We started our journey around the world in New York, then stopped off in Hawaii and Tokyo before heading to Singapore, which is where I’m writing about today. It wasn’t easy to leave Tokyo – the city is fascinating and I wish I had more time to explore it.
On top of that, our flight to Singapore was at midnight so after sightseeing all day, we were exhausted by the time we reached the airport. If only we could upgrade to first class! Luckily for me, I did manage to sleep for the entire flight again, which was with my new favourite airline JAL.
Where to stay in Singapore
When I booked my flights I knew I had to spend at least one night at Marina Bay Sands, the famous hotel known for having the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. It was the only hotel I booked right away, because I knew it was very expensive and I worried that the price would just go up and up as the rooms filled. The average price for a room at Marina Bay Sands is about £280, but don’t forget the hidden extras that add up.
Getting to the hotel from the airport, on the other hand, was pretty cheap and quick too. Taxis are easy to find and everyone speaks good English. Uber is also available if you’d prefer.
My first impressions of Marina Bay Sands
What was my first impression after entering the hotel? It was an immersive experience and staring up at the modern architecture of the ceiling, which you have to see to believe, really put things into perspective. You immediately get a feeling of being in a vast, contemporary and luxurious hotel.
My first thought was to race straight to the roof to check out the pool with expansive views over the Singapore skyline for myself. But to get there you have to check in first, because the hotel pool is only open to guests.
The process was quick, professional and everyone was very nice. The lady informed us that the room was not yet ready (it was only 8am, normally check in starts at 3pm), but she offered us a pool entry card so we could sit down and have a bite to eat. We didn’t have to keep checking back at reception either – they emailed us as soon as our room was ready.
24 hours at Marina Bay Sands
The exciting elevator ride to the 57th floor was very quick. As the doors slid open and I stepped out, I finally got to see the view made famous by so many Instagram photos. Your view isn’t limited to the beautiful 150m infinity pool, either. From the pool, you can take in stunning city views, see the Sky Park with palm trees, Jacuzzis and Gardens by the Bay, as well as a few restaurants.
It was pretty early but we weren’t the only people there. After getting towels and changing into swimsuits, we chose our deck chairs, ordered some food and fell asleep! After our nap, we got an email around 10am to say our room was ready. I decided to stay by the pool for a bit longer while Eric took our luggage to the room.
Around 11am I made it up to the room only to discover I’d been sunburnt during my snooze! I went to the pool unprepared. Even though it was early morning and I was by an umbrella, I was still bang on the equator and very high up – something I wouldn’t forget twice!
The room was definitely much bigger than any other I’ve stayed in, especially after coming from Tokyo. In Tokyo our room was ⅓ of the size of our room at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. It had a massive and comfortable bed, a very large bathroom with a shower and bath and was very modern. The best part had to be the balcony though, with beautiful garden views.
The hotel is like a city in its own right! We had more time planned for Singapore later, so we decided to take it easy for the day and explore the massive resort on its own. I was a bit disappointed by the food options at Marina Bay Sands, though. You could only choose between some fancy restaurants or an Asian food court in the mall. For lunch we headed to a dumplings restaurant. It wasn’t the worst but the options were very limited.
Marina Bay Sands is not just a hotel with a pool. It’s also home to cinemas and theatres, a luxury mall with shops like Armani, Gucci and Tiffany & Co, many restaurants and bars, convention and exhibition facilities and a casino! It’s also located near to the ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay.
Marina Bay Sands’ light show
The whole complex is pretty big, so before we knew it it was getting late. We’d heard that there is a light show in front of the hotel at 7pm, so we grabbed a camera and ran upstairs.
We decided to check the observatory area, which is available to everyone, not just hotel guests. The views were not much different to the vistas from the pool, though. It turned out we weren’t going to see the show too well from the top, so we dropped our camera back off at the room, jumped back into swimsuits and went back to the pool to enjoy the amazing night view.
Later on, we did get the chance to see the show from Gardens by the Bay from our wonderful balcony. We had little dinner, checked out the casino and had some overpriced drinks in one of the lobby bars.
So, overall was staying in Marina Bay Sands worth it? Yes. It was an expensive experience but I don’t regret it. Would I stay there again? Well, if money was no object absolutely! But for now I’m happy to reminisce about a relaxing and luxurious day with views that really are world-beating.
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