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Resorts World Sentosa
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrResorts World Sentosa used to be called PulauBelakangMati, or a Malay term that means “The Island After Death”. It is the main feature of the “Fortress Singapore” plan of the British during World War II. But Sentosa was transformed into the popular island getaway that it is now. Its main attraction, however, is Resorts World. It consists of Universal Studios Singapore, the country’s first casino, hotels, and shopping malls.
HistoryResorts World Sentosa started construction on April 16, 2007, in Imbiah Lookout . It opened just after 34 months on January 20, 2010, along with Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Crockfords Tower, and Festive Hotel. Ten days later, FestiveWalk opened as well. On February 14, 2010, Resorts World Sentosa Casino opened, while Universal Studios Singapore had its sneak peek opening from February 14-21, 2010, although all rides were still closed. The park’s soft opening ran from March 18 to October 26, 2010.
Top Things to DoTourists can be pretty busy when they visit Resorts World Sentosa. There are many tourist attractions around it that are worth visiting if you want to make the most out of your Singapore vacation and Resorts World stay.
Universal Studios SingaporeUniversal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios park. It has 7 zones – New York, Hollywood, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, Far Far Away, The Lost World, and Madagascar. This is another popular attraction for families with its cutting-edge rides, attractions, and shows that are inspired by your favorite blockbuster movies and TV series. Some of the rides that you will find in the theme park are Shrek 4-D Adventure, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride, and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, among others.
Marine Life ParkThis is one of the best spots for families as it offers hours of educational fun, especially to kids. Visitors will have a chance of seeing and meeting marine animals. You can feed gentle sharks and fish, observe the octopus that is the master of disguise, and get crawled upon by giant isopods. If you want to see seals and pink dolphins performing tricks together, just go to the Dolphin Lagoon. You might even get to shake these sea superstars’ hands and pose for photos with them afterwards. Those who are more adventurous can choose to dive with the sharks and swim with the dolphins. Visitors who want to squeeze in an hour of relaxation will surely love Fish Refloxology, wherein a school of Turkish fish will nibble away at your dead skin.
Tiger Sky TowerThis rises 131 meters above sea level. It offers panoramic views of Sentosa, the Southern Islands of Singapore, and even those of Indonesia and Malaysia, while you stay inside the air-conditioned cabins. It is the tallest observatory in Singapore, and is now a unique landmark as it soars high and stands out in the middle of natural greenery.
Madame TussaudsMadame Tussauds Singapore is the first Madame Tussaud in Asia.
Fort SilosoThis is now renovated as a military museum. It is the only preserved, coastal fortress in Singapore that bore witness to one of the country’s most troubled times. It houses the largest collection of World War II memorabilia in the country. There are free guided tours every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, from 12:40 PM to 3:40 PM. However, each tour is limited only to 20 people.
Sentosa MerlionThis is a 37-meter tall observation tower in the shape of a mythical creature that is half fish, half-lion. It is looking out over the entire city. It shows Singapore’s role as a port city. Visitors can go inside the statue if you pay S$10 ($7.40). However, you don’t have to pay anything if you simply choose to explore outside its boundary.
Crockfords TowerThere are many things that you can do in Resorts World Sentosa, starting with enjoying what Crockfords Tower has to offer. It’s open 24 hours and underneath it is the first casino in Singapore. The casino boasts of 500 gaming tables with 19 different games, such as roulette, baccarat, poker, paigow, and taisai, which are mostly Asian preferences. Guests must not wear shorts, slippers, or singlets. Overseas tourists can enter for free, while residents need to pay $ 100 USD .
Skyline Luge SentosaThis is the ideal tourist attraction in Sentosa for adrenaline-junkies and thrill-seekers. It is the first Luge in Southeast Asia. You will find a thrilling gravity ride in this place that anyone can try as it offers a part-toboggan, part go-cart adventure. As the ride provides a distinct steering and braking system, the level of excitement that you want to experience will always be in your control.
You can also navigate down the Skyline’s 650-meter Jungle Trail or the 688-meter Dragon Trail. If you want to take in the panoramic views of the city skyline and Sentosa Island, you can ride the Skyride chairlift and appreciate the natural beauty.
Sentosa Golf ClubThis is open to the public, the only one among all the golf clubs in Singapore. It has two 18-hole courses and is the venue of the annual Barclays Singapore Open. It costs $ 120 USD during weekdays and $ 220 USD during the weekends.
Spa BotanicaThis is the first tropical garden spa in Singapore. It has a mud bath and a swimming pool as shared facilities, although there are many other treatments offered. It will cost you between $ 100 USD and $ 300 USD .
AccommodationsWhile Sentosa is only a short taxi or metro ride away from Singapore, there are resorts on Sentosa Island as well. Like Singapore, accommodations on Sentosa are expensive.
How to Reach Resorts World SentosaResorts World Sentosa is only 10 minutes from the Central Business District. You can reach it by MRT, bus, taxi or car.
By TaxiThe resort has several taxi bays, but it is recommended to enter the resort via RWS B1 car park because you only need to pay taxi charges.
By MRTGet off the Harbor Front and go to Sentosa Express at the VivoCity or take RWS 8.
By CarGet off the RWS B1 car park.
By TrainTake the Sentosa Express Train by getting to the 3rd Level of VivoCity. You can use the same train service to go around the island without paying extra charges. The Waterfront station serves as the usual unloading station for train passengers. You just need to pay $ 3.50 USD .
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Author: epicandrea. Last updated: May 01, 2015