Page 21 - Worthing Lifestyle Jul:Aug 2019
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  WHERE THE CITY
M!ts "eSea
Sally Thomson spends a whirlwind 36 hours in one of Asia's most spectacular states
 W e have been fortunate enough to travel
to some wonderful places in the world, but our expectations
of Singapore were immediately pushed aside when we arrived on the island of Sentosa - truly a piece of Paradise found and a remarkable advert for Singapore's incredibly diverse topography.
When I thought about spending 36
hours in Singapore, my thoughts
were immediately transported to city
life - all stainless steel and glazing with skycrapers touching the clouds. Sentosa offers a completely different experience
- it is a tropical haven boasting 1.2 miles’ worth of sandy beaches and plenty of places to eat and drink, plus its own range of activities to delight the lounger lizard and the adrenaline junkie.
Sentosa was previously named Pulau Blakang Mati. Once a British military base, the island was renamed Sentosa, becoming a tourist destination in 1972 the name Sentosa translates as ‘peace and tranquillity’ in Malay - something it certainly lives up to.
Our home on our first visit to this island state was the Capella Hotel. This five star hotel has everything I look for when I head abroad - genuine character, a feeling of luxury throughout every facet and a fantastic atmosphere, matched by the courtesy of the staff.
We were shown to our room which was wonderful and extremely elegant. It was a Premier Garden Room with all mod-cons, extremely spacious with a separate living area, and a fantastically comfortable bed. The bathroom was huge with massive doors leading out to our own terrace. As we had arrived at the hotel rather late we decided to have a night cap in Bob’s Bar, to plan how we would make the most of our short time in Singapore.
This luxurious hotel is located within the rainforests of the island, and features
3 outdoor pools and a multiple award-
winning spa. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi and views of the sea or gardens.
Come the morning we wandered through beautiful and tranquil gardens on the way to breakfast. As we reached restaurant, The Knolls, we were greeted by some noisy white cockatoos clamouring over the orange figs in an ancient tree, one of five heritage trees that can be found in the 30 acre grounds.
The restaurant has beautiful views towards the South China seas and overlooks the shimmering swimming pools. At breakfast you will find every
"SENTOSA IS A TROPICAL HAVEN BOASTING 1.2 MILES’ WORTH OF SANDY BEACHES AND PLENTY OF PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK, PLUS ITS OWN RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO DELIGHT THE LOUNGER LIZARD AND THE ADRENALINE JUNKIE. "
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