"Sentosa" means peaceful Malay. First used by the
British as a garrison for the not-too-peaceful purpose of
guarding Singapore from naval attack, Sentosa has been the
subject of intense development for a number of years. Initial
development seemed targeted towards the local market as a
place to go for the weekend or school outing. British military
installations were transformed into museums and eductional
sites and a number of leisure attractions were added.
However Sentosa is now emerging as a destination in its own
right. This especially true for convention and meeting planners
who want the convenience and efficiency of Singapore but in
a beach resort.
Although not a theme park per se, more international calibre
attractions have been added over the years including an Underwater
World, two 18-hole golf courses.