Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Top 5 Resorts in Singapore

Written by: Amna Alam
Singapore is one of the most popular luxury travel destinations in the world. The luminous city is home to several 7-star hotels and in recent times developed integrated resorts with built-in attractions for the entire family. With unlimited entertainment including casinos, restaurants, shopping boutiques and rooftop pools, everything seems to be larger than life in Singapore.
  
Lookout Points at Sentosa - Courtesy of William Cho

If you're looking for the ultimate urban retreat, here are 5 of the best resorts to explore in the island.

Shangri-La Rasa Resort & Spa
Guests at the Shangri-La Resort & Spa have access to a private white beach and can enjoy a variety of Singaporean and international cuisine. Both onsite and offsite restaurants include live cooking stations, indoor and outdoor seating. Try the famous Singaporean noodles at 8 Noodles, fresh seafood on the beachfront at Barnacles Restaurant and Bar, or enjoy Italian food at the alfresco-style Trapizza.

Go down to level five to sip on fancy cocktails at the Bubble Bar. There are loads of nearby recreational activities including golf, kayaking, and biking trails. They also claim to have the largest swimming pool in Singapore with poolside and swim-up bars.


Marina Bay Sands at Twilight - Courtesy of  Ivan Bandura
Marina Bay Sands
If you've seen Singapore's spectacular skyline, you must wonder about that boat-like roof that so gracefully sits atop the 55-story high glass tower trio along the riverbanks.  It's the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands.

Suspended at 200 metres, the SkyPark weighs 7000 tonnes and features world-class restaurants, multiple swimming pools including the Infinity pool, tropical gardens and an open-air observation deck where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

The resort is full of exciting attractions including the Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands Casino, designer boutiques at the Shoppes. It also features an indoor skating rink, fitness centre, Banyan Tree Spa and an airport shuttle service.


Many people who take cruises to Singapore visit Marina Bay Sands as it's the city's crowning glory. You can board the Singapore Flyer for views of the Marina Bay or watch musicals at Esplanade Theatres along the Bay. Visitors can also experience the nightlife at nightclubs, bars and lounges including Ku De Ta, Fuse, Avalon and Pangaea.


Siloso Beach at Sentosa Island - Courtesy of  Wajahat Mahmood
Siloso Beach Resort, Sentosa

If you're looking for a low-key holiday with a pleasant ambience, Siloso Beach Resort offers a tranquil setting where you can relax and enjoy drinking out of a coconut. This eco-friendly resort is the ideal escape for those who are on a budget and enjoy a green lifestyle. They run an eco-tour every morning, free Sentosa Express trams to beach station and the resort is walking distance to Universal Studios.  Many rooms face the South China Sea and have a rustic yet peaceful feel to them. Some even have open-air Jacuzzis with beautiful views of the sea.  A spring water landscape pool that spans 95m, a waterfall and a beach cafe blends in with the decor.

Equarius Hotel by Resort World Sentosa

Equarius Hotel is nestled between the sea and the tropical rainforest in Sentosa Island. It's a great escape for families and is minutes from the island's attractions, including Marine Life Park, the world's largest aquarium.

Equarius is best known for its unique dining experience at Forest, headed by celebrity chef Sam Leong. Other features include a private swimming pool, a gym and complimentary access to Resort World Sentosa's other branches including Beach Villas and Hard Rock Hotel. There's plenty of in-room entertainment and each guestroom features a balcony and mini bar.

Amara Santuary Resort, Sentosa

This boutique tropical garden resort is located on a hillside and has 140 rooms ranging from courtyard suites, villas and terrace suites. Facilities include the Thann Spa, a tennis court, a golf club, a gym and an elegant glass pavilion that hosts weddings and events.  Guests can enjoy the views of the sea at the infinity pool atop the Larkhill Terrace.

Author Bio: 

Amna is a London-based freelance writer who enjoys exploring cities around the world.  She lived in London for 4 years and has travelled to Dubai, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, Turkey and all over the UK.  She enjoys experiencing different cultures and trying world cuisine.