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Guide to Sentosa: things to do, see and eat

Our selection of the best attractions, coolest dining spots and top hotels to check into while you're on this little beach paradise.

AJ Hackett Sentosa

Gather the fam or crew for some fun in the sun on Sentosa Island. From thrilling amusement park rides and a 50-meter bungee jump, to a cocktail at one of the many fancy bars and restaurants by beach, Sentosa has much to offer for anyone looking to have a bit of fun or rest and relax time. Here are the best things to do while you're there. 

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Attractions

Universal Studios Singapore
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Universal Studios Singapore

Set aside a day to explore Southeast Asia's first and only Universal Studios theme park with 24 exciting rides, shows and attractions in seven themed zones. Best for thrill-seekers and families alike.     

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AJ Hackett Sentosa
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AJ Hackett Sentosa

You don't have to hop on a plane to a bungee jump anymore. Take the plunge at AJ Hackett Sentosa, Singapore's first and only bungee jump that's right over Siloso Beach. Dive head first or back flip you way over the edge – whatever you like.  Besides the bungee, there are also other high-element activities for the thrill-seekers among you, including a giant swing that requires partners to link arms as you 'fly', a vertical skywalk where you 'walk' (facedown, mind you) down the side of the tower down to ground level, a skybridge where you attempt to overcome your fear of height and vertigo, and a top swing where you freefall from 47m above ground. 

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SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
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SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa

Sing 'unda tha sea' as you ogle at over 800 species of marine wildlife in the world's largest aquarium, which also has the title of the largest collection of manta rays in captivity.

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Sentosa Luge & Skyride
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Sentosa Luge & Skyride

Cruise in a leisurely fashion – or race down, if you prefer – four thrilling luge tracks with specially designed features including hairpin corners, exhilarating tunnels, and exciting downhill slopes. When you reach the bottom of the track, scramble onto the brand new Skyride for a treetop ride back to the starting point, and do it all over again. Sheer fun for the whole family.   

Combat Skirmish LIVE
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Combat Skirmish LIVE

The next time the line at the Luge gets too long, pop over to Combat Skirmish LIVE for a quick 15- or 30-minute game of laser tag. There’s no need to book in advance – just rock up to the ticketing counter and choose from six activities that include an indoor maze, laser clay shooting and a ‘tunnel battle’ all played out in Fort Siloso, the only preserved coastal fort in Singapore left behind from WWII. You don’t need a big group, either. In the tunnel battle, a team of maximum six players wage war against mechanical soldiers while bigger groups, of up to 12, can form two squads to navigate the indoor maze, shoot down opponents and accomplish team objectives. And don’t worry about painful ‘bullets’. The ‘firearms’ involve no physical projectiles and are powered by harmless infrared light, similar to that of remote controls.

Mega Adventure Park
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Mega Adventure Park

Singapore’s longest and steepest flying fox ride will send you soaring at breathtaking speeds across the 450m course. If not, test your balance on the 36-obstacle treetop ropes of Megaclimb or free-fall 15 meters on MegaJump. 

iFly Singapore
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iFly Singapore

No excuses about not wanting to jump out of a plane, because now we can feel the rush of skydiving a few metres off the ground. You won’t have the Earth zooming towards you, but you will have the South China Sea to look at as your body is kept afloat in the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel. We can now finally take flight somewhere other than Changi. Flight packages start at $89 for adults, and $79 for children. Cheaper prices for off-peak timing.

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Fort Siloso
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Fort Siloso

If you visit only one World War II-related site, make it this one. The main story of Japan’s victory is punchily told, alongside displays on resistance hero Lim Bo Seng and Force 136, and on the local civilian experience during the Japanese occupation. The ‘Surrender Chambers’, containing exact waxwork replicas of the main players, are surprisingly effective at reconstructing the British surrender to the Japanese, and vice versa. But the main attraction is the sprawling structure of the fort itself. Wandering around the gun emplacements and underground complexes at your own pace gives a material sense of a place lived in and fought for that is just as striking (if not more so) than any number of theatricals. You can also learn how restored gun battery Fort Siloso played a vital role in Singapore’s defence in World War ll. Climb through tunnels and examine original guns, cannons, film clips and photographs from days past. Real danger not included. For ages 3-12. Free guided tours are available on Fri, Sat, Sun & PH, 11.30pm, 1.30pm, 2pm & 4pm.

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For kids

Maritime Experiential Museum
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Maritime Experiential Museum

The newly revamped Resorts World Sentosa Maritime Experiential Museum reopens its doors to the public after nine months. Go on a voyage with well-known seafarers like Marco Polo and Sang Nila Utama to learn about the Maritime Silk Route. Sink into its rich trade history with 15 thematic galleries. Be wowed by the life-sized Jewel of Muscat – a ship built like a 9th century Arabian Dhow. Have a go at tying classic mariners' knots at the Learning To Navigate chamber – a brand new interactive section modelled after a ship’s lower deck. Don't miss the typhoon theatre's 4D show of a ship navigating a tumultuous storm. The museum reopens on December 29. 

KidZania Singapore
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KidZania Singapore

They say that we never actually grow up. We just become good at pretending. And at KidZania Singapore, your children will be really good at faking it (hopefully ’til they make it). The island’s newest edutainment centre is literally a city within a city. And spread across the massive facility are dozens of ‘real-world’ venues – scaled down, of course – where little ones can learn about being a firefighter, policeman, actor… you get the drift. Like its 22 counterparts around the world, the Singapore playground is developed in consultation with child education experts and supported by legit brands to complement learning experiences. And since activities here are designed for children aged four and up ($25/two to three-years-old, $58/four to 17-years-old, $35/adults), nearly everybody can get in on the fun. Here are the places your kids can choose to ‘work’ at. Aviation Academy You need to walk before you run, but why run when you can fly? One of the first things visitors will notice here — and it's impossible to miss — is the full-winged fuselage of a Boeing 737 within the indoor city. This is ground zero of the Aviation Academy, where your child will get to pretend to be a pilot in one of the full-fledged simulators on site.   Fire Station When there’s a fire in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call? One of the most popular establishments in KidZanias around the world, the fun-sized fire station – approved here by the SCDF – teaches kids about fire safety and prevention.

MOSH!
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MOSH!

Think of this as the Science Centre on steroids. Located in Sentosa, MOSH! is Singapore’s first 'digital media edutainment facility'. The idea is to encourage children of all ages to develop their creativity in fun ways within a safe and immersive environment. There's all sorts of technology, from projections to motion to interactive, here – your kids can even call upon their Minecraft skills to create their own virtual reality from scratch. 

Trick Eye Museum
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Trick Eye Museum

First initiated in Korea, the Trick Eye Museum has finally arrived in Singapore. Housed at Resorts World Sentosa, the 800-square-metre museum adorns six zones with different themes (like Safari or Circus), and will each display three-dimensional paintings and optical illusion masterpieces that visitors can pose in front of for mind-boggling photo ops. Guests will be fully immersed in the interactive pieces that reflect the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore by blending Eastern and Western influences.

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Restaurants and bars

FOC Sentosa
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FOC Sentosa

Inspired by the beaches of Barcelona, FOC Sentosa is the sister outlet to the popular restaurant on HongKong Street but with a more laid-back vibe. The two-storey beach house is split into two wings, one with a focus on food and the other on drinks. Laze by the side of its private pool, cocktail in hand, and take in the sunset before heading in to enjoy a feast of grilled seafood and paella. Get the king crab cannelloni to start. The classic Italian dish gets a Mediterranean twist where zucchini ribbons replace pasta to encase sweet slivers of Alaskan king crab. Also try the cod and spinach caldoso rice, a variation of the traditional paella cooked over a low fire on a cast iron pan. Instead of attaining a crispy base with the rice, this dish has a creamy, almost risotto-like texture that soaks up the flavours of the cod tripe. 

Panamericana
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Panamericana

This casual bar & grill at the Sentosa Golf Club re-introduces the overlooked spot to the crowd. The cool new spot is an ode to the cultures and cuisines found in 14 countries along the Pan-American Highway that stretches through the North, Central and South Americas. The restaurant specialises in farm-to-fire cuisine, offering succulent grilled, roasted & charred whole meats and vegetables typical of the America’s North, Central and South. Check out dishes such as the Chilean Ceviche ($18), Mexican Beef Brisket Tacos ($22) and Stanbroke Augustus Beef Short Rib ($48).

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Forest
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Forest

It's all about the family at Forest, celebrity chef Sam Leong's regionally focused Chinese eatery. Chef Joe Leong joins his father as Forest's junior sous chef and will be helming the restaurant's dessert station. The young 25-year-old pastry chef has spent the past seven years working for the likes of Janice Wong and Laurent Bernard and is looking to take Forest to the next level by focusing on plated desserts.  

Coastes
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Coastes

What’s a trip to the beach without lazing on a deckchair, Mai Tai in hand? At this sprawling seaside restaurant in Sentosa, you can do just that. Besides tropical cocktails, Coastes stocks a formidable array of draft and bottled beers ($13-$19), and the nosh is unfussy yet vibrant enough to live up to the restaurant’s beachy vibe. Go for the refreshing citrus crab salad ($18) or, if you’ve little ones in tow, one of the five pizzas ($20-$25) on the menu.

Tanjong Beach Club
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Tanjong Beach Club

It's been six years since Tanjong Beach Club – affectionately known as TBC – first replaced Sentosa’s beloved pop-up bar The Shack. Since then, TBC has proven itself a worthy successor with its laid-back vibe, buxom crowd and refined plates. Fast-forward to 2016 and the restaurant is changing up its food and drinks menu. Inspired by coastal cuisine from around the world, chef Jason Jones introduces to the new all-day menu dishes such as Mediterranean-style barbecued octopus salad ($23) and snapper ceviche ($23) reminiscent of Mexico. For mains, opt for the lobster bun ($38): half a lobster cut into chunks, tossed in lime and avocado mayonnaise dressing, and served between lightly toasted burger buns. And of course, what's TBC without its breezy weekend brunches? Aside from the typical eggy offerings, there are a few waist-friendly options, like the chilled melon salad ($16) and acai bowl ($21).  The Lo and Behold Group's Bar Mentor, Julian Serna, is responsible for the new cocktail programme. Fresh, tropical flavours are the order of the day, with drinks like the Tanjong Spritz ($19), a citrusy, effervescent cocktail that will quench your thirst after a day spent flaunting – or checking out – that bikini bod.

Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
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Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora

On paper, Ocean Restaurant should be the hottest dining ticket in town: it’s uniquely housed within the world’s largest oceanarium at Resorts World Sentosa, with a breathtaking front-row seat to the massive undersea habitat, and headlined by an immensely likeable celebrity chef, Cat Cora, lauded for her philanthropy and sustainable approach to cooking. A year later, that hasn’t quite been the case at Ocean, but some tweaks to the menu may help the cause, along with new chef de cuisine Yew Eng Tong and his team. While dinner largely remains a moneyed, haute cuisine affair dominated by four-course tasting menus ($138), we’re happy to see a bit more flexibility at lunch time, with sets allowing diners to choose what they please, from starters ($20-$30), fish & seafood ($22- $32), meat ($26-$36) and dessert ($18) courses, with a minimum order of $38/person. The culinary team displays chops in cooking meat like the Asian-inspired braised-seared short rib with bean sprouts and black truffle vinaigrette, and confit of duck leg with Japanese sweet potato and pomegranate molasses. With seafood sustainability a clear tenant in Cora’s beliefs, Ocean shines in its sourcing and preparing of seafood options. The barramundi – which is farmed in Penang – is served with crisp skin and parma ham floss. 

Ola Beach Club
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Ola Beach Club

Island life just got a whole lot more interesting with Ola Beach Club, Singapore’s only Hawaiian-themed lifestyle venue. Not only can you savour Hawaiian-style dishes like ahi poke bowls ($20) served with your choice of marinated tuna and Kalua pig tacos ($25), the beach shack also rents out a host of water sports equipment like water-propelled jet packs (from $228) for daredevils who want to try their hand at flying up to nine metres in the air.

Bob's Bar
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Bob's Bar

The perfect hideaway on Sentosa Island for a Mojito ($24) or Old Fashioned ($22). Bob's Bar combines the rich heritage and old-world charm of Capella Singapore and the breathtaking surroundings. Don't miss the Bosun's Call every evening at 6.30pm (5pm on Sundays), where the bartenders will be giving out tasting rum infused with pineapple and small bites, a nod to the hotel's naval tradition. If you're feeling peckish, order from the selection of bites such as the chicken tikka masala sandwich ($18) and the wagyu beef satay skewer (three pieces for $24).

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Spas

ESPA
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ESPA

Adjacent to the water-themed Equarius Hotel at Resorts World Sentosa, ESPA is designed with total privacy and relaxation in mind: there are only two Garden Suites and two Beach Villas that cater to couples. Both options are self-contained spas within the premises, each with its own changing room, lounge and relaxation area. Additionally, the Beach Villas come with a private steam room and dip pool, too. ESPA also houses hot and cold facilities, such as a crystal steam room, rock sauna and a Japanese-style onsen that curls up on the edge of a garden.

Auriga Spa
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Auriga Spa

Space is aplenty at Auriga and there are four couple spa suites that come with their private garden. The spa uses only all-natural organic products from The Organic Pharmacy and bases its treatments on the phases of the moon to ‘reflect the shifting energies of the lunar cycle’ – or something like that.

So SPA
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So SPA

So SPA bases its treatments on French cosmetology with a touch of Asian influence. Its spa menu reads like something you’d find at a French fine dining restaurant: treatments are sectioned into starters, mains and desserts, and you’re meant to mix and match them. 

Spa Luna
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Spa Luna

Hidden deep within the grounds of Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Spa Luna is technically not a part of the hotel – although it’d be hard to tell with the similar resort-like white walls and wood furnishings in its pre-war colonial building. There are three couple rooms, each with en suite bathrooms, and the spa even prepares a traditional Chinese dessert dish every day for a post-spa treat. For the ultimate zen weekend getaway, complete the treatment with a villa staycation.

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Hotels

W Singapore - Sentosa Cove

W Singapore - Sentosa Cove

The W Singapore is a sexy hotel. Beats thump through the lobby, beautiful people parade around the pool and red Prada leather adorns the lift walls. A staycation here is like peeping into the lifestyles of Sentosa Cove’s rich and famous – so don’t forget your polo tee and bug-eyed sunnies. The facilities Whatever you want, whenever you want it, the hotel is happy to provide. Even if it’s a tray of desserts served on a golden skateboard upon check-in. But the pool is where we spent most of our time: open 24/7, it pulses with life in the day and transforms into a private, sensuous and oh-so-inviting space at night. The food Dining options are never in short supply. Head down to Skirt for steak grilled on an open parilla or challenge the limits of your stomach with the buffet at The Kitchen Table. A skip and hop away from the hotel is Quayside Isle, home to 15 restaurants with views of the marina and its luxury yachts.

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Village Hotel at Sentosa
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Village Hotel at Sentosa

Pack your bags for a fuss-free island getaway with the whole family at Village Hotel at Sentosa. Located just a stone's throw away from Sentosa's fun-filled attractions such as Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach, Madame Tussauds, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Universal Studios Singapore, the hotel embodies the unique charm of the island – think decor inspired by the sand, sea and sun. The facilities here are nothing short of family-friendly, perfect for parents and children to connect, play and bond. The Family Room comes with two connecting doors, offering guests both privacy and an open plan. The connecting rooms also feature two vanity areas and bathrooms. Children's amenities such as baby cots, toys, toiletries and more are also available upon request. Guests are treated to a stunning view of either the pool deck or the island landscape in each room. The main highlight of the hotel is the pool deck where there are themed pool zones and gardens. 

Capella Singapore
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Capella Singapore

Set against a lush rainforest, old meets new seamlessly at Sentosa’s six-star luxury hotel, where modern fixtures hug restored colonial buildings. Guests have the VivoCity shopping mall, Resorts World Sentosa and a range of watersports and other activities at their doorstep, but there’s also a day spa with a lavish treatment menu for those who wish simply to stay put. There is an adjoining property for long-term tenants. Both come with strong recommendations from guests for their fantastic views and service, where the staffs are more than willing to go out of their way to fulfil special requests for food and concierge services. 

The Outpost Hotel Sentosa
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The Outpost Hotel Sentosa

This new upscale property in Sentosa exclusively caters to adults, so you won't be rudely interrupted during your romantic pool date by the sounds of wailing children. Stay in one of the 193 stylish guest rooms with chic design inspired by Singapore's distinctive colonial black and white bungalows. For a sundowner, head up to the lush rooftop overlooking the sea. Take a dip in the pool exclusively for guests while ordering your favourite cocktails from the bar.  

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa

Spread across lush greenery, Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa offers luxurious resort-style accommodation with sweeping views of the sunset at Sentosa Island's iconic Tanjong Beach. Providing a variety of accommodation types that range from rooms to suites and even villas, each elegantly-designed guestroom is inspired by Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg and fitted wooden parquet finishings with carpets in cerulean and orchid hues. All accommodation types are also equipped with high-definition televisions and high-speed WiFi. The luxury rooms and suites offer Lanvin toiletries, while the villas boast exclusive Hermès products and access to So SPA’s outdoor garden facilities. The exquisite villas even feature an outdoor pool. Guests may treat themselves to rejuvenating massages at So SPA, where ancient massage traditions meet French cosmetology. The Villa des Enfants offers a multitude of features that will appeal to all younger guests. Activities available include sports, dancing, storytelling and a variety of classes on weekends. Business travellers may utilise the state-of-the-art business venue, set against a backdrop of the South China Sea, and equipped with the latest technologies and facilities.

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Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa

Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa

Nestled within private gardens, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa offers accommodation in a restored colonial building located at the heart of Sentosa Island, opposite Imbiah Monorail Station. Dating back to the 1940s, the property's Heritage Wing has been fully-restored by architectural firm, DP Architects. This smoke-free hotel boasts an outdoor infinity pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.It is a 10-minute walk from Universal Studios Singapore and Resorts World Casino. Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa is a 20-minute drive from popular Orchard Road and 35 minutes drive from Changi International Airport.Designed by Japanese design firm, Super Potato, spacious air-conditioned rooms offer modern interiors with warm colour schemes and natural materials. The granite bathroom is fitted with a deep-set bathtub and separate shower.Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for currency exchange, luggage storage, concierge and laundry services.Open for all-day dining, the hotel’s restaurant serves both international and local dishes. There is also an attached terrace with outdoor seating.

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Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa

Just a three minute walk to Palawan Beach, and boasting panoramic views of the South China Sea, Amara Sanctuary Resort is located on tropical Sentosa Island in Southern Singapore. It offers two dining options and four outdoor pools. It is located just three minutes from Universal Studios Singapore and the casino at Resorts World Sentosa. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa offers a free return shuttle to Harbourfront. Boasting stylish wooden furnishings and large windows, air-conditioned rooms at Amara Sanctuary are equipped with Smart TVs that include built-in WiFi, media streaming functions and pre-installed media programs. 

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Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa

Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa

Nestled within private gardens, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa offers accommodation in a restored colonial building located at the heart of Sentosa Island, opposite Imbiah Monorail Station. Dating back to the 1940s, the property's Heritage Wing has been fully-restored by architectural firm, DP Architects. This smoke-free hotel boasts an outdoor infinity pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.It is a 10-minute walk from Universal Studios Singapore and Resorts World Casino. Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa is a 20-minute drive from popular Orchard Road and 35 minutes drive from Changi International Airport.Designed by Japanese design firm, Super Potato, spacious air-conditioned rooms offer modern interiors with warm colour schemes and natural materials. The granite bathroom is fitted with a deep-set bathtub and separate shower.Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for currency exchange, luggage storage, concierge and laundry services.Open for all-day dining, the hotel’s restaurant serves both international and local dishes. There is also an attached terrace with outdoor seating.

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