Sentosa Staycation – A romantic getaway for every budget

Sentosa Staycation – A romantic getaway for every budget

Finding time to spend alone with your significant other can be a nightmare, especially if you’re both working. So here’s a little guide in case you, like me, need some alone time away with your partner, but don’t actually have any time to go out of Singapore.

(updated 13 June 2017)

What’s so great about Sentosa?

Though many Singaporeans scoff at Sentosa, labeling it a place just for wide-eyed tourists, it really is the perfect setting for a little R&R over a weekend. With a myriad of activities to choose from, the two of you can satisfy your need for speed at the Luge on Siloso Beach, have a romantic date with the jellyfish at either Underwater World or the S.E.A. Aquarium, or just catch some rays and show each other off at one of the numerous beach clubs. There is truly something for everyone on the small island.

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Where should we stay?

If you’re the kind of couple who prefers to stay in and read, or have a movie marathon over room service (and let’s face it, we’ve all had those lovely quiet days with our partner), then why not just hole up in one of the many luxury hotels on Sentosa.

Depending on your budget, there are plenty of places to park yourselves for the weekend. If it’s a special occasion, an anniversary, or a big birthday year – in other words, an excuse to splurge! – there are numerous five star hotels, like the Capella Singapore, which is the no. 1 ranked hotel on Sentosa according to Tripadvisor. The Capella has a range of rooms and villas which cost anywhere from $600-$1000+ per night. They even have the 3 bedroom Colonial Manor, which is a stunning restored conservation building for those looking for a full-on luxury experience.

The W hotel is another gorgeous high-end hotel, though not quite as pricey as The Capella. For a minimum of just under $500, you can stay at this chic, modern hotel, located at Sentosa Cove. You get good value for your money, considering the W hotel has stellar reviews on Tripadvisor, and is ranked no.4 of hotels on Sentosa.

Sentosa is chock full of great beach-side restaurants

Sentosa is chock full of great beach-side restaurants

For a romantic weekend getaway, you might want to consider the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. For a minimum of $270, the Amara has an in-house spa, and also offers yoga classes. You could have a candle-lit dinner at their award winning Thai restaurant Thanying, or just have a drink at the Tier bar is also a great place to relax while having some drinks. The hotel is often used for Wedding Dinners and even has a custom built location just for solemnization ceremonies. It is an older hotel, especially compared to the newer RWS hotels, but don’t let that dissuade you – it has some great reviews.

Another option for a couples spa weekend is the Sentosa Resort and Spa (now called the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa). Set on top of a cliff, the grounds of this hotel have been styled with tropical plants and water features to make it feel more akin to Bali than Singapore. It’s facilities include steam rooms, yoga classes and tennis courts. And if one of you is more inclined to enjoy a good massage and facial than the other (we won’t name names,) the hotel is also located close to the island’s golf course.

Isn’t Sentosa expensive?
A sunset cable car ride is a beautiful way to end (or begin) your staycation.

A sunset cable car ride is a beautiful way to end (or begin) your staycation.

It’s fairly easy to plan a Sentosa staycation around your budget. If you’re not ready to pay into the thousands, for about $200+ a night, you could stay at the Siloso Beach Resort and enjoy a lovely beach holiday without having to fork out extra for flight tickets. Situated right on Siloso Beach, near attractions like the Wave House, Azzura Beach Club, and the Luge, it’s a great location for leisure and thrill-seekers alike. Ultimately, the Siloso Beach Resort would be perfect for a low-key, relaxed weekend.

If you’d like to take a step back in history, and enjoy a colonial ambience without having to fork out a lot of money,  you may be interested in the Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa (Formerly the Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Singapore). Their rooms go for about $200-400 a night, and you can chose to stay in their Heritage Wing, which is housed in a stunningly restored colonial building. The Le Meridien is also very close to the Sentosa Beach Tram, which is convenient.

The Resorts World Singapore Hard Rock Hotel have hotel packages which are more expensive but include admission to Universal Studios Singapore and monorail passes for the island, which is great if you prefer an all-included experience – and are up for a good rollercoaster! The Hard Rock Hotel also has a great swimming pool with a beach theme (complete with real sand) – See the 360 virtual reality photo of the pool here!

In the end, if you compare a Sentosa staycation to destinations such as Bali or Phuket, you can save considerably on the airfare cost, which adds up considerably. You also don’t have to waste time at the airport and on the plane too.

So there you have it – why not surprise your partner with a weekend staycation at Sentosa, and spend quality time together away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A couple of days by the beach, or at a luxury hotel, may be just what you need to spice up your relationship.

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