These days it's easy to tell the exuberance of an establishment, when the signature fragrance greets you in the parking lot.
This was the case as we pulled up to the Outpost Hotel Sentosa.
But even the drive from super-city-country Singapore, over to what is described by locals as their adventure island is enticing. Formerly known as Pulau Blakang Mati (meaning “the island behind which death lies” in Malay, and we much prefer the new name), the island was once a fishing village and later became a British military base until 1967. Upon its return to the then newly independent Singapore Government, the island was soon developed into a holiday resort and renamed Sentosa. And in recent years it has undergone an exceptional makeover to become a premier resort destination with multi-faceted appeal for some 19 million visitors, annually.
Checking in at The Outpost Hotel Sentosa is a breeze. As one of three new hotels, together with the Village Hotel at Sentosa and The Barracks Hotel – it is located within Sentosa’s heritage belt along Artillery Avenue. We were welcomed by guest relations who had all our details ready and waiting, as we signed we were handed a virgin cocktail infused with none other than rooibos tea to sip. Nice touch.
Having recently opened in April 2019, it offers upscale accommodation that also exclusively caters to adults - with another separate part of the resort catering to the needs of families with younger children.
Inspired by Sentosa's Heritage as a colonial military base, the 193 guest rooms are a stylish interpretation of black and white design, with crisp lines and a sharply contrasting palette. Offering personalised services and amenities, the hotel is built for adults and couples seeking exclusivity, I'm told. Room amenities include bespoke toiletries kit by Australian beauty brand Appelles Apothecary & Lab, pillow mist kit for turn down service, and customized complimentary minibar from a selection of premium snacks and drinks.
Guests are invited to help themselves to a basket of snacks on arrival - which is then waiting for you in your room along with your luggage. And the rooms are lux, spacious with incredible view and bath and toilet facilities that are best described as extra. Some hotels have phones in the toilet, this one comes with a remote control and a whole lot of functions.
"Curious palettes will be satiated with the fiery flavours of Asian gastronomy, while sophisticated gourmands will delight in the complex textures and experimental tastes of fine dining."
With oceanfront vies this site offers tropical resort living, alongside romantic quayside restaurants, retail and specialty shops. Located 15 minutes away from the central business district, it's a quick commute from the Harbour front MRT station at Vivo City. Travellers can choose various modes of inbound transport including the Sentosa Express, shuttle bus services, a road link, or the Sentosa Boardwalk – a 700-metre timber pedestrian walkway featuring five garden themes set against lush landscapes, canopy-covered travellators and a variety of shops and F&B outlets.
I'd also recommended using the transfer to the new intra-island cableway, the Sentosa Line. Opened in July 2015, this new addition to the Singapore Cable CarSky Network boosts mobility between the three main clusters of attractions at the Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point.
Stop in for some delicious food and cocktails overlooking the night sky of Sentosa.
But there is lots more to see and do.
Sentosa’s free amenities include nature enclaves, beaches, animal encounters and cycling tracks. Family Fun - Set against a tropical beach landscape, Sentosa’s Palawan beach is dedicated to family centric activities. Located at the Palawan area, the Palawan Kidz City is an indoor family entertainment centre that is home to KidZania Singapore, offering unique edutainment concept combining real life experiences with role-play; and at Siloso Beach, guests can also enjoy the award-winning multimedia spectacular – Wings of Time, the only permanent night show in the world set in the open sea.
From eco-luxurious to sustainable green living by the coastline, Sentosa is home to 18 hotel accommodation catering to different needs and budgets. Discerning guests can choose to indulge in getaways at Capella Singapore, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, W Singapore - Sentosa Cove, Amara Sanctuary Resort, Shangri-la’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Le Méridien Singapore Sentosa, while budget-conscious travelers can opt for unique hotels such as Siloso Beach Resort or chalets and ‘kampong’ huts at Costa Sands Sentosa. There are also six themed hotels in Resorts World Sentosa also add to the variety of accommodation options.