Singapore's island playground just 800 metres from the mainland offers fun in the sun for all ages.

Just 15 minutes away from the city centre is Sentosa, an island packed full with entertainment options: here you will find world-class attractions, sea sports, golf and great restaurants and beaches. The name Sentosa means 'peace and tranquillity' in Malay, and while there are a few quiet spots, expect crowds of people looking for a fun day out.

Back in the 19th century, the island played an important role in the defence of Singapore and several forts were built. By the 1930s, the island was heavily fortified and during WWII, the island was a British military fortress. When the Japanese invaded and captured Singapore, the island became a prisoner of war camp. Sentosa's past is still much in evidence at Fort Siloso and Changi Museum.

In the 1970s, the government developed the island into a holiday resort for both local visitors and tourists alike. Over time, Sentosa's attractions have grown considerably and now there is something for everyone. If you catch a cable-car from Singapore to reach the island, you will land on one of the highest points on Sentosa, Imbiah Lookout. Here you can enjoy stunning views across the island and sea.

If you need some beach time, Sentosa enjoys two kilometres of protected beach with beautiful white sand and beachfront dining and bars. If you want more exercise, golfers should tee off at the Sentosa Golf Club and enjoy its 18-hole championship courses and luxury clubhouse.

The newest and biggest attraction on the island is Resorts World Sentosa Singapore. The integrated resort is the home of Universal Studios Singapore, one of Asia's most popular them parks, the luxury retail outlets of FestiveWalk, and the soon to open Marine Life Park.

You can reach the island via monorail or bus from the VivoCity Centre, by taxi or by catching the cable-car from Mount Faber or from the Harbourfront Centre. Sentosa is open daily.

Top hotels in Sentosa Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Village Hotel Sentosa by Far East Hospitality
Village Hotel Sentosa by Far East Hospitality
4.5 out of 5
10 Artillery Avenue, #02-01, Sentosa Island, Singapore
Rs12,698
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

This family-friendly Singapore resort is located in the entertainment district, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Universal Studios Singapore™, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Orchard ...

4.2/5Excellent! (171 reviews)

"We had an enjoyable stay in this hotel. The room condition was clean and equipment are all new. There was even a Japanese washlet in the bathroom. the service of the staff was great. Helped with my luggage when transferring rooms and advised on how to get to attractions around Sentosa. We had a staycation ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Village Hotel Sentosa by Far East Hospitality
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
101 Siloso Road Sentosa, Singapore
Rs19,027
per night
25 Nov-26 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Singapore resort is within a 15-minute walk of Siloso Beach, Wings of Time and Madame Tussauds. Universal Studios Singapore™ and S.E.A. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,637 reviews)

"Excellent overall. Very family friendly. Easy to get to the city and shops and restaurants. OK food offering at hotel."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
5 out of 5
21 Ocean Way, Singapore
Rs16,640
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Palawan Beach, Universal Studios Singapore™ and S.E.A. Aquarium. Festive ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,261 reviews)

"Yay: Great ambiance and decor, hotel and room. The pool was awesome, for kids and for adults to chill. Breakfast was pretty good. Nay: The fragrance in the room could be improved somewhat, could be mistaken as moldy musk."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

W Singapore - Sentosa Cove

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Singapore Zoo
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Singapore Botanic Gardens
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Boat Quay
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Boat Quay

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