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Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands is the second Integrated Resort (IR) to open in Singapore. It is developed by Las Vegas Sands, one of the world's biggest and foremost gaming companies.  The Marina Bay Sands aims to be a unique icon, a landmark that symbolises Singapore and distinguishes her from other cities. Alas, such a claim is not without good reason. The three cascading hotel towers connected by a skypark platform atop, are set against the iconic Marina Bay skyline and the central business district. Besides boasting a fantastic location, this IR is where business and leisure converge like no other singular destination.

Visitors can choose from numerous shopping and dining options. From the latest fashion labels to celebrity-chef restaurants, you will certainly not be let-down. Besides, why the need to travel across the globe to Las Vegas when you can enjoy the high-life of endless theatre shows, casino gambling and great night clubs all at the Marina Bay Sands. Business travellers too, can utilise the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) facilities that include the latest technologies, flexible exhibition halls and a convention centre capable of putting up 45,000 delegates!

Here is a review of the Marina Bay Sands by one of our readers who had a wonderful stay at the resort.

 

Marina Bay Sands
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The Hotel

With 2500 rooms housed in 3 cascading hotel towers linked at the top by the Sands Sky Park, you can be guaranteed of an excellent stay in luxury. Guests can choose from 3 room types and 10 suite varieties, with most rooms boasting panoramic views of the city skyline. Expect top-notch room amenities such as cable television, DVD players, wired/wireless internet access, working desks, newspaper deliveries and great panoramic views of the city skyline or the sea! 

Atrium Rooms - These are located on the lower floors, up to level 22. Easily accommodates a group of 4, with ease of access to the resort's attractions like the casino, shops and restaurants.

Horizon Rooms - Located on the higher floors of the hotel towers, these rooms offer spectacular views of the Marina Bay city skyline or of the sea. Comfortably accommodates a group or family of 4. 

 

MBS Atrium and Horizon Room

Marina Bay Club Rooms - Located on the higher floors, guests will enjoy the luxury of The Marina Bay Club and the Sands Sky Park. At approximately 200m above the city, you'll enjoy great views, all day dining, complimentary internet access, daily newspaper deliveries, evening cocktails, an all-day beverage bar and so much more! 

Orchid Suite - A 90 sq metre exquisitely designed suite with one bedroom and a living room. Suite guests have access to the Marina Bay Club's facilities, luxurious amenities in the bathroom and even have access to private meeting spaces!

Marina Suite - At 196 sq metres, guests will have a bird's eye view of the city skyline. In addition, guests have a choice of either an exercise or a games room in the suite. Suite guests will also have access to a dedicated team of butlers that attend to any request, no matter how small. 

Bay Suite - Slightly smaller than the Marina Suite, this suite has 2 bedrooms and a cosy living room. 

Sands Suite - Slightly larger than the Marina Suite, this suite has a large master bedroom and a well-decorated living room. 

Singapura Suite - This is a 142 sq metre suite, with 2 tastefully designed bedrooms, a splendid living room and a games or media room. A games room features a pool table while the media room offers a great home theatre experience. Additionally, there is a bar from which drinks can be prepared and served. 

Istana Suite - Similar in size to the Sands Suite at approximately 213 sq metres, there are 2 bedrooms, a living room with a dining area and an exercise room with a massage corner. This is perfect for guests looking to host a meeting or a dinner in a posh setting. 

Merlion Suite - This suite has similar amenities as the Istana Suite, with the only difference being this suite is 387 sq metres in size. 

Straits Suite - Designed for the contemporary guest, with the ambience of a luxurious residence. Guests have many entertainment options much like previous suites, with the addition of a baby grand piano. There is a master bedroom, and a second bedroom, both coming with attached bathrooms. Bathrooms have double sinks, a jacuzzi bathtub, a rain shower, make-up mirrors and a large variety of amenities for guests' use. 

Presidential Suite - The 509 sq metre Presidential Suite guarantees an exceptional experience. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 of which have furnished balconies. There are also 2 living rooms meant for accommodating many guests or hosting a party. There is also a dining area with a bar, pantry, fridge and even a microwave oven. There are the exercise room, media room and also a baby grand piano. 

Chairman Suite - The most luxurious of suites is huge! This 629 sq metre suite sits pretty on the 54th floor, with 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a dining area with 2 bars, media and games rooms, a baby grand piano, an exercise room and 2 furnished balconies in 2 rooms. All these amenities and facilities coupled with unrivaled personal attention from a team of butlers makes for an unforgettable experience that is "luxurious" in every sense of the word! What's more, guests have access to the Marina Bay Club's facilities on the 57th floor. Be it an intimate social gathering, a business meeting or a simple family dinner, you cannot go wrong with the Chairman Suite. 

Sands SkyPark

MBS SkyparkThe one hectare SkyPark sitting atop the three 55-storey hotel towers 200m above the city is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid down and is the length of four and a half A380 jumbo jets! This engineering marvel will feature splendidly designed landscaped gardens with hundreds of plant varieties. There is also a swimming pool in the middle and is accompanied by several restaurants and lounges. 

From the observation deck of the SkyPark, visitors will be treated to an unforgettable panorama that is the Singapore city skyline.

The Shoppes

This is Marina Bay Sands' premier retail and restaurant space, with over 800 000 sq feet of luxury outlets and eating options. Besides luxury labels like Fendi, Bvlgari, Ralph Lauren, Patek Phillipe etc, do take time to admire this magnificently designed location. A man-made canal runs through the premises, where shoppers can take a relaxing sampan ride, much like The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas! Tickets can be purchased from the Concierge at Basement 2 next to the canal. 

 

Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Wonder Full

The Marina Bay Sands' light and water spectacular will be shown nightly at 8pm and 9.30pm, with additional 11pm showtimes on Friday and Saturday nights. Mesmerising visual effects are choreographed using water screens, video projectors, LED lights and lasers. Feel inspired as the show plays to an original score.

There are no admission charges for this 13 minute event. It is best viewed from the event plaza, though it is possible to also watch the show from any surrounding structure and buildings with good vantage points. 

Nightlife

Singapore's nightlife scene has steadily grown in stature over the recent years. With the completion of the Marina Bay Sands, party and club goers will have even more reason to cheer. 

Fuse - This cool laid-back lounge will feature live jazz and contemporary music entertainment. Perfect for an intimate social gathering with friends or fellow music-lovers. The lounge serves a wide range of alcoholic drinks, including Fuse's signature creative cocktails and light snacks.

Sancy - This is a show lounge located on the main gaming floor of the casino. International performers and deejays will create a lively high-energy atmosphere to entertain. Alternatively, you could relax by the bar over a simple cocktail. 

The Club on The Sands SkyPark - This club located on the 57th floor is for anyone wanting a taste of the "high life". The wine bar serves light meals and drinks while on weekend evenings, celebrity chefs will take to the rooftop lounge and restaurant to cook signature dishes. After 8pm, guests sample and taste some of the best chocolate creations from the club's unique chocolate bar. 

Ku De Ta - One of the top ten global hotspots according to the New York Times, Ku De Ta unrivaled location atop the Sands SkyPark offers patrons cosy dining areas, a modern bar and an stunning dance floor. The restaurant serves a delightful and unique fusion of Asian cuisines.

The ArtScience Museum

The unique lotus-shaped museum is situated on the Marina Bay waterfront, where visitors can admire the world-class architectural design of the building. The museum will house over 60 000 square feet of galleries featuring exhibits varying from the arts & sciences to media & technology. There are both permanent galleries as well as touring international exhibits.

ArtScience: A Journey through Creativity, is the permanent gallery that showcases how art and science meld to create objects that define our world. International touring exhibits include Dali Mind of a Genius, Van Gogh Alive and Shipwrecked Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds.

Refer here for more information concerning admissions charges and opening hours. 

Shows at the Grand Theatre

The Marina Bay Sands Theatre plays host to the cast and crew of "The Lion King". One of the longest running musicals of all-time, "The Lion King" has garnered over 70 major international awards and has thrilled over 51 million people worldwide since its inception. The musical is a spectacular experience, with a great blend of cast and costumes backed up with splendid musical scoring. It will certainly be a feast for the eyes and ears of both young and old alike. 

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles will be in town for less than two weeks. As a band that aims to recreate note-for-note all the Beatles' hits, this show is a must-watch for any Beatles lover! 

Music lovers can also chomp on The Bar at Buena Vista (Cuban music) and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  

The latest addition to the show list is Cirque Eloize ID, an extravaganza of stunts and athleticism. According to the Montreal Gazette, "West Side Story gone hip-hop circus". 

Further details on all shows are available here. Tickets are available at any box office at the Marina Bay Sands and through all SISTIC sales channels. 

Dining

You will be spoilt for choice given the variety of fine and casual dining options. Delight your tastebuds with cuisines by world-renowed chefs Wolfgang Puck, Guy Savoy, Daniel Bouluds, Hide Yamamoto and Santi Santamaria. 

Check out the full list of restaurants here

Packages & Promotions

There are attractive hotel packages all-year round. Highlights include deals that include tickets to The Lion King or a "shop and stay" package in conjunction with the annual Great Singapore Sale.

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