When asked if anyone heard of Marina Bay Sands, their usual reply would be “isn’t that the casino in Singapore?”
You’re not wrong! Marina Bay Sands(MBS) is one of the two integrated resorts which feature casino facilities to open in Singapore, the other one being the Resorts World Sentosa.
However, to simply know it as a casino, would be an understatement!While this $8-billion project by the Las Vegas Sands holds the world’s largest atrium casino, it also has a 2560-room hotel, a shopping mall, 7 celebrity chef restaurants, a museum, two large theaters, an ice-skating rink, two floating Crystal Pavilions, and a 150 meter-long infinity pool!
Let’s explore more!
[Update: The Arsenal First Team players visited Marina Bay Sands during their Singapore Tour in 2015. Are you there? Check out their video tour below!]
Simply by putting the casino aside, these are the attractions of Marina Bay Sands that you can be excited about!Click on the links on the right side to find out what’s fun over there!
i Light Marina Bay
Art Science Museum
The SkyPark at the top of Marina Bay Sands is one that has been making headlines ever since it is opened. It is located on the 57th level of Tower 3, featuring a 340m Skypark and a 150m long infinity pool.
This pool has welcomed famous guests and celebrities, including Liverpool FC players during their Asia tour 2011 in Singapore. Arsenal players like Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker also visited the hotel pool during their visit in 2015.
Here’s a short video to show their tour around the top of Marina Bay Sands.
Hotel guests are allowed free-entry into the infinity pool. Each guest who is staying at MBS Hotel will be given an access key, and they can bring another guest along.
For members of public who just wanna have a panoramic view of Singapore, they will purchase tickets at the Sands SkyPark counter at Basement 1.However, they are not allowed entry to the infinity pool. Instead, they can get around the SkyPark Observation Deck, where photography enthusiasts can get their best shots of Singapore.
There’s also guided tour of the whole Skypark at specific hours of the day for ticket holders.If you’re part of the tour, you can get access to view the pool too. The Observation Deck is located in a way that it allows you to view almost the whole of the central of Singapore, and a little beyond. Take a stroll around and spot a few of Singapore’s popular landmarks…like the Floating Platform, which is used for hosting Singapore’s National Day Parade and F1 Singapore races…
Other than dipping yourself into the pool, most guests will just love to lie on the benches by the pool side. Don’t worry if you can’t find one. There’s a lot of benches, and poolside beds too!
Though we like to call it a ‘pool’, you hardly find anyone swimming like an Olympian here. The pool is shallow and you can actually walk around the whole pool with your hair dry. Some guests will bring their cameras into the pool with them to capture the amazing view below the pool. You can too, just be careful!
Sands Skypark Information:
Tickets to Observation Deck:
Adults : $20
Children (2-12 years old) : $14
Senior Citizens (65 years and above) : $17
Children under 2 years old : Free
Purchase the tickets at SkyPark Box Office, level 1 Tower 3
Opening hours of Observation Deck:
Monday to Thursday : 9.30am to 10pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9.30am to 11pm
If you haven’t know, shopping is one of the favorite pastimes of Singaporeans! And now, we are spoilt for choices, with the new The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands. This 3-storey luxury mall houses some of the high-end retail brands – Bally, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès and many more.
To make your shopping experience pleasurable, there are also world class performances presented to you at the Shoppes, featuring international luminaries, jazz legends and pop sensations like James Moody, Toots Thielemans, Ronan Keating, Matt Monro and Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey!
How about ice-skating in a shopping mall?
The Shoppes also houses a 600-square meter skating rink for all novice to intermediate skaters. Don’t worry about getting your own skates.You can rent the skates at $3. The first hour of skating costs S$7 for adults and S$5 for children. Just get your own socks, or you can get it there for S$6.
There’s also a mini man-made canal then goes passes through the shopping area inside Shoppes. It’s for a Sampan ride which cost $10 per adult and $6 per child (2-12 years old).
The sampan, like a small wooden boat, was used as a mode of transport along Singapore River in the early days. Might be fun for family with little kids, but maybe not for dynamic guys like you and me 😛
If you are a Louis Vuitton fanatic, you would realize that you can hardly find their shop in the Shoppes.
This is because they have their very own boutique, the Louis Vuitton island Maison, at the floating platform just outside the Shoppes!
You don’t have to swim across. A bridge will connect you to the entrance of the boutique. While the exterior design in impressive, you will be more amazed when you step in, as though you have entered a mini-LV museum!
Marina Bay Sands is also the home to two world class theatres. The Grand Theatre seats 2155 guests while the Sands Theatre seats 1680 guests.
The Theatre has once hosted the famous Broadway musical, The Lion King, and worldwide theatrical smash-hit WICKED, the untold story of the Witches of Oz. All the shows in the theatre has a period of validity, so do check them out before they end!
Click here for full list of upcoming show at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets for the shows can either be bought at MBS Box Offices, located various locations within the Sands, or you can purchase them online (the easiest and most convenient method!)
Wonder Full – Light and Water Show
More entertainment at Marina Bay Sands?If you are visiting at night, be sure to catch the Wonder Full Show, the stunning light and water show held daily at night – FREE! You might have seen similar light and water shows elsewhere, but what makes the Wonder Full show spectacular is the backdrop of the Singapore City.
Every show lasts about 15 minutes.
Timings as follows:
Sunday to Thursday: 8pm, 9.30pm
Friday & Saturday: 8pm, 9.30pm, 11pm.
Location: Event Plaza at the Promenade.
Do arrive before the show starts so you can grab a good seat for the show. It’s always packed. Kids will definitely love it!
i Light Marina Bay
How about some cool, yet environmental friendly stuff from Marina Bay Sands?
The i Light Festival at Marina Bay is Asia’s first and only sustainable light festival, aimed at creating awareness for energy-saving lighting technology for the urban environment. It had been held from 9 March to 1 April 2012, and previously in 2010.
I was so excited to see the i Light especially after looking at all the photos that my friends have taken and I wanted to capture some beautiful shots from the festival too! As amazing as it seems, the feeling of being at the actual venue makes all the difference!
Seeing the petals of the Art Science Museum being lit up to tell a story of environmental sustainability and was an eye-opener! However, the most amazing and unique display was the choreographed stick figures! Viewing it from the floating platform with the entire Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop completed the entire experience of i Light.
For now, there’s no updates on when the next i Light festival will be held, but we’re pretty sure there’ll definitely be one! Look at this space for the latest updates of i Light!And now, we leave you with some our i Light moments…
The lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum of the MBS is one of the structures which stood out, and compliments amazingly with the Singapore skyline.The museum feature permanent and touring exhibitions within its 21 gallery spaces.
Some of the major exhibitions held in 2012 includes
The Titanic: The Artifact exhibition and Cartier: Time Art.
As these exhibitions don’t allow photography (just like any other paid-exhibitions in the world), we can’t show you any pictures of artifacts exhibited.But we can show you the picture we took before we enter :D. Anyway, you won’t be excited even if we show you the pictures.
You’ve got to see the exhibits yourself! You’ll be amazed by some of the exhibits! Click here for the latest exhibitions coming to the Art Science museum! Tickets can be bought online, or at the lobby entrance of the museum..
Marina Bay Sands Casino
Now, this is probably what Marina Bay Sands is ultimately famous for! The Casino at MBS is one of the first two casinos to open in Singapore. It attracts thousands of foreign and local visitors daily.
The casino provides an exceptional gaming experience for all their visitors, with over 2500 slot and popular electronic gaming machines, and over 600 tables throughout all four levels, making it the world’s largest atrium casino.
However, as we all know, gambling carry risks and might not be suitable for everyone! Like all other casinos in the world, there are rules and regulations.Visitor must be 21 years or older to be permitted entry into the casino. If you are a Singaporean or Permanent Resident, you must purchase a levy in order to enter the casino.
You can purchase a $100 levy which is valid for 24 hours or a $2000 levy which is valid of 12 months. If you are a Foreigner, you are not required to pay the entry levy. You will be asked to show your identification document, such as your foreign passport. Levies can be bought online or at the entrance of the casino.
Click here for more information regarding the levy rules of the casino.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The hotel of Marina Bay Sands receive countless compliments from guests who have stayed there. It’s not just about staying in one of the most luxurious hotels in Singapore.As a guest of the hotel, you are treated to big comfortable rooms and indulge in the splendid city-skyline and tropical ocean views.
There are 4 types of rooms for you to choose from: Deluxe, Premier, Grand and The Club Room. Satisfied guests sing praises of their helpful hotel staff and the magnificent view they enjoyed staying on a higher floor room. For more information, you can read about our Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore review here.
Room rates start from S$400+ onwards, but there will be special deals offered every now and then to let you get the hotel rooms at a better rate! Also, book online to get better rates!
Amazing Scenery of Marina Bay Sands
Shopping or gambling might not interest everyone, but one could hardly reject the magnificent scenery of Singapore city. Now with Marina Bay Sands added to the skyline, it makes scenic photography even more captivating.
Let me leave you now with some of the amazing shots we took around Marina Bay Sands. If you have amazing shots, we will love to feature them here too!
How to get to Marina Bay Sands?
The Bayfront MRT Station (CE1) is directly linked to Marina Bay Sands. Once you excited the station you will be warmly welcomed…
By MBS Airport Shuttle Bus
If you are a guest who stays at Marina Bay Sands hotel, you will be provided complimentary shuttle service from Changi Airport Terminal 1,2 &3 to the hotel. A fee of $25 applies to other visitors.
Flag a taxi anywhere, and you can alight at the taxi stands at Marina Bay Sands.Get Directions Here! If you’re still unsure how to get to Marina Bay Sands, click here forspecific directions to Marina Bay Sands!
Yay or Nay?
You’ll love Marina Bay Sands if
you’re an avid photographer
you love swimming near the clouds
you love shopping
you want to have fun!
You’ll not love Marina Bay Sands if
(… can’t think of any yet. Let us know if you have any dislike, and we will add them here!)
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