When I arrived in Singapore I was feeling little down, I’d left all the friends I had made in Vietnam (you’ll get to hear about my adventures there soon) as they travelled to Cambodia and I went in the opposite direction, I strongly considered changing my plans, getting out and heading their way. This wasn’t helped by the hostel I was staying in, while it was of a far nicer standard than many I’d stayed at in Vietnam, each bunk had it’s own private television, blind and even Beats headphones, it lacked character and characters. There was no natural light in the dorm and no interaction between guests, it was depressing. I really didn’t expect my stay at The Westin to change my mood so positively.
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Shortly after settling into my room, eating all of the complimentary chocolates and cookies and exploring, I’m the kind of hotel guest who has to open every draw and press every button, there was one thing I knew I had to do. I could see the hotels infinity pool from my window, one or two guests in the water and a few more dotted around the edges, enjoying the sun. A quick change of clothes and a frustrating hunt for my Kindle were all that stood between me and the water. I’d been wanting to swim for days, I hadn’t had the chance since a late night dip in Vietnam over a week before. It gave me the first opportunity to really relax in days and as I woke poolside from a light sleep under the shade of an umbrella, while still missing my friends, I began to appreciate solitude once again.
After about an hour of watching Cartoon Network from the comfort of the enormous bed that evening I made a short trip to Marina Bay, minutes from The Westin. Previously I’d gone in the day time and although it may have been my change in attitude, it seemed far nicer. A breeze cooled the warm air and the buildings impressed me far more as they lit up in the dark of the night, the iconic Marina Bay Sands put on a fun light show as I dined at a table for one in a restaurant directly opposite. Following this I took a walk around the nearby Supertree Grove, where some sort of light and music based symphony took place, for the first time I was appreciating Singapore.
Back at the hotel, I had another job. It’s not everyday you’re presented with the opportunity to use such an awesome looking bath and considering I’d had nothing but showers for about the last 4 years, I couldn’t resist. I ran the water far too hot and almost passed out but a cool shower afterwards left me feeling refreshed and replenished, I even had the nerve to put on the robe provided and sit overlooking the view from the 41st floor. Now rather tired, I got lost in the pillows and amongst the sheets as if I were a small child again, with no clear route out I fell asleep, the curtains left open ever so slightly so that the morning sun would make waking up a little easier.
I don’t have a favourite meal of the day, I like food too much to pick a particular meal to enjoy more than others. So just by being food, the idea of a large and quality buffet breakfast had me excited. Being by myself, it was only right that I ate breakfast for two. So a British style fry up of eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown, tomato and beans was followed by pancakes, bacon and maple syrup. All supported by a purple and fruity breakfast booster shot, and, of course, a cup of coffee that was refilled numerous times. As checkout time came around I was wished a farewell by the lovely Melissa and I took a moment to enjoy the view once more before descending in the lift one last time. I hadn’t even had the time to eat at one of the hotels restaurants, drink at its bars or work it all of in the gym. However, now more relaxed and with a changed perspective, I could now hopefully enjoy my final days in Singapore.
For more details on the hotel and to book yourself a stay, check out their website – The Westin Singapore