Call it what you like – a hotel, hotel-casino, mixed-use integrated resort, entertainment and lifestyle destination, urban district or all of the above – the Marina Bay Sands is staggeringly impressive and is, in the words of one of Singapore’s leading architects, ‘an instant icon for the city with the potential to do for Singapore what the Sydney Opera House did for Sydney.’
Designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 2010, as visually stunning as the resort is, the numbers are equally as astonishing:
4,000,000,000 –cost, in British pounds, of the Marina Bay Sands (US$5.7bn, S$8bn)
929,000 – the square meterage of the MBS complex
132,000 – number of Swarovski crystals in the casino’s atrium chandelier
120,000 –size, in square metres, of the convention centre
74,000 –size, also in square metres, of The Shoppes mall
4,000 – number of seats in the resort’s two theatres
2,560 –number of hotel rooms
340 – length, in metres, of the SkyPark
200 – height, in metres, above sea level
151 – length, in metres, of the rooftop infinity pool
55 – number of floors in each of the three towers
1 – unforgettable experience at the jewel in Singapore’s crown
Just as Singapore has been transformed into a city in a garden, the Marina Bay Sands can comfortably claim to be a world within a city. There’s a unique ecosystem in which, theoretically at least, you never have to leave. You can eat, drink, shop, sleep, work, play, watch, exercise, visit, engage and relax, all within the hotel’s four metaphorical walls.
Sheldon G Adelson, Chairman and CEO of MBS owner Las Vegas Sands Corporation said of the resort, ‘as a catalyst for the economic future of Singapore and a launch pad for its tourism industry, Marina Bay Sands will help Singapore solidify its standing among the world’s greatest destinations’ and it has, to stunning effect.
Marina Bay Sands – The Bedrooms
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Marina Bay Sands – The Bedrooms
As a hotel, it ticks every box. Each room has amazing views, 21st century tech, flat screen TVs and access to the Infinity Pool and the SkyPark but as you upscale, so do the amenities and in some rooms you’ll find a billiards suite, dining rooms, private gyms, a grand piano and even 24h butler service.
The jewel in this particular crown is the Chairman Suite described on the hotel’s own website as ‘Singapore’s pinnacle luxury hotel experience’. The 629 sq. m four bedroom, four bathroom suite comprises three furnished balconies, a media room, pool table, massage, steam and sauna facilities, a study, a 10-person dining room and complimentary access throughout the hotel…the list goes on and on, but what else does the MBS have to offer?
Marina Bay Sands – The Dining Rooms
The list of places to eat and drink at Marina Bay Sands is so long the website has to list them alphabetically. The most recent count puts the total at over 60 (including restaurants, cafés, bars and coffee shops throughout the complex) and some of the world’s hottest names have embraced Singapore as one of the world’s most exciting food capitals.
Amongst many others, Gordon Ramsay (Bread Street Kitchen), Wolfgang Puck (Spago and CUT), Tetsuya Wakuda (Waku Ghin), Daniel Boulud (db Bistro & Oyster Bar), Justin Quek (Sky on 57) and David Thompson (Long Chim) have dining rooms here but there is a huge variety of eateries to choose from. You can opt for world-class fine dining, café and bistro-style restaurants, buffets and traditional hawker and street food as well as speciality restaurants from all over the world including American, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French and Indian cuisine.
Marina Bay Sands – The Shops
Or, more precisely, The Shoppes. The list of the 300+ outlets at one of Singapore’s largest luxury shopping malls reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the world’s finest fashion and jewellery brands and includes:
Alexander McQueen • Balenciaga • Chanel • D&G • Fendi • Gucci •Louis Vuitton • Prada • Salvatore Ferragamo • Valentino • Vera Wang • Ermengildo Zegna • Ferrari • Tom Ford • Bulgari • Audemars Piguet • Tiffany • Boucheron • Cartier • Franck Muller • Rolex • Tag Heuer • Omega • IWC Schaffhausen • Christian Louboutin • Jimmy Choo • Montblanc
In homage to The Venetian in Las Vegas, a canal runs the length of the mall and guests can take a gondola ride to decide where to stop and spend first!
Marina Bay Sands – The Sky
Marina Bay Sands – The Sky
The 9,941 sq.m SkyPark connecting the three towers is big enough to park almost five Singapore Airlines A380 jumbo jets as well as long enough to house the Eiffel Tower on its side. It includes a public observatory, jogging paths, gardens with 250 trees and 650 plants, restaurants, lounges, and the pièce de résistance, the sensational 151m long infinity pool, the highest and longest elevated swimming pool in the world.
Up here, you’ll find CÉ LA VI, one of Singapore’s most mind-blowing rooftop bars and Justin Quek’s Sky on 57 as well as arguably Singapore’s best view.
Marina Bay Sands – The Fun
The 600 sq.m ice skating rink was opened by none other than two-time Olympic medallist and five-time world champion Michelle Kwan; the Craft to Taste culinary and mixology sessions are run by some of the world’s best chefs and cocktail kings; the nightclubs – Avalon, Pangaea and CÉ LA VI – are famous throughout Asia and the world’s most popular theatre shows, musicals and stars have all performed at either the Sands Theatre or the Grand Theatre including recently the Blue Man Group, Shrek the Musical, Madagascar Live, Olivia Newton-John and The Illusionists.
Also as part of the complex is the iconic home of the ArtScience Museum. Somewhere between an upturned hand, an inverted lotus leaf or even an upside down bunch of bananas, the 50,000 square feet, three story, 21 gallery museum seamlessly fuses together the creative processes between art and science and includes technology, architecture, media and design.
Last but most certainly not least is the casino. With 2,300 slots and 350 gaming tables where you can play all your favourite games across four gaming floors totalling 15,000 sq.m overlooked by a seven-ton chandelier containing 132,000 Swarovski crystals and 66,000 LED lights.
Marina Bay Sands is one of the world’s most iconic hotel resorts and we could eulogise about the place all day but the only way to find out just how incredible Marina Bay Sands is?
Come and see for yourself!