When I found out my Azamara Cruise through South East Asia was departing from Singapore, I knew which luxury hotel I wanted to stay at. The iconic Marina Bay Sands is one of the most recognizable hotels in the world, and was recently featured in the 2018 hit movie Crazy Rich Asians.
With over 2,500 rooms and suites, along with a the famous infinity pool, Gardens by the Bay, an observation deck, shopping mall, restaurants and more, the size of this property is absolutely staggering. It honestly feels more like it’s own city than a hotel! I was absolutely blown away and only wish I had stayed for more than 2 nights.
As I mentioned above, the Marina Bay Sands has a thousands of hotel rooms. You have to bear that in mind when you go to check in, as there’s almost always a line but it moves quickly. They have everything down to a science. The atrium is massively impressive, and lined with restaurants, a bar and a few shops.
I had the pleasure of staying in a Deluxe King Garden View room which overlooked the famous Gardens by the Bay. I could soak in the gorgeous views of the gardens from my floor-to-ceiling windows. My king bed was beyond comfortable and I enjoyed the blackout curtains which helped me recover from jet lag and get a restful night’s sleep. I had plenty of space, with a lounger near my bed, along with an executive writing desk.
In my room, I was greeted with a delicious tray of macarons and a welcome letter; I always love these little touches!
The bathroom was very spacious with a huge walk-in, glass enclosed shower. You can expect luxury bath products, as well as a microfibre and Terry bathrobe.
My room included 24-hour room service, complimentary high speed wifi, and entry to the award-winning Banyan Tree Fitness Club. It’s important to note that if you book your room directly with Marina Bay Sands, you will get early access to their incredible Infinity Pool on the 57th floor!
Speaking of the Infinity Pool, I was so beyond excited to see this in person. Marina Bay Sands has the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool that looks out onto the glittering skyline of Singapore. The view absolutely did not disappoint! If you’re wanting photos without the crowds, I’d recommend getting there as early as possible. However, this pool is exclusive to hotel guests which is nice.
You’ll find that there are 3 sections up here: an adults-only area, a family-friendly section, and a dedicated children’s pool. I love that there’s a balance between adults enjoying this pool as well as families! Their luxurious poolside loungers are so comfortable and you can order drinks and food throughout the day. The view is both incredible during the day and at night so be sure to see it at both times.
Banyan Tree Spa
If lounging by the rooftop pool with a glass of champagne in hand isn’t relaxing enough, then you definitely need to visit the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa at Marina Bay Sands. On my first full day in Singapore, I headed straight to the spa to ease my muscles and tensions after a long flight from the States.
At Banyan Tree, you can escape to a world of tranquility thanks to their calm surroundings and expert staff. Set on the 55th floor, the interiors are inspired by an Oriental water garden. Their spa menu offers a range of full body massages, holistic treatments, as well as calming baths and facials. The massages are based on evolving techniques that have passed through the hands of many generations in Asia. Every person who has a treatment here is treated to a complimentary 30-minute “Calm Time” which involves a foot bath, refreshments, and, of course, relaxation.
I opted for a traditional Balinese massage. This is a medium to strong massage (always give your preference) and my therapist applied deep thumb and palm pressure to fix my aches and pains from traveling. This definitely helps with muscle tensions, uplifting your senses and leaves you feeling fully invigorated. My massage was 60 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time!
Marina Bay Sands has no shortage of food & beverage outlets. You can go on a gastronomic adventure with over 80 restaurants. Savour local and international delights, or indulge your palate with culinary works of art and craft cocktails at their signature restaurants, both in the hotel itself and the larger Marina Bay Sands complex. This includes several dining venues led by celebrity chefs:, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar by Gordon Ramsay, Adrift by David Myers, Bistro and Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud, and Long Chim by David Thompson, in addition to two Michelin starred restaurants, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda. It was impossible to try everything during my stay, but the few places we did try were excellent.
We enjoyed a buffet breakfast every morning at Adrift Restaurant which was located in the lobby area of the 2nd tower. This restaurant serves delicious, Asian-inspired dishes.
You can unwind over cocktails and light bites any time at the 24-hour Renku Bar & Lounge!
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Shopaholics will rejoice in the rows of luxury retailers at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®, which houses the largest collection of coveted designer boutiques in Asia. Complementing the retail space are delectable dining option as well.
As you can see, it is very easy to stay at the Marina Bay Sands and never leave the property thanks to their incredible range of dining and entertainment! Whether you’re traveling alone, with a partner, or your entire family, there is something for everyone at this luxurious hotel.