Michael Karlo Lim
INTEREST in Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the most Instagrammed hotel in the world, was renewed anew if not fanned to a frenzy by the blockbuster movie “Crazy Rich Asians.” Singapore’s biggest and most iconic luxury hotel is quite the sight from the ground with its three glittering curvilinear towers topped by the world’s largest public cantilevered platform. Inside, the hotel’s 2,561 rooms and suites spread out over 55 floors allow spectacular, panoramic views of the South China Sea, Marina Bay, and the Singapore skyline.
We were in the Lion City to catch the only stop in Asia for the spectacular new musical of Disney’s Aladdin at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre. What better way to make it an even more magical experience than with a luxurious hotel stay, visits to its unique attractions and a pre-show dinner in its customizable Ultimate Experience Package.
Automated blackout curtains opened to floor-to-ceiling windows at our Deluxe Room and into magnificent bird’s-eye views of the Gardens By The Bay and the Supertree Grove with other rooms enjoying choices of city or harbor views. The ample space houses a plush king, a complete executive work desk, a fully stocked minibar, a bathroom with glass-enclosed shower and luxury bathroom amenities, microfiber and terry bathrobes. Modern conveniences of a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, an interactive flatscreen TV with free cable channels and movies on demand and of course, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi are ensuite defaults. All rooms come with exclusive access to the stunning, 150-meter Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool, the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool at that height. Guests of more active pursuits have exclusive use of the award-winning Banyan Tree Fitness Club as well.
There is the option of 24-hour in-room dining service offering an extensive menu selection but the integrated resort also offers a dizzying array of dining experiences one cannot just miss. Among these, we lunched at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and dined at Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro and Oyster Bar — to read in separate stories to follow.
My all-time personal favorite featured attraction at the resort is the ArtScience Museum, where I make it a point to catch current exhibits every time I’m in town. Its new permanent exhibition by Japanese interdisciplinary art collective teamLab, is a crowd-draw with a collection of high-tech interactive digital installations. As of writing, the other concurrent exhibits celebrate Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale of Alice’s adventures and another that explores the social history of inflatable objects to feature on yet another separate story.
With close to 270 boutiques and restaurants, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is now Asia’s Premier Luxury Shopping Destination with more than 170 luxury and premium brands. Other innovative concepts include a 150-meter canal for visitors to take a sampan boat ride through the retail belt, the Digital Light Canvas, a multi-sensory permanent attraction, and the Rain Oculus all lit during the day by stunning natural light streaming in from the glass windows.
Crowning the three hotel towers is the architectural masterpiece, the Sands SkyPark. At the height of 200 meters, it fits lush, landscaped gardens, a ticketed public observation deck, acclaimed restaurants including Spago by Wolfgang Puck, LAVO Italian resto-bar and the resto-lounge CÉ LA VI and the iconic Infinity Pool.
With all the extra luxury trappings, the Marina Bay Sands sure ticks off the boxes for crazy, rich and Asian and we couldn’t have been more privileged to have lived the life if only overnight.
Marina Bay Sands is located at 10 Bayfront Ave., Singapore 018956. For inquiries, contact +65 6688 8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.