Luxury resorts that provide an island getaway in Singapore: Capella, W Hotel, RWS, Sofitel and more

Resort's World, Treetop Lofts

You don’t have to leave Singapore to enjoy an island getaway or a dose of nature

Singapore Airlines (and Singapore Air Charter) has announced the possibility of launching scenic flights. While we wait for that to happen – and keep cabin fever at bay – we’ll be staying at our favourite local resorts and hotels for weekend getaways. Sure, there may be no buffet lines nor pool parties for the time being, but these resorts have a thing or two up their sleeves to keep guests coming back for more. They offer something that most city hotels don’t: a change of scenery, greenery, and beachside or waterfront views.

[Note: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa has been designated as a SHN (Stay-Home Notice) facility, and is closed till the end of the year.]

Capella Singapore

What’s there to do: It’s rum o’clock, round the clock, with a rum appreciation session at Bob’s Bar. Learn about the origins of rum, what it takes to distill quality spirit, and how to concoct a rum cocktail. You can also try your hand at canvas painting, producing Peranakan patterns and floral styling.

Facility updates: Check in at 3pm and check out at 12pm. Both pool and gym are open from 7am to 9pm and guests are encouraged to make bookings online upon reservation confirmation. There are three communal pools, which makes it enough for guests to secure their 90-min slot each day; a maximum of 20 guests in the adult pool, 32 in the family pool and eight in the lap pool, are allowed at all times. The gym is only open to four guests at any point in time.

Check into: The Capella Manor, a three-bedroom residence that spans 523 sqm and comes with a private lap pool and manicured lawn. Plus, it’s located on the fringe of the Capella estate, which means you’ll enjoy leisurely strolls to and from the resort entrance.

Where you’d find us: Sitting at the al fresco section of The Knolls, interacting with the peacocks.

Capella Singapore
1 The Knolls
Sentosa Island
Singapore 098297
Tel: +65 6377 8888

Resorts World Sentosa – Beach Villas, Ocean Suites and TreeTop Lofts

What’s there to do: Take your pick from the numerous attractions at Resorts World Sentosa. Alternatively, book a night’s stay at each of the three options for a well-rounded vacation. Each property offers a different ambience: you can sleep underwater, enjoy direct pool access from your villa, or call a treehouse home.

Check into: TreeTop Lofts. Just two lofts are available, and each offers elevated views of nature. It’s the closest we can get to living in a rainforest, until Banyan Tree Mandai opens in 2023.

Where you’d find us: Table65 by Dutch celebrity chef Richard van Oostenbrugge.

Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
Singapore 098269

Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

What’s there to do: Where do we begin? Those looking to participate in beach activities would find it here in spades. Take your pick from kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, water volleyball archery, and a whole lot more.

Facility updates: The resort is currently not receiving overnight guests, though it offers two daycation packages, both of which offer access to the pool. Paradise in a Day allows guests to use the pool from 10am to 6pm daily, and Rasa Sunset in Paradise gives guests access to the pool from 6.45pm to 9pm, from Friday to Sunday. The gym remains closed.

Where you’d find us: Taking a stroll at Siloso beach after dinner.

Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
101 Siloso Road
Singapore 098970
Tel: +65 6275 0100

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

What’s there to do: Its Spectacular Saturday Prosecco Brunch is back, and it’s only available on alternate Saturdays, so be sure to call and check before making your booking. For those who prefer Champagne, the resort has a weekly Ultimate Sunday Champagne Brunch going on till the end of 2020.

Facility updates: Check in at 3pm and check out at 12pm; early check ins and late check outs are subject to availability. The pool is open from 9am to 7pm daily, and has a maximum capacity of 50. Each room can make one booking per day for two hours, regardless of the number of registered guests. Pool reservations can be made online. The SoFit Gym (open from 8am to 8pm) is capped at five guests, and slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check into: Villa Du Jardin. There are four such villas available, and each comes with a private terrace and pool. There’s also a jet-massage whirlpool in the master bathroom.

Where you’d find us: Feasting on pizza (from The Cliff) by the resort’s black-tiled pool. We’ll also be planning to recreate the Sofitel experience at home; there are Sofitel robes, scents and linen available at the boutique.

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
2 Bukit Manis Road
Singapore 099891
Tel: +65 6708 8310

Villa Samadhi

What’s there to do: Take a short hike from Villa Samadhi to Tamarind Hill, trek the winding slopes of Labrador Villa Road, then head back to the resort’s library, where you can enjoy a cocktail or afternoon tea.

Facility updates: Check in at 3pm and check out at 12pm. The resort does not have a pool or gym.

Check into: Luxe Sarang. Located an adjacent building, it provides optimal privacy and direct access from the indoor shower to the outdoor lap pool.

You’ll find us: Discovering local flora and fauna at Labrador Nature Reserve.

Villa Samadhi
20 Labrador Villa Road
Singapore 119193
Tel: +65 6274 5674

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

What’s there to do: Nothing screams ‘vacay vibes’ like W Singapore’s wet pool. Relax in a private cabana, chill by the pool bar, and enjoy jazzy beats even while clocking laps (there’s an underwater audio system). Be sure to also make use of the resort’s 24/7 Whatever/Whenever concierge, which you can request for a Champagne-filled bubble bath from, even at 3am.

Facility updates: Check in at 3pm and check out at 12pm. The pool remains open 24 hours a day, and has a maximum capacity of 50. Guests are limited to two hours of usage per room booking. The FIT fitness centre (open from 7am to 10pm) has a maximum capacity of 10, and guests are limited to an hour of usage. Slots can be reserved with the Whatever/Whenever service team upon checking in.

Check into: Fantastic Suite. The 75-sqm suite is located on the top floor and tucked in a corner for privacy. Plus, it offers a gorgeous view of ONE°15 Marina and a plunge pool on the balcony.

You’ll find us: Spending the afternoon at Away Spa.

W Singapore Sentosa Cove
21 Ocean Way
Singapore 098374
Tel: +65 6808 7288