Resort-like Sentosa belies a storied past: Before 1972, it was known as Pulau Belakang Mati, which translates to “Island Behind Death” in Malay. And what does “Sentosa” mean? “Peace and tranquility” in Malay. Much better.
So, maybe you’ve been to all three beaches in Sentosa, and also climbed the Sentosa Merlion. Cool! Now, check out some of this southern island’s lesser-known spots in the video and gallery below.
In addition to the 11-storey, 181-metrelong Skywalk, which offers scenic views of the entire island and its treetops, Fort Siloso houses the only restored coastal gun battery in Singapore. Best of all, entrance to both attractions are free.
Siloso Rd, Singapore 099981
You don’t actually need to be a member at the luxe Sentosa Golf Club to dine at The Golfers’ Terrace. It serves local delights like chee cheong fun (rice noodle rolls, $2.50) and satay ($18.80 for a dozen meat skewers) alongside a great view of both the Tanjong Golf Course and the South China Sea.
27 Bukit Manis Rd, Singapore 099892
Fancy a staycation at Resorts World Sentosa? You don’t have to pay full price. You’ll find tons of staycation deals on mobile marketplace Carousell (simply type in “RWS” in the search bar). Almost a city by itself, it’s got celebrity restaurants, attractions like Universal Studios Singapore and Adventure Cove Waterpark, upscale shopping and more.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Discover the wonders of marine life at Resort World Sentosa’s S.E.A Aquarium. Dive into a sea of abundance and fish for prosperity on the 25 January to 14 Febuary 2019. There’ll be an underwater dragon dance and a line-up of fun, fortune-filled activities.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
Hop on this gorgeous pirateesque yacht and watch the sun set over Singapore as the city lights up before your eyes. Sails (from $145) happen on Friday (for a night out), Saturday (for couples) and Sunday (for families) evenings.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269 (boarding point)
Look for the entrance next to the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom. Then, explore the island, armed with the Nature@Sentosa smartphone app (Apple/ Android), which provides info about various walking trails, heritage trees and buildings as well as notable green spots on Sentosa.
51 Imbiah Rd, Singapore 099702
Ok, we know we said other than beaches, but this one’s different! Walk beyond the compound of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa from Siloso Beach and across a rocky decline to arrive at a pristine and untouched section of your very own private beach, known only to a few. When the tide is low, you may even spot coral, starfish and crabs, along the coastline.
Straits View, Sentosa Island
Your little ones will L-O-V-E the real-life experiences at this kidsized “city”! Children can learn to pilot an airplane, perform a surgery or whip up a meal as a chef. The highlight is an actual Boeing 737 fuselage, which you can’t miss since its nose peeks out of the building.
#01-01/02 Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View, Singapore 098008
Even the journey into Sentosa is quite something. The Sentosa cable car line (from $7.20) navigates the island from East to West, offering beautiful views of the dolphins at Adventure Cove and easy access to attractions like Madame Tussauds Singapore, Mega Adventure Park and Skyline Luge Sentosa. At the Imbiah Lookout Station, pick up a miniature model cable car souvenir ($29.90) to bring home.
By Andre Theng and Pinky Chng, The Finder (Issue 287), Updated January 2019
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