Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Mimi ON Aug 22, 2012 AT 10:07 am

Marina Bay Sands


On my flight to Singapore I sat next to a lady who was born in Singapore and had lived there for 55 years. She’d been visiting her daughter who was studying in London. When she asked where I was staying and I replied the Marina Bay Sands she became extremely animated. She told me this was the new ‘it’ destination and a tourist attraction in itself.

As soon as I clapped eyes on the Marina Bay Sands, I knew it was something very special. It’s the missing link in the necklace of buildings around Singapore’s marina. With the dizzy heights of Paris’ Eiffel Tower; the dazzling entertainment at Sydney’s Opera House and the night illuminations of Dubai’s Berj Al Arab, the complex combines the best characteristics of the world’s iconic structures in an architectural feat of genius.

An integrated resort, everything is on your doorstep– a luxury hotel and spa; designer shops; celebrity chefs; nightclubs; a museum; amazing artworks; theatres; a casino and state of the art convention and exhibition facilities – seamlessly managed by 7000 members of staff. Plus the location is fantastic – Marina Bay is Singapore’s new downtown. Twenty minutes from Changi airport and within walking distance of the fashionista capital of Orchard Road, buzzy nightlife of Clarke’s Quay and the cultural and culinary fixes of China Town and Little India.

Constructed by the Sands Corporation, the flamboyant company that created Vegas’ Venetian hotel resort 11 years ago – (who we have to thank for mini-bars, double vanitories and fax machines being installed in hotel rooms) – it’s easy to understand why they were awarded the build, fighting off competition from numerous other prestigious companies. They have brought their unique flair to Singapore with a radical building project. Passionate about its success, the official opening ceremony deliberated coincided with a special day in the CEO’s calendar, his wedding anniversary.

Four years and US$ 5.5 billion later, Singapore has the ultimate entertainment destination. Three colossal skyscrapers have risen like a phoenix housing 2560 hotel rooms. On the 57th story, the rooftop Skypark is the cherry on the cake, a boat-like structure which crowns the three towers. The spectacular design means the Marina Bay Sands acts as a window, enabling the city to see the sea rather than blocking the skyline with one gigantic megastructure.

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