Home to Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park and one of Singapore’s two integrated resorts, Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa is filled with an array of exciting world-class attractions and activities. While its name translates as “tranquility” in Malay, Sentosa has transformed itself from a redevelopment site in the last decade to a top must-see spot. True to its reputation as one of the region’s leading leisure destinations, this popular island is home to five-star spas, hotels, excellent restaurants, watering holes and renowned golf courses amid sandy beaches.
One of the best ways to get to Sentosa is via the iconic Singapore Cable Car (109 Mount Faber Road, 6377-9688) from Mount Faber Park—one of the oldest hilltop parks in Singapore. Within the vicinity is The Jewel Box, with several great wine and dine options such as Faber Bistro and Moonstone overlooking magnificent views of the city. You can also take the cable car from Harbourfront Center (HFC). If you feel like doing a little shopping, located beside HFC is VivoCity (1 HarbourFront Walk, 6377-6860)—Singapore’s largest retail and lifestyle destination.
Overlooking the scenic bay is Sentosa Boardwalk, the only garden-themed boardwalk in the region, where you can take a stroll to enter the island. Drop by the Sentosa Visitor Center and let the friendly staff advise you on the best attractions and ways to travel around the island.
One of the key attractions is Resorts World Sentosa (8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888), where you’ll find Resorts World Casino and the world’s largest oceanarium Marine Life Park, which consists of the S.E.A. Aquarium and the Adventure Cove Waterpark. Located near Marine Life Park are The Maritime Experiential Museum—an interactive, multi-sensorial museum showcasing Asia’s maritime history—and The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel (39 Artillery Ave., 6577-8899), a flexible open space that has staged international acts such as Vertical Horizon and Jimmy Eat World. There’s also the highly popular Universal Studios Singapore (11 Sentosa East Mall, 6577-8888), which features around 24 movie-themed rides and attractions, 18 of which are unique to Singapore.
Along the coastline are the best beaches, each with their distinct characteristics. Siloso Beach, with its volleyball courts, is great for water sports and beach activities. It also has some of the most interesting bars and restaurants like Mambo Beach Club (40 Siloso Beach Walk, 6276-6270) and Wave House Sentosa (36 Siloso Beach Walk, 6377-3113), where you can experience Singapore’s first artificial barreling wave. Next to Siloso Beach is Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon (80 Siloso Road, 6275-0030), where you can watch seals and dolphins performing or feed gentle stingrays. Located within the vicinity is Fort Siloso (33 Allanbrooke Road, 6736-8672). This preserved coastal fort contains the nation’s largest collection of World War II memorabilia and hosts interactive guided tours. For those who prefer some peace and quiet, Tanjong Beach is ideal, especially for a romantic date at night. Restaurant and bar Tanjong Beach Club (120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 6270-1355) offers stunning beachfront dining—great for couples looking to spend some quality time together. A family-friendly destination, Palawan Beach has a range of shops and eateries that interest both young and old. Glide effortlessly down the beach at Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure (50 Beach View, 9825-4066) or visit the musical attraction Songs of the Sea (Siloso Beach Walk, 6736-8672).
More food options can also be found at Quayside Isle (31 Ocean Way, 6694-3410), a lifestyle destination with a wide selection of waterfront-facing restaurants.
Otherwise, pamper yourself with indulgent massages at Auriga Spa (Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, 6377-8888) or Spa Botanica (The Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, 6371-1288). Golf lovers will also be excited to know that Sentosa Golf Club (27 Bukit Manis Road, 6275-0090) boasts two of the region’s most challenging 18-hole courses.