Toby Skinner has tried a lot of its shiny attractions – here's the findings.
Looking to chill out or get your adrenaline pumping? Sentosa Island is the place to go. Breathe in the fresh sea air while experiencing some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts as well as an array of top attractions and buzzing entertainment.
A British fort
Gone are the days when the island was a humble fishing village, known as Pulau Belakang Mati or 'Island of Death from Behind' in Malay. Because of its strategic location, it even served as a British military fortress up till World War II.
In the 1970s, it was given a dramatic makeover and a spanking new name, Sentosa, which means 'peace' and 'tranquillity' in Malay.
A playground for all
Today, Sentosa is home to renowned golf courses, a yachting marina and luxurious residences, and is also a holiday destination for Singaporeans and tourists alike. Nature buffs, history fans, spa-goers, adventure junkies – there’s something for everyone.
Beach lovers especially will love the island’s 3.2km stretch of sandy beaches, namely Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. Sip cocktails with your feet nestled in warm golden sand, flex your muscles with a game of beach volleyball or get wet riding some waves.
Foodies can indulge in global cuisines, from hawker fare to Michelin-star masterpieces, at Resorts World™ Sentosa.
Getting there is easy too, just 15 minutes by car from the city or a short ride on the Sentosa Express from VivoCity. You can also take the cable car from HarbourFront, a vibrant neighbourhood across the water, and enjoy spectacular views of Sentosa and the city.