When in Singapore, on many peoples list of places to visit is the Marina Bay Sands complex. It is the hotel which looks like it has a ship stuck on top, it is also a large upmarket shopping complex, a theatre and an Arts Museum. Now this is where I digress from my usual Art Deco accommodation as I do feel that I need to check out the architecture and try out that infinity pool!
So my first impressions, well considering that I have come from a small boutique hotel where personal service is the key, to a gigantic complex where cues reign supreme at the check in, I thought I might be a little overwhelmed. No not me, I am flexible when it comes to travelling and I adapt quickly to different situations and places. A staff member was walking along the aisle giving out free drinks and ice creams to waiting guests, of which the children were lapping up. It took approximately 10 to 15 minutes in the cue before getting to reception.
Once nicely ensconced in my room with its spectacular marina view I made myself familiar with all the gadgets, then I thought that I best go up to the 57th floor to check out the infinity pool. After all, that is one of the main reasons that most guests are here. Now, we cannot turn on the sun and on this day it was very overcast with grey clouds, this didn’t deter me I was straight in that pool which was very cold. Not what I expected but ‘hey ho’ I am not opposed to a cold swimming pool either. This put off many people so I happily swam the three different sections of the pool a couple of times and by then I was nicely warmed up. Yes, the view is surreal from the edge of the water and it does seem crazy being that high up wallowing in the pool. After an hour of swimming and people watching, I decided to go and check out the observation deck. This is complimentary to guests of the hotel and is open to the general public for a fee. This massive cantilever part of the building is hoovering along the bay with its strengthened perspex walling, topped with steel railing so that the all important camera can be positioned to get that special photo. Again it is also rather surreal giving one the feeling of being able to take off and fly.
I chose to eat in the restaurant LoVo also on the top floor with its great views across the city skyline. After some very good food it was time to retire to my room and keeping the lights off I just sat and soaked up the view from the floor to ceiling windows.
Now considering that from checking in to checking out, if staying only one night, it doesn't take a master mind to tell you that you are actually in the hotel for less than 24 hours, so you really do have to make the most of the facilities. The next morning I set my alarm clock for 5:50 am!! I had the swim wear ready and just needed to grab it in the morning. I was determined to see the sun rise and be in that pool for it. The pool opens at 6am so I was up and waiting for this on the 57th floor and to my astonishment I was the only person. Now dawn breaks around 7am so for the next hour I swam in the pool under the stars mainly on my own. The other guests did arrive around 6:30am but did not want to dip in as the water was really cold this morning having no sunshine to warm it. I spent a total of one and half hours swimming up and down then I went and sat on a sun lounger drying off while the swathes of guests all started to arrive pre their breakfast time. After a very good breakfast I spent the rest of my time catching up with some work and soaking up the view from my very large room, making the most of every minute I had in this very unusual hotel.
Architecturally this hotel is absolutely amazing. The whole concept is stunning and I am pleased that I can tick it off. Would I stay again, no, personally for me one night was enough and I actually got 23 hours! (I checked in 2 hours early as I accepted a room on a lower floor of 29 instead of 40, it was well worth the sacrifice in this case for the extra 2 hours enjoying the facilities).