Changi Village Hotel is prudently located away from the bustling city centre, in close proximity to the airport –it makes for a soothing retreat for you and your family to spend quality time together, and is a hot favourite among business travellers and transit passengers arriving for a one or two-day stopover.
Speaking from a local’s point of view, sometimes all you need is a staycation; a getaway to clear your heads; a place to relax, rejuvenate and re-charge your batteries after a long week at school and work; a place to escape from the frantic city life, free from daily responsibilities.
I had the opportunity to explore the hotel together with a group of international bloggers, who came to Singapore for the Singapore Blog Awards ceremony. (Read my introductory post here.)
The building’s façade is nothing to shout about, except for that dazzling waterfall signage.
The interior, however, radiates a sleek and modern tone.
Just a 15-minute drive to the Singapore Expo and the airport, the hotel provides complimentary shuttle bus to and from Changi International Airport hourly, from 5.30am to 1.30am.
There’s also a complimentary shuttle bus to Loyang and Changi Business Park at 8am, and one to Far East Plaza at 10am.
Getting to the city from the hotel is a breeze. You can take advantage of the free shuttle bus to the airport, where you can hop on a train (MRT) to get to your destination.
There are 380 rooms in total, with 6 different room types to cater to your budget and travelling needs: Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Club Room, Junior Suite, Executive Suite and Royal Suite.
Executive Club Room
Level 6 is where the Executive Club Rooms are, and also where you can gain access to the idyllic courtyard with a koi pond.
The Executive Club Rooms are decently sized at 24-25sqm.
Ideal for a short stay, the room is comfortable and cosy without being too crammed. It features simple but homely modern furnishings, complete with basic amenities.
There is a cheeky “peek-a-boo” window exposing the bathroom to the bedroom, which can be well concealed with the retractable window shade.
Room 701: Royal Suite
The Royal Suite is designed for an uncompromised luxurious stay.
The 75sqm suite boasts a huge living room and dining area behind its unassuming entrance.
Its contemporary setting balances between luxury and homely familiarity.
There is a common toilet just beside the living room, which I wonder if they had considered transforming that space into a kitchen.
The bedroom is huge! So sleek and comfortable, you’ll have no problems falling asleep at night.
The bedroom comes with a working desk and cable TV.
The built-in wardrobe is cleverly positioned between the bedroom and bathroom.
The ensuite bathroom is worthy of attention –lavish and spacious.
Executive Club Lounge
Saltwater Café offers a choice of indoor or alfresco dining, overlooking lush greenery and the swimming pool.
The menu encompasses a wide variety of local and international cuisines in both its buffet and a la carte options.
Creek Pool (Ground Level)
The glass panels provide a clear view of the underwater action going on in the swimming pool.
There are two swimming pools within the hotel compound: a creek pool on the ground floor (just outside Saltwater Café), and an infinity pool on the 8th floor.
Tee Off @ Changi Village Hotel
Whether you’re aspiring to be a golf sensation, or yearning to lower your golf handicap and achieving the perfect confident swing –beginners can simply take advantage of golf lessons while on vacation.
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Take the lift to the 8th level, and be prepared to be amazed.
Once the elevator doors open, sunlight and fresh air greets you.
The rooftop garden is the perfect place to relieve stress.
Take in the breathtaking scenery or simply roll out your yoga mat, and bask in its serenity.
What a great respite from the city. Take a book and soak up the sun on wooden chaise lounges.
The rooftop infinity pool offers a panoramic view of the South China Sea –simply breathtaking.
La Cantina serves up robust Northern Italian cuisine, with a lush garden surrounding the restaurant.
This restaurant has made its way into my ‘Want To Try’ list. Their signature pizzas and homemade tiramisu sound absolutely mouth-watering.
La Cantina, Level 8
Operating hours: 11.00am to 12 midnight (daily)
View of the courtyard and koi pond from the rooftop garden.
For a day of adventurous fun, check out nearby attractions that include Changi Point Boardwalk (popular with anglers trying their luck at landing a sea bass or grouper, where you can take a morning or evening stroll by the shore, and catch the sunrise or sunset), Changi Prison Chapel and Museum, Changi Beach Park, Sree Ramar Temple, Flea Market at Changi Village Road, Chek Jawa Wetlands and Pulau Ubin (just 15 minutes by boat from Changi Point).
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The next time you have the luxury of a long weekend but do not wish to travel overseas, make the most of it and plan a retreat to Changi Village Hotel with your loved ones.
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Changi Village Hotel
1 Netheravon Road