Relax on the beautiful Sentosa Island
Singapore's Sentosa Island is an extremely popular island resort. Sentosa, meaning "tranquility" in Malay, attracts millions of tourists to its sparkling shores. There is an abundance to see and do on this stunning island - it's a vacationers dream.
Sentosa Island was of great importance during the 1800s as it guarded the route to Keppel Harbor. Fortifications were constructed on the island in the 1880s to protect the coal reserves. Four main forts were raised namely Fort Siloso, Fort Connaught, Fort Serapong and Mount Imbiah Battery. When the 1930s arrived Sentosa Island was well guarded and became the headquarters of the Royal Artillery.
In the course of World War Two the British used Sentosa Island as a military fortress. The Allies surrendered on 15 February 1942 and thereafter the Japanese made it into a prisoner of war camp. Following Japanese surrender the British once again regained power of the region. The island was used for basic military training of men from Singapore. In 1967 the British gave Sentosa Island to the Singapore Armed Forces. Finally, during the 1970s it was decided that the island be transformed into a holiday resort. The Singapore Cable Car was put up in 1974 and connects Sentosa to Mount Faber.
Since that time the Sentosa Island has just flourished. The Carlsberg Sky Tower is just one of the popular attractions. The tower is Asia's highest free-standing observation tower reaching some 110m. From the apex of the Sky Tower the panoramic view is amazing stretching as far as Indonesia and Malaysia on a good day. The most impressive historical site is Fort Siloso. Constructed in the 1880s, Fort Siloso offers its ammunitions bunkers, gun emplacements, tunnels and barracks to tourists to explore. The fort doubles as a museum with a collection of guns, photographs and film clips.
Merlion is a statue which tells the legend of Sang Nila Utama. It is the tallest of its kind in Singapore. The Musical Fountain is a fantastic display of water, lasers and music creating three-dimensional images relating to Sentosa's history. Nature lovers will want to visit the Butterfly Park, Insect Kingdom and Underwater World.
Drive down to Siloso Beach using a Sentosa Luge. This is three-wheeled cart driven by gravity. Sentosa's beach stretches some 2km along the coastline. It is dividing into Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach, each with an abundance of bars, restaurants and fun-filled activities. A map of Sentosa Island can be obtained through the tourism office. You will find getting around to all the clearly marked attractions that much easier using the map of Sentosa Island.
There is a variety of lodging on Sentosa Island. The four hotels on Sentosa Island offer outstanding service and high-class facilities. Sentosa's hotels beautifully round off your holiday experience.
Sentosa Island is what everyone imagines an island holiday to be - sandy beaches, bright sunshine, cool waters and entertainment galore.