When I first received the invitation, I was stoked. And stunned. At the same time.
Say wwwhaaaat? A staycation at a condominium? Is that even allowed? Like for real, I get to stay in a condo apartment?
Like how cool is that? The kids were thrilled. And so were we. Plus the extended family.
So we made plans to go for a quick getaway back to the north (where we used to live and hang out) on the last weekend of January to see what this condo staycation had to offer. We found ourselves awed by this when we got to Sky Habitat at Bishan:
This is Sky Habitat, located at Bishan Street 15
The view from below
‘Say wwwhaaat?’ the kids exclaimed? ‘This is our “condo-hotel” for the night?’ They were all intrigued by the fact that it was like our typical staycation at a hotel stay except that we were not going to be in a hotel room but here, at a 3-bedroom condominium apartment:
What it’ll look like if you lived in a 3-bedroom apartment unit in Sky Habitat
Truth be told, I secretly wished I could stay here forever.
Our staycation may be over, and we’re still pretty much hung over and bummed by the fact that we’re back to reality. Nonetheless, here’s 10 reasons why we really loved this staycay (or otherwise known as if-I-had-$-I-may-so-buy-this-place AND if-you’ve-got-$-you-should-really-consider-Sky-Habitat):
1. Taking a chill pill on the Sky Bridge
The Sky Bridges at Sky Habitat are located at levels 14, 26 and 38. And that’s like literally chilling out on top of the world. I mean, how cool is that to be looking at the clouds, lazing on one of those lounge chairs by day and looking up at the stars by night?
Our view of the Level 26 Sky Bridge from the room’s balcony
Late afternoon lazing on the Sky Bridge on Level 38
Someone stands on the Sky Bridge on the 26th level and says she’s on top of the world!
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing? What do we think we might see?
Being on the Sky Bridge spelled relaxation for us right away, and we were happy to just look up into nothingness for once.
2. Dining at the Sky Terrace with family
During our staycay, we had food catered for 10 people, and so it was fitting that we did an early Chinese New Year reunion dinner at the adjoining Sky Terrace next to the living room. My parents and siblings came over, and we had a time of feasting and reunion at our staycation apartment on Level 19.
We could barely keep our eyes open – the wind was strong in this one!
A very sumptuous spread indeed!
Happy to be eating and watching the sun set
It was a meal with a view on a breezy evening, and a lovely time to be had with family.
3. Sports for all
Of course we had to see what the condo had to offer in terms of facilities! And like many other condos, Sky Habitat’s facilities include a gym, exercise corners, children’s playground, tennis courts and three swimming pools – the 50m lap pool, the children’s pool and the Sky Pool.
The 50m lap pool was just next to the tennis court, so while Ben, Fatherkao and my siblings had a go at swinging some rackets and picking up balls (hurhurhur), the gramps and their grandkids took a dip in the pool.
While Ben trained hard for tennis…
Grandpa and Grandma jumped in the pool…
…And had a splashing good time with Nat and Becks!
We all paid some overdue exercise debt that day
4. Awesome skyline by the Sky Pool
This. This is the view. ‘Nuff said.
On the highest floor on the 38th level, we find this…
5. Private Movie Theatre
This is the super cool part of our stay. Sky Habitat has their very own private screening room.
Quality sound system? Yes, it’s a Bose. Check.
Super luxe seats? Check.
Snacks? All ready. (I think the little girl finished hers before the movie started.)
Super comfy lounge seats with front row tickets and an even super good reason to be with family
It’s movie time!
6. Luxe of Space
We stayed in a 3-bedroom apartment, and boy, do we love the living room space. Love it that everyone could lounge comfortably or look out into the skyline or hide in their little nooks and still be around with family.
The very spacious living area that can comfortably sit 10
Watching TV and lazing after dinner
With Nat busy capturing the faces of everyone
Becks playing hide-and-seek in the study
The kids chilling out in the balcony – every room has a drool-worthy view, thanks to a spacious balcony
Gong gong finding respite on the Sky Terrace
Boys hanging out at the bar counter
Gives family bonding a new meaning, right here, without feeling any sense of overcrowding.
7. Chillaxing by the Children’s Pool
View of the pool from the 19th floor
Just right below on the first floor is the Children’s Pool. Which our kids loved wading and get some endless pool-noodling fun. Fatherkao and I put on our shades and napped away amidst the palm trees, unblocked view and reclining chair in the water.
Pool-noodling in the wading pool
A totally new way to chillax for us. A rest much sought after and well-deserved, in my opinion.
There are only 2 blocks of 38-storey residential flats (a total of 509 units) with two basement carparks, a landscape deck and other ancillary facilities. That’s all. The blocks are just Block 7 and Block 9 (hmm, someone tell me why – are they auspicious?) and that’s about as simple as it gets. Unlike those huge condo developments, you’ll never experience being packed like sardines in confined spaces. Nor do you need to meander round and round the basement carparks finding your apartment lobby and all. How lost can you get with only Block 7 or Block 9 to go to?
9. Convenience all around
3 minutes. All it takes is 3 minutes to walk to Bishan MRT Station (Circle Line and North-South Line) and Bus Interchange. Talk about convenience!
Walked across a big field and we were at Bishan Interchange in 3 minutes
That’s the convenience right under our nose
Kids got their shopping fix at Junction 8 – look at the loot!
We walked across a large field and got to Junction 8 in minutes, and did our Chinese New Year shopping at BHG for the kids.
10. 10-minutes drive to Bishan Park!
We can see Sky Habitat in the background!
This was another highlight of our stay. We love Bishan Park. They boys love dogs and stood outside the dog park in Bishan Park for a long time, well, just watching the dogs go by. The little girl was happy to just run around and smell the flowers. It’s good to know that we can get a slice of nature amidst the concrete jungle, which is just a stone’s throw away.
Happy to be here
Watching the dogs
And our leisurely stroll concludes our very relaxing weekend
Sky Habitat is what is to be the Habitat of the Future – a high-rise apartment but, in many ways, also a house. Each unit boasts a private garden or outdoor space that opens up to the sky. And when regarded collectively, the units are reminiscent of idyllic houses terraced along the Mediterranean hillsides, complete with alleys and walkways linking the community of homes on several levels. Given its unique collection of living qualities, Sky Habitat is really a new hybrid home. A house with all the conveniences and connectivity of a condominium. And a condominium with the openness, identity, and the private garden of a house.
It was a privilege to get a glimpse of this through our weekend stay there. It was a much needed respite for the tired, working adults, an enjoyable space for the children to engage and explore, and a simple yet forward-looking space for the family to bond and spend time together.
Thank you, Capitaland, for having us!
Sky Habitat is located in one of the most desired suburban residential areas in Singapore, with seamless connectivity to destinations such as the vibrant Orchard shopping belt, bustling Central Business District and Integrated Resorts, while Bishan MRT and Interchange is just at its door. The development is also surrounded by sought-after schools from Ai Tong School, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School & Secondary School, Catholic High School, Raffles Institution (Secondary) to Raffles Junior College and SJI International. It is also situated near heartland amenities and shopping centres like Junction 8, NEX, Ang Mo Kio Hub, Thomson Plaza, MacRitchie Reservoir, Bishan Park, Bishan Stadium, Sports Hall and Bishan Library.
Disclosure: We were invited by Capitaland and hosted by Formul8 for this staycation. All opinions here are our own. We went back to our own home after that weekend; and no, we didn’t get to stay there forever even though we wished!