Destination Award Finalist
The island of Sentosa, meaning ‘peace and tranquility’ in Malay, is situated off the southern tip of Singapore. It was the only offshore island to be designated by the Singapore government as a key leisure and tourism hub 40 years ago. Since then, it has been progressively transformed from a quiet fishing village and one-time military fortress into an international resort island welcoming over 19 million visitors annually. Much of the natural island topography has been retained and incorporated into land use and building designs, with 60% of the island maintained as green and open spaces. Ongoing efforts have been put into conserving the heritage buildings, trees of historical and botanical significance, as well as enhancing the island’s biodiversity. Sentosa houses an Integrated Resort, 24 gated attractions, 15 hotels, 2 golf courses of 18 holes each and numerous food and retail outlets. In addition, a residential community of more than 5,000 lives on the island. Maintaining the island charm has been core to Sentosa’s identity and success, and Sentosa has sought to balance economic development and environment sustainability through a combination of long-term planning, effective implementation and stakeholder engagement.