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The man-made island of Sentosa, The State of Fun, is Asia’s leading leisure destination. It is home to an array of themed attractions, golden sandy beaches, resorts and hotels, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences. On the east of the island is Sentosa Cove, an exclusive oceanfront with homes, restaurants, retail and speciality shops. The island is also home to Sentosa Golf Club and its two acclaimed golf courses.
Getting to Sentosa Island from mainland Singapore is relatively straight forward. There are a few different options that will get you to the island.
Getting a taxi from the Marina Bay area to Sentosa Island takes less than 20 minutes providing there isn’t much traffic and will cost around $15 Singapore Dollars each way. However, when traffic is bad getting onto the island, a taxi is not always the quickest and cheapest mode of transport.
The Sentosa Express is a monorail that runs from mainland Singapore at Vivocity and stops off at three different points on Sentosa, Waterfront Station, Imbiah Station and Beach Station. This is probably the cheapest option at around $4 Singapore Dollars per person for island admission. The monorail also runs every 4-8 minutes from 7am to 10pm, with extended hours Friday to Sunday.
The most popular mode of transport would be the Singapore Cable Car. You can get this from two locations on Singapore’s mainland, Faber Peak at Mount Faber or HarbourFront Tower Two. The cable car will take you straight into the heart of the island. It is not one of the cheapest ways to get onto the island but you pay for the experience. Admission for the Mount Faber Line is $29 Singapore Dollars per Adult and $18 Singapore Dollars per Child, this includes entry into Sentosa.
Cable Car from Mount Faber
Sentosa Island features a multitude of attractions, from a Butterfly Park, Mega Adventure Park with MegaZip to Universal Studios Singapore. There really is something for everyone.
Race down high-speed water slides, relax drifting away on a lazy river, zoom down Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster and encounter marine life. Snorkel with 20,000 tropical fish over a colourful coral reef or wade in waters where you can interact with dozens of string-rays. Adventure Cove Waterpark is open from 10am to 6pm, with admission costing $38 per Adult and $30 per Child.
View of Adventure Cove Waterpark
Experience your favourite blockbuster films and television shows in real life as you embark upon cutting-edge rides, shows and attractions. Universal Studios Singapore allows you to immerse yourself in seven zones, each filled with movie-themed attractions. Universal Studios Singapore is open from 10am to 7pm. Admission costs $76 per Adult, $56 per Child and $38 per Senior Citizen.
Experience many different species of butterflies fluttering around as you explore the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom. See the butterflies emerge from their cocoons as they experience a newfound freedom and watch creepy crawlies scutter around as they blend into their surroundings. The Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom is open from 9.30am to 7pm daily, with admission costing $16 per Adult and $10 per Child.
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
Go on an adventure with Sentosa’s 4D movie ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The 4-D Experience’’. This fun-filled adventure movie is sure to make you jump out of your seat as you interact with big stars such as Josh Hutchinson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Michael Caine to escape from The Lost City of Atlantis.
The first-ever Luge introduced in Southeast Asia, Skyline Luge Sentosa. The Skyline Luge combines two unique experiences, Luge and Skyride. The Luge is a fun-filled gravity thrill ride as you race down one of two tracks to reach the finish and beat your family and friends. Once you reach the bottom of the Luge track, you’ll be able to enjoy your second unique experience of getting back to the top of the hill, the Skyride. The Skyride is similar to a ski chair lift and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. Opening times are from 10am to 9.30pm daily. Admission costs $18 per person for 1 Luge and 1 Skyride.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
Capella Singapore is a luxurious resort nestled within 30-acres of lush grounds and gardens on Sentosa Island. This five-star hotel combines old and new Singapore, a fusion of the cosmopolitan city and the tranquillity of island life. Unwind in style in one of the 112 rooms, suites, villas or manors available.
Resorts World Sentosa is Singapore’s integrated resort with 6 themed hotels, 7 bars, plus outdoor pools, a spa and a fitness centre. There’s also a golf course, casino and an aquarium, as well as a water park. On the western tip of Resorts World is a retreat of Beach Villas. These tropical sanctuaries offer spectacular views, personal butlers and luxurious comforts as well as complimentary day access to the facilities at Asia’s flagship ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa.
Resorts World Sentosa Beach Villas
The Hard Rock Hotel Singapore oozes glamour with cutting edge contemporary design. This rock ’n’ roll themed hotel is next door to Adventure Cove water park. The hotel includes two restaurants, a bar and lagoon-style pool with a swim-up bar and a beach. Be minutes away from the region’s top attractions, including Universal Studios Singapore and SEA Aquarium.
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort is the only beachfront resort located within a 15-minute drive from the metropolitan city-state centre of Singapore. Located on the west of Sentosa Island, you can access the hotel either by road or by the cable car. Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa is located on Siloso Beach with views of the South China Sea. The resort offers a complimentary shuttle to VivoCity mall, as well as complimentary breakfast.
Siloso Beach and Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort
This upscale resort is in Sentosa Cove, on the east of the island. With a modern, tropical décor the W Singapore is perfect for sophisticated globetrotters and business travellers. Each room features mood lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows and all the coolest gadgets such as Bose speakers and iPod docks. You can even get a room with its own plunge pool and day bed. Dining in W Singapore includes a steakhouse, a seafood eatery, a cocktail bar and a lounge beside an outdoor pool with underwater speakers.
Sentosa Island is the perfect place to have some well-deserved fun and enjoy island life whilst still being so close to the bustling city.
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