On the island with a window of 6 hours to have some fun? Here are a few easy itinerary ideas to make the most of your time
It’s not often that we can steal six whole hours to make time for ourselves. Whether you are spending it with kids in tow, or with your significant other, make the most of your family-time or me-time with these easy-breezy itineraries. From pamper-yourself-spa-days to a whole lot of adrenaline.
THE AQUARIUM, THE BOARDWALK AND A SHOW
Did you know you could bicycle into Sentosa, and for FREE? Cyclists and users of Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) can enter via the cycling track along the Sentosa Boardwalk and proceed to explore the island via three interconnected cycling routes. Bike along the beach, go along Imbiah Hills and other natural nooks and crannies, or take the most challenging route through steep slopes and dedicated on-road cycling lanes, leading to Sentosa Cove Village and Tanjong Beach. Stop and take in the view, grab-a-bite and take tons of pictures.
All that exercise must have you beat. Pick a spot on one of the three beaches on the island and settle down for some shuteye and sea breeze. We recommend Tanjong Beach for its many, many shady or canopied spots. Bicycles can be parked nearby.
The waters are clean, safe and inviting for a post-nap dip. If you are there with the full fam in tow, plan ahead to play a bit of ball. The beach is equipped with a few beach volleyball nets and portable courts---all you need is the ball itself.
After all that exercise, settle down for a well-deserved brunch at nearby Tanjong Beach Club. It’s comfortable and quiet on weekdays, and lively and buzzing on the weekends. Sit indoors, on a daybed or by their pool. We can highly recommend the Tanjong Burger of flame-grilled Tajima Wagyu patty, cheddar, bacon and all the trimmings.
A SPA DAY AND AN #EATCLEAN LUNCH
For those looking to treat themselves, Resort World Sentosa’s award-winning ESPA is a self-indulgent treat that goes beyond the spa treatment. Book yourself in for a treatment, a spa-ritual, a massage or a facial. There are elegant spa suites, private Beach Villas and Garden Suites to enjoy your treatment, and you will feel pampered from the minute you step indoors and take the first sip on your spa tea.
All of the above allows you to make full use of facilities such as the Vitality Pools, Forest Onsen-style Pools, Rock Saunas and Crystal Steam Rooms. You could spend hours in there, or grab some shuteye or down-time in the specially appointed sleep room, fully equipped with comfy loungers and dim lighting. If you are there as a couple, enjoy some post-treatment ‘me time’ while having some tea in their relaxation area.
Continue to pamper yourselves with a healthy, but delicious lunch at on-site farm-to-table restaurant Tangerine. The menu designed by celebrity Chef Ian Kittichai boasts subtle Thai flavours; it uses fresh ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s very own garden and local farms. Lunch set menus are three or four-course affairs, of elegantly plated dishes like the Bamboo Clam and Angel Hair Pasta with Mexican tarragon and lumpfish roe with seaweed sauce.
THE AQUARIUM, THE BOARDWALK AND A SHOW
Everyone (kids, grown-ups and seniors) will have a whale of a time at this attraction that houses over 100,000 marine creatures of a 1000 species across 50 natural habitats. From sharks and seahorses to jellyfish and clownfish — there is so much to see and learn. Plus, the entire attraction is stroller-and wheelchair friendly with accessible ramps and elevators. You are also walking around in complete air-conditioned comfort. Besides browsing the exhibits, plan to catch the feeding sessions (e.g. the sharks are fed at 3:30 on Tues & Thurs). Don’t miss meeting the aquarium’s mascots; Sam the Shark and the Manta Ray, and attend talks about marine life by aquarium experts.
Most people think the 670m Boardwalk is only an easy way to walk in and out of Sentosa from VivoCity. Let us dispel the myth, take a leisurely walk along the sheltered pathway via the travelators which are both wheelchair and stroller friendly. Stop for photo-ops at the several viewpoints to watch the sunset while gazing at the glittering cable cars on the horizon.
The Crane Dance at 8pm is an audio-visual, illusory, light and water show that depicts a love story. It’s completely free, and a lot of fun. Watch it from the waterfront the faces Vivocity, or stay on the Boardwalk and catch it from there.