Travelers bound for Singapore in coming years will have a variety of new lodging and entertainment choices with the opening of the 121-acre Resorts World at Sentosa.
Development of this project—with six hotels providing more than 1,800 rooms, a Universal Studios Singapore, multiple marine and maritime diversions, and an ESPA destination spa—is estimated at S$5.2 billion, or about $3.4 billion U.S., including land cost.
It will have nine major attractions, including Universal
Equarius Water Park will blend the elements of a high-tech water park with Sentosa's original forest and its tropical foliage. Quest Marine Life will include what will be the world's largest aquarium, home to up to 700,000 aquatic animals, such as open-ocean fish and bat rays, and a 6.6-million-gallon lagoon where people can snorkel and dive with whale sharks.
Xperiential Maritime Museum will give visitors a look
Universal Studios Singapore will be the brand's
largest theme park in
Visitors will find shopping, dining and entertainment spots at FestiveWalk, along with three public amphitheaters. An ESPA spa resort will provide spa and wellness services, as well as 42 private ESPA villas. There will be six hotels in all at Resorts World. Another is Hotel Michael, designed by architect Michael Graves, whose firm, Michael Graves and Associates, also designed the overall project. The others are Maxims Residences, Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Equarius Hotel.
The 1,600-seat Le Vie theater will feature a show
developed by members of the same creative team behind such Cirque du Soleil
shows as Ka and O in
Sentosa can be reached by bus across the
The concept for the new integrated resort was developed by
[email protected] Bay Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between Genting International and
Star Cruises. Genting International has developed resorts in such destinations
Construction is set to start early this year, with soft
launch at the end of 2009 and official opening early 2010. Planners expect the
resort will draw 15 million visitors in 2010.