Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 3

Mimi ON Aug 16, 2010 AT 10:05 am

Crystal Pavilion

Crystal Pavilion

Now on to the shops! If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, part of the complex is a luxury shopping mall which is undercover to prevent the Singapore showers from stopping spending sprees. The mall has 320 shops with everything from the world’s most coveted fashion labels like Gucci and Chanel, to lower priced fashion from Charles and Keith. Twenty percent of these shops are emerging brands, new to hit Singapore. A similar theme to The Venetian’s gondola rides, a canal runs through the shopping mall and you can hire a boat to ferry you from one shop to another – a great way to carry all those shopping bags! I was told that the shopping mall will also be the location of Singapore’s first ice-skating rink.

The complex is in the process of constructing a ‘floating’ flagship Louis Vuitton boutique, housed in a striking glass and steel crystal pavilion which will be positioned in front of the hotel on the Marina. You will be able to access this from the promenade bridge or by visiting the Louis Vuitton shop in the main shopping centre and going through an underwater tunnel. I was told the idea behind this was that visiting Louis Vuitton was a journey, a discovery.

I found out that this isn’t the only structure that’s going to float in the marina. The resort is in the process of constructing two ‘floating’ clubs which will also be set in crystal pavilions with security staff being trained lifeguards. Celebrity partners Bruce Willis and Dan Ackroyd will bring Los Angeles nightclub ‘Avalon’ and renowned hotspot ‘Pangaea’ to Singapore, both a magnet for celebrities. During my stay I blagged myself into a party organised by ‘Avalon’ and the music and the clientele made it one of the coolest parties I’ve ever been to which bodes well for the club’s success.

The complex is also transforming Singapore’s nightlife scene by the introduction of gaming, Vegas style, with a casino which is open 24 hours a day. Not being a gambler myself (apart from after a few drinks) I didn’t spend much time in the casino but I was told this was a welcome addition to Singapore as previously people left the island to gamble and now they didn’t need to! This is one of the two casinos Singapore has, the other being on Sentosa, the tourism office told me there won’t be anymore built for at least ten years.

Other entertainment can be found at the outdoor event plaza. Situated on the waterfront along the promenade, this is the venue for live performances and shows.

On the horizon is the construction of a museum, which will focus on art and science and two state of the art theatres which can accommodate up to 2000 guests for international musical acts and Broadway shows.

In the skypark pool

In the skypark pool

Art is a big theme in the resort with US$ 50 million being spent on architectural art. Six internationally renowned artists have designed exclusive artwork for the Marina Bay Sands. Prepare to be dazzled when you check-in to the hotel – British artist Anthony Gormley’s ‘Drift’ is suspended in reception. A massive three-dimensional stainless steel matrix which mirrors Gormley’s human form when viewed from a certain angle. Another impressive piece is Chongbin Zheng’s ‘Rising Forest’ where the artist has created a forest inside the building by planting trees in gigantic ceramic pots. The art piece will continually change as the trees grow towards the soaring ceiling.

If all the sight-seeing gets a bit much and you’re in need of pampering the spa is opening later on this year. On the 55th storey, it promises a higher level of sensory experience. The first Banyan Tree spa in Singapore I was told it will use time honoured Asian healing therapies and be a sanctuary for the senses.  The spa will use an exotic blend of ancient health and beauty practices which have been passed down from generation to generation.

Last but not least, it’s hard not to notice the Marina Bay Sands has a huge corporate wing because it’s directly opposite the hotel and more importantly next to the shopping mall! A shrewd move with Singapore’s status as a premier business city, the business centre has 250 meeting rooms and the largest ballroom in Asia for functions which can accommodate 6600 people for a banquet and up to 11000 for an auditorium-style lecture.

The Marina Bay Sands has not only transformed Singapore’s skyline but the country’s tourism landscape. With the Youth Olympics in August; the world’s first river safari in development and an international cruise terminal up and running in 2011, Singapore has never had so much to shout about.

Room Rates:
Prices start from S$359.00 per room per night

For bookings please visit www.marinabaysands.com or call + 65 6688 8888

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