Insider tours, US$74 deals part of Sentosa’s new campaign to lure locals

The Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has launched a campaign to encourage locals to Make Time for a Holiday, with over 50 diverse new offerings to be rolled out progressively.

Themed around Island Life, Heritage Discovery, Wellness Escape, and Nature Adventure, the offerings feature hybrid leisure experiences that integrate onsite and virtual elements, insider tours to hidden gems, alongside a slew of S$100 (US$74) holiday packages.

Visitors to the Madame Tussauds Singapore can now try their hand at wax painting and hair insertion 

The launch comes after SDC commissioned a survey in August 2020 to examine how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted Singaporeans’ views and attitudes towards leisure time, as part of efforts to understand and anticipate the needs of Sentosa’s guests.

Polling 1,061 Singapore citizens and permanent residents, the survey found that the majority (56 per cent) have not seen the need to take leave from work while working from home, despite the large majority (90 per cent) understanding that taking regular breaks increase productivity.

To encourage Singaporeans to take a break, SDC has teamed up with its tenants to launch a series of Sentosa Insider Tours. Designed to showcase a different side of Sentosa, the tours will offer insights into the workings of Sentosa’s attractions, as well as hands-on experiences that will bring guests closer to the island’s nature and heritage.

Among the Sentosa Insider Tours on offer is Behind the Magic (by Madame Tussauds Singapore), a 1.5-hour insider experience where guests can learn wax painting and how to do hair insertions from industry experts; as well as How we Defy Gravity (by AJ Hackett Sentosa), a two-hour interactive programme with a behind-the-scenes tour, showcasing the technical, educational and thrill aspects of the attraction, such as the construction of bungy cords and the science behind the Bungy Jump and Giant Swing.

Nature lovers can take part in the Marine ConservAction (by SDC), a one-hour programme where guests will understand the effects of litter on marine life and how we can do our part to protect the environment, while contributing to marine conservation through the hands-on experience of litter-picking along Sentosa’s beaches.

The various Sentosa Insider Tours will progressively be rolled out from October 2020 and over the coming months.

As part of a tie-up with the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore, SDC, together with five local travel agents, have also curated 10 guided tours featuring Sentosa’s array of leisure offerings, including attractions, nature and heritage experiences, as well as various dining options.

Guests on these guided tours can enjoy free transportation from their doorstep to the various offerings across Sentosa. Those who prefer to explore the island on their own can also choose from a range of free experiences such as the new Sentosa Geology Gallery at Sentosa Nature Discovery, which offers insights into Sentosa’s rock and geological formations, as well as various nature and heritage trails, among others.

Meanwhile, SDC, together with its tenants, have also rolled out a range of holiday packages priced at S$100, bundling various leisure experiences, with discounts of up to 50 per cent. For example, one can opt for a package inclusive of rides at HeadRock VR Sentosa and a 5-in-1 Madame Tussauds Singapore experience, complete with a complimentary treat at Co+Nut+Ink; or another featuring a 2.5-hour guided yacht tour to the Southern Islands, and a cable car ride.

In December, SDC will also launch its first sustainability-themed tour that enables guests to experience behind-the-scenes efforts on conservation and sustainability, and encourages them to embrace sustainable actions through experiencing Island Life at Sentosa. The tour will be the first of an upcoming series of sustainability-themed tours, as part of the progressive roll-out of Sentosa’s S$100 Getaway Deals.

Food and wine enthusiasts can now attend Masterclasses offered by SDC’s tenants where they can learn how to make the signature cocktails at Tanjong Beach Club (S$88 nett/per person), or garner insights on how to whip up a Risotto & Gnocchi Dish for free at Trapizza, the beachside casual Italian restaurant at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa.

Meanwhile, foodies can look forward to the return of the signature Sentosa GrillFest in its inaugural Home Edition. From October 29 to November 22, 2020, guests will be able to indulge in grilled treats from various dining establishments in Sentosa, as well as delights from local chefs as part of SDC’s partnership with the Singapore Chef Association for the event.

Guests can choose to enjoy these tasty treats through islandwide delivery, or make reservations to dine-in at participating dining establishments in Sentosa.

SDC said that more initiatives under the Make Time for a Holiday campaign will be rolled out “in the coming months”.

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