All you need is a weekend bag.
How often do you catch yourself dreaming of an island vacay, only to have those hopes dashed by your busy schedule? For those times when you simply can’t squeeze in a short getaway is just impossible, a staycay is the answer – a weekend in Sentosa even lets you fake real vacay vibes.
As tiny as it may be, the island is a tropical paradise with lovely beaches, golf courses, major attractions and hotels that cater to all sorts. Whether you’re looking for an otherworldly underwater room or a private pool pad, Sentosa has it all. Take your pick from our list below.
For a beach retreat: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa
Perched atop a cliff with panoramic views of the South China Sea, the resort is yet another Sentosa sanctuary away from the city noise. The accommodation ranges from impeccably designed suites combining French sophistication and local flair to isolated villas boasting private swimming pools. Book an afternoon’s worth of pampering at So SPA, before wandering back to your abode in a delicious, sleepy daze, then catch a movie under the stars poolside as night falls.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, Singapore 099891
For the luxe life: Capella Singapore
The next best thing to a vacay? A staycay that feels miles away from the bustle of Singapore. Fake vacation vibes at Capella Singapore: a jaw-droppingly gorgeous resort spread across 30 acres of lush gardens in Sentosa. Pull up in the private driveway and you’d be awed – modern and colonial buildings fuse together in one spellbinding property. Whether you can swim or not is irrelevant; the vitality pool calls for long hours of lounging as it boasts jungle views and the South China Sea as its backyard. Rooms are as sumptuous as its facilities, with suites, villas and manors available, and a personal assistant and nightly turndown service.
Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island, 1 The Knolls, Singapore 098297
For a spa getaway: Amara Sanctuary
Bliss begins as you step through the door of Amara Sanctuary. Nestled amongst foliage, the 140-room colonial property’s star accommodation is its couple suite – it’s located on the luxe Larkhill Terrace block and directly opens up to the swimming pool. We’d recommend checking into Spa Luna to up your relaxation game. It offers views of the surrounding trees and water, with services like massages and wraps to envelop you in a cocoon of rejuvenation.
Amara Sanctuary, Sentosa Island, 1 Larkhill Rd, Singapore 099394
For the party animal: W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Welcome to the playground of the rich and fabulous. Tucked away in Singapore’s most coveted postcode, W Singapore’s star is its WET pool. It’s one of the largest resort outdoor pools with underwater speakers and a pool bar – little wonder why it’s the destination for the hotel’s notorious Endless Summer pool parties. Rooms were made for A listers, with the sizes spanning 40 square metre to 195 square metres, mood lighting, massive beds, sleek furnishings and even a round jacuzzi in the most upscale room category.
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, p. 6808 7288
For rock and roll fans: Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel chain kicked off to much fanfare in the 90s, and that T-shirt can now be picked up all around the world, but our Sentosa outpost is a modern take. It still brings on the rock royalty vibes with fantastic photography of the icons (expect black and whites of Hendrix in your room) wall art of electric guitars, a cool pool bar, and dark, sleek finishes. In the suites, the first round of the minibar is on them. But, if you’re a little less rock star than you used to be, Hard Rock is also surprisingly family friendly – the tweens in particular get a kick out of this place thanks to the huge pool…
Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
For five-star family fun: Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa
Relaxing isn’t the word you’d think of when it comes to family staycays, but Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa will have you taking back your words. The five-star beachfront resort is home to one of Singapore’s largest children’s clubs, with plenty of activities and recreational areas supervised by an experienced team, leaving mum and dad plenty of time to kick back sans the littles. Visit the CHI Spa for a mind-numbingly relaxing massage, take a dip in the pool or simply take your time to hit up the superb buffet.
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, 101 Siloso Road, 098970
For a nature retreat: Equarius hotel
The face of luxury has shifted, and it’s now green. Just look at Equarius Hotel. Located a stone’s throw away from the island’s best hikes, the hotel’s rooms offers balconies with birds-eye views of the forest or sea. The nature haven’s ceiling fans are made from recycled wood, and large glass panels are used in a bid to introduce more natural light. Expect superior slumber here, as beds are outfitted with 400 Egyptian cotton bed linen.
Equarius Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8899
For the eco-conscious: Siloso Beach Resort
Siloso Beach Resorts ups the game on eco-luxury with its environmental measures. Much care was taken to keep the natural environment intact; minimal digging was done with more than 200 trees preserved, and 450 new ones planted on-site. Natural lighting and ventilation are emphasised here; a self-maintaining garden is located on the rooftop to keep the property cool. Food is derived from local sources only to minimise the resort’s carbon footprint in transporting goods, while the swimming pool’s water comes from a natural spring reservoir. In line with its surrounds of lush foliage, rooms boast an earthy palette, with rattan furnishings.
Siloso Beach Resort, 51 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099538, p. 6722 3333
For a real forest retreat: Treetop Loft
If it’s a lover retreat you seek, head to the Treetop Loft. Perched 12 metres above the ground and nestled amidst a canopy of trees, just two one-bedroom lofts are found here. Within each, you’ll find a spacious living room, en-suite bedrooms with walk-in wardrobe and private outdoor terraces. Seclusion doesn’t mean no service either, as each loft comes with a personalised butler.
Treetop Lofts, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
For a tropical sanctuary: Beach Villas
Soak in serious Bali vibes at Beach Villa: a cluster of secluded villas with up to four bedrooms. Book a stay at The Palace if you’re with the gang – it’s got four oversized bedrooms, its own private lap pool and private timber sundecks for sun soaking. Rain showers and freestanding tubs with exclusive toiletries makes this one heck of a pampering stay.
Beach Villas, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Beach Villas, Singapore 098269
For an underwater stay: Ocean Suites
Located on one side of the world’s largest aquarium is Ocean Suites. Each of these 11 suites are designed to resemble a two-storey townhouse, with private underwater views of marine life in the bedroom on the lower level, and an outdoor patio and jacuzzi on the upper floor. Here’s a cool feature: room lights will automatically dim when the viewing panel is raised.
Ocean Suites, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8899
For a waterside stay: ONE°15 Marina Club
If you’re hoping for a getaway without any tourist hustle, a stay at this sleek hotel will suit you just fine – it feels a lot more like an upscale country club. Relaxation station is here found by the pool; unwind with a tipple at the pool bar and admire the beautiful yachts docked.
ONE°15 Marina Club, #01-01, 11 Cove Drive, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098497., p. 6305 6988
For design enthusiasts: Hotel Michael
As far as aesthetics goes, Hotel Michael does it best. Everything, right down to the mosaic shower tiles, is inspired by America’s greatest contemporary architect, Michael Graves. Don’t be surprised if you wake up feeling like you’re living in an art gallery. The hotel is also closest to Universal Studios Singapore – a great resting spot if you plan to scream your lungs out at the theme park.
Hotel Michael, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8899
For affordable luxury: Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa
For around $500, you get to check into a ritzy suite with a staircase that leads down to your own private onsen (Japanese Jacuzzi) at Le Meridien. For first-timers to Singapore, the rooms give guests a splendid view of the Merlion and the island’s abundant foliage.
Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa, 23 Beach View, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098679, p. 6818 3388
For the glam squad: Crockfords Tower
Crockfords Tower is so exclusive, it’s invite-only. Decked in red and gold of the finest fabrics and stately dark wood, its rooms – ranging from suites to villas – are made for royalty with in-built steam rooms in the bathrooms, and a dedicated round-the-clock butler at your beck and call.
Crockfords Tower, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8899
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