A Glimpse Of The History Of British Colonial Days And Sentosa Singapore
Singapore, 30 August 2018 – Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, home to the old soldier quarters and the last World War II air raid shelters on Sentosa Island, is introducing the inaugural Amara Heritage Trail around its tastefully restored colonial-style architecture and grounds, amidst tranquil garden settings and breath-taking sea views.
The Amara Heritage Trail is a tour to discover the nature, conservation and history hidden within the resort. The trail explores World War II-related sites and stories, and provides a glimpse of the lives of British soldiers during the colonial era.
The trail takes 60 minutes to complete on foot. Beginning at the resort’s main lobby, participants will be taken on a walk around its verdant tropical garden to explore heritage buildings, and have the opportunity to admire the scenic coastal view of the South China Sea. Along the way, guests will be asked to spot an artefact – a sole cleaner; relive the experience of hiding in a World War II air raid shelter; and identify some of the common herbs and spices used in our local cuisine today, including the one that brought the British to Southeast Asia in the 1800s. Other highlights include uncovering a Heritage Tree protected by the Singapore National Parks Board; sharing the story of Mrs. Helen Hall; and learning the origins of the name “Sentosa” and some of the road names in Amara Sanctuary.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is built on a piece of 10-acre land – where old British military barracks and air raid shelters stood. These building complexes were constructed sometime between 1897 and 1905; and upgraded in the 1920s. The resort’s owner, Mr Albert Teo, worked with Mr Miyake Masaki, a celebrated Japanese architect, to convert these old buildings into resort suites while preserving as much heritage and nature as possible. This extensive conservation effort won Amara Sanctuary the Architectural Heritage Awards given out by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2007.
“It is an honour and privilege that our resort sits on this piece of valuable land. Not only are we part of the history, we are happy to be able to share this heritage with our guests. For the younger generation, they will have an opportunity to learn and appreciate how far Singapore has come.” Says Ms Dawn Teo, Senior Vice President of Amara Hotels & Resorts.
The Amara Heritage Trail is jointly organised by Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa and the Singapore Tourism Board.
The trail is offered with guided and self-walking options. The guided Heritage Trail will be opened to the public from 8th September 2018, every Saturday and Sunday, at 10am. The one- hour guided tours will be priced at S$18 nett for the public; S$12 nett for in-house guests; and is complimentary for Amara Sanctuary Suite and Villa guests.
A specially curated colonial set menu, priced at S$38++ for 2 persons, is also created in conjunction with the launch of Amara Heritage Trail. Guests can have a taste of the common dishes enjoyed by the British soldiers while Singapore was still a crown colony under the British administration.
About Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Located on Singapore’s premier island getaway, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is nestled on a hillside, surrounded by 3.8 hectares of manicured gardens and natural rainforest. Boasting 140 guest rooms, suites, villas and a mansion, the resort’s unique character derives from a unique blend of beautifully restored colonial architecture and modern design concepts, as well as comprehensive dining and wellness facilities that come together to shape an ideal experience. The lush tropical gardens are home to free-roaming peacocks, squirrels, and other native fauna and flora, creating the perfect setting for a relaxing island retreat. For more information, visit sentosa.amarahotels.com.
About Amara Hotels & Resorts
Amara Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning regional hospitality group offering a fresh approach to modern travellers by creating tailored experiences and cherished moments. Amara’s portfolio consists of four properties in three Asian cities, including the flagship Amara Singapore, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Amara Bangkok and Amara Signature Shanghai. Each property offers thoughtfully designed settings and facilities while embodying the Amara brand philosophy ‘Because This Moment Matters’, a commitment to authentic service and meaningful moments. For more information, visit amarahotels.com.