Marina Bay Sands- An epitome of elegance
Well recognized for putting the little island of Singapore on the map, Marina Bay Sands associates itself with any tourism pamphlet of Singapore.
Basically an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay, Marina Bay Sands was established by the Las Vegas Sands and it is considered the most expensive standalone casino property. The three 55-story hotel towers house about 2500 luxurious rooms and suites. The imposing towers are connected by a distinctive sky terrace shaped like a boat called the SkyPark.
The 340m long SkyPark has a 150m infinity swimming pool set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform. This world’s longest elevated swimming pool boasts of a vanishing edge perched 191m above the ground. It is also a home to a number of rooftop restaurants, nightclubs, lush gardens, hundreds of palm trees and a public observatory deck on the cantilever with a 360-degree panoramic view of the little island’s dynamic skyline.
I would gladly say there isn’t a better feeling to look down at the skyline below while just floating at its edge.
A spectrum of multitude setups dots these edifices
Right in front of the towers is the “The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands”. With over 300 stores and F&B outlets, there are hordes of luxury boutiques like Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Cartier, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Emporio Armani, Chopard, REDValentino, Dior, Dunhill, Vertu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Montblanc, Blancpain, Herve Leger, Tommy Hilfiger and many many more.
The retail space is so enormous that even an entire day in the Shoppes will hardly suffice to even window shop.
A retail outlet of Swarovski
The Shoppes are a class apart with eye-catching interior design.
There are six celebrity chef restaurants too within the Shoppes.
A Celebrity Chef restaurant as viewed from Level One.
A canal runs the length of the Shoppes with little boat rides available for shoppers and tourists at the mall.
A 600sq m. ice-skating rink made of synthetic ice at the lowermost level lies bustling with kids and grown-ups alike.
One little piece that captured my eyes was the Rain Oculus. With the water swirling in from the first level forming a loop, rains down onto the lower level from the “eye” right in the middle of the restaurants.
Well, it was my first visit to a casino anyways and that too to step into the world’s most expensive- it was indeed an experience.
With over 1000 tables and 1600 slot machines, the vast space was bustling with guests and common folks alike trying out their hand at something big.
To add to the grandeur, there are two floating crystal pavilions.
One is a home to two of the most renowned nightclubs- Avalon and Pangaea. The other houses Louis Vuitton boutique and is connected to the portion of the boutique in the Shoppes via an underwater tunnel.
The Sands Theatre and Grand Theatre is well known for being the venue for many an international acts and shows. The Theatre Block, a Convention and Exhibition Facilities Block are present in front of the three towers. The fame of the towers received another feather when the Marina Bay Street Circuit was opened to stage the world’s only street and night F1 races.
The lotus shaped Art-Science Museum boasts of its retractable roof, providing a waterfall through the roof of collected rainwater when closed in the day and with laser shows when opened at night.
It’s so mesmerizing to look at some many pieces of architecture and is a haven for varied design concepts for budding designers.
Every night, there exists water and light spectacle in front of the Event Plaza called the WonderFull. Its brilliant portrayal of songs and stories enthral people who throng to watch the show every day.
Another attraction is the Double Helix Bridge that connects the Marina Bay to the Esplanade. This is the only Double Helix bridge in the world and is an engineering spectacle.