Situated just off the main island of Singapore, the resort island of Sentosa may be small, measuring just five kilometers squared, but it is jam-packed with activities and entertainment, and attracts over 20 million visitors each year. From sandy sheltered beaches lined with palm trees, to a world-famous theme park, to luxurious spas, it is easy to see why the island is nicknamed the State of Fun.
The attractions that can be found on Sentosa Island seem almost endless. The Universal Studios Singapore and Madame Tussauds Singapore are both international brands that can be found on the island, while the Adventure Cove Waterpark provides some extra water-based thrills for those who want more than what can be found at the Universal Studios, as does the Wave House Sentosa. The Tiger Sky Tower is the tallest observatory tower in the country, while the S.E.A Aquarium is a great way to explore Singapore’s marine life. The Skyline Luge Sentosa is the first ever Luge to be introduced to Southeast Asia, while Fort Siloso is the only preserved coastal fort in the country.
Beaches and Nature
Sentosa is home to three beaches; Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach, and Siloso Beach, with each one sheltered and featuring golden stretches of sand. Siloso Beach and its bevy of trendy beach bars and bistros is considered to be the hippest beach in Singapore, while Palawan Beach is a great family beach, and even has a suspension bridge that takes visitors over to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia, which is also Asia’s closest point to the equator. For those who want to get even closer to nature, a visit to the Sentosa Nature Discovery is a must, where you will be able to brush up on your knowledge with the interactive exhibits, before heading into the dense jungle to explore this wilderness for yourself.
Shopping and Dining
While shopping is not Sentosa’s main focus, there are a number of shops that are worth visiting, from the Luxury Fashion Galleria to the Straits Wine Company. When it comes to dining options, there is plenty more available, with over 100 different eateries to choose from. The Bora Bora Beach Bar is one of the best beach bars in Singapore, while the Bistro French Quays brings some Parisian romance to this tropical island. For fine dining, The Cliff serves up dishes that have been cooked by chefs that usually have two Michelin stars, while SKIRT at W Singapore is a gourmet steakhouse that focuses on rarer types of beef.
Sentosa is also home to a number of luxury hotels, making it quite easy to spend a few days on the island, taking in all that it has to offer. For those that would prefer to visit Sentosa on a day trip, the island is easy to access, with both a road and pedestrian bridge, a ferry terminal, and cable cars that carry visitors back to the main island of Singapore. Sentosa Island is open throughout the year, and always proves to be a highlight with visitors that are enjoying a vacation in Singapore.