Resorts World Sentosa: Breaking Barriers in Resort Design

By Patrick Burke Principal, Michael Graves Architecture & Design | November 22, 2015

To remain profitable and attract new visitors, today's resorts need to offer an extensive range of options for recreation and entertainment.

The 121-acre Resorts World Sentosa was created in response to the popularity of gaming in Asia, highlighted by the explosive growth in Macau. The Government of Singapore saw an opportunity to enhance its tourism industry by permitting the development of two casino resorts. However, in order to obtain the right to build the casinos in Singapore, the Government required the gaming operators to add to Singapore's tourism offerings. The first to be bid, Marina Bay Sands, in the Central Business District of Singapore, had to include a major convention center. The second casino to be bid for, Resorts World Sentosa, on the holiday island of Sentosa, had to include a family destination with amenities like amusement parks, food and beverage outlets, retail shopping and entertainment.

Each of the casino projects were awarded through an international developer competition. For Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), the winning team was led by a Malaysia-based developer with Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) as master planner and design architect in partnership with Singapore-based DP Architects as co-master planner and executive architect.

Resorts World Sentosa, on the holiday island of Sentosa, includes a family destination with amenities like amusement parks, food and beverage outlets, retail shopping and entertainment.

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Resorts World Sentosa

Cruises + Casinos = Increased Revenue

The site for the resort is on Sentosa Island, across from Keppel Bay and the cruise ship marina. The growing international market for both resort and cruise vacations presented an exceptional opportunity for the developer, which also owns one of the largest cruise ship companies in Southeast Asia. Star Cruises is able to include a stay at Resorts World Sentosa as a package deal, guaranteeing a steady stream of visitors and revenue for RWS.

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