Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 2

Mimi ON Aug 16, 2010 AT 10:06 am

Marina Bay Sands - View from Bayfront Ave

Marina Bay Sands – View from Bayfront Ave

If you’re after the wow factor the Skypark delivers on every level. Thrashing Singapore’s Observation Wheel to become one of the highest viewpoints, it offers an unrivalled 360 degree panoramic view of the city. Sitting 200 metres in the sky, it’s the size of three football fields and as long as the Eiffel tower is tall. An architectural masterpiece the Skypark is home to a 150 metre long infinity swimming pool, making it the largest elevated swimming pool in the world. Swimming is an incredible and almost surreal experience, you feel on top of the world as you swim alongside the skyscrapers, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Heights make me nervous but taking a dip isn’t scary. The infinity edge doesn’t end in a sheer drop but the water goes into a catchment area below where it is pumped back into the main pool. Plus the pool has built in loungers were you can sunbathe and admire the breathtaking view whilst being surrounded by water. Additional sun loungers and comfy seats can be found in abundance on the deck. There are also separate jacuzzis dotted around the palm trees. Swimming at the Skypark is solely for hotel guests but people can experience the sensational view for about US$20. Additionally non-residents can visit the world’s largest cantilever and observation decks which are part of the Skypark.

This paradise in the sky is set to be the culinary base of Singapore’s finest celebrity chef Justin Quek’s, given the enviable location of a restaurant at the Skypark because he is home-grown talent. Justin’s restaurant specialises in Asian culinary traditions with a french flair.  I was told that diners can expect signature dishes like Nordic smoked salmon parfait with Jade Jelly and Maine Lobster in Shao Hing Wine.

In keeping with the extravagant character of the complex, The Marina Bay Sands wasn’t content with one celebrity chef in-house. It’s Michelin-star mania with six culinary gods under one roof. You will be spoilt for choice with gastronomic delights from around the globe providing a world-class dining experience. With Asian, Spanish, French, Italian, Australian and American cuisine there is something for everyone. Tetsuya Wakuda, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants are opening over the next couple of months drawing inspiration from the kitchens that brought them fame around the world. Tetsuya told me his restaurant will have four separate areas which you move to depending on what course you are having.

The good news is that Santi’s and Guy Savoy’s restaurants are now open. Santi Santamaria’s passion is seafood and this is reflected in his Mediterranean style cuisine. Signature dishes include Spanish octopus with romesco sauce and scallops with tartar sauce but dishes change daily to keep the menu fresh. If you’re not sure what to choose Santi does a surprise menu which incorporates dietary requirements, food intolerances and allergies.

When you dine at French legend Guy Savoy’s restaurant you will find nouvelle cuisine at its best, dishes include browned calf sweetbreads and pigeon rolled in asparagus.

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