When we came to Sentosa Island nearly thirty years ago it really was an island. You could only get here by cable car or boat. It had to be boat for me as I was afraid of heights in those days. A few years later I learnt to snow ski (was already a water skier), had to get over my fear so I could go up on the chair lifts. Still not keen on heights, but I cope! Getting back to Sentosa, time and progress means huge changes. Over the years land was reclaimed so now you can drive onto the island. This means it is no longer a quiet little place where you wander around the nature walks and visit the Butterfly Park. There are beautiful resorts, a skywalk along the treetops high above the ground, lovely beaches, Madam Tussauds, Universal Studios and many other attractions.
We had lunch one day in the Malaysian Food Street by Universal Studios. This has been developed to be like a food street in Malaysia with numerous little shops just selling a couple of choices of their specialty meals, but it is indoors and cool away from the beating heat outside. Dishes included Hokkien Prawn Mee, Nasi Lemak and Claypot Chicken Rice. At S$6-10 this was a well priced meal – might go back for dinner!
Another place to go is up the Tiger Sky Tower. This gives 360-degree views across Sentosa’s beaches, attractions and Singapore city. At S $18 this is good value.
Universal studios had huge queues at opening time. Looked fabulous – maybe we’ll go another time!
We stayed at the Siloso Beach Resort. This is an Eco Resort. Sustainability is part of everything they do. Surrounded by dense greenery, but looking out to the beach and sunset (between the trees), it has a pool with natural spring water, a really high waterfall and water slides – great for the children and adults alike! They recycle much of the food waste on site through worm composting (just as we do at our home) and organic roof-top farming. Nice! An interesting place to stay on Sentosa close to all the action. There are free buses and a tram that continually travel around the island to save walking in the heat! It is just across the road from the beach too, so that is a bonus! The lukewarm water is just my style! It’s never this warm in NZ.