Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The shining beacon in the crown of Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands hotel – the locals call it MBS – stands high and mighty, overlooking everything that makes Singapore great.
It’s also got an incredible infinity pool that runs almost three quarters of the length of the rooftop terrace that, if given the opportunity, any hotel guest essentially lives in.
Thanks to Huawei Australia, a Chinese telephony company that is making headway in the Australian market, I got to experience the magic of the MBS Hotel for a few days during the launch in Southeast Asia of the new model Huawei P8 mobile at CommunicAsia 2015.
What an experience.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino is as much the Las Vegas of Singapore in itself than the whole strip in Nevada. With three gargantuan towers that sweep elegantly up to the sky where they support a domineering ‘ship’ shaped rooftop that sports a Singaporean Ku De Ta restaurant and bar, infinity pool and cafe and restaurant that overlooks the northern end of the city, the hotel brings to Singapore what it so lacked prior to its construction.
Singapore is one of the world’s busiest and most astoundingly successful success stories. It’s only 50 years old and in that 50 years has grown, been crafted and been created into the indisposable city-state the world can’t do without. Not only economically, but Singapore is a tourism hub that pushes the boundaries in liveability, functionality, aesthetics and design in a lot of what it does.
The Marina Bay Sands sports the resort features 2,561 rooms, a 120,000 square-metre convention-exhibition centre, a 74,000 square-metre mall so cutely named The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 pokies machines.
Within itself, it’s bigger than its facade.
The views from the rooms: amazing; the views from the roof top: amazing; the view from essentially anywhere in the hotel, even the lobby cordoned-off morning buffet restaurant called Rise: amazing. They have wasted no space in outlaying any element of the casino in some sort of art or decadence that gives the Marina Bay Sands the reputation it’s known for the experience it promises.
Take a walk from the hotel and casino anti-clockwise around Singapore Strait and you find some of the most beautiful views of the downtown metropolis that is Singapore, some quiet places to sit and enjoy – surprising given there are over five million Singaporeans jammed onto such a small island – and even meet the mighty Merlion, Singapore’s national icon.
If you haven’t been, go.
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