For any Muslim traveller, when it comes to top tourist attractions, the question that pops up is always: is this place Muslim-friendly? Yes, we know how that feels and lucky for travellers to Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa has everything that Muslim travellers need!?
As a proud recipient of the “Best Integrated Resorts” award at the TTG Travel Award, RWS promises inclusivity and world-class services to every visitor from all over the world – including Muslim travellers! From halal food to prayer spaces, and Muslim-friendly accommodations, get comfy as we take you through the beautiful island with the perfect Muslim-friendly guide you’ll ever need.
P.S. Visiting Singapore soon? Don’t forget to book your stay at the exclusive hotels and get your tickets to its world-class attractions HERE!
1. Visit RWS’s Top Attractions
When it comes to key attractions at RWS, you will never find yourself short on options! With a theme park, a water park and an aquarium, your time here is guaranteed to be filled with fun!
Universal Studios Singapore
First up, make your way to Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park.Universal Studios Singapore is where you can relive the magic of movies through movie-themed rides and shows based on your favourite films and TV series.
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Consider spending the whole day at the park and have a go at the famous TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle - makes you feel like you’re in a real battle alongside the Autobots! Trust us, you’ll want to ride it again!
Universal Studios Singapore is also the only Universal Studios theme park to house the Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™ roller coasters, which are known to be the tallest duelling coasters in the world! Each ride is full of twists and turns and drops, so thrill seekers will definitely love it.
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Families with kids, you can kickstart your adventure at Universal Studios Singapore with a meet and greet session with your favourite characters. From the Madagascar penguins to Transformers and Minions, don’t miss the opportunity to take plenty of memorable photos with them! After all, who could ever say no to the Madagascar ensemble?
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While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the fun Hollywood Dreams Parade and street shows like Turn Tables at Mel’s Stage! This new interactive show lets you choose the next song on the set-list and every show will be different.
#HHWT Tip: Catch the parade every Saturday, Sunday and select holidays (starting from 6pm) and be sure to plan your day wisely at the park as it will get pretty crowded. Visit RWS’ website for more parade timings.
Adventure Cove Waterpark
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Want to beat the heat? Head over to Adventure Cove Waterpark (ACW) that promises high-speed water slides and exciting water activities. With 14 rides and attractions, it’s no wonder that this adventure park is currently ranked as one of the top 10 water parks in Asia! You can even interact with marine life at ACW, setting it apart from the other waterparks in the region! Conquer your fear and meet the friendliest stingrays at the Ray Bay, where you can feed and interact with them! Or if you’re not up for that, you can always go for a snorkel at the Rainbow Reef and snorkel with 20,000 colourful tropical fishes.
Wondering what else you can do here? Those looking to chill can just float down the Adventure River and enjoy the view. But if you’re looking for a thrill, race down the high-speed water slides like Dueling Racer and Riptide Rocket and have a blast!
While Universal Studios Singapore and Adventure Cove Waterpark are located outdoors, time to go indoors and dive on dry land as you ogle at marine creatures at one of the world’s largest aquarium – the S.E.A. Aquarium. Home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, it’s never a dull day at the aquarium. Enter the tunnel and check out the many different species around you as you walk towards the end. Be on the lookout for some divers too!
Next, you’ll end up at one of the world’s biggest viewing panels where you can get up close and personal with your sea friends, such as the Manta Ray with its cape-like body and graceful soaring movements. Besides just feasting your eyes on the sea realm, you can also take part in plenty of activities such as exploring the ocean realm while breathing freely (Sea Trek Adventure), diving programmes and even spending the night at the aquarium! PS. Complete your experience at RWS by making a visit to The Maritime Experiential Museum next door! Relive the history of the Maritime Silk Route and be amazed at the 15 thematic galleries that are interactive.
2. Enjoy delicious halal food around RWS
Whether you’re craving for local cuisine or fast food, RWS has got you covered with the multiple Halal-certified eateries within and outside the attractions!
Universal Studios Singapore
If you’re a Muslim traveller at Universal Studios Singapore, halal food isn’t scarce around the premise. Here’s a list of halal-certified restaurants you can enjoy while hitting up the rides:
- Mel’s Drive-In (American diner)
- Far Far Away: Goldilocks Fried Chicken (Western food)
- Far Far Away: Friar’s Good Food (Seafood)
- Ancient Egypt: Oasis Spice Café (Middle Eastern food)
Adventure Cove Waterpark
Although you won’t find halal eateries at Adventure Cove Waterpark, there are some halal-certified food carts that sell light bites:
- Riverside Snacks (Behind the Bay Restaurant)
- Hot Dogs & Drinks (Behind the Big Bucket Treehouse)
#HHWT Tip: Do note that you all guests are not allowed to bring outside food into the park, thus you won’t be able to bring in food from home or other eateries in RWS.
And the list goes on! Besides the eateries above, you can still find more halal options at RWS like McDonalds, Texas Chicken, BaliThai, Twelve Cupcakes, Krispy Kreme.
3. Plenty of photo opportunities at RWS’ Instagrammable spots!
Believe it or not, RWS doesn’t shy away from having its own fair share of Instagram spots. Here, you can surely expect a horde of aspiring photographers and millennials eager to capture picture-perfect shots for their Instagram feed!
No filter needed is what we would say if you come here for the ‘gram. Thanks to the natural hues of blue from the aquarium, take in the scenic sights of the surrounding marine animals, with the shipwreck in the background! A picture-perfect way to end your visit for sure!
Far Far Away Castle @ Universal Studios Singapore
Who can resist taking a photo in front of the famous Far Far Away Castle? As the area is often crowded, we know how tough it is to get the perfect shot but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Don’t hesitate to take crazy and wacky photos with your best buds! Or you can always go with the classic OOTDs ;)
Now for this spot, you may need a waterproof phone or camera because we wouldn’t want you to risk any non-waterproof phone (yikes!). Who knew a water park could be an Instagram spot too? Don’t be surprised, Adventure Cove Waterpark is a hive for Instagrammers - like the Adventure River! Don’t forget to book your stay at the exclusive hotels and get your tickets to its world-class attractions HERE!
4. Stay at Muslim-friendly and family-friendly accommodations
They say that the best way to truly enjoy RWS and its surroundings is to book a stay at one of the hotels there.
#HHWT Tip: If you get hungry, you can find plenty of halal-certified meal options around RWS ;)
Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
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Channel and celebrate your inner rock n’ roll star here at Singapore’s only Hard Rock Hotel! With quotes of famous rockstars in the lobby and many other memorabilia from rock stars, the likes of David Bowie and Bon Jovi, fans of rock music are guaranteed to feel at home here. You can even borrow a Fender Guitar! With entertainment as its focus, each room comes with free Wi-Fi connection, a 42” flat-screen LCD TV with more than 28 channels and of course, the iconic wall art! Indulge in the free-form swimming pool or take a stroll along the man-made beach.
#HHWT Tip: Similar to Festive Hotel, Muslim guests can still enjoy the convenience of Qiblah directions which are found in all rooms and you can request for a Quran too!
5. Pray with ease while on holiday
Universal Studios Singapore
The musollah at Universal Studios Singapore can be found nearby Battlestar Galactica. To access it, Muslim visitors can look for the small signs indicating the prayer room. Prayer mats and a wudhu area is available here. Don’t forget to bring your own prayer garments!
6. Getting to RWS
There are many ways to easily get to RWS, from taking a cable car, Sentosa Express, by car and even by foot! Take your pick below:
Driving to Resorts World Sentosa
RWS has plenty of parking spots if you’re driving there. Do note that car park charges apply, from SGD9.70 for the first hour.
How to get there: On Sentosa Gateway, keep left and drive to the slope leading to the Resorts World Sentosa Carpark. For entry to Sentosa, Sentosa Island admission and car park charges apply.
Walking to RWS
If you’d like to save some money and get your steps in for the day, walking is one of the best ways to get to RWS! Enjoy the view while you do so.
How to get there: From VivoCity, look for directions on the ground floor to the Boardwalk. Walk through the Boardwalk (10-15 mins) and you’ll reach Resorts World Sentosa!
Taking a bus
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There are plenty of buses that will bring you directly to RWS!
How to get there: Take buses 123, 188R, 963R, NR1 or NR6 and alight at Resorts World Sentosa (bus stop 14519).
Taking the Sentosa Express
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The Sentosa Express is a great way to travel around Sentosa, you can even make stops to the beach once you’re done with activities at RWS. Do note that entrance from Sentosa station (VivoCity) costs $4.
How to get there: From VivoCity, head to level 3 for the Sentosa Express. If you don’t have an EZ-Link, be sure to purchase a Sentosa Pass at the counters nearby beforehand.
Taking a Cable Car
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This is definitely the most scenic route to RWS. Take in the view of Singapore and look out for many of Singapore’s landmarks, such as the Merlion! How to get there: From HarbourFront MRT Station, head to the Singapore Cable Car station at Harbourfront Tower II. Disembark at Imbiah Station and take the Sentosa Express to Waterfront Station. Do note that charges apply for the cable car.
Don’t forget to book your stay at the exclusive hotels and get your tickets to its world-class attractions HERE! With so many things to see and do, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be excited for a trip to RWS. So don’t wait any longer, time to kick off the new year with only the best experience at Singapore’s most highly sought-after tourist spot!
P.S. Before leaving Singapore, make sure you head to these new halal eateries at Changi Airport Terminal 3!
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