For many Australians, Singapore is a shopping destination or a stopover to or from somewhere else. As Dermott was there with a little extra time to fill, he decided to check out Sentosa Island, Asia's favourite playground.
The island is only five square kilometres and lies half a kilometre off the mainland. It is accessible by bus, cable car, causeway and monorail.
Singapore's Cable Car has been a boon for tourists since 1974 and has recently had a $28 million refurbishment. It links Mount Faber on the main island with Sentosa in a 15-minute ride across Keppel Harbour.
Views along the ride are beautiful, but in Singapore's case you might not get around to looking outside if you ride in the seven-star, world's first VIP crystal-studded cable cars, featuring Swarovski panels for floor and roof, black leather interiors and armrests. LED-illuminated exteriors of black and chrome are most glamorous. There are 66 other cabins, but surely a ride in the Swarovski cabin is a must!
While Singapore is not exactly a surfing destination, locals are keen to do it, so why not make some waves?
Wave House Sentosa is the fourth Wave House in the world. Others which have proved to be madly popular are in Durban, San Diego and Santiago. Sentosa Wave House is a 26,000 square metre beachfront venue with the ultimate three-and-a-half metre FlowBarrel, an artificial barrelling wave.
It was invented by surfer Tom Lochtefeld and generates barrelling and smooth waves. A composite membrane ride surface was designed to absorb the energy of impacts so if you do fall off, it doesn't hurt too much.
Dermott says the experience is a cross between snowboarding, waveboarding and surfing, and with a bit of practice, most people manage to stand up.
Universal Studios has 24 movie-themed rides and attractions, 18 of which are unique to Singapore. Rides and shows based on blockbuster hits delight young and old alike. Join Shrek and his friends on an amazing 4-D adventure in the Far Far Away Castle. The warrior mummies on Revenge of the Mummy, Madagascar and Jurassic Park Rapids provide lots of thrills, spills, screams and laughs.
MegaZip Adventure Park literally takes you on a real high. A type of flying fox, it is made up of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. You can choose smaller challenges until you feel ready to tackle the big one. Over 450 metres long and 72 metres above sea level, MegaZip takes you whizzing above the jungle canopy of Imbiah Hill and over Siloso Beach to the white sands of Fox Finish Point.
Three other adventures include ClimbMax, a high ropes adventure course, ParaJump, a replicated free-fall parachute jump and NorthFace, a 16 metre outdoor climbing wall.
Tanjong Beach Club is THE place to be. It's away from Sentosa's centre, but easily accessible by tram.
The only establishment on Sentosa's most beautiful beach, it's part bar, part restaurant and part beachside resort. Modelled after 1950s beach resorts it has beach and ocean views, infininity pool, two bars, restaurant and plenty of places to chill-out.
It has experiences to suit everyone from activities on the beach, lazing by the beautiful pool surrounded by lush gardens, sipping a Tanjong martini or sling or ordering from the extensive menu. The restaurant features fresh seafood and the bar serves refreshing cocktails out on the sand.
Taking its cue from retro beach clubs and mid-century modernism, the clean lines of The Dining Room's architecture have been combined with the warmth of natural materials and lush tropical landscaping to integrate the venue seamlessly with the stunning surroundings of Tanjong Beach. Food is 'coastal dining' and focuses on fresh quality produce.
Sentosa Island off Singapore.
Cable Car rides are around $18 one way and $20 return. For information on the seven-star VIP Jewelled Cabin visit www.mountfaber.com.sg.
Tanjong Beach Club is open every day except Monday. A three-course dinner costs around $62 per person.
Wave House Sentosa FlowRider costs around $23 an hour. FlowBarrel is $30. They open between 10am and 11pm on week days and 9am to 11pm on weekends and Wednesdays.
Universal Studios one-day peak passes cost $55 for adults and $40 for children.
MegaZip costs around $22 and ClimbMax $24.
Prices correct at 23.07.2011.
For further information
Wave House Sentosa
36 Siloso Beach Walk
Ph: 65 6377 3113
Sentosa Island Cable Car
109 Mount Faber Road
The Jewel Box
Tanjong Beach Club
120 Tanjong Beach Walk
Ph: 65 6270 1355
Fax: 65 6270 1365
Sentosa Island Authority