Just south of Singapore, Sentosa Island is one of the most popular places in the city. It is a big island full of man-made activities geared for tourists and also houses three of the best beaches in Singapore - Tanjong Beach, Siloso Beach, and Palawan Beach. For centuries, the island was known as Pulau Blakang Mati, meaning 'death from behind'. This name wasn't a very lucrative one; tourists would be repelled rather than be attracted to visit the island. And so, in 1972 the name was changed to Sentosa: which means 'peace and tranquillity' from the Sanskrit word, Santosha.
Owing to its slightly secluded position, Tanjong Beach, a crescent-shaped beach, is perfect for those looking for a tranquil and peaceful experience. The Tanjong Beach Club is a great dining option with its beach-facing seating options, and overall relaxed setting. Siloso Beach is the hippest and most happening beach on Sentosa island, and arguably in all of Singapore as well. With attractions such as Wave House Sentosa, for flowboarding, iFly Singapore, to have unique flying experience, MegaZip, an enthralling zip line, and AJ Hackett, Singapore's first bungee tower, to name a few, Siloso Beach is perfect for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, alike. With its famous Pirates-of-the-Carribean style suspension bridge, Palawan Beach is famous among families for its kid-friendly attractions present in the northern part of the beach.