A 20-minute drive from downtown Singapore will take you to an island retreat that has proved successful for property investors and resort operators. Now Sentosa’s diverse range of beaches, colonial-style retreats, theme parks, dining and teambuilding options are being brought to the attention of conference and incentive organisers.
Sentosa proved its credentials in the high-powered segment of meetings management when the 2018 DPRK-US summit was held at the Capella Singapore, with footage of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un strolling through the hotel beamed across the world.
The 500-hectare island is home to 17 hotels, more than 100 restaurants, two golf courses, and the world’s largest oceanarium. Sentosa adds another dimension to Singapore’s appeal, particularly among organisers seeking post-conference excursions or multi-day events.
Such are the choices on the 4.7sq km island that a brainstorming session can be tucked away at a colonial-style boutique hotel while large groups can be treated to a day out at theme parks.
Resorts World Sentosa – The Asia home of Universal Studios and the region’s largest oceanarium also houses eight hotels, ranging from Beach Villas and the Hard Rock to TreeTop Lofts and the Ocean Suites, which feature rooms with below-surface views of the aquarium. RWS also provides Sentosa’s prime event space, including The Coliseum and Resorts World Ball.
Capella Singapore – Seclusion and tranquillity with views of the South China Sea were among the attributes that made this 112-room, suite and villa the location for the Trump-Kim summit. Another bonus is conference facilities amid lush greenery with a glass dome enabling natural light to fill the pillarless ballroom.
Beaches – Three main beaches – Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong – provide a choice of scenic spaces for events ranging from gala dinners and parties to dining and teambuilding.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Groups seeking to place wellness at the heart of their events can find spa therapies and massage at this tranquil retreat, which also has a building with seven function rooms and a ballroom.
Sentosa is about a 22-minute drive from Changi Airport via the ECP expressway. The Sentosa Gateway Tunnel brings traffic from the island into the city.
Private vehicles or taxis have to pay a toll to enter Sentosa. Other access options include the island’s cable car system, which begins near Harbourfront MRT subway station.
SEA Aquarium – One of the many locations that provide an itinerary stop and a host of dining and event venues, including the Ocean Dome, where groups can dine or enjoy cocktails while many of the oceanarium’s 100,000 species swim past above and alongside.
Tanjong Beach Club – For poolside cocktails, quiet dinners or large get togethers on the beach this fashionable 1950s-inspired hideaway on the east of the island is a treat for groups – and can even facilitate teambuilding.
Royal Albatross – The 22-sail, 47-metre-tall mast ship is available for private charter, with sunset cocktails and dinners made extra special for up to 149 guests. For an overnight voyage, a group of 10 can be accommodated in five ensuite cabins.
Golf – Sentosa Golf Club’s two courses, Serapong and New Tanjong, are hailed as the most scenic in Asia. As well as hosting international tournaments, the club house also has several spaces suitable for meetings, and events. These include the Grand Salon with views over the greens.
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