Sentosa is a small island in the southern part off the coast of Singapore. The island was previously known as ‘Pulau Belakang Mati’, which means 'The Island After Death’ in Malay. Considered as a strategic location, four defensive forts were built on the island in the 1880’s by the British forces: Fort Siloso, Serapong, Imbiah, and Connaught. Fort Siloso later became a prisoner-of-war camp when Singapore fell to the Japanese from 1942 until 1945 when Singapore was returned to British colonial rule. The island’s name was changed to Sentosa resulting from a naming contest in 1970. Sentosa is derived from the Malay word ‘Santosha’, which means peace and contentment. Fast-forward to today, Sentosa is a popular destination for locals and foreigners who visit the island for both business and leisure. Dubbed as 'Asia’s Favourite Playground’, it has luxurious hotels, nature parks, themed attractions, casino, world-class golf courses, restaurants, and white sandy beaches. Its land is comprised of 70% of secondary rainforest with an extensive array of vegetation, trees, and wildlife, including peacocks, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and monkeys.
If you’re planning for a night of getaway in Sentosa, we have rounded up our top 10 hotels in the island and highlighted each hotel’s unique features. The average price range of the hotels is between 200 USD (275 SGD) and 370 USD (500 SGD) per night. It is always best to plan your escapade ahead to take advantage of hotel promotions.
Sentosa - an island resort
Sentosa continues to welcome a growing number of guests and holidaymakers each year. During 2016 and 2017, the tiny island had 19.3 million guests! With Singapore’s efficient transport hub, getting to and from the island is so easy by taxi, bus, train, or even a cable car ride. From thrilling rides at Adventure Cove Waterpark and Universal Studios, to jaw-dropping skydiving at iFly Singapore and ziplining at Mega Adventure Park, to exciting animal encounters at the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Dolphin Island, and sunset-themed cruises to cultural heritage tours, Sentosa has everything on offer for a revitalising holiday. Here is an extensive list of the best things to do and see in Sentosa.
Directions: The best way is to take Singapore MRT’s Northeast/Circle Line and alight at the Harbourfront MRT station. Follow the signs to Vivo City. Then, transfer to the Sentosa Express.
Website: Sentosa Island
This newly refurbished hotel re-opened its doors in 2015 with a touch of French luxury. It has over 200 lavish rooms and suites, houses the world’s largest Sofitel Signature So SPA, and has two floors of luxurious spaces for events and conventions. Around the resort are four villas embellished in sophistication: a private balcony facing your own plunge pool, comfortable open-plan living room, dining room, and two gorgeous bedrooms with their own bathrooms. Waking up is so hard when you’re in this cosy room! Fall in love with its well-manicured gardens making it the perfect tropical paradise. Walk under the trees through the wooden landings or even watch peacocks wandering the grounds. Have a romantic dinner as you bask in the beautiful view of the South China Sea. With Tanjong Beach also just a short walk away, the hotel is truly a haven for complete relaxation.
As the only beachfront resort in Singapore, guests at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa enjoys the benefit of a private access to the white sand and turquoise waters of Siloso Beach. Bedecked with palm trees and cacti landscaping, the resort is a great place to detach from the mundanity of city life. It also provides an array of activities such as water slides, outdoor pool, splash pad, and playgrounds, making it a top-notch choice for kids. The hotel is also stone’s throw away from Fort Siloso and the Aquarium. Gracefully clad in warm tones of Aztec gold and white, each of its 454 rooms and suites has small private balconies, commanding some of the best views in the city. It is a good spot to enjoy away from the crowd of the theme parks and casinos.
Amara Sanctuary Resort is a 140-room colonial-styled resort housed on a restored 1920s British military barracks. Each room is well-fitted with historic features, so you will get the sense of being transported back in time. The resort is set in an environment of lush greenery and tropical gardens for you to unplug and indulge in the calmness of the surroundings. It comes with modern recreational facilities such as swimming pools, Jacuzzi, and gym. Watch the world pass at their rooftop’s infinity pool. What’s more, Palawan Beach is just a three-minute walk from the hotel. The resort is a perfect blend of the country’s excellent heritage and contemporary architecture. A very historic yet grand hotel! The best bit of the hotel is that you can also discover more about nature and the history of the area with their own Amara Heritage Trail.
Defining elegance and world-class service, W Singapore is a five-star resort destination to turn your dream holiday into a reality! This luxury haven is nestled in Sentosa Cove, the country’s first and only oceanfront development. All its stylish 240 rooms are equipped with a sofa facing the flat-screen TV linked to surround-sound Bose speakers, has mood lighting, an iPod dock, mini bar, and refrigerator. Its en suite bathroom is designed with a bath and a rain shower. Take a dip or spend hours of fun in floating beds in their 24/7 Wet Pool while sipping from a cocktail ordered from the Wet bar without even stepping out of the pool! Plus, enjoy a game of tennis in their massive pool. With underwater speaker system and private cabanas, there’s nothing stopping you from relishing the grandeur of this exquisite paradise. Indulge in their Away Spa complete with sauna, steam room, vitality pool, herbal bath, and experiential showers. Its Woo bar stirs a sense of lively ambience with cutting-edge interiors and purple and blue-on-white lighting. There’s nowhere better than here to begin your night. It serves great cocktails and an assortment of snacks and also plays music from resident DJs. Definitely much more than your usual hotel. W Singapore is the true epitome of relaxation!
Since Capella Singapore opened in 2009, it has received several recognitions and has sustained five-star ratings from Forbes Travel Guide. As highly-acclaimed as it is, it also became the venue of the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un last June 12, 2018. The resort takes its pride from the two 1880’s British military barracks (Tanah Merah I & II), granted conservation status in August 2000. These colonial buildings are the centrepieces of the resort where you can find the reception, concierge, library, and restaurant. They are bordered by extremely modern, curved architecture housing the 112 sophisticated rooms, gym & spa, bar, and event spaces. The resort has artistically-decorated villas facing the South China Sea. It is a blissful harmony of the old and new. There is a garden landscape, free-roaming peacocks, infinity pools, and an epic view of Singapore Harbour. Simply put, the hotel is nothing short of amazing!
Channel your inner rock star in Hard Rock Hotel and discover walls of around 120 rock and roll memorabilia from the King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley, Madonna, The Beatles, Eric Clapton and many more. This themed hotel has 364 rooms and has all the modern amenities suitable for adults and young kids. It has a swimming pool, a sunken bar, and a fitness centre, which are perfect for cooling down after a day of exploring. Kids can enjoy the sand playing area and kid’s club. It’s conveniently linked to the entrance halls of Universal Studios, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Casinos, and the Forum, thereby allowing you to make the most of your time at the attractions. To complete the experience, the hotel can create a pop-up studio in your own room with a Fender guitar, Nixon headphones, and floor amplifier! There’s also a vintage turntable to listen to vinyl records. Sounds like a great vibe!
Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Vonz
Just next to the Universal Studios Singapore is the exquisite all-suite Crockfords Tower Hotel. The moment you walk in, you know that you’re staying somewhere special. Each room has an Asian-themed living space, a bedroom, a dressing area, and kitchen decorated with vintage-styled furniture, complemented by a touch of modern chic. It has a lavish bathroom with bath tub and its own steam room. The hotel has the added wow factor of a dedicated butler’s service totally beyond this world. From walking around, drawing your bath for you, or turning down your bed, your butler is available for you all throughout your stay. Go on a well-deserved break and splurge at Singapore’s finest accommodation!
8. TreeTop Loft
The TreeTop Loft Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience with two tree rooms creatively-designed with the highest standards of safety and comfort, standing 12 metres (39 ft) above ground in the middle of the forest. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a quiet rest. Lounge at the charming outdoor area where overlooking views are awesomely beautiful. Wake up to the sound of chirping birds and catch the sunrise as it gets brighter at Mount Faber. Or relax at the sound of the soothing rolling sea waves at night. It has all the elements to make you feel closer to nature. With spacious living area, bedroom, and bathroom, ‘unwinding’ gets a new meaning at this hotel! The tree rooms are anchored to Equarius Hotel, just next to the Universal Studios Singapore. Check out our article TreeTop Loft: Stay In A Treehouse In Urban Singapore for more of this experience.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Website: TreeTop Loft
Nestled in the tranquil village of Sentosa Cove away from the city’s hustle and bustle, you will find ONE°15 Marina Club Sentosa. Most of its 26 rooms in the clubhouse offer superb views of the marina sprawled with yachts of varying sizes and designs. It is a lovely setting for unwinding after a tiring day. There are foot paths and lovely walks by the yachts, too, if you want a little workout. Each room has a modern design with comfortable bed and pillows, television, a bathroom with a sunken bathtub, and features skylight glass ceiling windows. Don’t forget to check out their fitness centre and spend some time at their stunning infinity pool. Seek some inspiration at the spa. Then, get your fix of authentic Cantonese dishes of roasted meats and wok-fried specialties at the country’s top restaurant, WOK°15 Kitchen. If you long for the tastes of the ocean, be sure to order the classic chilli crab. This seaside escapade is worth every single penny!
10. Resorts World Sentosa Ocean Suites
Resorts World Sentosa Ocean Suites features eleven luxurious two-storey suites adjacent to the S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. The first level has an aquarium wall, a cosy bed to put your head down, and an indoor Jacuzzi for a relaxing dip. It is smartly laid out allowing you to enjoy myriads of sea creatures in different colours, shapes, and sizes. Be mesmerised by incredible views of schools of fishes, stingrays bouncing in the bubbles, and hammerhead sharks gliding your way. You could probably gaze out the window for hours and hours and never want to leave! Up on the second level is a spacious living space with a sofa bed and outdoor Jacuzzi, perfect for small gatherings and family bonding. This hotel lives up to its promise of a unique experience!
Resorts World Sentosa Ocean Suites
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Website: Resorts World Sentosa Ocean Suites
The choice is yours!
Whatever brings you to Sentosa, there surely is a hotel that will suit your liking. The island has a myriad of multi-faceted choices with varying styles and modern pleasantries to make the most of your stay. So, what’s holding you back? Get packing and experience the best that Sentosa has to offer.
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