Let’s face it- beach parties rock. Beer under the skies, dance music so loud the nearby hotel’s windows rattle, and chicks in bikinis- what’s there not to like?
Actually a fair bit, when you think about it. There’s actually getting to the venue itself, which is a nightmare of traffic jams (if you drive in), and long walks to actually get to the party site itself. Realistically you’ve got to budget at least three hours just getting in and out again- and if it’s a two-night affair you’ve got to head back in to repeat once more. Takes quite a bit of the fun away, hey?
Here’s three ways to upgrade your beach party experience to ramp up the fun, and do away with the blah bits.
Stay At A Hotel Nearby
Why head in and out of Sentosa at all? I took the chance to check out the newly refurbished Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa, which is just a short ten minute stroll to the Zoukout digs. But here’s the thing- parties like Zoukout aren’t exactly the kind you swing down alone- it’s best with an entourage of your best mates- so getting a small dinky room for two really isn’t ballin’ it. So I splurged- the Prestige Family Suite was perfect in that regard. At 775 square feet, it was spacious as heck with an adjoining living room with a sofa bed and dining table. It was really perfect for me and my six mates to hang out during the day. Essentially, we partied at night, and slept in the day, breaking only for laconic lazes by the pool and FIFA games on the Xbox One over room service. Pretty awesome.
Call Some Friends
At Zoukout itself, there’s plenty of corporate sponsor tents- that’s where all the free booze and grub is at. But more importantly, these spots are also invaluable for getting good vantage points to groove, instead of having to crowd it out below with everyone else. On top of that, they’re good spots to chill in between DJ sets- all that hard dancing can take a toll. The only trouble- they’re for people in the know. So time to call that long-lost brother from a different mother from secondary school who’s the marketing manager of Heineken or one of the sponsor tents- getting into those tents could really make or break your Zoukout experience.
Plan Your Downtime
The day after a party night can almost make you regret the act of partying itself, but it doesn’t have to be. Take note- water is a must. As you likely know from the frequent trips to the bathroom during a night of debauchery, alcohol is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. Before falling into bed, down a 500ml bottle of water, says Daniel K.Hall-Flavin, M.D., a consultant in addiction psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. And if one of your mates suggests more alcohol to deal with the hangover, ignore him. “Bad idea”, the good doctor adds. “It will provide a numbing effect, but all you’re doing is prolonging the inevitable, and will likely make your headache worse.”
My solution? Time to hit the spa. I popped into So Spa for a detox package- perfect for dealing with the physical havoc from the previous night’s adventures. It included a ginger and kaffir lime body scrub, which felt really good after all the harsh sand at the beach, and got me ready for the second night of partying. In addition, it’s mud-pool was also great in getting my skin looking fresh and hydrated- perfect for all the Instagram selfies taken on the second night!
And one last bit of advice- If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd that night, don’t just turn up in the usual beach gear. Under the stars, it’s a perfect opportunity to break out those glo sticks you’ve been saving since your last reservist stint. Or if you’re looking to stand out even further, do some Googling online- there’s plenty of cool LED shades and accessories to be foudn that will make you shine like a star.
Just make sure you do all your shopping early- it’s heartbreaking if all your cool gear gets in AFTER Zoukout has ended. Then again, there’s always next year!
By Kelvin Tan