Image copyrights belong to authors
Why Sentosa island is special ?
Located just 15 minutes from the city, Sentosa, The State of Fun, is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences. Spread over 500 hectares, the vibrant island resort is ideal for both business and leisure.
In 2010, Sentosa welcomed Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World™ Sentosa, which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park.
Located on the tranquil eastern end of the island sits Sentosa Cove, Singapore’s first and most exclusive marina residential community. This exclusive and unrivalled enclave offers tropical resort living, just minutes away from Singapore's city centre. With an already bustling residential community, Sentosa Cove will see over 2,000 homes nestled here by 2014. Together with romantic quayside restaurants, retail and specialty shops, Singapore’s only truly oceanfront residences, Sentosa Cove is quickly becoming the world’s most desirable address.
What to explore at Sentosa island?
Universal Studios Sentosa, unlike our hazy childhood memories of Universal Studios Hollywood, is more about the rides than the magic of Hollywood. The rides are good – from the leg-dangling Battlestar Galactica to the 4D Transformers ride and the Jurassic Park water ride, with its animatronic dinosaurs – but the problem is that you’ll likely have to queue for more than an hour. We like the cute kid-friendly areas, Madagascar and Far Far Away (based on Shrek); the Marilyn Monroe and Beetlejuice impersonators; the retro Mel’s Drive-in and the 1920s Paris street. But there’s not quite enough to see and do without standing in queues.
Underwater World is starting to show its age a little but still has some good attractions, particularly the hypnotic, neon-bright jellyfish and a tank filled with giant reptilian fish whose species have been around for 250 million years. The 83m travelator is best at feeding times, when 2m sharks crowd around a diver handing out fish. It’s up to you whether you see the dolphin show – ethical concerns aside, the show feels like a bit of an anachronism, and the presenter’s English was barely audible on our visit.
The fun adventure activities
There are just about too many of these on Sentosa to mention, but here’s a shortlist:
The MegaZip isn’t as scary as it promises to be, though it’s pleasant whizzing through the trees and over the water. The ParaJump ($19), also at the MegaZip Adventure Park, is scarier, like a mini bungee jump with a few seconds of freefall flight before you get caught gently by your rope.
The Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure ($88 for guided trip. Daily 10am-8.30pm) is overly tame, despite Jackie Chan’s endorsement – these things were designed for the elderly, so you feel especially goofy in your helmets and kneepads for the 30-minute tour, partly on the sand and partly on the tarmac from the Beach Station up towards Tanjong Beach, following the guide at all times.
Wave House is perhaps the most challenging activity for beginners, with the cheaper prices for the easier wave (like a ramp with water shooting up) and the more expensive tags for the trickier barrel – we were getting the hang of the barrel at the end, and it’s a great feeling.
Our favourite fun activity, though, is the Luge and Skyride – though the tagline ‘once is never enough’ is apt, because the 650m or 688m length of the two runs feels too short. But it’s still fun, and you get a good few turns racing at top speed; we’d recommend two or even three runs.
A lot of the food is overpriced and mediocre, so it pays to pick well. Outside the entrance to Universal Studios, we like the kitschy Malaysian Food Street – done up like, well, a Malaysian food street – where the Huen Kee Claypot Chicken Rice ($6-$7) is a highlight. Trapizza (Daily 11.30am-9.30pm) on Siloso Beach is a decent option for a wood-fired pizza (around $23) looking out over the beach.
There are loads of expensive restaurants on Sentosa, so – if you’re going to part with your cash – you might as well go for the top end with the Joël Robuchon Restaurant at Hotel Michael or the more casual L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon next door, both created by a man with a combined 26 Michelin stars. While the highlight at the former is a wallet-busting 16-course dégustation menu ($485++), you can get mains from $41 at the latter.
When it comes to the booze, there are plenty of options. Azzura on Siloso Beach feels like an own goal. A bar with a mini pool, jacuzzi and comfy seats – yet bad service, overpriced drinks and ear-splitting lounge music bring it down.
The more laidback Bikini Bar, closer to the station, is the simpler, better Siloso option, with regular beer deals (it’s still expensive – think three Asahis for $25).
Best of all is the chic Tanjong Beach Club, though its obvious attractions – the pool, the gorgeous beach, quality regular events – are again marred a little by lacklustre service and pricey drinks (beers $13-$15, cocktails $17-$20).
How to get to Sentosa island?
BY CABLE CAR:
Get into Sentosa by Cable Car and you will be rewarded with an aerial overview of the Island including Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios, Singapore’s City skyline and Harbour. The best mode of transport into the island takes you directly to the attractions hub of Sentosa: Imbiah Lookout. Alight and be ready to kick-start your Sentosa journey with 11 attractions to choose from at Imbiah Lookout.
To get here, alight at Harbourfront MRT and take Exit B (Harbourfront Centre). Follow directional signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at Harbourfront Tower II. For more information, click here.
You can now travel into Sentosa on foot via the Sentosa Boardwalk. It’s a leisurely stroll from VivoCity Shopping Mall’s waterfront promenade, made easy by two-way canopy-covered travellators. Guests are encouraged to leave their cars behind on mainland Singapore and take the MRT to HarbourFront station at VivoCity Shopping Mall, before making their way to the Sentosa Boardwalk.
Running parallel to Sentosa’s vehicular bridge, the Sentosa Boardwalk is also set to provide guests with an experiential walk amid lush landscapes. It is the only garden-themed boardwalk in South-East Asia, and features five tropical landscapes that are indigenous to Singapore.
Overlooking the bay, the Sentosa Boardwalk boasts extensive vantage lookout points for guests to enjoy the sunset.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
Take the North-East Line or Circle Line and alight at the HarbourFront Station. From there, you may either go to the 3rd level of VivoCity shopping mall, transfer onto our Sentosa Express or you may take a leisurely stroll down the Sentosa Boardwalk. Train fares vary.
The Sentosa Express, located at VivoCity (Lobby L, Level 3), provides easy access to Sentosa, HarbourFront Center and St. James Power Station.
S$4 per entry
(Adult and Child aged 3 and above)
Shuttle Bus from Beach Station to HabourFront MRT Station
(One - Way Out of Sentosa)
Every Friday - Sunday and Public Holidays
6pm to 9pm (last bus from Beach Station at 9pm)
Take a bus and alight along Telok Blangah Road. From there, you may either go to the 3rd level of VivoCity shopping mall, transfer onto our Sentosa Express, or you may take a leisurely stroll down the Sentosa Boardwalk. Bus fares vary.
65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166
Drive & Park
A flat gantry admission charge is applicable to each taxi entering Sentosa. Admission charges vary according to time period.
The flat charge covers all passengers aboard the vehicle, so car pool to save!
- One of the most beautifu places in the world
- So much fun for 1 day
- A number of choices for family
- For both kids and adults
- Stunning setting of an island
Tips for you
The island is open every day, including public holidays, with varying operating hours for the different attractions, retail shops, food and beverage outlets as well as transport services. If you are planning to visit our attractions, most of them are open from 9am - 10pm daily and some close as early as 6pm. The last entry is usually 30 minutes before closing time.Timming