Hands up who has missed travelling! Looking back at photos from our honeymoon has been cheering me up during this quarantine, filling me up with joy and nostalgia for this special experience. One of this trip’s highlights was our stay at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Singapore was the third and final stop of our honeymoon. As soon as we took the decision to add this destination to our trip, we knew that we wanted to experience staying at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’ s iconic resort, famous for its beautiful architecture and the world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool.
Designed by Moshe Sadfie, Marina Bay Sands is like a small city of its own and the most expensive resort ever built! Apart from the 3 iconic hotel towers, it also includes a luxurious shopping centre with numerous top-end boutiques and high street shops, restaurants, an art-science museum, 2 cinemas, the world’s biggest atrium casino and even its own little canal – yes, you can even book a gondola ride!
The views approaching the resort are gorgeous and the resort is as impressive on the inside.
We first arrived at possibly the biggest and certainly the busiest hotel lobby I have ever been to. Beautifully decorated for the festive season with a massive Christmas Tree, it was bursting with people checking in and out.
Despite the long queue of people checking in with us, the process was smooth and we quickly got the keys to our room.
We had booked the Deluxe Room with Garden View, and indeed the view to Gardens by the Bay, one of Singapore’s most famous attractions, was magical (especially at night) and it was what made the room truly special.
The room itself was beautiful too, with a very comfortable king bed and a stunning bathroom – this can make or break a hotel room for me – with luxury amenities which I might or I might not have taken back with me! The decoration was minimal but luxurious with cream tones and marble and leather elements.
The hotel very kindly send us chocolate truffles as a honeymoon treat which were delicious and added a very nice touch to our stay.
The Infinity Pool
One of the main reasons to stay at Marina Bay Sands, is the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool which offers stunning views of the city from 57 levels above. The swimming pool is open to residents only and we visited it almost as soon as we checked in!
Swimming to the edge of the pool looked scary to me from the pictures but in reality it felt very safe as there is a protective level underneath it. You can’t leave the pool without taking the mandatory “gazing the world go by from the edge of the pool” photo.
Having said that, you might struggle to find the space to capture said photo, and I took my hat off to the patience of some really professional Instagrammers and their partners who seemed to be taking literally hundreds of shots to get the best one.
After enjoying the pool, there is a beautiful area with lounge chairs and palm trees where you can relax and enjoy a cocktail or a bite – some people were even having their breakfast there.
The rooftop experience is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., so it is worth getting up early to enjoy it while it’s not very busy and visit it again for sunset to admire Singapore at a golden hour.
Food + Drink
There are 80+ restaurants at Marina Bay Sands! We tried the RISE restaurant for breakfast which offered an impressive buffet featuring both Western and Eastern breakfast favourites. The food was delicious, the selection huge and the presentation -especially as it was Christmas time-absolutely beautiful!
Things to Do
You can never run out of things to do at Marina Bay Sands. Apart from shopping till you drop and enjoying time by the pool, there are many more activities to keep you entertained.
I definitely recommend visiting Gardens by the Bay which are located right next to the hotel in a short walking distance. Explore the amazing Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove and other unique displays by the day and don’t miss the mesmerising Garden Rhapsody light and music show at night!
As we visited around Christmas time there was also a Christmas Wonderland in the Gardens with beautiful stalls, games and even some (artificial) snow!
Another spectacle not to be missed is the Spectra Light & Water Show that is on every night and is free for all to watch! This is a magical 15 minute show of dancing fountains and colourful visual effects accompanied by an orchestral soundtrack.
One of the things we didn’t get the time to visit in Singapore was the ArtScience Museum which is definitely in my list to do next time we are there. It features 21 gallery spaces with exhibitions that combine art, science, culture and technology and I really regret not being able to explore it.
In My Opinion
I definitely think that staying at Marina Bay Sands was a great decision as the experience was unique and made our visit to Singapore even more special.