Last Updated on October 7, 2021
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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Sunday 13th of May 2012
Wow that's a really interesting building.
Monday 14th of May 2012
It's supposed to be so grand and architecturally significant, but I just see a boat lodged on top of three buildings. It looks pretty cool from the top of the Singapore Flyer though!
Friday 11th of May 2012
was it worth the trip? I never made it there unfortunately. The building is stunning, but I heard it's a bad hotel to stay at. Sooo many complaints on trip advisor.
Saturday 12th of May 2012
It was well worth the trip, we combined it with a walk around the whole Bay, stopped at the Merlion and did some window shopping in the Marina Bay Sands Mall - and we highly recommend watching the sunset from the rooftop bar - stunning! Interesting though that the hotel gets so many bad reviews, it seemed so nice and we wished we would have stayed there just so that we could use the infinity pool!
Ruth (Tanama Tales)
Thursday 10th of May 2012
Awesome. I love this building. Can't wait to visit Singapore.
Saturday 12th of May 2012
It's an amazing piece of architecture - we're still not sure how the platform on top holds the weight of all the water in the pool, the plants, and nearly 4,000 people... it's incredible!