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Sentosa’s S$7-billion Redevelopment Plan 2012
from the Sentosa Development Corporation website

Sentosa has the special distinction of being Singapore 's favourite island resort. The island strives to be a premier leisure destination for local residents and a world-class resort destination for overseas visitors.

To provide a more memorable experience to its visitors, Sentosa has embarked on a strategic ten-year plan to rejuvenate itself, its core residential development called Sentosa Cove and its Southern Islands.

When this plan is fully in place, Sentosa expects to annually attract 8 million visitors and generate S$900 million in revenue by the year 2012.

Sentosa Island: The multi-billion-dollar plan is based on creating different physical clusters on Sentosa islands that focus on specific visitor needs.

Under the plan, the 500-hectare Sentosa island is redefined into three distinct zones.

The activity precinct on the northern part of the island will feature an expansive arrival plaza with an underground car park for 1,300 cars, themed food, beverage and entertainment offerings and a world-class theme park.

The southern zone of Sentosa comprises three beaches with distinct characters: the lively, high energy Siloso Beach , the family-friendly Palawan Beach and the more tranquil Tanjong Beach. This precinct will also feature a southern arrival plaza - for the Sentosa Express, a light rail system - with underground car parking facilities, a family beach club, and varied beach food, beverage and retail outlets.

The green spine of the island with its unique historical buildings and secondary forest will be retained and sensitively re-adapted for public use. This zone will feature a luxurious all-villa resort, a unique `tree tops' resort and The Tourism Academy at Sentosa.

The focus of the redevelopment plan is also to make the island more affordable to daytrippers. To this effect, the island admission was reduced from S$6 to S$2 in November 2002.

Although the full redevelopment plan will be completed only by 2012, several key projects are already contributing to a great Sentosa visitor experience. Carlsberg Sky Tower, Singapore's tallest public viewing tower at 110m. Singapore’s first beachfront Delifrance café on Siloso Beach. Warung Pantai, Halal local cuisine, quick-service restaurant on Palawan Beach. The Sentosa Resort & Spa’s The Cliff is a unique fine dining restaurant offering spectacular sea views and fresh seafood. S.E.A. Village Restaurant is set on an idyllic, rustic jetty and serves South East Asian lunch and dinner buffets. Spa Botanica, Singapore's first garden spa destination, was launched in November 2002 by The Sentosa Resort & Spa at a cost of S$10.5m. It is set in sprawling tropical gardens. Magical Sentosa fountain show, a pyrotechnic extravaganza, featuring fire jets and powerful water geysers, designed by ECA2, a team of French specialists.

Some of the upcoming projects include: Trapizza, a novel beach attraction that innovatively marries a pizzeria with Singapore 's first trapeze school (completion: mid-2004). Several F&B and quality retail outlets on Siloso Beach (completion: mid-2004). Azura, a multi-million-dollar beachfront sea sports hub offering powerboat charters and wakeboarding facilities (completion: end-2004). The Tourism Academy at Sentosa: Asia 's first hospitality, leisure and tourism institution that is located on a vibrant resort island (completion: mid-2005). A 6-star, super luxury resort to be developed by the Pontiac Land Group on a sprawling 30-acre site with an investment of S$150-million (completion: 2008).

The plan will also see the development of infrastructure that will make Sentosa more accessible to its visitors. Sentosa Express, a $140-million light rail system that will seamlessly link the island to the new North-East Line at HarbourFront MRT station, bringing visitors directly into the island in less than four minutes.

A Northern and southern arrival plaza with facilities such as underground car parks combined with efficient internal transport will ensure comfortable and convenient connections between attractions and different parts of the island.

Sentosa Cove: Lauded as one of the most coveted private residential properties in recent times and the only in Singapore that allows residents to savour living by the sea, this S$3-billion, 117-hectare luxury residential and marina community at Sentosa Cove is developed by Sentosa Cove, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sentosa Leisure Group. Targeted at high net-worth individuals and private developers, this development features bungalows, terrace houses and low-rise condominium apartments with lush golf fairways and a world-class yachting marina right at their doorstep. These homes are also the only properties in Singapore with private berthing facilities for yachts. When fully developed by 2008, Sentosa Cove will have 10,000 residents in 2,600 up-market homes as well as a boating marina for 240 yachts, a quayside village and some commercial units. The first site sale in December 2003 was a huge success with 20 out of 22 units sold at premium prices and Sentosa Cove is poised to roll out more coveted site sales in 2004 and 2005.

Southern Islands: The Southern Islands of Kusu, Lazarus, Seringat, Sisters and St John's lie only one kilometer off Sentosa Island and encompass 137 hectares of lightly developed park land and beaches. Sentosa manages the islands and is transforming these into a waterfront lifestyle destination.

To enhance the experience of nature lovers and sun worshippers, new walkways and landscaping began in December 2002 to be completed by the end of 2003.

Sentosa Redevelopment Plan Projections
2002 2012 (Projected)
Island Visitor Arrival 4m/year 8m/year
Island Revenue S$190m/year S$900m/year
SENTOSA: 361 ha 363 ha (2 ha additional)
SENTOSA COVE: 117 ha 117 ha
SOUTHERN ISLANDS: 101 ha 135 ha (34 ha additional)
Total Investment $1.3b $7.0b

The new Sentosa concept plan is the result of inputs from a panel of international and local experts, as well as extensive feedback from the public. The products being developed under the plan bring together some of the best players in the industry to ensure that Sentosa becomes a world-class destination. The plan will help realise the company's strategy of being customer focused and to make the island accessible, relevant and appealing to Singaporeans and tourists alike. Sentosa hopes to continue attracting high-profile investors and partners as the ten-year development programme unfolds.

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