Earlier this year I had the pleasure of staying at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. Completed in 2010, it is the world’s most expensive casino featuring 2500 rooms, a mall, a museum, celebrity chef restaurants, ice skating rink and the famous infinity pool at the top.

Marina Bay Marina Bay Sands is dominating the bay area.

The hotel is impossible to miss, as the futuristic shape completely dominates the southern skyline.

Marina Bay Sands Marina Bay Sands viewed from the Gardens by the Bay.

Arriving is a breeze, since they got their own MRT subway stop under the hotel.

Marina Bay Sands One of several receptions for the hotel.

They boast a grand total of 2561 rooms with the least expensive ones starting at $278 per night. Our exclusive club room on 39th floor was almost twice that amount, including a marble bathroom and an amazing view of the bay area. The room also featured an espresso machine, perfect for kickstarting the day before even leaving the room.

Marina Bay room Room with a view.

The 146 meters long infinity pool at 57th floor is arguably their top attraction. Being only available to hotel guests, it’s likely the most expensive pool plunge I’ve ever done. But the view of the city is magnificent and a definitive highlight.

Marina Bay Sands pool The pool is 191 meters up in the air.

While resting my arms over the edge looking down, it really felt like the roof of the world.

Singapore skyline The sunset of Singapore skyline, as seen from the pool area.

The Shoppes is a large shopping mall complex including 270 exclusive boutiques and 60 dining options, of which eight are expensive Celebrity Chef restaurants.

The Shoppes Miles of shopping at The Shoppes.

My personal favorite turned out to be the Bistro Moderne by French chef Daniel Boulud. I also liked the Pizzeria & Osteria Mozza by disgraced chef Mario Batali, where I had extraordinary parma pizza.

Mozza Epic pizza at Mozza.

Louis Vuitton has a flagship store which differs from the rest, since it’s an pavilion floating in the bay, accessible by bridge and underwater escalator.

The shopping area is quite large and there is actually an option to go for the Sampan Ride, where a boatman takes you along the canal in a Chinese wooden boat. It reminded me of the gondolas of the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

The Shoppes Rest your weary shopping feet.

Marina Bay Sands features several bars. My favorite turned out to be Ce La Vi, the skybar at 57th floor. The erroneous name is hard to ignore and my Coedo Beniaka-beer costed 18 dollars, but the place has a nice vibe and one of the best bar views in Singapore.

Ce La Vi skybar Ce La Vi skybar at 57th floor.

The hotel is located close to the Gardens by the Bay, a stunning green area with great views of the unique architecture.

Marina Bay Sands The outside of the hotel is also quite decent.

The Marina Bay Sands also features southeast Asia’s largest light&water show, showing visual effects with interweaving lasers and video projecting on water screens. This is shown for free several times every night.

Light show The popular light show run every night.

Due to the sheer size and popularity, Marina Bay Sands can be a bit overwhelming in terms of crowd. I also felt it to be a little less exclusive than other five-star luxury hotels I stayed at during the same time period, such as The Fairmont in Singapore and Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

But I still recommend taking a look at Marina Bay Sands, it’s an intense experience unlike most others.


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