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.
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.
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.
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 (photo).
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.
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Anytime is good to visit Sentosa, where the climate is typically hot and humid with an average temperature of 30°C year round.
It can rain at any time in Singapore – usually short torrential downpours. The heaviest rainfalls are from November to February; July is the driest month
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 receives daily flights from all the major cities of Australia, Asia, Europe and Middle East.
Latest update: Sentosa Island, Singapore: 18 November, 2018
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