If you’re looking for a day out in Singapore, then look no further than Resorts World Sentosa: there are attractions here to suit everybody!
Opened in stages from 2010 onwards, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has quickly turned into the ultimate one-stop destination for families and holiday makers looking for entertainment and fun on their stopover in the Little Red Dot. Sentosa as an island has been around for ages, but this section of the island is mainly from the Merlion, through Imbiah Lookout, and down to the beaches. Resorts World Sentosa occupies the land closest to the mainland and closest to the Sentosa Express monorail station.
At Resorts World Sentosa, there is a world class theme park in Universal Studios Singapore, the huge S.E.A. Aquarium, the Trick Eye Museum, Adventure Cove water park (which includes Dolphin Bay, where you can swim with the intelligent creatures), and many amazing fast food restaurants! There are some other smaller exciting activities too, such as the Crane Dance extravaganza, and the Lake of Dreams water show.
I usually arrive at RWS by taxi, so I pay my driver and make my way from the underground taxi rank to the Forum area of the resort, where the fast food outlets are and also the casino. By heading up the escalators, you will find yourself in the outdoors area where all the attractions are, such as the Lake of Dreams, the S.E.A. Aquarium, and the Maritime Museum, among others.
Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is one of the best theme parks in Asia. The park is split into six main areas: Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Jurassic Park, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. Each of these themed areas are based on intellectual property from movies, such as Transformers and the Shrek franchise. You can enter USS and leave at any time as long as you get your arm stamped. This enable you to re-enter USS whenever you want later on in the day. For more information, check out my guide to Universal Studios Singapore.
Fast food and manicured scenery are also very common sights that you will encounter at RWS – despite being at opposite ends of the spectrum! The scenery around here is very well-kept, and this is helped by the fact that the whole integrated resort is only a few years old. It still looks really shiny, and there are new areas being opened all the time. In terms of the food and beverage options at RWS, there is simply too much to choose from! I would recommend a Japanese casual dining experience called RamenPlay, where the bamboo chicken is just sumptuous! And don’t forget to book a table at Din Tai Fung, and experience a Michelin-starred restaurant. There are also some celebrity restaurants here, although I have not been fortunate enough to eat at them yet.
Adventure Cove is a small water park, but it definitely punches above its weight and fits into the “world class” category, especially considering its compact size. It is a very popular place with families and youngsters, but there are water slides and attractions here to cater for all ages. Adventure Cove is also the home of Dolphin Bay, where you can swim with those magnificent creatures, as well as rays and sharks!
The Maritime Experiential Museum is one of the lesser known attractions at Resorts World Sentosa, even though it takes up a large footprint of the integrated resort here. It is located at the back of the resort, and there are some full-sized maritime vessels which can be boarded for free at certain times of the day. It’s a great place for photos! Inside, the museum is a great way to learn about the maritime history of Singapore and the South East Asian region, and there is also a motion simulator attraction where you can experience the effects of a typhoon! The museum is a great addition to your day at RWS.
On my trips to Singapore from London, I always come to Sentosa straight from the airport (well, after checking into my hotel or hostel first), and it has became a little tradition of mine to begin my Singapore adventure on Sentosa. Usually, I buy a ticket for Universal Studios and spend a few hours there before it gets too busy, then I walk down to the beach, which takes a long time, but I enjoy the walk! Overall, it’s a great place for a grand day out.