5 Easy Ways into The State of Fun
[BY FOOT] Free Sentosa Boardwalk entry (till 31 Dec, U.P. $1)
[MONORAIL] $4/entry (Daily 7am-12am)
[CABLE CAR] $29 (Daily 8.45am-9.30pm)
[CAR/TAXI] $2-7, free after 5pm (Mon-Fri, till 31 Dec)
[BUS] RWS8 ($2 from VivoCity to Resorts World Sentosa)
The Sentosa Boardwalk is a shaded 670m walkway, home to The Wine Company, Brewerkz Restaurants & Microbreweries (new) and the Maritime Silkroad Heritage Centre (launched 11 April). Admire sculpted gardens along the way, and shop at the bustling Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar (every Sat 4-11.30pm).
A 3.2km long, 30m wide stretch of white, soft sand makes up Sentosa’s pristine coastline. A volleyball game’s usually going on during the weekends. Each beach has its own character: Tanjong Beach is peaceful, Palawan Beach is chock-full of kid-friendly F&B outlets and shops, and Siloso Beach is for adventure-seeking party people. The gentle waves are generally safe for swimming but surf’s always up at Wave House Sentosa (36 Siloso Beach Walk). At time of print, Azzura Beach Club (46 Siloso Beach Walk) is under renovation.
Tanjong Beach Club (120 Tanjong Beach Walk)
Fondly known as TBC, this all-day dining locale is excellent for brunch, chill dinners or a music-powered groovefest. Book a daybed and work on your tan or soak in their pool. Sup on Seafood Barbecue ($98 for two) or sip on a citrusy Beach Club Spritz cocktail ($17/65). www.tanjongbeachclub.com
Co+Nut+ink (70 Palawan Beach Walk)
Have we stumbled upon the original coconut ice cream from Chatuchak market? The Singapore owner bought the recipe from a vendor there and opened here in Nov 2013. Each purchase comes with a refreshing drink of coconut water. Expect Thai toppings like red ruby and sticky rice. www.fb.com/Co-Nut-ink-526386947450533
C Side (50 Siloso Beach Walk)
The Siloso Beach venue prides itself on being a 5-in-1 destination. We’re partial to the aptly-named Bikini Bar, reminiscent of a Balinese beach venue with Bintang beer, bikini babes and games out on the sand. For meaty grills and wood-fired oven pizzas, dine at Flame, and order your cocktails from Sand Bar. Other C Side outlets include the breezy, laidback Coastes and Makan2 for shaved ice desserts and casual fare. www.fb.com/CSideSingapore
Hey, Party People!
- ZoukOut @ Siloso Beach: Two days of high-octane action from dusk to sunrise with big names like Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto and Deep>Dish ($168-258, 11 Dec 8pm-5am & 12 Dec 8pm-8am). zoukout.com/2015
- Bubble Glow 5K Run + Siloso Beach Party: Light up your New Year’s Eve in neon colours followed by an after party to usher in 2016 ($90, 31 Dec 6pm-6am)! The line-up includes DJ Charlotte, Inquisitive, and Mr Boo, with a fantastic fireworks display and a New Year’s Resolution Cannon to boot. www.bubbleglow5k.com
- Hawaiian Christmas Beach Party @ Sand Bar: Indulge in a buffet, sip on shaved ice beverages and jive to live music by The Debbies and Inertia. Be sure to snap a pic with the Santarinas ($65, 5 Dec 7pm-late). www.fb.com/SandbarSingapore
- W New Year’s Eve 2016: “Stop the Clock” with a livestream of the Marina Bay fireworks, groovy DJs and tipples ($199, 31 Dec 10pm-2am at WOOBAR/WET). www.wsingaporesentosacove.com/en/NYE2016
RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA (8 Sentosa Gateway)
RWS is 49 hectares of entertainment, celebrity chow, luxe shops, half a dozen hotels and a casino. Stay till dusk to catch the Crane Dance (daily 9pm) and the Lake of Dreams (daily 9.30pm) shows. What’s new: ultra-powered trampoline MegaBounce ($10), Syun by Japanese chef Hal Yamashita and Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey at Universal Studios Singapore. What’s showing: Cinderella, A Fairly True Story (10 Dec 2015-4 Jan 2016). www.rwsentosa.com
Dine “underwater” at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora. The four-course festive lunch (24-27 & 31 Dec, 1-3 Jan) is a great deal at $68. How about a buffet at Starz Restaurant or lavish goodies from JoÃƒ «l Robuchon PÃƒ ¢tisserie (from $20, 1-25 Dec)?
Avenue Joffre (Crockfords Tower/Festive Walk)
Think Hong Kong-style roasted suckling pig, homemade Szechuan pickles with chicken feet, roasted Peking duck and stir-fried crab with glutinous rice. The restaurant, named after the same street in Shanghai (modern day Huaihai Road) showcases comforting cuisine from China’s main provinces. Led by four speciality chefs, this is the first Southeast Asian branch.
Themed food streets (Waterfront, Level 1)
The Malaysian Food Street is as bustling as ever, with snatches of conversation in Cantonese, glimmers of fiery wok flames and familiar hawker gems. Instead of our usual tai lok mee order (KL Jalan Alor Hokkien Mee), we had the char koay kak ($5) with ample crisp lard and fruit rojak ($6), both from Penang. In December, look out for the special bak kut teh hor fun in delicious herbal Klang style. For your bingsu (from $10), J-cone ($6), army stew ($32), churros with soft serve ($7-9) and watermelon soju ($30) fix, visit Insadong Korea Town with its upbeat playlist of K-tunes and e-ordering kiosks.
QUAYSIDE ISLE (31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove)
An idyllic atas waterfront respite with docked yachts and peeks of the $16-million Sentosa Cove houses most of us can only dream of owning. www.quaysideisle.com
On 19 and 25 December, look out for angels on stilts and a LED juggler. Celebrate with a giant turkey paella at Sabio By The Sea, Tapas Bar and Grill’s (#01-02) Christmas Family Brunch ($88, 25 Dec 12-3pm) or a delightful Saint Pierre (#01-15) Christmas Lunch Roast ($98, 25 Dec 11.30am-3pm).
Nosh at &MADE Burger Bistro L’entrecÃƒ ´te Express (#01-03) for their festive menu additions like lobster roll ($42, 1-31 Dec) and Surf & Turf ($49, 15-30 Dec). Meanwhile, the Festive Christmas Dinner Set ($68, from 6pm) at Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro (#01-11) includes a choice of foie gras stuffed turkey breast or a pan-seared whole rainbow trout, butternut pumpkin veloute and a chocolate-y logcake delight.
Everyone is aware of the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia and Tiger Sky Tower (131m above sea level) but did you know:
- Sentosa includes reclaimed land from Sarong Island and Pulau Selegu (1979-1980), and later Buran Darat (1994, now Sentosa Cove)
- Tanjong Rimau behind Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort, Singapore is a natural coast with a cave and marine life (for guided tours, write in to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A century-old ficus tree or Johor fig is a popular centrepiece for wedding events
- Peacocks and other wildlife roam freely on the island
- There is an excellent aerial view from the 181m-high Fort Siloso Skywalk (opened 15 July)