Often seen in postcards of Singapore is the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This architectural feat consists of three buildings (or towers, as the hotel might call them), which are all connected by a “boat” the top. Architects say that the resort was inspired by a deck of cards, which makes sense due to the hotel’s casino and some 500+ casino tables that it offers. But, it’s not just the Sands casino, a part of the Sands casino and hotel chain, that makes Marina Bay Sands so special. In fact, Marina Bay Sands appears to be anything but a hotel and casino, and rather is a must-see playground for those exploring Singapore.
Bringing a claim to fame to Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands’ 500-foot infinity pool. This is known as the highest infinity pool in the world. Although you have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the pool, the $300 hotel room price tag might just be worth it for entrance to this pool. Situated in the hotel’s “Skypark,” the pool offers breathtaking views of the city with Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant poolside.
While many of Marina Bay Sands' expensive features, such as its casino, pool, celebrity chef restaurants and stores, bring crowds to the vicinity, it is the inexpensive museum on the property that is most favored. You can visit the ArtScience Museum for just $10, and explore contemporary art that matches the futuristic style that Singapore employs. With exhibitions ranging from “Future World: Where Art Meets Science,” to “Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems,” this museum has something to offer for everyone. Furthermore, the museum’s architecture resembles a flower, with nightly light shows free of charge.
Another must-see at Marina Bay Sands are the “Gardens by the Bay” and “Cloud Forest” exhibits. Singapore is known for its advancements as a green, environmentally friendly city, and these two sites demonstrate Singapore’s concern for the Earth. "Gardens by the Bay" depicts an almost supernatural display of man-made “Supertrees,” 150-foot tall collections of vines, orchids, and unique ferns that act as vertical gardens. Come here to learn about the Garden’s sustainability, and watch the various Supertree light shows that are exhibited at night. Right next door to "Gardens by the Bay" is Marina Bay’s Cloud Forest, a unique building that houses man-made clouds and “cloud mountain” as the exhibit would call it. Due to its cool climate, the mountain contains thousands of species of plants, many of which you are more than likely to have never seen before.
So whether you are in the mood to eat, shop, play, or learn, Marina Bay Sands has something for everyone. Although the facility just opened in 2010, you will be amazed at what it has to offer. Happy exploring!