Thanks to my uncle’s generosity, I’ve now spent the night in Singapore’s most famous building, Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We were lucky to have VIP Tower 1. The hotel had 57 floors, with the top floor being the Infinity Pool, the world’s largest rooftop pool which is 150-metre long. The hotel has three towels (I mean towers, whoops) and the top is in the shape of a boat, so it is a unique building to look at.
The whole Marina Bay Sands complex is not just the hotel. It was designed by Moshe Safdie who also worked on many Las Vegas hotels. There is a shopping mall as well, although calling it shopping is charitable. Most of the “shops” were jewellery shops. There was a posh casino which looks like somewhere James Bond would love (seriously, why has Singapore not been used in a Bond film yet?) I also need to stop bringing up James Bond in these Singapore posts.
The mall was nice to look at though, as there was an indoor moat and a fountain. I feel that the whole shopping area, which is called the Shoppes (whut?), is designed for people with a lot of money to spend and for people who want accessories.
So what’s the actual hotel room like? Well, the curtains open automatically and there is a bath AND a shower separately! This is the first hotel I’ve been to with both of them. The wi-fi is also very fast (exxxxcellent).
The Infinity Pool was very crowded, with no one really swimming. They were just there taking photos, mostly selfies and using selfie sticks (what is the point of a selfie?). The majority of the people there were tourists, understandably. We didn’t go there the first day, as we were waiting till morning when it was less crowded. The view from the top floor was stunning. I think the whole of Singapore could be seen. The amount of skyscrapers in the city is huge, and it’s great that there are plenty of green areas too. Looking at the skyline is a prime example of how far Singapore has gone since the 50 years.
Swimming in the pool was good once we went there in the morning, however, the pool was quite murky and not clear. Thankfully there weren’t many children around (well, I technically count, but I’m referring to young children).
The only problem is that the lifts take a long time to reach the top, probably due to the amount of people.
The hotel is a short walk from Gardens by the Bay, which I talked about in Part 2. The view from my hotel room had views of the Singapore River and the Merlion.