Bamboo Compass joined a media tour of the Marina Bay Sands construction site, a project that re-authored Singapore’s “downtown” landscape and shifted its center of gravity from Orchard Road to the Marina Bay area.
Architecturally, the Marina Bay Sands is unlike any other hotel the world. It’s most prominent design feature, the Skypark, is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall. Sitting atop the hotel’s three 55-story towers, guests enjoy 360-degree views of Singapore from the 150-meter infinity pool.
With lush gardens, a public observation deck and exclusive restaurants and bars, this architectural wonder and tropical paradise in the sky is a luxury destination that also excels in hosting meetings, conventions and exhibitions.
For an urban vacation with unsurpassed shopping, entertainment and dining, or for 5,000-delegate events, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands has become one of the top choices in the region.
As a mega-casino, the Sands ranks highly with two floors of VIP gaming and a large public casino area.
As an “integrated resort,” the Sands has much to explore and enjoy. There's a museum that hosts blockbuster international exhibits, an outdoor event plaza, two pavilions for VIP events (one run solely by Louis Vuitton), theaters that run Broadway productions, an indoor skating rink and unparalleled shopping and dining.
Even the cheapest fare in the hotel food court is as premium as it gets. The “Makansutra Masters,” a team of the chefs known for the best street and comfort cuisine in Asia, create culinary masterpieces for the masses and offer cooking demonstrations on a public stage.
Six celebrity chef restaurants, captained by some of the top names in the culinary world today, are on the premises. The goal: nothing less than making Singapore “the culinary epicenter of Asia.” Celebrated chefs Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Punk, Santi Santamaria, Guy Savoy and Tetsuya Wakuda are all personally involved in the concepts, menus and interior designs of their respective venues. Mario Batali, a "Iron Chef America" star and former GQ man of the year, calls it “the most exciting project I have ever been involved with.”
The Marina Bay Sands opened in April 2010. Read Part 1 of Singapore hits the jackpot with the Marina Bay Sands. Photos 2, 3, 4 and 5 by Stephan Larose; photo 1 courtesy of Marina Bay Sands.