One Night at Marina Bay Sands

Indulging:

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.

Hey, if you’re gonna splurge on a fancy hotel stay, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore is the place to do it.

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.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

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.

The Room:

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…

Marina Bay Sands Room

Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Gardens by the Bay Singapore

THAT INFINITY POOL THOUGH:

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.

Infinity Pool Marina Bay Sands

Infinity Pool Marina Bay Sands

Sunsets and Skylines:

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.

Infinity Pool Marina Bay Sands

view from Marina Bay Sands

view from Marina Bay Sands

Infinity Pool Marina Bay Sands

Morning Coffee on Top of the World:

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.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool

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Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool

Infinity Pool Marina Bay Sands

The Investment:

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. 

Marina Bay Sands

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. 😉

Would you stay at Marina Bay Sands?

12 COMMENTS

  1. Ynah CA | 9th Sep 15

    Living a life of luxury 🙂 why not? This is one of the most expensive place I’ve been in Singapore. But i love the infinity pool its so romantic up there specially at night. I am glad you had a great time 🙂

    • Words of a Wanderer | 10th Sep 15

      Well, my life in general is not luxurious, but my time at M.B.S. sure was! 😉 It WAS really fun at night! Great atmosphere up there. 🙂

  2. betsywuebker | 9th Sep 15

    We opted out of staying there but I would have loved to have taken a pool selfie like you did! Instead, we stayed in Johor Bahru across the International Bridge and came in for day trips.

    • Words of a Wanderer | 10th Sep 15

      Nice! That sounds like a great alternative! Seems like there’s some really awesome accommodations in that area. I actually would have liked to taken the bridge across to Malaysia, but we weren’t there for long enough!

  3. Bettina | 9th Sep 15

    HOLY MOLY WHAT AN AMAZING HOTEL! I was thinking of going there next month and staying in a hostel….but now….. 😉 x

    • Words of a Wanderer | 10th Sep 15

      YESSSS, it was amazing. 🙂 If you can swing it, I say go for it! We did stay in a really cool hostel though; it was called Adler ‘Luxury Hostel’… if Marina Bay Sands isn’t for you, I would definitely recommend that one!

  4. Revati Victor (Different Doors) | 9th Sep 15

    The marina bay sands is DEFINITELY on our list of hotels to experience! Just for that rooftop pool if nothing else!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 10th Sep 15

      Awesome! Those were my thoughts exactly… forget the room, I’ll be up at the pool! 😉

  5. Jon @ jonistravelling.com | 13th Sep 15

    I lived in Singapore and often thought about spending a night at Marina Bay Sands, could never bring myself to part with the money though! I did go to the bar at the top, pretty amazing view.

    • Words of a Wanderer | 14th Sep 15

      I feel ya! It’s a big chunk of change- I struggled with the decision myself, but just ended up saying YOLO! 😉

  6. Connie | 14th Sep 15

    You deserve to treat yourself now and then to a little luxury, and it makes sense when you do to stay there from check in to check out. Gotta get your money’s worth, right? That pool looks amazing!

    • Words of a Wanderer | 14th Sep 15

      Absolutely! We should all treat ourselves from time to time- and yes- while you’re at it, gotta get you money’s worth! 🙂

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