Welcome to the isle of…, well, everything… at Singapore’s first integrated resort
Fun island… themed entertainment… tropical resort… naturepark… Singapore’s Island Resort. Aptly named Sentosa, meaning peace and tranquility in Malay, it is the variety and versatility that makesit different and special for millions of visitors from all around the world. Once you step afoot the island, you can find your own slice of paradise among the many exciting attractions — history and culture come alive, entertainment by day and night, lush green surroundings to explore, manicured gardens, dancing fountains and golf courses with scenic undulating views.
In early 2010, Sentosa welcomed Singapore’s first integrated resort – Resorts World Sentosa – featuring themed resorts, South-East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park and an upcoming Marine Life Park, set to be the world’s largest.
So, when you’re there, here’s what you are going to get to see
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Beach lovers can enjoy exciting games and sea sports along the 3.2-km of beautiful, sandy beaches of Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong. Savour the tranquility of Tanjong Beach, Singapore’s most romantic beach. Indulge in leisure activities on family-friendly Palawan Beach. Or, simply unwind at one of the beach bars that dot the beaches. Siloso Beach, Singapore’s hippest beach, springs into action on weekends as beach volleyball fans hit the sand for their favourite game. You’ll find a variety of F&B outlets, including the eclectic Café del Mar, and its place as the home of Singapore’s vibrant beach volleyball culture.
Imbiah Lookout is the exciting cluster of attractions on Sentosa that provides entertainment for the entire family. Be it adventure, nature or history, Imbiah Lookout has it all. Easily accessible by the Sentosa Express, the hub also offers retail and food and beverage (F&B) establishments.
MegaZip Adventure Park
Opened in July 2009, the S$2 million attraction offers a mix of adventure and thrills on this flying fox and high rope course. From the top of Sentosa’s nature-rich Mount Imbiah, visitors will be able have ‘the flight of their lives’ as they zip 450 metres over Sentosa’s lush forest canopy and land on an islet off Siloso Beach, at a height of over 70 metres – the steepest descent in Asia. This attraction also appeals to families, as it has a “tandem” facility that allows younger members of the family to hitch a ride with mum or dad.
Sentosa Nature Discovery
This new portal to Sentosa’s nature aims to educate guests and allow them to appreciate the various species of flora and fauna that are unique to Sentosa’s environmental landscape. Housed in a former monorail station that has been creatively adapted, it features interactive and colourful exhibits to equip guests with the knowledge of uncovering intriguing surprises which nature has in store before they embark on a learning journey to a 2-km long nature trail.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
Sentosa presents the first-ever luge in Southeast Asia. Part go-cart, part-toboggan, pure excitement – the luge is a fun-filled gravity ride that’s safe for all ages. The unique steering and braking system allows fun-seekers to make the ride as leisurely or as exciting as they want.
Sentosa 4D Magix
For an interactive experience, nothing beats Sentosa 4D Magix! Built at a cost of S$3.5 million, this state-of-the-art theatre offers a whole new generation of movie magic. Through the synchronisation of a full spectrum of visual effects, surround sound, individually-controlled motion seats and special “live” environmental effects such as a water spray, this is an experience that will fully engage one’s senses!
CineBlast & Desperados
Feel the exhilaration of flying to the top of the highest mountains, the stomach-churning thrill of rushing into the deepest valleys and the gripping excitement of being tossed about in whitewater rapids on Singapore’s only virtual rollercoaster ride. For more adrenaline-pumping excitement, buckle up for Singapore’s first interactive shoot-out game at its all-new Desperados theatre.
Jewel Cable Car Ride
Take a ride on Singapore’s iconic cable cars which have returned bigger, better, bolder and bejewelled after a major makeover. Featuring a stunning fleet of 67 metallic black and chrome cabins, the ride from Mount Faber on the mainland to Sentosa island offers a 360-degrees bird’s eye view of the lush greenery on the hilltop, the harbour and city from 120 metres above sea level. After dark, each cabin is illuminated by Jewel LEDs, creating the effect of sparkling jewels as they zip through the black canvas of the night sky.
Tiger Sky Tower
Singapore’s tallest observatory tower offers panoramic views at 131 metres above sea level of Singapore, Sentosa, the Southern Islands, right up to neighbouring Malaysia and the Indonesian islands.
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
Stroll through the lush surrounds of the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom and allow 1,500 live butterflies – from over 50 species – to flutter about you as you enjoy the cool outdoor conservatory. Watch the blossoming of new life at the Live Pupae house or admire up to 3,000 species of the world’s most beautiful and rare insects, which includes the largest Dynastes Hercules beetle ever recorded – all 160 millimeters of it!
Get ready for a fascinating encounter with the biggest replica of Singapore’s most enduring symbol – The Merlion. Standing at 37 metres tall, this half-lion, half-fish creature brings guests to the depth of the sea as they walk side-by-side with legendary sea dragons and mythical mermaids. Guests can also relive the origins of the Merlion in an enchanting animation feature and discover what fortune lies in store for them at the mouth of the Mercubs.
Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure
Sentosa brings you Asia’s first and only thrilling Segway Eco Ride with a focus on fun and education. Come and enjoy an introductory experience on the Segway in the fun and secure Gogreen circuit! There will be trainers to teach you the basics of the advanced mobility device. Explore the beaches of Sentosa while effortlessly gliding on the Gogreen mobile Segways.
Gogreen Cycle & Island Explorer
Join the Gogreen Cycle & Island Explorer to experience a journey to a time when life on Sentosa was simpler. Embark on an enriching learning adventure with our guides, taking you to different locations on Sentosa island and opening your eyes to something new!
The Flying Trapeze
The first of its kind in Singapore, The Flying Trapeze sets the scene for more excitement and fun for the guests and visitors to Sentosa.
The world’s largest and Singapore’s only indoor skydiving simulator took flight on Sentosa in May 2011. With a transparent wind tunnel offering spectacular views of Siloso Beach and the South China Sea, iFly Singapore will offer the adrenaline-pumping sport at a flying height of 17 metres (five storeys), complete with state-of-the-art safety innovations and trainers will be on hand to guide flyers through the experience. With a minimum age of three and above, iFly Singapore promises to be a thrilling and engaging leisure sport for the whole family. The S$25 million attraction also house more than 10,000 square feet of retail and food & beverage space.
Beyond resorts and attractions, world-class entertainment such as the Crane Dance – a spectacular multi-media moving art with cleverly choreographed animatronic cranes, set out at the waterfront – will also be presented to the public. In addition, a 1,700-seat theatre will feature a magical dreamlike extravaganza with water, light and visual effects, alongside retail and dining options at the Festive Walk with roving acts and street performances at the Bull Ring.
Highlights at a glance:
Universal Studios Singapore: This movie theme park features 24 rides and attractions, with 18 attractions created or redesigned for Singapore.
Marine Life Park: An oceanarium spanning 8 hectares, the attraction will feature over 700,000 aquatic creatures including dolphins, rays and open-ocean fish.
Maritime Xperiential Museum: Set at the water’s edge, this immersive attraction will focus on the maritime silk route story between East Asia and the Middle East.
Entertainment: Apart from its resident show, “Voyage de la Vie”, which is specially created for Resorts World Sentosa by award-winning show designer Mark Fisher, it will also feature the Crane Dance, a showcase of multi-media moving art using cleverly choreographed animatronic cranes and pyrotechnics.
How to get there
Sentosa Island can be reach through three options by bus, ferry and cable car. But most of the tourists opt for Cable Car as it is one of the most rewarding experiences.