I stayed here in Mar 2013 for 3D2N with my 3 kids. Aloha Loyang is really much better than Aloha Changi (don't confuse the two). The place feels safer as there is some access control driving into the resort and there is only one gate to the beach (which is closed at night for security reasons).
Aloha Loyang has various offerings. The terraces are for younger people who want to BBQ and party through the night. NOT for people who want some quiet and rest in a resort. The Garden View Bungalows are nice but they face the nearby private housing hence not so ideal. My personal favourite are the sea view bungalows. If you would like some nice quiet moments with the family, book early and choose the bungalows at the end of the road (Bungalow Number 12-15 perhaps).
Each bungalow is well endowed (they provide you with 2 blankets and towels per room) with air-coned 4 ensuite rooms (hence it can accomodate 8 persons). The unit comes with a living room, a dining room, a fully equipped kitchen (with a freezer, a fridge, a microwave, a stove, a double sink, pots, pens, knife, plates etc and even washing liquid for cleaning the plates), a common toilet (for guests so they don't use the toilets in the rooms), a small yard, a private driveway for parking your ride, an outdoor table for outdoor eating and a BBQ area. The resident supplier would even call you in the afternoon of checking in to see if you would like him to arrange BBQ stuff for you - quite reasonably priced.
The shared facilities includes a free form pool, a newly renovated indoor kids play room, an indoor arcade, a basketball court, and a small corner for foot reflexology. If you have kids below 12, the pool, playroom and arcade would appeal to them. There is a shop on site selling foodstuff (coffee, instant noodles, snacks) and they also rent out bicycles that you can take out for an hour, 2 hour or even overnight. The bikes can be used to explore the Pasir Ris Beach/Park just outside the backgate of the resort. The shopkeepers are very nice people if you talk to them.
The resort is out of the way. There is a free shuttle service takes takes guests in and out. For more shopping therapy, there is downtown east nearby that offers more serious dining, shopping, getting groceries and even a water theme park.
Having said all the good stuff, I would agree that the resort could do with more professional housekeeping. The walls are oily and stained (probaby from the BBQ and cooking). The toilets and rooms can sometimes be infested with ants, lizards and coackroaches. Afterall, it is a 'beach' resort of sorts so pests can somewhat be expected. The toilets are the most disappointing. The water pressure is poor, the toilet bowls are stained and looked dirty. One of my rooms had a resident lizards who greeted us each time we entered the room. The living room is also not air-coned and has old fashion furniture. It gets warm in the afternoon. The beds are not so comfortable as well and the pillows are quite stiff.
Finally, they have upgraded the TV (to flatscreen) recently so that is a plus. The resort also provides free wifi within each unit so i had no problems getting online anytime.
In summary, i would come back again although i wish they would clean up the place and make the toilets more comfortable - afterall, the toilet is oftentimes the most important place in the entire resort. For the price, the range of things you can do, the rooms, and the close proximity to the beach, i would say this is good value for money.
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