So after a million DM’s and questions from people about our trip to Resorts World on Sentosa Island, I thought it would be best to put everything in a blog post for easy reference.
I would have given a more complex overview of Singapore as a whole but honestly, we spent 99% of our time on the island, and within RW.
This place was honestly so amazing and had more than enough for us to see and do in our four days. It was perfect for families as well, as everything is so close and easy to find.
I’ve decided to break it all down and list the places where we stayed, went and ate at, as well as the 411 on the basics in Singapore…
We flew with Qantas, as we are Qantas FF members. We used points to upgrade from economy to business (you can click here to calculate fares).
It’s about an eight-hour flight from Melbourne and on an A380, which is a nice big plane. The kids were great on the day flight over and it was not too long for them.
It was also super easy to get through customs, and not a far transit from the gate to get out of the airport, very manageable with kids.
We had a transfer organised from the airport, but you can also use the Singaporean version of Uber called Grab.
It was around 40 minutes in light traffic from the airport to Sentosa Island.
How To Get Around
I was actually so shocked at how close everything on the island was. Everything within Resorts World is connected and you can go between the hotels easily.
There are a few ways to get around the island:
Walking: As I mentioned, it’s super easy to get around on foot. This is great for families and nothing is too far.
It’s also the most convenient, as there aren’t too many roads within the resort.
Singapore Cable Car: You cannot miss seeing the cable car as it runs directly above the resort. It runs from Mount Faber Park to Sentosa Island and gets you to and from the island.
It also offers a 360-degree aerial view of the island!
Sentosa Express: These is also a free monorail that goes around the island, with a station at the Merlion easily accessible. We didn’t take it, but heaps of people said this was a great way to get around the island.
There is also a shuttle to the beach and a bus listed on the official Sentosa Island website, so plenty of ways to get around easily.
Where To Stay
I got a bunch of questions about where we were staying and if it was suitable for families.
We were hosted at the Festive Hotel, which location-wise was perfect as it was midway of all the hotels and close to everything.
This is also the only one of the hotels offering a “family room” which has bunks and trundle for the kids.
The pool at this hotel was great, with a number of options including a shallow kids pool and play area.
For breakfast, we headed to Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel, as Festive does not have any of its own restaurants. The buffet at the hotel was epic and really catered to kids.
Where To Eat
Resorts Worlds offers a great variety of restaurants, cafes and food stalls that cater to everyone.
Our favourite picks were…
Fratelli’s: Located under Hotel Michael, Fratelli Pizzeria is by Italian celebrity chefs Enrico and Roberto Cerea. They had delicious pizzas and pasta and service were superb. Also great for kids.
Sessions: Not just an amazing brekkie buffet. We headed to Sessions on a Saturday night for their infamous Shioke Crab. They also offer Sweet Sessions which is an epic buffet of treats and desserts, a huge hit with me and the kids.
Rock Bar: Located right next to Sessions, we headed down here for a drink a couple of time while the kids enjoyed Kids Club.
Also, a great easy lunch spot overlooking the Hard Rock pools.
Malaysian Street Food: This was by far my favourite spot to eat and we had both lunches and dinner here a few times.
It is a hawkers style affair with dozens of dishes available, and super affordable. Our picks were the Chicken Satay, roti and chicken clay pots for the kids.
Coffee: The only thing we struggled to find was a decent coffee….
What To Do
If you were visiting Resorts World for 4-5 days, you honestly wouldn’t even need to leave the resort to find something to fill your days.
Universal Studios Singapore: This was our first stop. And having recently been to Japan, it was incredible to see the difference.
We found this park much more child-friendly as it is a lot smaller, meaning less walking.
It also had tonnes of rides of the kids with Annabelle tall enough for around 90% of them and Ted well over half.
This was also the first time we used Express passes, which allow you to use the Express line once on every ride. We were literally on the rides within 2 minutes and got around the park completely by dinner time.
We also stayed for their amazing Christmas parade and show. Annabelle loved watching it snow all over.
We were also able to exit and enter the park as we needed and had a few trips back to the hotel for a break. A great way to do theme parks with kids!
Adventure Cove Waterpark: Our girls love a good waterpark and this one was especially good for smaller kids.
We also had an express pass wristband for this park and getting on the rides took no time at all.
Again, Annabelle was tall enough for most rides. Ted was a little small for most but she is short for her age. 92cm is the minimum for a lot.
S.E.A. Aquarium: This was a great rainy day pick. Located right next to the waterpark, the girls absolutely loved wandering around in here for hours.
It is by far one of the best aquariums I’ve been to and had lots of information about the current state of our ecosystems and conservation, which I loved.
This one is a must on your list if you visit the island!
Shopping: There are also some great shopping opportunities within Resorts World.
The girls loved the EPIC lolly store in the outdoor mall area and there is also luxury shopping right under the hotel.
Hotel Pools: Our hotel had an amazing pool, with kids area and shallow pools for little ones.
There are also beach cabanas around the pool and there were never many people there, so not too overcrowded.
A good free activity if you’re looking to have a chill day.
Kids Club: If you are looking for a bit of respite, or wanting to head to the car or Casino for a date night. Kids Club is open from 1-9 pm.
The girls only popped in once for a couple of hours while we got some work done, but when we go back we will 100% use it to take advantage of a date night.
The girls got to make crafts, plays video games and watch movies – all Universal themed of course 🙂
It was $12 an hour, or $6 if you were a Genting member.
How To Spend
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to buy things and how “tech-savvy” most places seemed to be.
Everywhere I went accepted Apple Pay and I never had to get cash out for anything.
A lot of places actually advertised themselves as “cash-free”, encouraging people to only use card.
I was also able to use my Qantas American Express Ultimate Card while travelling around Sentosa Island. This meant I was able to earn up to 1.25 Qantas Points for every $1 spent on eligible Card purchases including small souvenir stalls at Universal and even the small boutique cafes.
Be sure to check out their current offer and receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply.
A great way to earn those points towards your next trip.
The Singaporean dollar seemed pretty close to the Aussie dollar as well, making it pretty easy to work out the conversion.