You're on top of the world as you view the City and the Bay from the Sands SkyPark on Level 57. Three massive hotel towers are topped with several restaurants and bars, then there's the infinity pool, spanning all three towers, and the Club Lounge which are reserved for hotel guests. Of course there are the usual offerings of other luxury hotels, but few can boast a gym on level 56 with treadmills overlooking the harbour.
If that's not enough, the complex includes a Vegas-style Casino, conference centre, several restaurants, a skating rink, a museum, world-class live theatre, and a huge luxury shopping mall with Chinese sampans offering romantic trips on the mall's indoor canal.
Although there's a lot on offer, you might not want to leave your room. Our suite on level 52 is enormous with an entrance lobby, a full sized sitting room with flat screen TV, desk, refrigerator, 3 seater lounge and two sofa chairs. The master bedroom has a king size bed and another flat screen TV. The bathroom is larger than the master bedroom, with a long double vanity, free standing bath, shower big enough for two and a separate toilet cubicle. The walk through wardrobe is yet another room with another desk and enough storage space for everything we have.
Intrigue did take us out to explore the SkyPark with breakfast at Sky 57, lunch at Ku De Ta, drinks & canapes in the Club lounge and much people watching by the infinity pool. The scene changes greatly after sunset as the night club comes to life and myriads of visitors flock to the rooftop to experience Singapore's night lights from a great height.
You can't stay at Marina Bay Sands without visiting the horticultural masterpiece across the road: a Flower Dome; Supertrees made from steel trunks and wire rods rising 50 metres into the sky; a Dragon Lake, and 700,000 living plants; and, a nightly sound and light show with either self-guided or scheduled tours are just a hint of what there is on offer.
It is said "the Gardens capture the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work - making Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century." In January 2006, an international master plan design competition was launched to seek world-class design ideas for Gardens by the Bay. It drew more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms, from over 24 countries, including 35 from Singapore.
If Gardens aren't your go and you don't have a lot of time, then join the red tour bus outside the hotel for the 1.5 hr (modern day) City Tour. If you have some extra time, then take the red heritage tour bus for another hour. That way you will cover both the modern day sights of Singapore and the older districts of China Town, Little India and the Malay district, and be dropped off outside your hotel in time to enjoy more of this playground by the Bay.