Dear Room 516 at the Fullerton Bay Hotel: You were beyond posh and had every amenity and even more than a girl could think of (and even more than this girl from Alabama could dream of) from a pillow menu (cutely tucked into a miniature pillow) to a tv over the bathtub to a master panel of light & drapery controls in the nightstand. (I've never closed and opened the curtains from bed before but sure could get used to it!) Your spacious balcony with a scene - looking over the river to the Marina Bay Sands resort, ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Flyer; to the left at the pier and Merlion Park - was so inviting and comfortable. Our time together was far too short but I promise to never forget you!
I definitely wasn't in Alabama anymore!
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This story begins with my coworkers giving me a very generous travel certificate as a retirement gift. I really wanted to do something special with the certificate and happened upon (after hours of research 🙃) a cruise leaving from Singapore. Perfect! Booked the cruise and then the flight. My flight arrived early the morning before the cruise departed so I needed a hotel.
My first idea about a hotel was to go to Raffles simply because I'd heard so much about it and it is an iconic piece of Singapore. So I looked online and started looking at other hotels too like the Marina Sands Resort (the three buildings with the ship on top). Having never been to Singapore before though I just couldn't decide so kept moving "make Singapore hotel reservation" from "to do" list to "to do" list. A couple of weeks later a travel agent that I had reached out to via email regarding an unique tour in another country called me. While we were talking I asked her about Singapore and she immediately suggested The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Goodness gracious, am I glad she did! Fullerton Bay Hotel is most certainly worth the splurge if you are in Singapore. Besides all the greatness I'll mention in a minute - the thing I liked best about Fullerton Bay Hotel is that - despite my schlepping into the hotel after a 16 hr 49 min flight (that had been immediately preceded by a 5 hr 56 min flight) and looking like a mix of something the cat dragged in and a bag lady (two suitcases, a backpack, a nylon tote bag with the zipper about to burst because I know my granddaughter will want the business class pouch of goodies from the plane) I immediately felt comfortable and welcome! The staff is out of this world attentive, professional and just plain nice. Check out the foyer that was all decorated for the Chinese New Year.
I arrived at The Fullerton Bay Hotel at about 9:30 in the morning. My room wasn't ready but I didn't think it would be that early. The front desk clerk said I could relax and wait for my room at the rooftop pool area. She took me up to show me around. Wow! A beautiful infinity pool. I got my bathing suit (we won't discuss my opening the suitcases fiasco to find said bathing suit in that beautiful and refined lobby) and settled in. Without my even noticing a chilled spritz bottle and washcloth were put on the table and within minutes I was brought a glass of ice water. When the desk clerk came up at 11:15 to tell me the room was ready (what! that quick?) I almost didn't want to leave.
When I walked into the room my luggage was already there and set up on the luggage shelf which was extremely convenient. A quick look around to see everything in the room and one of the first things I noticed was the clear glass partition between the room and bathroom. I thought, hmm, I guess if you're sharing this room someone's getting a free show anytime the other is showering/bathing. But I should have known better. Of course, in addition to all the goodies and conveniences mentioned earlier, there is a button by the bathtub that lowers a shade - of course, there is a button!
While I was at the Fullerton Bay Hotel I had High Tea (not low tea, mind you) in the Clifford Pier restaurant; a massage at the spa (actually located a very short walk down the street at the Fullerton Hotel (parent to Fullerton Bay)); and the breakfast buffet at La Brasserie. All were sumptuous.
What a way to start out my new travel adventures! I should be so lucky to get to visit the Fullerton Bay Hotel again one day!
Happy & Safe Travels.
Come along with this southern girl on my fun travel adventures! I’m taking the tours; seeing the sites; trying out the hotels; dining at the restaurants; cruising on the cruise ships; and sharing the experiences on this blog. I hope you enjoy reading about my travel escapades and that they will be inspiring and helpful when planning your own fabulous adventures.