The island of Singapore is world-renowned for its booming economy and eclectic fusion of Chinese, Malay, South Indian, and Western culture, but its southernmost point serves as a resort paradise that’s difficult to beat. The island of Sentosa is rife with attractions, including Universal Studios Singapore, Marine Life Park, and Adventure Cove Waterpark, making it the ideal breeding ground for the world’s finest luxury resorts. Once guests have experienced the Sentosan life of fine dining, drinking, and lounging by the beach, they’ll wonder how they ever lived without it.
Here are Sentosa’s most alluring properties:
In the heart of Sentosa, the Capella offers the elegance of a luxury resort paired with the beauty of Singapore’s natural landscape. Immaculately designed rooms, suites, villas, and manors sweep across 30 acres of property, with 112 in total to choose from. In the Constellation Room, guests can admire the beauty of the sea from their rooftop jacuzzi, while the spacious Capella Suite includes a balcony and sunbed. The property’s villas come equipped with a private pool and outdoor terrace, while the manors include all of the above with the addition of an extra bedroom and personal butler service.
At Cassia, traditional Cantonese dishes are served with a contemporary flair, and at The Knolls, guests can enjoy sweeping views while dining on Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to these restaurants, the hotel offers a private Chef’s Table experience, and the open-air Bob’s Bar provides an experience to sample some of Singapore’s finest cocktails. The property’s spa, Auriga, was the first in the country to receive five stars from Forbes Travel Guide, offering signature treatments that reflect the current phase of the moon.
W Singapore Sentosa Cove
With 12 different types of room layouts, and a total of 240 rooms on the property, there are a lot of options to consider at the W. Each room is equipped with a flat screen TV, Bose sound system, full length mirror, and beautiful views of the island, while the Extreme Wow suite is decked out with a plunge pool, bathroom jacuzzi tub, kitchenette with a bar, and even its own DJ booth. Dining options abound across the property, with SKIRT making use of a wood-burning grill to prepare select seafood, meat, and produce, and The Kitchen Table offers an international spread, allowing guests to soak in the beautiful scenery from their outdoor seating arrangements. For a nightcap, guests can head to Woobar for champagne, wine, or a bespoke cocktail.
One prominent facet of the W is their Whatever/Whenever service, in which they promise to fulfill any and all needs for their guests. This includes arranging trips across the country, procuring tickets to any of Sentosa’s nearby theme parks, booking a yacht excursion, and even setting up a dentist appointment. In between adventures around the mainland, guests can enjoy the Away Spa or enjoy cocktails in WET, one of Singapore’s largest outdoor pools.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort
Sandwiched between sandy Siloso Beach and World War II-era Fort Siloso, the Shangri-La has 454 rooms and suites, each with its own balcony facing the ocean. The property’s location on the beach makes for a wealth of water activities, with daily pool games, paddle boarding, water volleyball, and kayak lessons offered for all guests. The resort is notoriously kid-friendly as well, with a collection of water slides scattered across the property. Parents can unwind at Chi, an on-site spa specializing in holistic treatments found in multiple Asian cultures.
Dining options abound, with four restaurants and two bars. 8 Noodles, as the name suggests, serves multiple Asian noodle dishes, while Casserole serves fare from across the globe in a casserole format. Silver Shell Café presents live cooking shows, preparing meals for guests right at their table, and Trapizza takes part in classic Italian cuisine as well as signature cocktails. Drinks can be found at the Bubble Bar, while Siloso Beach Bar provides both drinks and ice cream from the comfort of the pool deck.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa
High atop a cliff, the Sofitel combines French elegance with the appeal of Singapore’s tropical flora in all of its rooms, suites, villas, and bungalows. The Luxury Garden Room is nestled against the property’s Paris-inspired gardens, while each of the property’s four villas are located deep in the forest, ensuring that guests can bask in the sounds of the wilderness from the comfort of their private swimming pool.
The resort provides four dining options suiting a variety of palates, with Kwee Zeen catering to those with a taste for food from across all of Asia. The Cliff is the property’s go-to spot for classic Italian and Mediterranean dishes, while The Garden offers lean Mediterranean fare suiting health-conscious guests. For those in search of a bespoke cocktail, LeBar is the place to go, with a lush aesthetic inspired by colonial-era architecture. Be sure to visit So SPA as well, where facials, scrubs, and massages are offered in the indoor and outdoor treatment centers.
Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa
Located in the heart of Sentosa, Le Méridien is the perfect spot to access both Universal Studios as well as Sentosa’s famous beaches. Each of the 191 rooms offer polished designs and floor to ceiling windows, while some hold other intriguing opportunities for guests. The Merlion Suite provides a view that perfectly frames Sentosa’s Merlion, the mythical half-lion, half-mermaid that has stood as the mascot of Singapore since 1964. This particular Merlion is the largest on earth, standing at 121 feet (37 meters). In the Onsen Suite, guests can soak in their outdoor hot tub before retiring to the aesthetically pleasing Japanese-inspired interior.
Guests can dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Latest Recipe, with courses suited for any time of day. The menu varies to fit a large range of tastes, with one section offering classic Western dishes such as seafood marinara and Norwegian salmon, while another section provides diners with a chance to sample local cuisine, including beef rendang and stir-fried prawns. Don’t forget to attend high tea, where a decadent selection of desserts and small snacks will be offered each day.
Resorts World Sentosa–Beach Villas
Visitors to Resorts World Sentosa will find the Beach Villas to be a paradise unlike any other. Located in a private area of the park, guests can lounge by their own private swimming pool and hot tub. They can enjoy views of the tropical scenery from the comfort of their personal sundeck, all while complimentary butler service is just a call away. The rooms are available in one-, two-, or three-bedroom varieties, with the latter two including mini gardens to bask in the glow of Southeast Asia’s native plants and flowers, as well as private spa treatment and a lap pool.
One villa in particular, accurately referred to as The Palace, contains all of the above accoutrements, alongside an extra bedroom and private entertainment room for guests. Guests at the Beach Villas have free access to the Resorts World ESPA, which includes rock saunas and crystal steam rooms. A long day of spa treatments is sure to work up an appetite, one which Forest森 restaurant will perfectly satisfy. Western-Chinese fusion is crafted by Singaporean celebrity chef Sam Leong, after which guests can retire to the Equarius Lounge for cocktails and rare spirits.