The name Sentosa translates as "peace and tranquility" in
Malay, which was in turn derived from संतोष (Santosha) in
Sanskrit. Sentosa was once known as Pulau Belakang
Mati (Chinese: 绝后岛), which in Malay means the "Island
(pulau) of Death (mati) from Behind
The name Blakang Mati is rather old but may not have been
founded in the nineteenth century as generally believed. In fact,
there exists an island that was identified as Blacan Mati in
Manuel Gomes de Erédia's 1604 map of Singapore. Other early
references to the island of Blakang Mati include Burne Beard
Island in Wilde's 1780 MS map, Pulau Niry, Nirifa
from 1690 to 1700, and the nineteenth century reference as Pulau
Panjang (J.H. Moor). However, early maps did not separate
Blakang Mati from the adjacent island of Pulau Brani, so it is
uncertain to which island the sixteenth century place names
The island has gone through several name changes. Up to 1830, it
was called Pulau Panjang ("long island"). In an 1828 sketch of
Singapore Island, the island is referred to as Po. Panjang.
According to Bennett (1834), the name Blakang Mati was only given
to the hill on the island by the
Malay villagers on the island. The Malay name for this island is
literally translated as "dead back" or "behind the dead";
blakang means "at the back" or "behind" or "after";
mati means "dead". It is also called the "dead island" or
the "island of the dead" or perhaps "island of after death".
Different versions of how the island came to acquire such an
unpropitious name abound:
- One account attributed the ominous name to murder and piracy in
the island's past.
- A second claimed that the island is the material paradise of
warrior spirits buried at Pulau Brani.
- A third account claims that an outbreak of disease on the
island in the late 1840s almost wiped out the original Bugis settlers on the
island. Dr Robert Little, a British
coroner investigating the deaths, stumbled upon what was called
Blakang Mati Fever, purportedly a type of fever caused by
miasmastic fumes arising from decaying leaves and swampy water on
the island. This event led to a controversy in medical circles at
that time as to the causes of what was later recognised in 1898 as
malaria spread by the Anopheles mosquito. The
government's malaria research station was originally located
- A fourth interpretation is that "dead back island" was
so-called because of the lack of fertile soil on the hills.
However, since the island creates an area of dead water behind it
with no wind (hence "still behind" - still or stopped being an
alternative translation of mati) it may be as simple as this —
less romantic perhaps, but believable from a nautical
In 1827, Captain Edward Lake of the Bengal Engineers in his
report on public works and fortifications had proposed an
alternative name for Blakang Mati as the "Island of St George".
However, the island was seen as too unhealthy for habitation and
his proposed name was never realised.
In a 1972 contest organised by the Singapore Tourist Promotion
Board, the island was renamed Sentosa, a Malay word meaning
"peace and tranquility", from
Through the 1980s and 1990s, a number of pay-to-get-in tourist
destinations were built on the island, most of which the local
people found uninteresting. Consequently, there was a joke that the
name Sentosa stood for "So Expensive and Nothing to See Also".
In the nineteenth century, the island was considered important
because it protected the passage into Keppel Harbour. Plans to
fortify the island as part of the defence plan for Singapore were
drawn up as early as 1827, but few fortifications actually
materialised until the 1880s, when the rapid growth of the
harbour led to concern
over the protection of coal stocks against enemy
attack. The forts built on the island
were Fort Siloso, Fort
Serapong, Fort Connaught and the Mount Imbiah Battery.
The western end of Pulau Belakang Mati, the place where Fort
Siloso is now, used to be called sarang rimau (the tiger's den).
Salusuh is a kind of herb used as a remedy in
childbirth, but there is no explanation of how the fort came to be
so-called, the orang laut of Kampong Kopit only knowing the
place by the name of sarang rimau. By the 1930s, the island
was heavily fortified and a crucial component of Fortress
Singapore, and the base of the Royal Artillery.
During the Second World War, the island was a British
military fortress. The British set up artillery guns in Fort Siloso
that were then pointed to the south, facing the sea in expectation
of a seaward Japanese assault.
However, the Japanese eventually invaded and captured Singapore
from the north, after having done the same to Malaya (now known as
West or Peninsular Malaysia). Following the surrender of the Allied
Forces on 15 February 1942, the island became a prisoner of war
camp, housing Australian and British prisoners of the Japanese.
During the Japanese Occupation, under the Sook Ching Operation,
Chinese men who were
suspected, often arbitrarily, of being involved in anti-Japanese
activities were brutally killed. The beach at Pulau Belakang Mati
was one of the killing fields.
After the Japanese surrender in 1945 and the return of Singapore
to British rule, the island became the base of the locally enlisted
First Singapore Regiment of the Royal Artillery (1st SRRA) in 1947.
Other locally enlisted men from Singapore were sent to the island
for basic military training before being sent to other units of the
British Army in Singapore. Ten years later, the 1st SRRA was
disbanded and its guns dismantled. The coast artillery was replaced
with Gurkha infantry units,
first the 2/7th Duke of Edinburgh's own Gurkha Rifles and later the
2/10th Princess Mary's own Gurkha Rifles. Fort Siloso and Fort
Serapong became a Catholic retreat and a Protestant church house
respectively. Fort Connaught was left in ruins.
In the early 1960s, during the Indonesian Confrontation, the
2/10th unit defended the island against Indonesian
saboteurs. With the end of the Confrontation in 1966 and the
withdrawal of the Gurkha units from the island, the British handed
over Sentosa to the Singapore Armed Forces of the newly independent
Government of Singapore in 1967. In 1967, Pulau Blakang Mati became
the base for the Singapore Naval Volunteer Force, which relocated
there from its old base at Telok Ayer Basin.
The School of Maritime Training was also set up there, as was the
first Naval Medical Centre.
In the 1970s, the government decided to develop the island into
a holiday resort for local visitors and tourists.
The island was renamed "Sentosa" in 1972, which means peace
and tranquility in Malay (from Sanskrit, Santosha), from
a suggestion by the public. The Sentosa Development Corporation was
formed and incorporated on 1 September 1972 to oversee the
development of the island. Since then, some S$420 million of
private capital and another S$500 million of government funds have
been invested to develop the island.
In 1974 the Singapore Cable Car system was built, linking
Sentosa to Mount Faber. A
series of attractions were subsequently opened for visitors
including Fort Siloso,
Surrender Chamber wax museum, Musical
Fountain, and the Underwater World. The causeway bridge was
opened in 1992 connecting Sentosa to the mainland.
The Sentosa Monorail system was opened in 1982 to transport
visitors across seven stations located around the western side of
the island. On 16 March 2005, the monorail service was discontinued
to make way for the new Sentosa Express, which commenced operations
on 15 January 2007. An environmental assessment conducted by the
government of Singapore concluded that the construction of an
integrated resort on Sentosa would to result in high likelihood of
high scale biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, soil erosion and
climate change, as well as several other destructive ecological
impacts, therefore, in the area that was to be cleared for the
construction of the resorts, over two hundred trees and plants were
replanted elsewhere on the island to minimize negative
In 2009, construction of a new foot bridge began. The S$70
million Sentosa Boardwalk includes themed gardens, shops and
eateries. There are covered walkways and travellators along the
boardwalk for rainy days. The Boardwalk, officially opened by
Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on 29 January 2011,
will provide visitors an alternative mode of travel to reach the
Boardwalk, designed by Aedas, was named Best Leisure Architecture
in Asia Pacific and 5* Best Leisure Architecture in Singapore, at
this year's Asia Pacific Property Awards.
The island has an area of close to Шаблон:Convert. It
lies just half a kilometre (a quarter of a mile) away from the
southern coast of the main island of Singapore. It is Singapore's
fourth largest island (excluding the main island). 70% of the
island is covered by secondary rainforest, the habitat of monitor
lizards, monkeys, peacocks, parrots as well as
other native fauna and flora, also, when the construction of
Sentosa commenced, environmental impact was kept at a minimum
when over two hundred trees in the designated area were replanted
elsewhere on the island. The island also has Шаблон:Convert
stretch of white sand beach. Significantly large portions of land
are currently being added to Sentosa due to land reclamation.
Sentosa can be reached from the Singapore mainland via a short
causeway or Cable
Car, which originates from Mount Faber and
passes through HarbourFront en route to its final destination at
The island is also accessible by the Sentosa Express monorail,
which replaced the old Sentosa Monorail that operated from 1982 to
2005. The Sentosa Express has three stations on Sentosa and one on
mainland Singapore. The northern terminus of the line, which opened
on 15 January 2007, is located at the VivoCity shopping mall on the
mainland and the southernmost terminus, Beach Station, is located
on Sentosa Island. In Vivocity, the mainland MRT is in turn served
by the HarbourFront of the North East Line and the Circle Line.
Within Sentosa there are three bus services, identified
as Bus 1, Bus 2 and Bus 3, and a tram service called the Beach
Tram. Since 1998, passenger cars have been allowed to enter the
Visitors can also access the island via the Sentosa Boardwalk
which is parallel to the causeway (which opened on 29 January
2011). The first two days of its opening were marked with free
entry into Sentosa for visitors who walk, and subsequently a SGD 1
admission fee into Sentosa is charged. From 7 June 2014 to 4
January 2015, walk-in entry into Sentosa via the Sentosa Boardwalk
is free on weekends and public holidays. Walk-in entry is also free
for SG50 weekend.
offers a variety of attractions, museums and other facilities to
provide a variety of experiences, recreation and entertainment to
visitors. Many attractions on Sentosa are located in Imbiah Lookout,
which contains 11 attractions.
Tiger Sky Tower (previously known as the Carlsberg Sky
Tower) is a free-standing observation tower. At a height of
ground and Шаблон:Convert above
sea level, it offers visitors a panoramic view of Sentosa,
Singapore, and the Southern Islands. It has a lifting speed of 1.2
metres per second and weighs 200 metric tonnes. On a clear day, the
view extends to parts of Malaysia, Johor
Bahru (30 km / 18 miles), Indonesia, Pulau
Bintan (45 km / 28 miles) and Pulau Bantan (43 km / 27
miles). At ground level, visitors enter a large disc-shaped
air-conditioned cabin fitted with glass windows all around. The
cabin then revolves slowly as it ascends the column of the tower.
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breakThe Sky Tower now sits at the very spot of what was
formerly known as the Dragon Court. It
had a dragon statue as the centerpiece with water spouting from its
mouth. In one of its claws, it held a previous logo of Sentosa
which was used in the early 1980s. Its tail ended at the Dragon
Trail in the northern part of Imbiah Lookout.
The statue was demolished a few months before the groundbreaking
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breakThe Sky Tower was officially opened on 7 February 2004, is
situated in the Imbiah Lookout
zone in the centre of Sentosa and can be reached by Cable Car,
Sentosa Luge Chair Lift, the Sentosa Express or by internal
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom is a landscape garden
with over 15,000 live butterflies, representing more than fifty
species. Housed in a cool outdoor conservatory, these butterflies
range from the 25 millimetre (1 in) Eurema sari to the
150 mm (6 in) Papilio iswara. The Insect Kingdom
houses some 3,000 species of rare insects from around the world,
including a 160 mm Dynastes Hercules beetle.
Sentosa Merlion is a gigantic 37 metre-tall replica of
the Merlion which was completed in 1995, housing two viewing
galleries and a souvenir shop. The Merlion statue once played a
role in the world-famous Magical Sentosa show, but had to drop the
part after the show was discontinued in March 2007 to make way for
the construction of Resorts World
Sentosa. Both the now defunct Sentosa Monorail and the Sentosa
Express pass closely by the statue. Unlike its predecessor by the
Esplanade, Sentosa Merlion distinguishes itself as the only Merlion
in Singapore where you can learn about the urban myth within its
Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon is an oceanarium
located on the western part of Sentosa at Siloso Point. Opened in
1991, the living museum has more than 2,500 marine and fresh-water
animals of 250 species from different regions of the world. The
oceanarium is underground and has an 83-metre long travelator that
moves visitors along a submerged, glass-windowed tunnel from which
they can look at an array of marine life including a coral reef,
stringrays, moray eels, turtles, sharks, and other
fishes. In the 'Dive with the Sharks' programme, visitors can scuba
dive in the large oceanarium, even if they are not scuba
breakUnderwater World also includes a Dolphin Lagoon which is
home to some Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, also known as the Pink
dolphins. A "Swim with the Dolphins" session is held daily to allow
visitors to enter the pool and interact with the dolphins at close
proximity. The Underwater World Monorail Station of the now-defunct
Sentosa Monorail once connected visiting tourists to the western
half of the island, but it no longer does as the monorail was
discontinued in March 2005.
- The Wings of Time show, created and produced by events
company ECA2, started on 17 June 2014, replacing "Songs of the Sea"
which ended its run on 4 May 2014. The Malay Kampung by the Sea or
more commonly known as a Kelong, is Шаблон:Convert long
while the rest of the equipment (water jets, water screens, lasers
and projectors) is hidden at the back of the kelong. It features
pyrotechnics displays, water jets, laser show and flame bursts, a
live cast and an open-air viewing gallery which can comfortably
accommodate 2,500 visitors. The show runs twice nightly every
evening. Tickets are purchased at all Sentosa ticketing counters or
Sentosa 4D Adventureland contains Singapore's and
Southeast Asia's first four-dimensional theatre. Opened in January
2006 at the cost of S$3.5 million, the theatre is equipped with
digital projection and a DTS 6.1 sound system. Currently, there are
several attractions in Sentosa 4D Adventureland:
- An immersive 4-D movie - "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The
- A virtual 4-D roller coaster - "Extreme Log Ride"
- An interactive 4-D Shoot-Out game - "Desperados"
- A new 4-D experience ride - "Green Lantern - Fight Against
Fort Siloso is
located in the west of the island, with the guns of this preserved
fort still standing. Fort Siloso was built by the British in 1880s
to guard the narrow western entrance to Keppel Harbour. It was
later modernised. The fort guarded the western approaches to
Singapore during World War II. By 1939 it was armed with two
guns and two rapid firing 12-pounder guns. Fort Siloso is now the
only surviving coastal gun battery from the twelve such batteries
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breakThe ammunition bunkers, barracks,
tunnels, and gun emplacements of the fort are now open to visitors
as a military-themed attraction. Also on display is a collection of
artillery guns dating from the 17th century to World War II.
Life-sized replicas of British soldiers and other people are on
display to depict life at the fort. Fort Siloso is home to the
nation's largest collection of World War II memorabilia, including
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breakThe fort also served as the place of internment for the
Singaporean political prisoner Chia Thye Poh in the period
1989-1993. This attraction was once served by the Fort Siloso
Monorail Station of the discontinued Sentosa Monorail. After the
monorail closed in 2005, the station was repurposed to add on to
MegaZip Adventure Park, located at the top of Mount
Imbiah, is Singapore's first adventure park with one of the longest
and steepest zip wires in Asia (MegaZip), a
3-level, 40 feet-high aerial rope course (ClimbMax), a 50-foot high
free fall simulator (ParaJump) and a challenging 16 metre-high rock
climbing wall (NorthFace). At over 450 metres long and 72 metres
above sea level, MegaZip is Asia's most extreme zip line. Guests
descend at speeds of up to 50kmph from the jungle canopy of Imbiah
Hill to the sands of Fox Finishing Point at Siloso Beach. This
attraction was visited on the sixteenth season of the American
reality show, The Amazing Race.
Madame Tussauds Singapore is the newest wax attraction
situated at Imbiah Lookout.
It replaces Images of
Singapore, an award-winning historical museum that exhibited
the culture and history of Singapore. Madame Tussauds Singapore has
eight fully themed interactive zones and a new "Spirit of
Singapore" boat ride.
Wave House Sentosa is located at Siloso Beach. The
House consists of the Double FlowRider and the Шаблон:Convert
FlowBarrel, Singapore's first artificial barreling wave.
- The Skyline Luge & Skyride features a self-steering,
gravity-driven three-wheel cart. Invented in New Zealand over 27
years ago, this non-motorised cart allows riders to speed down a
hill choosing between the 688 metre-long Dragon trail or the 628
metre-long Jungle trail, both ending at Siloso Beach. At the foot
of the hill, guests can board the Skyride, a chairlift which
affords a bird's-eye view of Sentosa Island, the Singapore city
skyline and the South China Sea.
iFly Singapore - Measuring 16.5 feet in diameter with a
flying height of 56.5 feet, iFly Singapore is the world's largest
themed vertical wind tunnel. Visitors will receive professional
training and guidance from certified instructors and complimentary
skydiving gear rental on top of the actual skydive experience.
Sentosa Nature Discovery aims to educate and allow
guests to appreciate the various species of flora and fauna that
are unique to Sentosa's environmental landscape. Housed in a former
monorail station that has been creatively adapted, it features
interactive and colourful exhibits as well as a 1.8 km-long
nature walk on an elevated boardwalk that was once the monorail's
- A section of Imbiah Lookout closed down on 27 March 2007
to make way for Resorts World
Sentosa. Note that some of the attractions listed here may have
closed down earlier.
Sijori Wondergolf was a miniature golf park. There were
54 landscaped greens set in three different 18-hole courses. It
eventually went under redevelopment and will re-open in the
following years to come.
Fantasy Island was a water-based theme park. Opened in
1994 at a cost of S$54 million, it had numerous water slides and
other features. A very popular park at the time of its opening, it
was unfortunately plagued by several accidents that resulted in
several people getting injured as well as two fatalities. All these
accidents led to the eventual closure of the attraction on 2
Adventure Asia Park, adjacent to Fantasy Island, was a
separate gated attraction housed within the Asian Village themed
area. At least one roller coaster operated at this location. The
park closed permanently before 1998.
Sentosa Monorail circled the western half of Sentosa
until it closed in March 2005. Most of the island monorail was
dismantled though several of the stations were repurposed for other
uses and parts of the original track structure still remain. The
monorail was replaced by the three internal bus lines and the
current Sentosa Express, which operates from the main island of
Singapore to Sentosa.
Volcanoland featured an artificial volcano along with
Mayan motifs and scenery. It was closed down to make way for the
Fountain, when opened in 1982, was the star attraction at
that time. It underwent three extensive renovations in 1972
(construction), 1992 (upgrading project) and 1999 (major
restoration and upgrading). In 2002, world-renowned creator of
multimedia shows, Yves Pépin (who also designed Songs of the
Sea and Wings of Time) replaced the musical fountain
show with the Magical Sentosa Show which lasted for 5 years. After
operating for 25 years, the fountain was eventually shut down to
make way for the integrated
resort. Its last show was staged on 25 March 2007.
- The Sentosa Ferry Terminal opened in 1973, and was the
first cruise center in the region. For some time it was a popular
attraction which ferried 9 million passengers to and from Sentosa,
but passenger traffic started to decline steadily after 1998 when
cars were allowed into the island for the first time. The Ferry
Terminal Monorail Station of the now defunct Sentosa Monorail once
connected tourists to the western half of the island, but it no
longer does after the station closed in 2005. The ferry terminal
itself was demolished along with the Sentosa
Musical Fountain and the Fountain Gardens that connected the
terminal to the musical fountain in 2007 to make way for Resorts World
Sentosa which would occupy the area. The demolition was watched
by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the media, and the general
Sentosa has a stretch of sheltered beach of more than Шаблон:Convert on its
southern coast, divided into three portions: Palawan Beach, Siloso
Beach and Tanjong Beach. These beaches are artificial, reclaimed
using sand bought from Indonesia and Malaysia. They are manned by a
beach patrol lifeguard team who are easily identified by their red
and yellow uniforms.
Palawan Beach lies in the centre of the southern coast
of Sentosa. There is a suspension bridge that leads to a small
islet off the coast which is said to be the southernmost point of
continental Asia, or Asia's closest point to the Equator. There are
several bars along the beach offering food and beverage options to
visitors as well as Beach Station of the Sentosa Express. Palawan
Beach was once served by Central Beach Monorail Station, but this
station closed in 2005.
Siloso Beach lies on the west portion of the southern
coast and it is known as the place for beach volleyball and other
outdoor activities such as canoeing, skimboarding, mountain biking
and rollerblading. There are also dining and shopping outlets along
the beach. The beach underwent a SGD$3 million facelift in December
2012. The Rasa Sentosa Resort is located at the western end of
Tanjong Beach is located on the relatively more secluded
eastern part of the coast. The crescent-shaped beach is sometimes
used for special events or parties. The beach bar 'KM8' used to be
located here, but it closed down on 28 March 2009. The Tanjong
Beach Club is now the main draw on Tanjong Beach.
There are several hotels and resorts in Sentosa (excluding
Resort Sentosa has five-star hotel facilities, and 140 guest
rooms, suites, villas and mansion to offer.
- Capella Singapore is a luxury resort situated on 30-acres of
lush grounds and gardens. It has 112 manors, suites and guestrooms
designed by Lord Norman Foster. It is developed by Pontiac Land. It
was officially opened on March 2009. Capella Singapore's long-stay
accommodation arm, The Club at Capella Singapore features 81
serviced apartments, penthouses and manors.
- Costa Sands Resort operates a number of chalets and 15
kampung-like huts. It
is located on a hill overlooking Siloso Beach.
- Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort, Singapore is a beachfront
five-star hotel located at the western tip of Siloso beach, with
454 rooms and suites.
- Siloso Beach Resort opened in July 2006. It has 172 rooms, 10
family suites, 1 treehouse and 12 Villas overlooking the sea. In
line with ecologically friendly carbon credit practices, over 600
of the original trees that are native to Sentosa island were
preserved. 1000 more fruit trees, flowering plants, exotic ferns,
and herbs were planted. The architecture of the resort was
purposely structured to circumnavigate and protect these
- The Sentosa Resort & Spa is a five-star hotel with 214 rooms
- W Singapore - Sentosa Cove is a 240-room five star luxury
resort hotel well known for providing a variety of services &
facilities including the popular Whatever/Whenever service. The
property is connected to a 228 unit residential complex (W
Residences) located at Quayside Isle - inaugurated in September
- Movenpick Heritage Hotel is an upscale luxury lifestyle hotel
strategically located in the heart of Sentosa.
In addition, there are six hotels in Resorts
- Crockfords Tower
- Hotel Michael
- Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
- Festive Hotel
- Equarius Hotel
- Spa Villas
- Fish Reflexology is a foot massage where Turkish spa fish or
African spa fish nibble on the dead skin of one's feet, making the
skin smooth. This is followed by a Reflexology session. This is
available in the Underwater World.
- Spa Botanica is set in the Sentosa Resort & Spa. It has
facilities including mud pools and Turkish-styled steam baths.
Barclays Singapore Open was held yearly at the Sentosa
Golf Club's Serapong Course from 2006 to 2012. The event was
co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. In 2013, the
Sentosa Golf Club began hosting the annual HSBC Women's Champions
golf tournament, also played at the Serapong Course.
Sentosa Balloon Hat Festival began in 2004. It is a
gathering of local secondary school bands who would do display
marches from Tanjong Beach to Palawan Beach before a mass display
event. The participants would wear balloon hats made by themselves
and each school comes up with their own unique design. At the end
of the event, all the students would pop their balloons followed by
the releasing of a large number of balloons into the air. The event
began as part of an attempt to create the world record for the
gathering of the largest number of balloon hats. It was
discontinued after 2006.
Beach parties: Hed Kandi, one of the world's best
selling dance music labels and owned by Ministry of
Sound began a monthly dance party on Siloso Beach in 2011,
drawing over 14,000 visitors over a seven-month span. The Hed Kandi
events and Ministry of
Sound events are produced by SEAM in Singapore. The Siloso
Beach in Sentosa is host to the annual ZoukOut beach dance
party organised by Zouk nightclub. On 10 December 2005, some 18,000
people attended the event. A New Year's Eve party, Siloso NYE
Splash (later rebranded as Siloso Beach Party), is also held
annually at Siloso Beach. On 31 December 2005, the party attracted
some 15,000 people.
Sentosa Flowers: Running from 2005 to 2013, the annual
Sentosa Flowers event showcased rare and special blooms unique to
the spring season. The event, which coincided with the Chinese New
Year or "Spring Festival" celebration in Singapore, hosted other
activities including mural painting and photography competitions
and a festival market for gardening enthusiasts.
- The Swatch FIVB World Tour 2007 for beach volleyball was
held on 24–27 May 2007 at Siloso Beach. This was the first ever
Women's World Tour event and was the biggest-ever beach lifestyle
event hosted on the island. This was also the first time
Olympic-level athletes competed on Singapore soil for Beach
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family-oriented Integrated Resort with a casino at its
core. A resort developer and operator was chosen on 8 December
2006. The winning proposal was the Genting/Star Cruises consortium
in their bid for Resorts World
Sentosa. It has a Universal Studios Theme Park (known as
Studios Singapore) which occupies nearly half of the resort
space. Development of the resort was financed privately at a cost
of $SGD5.75 billion and it does not receive any government
subsidies. The proposal for a casino was met with extensive
opposition from many conservative critics. Nevertheless, the
government has constantly reassured the public that there would be
stringent measures in place to maintain the social fabric of the
nation Singapore, and to prevent problems such as gambling
On 14 February 2010 at exactly 12:18 p.m., which was also
the first day of the Chinese New Year, Resorts World Sentosa was
opened to the public. In Cantonese, "1218" sounds like
"prosperity", hence the opening time.
Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has developed a
sustainability plan to safeguard the environment and to conserve
Sentosa's heritage assets. In fact, many parts of Sentosa still
retain her original tranquil and lush environment - driven by the
Corporation's land-use policy of maintaining 60% of the island as
green and open spaces (natural area reduced to about 25% by
Efforts are made to raise awareness among both visitors and
staff of the island regarding environmental issues and sustainable
tourism. This is done via regular campaigns and educational
Key sustainability-related achievements include:
- Sentosa was shortlisted as a Sustainable Tourism Destination
finalist in the World Travel and Tourism Council's "Tourism for
Tomorrow" Awards in 2013.
- The island is home to some 30 heritage trees (listed in the
National Parks Board’s Heritage Tree Register) and over 20
conserved colonial buildings, some of which date back to the
- Singapore’s only fully restored coastal military fort,
- Several Green Mark-certified buildings such as Sentosa Cove
Village, Sentosa Family Entertainment Centre, W Hotel, and
Sentosa. The Green Mark is awarded by Singapore’s Building and
Construction Authority to buildings that fulfill specific
environmentally friendly criteria.
- An award-winning eco-hotel, Siloso Beach Resort.
- Developing the Sentosa Boardwalk, which is a covered pedestrian
walkway with various sustainability features, to connect the island
with the Singapore mainland. Guests are encouraged to use the
Boardwalk to enter and exit Sentosa as it leaves a minimal carbon
- Partnering with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to
testbed Singapore’s first low-flow tidal turbine at the Sentosa
- Community-giving initiatives such as an annual "Sentosa Gives"
initiative in September, which sees more than 1,500 children,
teenagers and seniors from the participating voluntary welfare
organizations, schools and charities benefiting from the many
activities planned for them. The Corporation also offers island
entry concessions to charity groups throughout the year.