If you're looking for a staycation far away from the city but not far away from urban conveniences, take a look at The Capri by Fraser right beside Changi City Point (near Singapore Expo). I'm so glad to discover this gem right in the East, and it's a lot more stunning than the marketing collaterals suggest it to be.
The Capri by Fraser hotel residence concept is a hybrid of serviced residences and smart hotels. You get the extensive range of hotel facilities along with the comforts, convenience and flexibility of full serviced residences. Best of both worlds?
Actually, it's even more than that. Take a look.
Note: This is another bumper post with 41 photos.
I love this place. All the 313 rooms here are effectively studio apartments, very cosy and chic. Ours was a Studio Premier room (44sqm), great for families.
Everything's brand new as the hotel just opened last year. I like how the whole look is pulled together - the metallic frosted glass panels, the soothing neutrals set off by bright spots of colour, the wood floors and simple furniture.
See the little iPod/iPhone dock next to the bed? It's a Geneva Lab sound system!
The beautiful flower and leaf motifs in bright, cheery colours just makes me happy.
Our room was spacious and gorgeously lit by natural sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The bedroom can be separated from the living area with a screen. Yes, oh how the kids love this feature.
Even the screen is so beautifully decorated!
The bathroom is super spacious with big shower stall and big ass mirror. Next to it is a walk-in wardrobe. Or walk-through wardrobe, rather. It leads to the entry hall and vice versa.
One of the best things in the bathroom? The toiletries by Malin + Goetz, the New York cult beauty label. The rum body wash is unbelievably divine. It must be the scent that EL James anointed Christian with in 50 Shades of Grey. "He smells like expensive body wash..." Like 50 billion times she mentions it. So I heard. Ahem.
Nadine also loved the laundry basket.
Some rooms like the Studio Grand have a balcony.
There's even a four-poster lounging hammock outside - what a great place to read, snooze or cuddle!
Some bathrooms come with a long tub. Mine didn't have one but we loved the rain shower anyway. Faster baths for the kids. More time to play.
You have the option of cooking your own meals as there's a kitchenette in every room. Yes, there's an induction cooker, hood, microwave and the kitchen sink.
You get all the kitchen paraphernalia too - pots, pans, kettles, and utensils.
Crockery and cutlery, glassware and a Nespresso machine too. Even chopping boards and dishcloths.
On every floor too, there are unique self-service laundrettes that include host of entertainment activities such as Xbox Kinect, foosball, and TRX training to keep guests occupied in between spin cycles.
Capri by Fraser is urban inspired, high-tech and intuitive to cater to the lifestyle needs of the digital generation. There's fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the property, iPad-activated check-ins, ePrint facilities, an interactive eConcierge, and yes, you saw the iPod docking station in the room.
There is also an area with sleek iMacs for you to use. Useful if you just need a quick check on or booking something before you go out. No, I don't think you can play Sims or DOTA on this.
This urban vibe is also reflected in the design of its free-flowing public areas that evolve into expanded social living spaces.
There are seven major art installations all around the place. These are laser cut stainless steel butterflies "Passing with Flying Colours" by artist David Kracov of Russia. He has another one featuring sea creatures in the Drinx lobby.
You can see part of it here. Oh, it's Happy Hour every Monday to Friday from 6pm to 7pm at Drinx lobby bar, where registered guests can get complimentarydrinks (walk-in guests only pay S$20 for a free flow of drinks during that period).
But the one I like best is the majestic "Old Pine Eternity Tree" by Korean artist Lee Gil Rae, at the lift lobby.
As the hotel also caters to business guests (it is near the EXPO, after all), there are meeting facilities onsite as well.
Amenities include a 24-hour gym, steam and sauna facilities, private soak suites and spa.
The pool boasts a state-of-the-art hydro treadmill (a first on Singapore hospitality scene),
Forget boring pool chairs. Lounge on one of these and gently rock yourself to a nice tan!
They've also got bikes you can borrow.
The lobby lounge leads to the Delite deli and Caprilicious, an all-day-dining restaurant.
This is the deli area. Prices are very reasonable here. Salads for S$6.90, fish and chips for S$9.90 and barista coffee and ice blended drinks for S$4-ish.
What we liked best - the Cheezie Dog (S$4.90). Fries are good too!
Over at Caprilicious, you get Asian and Western dishes alike (selection may vary). Very generous portions as you can see from the Indonesian rice with achar, rendang, bagedil and yellow pilaf rice.
The nasi lemak comes with grilled chicken, satay fish, sambal prawn, omelette and peanuts galore.
Prawn aglio olio.
Some of the best stuff though is the Indian food. They provide vegetarian dishes for many of their guests from India.
But F&B is not the hotel's main focus, as there are plenty of dining options available just next door at the massive Changi City Point mall. I like the mall, it somehow seems just a bit different from others. It's also got supermarkets (Cold Storage and NTUC), so it's handy if you want to cook your own meals.
We really enjoyed the room and the pool. It drizzled a bit, so we had to wait for the rain to stop. But what the kids saw from the window...would also be one of the highlights of their trip.
The 3 House playground and treehouse trail at Changi City Point. Lots of water play features that kids just can't get enough of.
Room rates range from S$250 to S$370 (best available rate) on the website, but there are promotions like 20% discounts if you book 7 days in advance, and upgrade opportunities too. And looks like weekends are cheaper, so it's perfect for a staycation.
CAPRI BY FRASER
Capri By Fraser Changi City, Singapore
3 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486037
Nearest MRT: Singapore EXPO
Tel : +65 6933 9833
RESERVATIONS Tel: +65 6338 0800
Local Toll-Free: 1800 338 0800
Many thanks to Dunbar Jones for arranging the stay, and Capri by Fraser for the warm hospitality