September 23, 2015
In recent years, we’ve seen more and more hotel residences like Capri by Fraser pop up around the world—property developers pride themselves in creating a ‘home away from home’ for tourists and staycationers alike. This means that they are adding a residential facet in their hotels hence the term ‘hotel residences’ coined.
For Fraser, that has managed high-end residences like Fraser Suites, their residential aspect is associated with nearly 70 percent of their total hotel portfolio—and that percentage is steadily rising each year with upcoming projects in China and Malaysia.
I recently had the good fortune to review Capri by Fraser’s hotel residences, and will be sharing my experience below.
In Capri by Fraser, for the adventurous, you are able to use any of these bicycles for free and go on a cycling tour. Gear up and Explore; guest can go off on their own to Changi Village Hawker Centre (8-10km away) for a plate of our famous nasi lemak or go on the cycling tour that has a pit-stop at East Coast Lagoon Food Village (6-10km away) for local dishes such as bak chor mee and sambal stingray.
For the laid-back, you will find the Refresh Spa at Capri by Fraser with extensive packages that provide tranquil sanctuaries. On top of that, there are also steam and sauna facilities available.
For the fitness buffs, the fully equipped gym in Capri by Fraser is open 24/7. The view of the swimming pool and outdoor seating area from the inside add serenity to the overall gym experience.
The swimming pool boasts of a hydro threadmill- a revolutionizing aquatic therapy! The hydro treadmill is a great option if you’re looking to add more mileage as running in water forces your muscles to work harder than air does, so you can get in a solid workout without running as fast or as far as you normally would outside. Water makes for a great medium to exercise in.
To add in an element of fun, visit the Spin and Play rooms that is situated on every level of the hotel. Each room comes with different features such as game consoles and exercising equipments.
The rooms set up are a balance comfort with an assortment of technologies to make playing casual games or longer fitness sessions equally satisfying. I shan’t spoil the surprise here- every room is different. You have to explore them yourselves to find out what’s in store.
Exclusively for Mastercard holders, you will be welcomed with a summer sweets platter if you paid with this particular credit card.
The Studio Deluxe (36sqm) is a larger-than-average Singapore accommodation to stay in and comes fitted with modern furnishings such as a king sized bed, led television, ipod docking station, iron and ironing board, bathrobe, bedroom slippers, hairdryer, workspace and a well-equipped kitchenette.
Complete with a cozy corner sofa on which to sit while watching television programs, this room is as cool as it is comfortable.
Priding itself as a work and play hotel residence, the room can be separated into a ‘work’ and ‘play’ room with the center partition drawn down. This transitional feature is sure to please every discerning travelers – from business associates to young jet setters.
The hotel manages to squeeze comfortable modernism into its rooms, which features a Herman Miller luxury chair to create that clean-lined minimalist look. The rooms generally come in a distinct color palette—warm with light brown floor and cream hues. There is a sleek working desk and most up to date appliances.
The toilet is extremely spacious and attached to it is an equally spacious walk in wardrobe. This part of the room features clean, contemporary lines and smart designs like a rain shower. 2 sets of Malin+Goetz toiletries are also provided.
The kitchenette is more than suffice for simple cooking. It comes equipped with kitchen essentials such as utensils, pots and pans. Knives for chopping would ,however, have to be requested.
The food that comes with the weekend cook-in package require no cutting and chopping. Everything comes neatly packed in microwavable containers and is stored in a mini fridge. The food is prepared fresh on the day you arrive to ensure freshness, a nice additional touch for that homey feel.
The cook-in meal came as a 3-course meal for 2 : Lobster Bisque, Salmon and Greens, Chicken Thigh and Mashed Potato and a small plate of assorted cakes for a sweet end. While this may sound like a complicated meal, have no fear.
Everything comes in microwave containers and you can, most conveniently, pop them in the microwave for those who want to have it the fuss-free way. For the couple who wants to have a fun date cooking up a nice dinner, the kitchen at Capri by Fraser is well equipped enough for some frying and steaming.
My self-prepared 3 course dinner, ready in under 30 minute. Healthy, delicious and most convenient! Tip: Pan fry the salmon on its skin for a good 15 minutes to get a golden crisp before turning it over to cook on the other side. Squeeze some lemon if you have it!
The staycation package comes together with a hotel breakfast as well. As expected from the Fraser line of hotels, an international breakfast at the laid-back cafe – Caprilicious is available daily till 10am.
There are also local favourites such as congee and nasi lemak available along with a traditional egg station – The chef will whip up any kind of egg you want. I was very impressed with the condiments available for the nasi lemak and congee. For someone who prefers something light for breakfast, there are fresh fruits, pastries, waffles and a salad station.
Having a strong sense of place amid the many hotels in Singapore, Capri by Fraser has an ultra-modern ambience, is luxurious yet very personal. The bright rooms at this well-groomed Changi hideaway make this hotel residence a great base for shopping weekends, stopovers, or for tacking a little pleasure onto your business trips.
Capri by Fraser is drawing more visitors than ever before, promising warm hospitality that is sure to make you feel like a teacher’s pet and a completely different holiday experience.
Expected Damage: From S$200/night onwards