Sentosa Island

In Malay, Sentosa means tranquility and peace and to most tourists it offers exactly that during a vacation on picturesque Sentosa Island. Along the narrow north tip of the island lies the stunning Shangri-La's Rasa Resort. It's one of the more illustrious and luxurious of Sentosa Island resorts situated on Siloso Beach, a white, sandy stretch that looks over the crystal blue ocean of the South China Sea. As for Singapore island resorts, this high-class accommodation is also the only beachfront resort on the island, making it even more popular with visitors.

Moving south, the island widens out and as a whole resembles a large arrowhead. The Siloso Beach Walk stretches along the western side of Sentosa Island and eventually leads to the Musical Fountain, Merlion Walk, Lighthouse Beach Walk, and down to the Sentosa Resort and Spa, just past the midway point on the west island side. The Sentosa Resort and Spa is the second of only two five star Sentosa Island resorts offering luxury, tranquility, and world-class service on the island paradise.

Aside from two resorts, there are five Sentosa Island hotels to choose from. Overlooking Siloso Beach from a hilly incline, Sentosa Island hotels include Costa Sands offering guests quaint Malaysian-style beach huts that are simple yet charming. Offering colonial architecture and a lovely historic feel, the Sijoro is another of the Sentosa Island hotels offering accommodation to visitors. With a variety of choices offered at Siloso Beach Resort, guests can opt for unique tree house accommodation, family suites, or villas for vacations on Sentosa.

To the east of the Sentosa Resort and Spa are the only two Sentosa Island golf courses, Serapong and Tanjong. The Sentosa Golf Club is the gateway to two exceptionally designed and scenic Sentosa Island golf courses. The Barclays Singapore Open is held at Serapong, a multi-million dollar project that includes incredible upscale dining, meeting, and conference facilities. Both of the Sentosa Island golf courses offer eighteen holes of prime, championship golf, and are considered two of the best among Asia's leading courses. Compelling and dynamic, both Tanjong and Serapong both feature stunning views and boast fairways lined with verdant natural foliage. The fantastic natural aspects lend a tranquil feel for those who prefer to spend more time at the spa, and less or no time golfing!

Visiting golfers can expect a truly enhanced golf experience playing at either of the Sentosa Island golf courses. At Sentosa's Serapong course, golfers can anticipate an impeccable design created by Ronald Fream and used for many professional events. The course features a combination of exotic grasses including Zoysia fairways, Tiffeagle greens, and teeboxes covered in Paspalum CL 2000. Opened on Sentosa Island in 1972, the Tanjong golf course was originally designed by Frank Pennick and collaborated on by Chris Putman, a course architect, and the golf course designer Max Wexler. Tanjong boasts tall, swaying trees, natural hazards, bunkers, mounds, freshwater lakes, and undulating fairways designed for continuous, championship play.

Sentosa Island offers a number of excellent attractions and things to do for all ages. There are three separate Singapore beaches to choose from including quiet Tanjong, sports-oriented Siloso, and secluded Palawan Beach. Dolphin Lagoon and Underwater World offers stunning reef exhibits, a large aquarium and dolphin shows daily. The coastal Fort Siloso, Carlsberg Sky Tower, Sentosa Orchid Gardens, and Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom are also wonderful attractions to visit. There are numerous nature walks across the island that offer a more in-depth look at the natural scenery and island's wildlife. For a jaunt away from the hectic pace of the city, take time to visit Sentosa Island and soak in both the excitement and the relaxing benefits it offers tourists and locals alike.

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