MARINA BAY SANDS OBSERVATION DECK – Stunning views of Singapore from level 57
Be amazed by the endless views from the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck
and the world’s highest Infinity Pool
In 2008, I spent exactly 24 hours in Singapore; a layover between two flights. I wanted to make the best out of it and hopped into a sightseeing bus and explored the city. I still remember how much Singapore’s skyline and Sentosa Island impressed me; a whole island covered with attractions. Back then I did not realize that one year before the construction of Singapore’s future landmark – The Marina Bay Sands Hotel – had started. Seven years later I am back in Singapore. This time I have much more than 24 hours; BoB, Lars and I plan to stay for a whole week.
I am very excited to be back again and I am curious if I will remember anything. Our hostel is located in Little India and we take the MRT to the Singapore Flyer, Singapore’s Observation Wheel; our first highlight in Singapore. The sidewalks are still as clean as I remembered them and also the sun burns on my skin as strong as it did 7 years ago.
The Singapore Flyer starts to spin and right in front us appears Singapore’s skyline. Grey skyscrapers dominate the view, and the three towers and the giant roof of Marina Bay Sands catch my eyes. Our gondola takes us up to 165meters where we get closer to the spectacular roof. From here we can even spot the people that are visiting the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck and I am looking forward to stand there as well on one of the following days.
Marina Bay Sands is an incredibly large complex featuring a hotel, a casino, a convention-exhibition centre, a shopping mall, a museum, two theatres, many restaurants and an ice skating rink. After our ride with the Singapore Flyer we follow the futuristic Helix Bridge that brings us to The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands luxury shopping mall. We have the feeling that all well-known brands have at least one store on one of the shiny levels… Prada, Gucci, Dior, Chopard, Chanel etc.
With the large glass roof and the water canals with gondolas chauffeuring visitors along the shop windows, the shopping mall has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. However it is the food court in the lower level that becomes our favorite place in the mall. Here you get very delicious food for a decent price. And while we are enjoying freshly cooked vegetables, honey pork and steamed rice, we watch the kids skating on the ice skating rink; which actually does not consist of real ice, it is synthetic ice that does not need any cooling. Seems like a great idea for a hot place like Singapore.
It takes three more days until we enter the three towers of Marina Bay Sands where we finally visit the observation deck. The lobby area is spacious and very busy which is no surprise in a hotel that counts 2,561 hotel rooms. We take the lift that, within a few seconds and with pressure on our ears, brings us to level 57; the top floor.
Still impressed by the super fast elevator we enter the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck and are immediately amazed by the incredible view. As soon as you step through the door Singapore’s skyline is situated to your feet. The sky is partly clouded but the views are still amazing. At 200 meters above ground we look at the information boards and try to figure out what we are seeing from up here. The entrance ticket allows visitors to enjoy these incredible views as long as they want; that’s great!
The Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck offers views of the city’s high-rises, the Singapore Flyer and the Formula 1 pit lane, the Marina Bay, the conservatories and Super Trees of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s container harbor and the many ships on the horizon. In good weather conditions one can see as far as the southern end of Malaysia.
For all those of you who want to enjoy this incredible view during a dinner, can reserve a table in the roof-top restaurants CÉ LA VI and SKY ON 57 BY JUSTIN.
But the 57th storey has a lot more to offer – the legendary Infinity Pool. Stretching an impressive 150 meters the stunning outdoor Infinity Pool is the world’s largest at this height. From the Observation Deck you can partly see the pool and dream of swimming there one day, holding a Singapore Sling in your hands while feeling the warmth of the sun on your wet skin.
The Infinity Pool is only accessible by hotel guest what is completely understandable. If I paid S$400 and more for one night, I would not like to share the Infinity Pool with too many other people either.
While staring at the pool I try to imagine how people could construct this giant basin filled with 1,424m³ water equaling 1,424,000l, which in turn equals more than 10,000 bath tubes. How is that possible?
We three are still amazed by all these impressions when we enter the lift back to ground level. On the way to the MRT station we pass the Marina Bay Sands Casino; a gaming paradise on three levels with over 2,300 slot machines. It looks very busy inside.
While taking the subway back to our hostel in Little India we realize that Singapore does fascinate its visitors from 0 to 200 meters above ground.
Would you like to swim in the Infinity Pool at 200m above ground? Or have you been to the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck and have you enjoyed those incredible views? Let me know you thoughts and experiences in the comments below. I am looking forward to hear from you!
Thanks for reading and safe travels,