For an Indian traveler, South East Asia offers so much exotic variety. It doesn’t take much time to fly there and it hardly puts a dent on your bank balance. In my mind, South East Asia is full of rich gems that the traveler can experience. From remote rustic villages to bustling metropolises and from gorgeous landscapes to such awesome culture, South East Asia has all the ingredients to wow the traveler. And one of the highlights of this region is Singapore, an absolute favorite with Indian travelers. Like all Indians, I too like this city country for its architecture, grandeur, food culture and much more.
The case in point is the Marina Bay Sands, one of the crown jewels of the Singaporean tourism industry. This place was something I’d only heard about before, and had to see it to really comprehend and believe its grandeur.
Situated on the banks of the Marina Bay in Singapore, the hotel is one of the few integrated resorts that define the special exceptions in Singapore’s otherwise strictly regulated gambling realm.
One of the most eye-catching things about the place was the fact that it exuded a level of quality about it that is hard to compare even with its closest rivals. Right from the first-timer who seeks an eloquent experience, to even those regulars for whom this is a way of vacationing, each and everyone who comes here has reason to smile, and more importantly, return or stay on.
The hotel stretches right across 3 23-storeyed towers that provide a stunning view of its location. The art installations as well as the functional rooftops make for an unbeatable architectural combo. But I never got lost in the details, instead making sure to visit every part of the place.
My first highlight was the Marina Bay Sands casino, equipped to the brim with over 500 tables and 1600 slot machines. It was the world’s largest casino atrium, making it the envy of even the biggest ones on the Vegas strip.
A gambler’s delight, to no one’s surprise the property was well equipped with a variety of options regarding accommodation, food and beverages as well as entertainment. I still cannot get the sheer size of the theatre out of my mind, one of the other marvels which the Marina Bay Sands Hotel boasts of.
Then came perhaps the trump card of this place; the magnificent Sky Gardens, interlinked atop the towers and home to their famed Infinity pool, a nightclub, gardens and a fitness-cum-spa club. I never thought I’d say this with some of the atrocious rooftop experiences I have had, but this hotel literally keeps you ‘on top of the world!’
Be it the several celebrity restaurants and the gargantuan mall with its numerous luxury outlets, this place is the go-to destination for anyone who wishes to get the extra mile of absolute excellence in hospitality.
Even for those who aren’t quite the extravagant kind, being here can be quite a defining landmark in itself!