The Marina Bay Sands Resort And Casino: Singapore
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Dec 19 2014

The Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino: Singapore’s Luxury Icon

The Marina Bay Sands resort and Casino is a massive integrated resort with three towers, fifty seven levels, one of the worlds largest infinity pools, and a multilevel casino. There is also a subterranean luxury shopping center, a museum, and theaters inside the resort. Everything about the Marina Bay Sands  screams luxury and should, as it is the most expensive hotel in the world with a USD$4.7 Billion price tag.

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During our last visit to Singapore, we found ourselves visiting the Marina Bay Sands on many occasions. Not because we were great fans of the resort, but because there is just so much to see and do on and around the resort grounds. We went shopping, explored the Gardens By The Bay, went to multiple restaurants, drove supercars, and gawked at the extreme city views from the rooftop sky-deck, all without leaving the shadow of the massive towers. You could truly spend a week-long vacation just at the resort and have plenty to see and do.

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The Room

The Marina Bay Sands has 2,561 luxury rooms and suites and boasts an amazing 98.6% occupancy rate for last year. (I had never heard of a mega resort with this high of an occupancy rate before our trip to Singapore.) Rooms start around $350 and run up to $17,000 for the largest suite. The Presidential suite that we visited had three bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living rooms, a dining room, exercise room, massage room, and media/karaoke room. All the suites come with a baby grand piano that adds a nice touch of elegance. The suite comes with access to the club rooms, spa, and rooftop infinity pool.

Banyan Tree Spa sits on the fifty fifth floor and offers magnificent city views while you relax in urban luxury. The spa is decorated in earth tones and provides a holistic focus similar to their luxury location at Banyan Tree in Phuket, Thailand.

The Grounds

The skydeck includes 133,473sq feet of space and includes the infinity pool, an observation platform, Sky on 57 restaurant, KU DE TA Nightclub and The Club at Marina Bay Sands (the executive club for suite guests). The shopping center and casino are located in front of the three hotel towers. I did not visit the casino for fear of never being able to leave, but the shopping center was nice and included a good mix of high end luxury stores and affordable luxury shops where non-high-rollers such as ourselves could shop.

The Gardens By the Bay are only a few minutes walk from the resort towers and offer 101 hectares of beautiful land. There are many tour operators and activities, such as Ultimate Drive based out of the marina bay sands towers and most other tour operators in Singapore will pick you up at the resort.

The Marina Bay Sands has been the flame that ignited the recent tourism surge in Singapore and with its amazing amenities and numerous attractions, it remains a desirable destination for the luxury traveler

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Quick Tips

  • The presidential suite cannot be booked online, email for availability
  • Every night at 8 and 9:30 p.m. there is a light and water show on the reservoir
  • Avalon nightclub looks cool but it is always empty, check out KU DÉ TA instead
  • The small bars and restaurants at the base of the towers have good happy hour specials and great views of the city
  • Check out the Marina Bay Sands website here


Poplar Travels was a guest of The Marina Bay Sands. Our opinion is always our own.

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Eric left Washington, D.C. to travel the world starting with Chiang Mai, Thailand. He enjoys peaty scotch, long walks on the beach (or up mountains) and most sports or activities with potential risk of injury or death.

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