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Marina Bay Sands: How To Get On The Roof And In The Pool
The Marina Bay Sands has managed to become THE landmark of Singapore within a very short time. The view from the roof of the hotel is really beautiful. Enjoying the beauty of Singapore from up there is simply part of a trip to Singapore.
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But how do I get to Marina Bay Sands in the first place?
And how do I get into the swimming pool at Marina Bay Sands?
Are you really only allowed in the most famous infinity pool in the world if you are a hotel guest?
Most visitors to Singapore ask themselves these questions and with this article we want to shed some light on the dark.
We'll show you what options there are to get to the top of the building and what you have to do to take the perfect selfie in the world-famous infinity pool.
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10 exciting facts about the Marina Bay Sands
Before we start, we have put together some exciting information and figures about the Marina Bay Sands for you. We think this is the best way to capture this superlative building.
- The hotel offers 2,561 rooms, which are distributed in the three hotel towers.
- The building measures 191 meters in total and has 57 floors.
- The well-known infinity pool on the roof is 146 meters long.
- Overall, the Skypark on the roof is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall.
- There is space for up to 3,900 people on the roof.
- The hotel cost more than SGD 8 billion to build.
- The hotel is estimated to generate SGD 1 billion in profit per year. You can live on it, right?
- Around 10,000 employees work in the entire complex.
- The hotel is owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporations, best known for its casinos.
- Of course, Marina Bay Sands also has a casino with more than 600 tables and 2,500 slot machines.
Crazy, right? No wonder that the Marina Bay Sands is one of the most famous hotels in the world and a visit to Singapore is simply part of it.
We'll tell you now what you need to know about your visit.
Marina Bay Sands: Entry to the pool
Marvel at the Singapore skyline at a height of almost 200 meters in the infinity pool. For many Singapore travelers, this is the dream par excellence and we admit, there is something to the thought.
Now we come straight to the big but, because: The pool is only accessible to hotel guests.
So don't wear swimming trunks, walk to Marina Bay Sands and take a dip in the pool. Unfortunately there are no exceptions, because then the pool would be bursting at the seams.
So to get into the pool you have to check in at Marina Bay Sands for at least one night.
Here you can check the room prices at Marina Bay Sands
Tips for staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel
If you want to book a room at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, here are a few more tips for you.
room with view
As already mentioned, the Marina Bay Sands has 57 floors. That means, of course, that there are rooms with a great view and rooms at the bottom without any view.
Of course, the rooms with a view are more expensive, but also nicer. If there is nothing with a view when you book, then your room does not have a view either.
If you value a view, you have the choice between a harbor view and a city view. We find the city view much more spectacular.
Here you can check the different room categories and their prices
Our tip: The Club room
When booking at Marina Bay Sands, you can choose between normal rooms, club rooms and suites.
Normal rooms are called Premier or Deluxe rooms, depending on the furnishings. They cost from around 200 to 300 euros per night and are either 39 or 47 square meters in size.
Suites are pure luxury. With almost 100 square meters in size, nothing is left to be desired, but you also have to easily put at least 600 euros per night on the table.
The club rooms are the perfect option in between. These are 62 square meters, have a great city view and the best thing about it: you get access to the Club Lounge. There you can get an excellent breakfast, pastries and non-alcoholic drinks all day long and between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. delicious snacks, cocktails and other alcoholic drinks.
A club room costs around 100 to 200 euros more per night than a normal room. With two people this is often worth it, especially since z. B. Singapore cocktails are very expensive.
The best time to go to the pool
Every guest who stays at Marina Bay Sands is given a wristband that allows access to the pool. By the way, the pool is emptyest at lunchtime and in the early afternoon.
Since many guests stay at Marina Bay Sands just because of the pool and therefore only book for one night, the pool gets busiest in the late afternoon. The day guests have to leave the next morning and the pool is then usually much emptier.
Is it worth booking a hotel room at Marina Bay Sands?
We haven't stayed there ourselves yet. However, we asked our Instagram followers whether an overnight stay at Marina Bay Sands is worthwhile and received the clear answer "Yes".
There were only a very few who said that they wouldn't necessarily recommend it to others, but are still happy to have tried it out.
The majority of our followers said it was an unforgettable experience and absolutely recommend it to all Singapore visitors.
This is how you get to the viewing platform
Of course, if you can't or don't want to afford the night at Marina Bay Sands, you still don't have to do without the great view.
There are other ways to get on the roof of the building and we are going to introduce you to them now.
# 1 Public observation deck
The public observation deck is located on the third tower and is also open to non-hotel guests.
The observation deck is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and from Friday to Sunday even until 11:00 p.m.
Our tip: It's best to go to the observation deck at sunset. Then the skyline shines in a very special light and if you wait a little longer, you can enjoy all the splendor in the dark.
Observation Deck tickets
Admission to the observation deck costs 23 SGD (approx. 15 euros). The viewing platform is therefore a relatively cheap alternative compared to the hotel room with access to the infinity pool.
Especially at the popular times around sunset, the queues at the ticket office are very long.
We therefore recommend that you buy your ticket online beforehand. It is cheapest on the Klook ticket platform, which is very widespread in Asia. There it is even 1 SGD cheaper and you save yourself the queuing.
The ticket is valid for 6 months from the selected date, so you don't have to commit to a specific date beforehand. All you have to do is show the ticket on your smartphone, so you don't even have to print it out.
Buy tickets online here (skip the line)
Our photo tip: Tripods are not allowed. But we were able to attach our gorillapod to the railing and use it to photograph the skyline at night after sunset.
# 2 restaurants & bars on the roof
You don't feel like sharing the viewing platform with many other guests? Then the third option might be something for you: There are a few restaurants and bars on the roof from which you can also enjoy the view.
We hardly need to mention that the prices are steep. In our opinion, they are allowed to be at this location.
A smart-casual dress code applies to all restaurants, especially after 6 p.m. Dancing with flip-flops and shorts is not an option.
The following restaurants are available:
CÉ LA VIE: The CÉ LA VIE restaurant with its sky bar offers modern, Asian cuisine and delicious long drinks, including a 360 ° amazing view. You can eat here both for lunch and in the evening. Non-guests of the hotel pay an entrance fee of 20 SGD, which can then be redeemed for food and drinks in the restaurant. It's best to reserve early because the restaurant is very popular.
Information and reservations for the CÉ LA VI
LAVO: The Lavo is an American-Italian restaurant with a bar. The restaurant is open from 5:00 pm, but you can get snacks and drinks as early as lunchtime. Adjacent to the restaurant there is also a disco lounge with an equipped DJ desk and a terrace with a view.
Information and reservations for the Lavo
Spago: Somewhat quieter, but no less glamorous, is the SPAGO run by Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Typical Californian cuisine is served here, both for lunch and in the evening. There is also a bar & lounge here, but without a DJ and in a quieter and more elegant atmosphere.
Information and reservations for the Spago
What else can you do at Marina Bay Sands?
You now have all the information about staying overnight and the Skypark. Of course, that's not all, because Marina Bay Sands has a lot more to offer.
As is customary in Singapore, a construction project like Marina Bay Sands naturally also offers all kinds of entertainment. Most of it is very mainstream, but everything is always so huge and spectacular that you can still watch it.
One of the most popular attractions at Marina Bay Sands is the huge on-site casino. In fact, it's the largest stand-alone casino in the world. You can try your luck on three floors.
There are 20 games that are played at over 600 tables, including classics such as roulette and blackjack. You can also try your luck at over 2500 one-armed bandits.
Danger: Entry to the casino is free for tourists. Singapore residents, on the other hand, have to shell out a whopping 100 SGD to enter. So be sure to take your passport with you if you want to go to the casino.
Musicals and concerts
If you like musicals or theater, you can watch classics such as “The Lion King”, “Naturally Blonde”, a circus show and “Mamma Mia!” In the two in-house theaters. There are of course concerts too, and world stars keep performing at Marina Bay Sands.
Spectra water show
Every evening there is a water and light show at Marina Bay Sands, which you can watch for free. The best location for the show is on the opposite bank or in front of the Esplanade Theater.
The show lasts 15 minutes and impresses with water and light effects, meter-high water fountains, music and a huge glass prism that artfully reflects the colorful play of light.
The show takes place daily at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday there will also be a third show at 10:00 p.m.
Digital light canvas
Another attraction is the Digital Light Canvas, a permanent light installation. It is located in the shopping center of Marina Bay Sands directly at the entrance by the Helix Bridge to the left of the building.
You can just look at the installation or walk on the interactive LED floor while 400,000 colorful LED lamps hang over your head and create a kind of fantasy world together with the floor.
Just look doesn't cost anything. Walking over it costs 5 SGD (approx. 3 euros).
Art Science Museum
The Art Science Museum is located in the distinctive building in front of the hotel and is also part of the Marina Bay Sands complex.
There are always new exhibitions here, all of which revolve around the subjects of art, technology, culture and science.
We were in the permanent exhibition “Future World”, which is relatively small, but still worth seeing.
The exhibition is really great, especially with children, as there is a lot to discover and try out here.
Shopping Mall: The Shoppes
Of course, there is no shortage of shopping in a facility like Marina Bay Sands. The hotel also has a huge luxury shopping mall where you can shop at Armani, Versace & Co. until late in the evening.
If you want to shop on a large scale, you can also hire a personal shopper. That costs a whopping 250 SGD for 3 hours.
What is your experience with the Marina Bay Sands?
That was really all the information and tips for visiting Marina Bay Sands.
Have you ever stayed at Marina Bay Sands and put the hotel's infinity pool through its paces? Did you like it and would you recommend it to other Singapore visitors?
Have you ever been able to enjoy the view from the observation deck or have a cocktail in one of the bars or restaurants?
Then of course we look forward to your experiences in the comments.
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