Resorts World Sentosa
In direct competition with the Marina Bay Sands complex, Resorts World Sentosa is Singapore’s second large casino complex. Situated on the tourist Sentosa Island, this gigantic complex is owned by the Malaysian Genting Singapore Group which, like its American competitor, has had a lasting impact on the casino gaming and entertainment industries in Singapore. At a cost of about 5 billion US dollars, it’s one of the most expensive hotel complexes ever built.
History and Description of Resorts World Sentosa
Even though the Genting Singapore Group lost the contract to build a hotel complex in the Bay of Singapore to the Las Vegas Sands Group, it still wanted to build one of its leading hotels in the famous city state. In October 2006, the company presented the Singapore government with a plan to construct a gigantic project called Resorts World at Sentosa. The plan was made public a few days later and approved by the government in December of the same year. Construction on the 49 acre began a few months later on the 16th of April 2007 and was completed in the record time of 34 months. During this time the company engaged in an innovative public relations strategy by gradually revealing the complexes hotels and attractions so at the end of 2007, the group announced the addition of six new attractions to the initial project. On the 20th of January 2010, four out of the complexes 8 hotels were opened: The Hard Rock Singapore, Crockfords Tower, Hotel Michael and The Festive Hotel. These were joined by The Festive Walk on the 31st of January. On the 14th of February The Resorts World Sentosa Casino opened and at the same time the Singapore Universal Studios theme park was opened just for a week to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The theme park’s attractions weren’t open to the public until the 18th of March of the same year. The company opened Candylicious, one of Asia’s largest sweet and confectionery shops in October 2010. Just over two years after the complexes first hotels opened, two more hotels opened, The Equarius Hotel and Beach Villas. Genting Singapore continued with the gradual opening of the complexes attractions up until the Marine Life Park opened on the 22nd of 2012. The grand opening of Resorts World Sentosa took place a few weeks later on the 7th of December in the presence of Genting Singapore’s Chairman, Lim Kok Thay and Singapore’s Prime Minister. The complex cost 4.93 billion US dollars which was just a little less than the Marina Bay Sands.
The Resorts World Sentosa’s services and attractions
Resorts World Sentosa offers perfect family entertainment. It has 1800 rooms in the different hotels in the complex and these are decorated in various themes. Resorts World Sentosa offers many services and attractions to make each stay unique:
8 restaurants including 5 gourmet restaurants offering French, Chinese and Australian dishes.
3 spas : The Royal Salon, The Republic Spa, The ESPA.
Marine Life Park: The world’s largest aquarium with two major attractions : The Adventure Cove Water Park and the S.E.A Aquarium.
The Maritime Experiential Museum : a museum based on the maritime history of the Silk Road.
Universal Studios Singapore Theme Park : divided into 7 areas, it offers 24 exciting attractions based on the films of the famous American film production company.
The Resorts World Galleria Luxury Fashion Centre: a shopping centre linking the Hotel Michael and the Festive Hotel and passing in front of the casino entrance. It has 20 designer shops including Asia’s first Victoria’s Secret shop.
Wonderful shows such as Crane Dance and Lake of Dreams are also presented in the complex.
Resorts World Sentosa’s Casino
The magnificently well equipped Resorts World Sentosa Casino is Singapore’s second large casino. It is situated above the Crockford’s tower and is managed by Asia’s largest casino company. Covering 15 000m2 in a very modern style, the casino offers more than 2400 classic and new slot machines and over 500 gaming tables (Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Roulette, Money Wheel, Pai Gow, Pontoon, Texas Hold’em Poker, Tai Sai and Poker). Resorts World Sentosa Casino also has electronic gaming tables with electronic roulette, craps and baccarat. It also has the country’s only Poker Room with six large tables and daily cash games are available to players.