Sunday, October 9, 2011

SINGAPORE: Marina Bay Sands

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

The Most Spectacular Hotel in Singapore

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
018956 +65 6688 8888

This is the most exciting part of our Holy Week vacation, an overnight stay at the most spectacular hotel in Singapore. The most expensive hotel I ever stayed and paid haha… This is not actually part of the plan.  As a budget traveler we wanted to stay in a hostel since most of the time we’re out.  We are not rich and cannot afford to stay in this luxurious hotel.

Until I checked our bulletin board in the office and caught my eyes on this special offer for employees.  A 30% discount for an overnight stay at MBS and can pay through salary deduction, offers last until June 30, 2011 only.  Whoa! I know this is still costly but this is not bad.  Who never dreamed of staying here even for just one night?  So we grabbed this great opportunity, all for us to experience this chance once in our lifetime.

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay Waterfront.  Developed by Las Vegas Sands and designed by Moshe Safdie, who says it was initially inspired by card decks.  The resort features a 2,561-room, 55-story and three cascading hotel towers connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof named Sky Park, ‘floating’ crystal pavilions, a lotus-inspired Museum, retail stores featuring cutting-edge labels and international luxury brands, trendy Celebrity Chef restaurants, endless entertainment at the theatres, the hottest night clubs and a Las Vegas-style casino.

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010, after a partial opening on 27 April 2010.  The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010.  And the grand opening was held last February 11 of this year.

We arrived at the airport past 1pm, 20mins. late from the original scheduled.  We then go straight to the MBS counter to ask for the shuttle bus, a privileged airport transfer from the hotel.
-  The Marina Bay Sands airport shuttle bus runs 7days-a-week
-  Departs from four Arrival terminals at Changi Airport (every half hour from 6am-10pm; every hour after 10pm)
-  Present your confirmation email to the shuttle bus operator at the Coach bay.

We felt very happy when we reached the hotel; we were accompanied by the friendly hotel staff to the lobby and greeted by these lovely girls playing a good music which adds a great ambiance to the hotel.

The lobby, great architectural design

There were numerous of guests at the hotel counter, drinks were served while waiting in line to check-in.  We reserved for two rooms but we were told that it will be available by 4 p.m. because guests requested for a late checked-out, and they apologize for the delay.  

Some of my friends met this Filipino Manager in the hotel who assisted us with our luggage’s and placed it to the concierge area for the meantime.  It is only 3 p.m. at that time so not to waste our time we rushed to Lucky Plaza to buy some “pasalubong” and perfumes!

We went back past the hour of 4.  Jas and I chose to stay at Tower 1, while some of my friends stayed at Tower 3.  There is no room available on the same Tower, and Tower 3 was actually a long walk since the hotel counter and main lobby is at Tower 1. 

Be on top of the world, The SkyPark whome to the world's longest elevated swimming pool, with a 146-metre vanishing edge, perched 191 metres above the ground and can host up to 3,900 people.  

From this privileged observation deck, hundreds of visitors at a time can feast their eyes on the unforgettable panoramic view of Singapore.  

Observation deck is open to public but guests will no longer have direct access to the pool and the gardens.
Tickets are available at Marina Bay Sands ticketing counter at the Hotel Lobby Tower 3.  Operation hours is at 10am-10pm daily.

Admission Fee:  $20 adults, $14 children (2-12 years) $17 senior citizens (55 years and above)
Please check their website for more info: 

The SkyPark also boasts rooftop restaurants such as The Sky on 57, night clubs such as KU DE TA, lush gardens hundreds of trees and plants, and a public observatory deck on the cantilever with 360 views of the Singapore Skyline.

 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall

 Also boasts close to 1,000,000 square feet.  With over 300 stores including numerous luxury stores, an Art Science Museum, seven "Celebrity Chef" restaurants, an Ice Skating rink (plastic surface instead of ice) and the world's largest Atrium Casino.  Two notable attractions of the resort are the two Crystal Pavilions.  It has been decided that the one of the Pavilions will house two internationally-renowned night clubs Avalon and Pangaea.  In addition, the second Pavilion will house the largest Louis Vuitton boutique.  The mall also includes 2 large theatres the Sands and the Grand theatre.

   A canal runs through the length of the Shoppe, in the same style as the Venetian in Las Vegas.  Rides of the canal are also available for the guests and shoppers, similar to the gondola rides available in the Venetian.    

Upon checking-in, the whole day is intended only to stay and leisurely walk around the Sands.  So after taking a rest, we went down to The Shoppes and witness the light and water show, a free Marina Bay Sands event as mentioned by the Filo Manager.   

Wonder Full is shown nightly depend on the weather.  I guess we went just on time, and we had a nice spot before it starts.  It was amazing; it’s like your reading a story book with a light and sounds effect on it.  The show runs for 13 mins., if you have kids for sure they will enjoy it.

Sunday – Thursday      :  8PM and 9:30PM
Friday – Saturday        :  8PM, 9:30PM and 11PM
*Shows and show times are subject to change or cancellation at the discretion of MBS management.

After the show, we headed up to the room to change for we still have time to swim and guess what?  We have not eaten yet hehehe... hmmm maybe after 'coz the pool closes at 11PM.  

How to get here:

  •  4mins walk from the Marina Bay MRT Station
  • 10mins walk from Promenade MRT Station on the Circle Line
  • Bayfront Station on the Downtown Line Phase 1 (Operational in 2013) and Circle Line (Operational in 2012)

By Public Bus:  
The following bus services stops along Bayfront Avenue:
  • Bus Stop Codes:  03511 (Marina Bay Sands MICE)
  • Bus Stop Codes:  03519 (Opp Marina Bay Sands MICE)

Info's credits to:  wikipedia and MBS websites.


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