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Sentosa staycation ideas for everyone

You don’t have to escape Singapore to enjoy a relaxing holiday. A Sentosa staycation is one of the easiest ways to feel like you’re overseas without the hassle of worrying about getting lost or foreign currencies. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious getaway or something more affordable, here’s a list of our favourite hotels in Sentosa for every budget. 

1. Capella Sentosa – for a luxurious getaway

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Spare no expense with a luxe stay at the five-star Capella Singapore and join the select club of notable A-listers like Madonna and Lady Gaga who have been guests before. Located on the edge of Palawan Beach, the resort consists of stylish modern architecture combined with conserved colonial-style buildings that date back to 1880. It’s easy to forget that the urban jungle is close by when you are surrounded by lush greenery and the panoramic views of the South China Sea – which you can enjoy right from the comfort of your hotel room. Cap your lavish stay by indulging in an intimate personalised fine dining experience at the Chef’s Table or pampering yourself with a bespoke spa treatment at Auriga Spa.

2. Shangri La Rasa Sentosa – for families with kids

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Located on the far western end of Sentosa Island, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa is the only hotel on the island that actually sits on the beachfront. A long-standing stalwart, Shangri-La continues to be a popular option for families because of the myriad activities available for young children: From Nestopia, a large open-air playground gym on the beach to its large pool complete with splash pad and three pool slides. There is even an extensive kids club and indoor play facilities for those trying to avoid the heat. The more adventurous kids can also enjoy other attractions found along Siloso Beach like the Mega Adventure Park and activities like sea sports.

3. The Barracks Hotel – for heritage lovers

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Step back in time with a stay at The Barracks Hotel, one of Sentosa’s latest hospitality offerings housed in a former British artillery outpost dating back to Singapore’s time as a part of the British colony. Old-world touches extend throughout the hotel from the classic plantation shutters to the dark timber finishings, adding timeless charm to this heritage property. The Barracks Hotel also provides private heritage tours for guests looking to learn more about Singapore’s history. This hotel has just 40 rooms, allowing for an intimate staycation experience.

4. W Hotel Singapore – for the stylish design lover

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Tucked away in Sentosa’s premium residential district is the stylish W Singapore Sentosa Cove. An array of colourful contemporary art pieces, quirky design elements and strategic LED mood lighting in the hotel’s signature purple colour transform this 240-room hotel into the playground of the fashionable and stylish. The centrepiece of W Singapore is undoubtedly the WET pool, one of the largest outdoor pools in Singapore complete with swim-up bar and underwater speakers to keep the party mood going. The in-house steakhouse restaurant SKIRT is popular with hotel guests and Sentosa visitors alike, as is WOOBAR with its custom cocktails and laid back vibe.

5. Village Hotel Sentosa – for value for money

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Hotels on Sentosa generally cater for a more well-heeled crowd paying to get away from city life for a bit, but the new Village Hotel Sentosa is one of the more affordable and value-for-money options for those who rather splurge on experiences than accommodation. Designed with families in mind, Village Hotel Sentosa doesn’t compromise on fun with a truly impressive set of four pools that it shares with sister properties The Barracks Hotel and The Outpost Hotel. It also hosts activities from daily scavenger hunts to movie nights, and a delicious array of food is available at the refurbished colonial-style building fondly called the Mess Hall.

Ocean Suites – for marine lovers

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For a truly unique experience, book a stay at the Ocean Suite at Resorts World Sentosa. Located next to the S.E.A Aquarium, these two-storey suites provide ample space and comfort with an outdoor patio and private hot tub on the upper level. On the lower level is the highlight of a stay here: a spectacular viewing panel providing an underwater view of over 40,000 fish and other marine creatures. No need to count sheep to sleep when you have stingrays and other marine life swimming pass your window ever so often.

7. Siloso Beach Resort – for the eco-conscious

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Enjoy a relaxing weekend surrounded by nature and lush greenery at the Siloso Beach Resort, a premier eco-resort with just under 200 rooms overlooking Siloso Beach. Besides being surrounded by native trees and other foliage, everything from the architecture to the protected trees emphasises the green practices that the hotel is committed to, including other sustainability initiatives to save on energy, resources and waste production. The hotel’s spring water stream pool is one of the largest landscape pools in Singapore and designed to make you feel like you are floating in nature.

Also read: How you can do your part for sustainable tourism

8. Festive Hotel – for the theme park lover

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For those who want to be in the thick of the action on Sentosa, the Festive Hotel has a great location right in the middle of Resorts World Sentosa and a short walk from the various attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and a whole array of entertainment, shopping and dining options. You’ll never run out of activities to do at the Festive Hotel. This family-friendly hotel also has a nice outdoor pool with a kid’s pool and kid’s club and fun colourful rooms to appeal to the young and young-at-heart.