You will notice 3 stunning 55-storey towers, if you look at Marina Bay Sands, from the ground level. Each one-of-these towers coil up til the 23rd floor, further connecting to a ship alike platform. But, what’s inside the Towering Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore? I was just as curious, as you, before, I stumbled upon Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a lunch and a retail therapy session with a few other travel influencers.
In the recent times, Singapore tourism is generously advertising Marina Bay. Earlier, Merlion was the prime tourist attraction, now being masked by its stunningly new neighbours. In short, Marina Bay is a remarkable multiplex, alloying a luxury hotel, a lavish shopping mall, large convention centre, a museum that resembles a lotus, theatres, and plenty of celebrity restaurants.
Marina Bay Sands – What’s in it for you?
Singapore is a sci-fi city, and Marina Bay Sands marks a perfect example, of its high-tech tourism. Got cash to burn? You will be lost in this wonderland for hours if you are a lifestyle enthusiast. Although, the most breathtaking part of the hotel, is its infinity pool on the 57th floor. This famed swimming pool overlooks Singapore, flaunting a spectacular skyline, at all times. To access this pool, you ought to be staying in the hotel. Only your room card key can open doors to this extraordinary pool in the sky. Expect nothing, but, an integrated resort vibe from this whopping $8 billion Dollar, Moshe Safdie-designed property.
You can take up a lot of activities in this winner-take-all centre of luxury lifestyle. Other than the lifestyle stores, you have 80 restaurants, in Marina Bay where you can dine in peace. Into the bargain, are 10 celebrity chef restaurants, such as Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Daniel Boulud’s DB moderne, and David Thompson’s Long Chim.
Although, those interested in giving their taste buds a tang of exclusivity, must head to Wolfgang Puck. The restaurant is popular for its mouth-melting, marbled, Hokkaido Snow Beef. It’s a known fact, that only 3 heads of Hokkaido Snow Beef are produced in a month. Therefore, savouring snow beef is an out-of-the-world experience for serious beef lovers. (So have I been told by friends who have tasted and liked it)
Another fascinating place inside MBS is its exquisite crystal pavilions. This is where 1,70,000 LED lights dazzle, giving the illusion of stars. These floating crystal pavilions are a treat to watch, along with the hanging art features as you see in the below picture. To reach the crystal pavilion, follow the Louis Vuitton store, from the food court.
Lunching and Retail Therapy
I had my lunch at the award-winning ramen boutique IPPUDO with a bunch of world-famed travel influencers. Located on Bay View level, this 90-seater Japanese restaurant is famous for serving 3 Exclusive Singaporean ramen meals. Some of the dishes worth tasting are Niku Soba, Shiromaru Motoaji, Bonito Tonkotsu, Shoyu Ramen, and Samurai Ribs.
I ordered Teppanyaki Shrimps because I was still drooling over the Umi Uma dining experience. After lunch, we strolled around the mall, indulging in retail therapy. Needless to say, you will be spoilt for choices, with 170 luxury and premium stores!
To avoid overindulging, I got myself 2 large ceramic cups from Starbucks and a pair of Adidas CrazyTown cross trainers. From a better workout to a snuggly beverage in a cosy (too cute to handle) “Santa-outfit” cup, Christmas sure had arrived early with a mission.
Marina Bay Sands is great for Family Bonding
Coddle with family, take a leisurely stroll to the ArtScience Museum and Gardens By the Bay, or sit and watch huggable, cheerful South East Asian kids, across these areas. Most activities at Marina Bay are paid entertainment, however, a visit to the museum, skating rink, and theatre will make your child’s day.
If, your kid can manage alone inside the museum or the rink, then, you can take a trip to Gardens by the Bay or enjoy incredible views of Singapore Flyer in the meanwhile. You can visit “Gardens By The Bay” for free, as long as, you are not visiting OCBC Skyway, Flower Dome, or Cloud Forest.
Did you know, MBS connects to Garden by the Bay via Helix Bridge reduces the walking time to 15 minutes. Although, be prepared to spend 4-5 hours to discover outdoor gardens, tree walk, and the domes with ease. The alternate way to reach “Gardens By The Bay,” is if you arrive from the Bayfront Station. Keep following the signs to the interesting underground route and soon after, you will arrive at GBTB. Inside the MBS mall, I came across this super quote by Peter Pan, that you simply can’t ignore!
Those planning to check-in to the hotel, indulge in the Sands SkyPark infinity pool, accessible to all hotel guests from 6 AM to 11 PM. Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s largest luxury mall, and it certainly deserves a visit, for all the wonderful options it offers under one umbrella.