Courtesy of a family friend who is a member of the Sands Rewards LifeStyle program, we were treated to a weekend stay at the Marina Bay Sands, inclusive of club access. Here’s where we indulged ourselves in afternoon teas and evening cocktails, soaked in the stunning Singapore skyline from the rooftop infinity pool, and finally, we give our verdict on whether the Marina Bay Sands hotel really lives up to its name.
The Marina Bay Sands is unique from its other 5-star hotel counterparts in that it is an integrated resort. Within the hotel there is a casino, a convention centre, a luxury shopping mall and a museum. It is located in downtown Singapore, next to Gardens By The Bay. It may not be the most accessible, public transport wise, to more mainstream shopping and dining areas, though it is a short distance away from Suntec City. It is also nearby to the row of bars and restaurants along Tanjong Pagar for those looking for somewhere to chill after hours.
The hotel consists of three towers connected by the Skypark on the 57th floor. We were given a room on the 42nd floor. At this height, we got to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Singapore cityscape, and even caught ‘Spectra’, a 15-min light and water display along the promenade.
The room itself looks no different from a city hotel. However, there were some extra additions that provided a unique touch.
We were given chocolates and fresh fruit upon arrival. A Nespresso machine and TWG tea were also provided.
There is an iPhone charging dock for busy – or forgetful – travellers on the go.
But what I loved most was definitely the bathroom. Just look at the the size of that bath tub!
At the rooftop infinity pool overlooking Singapore city, you will find guests from all over the world lounging on deck chairs or snapping photos at the pool’s edge for that perfect Instagram shot. Hey, nowhere in the world will you be able to find another view that looks just like this.
There are also two heated jacuzzis which was a plus, though on a crowded day, it could get squeezy.
We had all our meals – breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails – at the Club 55. Service was excellent, personalised and the waiters were always present to take orders or refill our drinks.
The buffet breakfast included a wide spread of continental and asian options. We ate to our heart’s content.
Skip the afternoon tea and go for the evening cocktail instead. What better way to end the day than with a glass of champagne and light bites in the form of chilli crab mantou, smoked duck and salmon, assorted cheese and crackers with truffle sauce, and barbecued chasiu.
The Marina Bay Sands hotel truly lives up to its reputation as one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore. For a premium price, the experience is first-class and nothing short of luxury.
*This article is solely the opinion of the writer and is not affiliated with Marina Bay Sands or any other party.