Nature and nostalgia converge seamlessly at Singapore’s idyllic Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Overlooking the South China Sea, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa in Singapore is encircled by tropical fruit trees, exotic flowers, foliage and peacocks strutting about. Built on the site of a former British military barracks dating back to the 1930s, all 140 rooms, suites and villas echo the old world-charm of colonial architecture: think white shuttered windows, crisp white sheets on four-poster beds and spacious verandahs.
A walk around the sanctuary is like a journey through history, with treasures to discover such as the oldest chapel on the island, preserved air shelters and the metallic boot-sole cleaners used by the British Army.
But for those who crave modern comforts, there are state-of-the-art facilities that allow guests to enjoy the best of both worlds. Four outdoor swimming pools, including the rooftop infinity pool, offer cool respite from the heat. The elegant Shutters restaurant serves Asian and Western delicacies, while Thanying restaurant whips up award-winning Thai specialties for guests. A tennis court, fully equipped gym, an all-glass wedding pavilion and MICE facilities are just some of the unique amenities. And because it’s on Sentosa, there’s much entertainment to be had on the rest of the island.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, 1 Larkhill Rd, Sentosa Island; +65 6825 3888; sentosa.amarahotels.com
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This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Smile magazine.