Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay consists of three districts (South, East and Centre). The district has been artificially built up to gain more space for the island. Sand is a resource that is mined the most worldwide. The largest importer is Singapore. In the last sixty years, the island has grown by about 20%. The population is the same as in Berlin. Tendency growing. The accumulations will therefore continue.

The area of Singapore can be compared with the size of Frankfurt am Main – 3 times Frankfurt am Main.

Interesting things in the quarter:

  • Esplanade (theatre and concerts). The building has the appearance of a Durian fruit.
  • The landmark of the city is the Merlion. A mixture of lion and mermaid (fish).
  • Singapore Flyer (Ferris Wheel)
  • Marina Bay Street Circuit once a year the Formula One car race takes place here.
  • Gardens by the Bay – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden (Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove, Heritage Garden, Dragonfly Lake).
  • Crystal Pavilion (Lois Vuitton).
  • The Helix Bridge connects the Marina Centre with Marina South.
  • LeVeL 33 houses the highest microbrewery with a fabulous terrace.

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel
A luxury resort that is vertically arranged. It was opened in 2010. The towers are 55 stories high and they have 2561 rooms and suites. The latter with butler service. The rooms cost from about 350 SGD for a deluxe room with 30 sqm up to about 6,000 SGD for the Straits Suite with 330 sqm.

According to the descriptions it’s based on a ship. For me the upper part resembles a spaceship, which could take off at any moment. The roof garden is 340 meters long and has 12,400 square meters. Or in other words: 4,5 A380 could have space here. That is really impressive.

Inside the hotel there is a casino and a shopping mall with luxury shops. In between, a small canal was built on which visitors can drive with gondolas. 

As in many places in the city, there is also a “food street” here. The food tries to do justice qualitatively to the prices, but in my opinion it does not taste as good as the e.g. Hawker Center. But everything here is finer and nobler.

Visitors will also find museums, theatres and nightclubs in the hotel.

Not only the hotel but also the infinity pool is famous, but also there I find a lot exaggerated. Especially the advertising photos. Arrived at the roof garden, the view is completely different. The pool at a height of 200 metres is full of hotel guests. Of course, the hotel guests from 2561 rooms all want to go into the pool…

From above, you can see the safety border, of course, as the guests should not fall hundreds of meters onto the street below. As a non-hotel guest I do not have access. But from the Restaurant/Bar I can take the same photos. As a hotel guest I would feel like I am in a zoo and that would definitely be a no-go.

In total, the platform offers space for 3,900 people. You can convert the ticket to drinks and food. I really liked that. For exclusive dining I recommend CÉ LA VIE Restaurant. In the evening it’s better to make a reservation.

Those who want to save the 23 SGD for the elevator ride to the observation deck will find similar great motifs elsewhere in Singapore:

  • Ferris wheel (Raffles Avenue)
  • Roof of the National Gallery (St. Andrews Road)
  • Orchard Central Mall / Roof Garden
  • 1-Altitude bar  
  • LeVeL 33 Bar  
  • The Pinnacle Duxton (Building G/1. floor)

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