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Hands up if you have a stay at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on your bucket list? You are not alone! I think half the world wants to swim in that famous rooftop infinity pool. Have you gone as far as to look up the price to stay there for a night? It’s usually a little out of most people’s budget, but if you really want to swim in that pool, the only option is to pay up. The big question is then – is Marina Bay Sands worth it?

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Why did we choose to stay at Marina Bay Sands?

I had been to Singapore a handful of times and always admired Marina Bay Sands from a distance. I thought it would be cool to stay there at some point, but I just couldn’t see how to stretch the budget. Right before our gap year I was lucky enough to win a $1000AUD travel voucher from one of those travel expo’s they have occasionally. Yes, apparently someone does win those prizes!

I could have been sensible and used this to pay for something essential, but instead I decided to splash out and spend two nights at Marina Bay Sands on our first stop outside of Australia.

As you can imagine, I was excited, but this was not my first stay at a five star hotel. While I am mostly a budget traveller, hubby and I do like to splurge once in a while and stay somewhere really nice. We were expecting something really special though while we were staying Marina Bay Sands.

 

Our Arrival and First Impressions

We caught the MRT to get to Marina Bay Sands. The Bayfront stop on the blue and yellow lines is located right below the buildings. It’s a little bit of a walk to get to the lobby, but it is well signed, so easy enough.

As we came into the lobby we caught our breath a little. This hotel is huge! The base of all three buildings are joined to make one huge open space. There are at least three different check in areas – not including the private check in room for VIP guests. To be expected perhaps since there are 2561 rooms here, but it’s still an impressive site on arrival.

Marina Bay Sands Lobby

The huge, open, lobby

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VIPs go into a whole other area to do their check in

We were about two hours before our check in time and thought we would try our luck. Our room was ready and we were able to check in. We were also – without asking – offered an extended check out time of 12pm. While we were checking in we were given some nice cold drinks to welcome us to the hotel.

Marina Bay Sands Check In

One of the many check in desks. At peak times this was crowded with people

 

Our Marina Bay Sands Room

We had booked the most basic room, a Deluxe King Room. Now the room was nice, don’t get me wrong, but it was just like any other five star hotel. It had all the amenities you would expect, including free wifi, a mini bar, toiletries and bathrobes, and a safe.

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Our room at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands Balcony

The little balcony we could walk out onto the view the Gardens by the Bay. No room out there to sit though.

The bathroom was a good size with a large shower. The shampoos and soaps provided smelt lovely and did a good job on my skin and hair.

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An elephant towel, adding to the small touches in the room

One thing that was new to me was not only did putting the room key in the holder turn on the electricity, it also opened the curtains to reveal the view. I might be biased, but I think our view from the 47th floor of tower three was pretty good.  We overlooked the Gardens by the Bay, giving us the perfect view of the nightly light and sound show that happens amongst the super trees.

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Our view when we first arrived at our room

Marina Bay Sands View

I just loved the view we had from our balcony

Gardens By the Bay at Night

The Gardens By the Bay light show from above. The super trees continuously flashed and changed colours in time with the music.

 

The Marina Bay Sands Pool

The famous infinity pool is located on the 57th floor giving panoramic views over the Singapore city skyline. The pool is open from 6am until 11pm, and it pays to get there early for a couple of reasons. You will be able to get a great sunrise view from here, and you will beat the crowds.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool

The pool area was always filled with people, from early morning well into the evening

By the time we got to the pool at about 8:30am, almost all of the lounges had been “reserved” with towels or other belongings. We did find some lounges, but they were in the full sun area, and already at this time of the morning it was hot. We enjoyed a couple of hours of pool time before we retreated back to our room.

Marina Bay Sands Swimming Pool

Enjoying the view from the 57th floor

We came back to the pool mid-afternoon to find it closed. This was due to the stormy monsoon weather. It was not raining at the time, but there was a little thunder and wind. It felt quite a distance off, but it seems like as soon as it gets a little stormy they shut the pool for safety reasons. This could be an issue if you are travelling during the monsoon season and only plan to spend one night at Marina Bay Sands. We travelled in April.

Tip: There is an adults only section to use if you would prefer not to be near families.

Our third visit to the pool during our stay was at night time. The pool still had many people around it, but now it was more of a party atmosphere. It’s possible to order drinks and food from the many Marina Bay Sands staff who are always on hand, so this could be the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail as you wind down for the day.

Marina Bay Sands Pool at night

The pool at night

If your room doesn’t offer views over the Gardens of the Bay, the pool deck could be a great place to watch the nightly light show.

A view of the pool from the viewing platform, 57 floors up.

 

The Restaurants and Bars at Marina Bay Sands

There are dozens of restaurants at Marina Bay Sands. In the hotel itself they are mainly fine dining, but it’s also possible to find cafes and casual food places in the lobby and there is the nightclub and bar at the SkyPark.

In the shopping centre below the hotel, conveniently called The Shoppes, there are many more restaurants. Here you can find everything from celebrity chef offerings to high tea cafes to a food court with hawker foods.

Bread Street Marina Bay Sands

Bread Street – one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants at The Shoppes

We were conscious that this was just the start of twelve months of travel for us so we chose some meals from the food court, others we had when we were outside of the hotel. So while there are plenty of options, I am unable to recommend any particular restaurant. The noodles at the food court though were delicious, and great value for money.

 

The Other Areas of Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands hotel offers the usual facilities that would be expected at a five star hotel. They have a decent sized gym located on the 55th floor of tower two. There is nothing better than admiring the view over the city while puffing away on the treadmill.

Marina Bay Sands Gym

The gym with a view

The Banyan Tree Spa offers many different spa treatments in luxurious surroundings for both women and men. There are dozens of options from a simple haircut or manicure to full pampering sessions that go for half a day.

Marina Bay Sands is more of a complex rather than a stand alone hotel. As mentioned above, it connects to The Shoppes, a decent sized luxury shopping mall. It’s mostly filled with high-end brands, but also a lot of other international brands that are found all over the world, so it’s easy to shop until you drop.

The Shoppes include an ice rink and a mini canal with gondola rides. There is also a water feature that collects water when it rains, turning it into a waterfall gushing from the roof.

Marina Bay Sands Canal

The canal in The Shoppes, with water streaming down from the rains above

Right outside The Shoppes is the spectacular Art Science Museum. This is a futuristic museum that describes itself as about that place where art and science meet. We unfortunately did not get a chance to visit, but this is on my list for the next time I get to Singapore.

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Art Science Museum Singapore

Another of Singapore’s iconic buildings, the Art Science Museum

The Sands Theatre is home to all sorts of events. It may be possible to see a popular theatre show during your stay. Coming up in 2019 are performances of Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera and Aladdin.

The complex also contains the huge Marina Bay Sands Casino. Operated by the Sands group, there are similar casinos in Macau and Las Vegas. While foreigners can enter for free, there is a fee of $100SGD for Singaporean nationals to go inside. It is possible that you will be asked for photo ID to prove you are a foreigner to it’s a good idea to carry your passport or drivers licence during your visit.

 

The Verdict – Is Marina Bay Sands Worth It?

So finally – is it worth staying at Marina Bay Sands? What you are paying for here is the pool. If you are just looking for a nice hotel, there are other Singapore hotels that offer better value. If swimming in the pool is on your bucket list, then it is worth every cent.

If you do not want to swim in the pool but would still like to enjoy sunset from the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, you can either make a booking to eat at one of the restaurants or purchase entry into Cé La Vi Club Lounge. Entry is $20SGD and includes a drink.

Another option is to just purchase entry to the Skypark, which gives access to the observation deck. It includes skip the line access and an audio guide. Again, it’s $20SGD and is best purchased in advance to skip the line.

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My recommendation is to try to stay two nights if you can. With a 3pm check in time and an 11am check out time, there is not a huge amount of time to experience the pool and hotel in just one night. There is also so much more to see and do around the area, you may just find you would like to venture away from the pool for a while.

 

The Marina Bay Sands Details

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel can be found at 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

When booking Marina Bay Sands, rooms start from around $500SGD, and there are lots of different rooms, options and packages. Keep your eyes out for special deals that have extra inclusions.

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Looking for more travel tips? You may be interested in these other posts on Singapore
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