Why we came to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, was so we could go right up the top of the building to the Sky Park. The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and can hold up to 3900 people.
We couldn't go anywhere on the deck, as three parts of the Sky Deck is closed for Tourist's, and just available for Hotel Guest's. Swimming pools and Palm Tree's right on the 57th floor! We were on the viewing platform at the end.
One word for the view FANTASTIC!
What could we see...............Everything!
I really would like to come back some time in the future, as we could see the new garden area "Garden's on the Bay" being built on the reclaimed land.
Expect to see, Clifford Pier, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands casino, The Shop's at Marina Bay Sands, Cricket Club, Merlion, Old & New Supreme court building's, Theatre's,
Event Plaza, Crystal Pavillions, City Hall, Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands Museum, St. Andrews Cathedral, Float @ Marina Bay, Helix Bridge, Singapore River, F-1 pit building and race track, Nicoll Highway, Little India, Benjamin Sheares Bridge, Marina Barrage, East Coast Parkway and Changi Airport Control Tower, Kusu island, Sentosa, Batam island (Indonesia)and the busy Singapore Port.
We had trouble finding where to purchase the ticket's, so I will explain now.
You have to buy from the box office located at Basement 1, on the day you wish to visit the Sky Park.
To reach basement 1, proceed outside Hotel Tower 3 in the Porte Cochere area – off Bayfront Avenue, and go down the escalator.
ADMISSION IN 2011.............
The latest sight in Singapore is the amazing Marina Bay Sands hotel and complex. The hotel opened in the early 2011 and is a new look for the Singapore skyline.
The three towers build a wall, with the 340 meter long skypark and swimming pool at the top of them.
To use the pool you must be a guest at the hotel, but one can anyway for a small amount of money (20 SGD) take the elevator up to the roof and check the view from the observation deck.
The swimming pool itself is really cool too, as it looks like it ends right at the end of the hotel edge, and from the pool side you have 200 meters of nothing until you hit the ground.
There is a small walking path between though, but from the pool side you can't see that.
The hotel is really nice too, with the lobby being very bright, with all the walls being covered only by windows. I haven't stayed at the hotel, so can't say much about the quality of the rooms.
The Marina Bay Sands isn't just a hotel, swimming pool and observation deck though. Here are also seven world class restaurants, an ice rink (you can rent skates), a gigantic musical theater (where they show the fantastic Lion King), a gigantic shopping center and the enormous casino. And more, and more. And more. You have enough things to do here for a couple of days, for sure.
The casino is free to enter for all foreigners, while Singaporeans have to pay a fee of 100 SGD. Hotel cost isn't super high considering what you get, room prices starts from 339 SGD/night, plus tax and service fee.
A mist walk, how nice was this on a stinking hot, Singapore day!
This is at Marina Bay Esplanade area too. First of all, we saw the dancing fountains popping up and down in the concrete square's. Sometimes the were big, sometimes little, good for the children who were there having fun trying to dodge them, a good idea on a hot day.
The other part, was the "Mist Walk." This is stainless steel piping that weaves its way along a 300 metre stretch of the promenade. Fine, misty water descends upon you, and cool's you down.
It is designed to monitor the ambient temperature, relative humidity and movement of people along the Walk.
Marina Bay is a commercial area and is great place for tourist to visit. The Bay is surrounded by modern buildings. There are many things to see like the Singapore Flyer, the Esplanade Theatre and off course more restaurants/cafes, shopping malls, hotel, and galleries, garden by the bay. Anyway we did enjoy looking around at Marina Bay.
The new Marina Bay City Gallery is located by the waterfront along Marina Boulevard.
It was FREE ENTRY so I went inside for a look. There are many interactive exhibit's and a large-scale model of Marina Bay and touch screen's which tell you about the new Marina area.
Exhibition's are held here for a limited time, before a new one takes it's place.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel we had watched being built on the Television Show, "Mighty Megastructure's." A world wide show, you may have seen it too!
The show told the incredible stories behind the engineering and design of the Marina Bay Sands resort and casino in Singapore. We heard about experiences from engineers and designers, and the challenges they met putting this building together. The Hotel is built on reclaimed land.
Now, it is finished, and was opened in April, 2010
The building comprises of three 55 storey towers, that are connected with a one hectare roof sky park offering 360-degree views of Singapore’s skyline and featuring beautifully sculptured gardens, restaurants and a swimming pool.
It was an engineering feat, even to putting the messy ball of wire sculpture in place in the Hotel foyer area. We saw them doing that on Television, and now, we have seen the whole complex for real!
Inside, it is very smart. There are umpteen Restaurant's, Cafe's, Bar's, Shop's, Theatre's and much more. There even was a quartet playing some soothing music as we walked through the door.
Yes, it is called Wonder Full, by the creators of what is claimed to be Southeast Asia's largest light and water show. And indeed, for 13 minutes and when the weather is fine (not raining!), one can become like a small child again. There is nothing so exciting about the images that they show -- it's about a lot of kids, and then some musicians -- but what's interesting is the visual effects that are brought about by a mix of technologies -- interweaving lasers, LEDs, video projectors, and giant water fountains, all against the spectacular backdrop of Singapore's skyline at night. The show is free -- one cannot miss it if within and a little beyond the Marina Sands, and is shown every night, at 8 pm and again, 930 pm. Check the video I uploaded on my webpage for the sampler I took one lovely night a few weeks ago.
The Olympic Walk we came across as we walked around Marina Bay Water Promenade.
It was built to mark the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. There were many Palm Tree's, and we happened to notice a Plague by each one of them. Each Palm was dedicated to every one of the National Olympic Committee's that took part in the Games. The Plague's were designed by students from schools paired with each of the NOCs, as part of the Friends@YOG programme.
IOC President Jacques Rogge planted a Tree during the tree dedication ceremony at the Olympic Walk on 13 August 2010
The trees stand as a "symbol of international friendship and respect."
There isn't much shade around here, so it's pretty hot as you have to walk on paving.
This building is amazing!
I didn't go inside, but I did want to view this building from the outside!
Have a look at it..........
It has 10 'finger's,' with the tallest being 60metres high. Each finger reveals different gallery spaces featuring skylights at the “fingertips” that illuminate the curved interior walls.
The Museum’s dish-like roof, collects water, and this runs down through the central atrium, making a water drop into a huge lily pond or reflecting pool.
Looking at it, it could be a giant Lotus flower, or a giant hand, and because of this, it is known as
'The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”
The Art Science Museum hold's permanent and touring international exhibition's.
What an amazing piece of architecture!
OPEN....10AM TO 10PM DAILY
Marina Bay had many point's of interest!
We saw more! Along the waterfront Esplanade was a row of cute bright Yellow Lion's, and in-between each, a seat. Problem was, Singapore is nearly always hot, and the day we were there was no exception! All the seat's were in the full Sun, and they would have been extremely hot to sit on!
A little further, and there was a sculpture, which to me looked like a Tree trunk that had been cut.
It was named "A World United" by Huang Lifan, and was a 4m high and 1.5m wide red stainless steel sculpture, depicting sportsmen engaging in the 26 sports of the Youth organized Game's.
I was way off!
It illustrates the unifying spirit of peace and sport, and symbolises mutual respect of cultures shared through sport.
The other one was a Tree named "Breathe" by Edwin Cheong.
What does it do?....... Captures wind by day and translates this energy into tiny lights at night, thus reminding us of the self-sustaining nature of our environment. The tallest Tree is 10 metres in height, with the branches of each tree made up of olive leaf-shaped cups that represent the nations of the world.
"Breathe" symbolises the peace and environmental consciousness shared by these nations and their united spirit for a truly sustainable global environment.
The photo explains what the World United is representing
The Marina Bay Sands casino and hotel is the latest icon to be added to the Singapore cityscape and on a clear, sunny day, a visit to the Skypark at the very top is a must. It's easily the best place to get a view of the Singapore skyline. HOWEVER, the $20/person charge to go up to the Skypark for just a view and nothing else is a rip-off aimed at the clueless tourists.
If you do plan on visiting, do it the way the locals do: go up by the Ku De Ta ground floor entrance located at the eastern entrance of the massive hotel. Ku De Ta is a bar located at the Skypark. If you tell them you are going to Ku De Ta, you will be issued a complimentary pass that takes you straight up to the Skypark where you can get the same view for no charge.
Of course, you can always order drinks and finger food there but be warned that, like all places which boast a good view, the prices are exorbitant (and the service nothing to write home about).
I believe in paying for what you get, but $20/person to go up a lift for a view and nothing else (not even a seat up there for you to rest) is obviously a rip-off. Don't fall into this tourist trap. Save your $$ for a nice meal instead.
selected shots around the huge sky park of Marina Bay Sands.
there are lots of activities to do inside (that is if you are willing to spend a lot of money ok since this is a 7 STAR Hotel!). If you are a hotel guest, the entrance to the sky park is free but for others it is $ 17 ($ 25 if there is a free picture inside the sky park, be sure to ask the ticket counter that you get the added option of having a panoramic shot taken in one of the locations in the Sky Park). The ticket counter is located at the side door just outside the taxi waiting area of the Marina Bay Sands at Basement 1. The Sky park boast having the highest and longest infinity pool in the world (only available for guest) perched 191 metres above the ground. The pools are made up of 422,000 pounds of stainless steel and can hold 376,500 gallons (1424 cubic metres) of water and has a 146-metre (478-foot) vanishing edge. The skypark also has a mini Park and has the famous Ku De Ta' Lounge and Bar and Private area and Restaurant located separately in the Sky Park (see my Ku De Ta Lounge Tips in the Nightlife Section). There is also a souvenir shop located right on the end of the sky park near the stairs going to Ku De Ta' Restaurant where you can buy souvenirs like my favorite Shot Glasses and Refrigerator Magnets hehehe.
The Sky park is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekdays and up to 11:00 pm on weekends.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel might just be a hotel but it has kinda become the landmark of Sigapore since it opened in 2010.
It´s the worlds most expensive hotel that cost a staggering 8 billion dollars to build and it has the worlds largest casino and a roof top pool that is 150 meters long making it the longest of it´s kind in the world.
It´s overlooking Sigapore harbour and is impossible to miss when you are in Singapore and it´s really an impressive sight that looks like something you would usually find in Dubai.
I am personally really facinated by the place and i think it has really boosted Singapores image as a happening place.
I've ventured a number of places but Marina Bay takes the cake when it comes to places to hang out at the pool and bar.
How about visiting Marina Bay Sands?!
Magnificent moderan architecture! The Bar scene is amazing.
Wide variety of tasty restaurants from casual to fine dining.
Of course, Singapore has impeccable professional security. So, ladies don't worry about being bothered. Never had any weird issues either. Now, if you're not a good person then you'll freak out about having electronic eyes and personnel watching you at all times. If don't have any nefarious intentions then what does it matter? Enjoy!
Have a drink. Swim up to the very edge of the pool to see the wonderful Marina Bay.
The casinos, of course, architecture's impressive. We avoided the Casino. Why? Well, if you've felt the Karma and energy of gambling in Vegas then you might be let down abroad. People don't show (or convey) emotions any where near the tone in Vegas.
Don't you just love how Singapore re-invents itself every few years.
Love Singapore! Their planning commission continues to place points on the board!
Sentosa Casino opened beginning of March 2010.
Marina Bay Sands Casino, $5 billion project, biggest casino and convention center in the world will have it's soft opening on 27th April 2010. This means that only 50% of casino and 20% of hotel will open, few restaurants. Full opening is expected 3 months after.
Good info can be found http://www.gamblinginfo.com/59_Guide_Singapore.htm