The huge Resorts World Hotel and Theme Park, which also encompasses the Universal Studios complex, may arguably be the crowning glory of Sentosa Island; but there are other reasons why visitors to Singapore would absolutely love a visit to this former British military island. And one of these reasons is Sentosa’s beaches.
Before I get into detail about these sandy stretches, let me just put it out there that despite Singapore being an island, it was never blessed with natural sandy beaches. But I guess at some point, the government of this admirable Southeast Asia country did not let this fact stop them from being creative. I could only imagine one of them saying in a boardroom meeting during the discussion of the impending development of Sentosa Island, “If we don’t have a beach, we’ll make not one, but three!”
And today, we see that this vision has transformed into reality. Sentosa Island has three, fairly nice, albeit artificial beaches. The fact that the developers needed to take a huge amount of sand from somewhere to create the Sentosa beaches, did not deter the locals from loving their newfound beaches. And I understood how they feel. The beaches are not bad at all. They made the seascape as appealing as it could be, adding attractions to the beaches and giving each one a unique character. The sandy areas are clean and well-maintained, as expected. Perhaps, the only thing that they couldn’t change is the water. Some blogs and travel sites will comment on how the water appears unclear, if not, murky at times. This is understandable as there is steady traffic of ships passing through the straits and coastal area around Singapore. Still, I saw a good number of people swimming, so bathing in Sentosa may go down to just preference on the part of the guests.
So without further ado, here is a detailed description of each beach on Sentosa. Hopefully, this will help you decide which sandy stretch is perfect for you and your holiday expectations.
1. Siloso Beach
Siloso is the first beach that you will see once you alight at the Beach Station of the Sentosa Express Monorail Service. Since it is the closest beach to the main transport services on the island, it is arguably, the most consistently visited. Siloso is the most commercially-appealing beach in Sentosa. Aside from the usual beach facilities, Silioso also offers a wide range of water sports and activities like rollerblading, cycling, kayaking and skim-boarding and of course, volleyball. It also features a charming beach promenade filled with restaurants, shops, and the coolest themed bars and clubs on Sentosa.