Best Resorts in Singapore

Top Ten Resorts in Singapore for relaxation, rejuvenation and pampering

Singapore boasts several five star resorts, marrying luxury accommodation with leisure facilities such as swimming pool, tennis courts, multiple dining options and spa facilities. The beach front of Sentosa Island has several resorts to check out, while even the city center hotels boast resort-style facilities, meaning you don’t need to sacrifice location in your quest for leisure and relaxation. 


Sentosa Island, with its sandy beaches and family-friendly attractions, is the obvious area for a concentration of resorts. Leading the pack is the stunning Norman Foster designed Capella Singapore. All of its rooms and villas boast sea views, while its cascading swimming pool set amongst the rainforest is the ideal place to relax and unwind. For ultimate pampering, the Capella is also home to one of the best spas in Singapore.


Also lining the beachfront of Sentosa Island, you will find the luxurious Sentosa Resort, with its award-winning outdoor spa, and the family-friendly Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort. Away from the beach is the mega-resort Resorts World Sentosa complex, where you will find the Universal Studios theme park, theatre, 24 hour casino, luxury shopping arcade and numerous bars and restaurants, in addition to six hotels. Two of the hotels are found on our list here – art lovers choice Hotel Michael, and rockstar favorite, the Hard Rock Hotel.


Within the city center, the Shangri-La tropical garden setting and extensive leisure facilities belies its location just a stone’s throw from Orchard Road. The company’s flagship hotel boasts beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with koi ponds and waterfalls, a large free-form swimming pool and four floodlit tennis courts. Across town the Marina Bay Sands complex comes complete with rooftop swimming pool, large luxury shopping mall, casino, theatre and numerous restaurants, meaning you need never leave the premises.


The Four Seasons hotel is a fine example of understated luxury. A 1,500-piece collection of original Asian artwork is featured throughout the hotel public areas and within the 255 guestrooms and suites. The hotel features two fine-dining restaurants – the Cantonese Jiang-Nan Chun with its great value weekend brunch and One-Ninety dishing up a selection of meats and fish cooked on the fragrant Applewood grill. Other facilities include two outdoor and two indoor tennis courts, an award-winning luxury Spa and two swimming pools including the 20th storey family pool, which boasts panoramic views of the city from its tanning deck. Those in the mood for romance should check into the adults-only 11th floor, which features mood lighting, in-room candies, romantic music selection and a Bath Butler Menu.

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The Fullerton Hotel is one of Singapore's best-loved hotels. The stunning colonial building was completed in 1928, and was named after Robert Fullerton, the first Governor of the Straits Settlements. The Fullerton Building used to house the General Post Office and opened as a hotel in 2001. Its magnificent lobby and atrium lead the way to 400 luxurious rooms and suites, three fabulous fine-dining restaurants (Jade, Town Restaurant and The Lighthouse) and a stunning roof-top swimming pool, which peers over the Singapore River to the surrounding neo-classical buildings of the Colonial District. The juxtaposition of the hotel's Doric columns and the towering skyscrapers of the financial district provide a uniquely Singaporean backdrop.

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Raffles Hotel, Singapore's "Grand Dame", remains the city's most famous landmark despite the astonishing rate of development and modernisation of Singapore. While tourists flock here in their hundreds to sample a Singapore Sling in the hotel's Long Bar, a stay in the hotel makes for a memorable experience. The breezy verandas and palm-filled courtyards whisk you back to a forgotten era of colonial elegance, when its rich and famous guests, included Noel Coward and Charlie Chaplin. This all-suite hotel oozes charm and sophistication and with 18 food and beverage outlets and 65 specialty shops, you may never want to leave to explore the modern side of the city.

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The Hard Rock Hotel in Singapore is located in the heart of the Resorts World Sentosa complex, making it ideal for families and those looking for a good time holiday. The contemporary rooms and suites are decked out with unique modern furnishings and dramatic ambient lighting, and feature state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Those checking into the Rock Star Suites will enjoy a large living room area and pool-facing balconies. For leisure, hang out by the free-form pool, with its sunken Rock Pool Bar and lap pool, or on the pool-side sandy beach complete with swaying palms, a full bar and beach volleyball court. With a large cocktail menu, finger food and rocking tunes, this is the place to see and be seen. Other attractions within the Resorts World Sentosa complex include the Universal Studios theme park, theatre, 24 hour casino and numerous bars and restaurants.

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Hotel Michael within the Resorts World Sentosa complex is a must for art lovers. A tribute to one of America's greatest contemporary architects, Michael Graves, entering Hotel Michael is like stepping into an art gallery. Every aspect of this hotel has been chosen to tell a story and be pleasing on the eye, from its mural-adorned walls to its artistic furniture pieces. Michael Graves' influence is evident throughout, be it the bedside lamps or the child-friendly bathrooms (stepping stools are provided to enable the little ones to reach the wash basins) with their flower-motif mosaic walls. Dining highlights include fine-dining Italian Palio, and the contemporary fine-dining Asian Chinois by Susur Lee. Other attractions within the Resorts World Sentosa complex include the Universal Studios theme park, theatre, 24 hour casino, luxury shopping arcade and numerous bars and restaurants.

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The Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort is Singapore's only truly beachfront resort and is ideal for a family holiday. Facilities include a 24-hour gym and one of the largest freeform swimming pools in Singapore, featuring a children's pool complete with water slides and splash pad. The sea sports centre provides a variety of equipment including kayaks, pedal boats and bicycles to rent. Daily activities include beach games, water exercise, fitness fun and garden tours. The children's club, Cool Zone, caters for kids aged 5 to 12. Spanning 100sqm over two stories, Cool Zone consists of three activity centres (Toots Club, Craft Zone and Game Zone), with the highlight a giant tree-house slide that winds down three stories into a pool of colorful balls. Several dining options are available, including the Silver Shell Café, with its live cooking stations and Barnacles, which presents a wide selection of Western and Chinese dishes, including fresh seafood and grills. Those looking for ultimate pampering should book a treatment at the Rasa spa.

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The Marina Bay Sands hotel cannot be missed, hogging Singapore's skyline with its three grand 55-storey towers and boat-like roof structure that presides over the Marina Bay area. The three staggering hotel towers house 2,500 guestrooms and suites, and are linked to convention and exhibition facilities, theaters, a casino, an enormous shopping mall and numerous restaurants. But what really impresses visitors is the 150m rooftop infinity pool on the 57th floor, its skyline views providing some of the best photo opportunities anywhere in Singapore. Also on the roof you will find the trendy Ku De Ta bar, restaurant and nightclub complex, celebrity chef Justin Quek's Sky on 57 modern Asian restaurant, and the SkyPark public observation deck.

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Despite its proximity to Orchard Road, the Shangri-La Hotel provides a little oasis of calm, its beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with koi ponds and waterfalls, setting this resort apart from its neighboring rivals. The 747 guestrooms and suites are housed within three distinctive wings: the contemporary Tower Wing, the relaxing Garden Wing with its open-air balconies and the exclusive Valley Wing, with its private entrance, luxurious amenities and personalized services. The leisure facilities here are second to none, its four floodlit tennis courts and large freeform outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and fountains making this resort a great choice for a family holiday.

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Set atop a cliff amongst 27 acres of tropical rainforest on Sentosa Island, The Sentosa Resort & Spa is a tranquil haven boasting views out over the South China Sea. A range of plush contemporary rooms and suites are available, or spoil yourselves with an idyllic Garden Villa, each with its own driveway, two elegant bedrooms, swimming pool and garden terrace. Leisure facilities abound, including two floodlit tennis courts, an indoor gymnasium, outdoor badminton/volleyball court, petanque court and the much talked-about 33-metre outdoor midnight blue swimming pool. The public beach is just a short walk away via wooden steps through the rainforest. Four restaurants include the highly acclaimed and romantic The Cliff, and Sunday Brunch favorite The Terrace. The highlight of the resort for many is the Spa Botanica, with its 14 indoor treatment rooms, 6 outdoor spa pavilions and extensive outdoor spa garden facilities, including swimming pools, whirlpools, waterfalls and mud baths. Complimentary wireless internet is available throughout the property.

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The spectacular Capella hotel in the heart of Sentosa Island is one of Singapore's most luxurious resorts. Designed by renowned British architecture firm Foster + Partners, this exclusive resort combines the best of old and new Singapore, incorporating curved, modern structures with two 19th century colonial buildings. Many of the 112 guest rooms, suites, villas, and manors boast views out over the South China Sea and some have private plunge pools with outdoor bathing facilities. The four cascading pools set amongst the rainforest allow for relaxing afternoons, Bob's Bar is the perfect spot for sundowners and the luxurious Auriga spa is one of Singapore's very best and is an experience not to be missed.

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