About Sentosa Cove
Sentosa Island was once used as a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp when the British surrendered to the Japanese. However, Sentosa Cove has more than 2,000 oceanfronts (luxurious) houses and apartments. Although this is also part of Sentosa Island, the feel is different because it is a residential area.
Sentosa Cove covers 117 hectares; however, it comprises mostly reclaimed land, including five artificial islands. The islands are Coral Island, Paradise Island, Treasure Island, Sandy Island and Pearl Island.
Although Sentosa Island has plenty of accommodation choices, Sentosa Cove only has two options, the first being ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove and The W Hotel Sentosa Cove.
How to get to Sentosa Cove
Hire cars and taxi services are plentiful in this small island country; all you need to tell them is The W Hotel, and you can be whisked away to the front of the lobby for your weekend staycation. And until September 2021, entrance into Sentosa Island is free. However, there are other ways to get there. These include:
- The complimentary orange bus that starts at Beach Station service runs from 7 am to 940pm daily.
- Sentosa Cove shuttle bus runs from HarbourFront Bus Interchange from 630am to 1030 pm during peak hours.
- MRT north-east line (purple) or circle line (orange) to HarbourFront station. You can walk there via the Sentosa Boardwalk or catch the Sentosa Express.
- Sentosa Express (monorail) will take you to several stations in Sentosa but not Sentosa Cove, so you must walk or catch the bus from Beach station.
The W Sentosa Cove Review
The W Hotel is part of The Marriott Bonvoy points program, which I highly recommend. I have been part of the Marriott points system for over ten years, and I can recommend it as the best hotel points system in Asia (I am a member of quite a few). Hotels like The W, The Westin and St Regis Hotels and Resorts have invested in this program a little bit sweeter!
Things to know before you stay at The W, Sentosa Cove
Although the W chain is known for its adult partying vibe (I have visited a few, and I can vouch it is true), somehow, Singapore’s version seems to have more children floating around than others. I think it’s worth mentioning if you have a preconceived view of the place before arriving.
Check before you arrive if any of the facilities might be closed (we arrived when the gyms in Singapore closed their doors, but everything else was open).
During 2020 and 2021, which restrictions in place, you will be able to book a pool slot during your stay; get in early as these are snapped up fast.
Be prepared to relax, it is not like anywhere else in Sentosa, and there is no need to rush off and find activities outside the resort. Instead, stay and enjoy all of what Sentosa Cove has to offer.
Checkin at the W Sentosa Cove
Checking in and checking out is easy; the staff are friendly, and the wait is not long. Checking out, you can choose from the express checkout or be serviced by one of the friendly hotel staff.
The W Sentosa Cove Room Review
Did someone say “spoilt!?”. We were lucky enough to take advantage of our Marriott Bonvoy points membership and booked a fantastic room with its lap pool – yep! Loads of privacy as the beautiful surroundings allowed for enough cover to feel like we were in our little oasis – Why thank you, W Hotel. If you want to book this room, it is called an away suite (yep, tucked away with complete privacy).
Equally surprising was the array of gorgeous treats found in our room! We did not take long to kick off our shoes, relax, and devour the beautiful treats.
The bathroom was beautiful, and the lounge area had that quirky charm all W offers. The bed was soft and dreamy and made for hard to rise in the morning (too comfortable to leave).
All quirky-cool bar amenities were there for the offering (at a price, of course) and having a swing chair in the lounge area made for the best spot to sit and read a book (tried and tested by me).
Other rooms include:
- Spectacular guest room with Marina View
- Marvellous suites
- Wonderful Guest Rooms
- Fantastic suite with top floor Marina view and plunge pool
- Wow, this suite with a Marina view and plunge pool is more extensive!
- Extreme Wow (think presidential suite)
The W Sentosa Cove Facilities
You can not go past the W Hotel Sentosa without visiting the Pool. These signature W hotel pools are what make this hotel chain so memorable. So sip your fruity slushy style cocktail by the side of the Wet Pool or grab a book and relax in one of the cabanas. Otherwise, you could Swim up to the wet bar (when restrictions are lifted) and enjoy your drink at the bar.
Away Spa is precisely that; it takes you far, far away as you float on a high from one of the many Spa services on offer. Choose to enjoy on your own or with your partner or friend; check out some spa services here.
Okay, they have a fitness centre, and although we walked past it each time we went to our room, I can not say I know first-hand what is on offer. However, pressing my nose up to the glass and looking in (Yes, I did this), I saw the facility looked good and had all the necessary machines for a serious workout. Regular opening hours are between 7 am to 10 pm daily.
Dining at The W Sentosa Cove
When you are in a suite or a luxury room, eating in is always lovely; the 24-hour room service menu is extensive, so you will not be disappointed if you choose to spend your entire weekend inside. If you think you would instead explore the hotel dining options.
The skirt restaurant is for those who love their steaks; they know what grilling is all about. The dress code is smart casual, so think more beautiful restaurant rather than a steakhouse. Open for dinner only.
The Kitchen Table is where you will have breakfast, lunch and dinner if you choose. It is a much more family-orientated, comfortable, casual dining area. I was lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful mothers day lunch here.
Woobar is a great place to stop for a drink before you head out to dinner or a lovely place to catch up for a drink with friends in the afternoon. The atmosphere is relaxed, the view is fantastic, and the staff are friendly – it is a win-win in my eyes.
Eating out at Quayside Isle
There are many options for eating out around Sentosa Cove, as Quayside Isle has many bustling restaurant choices. I even named one of the restaurants in the best Singapore restaurants blog.
Other restaurants include Blue lotus Chinese, Greenwood fish market, rock bar burger and steakhouse, Sabio by the Sea Tapas Bar and Grill, Bali on the Cove, two chefs bar and more.
Things to do in and around Sentosa Cove
- Sentosa Island has many tracks to explore; why not go on a Sentosa Island Jungle walk starting at Sentosa Cove?
- Go for a stroll along the Marina; it is an excellent place for that perfect Instagram shot.
- Go for a morning stroll to Tanjong Beach, bring your coffee and watch the locals and their dogs play in the surf.
- Play a round of golf at the famous Sentosa golf club
- Book in and get your hair done at Hera Hair Beauty
- Join a pilates class at The Viva Group
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope this post has given you the information you need before your next staycation at The W Sentosa Cove. If you have any recommendations, tips or travel advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!
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