Zentosa LiveWELL Festival* returns to Sentosa with a holistic wellness compass for guests to curate their personal journey of wellness discovery. From 10 June to 9 July, the second edition of the festival will transform Sentosa into an island retreat with over 250 activities across five holistic pillars of wellness for festival-goers.
Leveraging Sentosa’s unique island vibes, Zentosa LiveWELL Festival will offer a range of experiences all across Sentosa Island, suitable for both Singapore residents and guests from around the region looking for a novel approach to wellness in an island-city getaway. Organised by Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), and in collaboration with the Wellness Festival Singapore, the festival also empowers guests to care for their mental health, even as more Singaporean residents are willing to seek help for their mental wellbeing¹.
A highlight is the new mental and emotional wellness zone, FeelWELL at Fort Siloso, anchored by art installations and poetry created by local artists Kult Studio & Gallery and Charlene Shepherdson, in collaboration with the National Arts Council and National Heritage Board. The installations and poetry tap into the storied history of Fort Siloso and aim to create an immersive experience for guests as they journey through quiet moments of self-reflection.
The festivities will kick off on 10 June with a specially organised Discovery Walk, where guests can discover more about Sentosa’s coastal and natural history as they embark on the walk with plenty of insightful pit stops along the way. Flagging off the Discovery Walk is Korean mixed martial artist and judoka Mr Choo Sung-hoon (better known by his nickname ‘Sexyama’), who had recently appeared on reality competition series, ‘Physical: 100’. As an exclusive privilege, Sentosa Islander members can register for one of 100 slots for an exclusive meet-and-greet session with him.
Zentosa LiveWELL Festival Village
Taking centre stage is the Zentosa LiveWELL Festival Village, housed at Southside from 10 to 25 June, leveraging the venue’s picturesque bayfront views as a serene yet vibrant backdrop. Aside from the ongoing activities and workouts, festival-goers can look forward to health- related talks, healthy food and beverage (F&B) options, and a range of free music programmes including Jazz by the Beach. SDC has also partnered The Body Shop Singapore which will be conducting yoga sessions at the Festival Village featuring instructor Brandon Chong.
Guests can curate their own wellness journey from across more than 250 activities at the festival, categorised into five key pillars, with mental wellness and the positive effects of strong lasting relationships as new focus areas this year.
FeelWELL – Building on mental wellness at Fort Siloso
Artist impressions of the ‘Resolutions’ installation at Tunnel A Complex at Fort Siloso
FeelWELL will nurture one’s mind and soul through a transformative art installation by Kult Studio & Gallery. The installation ‘The Way to Wellness’ will be exhibited across three tunnels of Fort Siloso and brings guests on a journey to inner peace through visual, auditory, and tactile cues. The installation is deliberately interactive, drawing festival-goers in to evoke a sense of introspection and reflection, leaving them renewed and reinvigorated at the end of their journey. Throughout each tunnel, visitors will get to experience the marvels of Charlene Shepherdson’s literary works and appreciate the series of narratives and poems created by the artist.
Guests can also pledge their commitment to better their own wellness journey by inking their pledge on a coloured ribbon which will be streamed together by local artists into a temporary art installation at the Fort Siloso Skywalk.
Create a piece of moss art at one of the FeelWELL workshops at Fort Siloso
Aside from the art installation, guests can also experience the healing power of plants through hands-on therapeutic horticulture workshops, among other activities that nurture guests’ emotional and mental wellness.
BondWELL – Strengthening relationships with loved ones at Imbiah
Strong relationships with loved ones are key to one’s overall wellbeing, and activities at BondWELL will enable guests to immerse themselves in the welcoming environment and reconnect with loved ones. Stroll through the verdant surroundings of the Imbiah Trail, recharge through the healing and sensorial qualities of the forest via the Therapeutic Forest Walk @ Imbiah Trail, while gaining a deeper appreciation of the natural surroundings. Additionally, guests can ‘digitally detox’ from their devices and reconnect with family and friends through nostalgic and tradition games such as five-stones, pick-up sticks at the Imbiah Forecourt located just outside of Madame Tussauds Singapore.
Return of popular experiences from 2022 (PlayWELL, EatWELL, and RestWELL)
Building on the positive guest feedback and encouraging participation in the inaugural edition, the key pillars of physical wellness (PlayWELL), healthy eating (EatWELL), and mindful resting (RestWELL) will return.
Fitness and mindfulness come together in these curated experiences designed to bring guests closer to their own physical wellbeing goals. One example is the enhanced True Fitness Hour, in partnership with True Fitness, where workout buffs can register for sessions with yoga instructor Yenny Christine and pick up tips to enhance their spinal flexibility, or learn about calisthenics from celebrity coach Jacob Manning. Other True Fitness Hour sessions include Fight Do, a high-intensity class combining boxing and martial arts, as well as KPopX Fitness and Zumba.
For those looking to take their workouts up a notch, sign up for classes such as Silent Kickboxing, a workout session with music and vocals beamed directly to an individual’s headset, Beach Pop Cycle, an energetic cycling session with a groovy upbeat soundtrack, or WeBarre Stretch & Technique, a mix of floor Barre moves to achieve deep, active stretches.
Challenge one’s physical fitness at the PlayWELL workouts such as Silent Kickboxing, Beach Pop Cycle, WeBarre Stretch & Technique, and more
Meanwhile, families can also register for another fun walk, Pa Pa Zou, on 2 July, a community initiative founded by Jack Neo that aims to inspire Singaporeans to embrace an active lifestyle by walking alongside local artistes and celebrities.
Discover the art of living well all around Sentosa
Further exemplifying the holistic One Sentosa experience, there will also be a range of health and wellness offerings by businesses on Sentosa as well as event partners and collaborators during this period. These include:
- Wellness staycation programmes coupled with healthy meal options at participating hotels Capella Singapore, Oasia Resort Sentosa, Resorts World Sentosa hotels, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa, and W Singapore – Sentosa Cove.
- Healthier menu choices at eateries such as Rumours Beach Club, Siloso Beach Resort, as well as eateries at Quayside Isle, and more.
- Family bonding packages at attractions such as Madame Tussauds Singapore, Scentopia, Singapore Cable Car, SkyHelix Sentosa, Skypark Sentosa by AJ Hackett, among others.
- Yoga sessions in the “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” at Resorts World Sentosa.
Tickets for activities and experiences at Zentosa LiveWELL Festival Village are priced at either S$10 or S$15 per session and will go on sale from Thu 18 May onwards. Sentosa Islander members can also enjoy a 20% discount off their bookings. For more information about Zentosa LiveWELL Festival 2023, please visit https://zentosafest.sentosa.com.sg
¹ National Population Health Survey 2021 Highlights Need To Focus On Preventive Health. Ministry of Health. (n.d.). Retrieved May 4, 2023, from https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/national-population- health-survey-2021-highlights-need-to-focus-on-preventive-health
Images: Zentosa LiveWELL