My Marina Bay Sands Experience

I’ve taken you on the journey of my second day of Marina Bay Sands media trip. On the final day, I started the day by swimming in the iconic infinity pool of it. As a part of the Sands SkyPark, this pool offers the most breathtaking city view of Singapore from 57 stories above the ground, surrounded by a relaxing tropical garden, and available to hotel guests only. All the more reasons to stay at the Marina Bay Sands because of all the exclusive facilities that you can enjoy.

When I was lying in sunbed by the pool, I was wondering, how could one design this impressive architectural masterpiece? I mean, the idea to put hotel, shopping center, convention centers, museum, casino, and theater on thousands square meters of site is so complex. Let alone transforming a landfill site into a sophisticated integrated resort. I couldn’t believe that I was here atop one of the recognizable mega-buildings in the world!

Image credit to Timothy Hursley

Later on that day, our group was invited to meet the talented architect, Mr. Moshe Safdie, as he would share behind the scene stories of the remarkable project on a casual presentation by himself.  On this rare occasion, I learned a lot about how he and his team designed a mega resort, the inspiration behind it, the challenges during the project, and many more eye opening information.

With its complete and well-connected facilities, Marina Bay Sands is really more than just a popular tourist site. It has become a new Singapore icon. Some media even call it as Asia’s most spectacular entertainment destination. Here’s a quick look at what Marina Bay Sands has to offer.

1. Hotel

With over 2,500 rooms which are divided into three towers, the Hotel at Marina Bay Sands has become the largest hotel in Singapore. All of the hotel rooms and suites offer magnificent views, from Marina Bay and city view to South China Sea and the upcoming Gardens By The Bay. As a hotel guest, you will truly enjoy the 5 stars facilities of its accommodation and the exclusive access to its amenities such as Sands SkyPark and Banyan Tree Fitness Club.

2. Sands SkyPark

Sitting on top of the three hotel towers, the Sands SkyPark is definitely the ‘it’ place to enjoy the spectacular views of Singapore. There are 5 popular main areas that attract tourists to visit: the public observation deck, the infinity swimming pool, The Club at Marina Bay SandsSky on 57, and the hip KU DE TA lounge. Definitely, you’ll never be bored staying here :)

3. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Orchard Road is no longer the only shopping destination in Singapore. From luxury to new-to-market labels, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has become the new alternative to spend your SGD. With the addition of Sampan ride, weekly jazz performances, and skating rink to the tenant list, your loved ones may enjoy their quality time there. Also, our personal favorite, Sephora, is available here.

4. ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Located on the Marina Bay waterfront, this lotus-shaped museum is the home of international exhibitions such as Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. If you are a die-hard fan of Harry Potter, you surely don’t want to missed the chance to experience the magical world through Harry Potter: The Exhibition, do you? ;)

 

5. Theaters

There are two world-class theaters in Marina Bay Sands that have successfully attracted many Indonesian tourists: The Sands Theatre (where Deszell watched Lion King), and The Grand Theatre (where I fulfilled my secret wish to watch Wicked The Musical). Both are located adjacent to each other and home to the award-winning Broadway shows, international artists performances, motivational seminars, and even a bubble show.

If you are planning to visit Singapore in the near future, please expect to watch the upcoming shows such as AnnieThe Stylistics “Return With Love”, and many more entertaining performances.

6. A Culinary Heaven

With a wide variety of food choices available – from Indonesian to Brazilian cuisine, celebrity-chef restaurants to premium food court, and rooftop dining to waterfront dining, – Marina Bay Sands is surely a heaven for foodies. For meat lovers, please take note that Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria with its mouth-watering grilled meats is one of the must-try restaurants. Are you a culinary adventurer? Don’t forget to order a portion of Tandoori Foie Gras with Mango Chutney and Norwegian Salmon Tikka at Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra. Rasapura Masters offers a long list of Asian street food at a reasonable price. The last but not least, don’t skip the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique to spoil your sweet tooth by munching the heavenly macaroons while watching the sampan ride along the canal at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

7. Casino

Developed by Las Vegas Sands, the Casino at Marina Bay Sands offers a luxury gaming experience through its thousands machines and tables that suit all players. For first-timers, you do not have to worry because the friendly staff will be happy to assist your needs while you try your luck on the table ;).

8. Nightlife

Are you ready to enter the hottest party destinations of the year? Please spare your energy to visit the hip KU DE TA, Avalon and Pangea in the Crystal Pavilion, or Fuse the chic hotel lounge and get the unforgettable nightlife experience there.

9. Banyan Tree Spa and Fitness Club

Renew your spirit, mental, and physic in an exclusive retreat at Banyan Tree Spa and Fitness Club. Located at the 55th floor of Hotel Tower 1 (spa) and Hotel Tower 2 (fitness club), these 2 sanctuaries provide the award-winning treatments, services, and facilities. By the time you check in, don’t forget to reserve a seat in Sunrise Yoga Class in the fitness club or a session of Royal Banyan Treatment in the spa .

10. Marina Bay Sands Art Path

Aside from being an integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands itself is a year-round art exhibition. There are ten art installations created by 6 internationally renowned artists which are being shown from the 23-storey atrium in the hotel towers to the exterior of the building. Along with the impressive architecture, the Art Path also inspired Rosaline Jewelry to create the Sands Jewelry Collection by Rosaline Jewelry which will be perfect as a memento from the resort.

 

Have you stayed or visited Marina Bay Sands in recent past? If you have, do let us know what do you think about it!