6 months ago
Everyone who has seen pictures of Singapore has seen pictures of the iconic Marina Bay Sands. An architectural wonder in the heart of one of the 3 city-states in the world, the Marina Bay Sands redefines luxury with its wonderful staff, luxurious rooms, amazing views and of course the infinity pool.
The 3-tower Marina Bay Sands is not just a hotel. It is an entire city in itself. Each tower has its own entry, and it is connected by a bridge and another two underpasses to the big building across the street which houses the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, a casino, a theatre, the Avenue Lounge Koma and the Marquee Nightclub. Directly in front is the promenade in front of the marina, the ArtScience Museum and the Digital Light Canvas Museum. All those facilities and attractions are part of Marina Bay Sands, and guests can purchase them as an add-on to their stay. In this complex, shopping enthusiasts will find the Shops at Marina Bay Sands. Walking down the promenade is also where sightseeing boats depart from. This makes it an ideal hotel for business travelers, as well as leisure travelers who prefer ultimate luxury.
Infinity Pool: as everyone has seen in pictures, the infinity pool will feel like a dream come true. Imagine swimming in a pool standing 57 floors above the city, looking down on the amazing skyline of Singapore. It is the biggest rooftop infinity pool in the world. One must be a guest at the hotel in order to access the infinity pool.
SkyPark Observation Deck: located on the 57th floor, this is where everyone goes to see wonderful views of the city. For hotel guests, the visit to the observation deck is complimentary, while for visitors it’s around SGD 25.
ArtScience Museum: for those who have an interest in science, this museum is a must on your visit to Singapore. It showcases science, technology, art and culture, all coming together and forming new innovation ideas with science and art. The Digital Light Canvas is part of this museum, and showcases paint calligraphic art. The best experience is when one looks at the art while standing on a glass floor over what looks like an ocean under your feet.
The Shops at Marina Bay Sands: as you might guess, this is where shoppers will find the many luxury and premium brands from around the world. Shoppers can spend more than a day browsing a total of over 170 stores. And that’s not all. There is also a canal going through the mall, where travelers can take a leisurely ride in a flat-bottomed Chinese and Malay Sampan boat. It will make you feel like you’re at The Venetian Resort in Macau or Las Vegas.
As one would expect from a 5-star hotel, the Sands Expo and Convention Centre offers a variety of venues for all event types. From a business centre to exhibition halls hosting large trade shows, that is the place where most of the big events in Singapore happen.
On the other side of the complex, one will find the Broadway of Singapore at the Sands Theatre. The hotel has more than 10 restaurants. Among those are buffets, western-style restaurants, Modern Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and several cafes.
The Hotel Experience
After all the attractions that almost guarantee you will visit the Marina Bay Sands sometime during your stay in Singapore, staying at this hotel is an experience in itself. Since I had one day in Singapore, I decided to stay at this property. The cost was around SGD 630, which is equivalent to USD 460. I booked a Deluxe Harbour View Room and requested a high floor. After checking in and being told the room was on the 46th floor, it felt like I must be on the highest floor. However, the highest floor for rooms is 55. For those who enjoy the city views, it is important to note that City View rooms are a different category. The price difference, however, is very small. They also have Garden View rooms which are on a lower floor.
Due to how many floors there are, it would be impossible to have all elevators going to all floors. Like many office buildings in North America, every set of elevators has certain floors it goes to. For example, in tower 1 there is a set of elevators that goes to floors 4-22, and 10 meters away is another set that goes to floors 22-57.
The 39 square-meter room was very spacious and modern. It had a 42” interactive flatscreen television, which made me feel like I was home watching TV. The room had a safe, iron and ironing board, and complimentary water bottles were provided. The bathroom was very spacious with luxury amenities, a hairdryer and a glass-enclosed shower. And the WiFi connection was the best one I had experienced in Asia on my 3-week vacation.
I booked the rate that had breakfast included. The breakfast at this hotel is a dream itself. The buffet restaurant is located next to the infinity pool, offering a start to the day with breathtaking views. If I was to describe the food variety in one word, the word would be: everything. Fruits and vegetables, along with bread, croissants, yogurt and milk are there for those who enjoy continental breakfast. A variety of fruit juices were available other than the usual orange and apple juice. For hot food, they had selections from mixed vegetables to food that one would expect to eat at lunch, such as chicken, curry, and fried rice. Being from Canada, I was surprised that they offer those at breakfast. In Asia, those foods can be eaten at any meal of the day. And if that’s not enough, they had an omelette station where they can customize the omelette, after which they would bring it to the table. I’m very used to this omelette station at resorts in the Caribbean, but I never expected to find that in Singapore. And they even had buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup, which I’ve rarely seen outside of Canada.
After breakfast, I went swimming in the infinity pool. The clouds rolled in and it started pouring rain. I went to the room, thinking the rain would stop and dry fast, but it continued to rain. I had to leave for the airport around noon, however, check-out was at 11:00 a.m. I asked the front desk if I can check out by noon due to the rain, and they allowed me to. Furthermore, I went to take some food to go around 11:05 a.m. Although they had taken down the food from the buffet, they called one of the other restaurants and they let me take a few croissants to go at no fee, considering that I had breakfast included. I must say this was wonderful hospitality. After the experience I had, I would recommend anyone traveling to Singapore to stay there for at least one night, for the experience. For those who look for modern, but not necessarily luxury accommodations, my tip would be to stay just one night at Marina Bay Sands for the experience, then change hotels. Singapore has accommodations catering to all budgets, however, nothing comparable to the Marina Bay Sands, especially the infinity pool. For me, this was a memorable experience that I can still feel today when looking at photos of Singapore.