49 REASONS TO LOVE SENTOSA
It’s our birthday, we are turning 49. Would you like to show us some love? Here are 49 ways you can
Our sunny island turns 49 this September, and there is no better occasion than a birthday to recount all of the reasons you love The State of Fun!
Maybe you love our beaches, or our dizzying array of attractions? Is it the island’s heritage, history and healthy dose of culture, or maybe the various ways you can interact with nature.
We have said it before. The State of Fun has something for everyone. Take a look at our list of 49 reasons to love Sentosa and #maketimeformoreholidays. Who knows, you might find new reasons and things to love about us.
A Mega-Fun Zipline
An Islet Only Accessible via Suspension Bridge
Topping the list of our island’s most romantic spots to pop the question is The Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. It is so picture-postcard pretty here, with the photo-worthy suspension bridge, two viewing towers and a timber viewing deck. But mostly the uninterrupted view of the South China Sea.
Did you know you could book out the entire islet for a private event or a romantic dinner?
Southernmost Point of Continental Asia
Our Own Brand of Beer
To get into the Sentosa mood, anywhere and anytime, all you need to do is crack open a can of the Sentosa x Brewerkz Islander Brews. These Singapore-made craft beers are delicious, tropical and made with top-notch locally sourced ingredients. Plus, with flavours that are inspired by island experiences.
Flavours include the Tanjung Rimau Craft Beer with hints of nutmeg, coriander and a citrusy yuzu, and the Bukit Manis brew; a Jasmine Kolsch characterised by its crisp, fruity and sparkling nature. The four 330ml canned beers are available at select Sentosa F&B and retail outlets, supermarkets, and on the Brewerkz e-store and online retailers.
High-Tea Overlooking Green Pastures (literally!)
Some Sentosa restaurants offer a delicious three-tiered afternoon tea service that you should definitely indulge in. At LeBar, the Sofitel’s pavilion-style lounge bar the best seats allow you to look out onto greenery (and maybe a strutting peacock, or two) and at Capella Singapore’s The Knolls you could be tucking into Foie Gras Terrine and Cured Norwegian Salmon sandwich while gazing out at hotel’s lush treetops and the South China Sea beyond. If it is just a quick cuppa you want, Golfer’s Terrace offers teh and kaya toast with sweeping views of the verdant Tanjong Course.
A Forest Within An Island
We are as much an escape to immerse ourselves in nature, as we are an island of beaches, beach clubs and attractions. Sentosa’s Imbiah Trail is a carefully preserved trail that provides several kilometres of unspoiled nature immersion.
Easily accessible via bus or monorail, the trail includes a 200m “canopy walk” through treetops, an 80m high forested hill, heritage trees, rare flora and fauna and a cascading waterfall.
Take a hike. We highly recommend it, it is like therapy!
Explore A Coastal Forest
It may start off at the Siloso Point bus stop near Fort Siloso, but the Coastal Trail is 2.2km of lush coastal forest that has both land and sea, local wildlife such as bats, birds, macaques, snakes and endangered plant species like the Seashore Mangosteen and Dracena Minyagi.
Plus natural beaches with sandy and rocky shores and a variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, seagrass, seaweed, crabs, anemones, molluscs and fish.
A Magical, Multi-sensory Spectacle
There are sound and light shows, and then there is #magicalshores. Magical Shores is a multi-sensory experience that transforms Siloso beach into an interactive light and sound spectacle. With light and effects playing with the sand, sea and the trees, the visual effects are striking and your camera will not be able to get enough. Easily one of the best things to do on our island after dark.
You Can Swim With The Sharks In An Aquarium
Among the plethora of exciting activities within S.E.A Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark, a chance to deep dive into a pool of sharks certainly tops the list.
Only for SCUBA-certified thrill-seekers, gear up and get into the Shark Seas Habitat and get up close and personal with over 100 sharks from 12 different species, including the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark, silvertip shark and sandbar shark.
No certification? No problem, try being submerged amidst the sharks safely ensconced within an acrylic enclosure in the S.E.A. Aquarium shark habitat.
Sunset Cruisin’ on a Luxurious Ship
By now you know that we have docked on our island a luxury yacht — the Royal Albatross, majestic with its four masts and 22 sails. It is the perfect spot for romantic evenings, intimate weddings or gala celebrations.
It sets sail to allow guests to enjoy a sunset cruise while dining on their breezy open decks. Good food, delicious aperitifs and a million photo-worthy moments. You will be transported to a bygone era of romanticism and grandeur.
Royal Albatross Luxury Tall Ship
Defy Gravity at iFly
Here is a tick-off-the-bucket list activity that is loved by all ages. Indoor skydiving at iFly Sentosa brings all of the thrill, skill and mega chill in a safe and accessible way.
Inside the world’s largest themed wind tunnel spanning 16.5 feet wide and 56.5 feet tall, iFly Singapore offers standard 2-hour sessions and teaser flying sessions for first-timers.
Flyers 7 yr old onwards are welcome, and we guarantee that your first time will not be your last.
We have beaches, so it is only natural that we have a whole host of water sports too. And why not, with Sentosa’s safe and clean waters. At Ola Beach Club, you can enjoy water sport activities that range from those that are relaxing and chill, such as Stand-up paddleboarding or Kayaking.
Or those that can be done in groups such for mega fun and laughs, such as the Banana boat ride and Donut ride. All of which can be topped off with delicious tiki cocktails from Ola’s bar.
Ola Beach Club
A Screamin’ Good Bungee
You do not need to add ‘bungee jump’ to your eventual travel bucket list, because this mega-adventurous, screamingly awesome activity is available right at your doorstep and on our island. Challenge yourself to a 50-metres free-fall with a beach and sea view.
Take the plunge and bungee jump over Siloso beach at Skypark Sentosa by AJ Hackett. For the ultimate experience, try bungee jumping in the evening for an extraordinary sunset view.
SkyPark Sentosa by AJ Hackett
Unwind At Award-Winning Spas
Say goodbye to sore muscles and the hectic pace of city life as you check into Sentosa’s award-winning Spas. At Capella Singapore’s Auriga Spa, expect top-notch top-to-toe wellness with organic products only.We recommend the Auriga Detox Day, which is a four-hour spa session followed by a meal at The Knolls.
At Sofitel’s SPA, 6000 sqft of tranquil, lush greenery, an outdoor spa garden lap pools, mineral-rich mud pools, rejuvenating float pools with cascading waterfalls, meditative labyrinths and of course, treatments galore, await.
Staycay like the VIP that you are
On the island, treat-yourself activities range from the free and easy, to the luxe and fabulous. Capella offers up The Manor Experience for the truly discerning and lovers of luxury. Book one of Capella's luxury villas — colonial bungalows built in the 1880s, with private lap pools, three en-suite bathrooms, separate living, dining and study areas and lush garden views.
The Manor Experience allows you a dedicated personal villa host, and tons of specials such as a complimentary bottle of wine, in-room poolside afternoon tea, in-manor private yoga session, complimentary kiddie activities, pool floats, a spa session for two at Auriga Spa and much much more. It does not come cheap, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Sundowners by the Sea
Hidden away from the island’s usual hotspots is Panamericana within the Sentosa Golf Club. Toast to good times on their breezy long verandah, where sundowners can be had against the backdrop of gorgeous lush greenery, and the South China Sea beyond.
Beautiful always, but extra special when everything is touched by the sunset glow. Fruity Sangria, potent cocktails or a glass of bubbly or two are perfect accompaniments to the view
Express in, out and around
Equal parts joyride, and equal parts an extremely handy way to get in and out of the island, and also around with its well-appointed stations. The Sentosa Express monorail allows for mesmerising views as it travels in and around the island and allows island-goers easy access to bus and MRT stations.
Within the island, the stations become a hub of activity with amenities, restaurants, and attractions all within reach.
Singapore’s Only Preserved Coastal Fort
Fort Siloso — Singapore's only well-preserved coastal fort with an on-site military museum, maybe a far cry from anything else on the island, but is an important piece of history and heritage, lovingly maintained. The fort itself boasts an old-world charm, and the museum is packed with WWII memorabilia.
There are guided tours, or you could wander around the surrender chamber, tunnels and get up close with ancient coastal guns and the remains of fortified military structures on your own, for an experience like no other.
A 11-storey High Skywalk
The fort itself may be decades old and has stood the test of time, but the newly built Skywalk is an eleven storey huge treetop trail that promises a scenic walk and dozens of insta-worthy moments en route to Fort Siloso. Stretching 181 meters long, the Skywalk trail has scenic views of the sea, forests and the island below, and lots of spots for quiet introspection.
Fort Siloso Skywalk
Natural Learnings at Sentosa
There is so much more to the island than beach clubs and thrilling attractions. To delve deeper into the natural flora, fauna and wildlife on Sentosa Island, head to the Sentosa Nature Discovery — a nature trail with interactive exhibits, sculptures and a lookout point.
It houses the Geology Gallery which is packed with information on the island’s original formation, its coastal forests, rock samples and fossils. Learning here can be free and easy, or via organised guided tours.
Charter Your Own Boat
The lack of travel may have caused cabin fever for us all, but there is one fun and fabulous way to relieve that itch. At Sentosa Cove, ONE15 Luxury Yachting is providing luxury ‘seacation’s, where you can actually step away from Singapore (and Sentosa), in style.
On offer are elegant catamarans, luxury yachts and fun-filled sailboats. Via these you could choose to have a leisurely three-day, two-night cruise, with stops at nearby islets such as Lazarus, Pulau Semakau (Singapore’s first and only offshore landfill island) and Pulau Hantu.
These boats offer indoor activities such as karaoke and mahjong rooms and outdoor fun such as swimming, kayaks, water floats, jet skis and fishing (some, at an additional cost) and much more. Meals are included and can be tailor-made to the guest’s preferences.
Sun Salutations In The Great Outdoors
Could there be a more picturesque venue for yoga than the beach? You can find mindfulness within your yoga practice, whether it is a gentle flow or sweaty cardio, and the sea breeze and sound of the waves will put you in a ‘zen’ frame of mind.
Yoga By The Beach has weekly organised classes around the island at venues like Ola Beach Club and Southside. Schedules can be viewed here
Yoga By the Beach at Southside
21 Dec - 22 Feb 2022
The Siloso Headland Intertidal Programme
This is one for those with a sense of adventure and wonder. Explore Singapore’s last remaining coastal cliff and rocky shores, the Siloso Headland (also known as Tanjong Rimau) needs to be seen to be believed, and the safest way to explore is via a tour guided programme.
Get up close to varieties of corals, seagrass, and a wide variety of marine wildlife. The beautiful natural landscape with the original and aged old rock outcrop is also a great spot for photography enthusiasts.
Siloso Headland Intertidal Programme
14 Jun - 06 Dec 2021
Bike Your Way In, Out And Around
The island boasts a seamless network of cycling trails, and you can now easily ride your bike in and out of the island and explore all that the island has to offer via designated cycling trails that stretch out to about 12km. There are clearly demarcated paths and several spots to park your bike.
The three separate trails allow gorgeous sea and harbour views and even portions that go up and downhill for those who enjoy a challenge.
Take A Segway Tour
Apart from walking, cycling, picnicking and beach clubbin’ here’s something else you can do along Sentosa’s beaches --- GoGreen Segway rides. They’re a fun, affordable and eco-friendly way to explore.
Glide around the beaches on a super-cool Segway personal transporter. No effort required, and it’s super easy with the free training provided. It also makes for excellent photo ops.
Gogreen Segway® Eco Adventure
Make a dash for HydroDash
The newest, most thrilling attraction off Sentosa’s beaches is the floating Aqua Park, HydroDash. A collection of inflatables that jointly form a mega water playground where kids and adults can climb, slide, leap, bounce and try not to fall into the water. The constant peals of laughter and squeals of excitement you hear are testament to how fabulous and fun this is
HydroDash - Floating Aqua Park
Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
There are several ways to reminisce the good old days on our island, at Madame Tussauds Singapore, there are ways to experience a Singapore of days gone by through the Images of Singapore exhibit where you walk through the Singapore of humble fishing villages, bustling Chinatowns and the commercial square or the beginnings of the city’s CBD.
For a more immersive experience, hop onto the Spirit of Singapore boat ride which is a light, sound and sense spectacle of travelling via boat through a fantasy, tropical Singaporean garden.
Madame Tussauds Singapore
Waterfront Dining Amidst Luxury Yachts
TThere is tons of delicious food to be had on our island, but head to Quayside Isle for the largest concentration of restaurants by the waterfront, overlooking a marina packed with superyachts. This idyllic destination is located within the lux confines of Sentosa Cove, with an array of dining options — from bars to authentic Spanish food, and Asian-fusion cuisines.
Quayside Isle is both child-friendly and suitable for date nights, special occasions or for days you want to feel like you are not in Singapore. From delicious pizza at Sole Pomodoro to the freshest cold seafood at Greenwood Fish Market, you will be spoilt for choice.
Visit a Parisian Bistro
Cannot fly to Paris? Fret not, come to the island for lunch, dinner or drinks at Le Faubourg; a French Bistro. Expect a combination of indoor tables that mimic a dining room inspired by a Parisian apartment or outdoor seats set against a heritage building.
Feast in French all-day breakfasts such as Viennoiserie (French baked pastries), bistro-style sandwiches and savoury Galettes with traditional and inventive fillings or sweet crepes. For drinks, a bottle of French cider should be on the cards.
A Beach-Side Jimbaran-Style Seafood Feast
For those missing Bali beach clubs, and a seaside seafood feast, please make a date with Rumours Beach Club, with its three swimming pools, VIP Area, Cabana Area, Beachfront Area, Indoor Area, Outdoor Area and Alfresco Area.
Order up the Jimbaran Seafood Platter ($159) of Balinese flavours which is the perfect share plate, piled high with grilled jumbo prawns, bamboo lobster, red snapper and squid served with tomatoes, basil, long beans, and sambal. Goes perfectly with a side of sea breeze.
Rumours Beach Club
Picnic At The Beach
Our three beaches provide multiple spots for lazy-grazy picnics. Sure, you can put together an Instagram-worthy stylised picnic complete with tent and fairy lights. Or, you can keep it simple by packing a hamper of home-cooked food and finding the shadiest spot on the beach.
For a hassle-free option tapao delicious eats from Ola Beach Club, FOC or Tanjong Beach Club. All you need to bring are your own picnic mat, the island will provide the sea breeze and sand-between-your-toes.
Go on an Art Exploration
Come to the island to appreciate art? Yes, you certainly can. Did you know that dotted all around Resorts World Sentosa are fabulous pieces of art that range from modern masterpieces to quirky installations. There is an art trail of sorts and you can follow this handy guide to experience it for yourself.
Enjoy the bright and bold pop art pieces by Romero Britto at Festive Hotel’s Lobby, and Dale Chihuly’s twisted glass chandeliers at Crockford’s Tower. Some artworks are even out in the open, such as The Thinker by Auguste Rodin at the foyer between Hotel Michael and The Galleria.
Let’s go LEGO!
Brand spanking new at Resorts World Sentosa is Southeast Asia’s largest LEGO® Certified Store. It is 3156sqf of everything that could make a lego-head squeal with glee.
A Lego mosaic wall that is 2.3m tall, 4m wide and made up of 103,650 LEGO bricks; exclusive merchandise, a mosaic-maker style photo booth where you can have your face Lego-fied complete with instructions how to build it and buy the necessary bricks. Also a massive installation of Sentosa complete with cable cars, monorail, Siloso beach, and more, made completely out of Lego bricks.
Family-Friendly Fun At Universal Studios Singapore
The most fun you can have on the island with all in the family will be at Universal Studios Singapore. At this mega theme park, there are 24 rides, shows and attractions in seven themed zones — with something for everyone.
Revenge of the Mummy™ and TRANSFORMERS The Ride for thrill-seekers, the Madagascar river ride and Dino-Soarin'™ for the little ones. Plus, meet and greet opportunities, street performances and yummy eats for all.
Universal Studios Singapore
All The Sea Creatures To Know And Love
The S.E.A. Aquarium™ is fabulous for so many reasons. 100,000 marine animals, 1000 species and 45 different habitats, plus thrilling experiences such as the diving programmes that bring you up close to sharks, jellyfish, stingrays and many other exotic marine creatures.
Take tons of blue-hued photographs inside the Aquarium’s acrylic tunnel, learn all about marine life, biodiversity. ocean conservation and more and even organise a VIP experience where enjoy a personalised guided tour and privileged access to back-of-house areas.
A splashin’ good time at Adventure Cove Waterpark™
Zoom down high-speed water slides and snorkelling with 20,000 marine fish at Adventure Cove Waterpark™, or drift lazily down a river where you float through 14 different settings including a lush jungle garden, a mysterious grotto and an underwater tunnel with a sea of marine life swimming above and around you.
You are guaranteed to get wet, wild and come back for more.
Adventure Cove Waterpark™
Chilling At A Beach Bar
Our beaches aren’t just for hitting in the day, but also make atmospheric, isolated spots for romantic occasions or catch-up with your squad under the sun. And what better way to enjoy the sea breeze than with a tipple or two at the many beach bars such as Coastes, Sand Bar and Bikini Bar among many others.
The Cable Car
There are countless reasons to love the Cable Car. First off, it was one of Sentosa’s OG attractions (providing views and thrills since the 1970s.). Now it is a picturesque way to get in and out of the island, it provides a romantic setting for date nights, special occasions and a place to ‘pop the question’.
You can enjoy a three-course meal in a specially appointed cabin, or simply go up and down for joyrides while enjoying views of the city, lush forests and the South China Sea.
Singapore Cable Car Sky Network
The Skyline Luge offers two kinds of thrill in one attraction. A Skyride chairlift for a scenic view of the island from up top, and then a thrilling zip down via the luge through some specially appointed tracks with hairpin corners, long straights and exciting slopes
. Through forests, tunnels and more. The Dragon Trail at 668m is the most thrilling, and not to be missed.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
A Staycation That Is Truly A Tranquil Getaway
Do we have a ‘getaway’ to truly get away from them all? Where heritage meets intimate luxury. The Barracks Hotel, with only forty rooms, set within a historic colonial building. Here, exclusivity is guaranteed. A former British artillery outpost, home to soldiers from afar.
The Barracks hotel has been lovingly restored to its current fine splendour with balcony or patio rooms, warm wood tones, designer furniture and fittings and elegant lap pool.
The Barracks Hotel Sentosa
The Ultimate Family-Friendly Staycation
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa is THE most family-friendly resort on the island. They have kid-themed hotel rooms, a plethora of kiddie activities, the most exciting kid's pool complete with sprinklers, slides and more.
Plus, it is the island's only resort hotel that sits right ON the beach. Plus there is the fun-filled beach playground Nestopia, and six restaurants and bars featuring a variety of cuisines — so no one will go hungry.
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore
Stylish Resort Vibes at The Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa
Idyllic, luxurious, relaxing and beautiful — just a few words that describe the vibe and setting of this resort and spa. The perfect spot for both families, couples and even those looking for a solo retreat.
The rooms scream Parisian chic, there is an ultra-cool pool, an indulgent Spa on-site, meandering peacocks, an outdoor kids club, a picturesque afternoon tea service, and shall we go on? Book now!
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
A Beach Villa Getaway
Right in the epicentre of action at Resorts World Sentosa, yet it feels like an escape into a tranquil paradise. Resorts World Sentosa's Beach Villas are a vacation dream-come-true.
These are one, two and three-bedroom villas with spectacular views, personal butlers and luxurious comforts such as private jacuzzis, direct pool access and your own private lap pool with round-the-clock butler service. To truly feel like a VIP, this is where your next getaway needs to be.
A Wellness Getaway at Oasia Resort Sentosa
The island’s newest resort hotel promises health, wellbeing and all things good-for-you. Not just for spa junkies, at Oasia Resort Sentosa the sense of wellbeing begins at check-in as your senses are soothed by curated playlists, and carry onto nutritious minibar offerings, in-room herbal teas to curated leisure activities such as yoga, workout programmes and meditation. Plus, a wellness host to help curate your itinerary so you get exactly the recharge you need.
Oasia Resort Sentosa
A Whole Host Of Beach Sports
Our tranquil island has a diverse sporting landscape, which ranges from unconventional sea sports and team sports to free and easy ball games on the beach. The beach is a meeting point for a whole host of sporting communities and that’s just another reason to love our beaches.
There are well-appointed nets (which can be booked) for volleyball and netball, yoga groups that meet at various shady spots, beach football that can be played for fun or in organised groups a variety of old-school games such as catch.
Bring Out Your Inner Robin Hood
Here is another reason to love our beaches. Did you know you can try your hand at archery on the island? A cool new programme at Southside at Siloso Point, book yourself in for a guided Target Archery programme complete with introduction and safety brief, practice rounds and then followed archery games and a take-home souvenir.
Trained instructors who will show you how to use your bow and arrow set, who knows you might stumble upon a favourite new hobby.
Archery by the Beach
27 Jan - 31 Mar 2022
Cuisines From Around The World On One Island
Our island’s restaurants serve cuisines from all around the world. There’s Korean, Japanese and even yummy nosh all the way from Mexico and Hawaii. From a food court serving delicious ‘across the causeway’ fare at Malaysian Food Street, to Spanish bar bites and heartier mains like paella at Sabio by the Sea.
Rumours Beach Club that serves us Balinese plates to all American fare at Hard Rock Cafe. Plus, there are always new dining options in the pipeline serving up a different slice of world cuisine.
A Bunch Of New Beach Activities
Surely by now, you know there are so many things you can do on Sentosa’s beaches. Now, there are a whole host of new planned activities you can enjoy apart from the usual swimming, picnics and volleyball.
Try ukulele lessons at the Skybridge of SkyPark by AJ Hackett, there are pottery classes on offer, seaside tote bag painting sessions and even graffiti art where you can unleash your creativity. Keep an eye out for the schedule of activities and come on over.
Another Beach Club To Love
At Sentosa, we do love ourselves a beach club and we firmly believe you cannot have too many. Here is why the new Summerhouse at SkyPark by AJ Hackett is a little more thrilling than the others.
Here is a beachfront dining spot that promises coastal cuisine, cold beers, cocktails and exciting views where you can either take in the panoramic Siloso beach views or watch thrill-seekers take the ultimate leap off the AJ Hackett bungy while you sip a cold one
Something New Is Brewing
The great thing about our island paradise is, while we treasure our culture and heritage, we also love all things new and shiny. There is always something exciting in the offing. Whether they are new resort hotels, new attractions, new dining enclaves and more. Rumour has it that Siloso Point is getting a buzzy new space to house the Trick Eye Museum and HeadRock VR, and along with it will be some exciting new dining options like 4AM Pizza, Slake, and Junglefowl — a cocktail bar.
Plus, interesting activities such as archery and …. Oops have we said too much? Stay tuned for more.
By Priyanka C. Agarwal
Priyanka C. Agarwal is a writer, communicator and content creator with several years experience in print and digital media. She writes about food, travel, parenting and other adventures. Her work has appeared in the print and online pages of Silver Kris magazine, Time Out Singapore, Her World magazine, The Michelin Guide, The Peak and HungryGoWhere.com, among several others. She is a mother to two tiny gourmands and an experimental home cook who hopes one day, to author her own cookbook.