Booked the Fishing Staycation after hearing from a dear friend. Emails were promptly replied by Suzie and Cindy and booking was done very swiftly. Check-in by Suzie was fast and she was detailed in explaining to us important information pertaining to the available facilities and covid measures.
Room was bright, of a good size and well maintained. Our room had access to small partially landscaped lawn via full glass sliding doors for fresh air n vast view. Shower area (in our room) seemed to have been refurbished.
Fishing at the breakwaters was relaxing and the weekday afternoon there were numerous ‘regulars’ and families with kids. The place was well-kept and had a different charm at night. Catch of the day - catfish, flower crab, parrot fish, saw the archer fishes ‘at work’ too. We kept the parrot fish and flower crab for dinner. Tackle shop within property had live baits for sale (do check its operation hours though). Numerous catfishes, a sea bass and a garoupa from night fishing on the first night. All were released. Second night catches were 3 garoupas , catfishes and a few glass fishes.
Had dinner at Captain’s Table on the first night. Service was excellent, Susan and Siew Peng were attentive and friendly. Variety from the menu was good with many popular Chinese dishes. Portions were also substantial. Although we requested for the fish and flower crab to be steamed ‘in a simple manner’, we appreciated the Chef’s creativity and efforts in whipping up 2 additional dishes which were done beautifully, well-garnished and so yummy!
Breakfast served at Bistro was freshly made and adequate and place was not congested as like during lunch or dinner times. However, it doesn’t provide take-away services for redemption via vouchers (those issued to house guests). Dinner at Bistro was also enjoyable and they were doing brisk business as there were many external guests. David, Mohan and team were hardworking and attentive and were doing their best to serve all guests.
We also got to know Mr Jit from the Security Team during our stay. He was alert and very focused and has great observation skills. His service was also exceptional and was empathetic to offer us a wood stool and a mini parasol to shield us from the scorching sun at the breakwater.
Raffles Marina was suitable for us as it met what we were looking for, well maintained outdoor with spacious grounds, convenient spot for recreational fishing, sufficient F&B options and most of all the very spontaneous and helpful staff. We found this a good alternative for a relaxing short vacation without having to spend much time traveling to nearby countries to fish (which is not possible at present time anyway). It is truly a hidden gem!