Singapore’s southern island is a popular spot to beat the humid heat on a hotel balcony with sea views.
When Singapore’s humidity reaches brow-mopping levels, breeze-seeking locals jump on the monorail to the island of Sentosa. The hotels among the palms and pools are as varied as the attractions at the 120-acre Resort World Sentosa – which range from Universal Studios Singapore to S.E.A. Aquarium – so everyone from nippers to newlyweds will find their niche.
The British military base turned tropical paradise has seen much history. The compact island certainly packs a punch, with sandy beaches at Tanjong and Palawan in addition to its fabulous attractions, so your visit may turn into a stay at one of the following.
Escape to wellness at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Sunlight streams through the shutters of courtyard suites, peacocks roam the lawns, and guests from the mainland quickly de-stress at this secluded sanctuary. Just a few minutes’ drive from Sentosa, sights such as Universal Studios Singapore will make you feel worlds away in the Dream Pool – with its waterfall amid a rainforest garden – and take relaxation to the next level at Chinois Spa.
Insider tip: Body massages on offer include a relaxing Swedish treatment, a rejuvenating sports massage, and the soothing signature treatment with aromatherapy oil.
Romance your partner at Capella Sentosa
Architect Norman Foster’s partnership designed this resort to be a harmony between its 30-acre tropical gardens and two restored colonial bungalows dating to the 1880s. The result is more than 100 contemporary rooms, suites, and villas with natural materials, Asian touches, and understated elegance – perfect for gazing at the South China Sea or into your beloved one’s eyes.
Insider tip: Join the Capella Culturists for eclectic experiences such as a vintage sidecar tour to learn how feng shui has shaped the Singapore skyline.
Bond with your family at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa
This balconied building among the trees at the island’s western promontory, its crescent shape mimicking the golden sand of its neighboring beach, is one of Singapore’s best options for children. Little ones enjoy the canopy-shaded kids’ pool and waterslides, while their older siblings may appreciate an outing to the nearby coastal battery of Fort Siloso.
Insider tip: Kayaks, SUPs, and pedalboats are available, and Nestopia offers drier fun with its netted obstacle course and slides on Siloso Beach.
Enjoy the natural world at Equarius Hotel
This low-key hotel, which overlooks a swathe of tropical rainforest that cuts across the island’s western end, is a calm haven on the edge of Resort World Sentosa’s attractions, distractions, restaurants, and shops. Follow nature trails into the forest or take your swimsuit next door to Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Insider tip: Book a Deluxe Pool room or suite to step into the greenery-surrounded lap pool from your terrace.
Live it up at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
Another Resort World Sentosa stalwart, Singapore’s branch of the guitar-slinging hotel chain promises to make guests feel like musical royalty with its energy, glamour, and cutting-edge design. Join a Rock Om yoga session, bag some merch at the Rock Shop, and lift weights in the Body Rock fitness center.
Insider tip: The Sound of Your Stay program will deliver a Fender guitar, a personalized playlist, or a turntable and vinyl to your room.
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