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Resorts World at Sentosa will also offer other family entertainment experiences such as Quest Marine Life Park with the largest single marine tank in the world and interactive dolphin habitat, operated by the world-renowned Dolphin Quest. Other attractions include the Equarius Water Park which offers customised water-rides, and a Maritime Xperiential Museum.

There will also be entertainment along the retail, dining and entertainment precinct of FestiveWalk, three public amphitheatres which will feature regular performances including the Crane Ballet spectacular, as well as ESPA, a premiere spa resort. Resorts World at Sentosa will also feature a resident show ¨C ¡®Le Vie¡¯ which is put together by members from the same creative team behind the Cirque du Soleil blockbusters such as ¡®KA¡¯ and ¡®O¡¯ in Las Vegas. There will be a total of six hotels offering 1,830 rooms including a first-in-the-world hotel - Hotel Michael - designed by award-winning architect, Michael Graves. (Please refer to the attached fact sheet for more details.)

Architectural Concept and Design

The overall composition of buildings, form and massing responds well to the existing fabric of Sentosa.  The architecture is human scale with a village-like festive ambience.  The site is well laid out, providing visitors with a clear visual orientation to key attractions and facilities.

The extensive use of water, landscaping and the choice of materials (such as stone and wood) reflect the tropical resort feel of the island. Most of the major attractions are also designed with canopies, covered walkways and landscaped features to enhance visitors' experience in all-weather condition. There is attractive night lighting to highlight the architectural features of the individual buildings and character of different zones. 

Track Record

Genting International has a strong track record in developing leisure resorts in various overseas locations, including Malaysia and Australia. Star Cruises with its modern fleet of ships is one of Asia¡¯s leading cruise lines and the third largest cruise operator in the world. Together, the consortium has over 40 years of experience in developing and operating hotels, resorts, attractions, entertainment and cruise lines. The consortium has a global distribution network of more than 35 offices in 17 countries.

Economic Benefits

Genting committed to a development investment of S$3.85 billion. Together with the land price and other associated capital costs, the total investment by Genting is S$5.2 billion. Genting is expected to generate about $2.7 billion (or approximately 0.8%) to Singapore¡¯s annual Gross Domestic Product and about 30,000 jobs throughout the economy by 2015.

Record of Appreciation

The Singapore Government would like to thank all the three proposers for the tremendous efforts and resources that they have put into the RFP.

1 The Tender Approving Authority also comprises Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development; Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry; Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Finance; Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs; Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts; and Mr S. Iswaran, Minister of State for Trade and Industry. 

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Fact Sheet: Resorts World at Sentosa by Genting International and Star Cruises (Bid Company ¨C Infinity@TheBay Pte Ltd)

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Total Project Investment

Total Development Investment of S$5.2 billion, inclusive of the land price (S$605 million) and other associated capital cost.

Total GFA

 

343,000 square metres

Key Components of the Integrated Resort

Leisure Offerings

  • Resorts World at Sentosa is designed as a collection of resorts within a resort so visitors can have a multi-resort experience.
  • The anchor family leisure attractions include The Universal Studios Singapore Theme Park, The Quest Marine Life Park, The Equarius Water Park, The Maritime Xperiential Museum, and other entertainment offerings located along FestiveWalk. 
  • The Universal Studios Singapore Theme Park, will be developed at the east side of the IR site, using the theme ¡°Ride the movies¡±. The number of attractions found in this park is comparable to Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure. There will be seven themed worlds within Universal Studios Singapore namely: Waterworld, Lost World, Egypt, Super Hero City, Back Lot-The Big Apple, Hollywood Boulevard and Cartoon Studios. Of the 22 state-of-the-art attractions, 16 are designed specifically for Singapore. A Dreamworks Digital Animation Studios will allow visitors to learn the magic of computer-generated imagery and creation of films through a tour to see animation artists at work.
  • The Quest Marine Life Park, an oceanarium spanning 8 hectares, will feature an interactive man-made dolphin habitat as well as a 6.5 million gallon Whale Shark Lagoon, amongst other exhibits. This facility, operated by Dolphin Quest, will also offer other marine-type activities.
  • The 1.3 hectares Equarius Water Park is a unique water theme park custom-designed to integrate with the hillside terrain of Sentosa.
  • The Maritime Xperiential Musuem, set at the waterfront, is expected to be the world¡¯s first maritime silk route museum, dedicated to the subject of the maritime silk route between East Asia and the Middle East. Exhibits include a full-scale glass replica of an ancient trading ship, a 360-degrees multimedia motion shipwreck theatre as well as live performances by acrobats on-board the ¡®Bao Chuan¡± (Zheng He boat). It will also house the world¡¯s first historical research centre dedicated to the maritime silk route.
  • There will be three public amphitheatres: The ShowPlace, an open-air 2,150 seat public amphitheatre; The Bull Ring, a 6,300 seating capacity amphitheatre; and Imagineering, a 1,714 seating capacity theatre which provides a magical dreamlike show with water, light and visual effects.
  • The Crane Ballet, a showcase of multi-media moving art will add vibrancy to the area as the cleverly choreographed animatronic crane dances and moves gracefully nightly at the Festivewalk, emitting colourful rays of light, spurts of water, and sprays of fire, all in sync with delightful music and enhanced with video images on giant LCD screens.
  • The Le Vie showroom, which has a seating capacity of 1,600, will feature a resident show - the ¡°Le Vie¡± (Life) show, which is helmed by members from the same creative team behind Cirque du Soleil blockbusters such as ¡®KA¡¯ and ¡®O¡¯ in Las Vegas. It promises spectacular stage and prop set-ups coupled with an award-winning production team.
  • Signature gourmet restaurants with Masterchefs such as Alain Fabregues, Alan Wong, Scott Webster, Marlon Abele-MARC Group, Gary Kunz, Harlan Goldstein, Susur Lee, Luke Mangan and Don Pintabona. 
  • An integrated spa wellness experience with the ESPA Spa centre, offering programmes for wellness and self-improvement as well as 42 private ESPA Villas for a tranquil accommodation option.
  • Flagship concept retail stores including new retail brands not currently in Singapore such as Bershka, Stradavarius, Cortefiel, Promod, as well as The Universal Store and Hamleys toy store.

 

 

Meeting and Incentive (M&I) Facilities

  • Meeting facilities with the ability to host approximately 12,000 delegates in 3 key venues: Le Vie Showroom / Plenary Hall (1,600 theatre-style seating), Ballroom (7,300 theatre-style seating) and 22 Meeting Rooms (3,390 seats).
  • Provides the option of 7 indoor incentive venues which includes Broadway Theatre, Movie Studios, Snoopy¡¯s Stage, Waterworld Amphitheatre etc., as well as 10 outdoor incentive venues such as The Showplace, The Bull Ring, Festivewalk, etc.

 

 

Hotel

  • A total of 1,830 rooms offered across 6 hotels, including Hard Rock Hotel, Maxim¡¯s Residences and the first-in-the-world Hotel Michael, where the building, interior and finishing will be designed by Michael Graves.
  • Total GFA of about 152,000 sqm.

 

Key Architecture and Design Features

 

 

Overall Design

¡ì         The overall composition of buildings, form and massing respond well to the existing fabric of Sentosa.  The architecture is human scale with a village-like festive ambience.  The site is well laid out, providing visitors with a clear visual orientation to key attractions and facilities.

 

Responsiveness to Tropical Climate

  • The extensive use of water, landscaping and the choice of materials (such as stone and wood) reflect the tropical resort feel of the island. Most of the major attractions are also designed with canopies, covered walkways and landscaped features to enhance visitors' experience in all-weather condition.

 

Night Lighting

  • There is attractive night lighting to highlight the architectural features of the individual buildings and character of different zones.

Lead Architect

Michael Graves and Associates

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Evaluation Process - Integrated Resort on Sentosa

Source: www.stb.gov.sg Media Release 8 Dec 2006

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