Sentosa, translating into “peace” in Malay, has been of strategic importance in Singapore’s military history since the 19th century. Back then, forts were built on the island to increase the security and protection of the passage into Keppel Harbour which contained the city’s coal stocks. During the Second World War the island was used as a British military fortress and subsequently became a prisoner of war camp after the British surrender. After the war, the island was used as a training facility for various military forces before the government decided to develop the island into a tourist destination in the 1970s.
With the first new development being completed in 2006, Sentosa Cove is the only residential enclave on Sentosa island, comprising an international “who’s who” list of high net-worth individuals. Since it's the only place in Singapore where non-Singaporeans are allowed to buy landed property, residents are largely made up of foreigners and expatriates with a mix of families, couples and single professionals. The epitome of luxury living, Sentosa Cove is an aspirational address for many and a reality for few. You can choose from over 2000 high-end waterfront condominium towers and lavish waterfront bungalows, and some families choose to live off their yachts in the marina.
Though Quayside Isle provides some retail and dining options (including a prep school – great for those with kids), Sentosa is located at a considerable distance from the main city hub and suffers a lack of public transportation options on the island, so most residents find a car is necessary for getting around.
Sentosa is bordered on all sides by the Straits fo Singapore.
CBD: 7.5 km / 15-30 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 24.4 km / 25-50 minutes by car / 100 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 16.2 km / 20-50 minutes by car / 80 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 10.5 km / 15-40 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
Tuas: 34.2 km / 35-60 minutes by car / 130 minutes by transit
Universal Studios Singapore is the first Hollywood movie theme park in South East Asia, featuring heart-stopping rides, thrilling performances, and endless entertainment. With a dizzying number of attractions and experiences, Universal Studios is a great day out for the young ones (and not so young ones).
Located in the exclusive neighbourhood of Sentosa Cove, Quayside Isle is the first and only premium dining and retail destination in the waterfront district. With a choice of restaurants, retail and service outlets, and even a preparatory school, Quayside Isle offers the convenience of basic amenities for residents living in this exclusive area of Singapore.
Also commonly referred to as “TBC”, Tanjong Beach Club offers up a modern European fare on sunbeds and loungers on the sandy white Tanjong beach. Popular with the younger crowd, the beach club gets pumping on the weekends with resident DJs spinning and booze flowing.
Step into the S.E.A. Aquarium and experience a whole new world right here on our planet. Home to the world’s largest oceanarium and over 100,000 marine animals, the aquarium displays beautiful creatures of the ocean, including leopard sharks, goliath groupers, and manta rays. From East Africa, to the Persian Gulf, to the Strait of Malacca, discover a number of habitats and the unique species of wildlife that live in the depths of the deep blue.
The legendary half-fish, half-lion Merlion is a definitive icon of the Lion City. The tallest merlion existing in Singapore, you can climb up the tower and be greeted by stunning views of the city from the Merlion’s head, 60 meters above sea level.
The Maritime Experiential Museum is the only museum in Singapore that allows you to experience Asia’s rich maritime history. A series of innovative and multi-sensorial exhibitions take you to worlds from another time, discovering the ancient Maritime Silk Route, uncovering precious artefacts from shipwrecks, and get up close and personal with life-sized Asian sailing vessels.
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