Sentosa Island – Singapore’s hidden gem

Last weekend marked the big milestone of our one year anniversary. Gah, I find it hard to believe! One year of marriage? It feels like only yesterday that we were planning the guest lists, choosing the rings, walking down the aisle, dancing till our feet couldn’t take it any longer and ending with a honeymoon trip to Thailand filled with so many blissful moments. Strangely enough at the same time it feels like it should be more than 365 days. Birthday celebrations, hen weekends in Barcelona and mehndi nights to becoming a wife and adjusting to married life. And then it came, the big move to Hong Kong! Adjusting to married life along with relocating to a new country (thousands of miles away from home – eep!) has been both challenging but also very very rewarding. And so this past weekend, I found myself asking… “All this? In just one year?”

And to celebrate surviving a year of marriage and all the challenges we have been faced with, Sagar and I took a short but sweet trip to Sentosa Island, Singapore. After a few whirlwind months, it came as a super last minute idea and we both agreed that we needed a get away. Somewhere hot, somewhere with a beach and somewhere we could ultimately relax and do absolutely nothing!

“You want to go to Singapore!?”…

I was quite adamant that I didn’t want to go to Singapore when Sagar first suggested it. After all, its just another concrete jungle right? Or so I thought! After some research I was astonished to discover Sentosa Island.

Sentosa, meaning ‘peace and tranquility’ in local language Malay. And true to word, it really was beyond incredibly beautiful. Just a short 25 minute ride from Singapore’s Changi Airport and we were transported from a stunning skyline of high rise buildings along a glistening marina to  a haven, a complete sanctuary oozing nothing but pure peace and serenity.

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The Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
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Welcome cocktails at midnight – it’d be rude not to!

Sentosa Island is a resort island just south of the city. Not only does it have THREE incredible beaches (Tanjong, Siloso and Palawan) but also heaps of attractions. From Universal Studios, to beach bars, to zip lining across the island – get that adrenaline pumped! If its a quiet and laid back trip you are looking for, I can not recommend enough Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa. Beautiful grounds with stunning peacocks casually roaming the grounds, a ridiculous breakfast buffet, a pool bar to die for and a short five minute walk to the picturesque Tanjong Beach. If you don’t believe me, have a look for yourself…..

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Sit back, relax and order yourself a pina colada!
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The peacock even joined us for breakfast much to Sagar’s astonishment! 😛
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Breathtaking sunset 😮
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Posing at Tanjong Beach
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Lunch at Tanjong Beach Club

The Sofitel Sentosa Spa was just a quick and smooth buggy ride down through the resort. As the driver took us through the windy forests, I stare up at the lush green palm trees closing in on us as the bright pearly blue sky peered through and the sunshine gleamed against the sea. I was in complete heaven! 😮 😮 😮

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The view from the Sofitel Sentosa Spa relaxation rooms

Okay, there are tons of amazing things that I could say about this Sentosa Island but my ultimate favourite? The thing that kicks it up a notch or two? It has got to be the proximity to the main city. This gives you flexibility and if you are anything like me, someone who gets cabin fever super quickly, this is the place for you! You can begin the morning on the beach or lounging on the sun beds by the pool and then for lunch head over to one of the many luxury hotels on the Island. For example, Capella. Woah, Capella!!!!! (It really does deserve that many exclamation marks!) Where do I even begin. From the moment you step foot onto the private estate, you are transported back to a colonial time – I see a white mansion ahead of me, surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees as tall as the sky. Words won’t do it justice. In fact pictures won’t either but if you’re still curious enough take a look below! Opt for the lunch at The Knolls, Capella and you will not be disappointed. 5* food and most definitely 5* service!

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Capella Hotel, Sentosa Island
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Views from Capella Hotel
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Lunch at The Knolls, Capella

In the evening you can catch a cab and head into the city of Singapore full of laser light shows, breezy marina nights and sky high views. Or if you fancy staying on Sentosa Island, take a walk along one of the three beaches and find yourself a beach club or bar playing the latest jams and serving a variety of cuisines. You may even catch the fireworks from Universal Studios or The Sentosa Wings of Time light show (Yeah, they kinda appeared from nowhere and then blew my mind! And this my friends, is why I have no photos to share!)

If you’re British, it is a MUST that you go to the Long Bar at The Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling. The hotel is named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and the Long Bar is where the cocktail was originally invented! This place was a known hot spot in the early 1980’s where celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway were spotted drinking on a regular basis. So if thats not the only reason you should visit then of course there is THE Singapore Sling. Not anything like the ones you have at the regular city bars on a happy hour but the most delicious one you will ever have. You can even sit at the bar and eat monkey nuts and throw the shells on the floor (yeah, no kidding!) It is the only place in Singapore where you can litter legally!!

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Long Bar, The Raffles Hotel
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City views from Ce La Vie rooftop bar Marina Bay Sands
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Oh hey Marina Bay Sands, I see you hangin’ out there in the back! Selfie taken at Lantern rooftop bar, Fullerton Bay Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is so much more to explore, experience and see in Singapore and I am 100% sure that I will return. In the meantime, for those of my readers who are considering planning a holiday but want the perfect balance of city and chill, head on over to Sentosa Island Singapore. It will not disappoint!

Ps – For my foodies, the hipsters and the beach party animals out there, check out The Bikini Bar and Coastes in particular – my absolute favs!!!

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xoxo

Author: Hira Desai

Hira Desai is the founder and owner of farawayfishtales.com and Instagram feed @farawayfishtales

One thought on “Sentosa Island – Singapore’s hidden gem”

  1. Great Blog!!! Full of very helpful information… Glad to hear you both had a fantastic time!!! Look forward to the next one. Nina xxx

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