Victoria’s Secret at Resorts World Sentosa

Adored by women for their figure-flattering undergarments and by men for their curvaceous models, Victoria’s Secret is undoubtedly the world’s most famous name in lingerie. While other international brands such as La Senza and Blush have long had a presence in Singapore with an outlet in nearly every mall, the Victoria’s Secret boutique at Resorts World Sentosa is the only location in Singapore as well as all of Asia. Victoria’s Secret is a long-awaited addition to the local shopping scene but, if you’ve come for the underwear, you may find yourself disappointed.

Victoria’s Secret at Resorts World Sentosa

Victoria’s Secret is located in The Galleria, the stretch of luxury shops that runs between the Resorts World casino and hotels, and its hot-pink sign and displays of sequined panties are an odd pairing with the Swiss watches and designer handbags sold by neighboring shops. The boutique has an open lay-out and its entrance is flanked by floor-to-ceiling images of Victoria’s Secret Angels like Adriana Lim and Karolina Kurková modeling the latest demi-cups and push-ups which, oddly, are not available in store.

Victoria’s Secret Singapore

That’s correct: Victoria’s Secret Singapore does not sell bras. When we questioned the sales staff about what seems like a glaring omission, they were unperturbed and indicated the store has no plan to start carrying bras anytime in the near future. On further inspection, we found that a lot of the sexy stuff is conspicuously missing. The sleepwear section, a fraction of the store, featured silky camisoles, printed pajama pants, and monogrammed nightshirts (sizes XS – L, S$40 and up), but none of the seductive teddies and baby-dolls Victoria’s Secret is known for. The sexiest item we could find on the shelves was a black lace slip (S$80). Furthermore, they do not carry any of the Victoria’s Secret line of clothing, shoes, or swimwear. Needless to say, there are no fitting rooms.

Victoria’s Secret Shop Singapore

At least Victoria’s Secret Singapore does offer a decent selection of panties. On our visit, they were divided into two displays – one for the “Pink” collection and one for their regular line of women’s underwear. Designed for their college-age customers, the Pink collection is fun and flirty with bright colors and bold prints (S$15-25). The regular collection is a bit more expensive (S$23-25), but offers a wider range of cuts and come in cotton or lace. Both collections are available in sizes XS – L.

Victoria’s Secret Loves Singapore

More than the underwear, what seems be to the major seller is the Victoria’s Secret brand beauty items and nearly half the store is devoted to fragrances, moisturizing lotions, and body washes (S$20 and up). At the testing station you can give yourself a spritz of the latest eau de parfum including Gorgeous, Dream Angels, Bombshell, and Very Sexy (S$60 and up). The store also has a large selection of fashion accessories with pink faux crocodile luggage tags (S$32), over-sized sunglasses (S150+), bejeweled compacts ($40+), and VS monogrammed wallets and bags ($50+). If you’re looking for a uniquely Singaporean souvenir, cotton t-shirts with “Victoria’s Secret Loves Singapore” on the front and angel wings embossed on the back cost S$60 (available in black, white, and grey; sizes XS – L).

While it’s to be expected that prices at Victoria’s Secret Singapore are higher than in the USA, many items cost double the American price even after accounting for the exchange rate. For example, cotton underwear rarely costs more than S$10 on the Victoria’s Secret website (which offers international shipping), but in Singapore the average price is S$20. Though the beauty products are a better value, the over-inflated underwear prices combined with a very limited selection means that many women are better off shopping online exactly as their did before the Singapore store opened.

In light of the high prices, one saving grace is regular promotions (i.e. “buy 3 panties, get a free lingerie bag”) and discounts for using certain credit cards (with a minimum purchase). Check the signs near the cashier or ask one of the abundant saleswomen for details. Additionally, if you’re a foreign tourist and spending more than S$100, remember to ask for a tax refund document so you can recoup the 7% GST when you leave Singapore through Changi Airport.

Victoria’s Secret is located at Level 2, The Galleria, at Resorts World Sentosa. It is open 11am – 10pm Thursday to Sunday and 11am – 10:30pm Friday and Saturday. The store can be contacted by calling (65) 6723 8024 during business hours.