PARKROYAL on Pickering: A Birthday Staycation

Let me lay this out – I distrust surprises. I don’t appreciate having to scramble for appropriate reactions in the moment (which is why I fully embrace text messaging and email as opposed to real-time calls). I also feel that I don’t deserve awesome friends expending all these time and effort in my life because I’m a lazy bum and I can’t think of any time I’ve ever reciprocated? So it was a surprise to even myself that I planned a surprise staycation for Ottie’s upcoming birthday over this weekend. I say “planned”, but in fact I only placed a booking just a day prior on a Friday. I also say “for Ottie”, but really I just wanted to swim in cool pools.

I chose PARKROYAL on Pickering to spend a night at mainly because of their interesting pool, but also because of the champagne breakfast that they offered and I’m a sucker for alcohol. The original plan was for Ottie to come home from work so that he could change out of his work attire and into something more comfortable. However he changed my plans when he preferred for us to meet outside for a quick meal because he was tired and hungry. And I hadn’t even shaved my legs yet. A half hour later, I met him in front of the hotel and he finally realised after seeing the bags that I’d lugged with me that I’d planned a night there instead of a simple lunch. Somehow I still succeeded in surprising him, but remind me how stressful receiving and planning surprises are the next time I get the bright idea to try one in the future.

Checking in at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.One backpack and a duffel bag for the both of us. Ottie was pleasantly surprised because he was afraid that I was going to plan some exerting activity (like jet skiing) for his birthday.

I managed to snag an Orchid Club Double Room on level 14 for SGD 350++ (which totalled about SGD 412 after GST). I’d normally balk at spending over a hundred dollars a night at any sort of lodgings, but the Orchid Club rooms offered quite a few perks and privileges that were too cool to pass up on considering how this could be considered a celebratory combination of Ottie’s birthday as well as an early Valentine’s day. I even wanted to stretch it to include our first quarter wedding anniversary, but Ottie put his foot down on having to share his birthday with more than one other event.

Animated gif of our selfies at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Panorama of Orchid Club Double Room on level 14 at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Panorama of Orchid Club Double Room at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Ottie looking at the view of the city from our Orchid Club Double Room on level 14 at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Backlit photo of couple pouring over the welcome letter for Orchid Club perks and privileges at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.Ottie and I spent quite a while on the comfortable king-sized bed poring over the Orchid Club welcome letter highlighting all the privileges at our fingertips for booking this room. Non-alcoholic drinks from the minibar were complimentary and replenished every day! That was cool, in addition to the two glasses of water already provided in the room, proudly claimed by the hotel to be bottled using the eco-friendly Natura purification system.

Mirror selfie with new mobile phone tripod at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.I also brought along my new toy, a mini tripod with a mobile phone adaptor. Not bringing my dSLR felt quite liberating, but I also felt bad about all the dynamic range I was losing with just my phone camera. Oh well.

We missed the Orchid Club Lounge complimentary afternoon tea which ended at 4pm by the time we arrived at the hotel, and we didn’t want to leave the place in search of food, so in the continued spirit of splurging my year-end bonus on this occasion, we decided to order room service:

Room service dine-in lunch: Artisan bread and cheese, guacamole, olives, hummus platter & Butter Paneer Masala at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.This cold platter and butter paneer masala were just the things we needed. Seriously, those butter paneer masala and olives were the best. The total dine-in experience cost about SGD 67.

Extra serving of artisan bread for no extra cost at our room service dine-in lunch at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.We ran out of bread, so Ottie called the front desk again asking for more. And we got it for no extra charge. Sweet!

Behind-the-scenes Instagram Husband holding our room service dine-in lunch at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.Here’s my Instagram husband obligingly holding out a plate of food for my photos which I never used lol.

Early Valentine's Day staycation at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Night view of downtown from our Orchid Club Double Room at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore. CapitaGreen flower light-up at night.Beautiful light and shadows from our room at night, offering a view of the structural red flower vent atop CapitaGreen.

So we gained access to the Orchid Club Lounge on the rooftop, where complimentary buffet meals and drinks were offered on certain timings. Of course we took full advantage of this:

Enjoying Evening Cocktails at the Orchid Club Lounge on level 16: peranakan-inspired table-top decor, buffet line.

Salad, Margarita, and The Straits Times at the Orchid Club Lounge on level 16 at PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel, Singapore.Margarita for dinner.

Breakfast at the Orchid Club Lounge on level 16 of hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Earl Grey tea and champagne at the Orchid Club Lounge on level 16 of hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.Breakfast of TWG Earl Grey tea and a flute of champagne mmm.

The fifth floor was a dedicated wellness area which included a small but pretty infinity pool littered with colourful cabanas (we called them birdcages) and a spa. I must say that the public restrooms there were also really well done, providing not just a cozy place to change, shower, and relax with the free toiletries, but also a steam room which I gladly used to give my body a good 40°C (104°F) boiling.

Beneath the infinity pool at level 5 wellness floor at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Poolside staycation outfit: Zaful pink knit flouncy crop top, Forever 21 denim cuffed shorts, Piha Gelato Wrap Bikini Top, BlackOut SG custom sandals, RAWROW bag.

Small waterfall beneath the infinity pool at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.We explored the nooks and crannies of the floor and took some pictures where the infinity pool dropped off. It was pretty cool finding this waterfall of sorts.

Lounging by the jets at the infinity pool at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore. Wearing Piha white wrap lace bikini top, Bella Kini black lace bottoms.Wearing Zaful knit crop top (c/o), Forever 21 denim shorts, Piha wrap bikini top, BlackOut SG custom sandals, RAWROW bag.

Hairy caterpillar crawling on a deck chair by the infinity pool at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.We also found a hairy caterpillar on the deck chair! Ottie enquired about it to one of the staff at the nearby spa and she came out and picked it off my chair. According to the staff, they’re harmless. But Ottie and I decided not to risk getting poisoned by those spikes. Embarrassing moment: I had a brain fart and thought that it was a very odd-looking snail at first.

I took another dip the next morning once more. But first, lounging in the only cabana that extended past the pools:

Roof of the red cabana by the infinity pool at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Animated gif of Ottie and Ren lounging in the red cabana by the infinity pool of hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Poolside outfit at the cabana of hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore: Shein boho deep-v dress, Malibu Beachwear Maxim Black Neoprene Surf Tank top, BlackOut SG custom sandals.

Poolside outfit at the cabana of hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore: Shein boho deep-v dress, Malibu Beachwear Maxim Black Neoprene Surf Tank Set, BlackOut SG custom sandals, Zaful black and white striped beach circle throw.

Poolside outfit at the cabana of hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore: Shein boho deep-v dress, Malibu Beachwear Maxim Black Neoprene Surf Tank Set, BlackOut SG custom sandals, Zaful black and white striped beach circle throw.

Can of Coke from the complimentary Minibar at our Orchid Club Double Room at the entrance of the cabana by the infinity pool at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.We pushed this table out just so that I could stand my mini tripod on it. XD

Panorama of infinity pool at the level 5 wellness floor at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.

Panorama of Ottie lounging by the infinity pool at hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.Ottie wound up not going into the unheated pool on both days, as the weather wasn’t ideal. Meanwhile I proved my mettle and actually quite enjoyed how chilly it was especially after a few laps. True story – I once stubbornly went ahead to take a shower in the middle of a Minnesotan winter even when the heater broke down because I’m unable to jump into bed without first taking a shower. So really, it wasn’t as if me and cold water were strangers.

Ren by the edge of the infinity pool in Malibu Beachwear Maxim Black Neoprene Surf Tank Set at PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore.Wearing Shein dress, Malibu Beachwear Maxim Black Neoprene Surf Tank Set, BlackOut SG custom sandals, Zaful striped beach circle throw (c/o).

Steam room before and after at the level 5 wellness floor in PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel, Singapore.Before and after my stint in the steam room. It was so good, but Ottie worried that I’d forget to set an alarm in there. That was sweet of him.

Our time there was short, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time at PARKROYAL on Pickering. It was just the break we needed from work before heading back into the grind.

Lounging by the window of Orchid Club Double Room at PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel, Singapore.

Packing up to leave our Orchid Club Double Room at PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel, Singapore.

Mirror feature at the lift lobby of PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel, Singapore.

Ottie walking down the main lobby of PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel, Singapore.

Till next time!

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