I typically don’t stay in over-the-top accommodations when I travel, but my boo and I totally indulged in Singapore, and I bought my FIRST stay in a 5-star hotel.
Marina Bays Sands is relatively new (2010), but it has become an integral and iconic piece of Singapore. It’s futuristic architecture is captivating from any angle, and because it’s across the bay from the main downtown area, the hotel offers amazing city views.
It’s everything you’d expect: classy, expensive, and sophisticated. The hotel features a casino, a food court, restaurants, a theatre, spa, fitness center, nightclub, and a skating rink. There’s also a luxury mall that’s full of international designer labels, and you can ride past these shops on a gondola, which makes its way through indoor venetian canals.
This lavish scene is typically not my thing, and I usually can’t justify spending a ton of money on a room because I want to be out of the room exploring the area I’m in. However, we spent our first 2 days in Singapore sightseeing and exploring (and sleeping in more affordable digs), so when we checked in, we were prepared to relax and fully immerse ourselves in this unique Marina Bay Sands experience. We stayed in this bubble of luxury from check in until check out.
We totally enjoyed our room; it was tastefully decorated and comfy. Every time we entered the room, our curtains opened up automatically to a view of the ‘Gardens by the Bay’- another impressive Singapore attraction. We did kick back and relax, but we were anxious to get up the pool…
This infinity pool is to die for; it’s the highest and largest infinity pool in the world with a spectacular view of Singapore’s skyline. This 55th story pool essentially lays across the 3 main tiers, and tops every list of ‘best pools around the world.’
The infinity pool was one of the main reasons we wanted to stay in the hotel in the first place. (Only hotel guests allowed!) So we spent quite a bit of time up there- pretty much every minute that we weren’t sleeping.
Marina Bay is not in the action of Singapore- but that’s what makes it’s location so brilliant. It’s removed enough to give guests a complete city view with plenty of depth. From the pool deck, we watched the sun drop behind the spectacular skyline, and as night fell, the Singapore Skyline lit up and reflected itself in the bay below.
We woke up early in the morning to– you guessed it- squeeze in a few more hours at the pool. It was a bit grey and dreary, but my boo and I made the most of it. A latte at the swankiest poolside never tasted better! We lounged, swam, took necessary selfies at the pool’s edge, and watched others do the same.
We totally splurged. We paid $516 Singaporean dollars (about $380 USD for a night)- roughly $190 per person when you’re splitting it with a travel partner. That was the absolute cheapest rate at the time, and we booked right on the Marina Bay Sands website. Not to mention- we got a surprising $75 bill at the breakfast buffet when we thought it was included. Whoops.
Worth it? Yes. Did it ruin me for all other pools and hotels? No way. I tend to have more appreciation for modest and simple accommodations, but I’m also not afraid to treat myself when traveling. I’ll always invest in experiences; I believe my money is better spent when I splurge on unique experiences rather than things. Marina Bay Sands takes the cake for my most extravagant travel experience, and it’ll probably be a few years before I top this one. 😉