Neighbourhood Guide: Sentosa Cove

Neighbourhood Guide: Sentosa Cove
April 12 08:13 2016

Sentosa Cove is a prestigious resort-like residential neighbourhood located in the southeast corner of Sentosa Island, famous for its idyllic marina setting and status as Singapore’s hub for fancy yachts staffed by lucky yacht staff (psst, if you ever wanted to work on luxury yachts here is a guide to) and luxury homes. 

This upscale neighbourhood may lack Chinatown’s heritage or old-school vibe in areas like Tiong Bahru and Kampong Glam, but it carries its own culture of luxury, glamour and leisure. If you’re curious to see what life is like on the other side, then follow this Sentosa Cove guide on where to eat, drink, play and sleep.

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History of Sentosa Cove

Conceptualized in 1992, Sentosa Cove has more than 2,000 oceanfront villas, waterway bungalows, hillside mansions and condos, many with personal yacht berths so that residents can jet away on a weekend cruise straight from their backyards.

The land is part reclaimed and part of what used to be an isle called Buran Duat, which was situated east of Sentosa in the 1970s. This area never fails to make it in the news whenever one of its properties is fetched for ridiculously high prices (check out this $33.3 million bungalow!). Complementing these luxurious houses are exclusive marina clubs, five-star hotels, restaurants and other amenities.

We love

Quayside Isle – Perfect for romantic dates, after-work drinks and special occasions, this gorgeous wooden boardwalk is a premium F&B and lifestyle space that gives non-residents a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The 25+ casual to high-end restaurants and bars here offer an amazingly range of foods to fit any craving, from Indian to Greek speciality cuisine. Quayside Isle is especially scenic at night as the trees are lit up with fairy lights.

We recommend

WET® Pool at W Singapore Sentosa Cove Top off your luxe experience with a dip in one of Singapore’s largest and most glamorous outdoor pools – WET® at W Singapore, which hosts wild Endless Summer themed pool parties on the first Sunday of every month (SGD 35 nett, includes 1 drink) where models, visiting yachties and millionaires mingle. On other days, the pool is open to the public for a SGD 45++ entrance fee.

For serious swimmers, underwater speakers pump surreal beats to keep you motivated across the 1,338 sq meter pool. For those who just want to chill and soak in the sun, you can lie on massive floating beds,  toss beach balls and even play table tennis in the water.

Where to Eat at Sentosa Cove

Quayside Isle offers free weekday parking from 12pm to 2:30pm, perfect if you’re looking for an office lunchtime with a difference. Otherwise, we recommend hitting their F&B outlets for dinner or weekend brunch.


Dates, weddings and proposals are common at MUSEO, an intimate restaurant serving exquisite seafood, luxurious afternoon teas, and 4-course dinner sets. Must-tries include the Two Way Lobster, combining the French Thermidor style with a Singaporean seafood otah stuffing, and the Squid Ink Linguine which comes with grilled octopus in a salty, creamy egg sauce.

Open Sun to Thurs 11:30am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am – 1am

Sabio by the Sea

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Sabio By The Sea. Source: Sabio By The Sea

Serving a huge variety of Spanish tapas, Sabio by the Sea is a great place to feast with a big group on their grilled meats, seafood dishes and huge paellas. Tapas must of course be enjoyed with a signature glass of sangria.

Open Mon to Wed 3pm – 10:30pm, Thurs 12pm – 10:30pm, Fri & Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 11am – 10:30pm

Mykonos on the Bay

Head to Mykonos on the Bay to be transported to the Mediterranean Sea. Gorgeously decorated with Greek-imported blue and white furniture, Mykonos at Sentosa Cove serves Greek-style seafood and juicy meats served straight from their custom-made charcoal grill.

Open Mon to Wed 6pm – 10:30pm, Thurs & Fri 12pm – 2:30pm and 6pm – 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 12pm – 10:30pm)

&MADE Burger Bistro (Closed)

Already well known from their original location in Pacific Plaza, &MADE is a cool, laid-back diner with video game-inspired decor. Try their irresistible truffle fries with homemade BBQ sauce dip and decadent ‘B’ Burger, which consists of a dry aged beef patty topped with garlic mayonnaise, caramelized onion and oozing cheese.

Open Mon to Thurs 12pm – 10:30pm, Fri 12pm – 11pm, Sat 10:30am – 11pm, Sun 10:30am – 10:30pm

Brussels Sprouts (Closed)

Opened by celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant, this is a great place to hang out with your friends and enjoy Belgian fare, such as Ailes de Poulet (Belgian fried chicken wings), and homemade beef and pork meatballs. Don’t miss their specialty mussels prepared in unique flavors, including lobster bisque, chili crab and laksa. They also have a huge selection of Belgian draught beers, which are offered 1-for-1 during Happy Hour.

Open Tues to Fri 5pm – 11pm; Sat & Sun 12pm – 11pm

Earl of Hindh

Enjoy North Indian fine dining classics – Jhinga Jaan-E-Dum (jumbo prawns marinated in secret spices) and naan with chicken tikka gravy. End your meal with sweet paan ice cream, which is flavoured with betel leaf to cleanse the palate after a hearty feast of Indian curries and spices.

Open Tues to Fri 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 12:30pm – 11pm

Blue Lotus – Chinese Eating House

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Food served at the Blue Lotus Eating House.  Source: Blue Lotus Eating House

This casual dining restaurant has received rave reviews from some of Singapore’s toughest food critics, including Wong Ah Yoke from The Straits Times, for having the best signature take on Chili Crab. Sentosa Cove’s Blue Lotus uses an original Chili Crab sauce which is not found in your regular seafood restaurant.

Open Mon to Fri  6pm – 10pm, Sat & Sun 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm


With imported Italian furniture, alfresco dining, and a wine cellar offering an extensive selection of Italian and international wines to go with your meals, everything about SolePomodoro screams Italy. Specializing in wood-fired oven pizzas, this joint sells the usual Margherita, Hawaiian and Formaggi flavours, but we suggest custom-making your pizza with your favourite toppings.

Open Mon to Fri 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm, Sat & Sun 11:30am – 10:30pm

Where to Drink at Sentosa Cove

Boaters’ Bar

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Boaters Bar.  Source: ONE°15 Marina Club

Dubbed Asia’s “finest floating bar”, Boaters’ Bar is an alfresco bistro set on a wooden pier that lets you immerse fully in the marina. Friday nights here are the best as you’ll be able to catch a live DJ set and enjoy free-flow beer during happy hour from 7-8pm if you’re a Oneo15 Marina member, or one complimentary drink if you’re a guest.

Open Fri & Sat 6:30 – 10:30pm

WET® Bar

W Singapore’s trendy outdoor hotel pool bar is a super sexy spot to have a cocktail. You can sit in the water or lounge on the bar’s surrounding pool chairs, which glow at night, and enjoy funky, relaxing beats playing from the little speakers around the sun loungers.

Open to public Mon to Thurs 7am – 7pm for SGD45++


This hotel lounge bar at W Singapore is ranked #14 on TripAdvisor for Singapore’s top nighttime spots. Here, you can sip on bespoke cocktails made with fresh ingredients from their garden, while listening to acclaimed local and international DJs spin experimental beats. Don’t miss their wicked speciality – “W Night Shots”, a standing birdcage filled with shots enough to satisfy 4 people.

Open Mon to Fri 11:30am – 1am, Sat & Sun 9am – 1am

What to See & Do at Sentosa Cove

Go yachting

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Yachts at Sentosa Cove. Source ONE°15 Marina Club

Live like the glamorous waterfront Sentosa Cove residents for a day by renting a yacht from Oneo15 Marina Club. You can choose from large party cruises with on-board chefs, luxury yachts for a romantic getaway, or, if you’re sailing overseas, charters equipped with BBQ pits, kayaks, jacuzzis and karaoke systems. You can also rent boats from Yacht Charter Singapore, Marine Bookings, or if you’re lucky, grab an affordable deal through Groupon.

Singapore Yacht Show

Join this super-luxe 3-day annual event showcasing world-class yachts, hand-crafted jewelry, supercars, glamorous parties and high society black-tie gala dinners.

April 7-10, 1pm – 8pm

Art jam at MUSEO

As if dining at MUSEO isn’t romantic enough, you can add color to your date night with free-and-easy painting sessions. Feel inspired by the beauty of the marina seaview and get creative at their dedicated art jamming space, then take home your canvas masterpiece as a souvenir of your time at Sentosa Cove. Making art together also a great way to break the ice during a date!

Open Sun to Thurs 11:30am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am – 1am

Relax your body

Treat yourself to the rainforest-themed AWAY® Spa at W Hotel, which features everything from saunas and steam rooms to herbal baths and vitality pools. After your therapeutic session, relax on outdoor lounge chairs in a private garden while sipping on refreshing drinks. Or, pamper your feet at The Good Sole, where they combine traditional Chinese methods with Western reflexology to ease your tense muscles and relieve stress.

AWAY® Spa is open daily 10am – 10pm; The Good Sole is open daily 11am – 9pm

Sleep in luxury

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W Singapore. Source: W Hotel

Recharge at the two luxury accommodations located along the boardwalk – W Hotel (from $383 a night) and Oneo15 Marina (from $350 a night). W Hotel is also our best luxury hotel for party-goers and yachters. Make full use of their posh facilities during your stay, such as drinking at the W’s trendy bars, taking a dip in the outdoor infinity pool at Oneo15 Marina, and enjoying their lush spas. Or, check out Airbnb to rent waterfront condos (from $200).

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How to get to Sentosa Cove

Nearest MRT: Harbourfront
If you are a hotel guest, a complimentary W Singapore shuttle bus is available.
Nearest Bus Stop: Sentosa Cove Village
Take the free “
Sentosa Bus 3” from Beach Station at the Sentosa Express Monorail

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