Consider the tranquil island of Sentosa for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
With neatly arranged white-sand beaches set in sheltered coves, as well as two championship golf courses and range of exciting attractions, this tiny 5km² island offers a perfect island honeymoon, just minutes away from the shimmering skyscrapers and glittering shopping malls of Singapore.
Promenade along the beachfront, sip cocktails at a beachside bar, relax in the shade under a beach umbrella, join a game of beach volleyball, explore the island on a bike and meet some Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon.
Sentosa Island is also home to a wide range of flora and fauna including monitor lizards, monkeys, peacocks and parrots.
Take a stroll along the elevated boardwalk through Imbiah Forest and try to spot long-tailed macaques, squirrels, geckos and some of the 20 species of birds that inhabit this secondary rainforest, which covers almost 70 per cent of the island.
Or sample some of the many attractions Sentosa has to offer, including Underwater World, Butterfly Park, Fort Siloso, CineBlast and the four-dimensional theatre at Sentosa’s 4D Magix.
Examine starfish and sea cucumbers at the touch-pool or ride the moving walkway through the 100m-long acrylic tunnel with views of sharks, stingrays, moray eels, turtles and shoals of coloured reef fish.
Check out the so-called Deadly Corridor, home to electric eels, piranha and stonefish and try either the 'Dive-with-the-Sharks' or 'Dive-with-the-Dugong’ programs – no previous scuba diving experience is necessary.
The Underwater World complex also includes some Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, which are also known as ‘pink dolphins’. Here, you can enter the waist-deep pool and interact with the dolphins in daily ‘Meet the Dolphins’ sessions or take part in the more extensive ‘Swim with the Dolphins' program (photo).
Visit the fort that guarded Singapore's western approaches from the sea from the 1880s until 1956, but was proved obsolete in 1942 when Japanese forces invaded Singapore from Malaysia.
Explore the 4ha of gun emplacements, tunnels and former ammunition bunkers and barracks and reflect on the collection of period photographs, documents and historical film clips from this tragic era in Singapore’s history.
Experience thrilling rides, shows and attractions based on blockbuster films and television series at the Universal Studios Singapore theme park.
Don't miss Waterworld (photo), Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and much more!
Tee-off on the splendid Serapong and Tanjong courses, twin 18-hole championship golf courses nestled in a lush tropical landscaped setting on the east side of Sentosa Island.
The club is fully equipped with buggy facilities, chipping and putting greens and a range of facilities including a luxurious clubhouse, pro-shop, bars and restaurants.
The club is also home to the richest annual golf tournament on the Asian Tour – The Barclays Singapore Open – with more than AU$5 million in total prize money.
Other attractions – aimed mainly at children – include…
Sentosa Luge – self-steering, gravity-driven go-cart
Sentosa 4D Magix – state-of-the-art audiovisual systems and synchronised-motion seats combine with breathtaking effect to bring the latest adventure movies alive
Sentosa CineBlast – thrilling virtual-world simulation ride
Tiger Sky Tower – 110m-high panoramic views across Singapore to Malaysia and Indonesia (photo)
Butterfly Park – landscaped garden with more than 15,000 live butterflies, and
Insect Kingdom Museum – 3,000 species of stuffed creepy-crawlies.
Alternatively, experience a cirque de soleil moment on the Flying Trapeze or, back on ground level, choose from three different 18-hole golf courses and 54 crazy holes at Sijori WonderGolf, a challenging miniature golf park.
Choose from three beaches – Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach – collectively stretching for more than 3km along the southern coast od Sentosa Island.
Lapped by calm water, separated by forested outcrops and facing delightful palm-fringed sandy islets, this manicured series of crescent-shaded beaches offers a surprising holiday interlude, just minutes away from busy Orchard Road in Singapore.
Although you would be hard pressed to guess it, these 30m-wide beaches are all artificial, dressed by dozens of coconut palms and thousands of cubic metres of white sand imported from Indonesia and Malaysia.
Located on the southwest coast, Silosa offers a range of activities, including beach volleyball, canoeing, skim boarding, mountain biking and rollerblading.
Sip a cocktail and savour local cuisine at a beachside restaurant, climb up to historic Fort Silosa or pamper yourself at the spa of the luxury beachfront Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort.
In July (or August) watch Singapore's exciting annual Dragon Boat Festival, which is usually held off Siloso Beach.
Located in the centre of the southern coast of Sentosa, Palawan offers several bars and a suspension bridge leading to a small, palm-fringed islet that is said to be the southernmost point of continental Asia.
Watch cute pink dolphins jumping through hoops and balancing balls at the beachside Dolphin Lagoon.
Located on the southeast shore, this wide crescent of tree-fringed white sand is the most secluded of the three beaches and provides the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing and reading.
Unwind for the day at the Tanjong Beach Club or stay longer at the nearby Sentosa Resort and Spa.
Sentosa’s offshore islands of Kusu, St John's, Sisters and Pulau Hantu offer quiet alternative spots to go swimming, sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Kusu Island (photo) is home to three Malay shrines (or keramats) and a Chinese temple. Nearby, the Tortoise Sanctuary houses hundreds of tortoises.
There are a lot of picnic area's, but you need to take everything with you as there are no food kisoks or cafe's on Kusu Island.
Unwind in comfort at one of Sentosa’s several resorts that typically sit in landscaped hilltop gardens overlooking the blue waters of the South China Sea – perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway in Singapore.
Sentosa offers a good range of 4- and 5-star hotels and resorts, including the following…
Capella Hotel, Singapore
Location: Sentosa Island
Prices: from AUD629 per room
Description: This luxurious hotel is located within the rainforests of Sentosa Island, and features 3 outdoor pools and a multiple award-winning spa. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi and views of the sea or gardens. Union Pay is accepted here. Stylish and contemporary Asian decor features in the guestrooms. Free in-room refreshments like juices, soft drinks and bottled water are provided. Besides a selection of daily free newspapers, including Chinese newspapers, delivered to the room, you can also enjoy 5 free pieces of pressing per stay. The personal assistants are also at hand to help with your every need. En suite bathrooms come with free toiletries and slippers. Auriga Spa offers rejuvenating treatments and massage using organic products. The Library serves free snacks and drinks throughout the day, as well as offers DVD rentals, boardgames and magazines. The hotel also offers priority bookings at the premier Sentosa Golf Club. Open for all-day fine dining, The Knolls serves local and international dishes. Chinese fine dining can be enjoyed at Cassia, which is housed in a colonial building. Both restaurants offer terrace seating. Guests staying at Capella Hotel, Singapore enjoy free admission to Sentosa Island. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Universal Studios Singapore. Changi International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. Shuttle services go to and from VivoCity and Harbourfront MRT Station.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Location: Sentosa Island
Prices: from AUD413 per room
Description: With panoramic views of the South China Sea, the smoke-free Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa offers a modern tropical holiday experience along Siloso Beach. It boasts an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, and a spa and fitness centre. A free hotel shuttle also goes to and from Vivocity. Each guestroom comes with a private balcony overlooking views of the hill, sea or landscaped gardens. Signature facilities include children’s water slides and splash pad. The resort also features swimming pools and an outdoor playground in addition to fun recreational activities such as The Flying Trapeze. Water sports equipment are available for rent for adventure-seekers. A brand new three-in-one dining concept restaurant features all-day buffet, a Chinese noodles house and International Casseroles. Trapizza offers a delicious Italian menu. Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is a 20-minute drive from shopping options at Orchard Road. The monorail service in Sentosa is directly linked to VivoCity Shopping Centre, one of the largest malls on mainland Singapore.
Resorts World Sentosa - Equarius Hotel
Location: Sentosa Island
Prices: from AUD364 per room
Description: Situated within Resorts World Sentosa, the luxurious Equarius Hotel provides spacious air-conditioned guestrooms with an iHome system and private balcony. It also has an outdoor pool, a gym and pampering spa treatments. Decorated in calming neutral tones, all rooms are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV featuring international channels, a Simmons bed and premium 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens. A fully stocked minibar, free bottled water and tea/coffee making facilities are included. Chinese tea is available upon request. En suite bathrooms have separate bathtub and shower facilities. Free toiletries include a toothbrush/toothpaste set. Bedroom slippers are provided. Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for concierge services or to request for Chinese newspapers. Staff are able to converse in English and Mandarin. The exclusive ESPA features relaxing body massage and facials. The hotel also provides dry cleaning and laundry services. Forest Restaurant serves à la carte Chinese fusion cuisine in a stylish setting. Room service is available 24 hours. The world's largest sea aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Resorts World Convention Centre, Universal Studios Singapore and the casino are all situated within Resorts World Sentosa, just a 7-minute walk from Equarius Hotel. Vivocity Shopping Mall is a 5-minute drive away, while Changi International Airport is within a 25-minute drive away.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Location: Sentosa Island
Prices: from AUD289 per room
Description: Spread across lush greenery, Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa offers luxurious resort-styled accommodation with sweeping views of the sunset at Sentosa Island's iconic Tanjong Beach. Providing a variety of accommodation types that range from rooms to suites and even villas, each elegantly-designed guestroom is inspired by Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg and fitted wooden parquet finishings with carpets in cerulean and orchid hues. All accommodation types are also equipped with high-definition televisions and high-speed WiFi. The luxury rooms and suites offer Lanvin toiletries, while the villas boast exclusive Hermès products and access to So SPA’s outdoor garden facilities. The exquisite villas even feature an outdoor pool. Encompassing 4 in-house restaurants, Kwee Zen, LeBar, The Garden and ilLido at The Cliff, Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa offers exquisite Western and Asian delights, Magnifique patisseries and an unparalled wine list. Alternatively, guests may treat themselves to rejuvenating massages at So SPA, where ancient massage traditions meet latest French cosmetology.
The best time to visit Singapore is from late-December through March, and from August through September.
However, if you simply accept that Singapore’s weather is hot, humid and wet year-round, with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F), then anytime is good to visit Singapore.
Singapore experiences a tropical rainforest climate with little variation in year-round temperature. It can rain at any time in Singapore – usually short torrential downpours.
For more climate info: Singapore Weather Guide…
Sentosa is located half a kilometre away from the southern coast of the main island of Singapore and is easy to get to by taxi, light-rail or cable car.
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state located off the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia and linked to it by two man-made causeways.
Singapore comprises 63 islands, including the main island, Pulau Ujong. Sentosa, Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin are the largest of Singapore's smaller islands.
The most convenient route to Singapore is by air to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), located around 20km (13mi) northeast of Marina Bay – Singapore's downtown centre.
More information about how to get to Singapore…
Singapore is a very easy city to navigate thanks to an excellent and inexpensive public transport network.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system is the most convenient way to get around Singapore between 5.30am and midnight. Maps showing the surrounding area are printed on the walls in MRT stations – great for figuring out which exit to use.
Buses typically go everywhere the trains do and more, and operate from 5am till 1am the following day, plus some later night buses from the city.
Taxis are also convenient and inexpensive, and most drivers speak English; although there are surcharges during peak hours and from midnight to 6am. You may flag taxis on the street or at a taxi stand.
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Latest update: Sentosa Island, Singapore: 23 June, 2022