Slated to be one of the world's most exciting family destinations, Resorts World Singapore is a collection of six hotels and attractions with fun-filled offerings for the entire family. Taking pride of place on Sentosa and spanning 49 hectares, this S$6.59 billion destination will be home to Southeast Asia's first and only Universal Studios theme park, the world's largest Marine life Park, a destination spa - ESPA and a designer casino decked with exciting gaming opportunities.
Six unique hotels complemented by creative meeting facilities, world-class shows and public entertainment, as well as celebrity dining and shopping options at Festive Walk complete the experience.
Shopping at RWS
While the main attraction at Resorts World Sentosa is obviously the casino, the array of shopping options that is being offered to tourists and locals alike is not to be sniffed at either. Housed in a shopping gallery with high-end labels such as Chopard, Jimmy Choos, Fendi, Coach, and popular brands such as Victoria's Secret, also the first ever store of its kind in Singapore, visitors are spoiled for shopping choice. The hushed ambience of the gallery also made for a pleasant shopping experience.
Festive Walk - The Main Artery of RWS
Exiting the shopping gallery brings one back out in the sunshine and into the main square of Resort World.
With a winding water fountain display decorated with ornaments and buildings painted in cheerful colours, the RWS main square is a sprawling, bustling half-kilometre stretch of waterfront restaurants, trendy clubs and concept stores overlooking all six hotels as well as the the other main attraction of RWS - Universal Studios Singapore.
Universal Studios Singapore - Fun For The Whole Family
While the official opening of Universal Studios Singapore was still weeks away, that did not stop tourists from milling around the entrance of the theme park taking pictures in anticipation of the opening of South East Asia's first ever Universal Studios theme park. Universal Studios Singapore will feature 24 rides and attractions, such as a castle from the world of Shrek, a live show by the infamous Universal Monsters, whilst supported by an extensive menu of 30 restaurants and food carts, as well as 20 retail stores and carts.
And while the park itself was not yet open to public, the shops and eateries around it were already open for business and packed with patrons. Among which is a huge Hershey's Chocolate store, a definite must-go for every chocolate lover!
Resorts and Hotels
Away from the hustle and bustle of the main square locates the six hotels of Resort World. A total of 1,800 rooms are spread over the six hotels, namely Crockfords Tower, Hotel Michael, Spa Villas, Hard Rock Hotel, Festive Hotel, and Equarius Hotel. Each hotel is individually themed and decorated accordingly.
Crockfords Tower: Quite simply the ultra-luxury experience.
Hotel Michael: The world's only hotel that displays the brilliant and whimsical flair of American architectural icon, Michael Graves.
Spa Villas: A tropical respite from the bustle of the city, with an assortment of water bungalows and beach cottages offering total tranquility.
Hard Rock Hotel: A legend in its own right, a place where the history of rock and roll comes alive.
Festive Hotel: Contemporary and chic, perfect for those who yearn to be in the thick of the action.
Equarius Hotel: Accommodation at the doorstep of a pristine forest.
Of all the hotels, Hard Rock Hotel stood out from the pack. With its minimalistic interior, futuristic blue lighting, and retro furnishing, Hard Rock Hotel pays an homage to the spirit of 60s/70s rock and roll. Walls of the hotel lobby are decorated with memorabilia from rock stars such as Elton John, and a standalone store is dedicated to rock and roll apparel.
Resort World Sentosa is now open to public and will be fully functional by end March 2010.