swimming with a dip in the Pamukkale Pool in the morning and the adults-only pool in the afternoon, plus a ride on the SkyHelix which spins around (very) gently as it provides great views of the surrounding area. Don’t be put off by the fact it doesn’t look very ‘exciting’ or high – we enjoyed this ride so much we would do it again.
The swim-up pool bar at the Pamukkale Pool set the scene for relaxation, drinks and poolside treats from the room service menu and a day of indulgence but we had a date with the cable car and the Sky Dining Experience included in our Coast to Coast package. This novel dining experience was one of many highlights in our stay, with a two course meal served in a private cable car. You have the main course on one return journey and the dessert during a second return journey, with the trip departing from the Mount Faber cable car station.
The experience starts with a welcome cocktail at a restaurant in the same complex the cable car departs from and then you’re taken upstairs to board the cable car and start your dining adventure. We love dining out whenever we come to Singapore, and this experience delivered, both for the quality of the food and the novelty of the overall experience. We finished the night with the Wings of Time show at the beach, an entertaining sound and light spectacular with fireworks.
Overall, The Outpost Hotel Sentosa offers guests a fantastic staycation experience with loads of facilities to choose from and the benefit of an adults-only vibe. The location was also a big bonus thanks to its central position and easy access to all of the beaches and attractions. For romance and indulgence with drinking, dining and some poolside partying within easy reach, The Outpost Hotel Sentosa offers the perfect Singapore getaway or a great stopover staycation on the way to Europe.
Disclosure: The writers travelled with assistance from Far East Hospitality, Mount Faber Leisure and Sentosa.