New Casino Resort and Universal Studios in Singapore

Nellie Huang 26 March 2010 12 comments

Resort World Sentosa

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.

Universal Studios rollercoasterThe 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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Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang

Nellie's work has been published in Food & Travel, CNN Go, online National Geographic, Channel News Asia, and is a contributing author of V!VA's Guatemala Guidebook. She writes to travel, and travels to write. The Singaporean native has just spent several months in Latin America getting herself into more trouble and of course, loving it. She now calls Spain home. Who knows where's next? Join her perilous journey through life at

12 Comments For This Post

  1. Aor Pichayanee Aor Pichayanee Says:

    It’s nice to get to Universal Studios with just 2.5 hrs flight from Bangkok :)

  2. vicki vicki Says:

    Cool! Will definitely go there soon! Thanks for sharing.

  3. pimpanty pimpanty Says:

    i’ll go there soon :D

  4. vicki vicki Says:

    ok..pim..we will go there together with p’dan…:p

  5. Liang Xinyi Liang Xinyi Says:

    Yes, Resorts World Sentosa has been getting a lot of hype lately. I certainly look forward to visiting the island the next time I’m back in Singapore but I don’t think I want to pay $100 to enter the casino. ;) That said, some of my friends and relatives (no, they are not rich) have already visited the casino out of curiosity.

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