Sur­prises in Sen­tosa

> The pop­u­lar re­sort across the cause­way of­fers vis­i­tors plenty of at­trac­tions for the whole fam­ily

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOING PLACES - BY DENISSA GOH

IF YOU’RE think­ing of a short week­end get­away with your loved ones, but want to avoid tire­some long flights and te­dious itin­er­ary plan­ning, head over to Re­sorts World Sen­tosa (RWS) in sunny Sin­ga­pore.

Whether you’re plan­ning to spend your get­away with the fam­ily, or with a group of close friends, there’s al­ways some­thing for ev­ery­one.

RWS is a 49-hectare mega-re­sort con­tain­ing a myr­iad of fun­filled of­fer­ings. Cost­ing SG$7 bil­lion (RM21 bil­lion) to build, RWS boasts a to­tal of six on-site ho­tels, over 60 food and bev­er­age out­lets, and var­i­ous key at­trac­tions such as Univer­sal Stu­dios theme park, S.E.A. Aquar­ium, and Dol­phin Is­land.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion In a re­cent me­dia jun­ket down to Sin­ga­pore, I had the plea­sure of stay­ing in Hard Rock Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore ( top, right).

Newly re­fur­bished, the sixyear-old ho­tel is the ideal place for fans of the famed mu­sic­themed chain ho­tel across the globe.

Equipped with 364 rooms, in­clud­ing Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Suites, and the Rock Star Suite, each of them are vi­brantly de­signed with an edgy rock-an­droll flair.

For more op­tions, RWS guests can also choose be­tween Crock­fords Tower, Ho­tel Michael, Fes­tive Ho­tel, Equar­ius Ho­tel or Beach Vil­las for their stay.

Din­ing When it comes to din­ing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. RWS of­fers guests an ex­ten­sive list of F&B out­lets, from fancy Miche­lin­starred cui­sine to fa­mil­iar street hawker fare, to suit the di­verse palates of food­ies.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­au­gu­ral Miche­lin Guide Sin­ga­pore 2016, RWS boasts the most num­ber of Miche­lin stars in a sin­gle des­ti­na­tion.

Four celebrity chef restau­rants made it into this pres­ti­gious din­ing guide, in­clud­ing the rep­utable French gourmet high­end restau­rants Joël Robu­chon Restau­rant (three stars), and L’Ate­lier de Joël Robu­chon (two stars), as well as Osia Steak and Seafood Grill (one star), and

For­est (one star).

Cu­rate

Al­though Cu­rate ( left) isn’t a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant, you’d never guess it, since it’s Asia’s first restau­rant ded­i­cated to show­cas­ing the Miche­lin star ex­pe­ri­ence.

This year, the restau­rant has part­nered with the Miche­lin Guide Sin­ga­pore and prom­i­nent wine critic Robert Parker of The Wine Ad­vo­cate to or­gan­ise the quar­terly Art at Cu­rate din­ing series, fea­tur­ing es­teemed chefs of Miche­lin­starred restau­rants from all around the world.

I ar­rived dur­ing the third quar­terly series, and man­aged to savour sev­eral sig­na­tures pre­pared by chef Es­ben Holm­boe Bang of three-Miche­lin-starred Maaemo in Nor­way. The five-course meal in­cluded suc­cu­lent fresh Nor­we­gian oys­ters ( left) from Bømlo doused in a savoury mus­sel and dill sauce; nat­u­rally sweet grilled Trond­heim scal­lops with win­ter ap­ple vinai­grette and cele­riac cream; lus­cious umami­tast­ing Lan­gous­tine with sea­weed pow­der; a per­fectly flaky skate with slices of white as­para­gus and caviar; and melt-in-the-mouth brown but­ter ice cream mo­lasses.

Din­ner was paired with wines such as Do­maine de Fieuzal Blanc 2012, Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc 2014, and Tardieu-Lau­rent Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cu­vée Spé­ciale 2004.

Vis­i­tors can look for­ward to the fourth and last series of Art at Cu­rate from Nov 4 to 11, fea­tur­ing chef Ramón Freixan from

Madrid, Spain.

Fratelli If you’re look­ing for some­thing com­fort­ing, you’ll find it in Fratelli. Newly opened this year, the restau­rant is an all­day-din­ing pizze­ria and a din­ner-ser­vice-only trat­to­ria which serves Lom­bard-in­spired cui­sine. Head­ing the restau­rant are chef broth­ers En­rico and Roberto Cerea, whose fam­ily runs Da Vit­to­tio, a three Miche­lin-starred restau­rant in Lom­bardy, Italy.

Un­like con­ven­tional pizze­rias, the dough here is made out of Ja­panese flour and baked in a wood-fired oven first be­fore the top­pings get spread ( left). This way, the pizza base re­mains crispy even af­ter the sauces are smeared onto it.

You can also in­dulge in the var­i­ous Lom­bard dishes served, such as the risotto alla mi­lanese with cit­russ­cented Dutch-milk­fed veal shank; mer­luzzo in gi­allo fea­tur­ing a panseared At­lantic cod fil­let in a re­splen­dent bed of tomato coulis and potato foam; as well as the clas­sic tiramisu with a mod­ern look.

S.E.A. Aquar­ium Apart from be­ing home to South­east Asia’s first and only Univer­sal Stu­dios theme park, vis­i­tors will also be able to find S.E.A. Aquar­ium ( above), one of the largest aquar­i­ums in the world as well as the re­gion’s only aquatic park in­te­grated with marine life.

Dis­cover over 100,000 marine an­i­mals from across 800 species as you walk through the aquar­ium, or sim­ply sit in front of a 36-me­tre-long and 8.3-me­tre­high view­ing panel to watch the tran­quil­lity of the marine life.

Dol­phin Is­land Get up close and spend the day swim­ming with one of the friendli­est crea­tures of the sea. With over 20 Indo-Pa­cific bot­tlenose dol­phins and an ex­pe­ri­enced team to pro­vide high qual­ity care, Dol­phin Is­land ( bot­tom, left) of­fers guests a chance to in­ter­act with dol­phins while learn­ing about them at the same time in var­i­ous ways.

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