The Outpost Hotel review: A weekend staycation at Sentosa's newest millennial-driven boutique hotel
Slice of the pie
Sentosa's been on quite the roll of late. Already teemed with a fleet of attractions spaced out across the island, there has been a slow and steady stream of new establishments. From Bali's famed beach club, Rumours, to two new hotel openings last year. One being The Barracks Hotel, a heritage destination and the other, The Outpost Hotel, a luxury boutique space that has enforced a golden rule: No kids under 12 years old.
Clearly, it's a vacation for parents to flee their responsibilities and young couples to well, come as they are. Either way, you won't be bogged down by screaming tots along the hallway or by the pool. It is a hotel, cultivated for the modern-day, time-sensitive traveller. First by eschewing the need for languid walks around the lobby, it is but a compact edifice — encompassing 193 rooms all of the same parameters. Interiors are kept monochromic and elegant — black marbled floors laced with a striking first impression. Like its reception, a room here isn't palatial when it comes to excess room — your hallway doubles up as a vanity cum bathroom — but nevertheless, it's cosy and ample. Especially when it's well-stocked with indie bathroom amentites (Appelles to be specific), a Smart TV to Netflix and chill, and a pillow menu. The Outpost Hotel also went the extra mile — you'll find a tiny filter tap attached on your bathroom sink as it expels drinkable water (the first we've seen so far on our shores) — replacing the need for plastic bottles to exist here. How's bravo for a start.
Check-in at the lobby was a pleasant affair. Embellished with friendly service staff serving out a welcome mocktail lined with a local pineapple touch. Then came the fun part. The Outpost Hotel believes in personalisation as with most millennials — we got to pick out five complimentary items for the minibar. We gave the healthy nut packs a miss so our loot ended up with heaps of Tyrell's and a pack of lozenges.
A quick change of clothes, then to the gym. While it is a co-shared gym with its neighbour Village Hotel, it was a decent one stocked with water and towels.
As much as I missed a good soak in the tub (a feature that the hotel does not have), there's a huge rain shower to make up for the void. Got dressed to head upstairs to 1-V:U, the rooftop restaurant and bar perched against the coastline of the South China Sea. It's also where breakfast happens. There's a DJ set that's scheduled for seven days of the week — from day to night — making it the first on our shores to embrace the slow cushy life of a day club. There are sun beds, private cabanas, and high tables by the edge for couples who prefer their alone time.
Two cocktails in, and I'm famished. 1-V:U does a mean wagyu patty melt — moist, deftly seasoned, and worth every calorie. 1-V:U is a prime spot for catching the fireworks show projected from Universal Studios, so you can probably catch the colourful scheduled display again if you have missed the previous one.
The DJ set easily kept me sated for three hours and it was time to call it a night. Starting with the pillow menu, and it wasn't because I didn't like the pillows that were already on my bed. I did it because there were a myriad of enticing fluffy choices that I never knew existed. Streamed a couple of episodes of Dracula, and drifted to sleep somewhere in between.
Weekends are bliss. No alarms or wake-up calls to jolt up to. The Outpost Hotel offers yoga sessions on Sundays, but instead of engaging my Warrior pose, lounging around in bed with one two many pillows felt like a better option. Of course, that and breakfast. A slow-paced one. The breakfast at 1:V-U is mainly centered on a la carte options — yay to hot food — which included choices like avo on toast, eggs benny, and a savoury-sweet combination of ham and cheese jam toasties. On top of one plate each, diners get access to a small buffet station topped with loaves of bread, yoghurt, fruits, and congee.
The pool was calling out to me by then. The Outpost Hotel has a number of surfaces to choose from. There is but one adults-only pool that's located at 1-V:U's day club. While the others are bigger and perfect for a photo op, the downside to it would be screaming kids and the other human traffic collated from Village Hotel.
It was time. Bags packed and geared up for the looming Monday. But not without a quick stop at Tanjong Beach Club — just in time for sunset cocktails.
Buro 24/7 Selection