Visit Sentosa Island Virtually On Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Here’s What You’ll See

By now, the words “stay home” would have long been ingrained into our heads, and while we may miss the company of our friends and the freedom of heading outside, it doesn’t mean that things have to be boring. As some necessary cheer during these unprecedented times, Sentosa’s presenting a novel approach — you can now visit Sentosa Island in the popular Nintendo Switch game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. From 9 May (Sat) onwards, their sunny island is now only a short Dodo flight away!

Fans of the game would delight in this digital reimagining of Sentosa, which took two weeks of intense terraforming and sourcing of items by the team in order to come up with, frankly, some very faithful recreations of Sentosa’s iconic spots. You’ve got the serene beaches complete with deck chairs and coconut drinks, actual beach clubs such as FOC Sentosa and Rumours Beach Club, as well as the luxurious private dwellings of hotels Capella Singapore and Le Méridien Singapore. Romantic spots, such as a hidden beach set-up, or a rose-lined aisle fit for a wedding, are enticing photo ops as well.

The launch also marks the first Animal Crossing: New Horizons island getaway to be developed by a Singapore brand.

How to register for a session

From 9 May till 1 June, Sentosa Crossing is open for play at three timeslots a day: 10am to 12noon, 2pm to 4pm, and 6pm to 8pm. Each two-hour window features three sessions of 30 minutes each, while each session will be limited to four visitors for the best experience.

1. First, register here for a chance to visit Sentosa Crossing!

  • Players will be able to register for any of the subsequent three days. Eg. On Monday, registrations for play between Tuesday and Thursday will be open.
  • Slots are limited to four players per half-hour session.

2. Answer the question of the week correctly in order to get a chance to be one of Sentosa’s virtual visitors.

  • The four players who successfully register for each game session will receive an email confirmation. They will also receive another email containing a Dodo code 15 minutes before their slot.

3. Visit the “airport” on your island, key in the Dodo code and you will be transported to Sentosa Crossing!

  • Note: Visitors must have a Nintendo Switch online subscription to be able to fly in.


We visited the island on a media tour earlier today, for a feel of the land. The verdict? It’s pretty well done! Island-proud players — especially those who play the game without time-travelling — will appreciate the sheer variety of items and custom designs the Sentosa team went into detail to create, while I also loved how they captured both the sprawling, spacious feel, and the small, hidden enclaves of Sentosa. Not to mention, all those iconic landmarks! You may view some of our screenshots below.


But first, some island-visiting tips.

  • Bring along all your nice outfits! The Magic Wand tool is highly recommended for this so you can change in a jiffy — recommended outfits include beachwear, hiking gear, loungewear, and a fancy party look.
  • Bring a net — you never know what rare spawns you might catch!
  • Do note that visiting etiquette applies: do not pluck or trample on flowers, ruin someone’s selfie shot, or try to steal things off the island (you can’t).

Iconic Photo Spots

A recreation of the iconic Sentosa roundabout.
Another photo opportunity — gather your friends and snap a shot at this welcome sign!
A day at Siloso Beach isn’t complete without a selfie at the colourful sculpture, now rendered in 2-D.
Chill by the cooling waters and enjoy the view at the main beach stretch.

Key Landmarks

Beach Clubs
Miss hanging out at a beach club? Now you can with this faithful recreation of the FOC Sentosa.
At Rumours Beach Club, you can float on the beachfront swimming pool.
Ola Beach Club has a pool and some party lights to set the scene.
Put on some swanky gear and party up at this dance floor.
Quayside Isle
Here’s Quayside Isle, a marina-front dining enclave you’ll recognise by that charming boardwalk.
Fancy some greek fare at Mykonos By The Bay? You can dine (virtually) with your friends too.
Joe & The Juice is, of course, decked out in that cool ironwood furniture that everyone wants to get their hands on.
Blathers now runs the S.E.A. Aquarium!
Older Sentosa fans — even you millennials — will remember their Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom. This flower area is a nice recreation.
Another view of the flower fields at the butterfly garden, with some rare flower breeds, of course.
Sentosa created this romantic spot so that you can commemorate milestones with your significant other — are they expecting an in-game proposal? You can make it happen!
Another romantic spot — a secret beach and dinner for two, which might look better in the evening.


Get into the flow at this virtual Yoga By The Beach set-up.
Face masks at the ready when you relax at the luxurious So Spa.
“Race” your friends at the Skyline Luge Sentosa.
Go on a hike and explore this hilly trek — actual fitness, not necessary.
The hike takes you through winding paths lined with flowers, and a hidden cliff that makes for a cute rest stop and photo point.
Grab some popcorn and watch a movie at this outdoor cinema — we think this will look best during sunset.

Hotels & Suites

Capella Singapore
The elegant vibe of 5-star hotel Capella Singapore is recreated here, from the hilly outdoor area, to the colonial-era furniture of their suites.
Not forgetting those majestic tiered pools.
At the chic hotel lobby of Le Méridien Singapore.
Don’t forget to pop by the Sentosa Fun Shop on your way out!


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