Check Out: Sentosa

Did you know Sentosa means “peace and tranquillity” in Malay? Discover the island’s abundant nature and wildlife, heritage buildings, walking trails, water activities, fantastic food and laidback beach clubs.

1. Panamericana
Sentosa Golf Club
27 Bukit Manis Rd, 099892
panamericana.sg
Tucked away in an idyllic spot next to the ritzy Sentosa Golf Club, this relaxed bar-grill has one of the best views on the island. A large balcony overlooks rolling greens and the South China Sea, with its ever-changing flotilla of boats. Grab a table and order a round of ‘Grown Up Fanta’s (Aperol, prosecco, lemon, orange, vanilla) with succulent slow cooked meats, empanadas, barbecued corn, tangy salads and incredible desserts.

2. S.E.A. Aquarium
Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway 098269
rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/sea-aquarium
This well-run and educational attraction is home to more than 100,000 marine animals, allowing for up-close encounters with fascinating creatures from the deep. Ogle fluorescent jellyfish, get hands on (gently!) with marine life at the touch pool, and watch sharks and rays glide overhead in a glass tunnel. Fantastic fun.

3. Tanjong Beach Club
120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 098942
tanjongbeachclub.com
If wiling away a few hours at a hip beach club appeals, then head over to TBC. On weekends it’s a hive of activity and a family haven, with kids splashing happily in the pool, tucking into pancakes and building sandcastles. Parents will appreciate the brunch options and Bloody Marys. After dark, the cool kids come out to play, with resident DJs and a party vibe. If you’re looking for a peaceful escape – it’s quieter on weekdays.

4. ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove
#01, 11 Cove Dr, 1 Sentosa Cove, 098497
one15marina.com
Want to hang out with Singapore’s yachting set? Head down to ONE°15’s Boaters’ Bar, located on a pontoon at glam Sentosa Cove. Surround yourself with gleaming luxury craft while enjoying a cold drink and some bar bites. Nearby there’s a pool bar kids will love, or check into a hotel room in the clubhouse and make a weekend of it – charter a yacht, rent a bike or have a hit of tennis. Why not?

5. Schmear
Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, #01-03, 098375
schmear.sg
There are heaps of great restaurants down by the quay, all with fantastic views of the water and marina. Schmear offers a relaxed deli atmosphere and fantastic food – try the bagel sandwiches with fillings like eggs, homemade guacamole, siracha and cheese, or the classic smoked salmon, scallion cream cheese and capers. There’re also excellent burgers, a dinner menu, healthy salads and bliss bowls, plus a well-priced kids’ menu.

6. W Hotel Afternoon Tea
21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Island 098374
woobar.wsingaporesentosacove.com/en/dropthetea
A fancy high tea is always fun and Sentosa has some excellent offerings. Daily from 3-5pm enjoy afternoon tea at the W Hotel. The spread is served in an elegant silver birdcage (decorative only, no bird included!) with a selection of sweet and savoury nibbles. $65++ per cage serves two on weekdays, or $75++ on weekends.

7. Coastes
50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000
coastes.com
This rustic beach café is footsteps from the water’s edge, with onsite showers and change rooms for a slosh off after your dip. Dine under umbrellas with sand between your toes, or settle in by renting a sunbed; BYO reading material. Food here is decent – go for classics like fish and chips, burgers, pizza and pastas.

8. Nature Heritage Walks
sentosa.com.sg/explore/nature/sentosa-nature-heritage-walks
Sentosa is a fantastic hiking area – boasting Singapore’s only fully-restored military fort, Fort Siloso – as well as migratory birds, stunning butterflies, lizards, bats, crabs, rich flora and fauna, and beautiful beaches. Mapped nature treks are found on the Sentosa website (or app) and include Coastal Trail along the beaches to Fort Siloso and the 11-storey high Siloso Skywalk; Imbiah Trail which explores Imbiah Hill, and the Merlion Trail along Merlion walk to the Sentosa Merlion.

9. iFly Singapore
43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 099010
iflysingapore.com
If jumping out of a plane is too big a leap, then the next best thing is iFly. This simulated skydiving experience takes you flying in a vertical wind tunnel, which replicates falling through the air from 12,000 to 3,000 feet! Kids aged seven or above can have a go and there’s an emphasis on safety, with experienced guides and gear. Fly from $89.

10. Stand Up Paddling School
Tanjong Beach (between the two lifesaving posts)
supschool.com.sg
French expat Isabelle Malique-Park is the founder of the SUP School in Sentosa. She’s a friendly and knowledgeable guide and will personally fit you out with a board, paddle and life jacket, or give you lessons in how to paddle, balance and navigate in the calm lagoon of Tanjong Beach. The school has no fixed opening hours – just contact Isabelle and arrange a time to head out. Choose from SUP beginner and advanced classes, SUP fitness/yoga/pilates, birthday parties and teambuilding.