Dizzying heights in Singapore
2,381 Rooms / 180 Suites
The cityscape of Singapore has been forever changed with erection of Marina Bay Sands, a colossal riverside gaming resort. While Singapore’s centuries-old shop houses sit alongside a shimmering sea of towering skyscrapers, the hotel commands its own attention with unique architecture.
Look beneath the gloss of the city’s cosmopolitan enclave and what you’ll find is an unspoken fervor for perfection ebbing throughout Singapore — the kind of fervor that gives birth to architectural marvels like Marina Bay Sands.
Three sloping 57-story towers are topped by a deck that spans three acres. Since its completion in 2010, it has become a favorite of architectural magazines across the globe. And not without reason — the iconic MBS hotel gleams alluringly under the midday sky and glistens stealthily at night like an extra-terrestrial mother ship poised for takeoff.
Designed by acclaimed Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie, the Singapore hotel boasts a total of 2,561 rooms and suites. Though seemingly independent of each other when viewed from the outside, the hotel’s sloping towers and straight legs connect at the 23rd level to form a single entity.
The rooms and suites here are modern and comfortable. Guest rooms have rich tones of cream, vermillion and earth tones that give the spaces an overall soft, sophisticated vibe.
If you want a big upgrade, splurge on the 6,770-square-foot Chairman Suite. Nestled on the 54th level with a choice of either a black-and-granite or a gold-and-earth-tone color theme, the suite offers unparalleled views from three vantage points (all bedroom balconies) entrancing you with views of both the dazzling Central Business District skyline or the lush foliage of Gardens by the Bay.
The floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the living space in natural light during the day while providing an picturesque portraiture of the cityscape come nightfall.
Attention to details like the mildly botanically scented rooms and cushy, upholstered furniture up the cozy factor. Expect walk-in closets, a private karaoke room, a personal gym, Jacuzzi bathtubs and rain showers complete with his-and-hers bathrooms decked out in Roberto Cavalli amenities.
The Food and Drinks
Leave your diet plans at the door. Undeniably an epicurean’s paradise, Marina Bay Sands pulls out all the stops when it comes to gastronomy with more than 80 dining options ranging from highly acclaimed restaurants to modern bistros and upmarket dessert parlors.
A crowd favorite is modern American steakhouse CUT Singapore by Wolfgang Puck. The food here pays homage to meat connoisseurs with a stellar assortment of beef and pork offerings.
If celebrity chef outlets are your kind of thing, then you’ll be spoiled for choice with Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Adrift by David Myers and Long Chim by David Thompson.
For post-dinner drinks, head on down to Hide Yamamoto, an industrial-style vintage bar that dishes out decadent highballs and stiff cocktails. Don’t forget to head out to waterfront bar Bazin for giant-sized G&Ts and the driest martinis around.
Sitting snug atop the luxury hotel’s three towers on the 57th level is the tropical oasis aptly named Sands SkyPark. Flanked by the Singapore skyline on one side and the South China Sea on the other, the park offers amazing panoramas no matter where you stand.
Of course, the star here is the infinity pool — an attraction all its own. A carefully crafted design illusion makes it seem like you are about to fall off the edge of the building while you’re in the water.
If you’re feeling thirsty, walk on straight down to Cé La Vi, Spago or Flight Bar & Lounge — rooftop bars and eateries ideal for small bites, stiff drinks and magnificent aerial views of Singapore.