We spontaneously decided to get away for this past weekend. We remembered reading about the Sea Gypsy Village on Singapore Kids Places blog some time back and that it was a great place for the family. Often, we are unsure of how ”modest” the beaches might be so it’s always helpful to have a trusted referral. So we sent in our reservation form provided on the website with our request. They only take two night reservations on the weekends and we only wanted one night so we had to wait until Wednesday when they open up one night reservations based on availability. We were lucky and got a spot for one night.
We left our house at 5:30am, caught the 9am boat to the island and the 3pm boat back on Sunday. Included in our reservation for the family chalet was three meals (additional meals and snacks were on us at the restaurant) and boat service from the ferry terminal. It was more of a camping feel. We had comfy mosquito netted beds, though, and no tent to set up and did not have to pack very much at all. We took our books, a few snacks, Phase 10 (which goes with us on every trip we take), toiletries, pj’s, a clean set of clothes, swim suit, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Towels and soap were provided. We didn’t have shampoo. Oh well… It was only two days, right?
Overall, we had a really great time. It was so nice to get out of the concrete and car noise. We heard the waves crashing on the shore from our front porch. The kids played basketball. The beach at Sea Gypsy was clean, soft sand, no shells. We wanted to snorkel and see ocean stuff so we hiked over to a nearby resort and and saw sea cucumbers, gross!, and Nemo fishies and fish that looked like they had mother of pearl skin. Tommy and Jakeb went pretty far out and saw more neat stuff but Anna and Istayed closer to shore and enjoyed looking for cool shells and coral.
It ended up being a little pricier than we’d expected but a worthwhile weekend getaway for sure. We all needed this time to relax and regroup. It’s nice to know that a place like this is only a 3 hour drive and 15 minute boat ride away. The boat ride was great fun too!! I haven’t been on a fast boat in a long time.
When you make your reservation, the resort staff will send you great details on how to get there. You can drive your car or they can arrange transportation for you. Just make sure you get the details on making the return trip. We failed to do that and ended up lost in Malaysia. Not a good thing when it’s getting close to dark and on a Sunday when everyone else is trying to make their way back to Singapore as well.
My favorite things were the super clear water, the family time (wishing Tori was with us), the relaxing and the Kway Teow I had for lunch.
Anna’s favorite things were the french fries! and seeing Nemo.
The french fries were really good! They took us back to Dairy Bar for those of you reading who are from our home town.
So at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, just two short but relaxing days after we arrived, it was time to head back to reality.
And the monkeys at the ferry terminal all lined up to tell us goodbye.