We imagined our time in Asia to be filled with visits to impressive mega-metropolises, where the future is palpable and the lifestyle, fabulous! But to be honest, not one of the cities we visited blew us away – until we arrived in Singapore. Here, we finally tapped into that buzz we love – great food, walking for miles and miles exploring the vibrant neighborhoods, the eclectic mix of Hindu, Chinese and Malaysian cultures and of course, the stunning architecture.
The city, which has been changing rapidly over the last 30 years, surprised us with creative architecture in many places, and Marina Bay was one of our favorite places. Singapore spent $35 million to revamp the entire waterfront promenade around Marina Bay, which now boasts bars and cafes on One Raffles Quay, green space to relax, the famous Singapore mascot, the Merlion fountain, the creative Helix bridge, the spikey Esplanade Theater, the Art & Science Museum (in front of the towers in the pic above) and the interesting architectural masterpiece Marina Bay Sands – three towers connected by the world’s largest cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 meters.
Inside these buildings, you’ll find a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000 m2 convention-exhibition center, the 74,000 m2 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two theaters, seven celebrity chef restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The 340m-long SkyPark across the top of the buildings has a capacity of 3,900 people – most of whom can be found lounging at the 150m infinity swimming pool, chilling under one of hundreds of palm trees or having a drink in the Sky Bar – all at 191 meters above the ground. We sped to the top and had a drink here (Dani had the Singapore Sling, of course!) and ended our stay in Singapore a gorgeous sunset.
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