2010 has been a thrilling one for Singaporeans so far, with the opening of Resorts World Sentosa – a complex entertainment centre equipped with four world-class hotels, a sprawling casino and the Universal Studios theme park.
Singapore’s first casino resort is a s$6.59 billion project that was built in a record time of under three years. The long-awaited entertainment hub is believed to be a massive boost to the country’s tourism.
The Universal Studios theme park is the one and only in the entire Southeast Asia- the biggest draw for many visitors including myself. Home to Asia’s largest Grand Ballrooms, the integrated resort has plenty to offer – celebrity chef restaurants, designer boutiques and a sprawling shopping strip FestiveWalk.
For a cushy sleep, upscale travellers wouldn’t be disappointed by the range of hotel options available. Four plus and exclusive hotels are located within the resort grounds: Crockford Towers, Hard Rock Hotel, Hotel Michael and Festive Hotel. In the later phase, two more hotels – the Marine Life Park and Maritime Experiential Museum will be added.
Unfortunately, the Singaporean government has imposed safety measures, with a S$100 entrance fee for Singaporeans and permanent residents and banning anyone declared bankrupt from the casinos . With the pricey entrance, looks like only the afluent ones will be knocking on its doors.
Built on the Sentosa Island, the resort is easily accessible from the mainland by car or public transport. Alongside other hip and trendy hangouts such as Cafe del Mar, the resort represents brand new Asia and all it has to offer.
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