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Location: Marina Bay in Singapore
Area: 15,000 m 2 (160,000 sq ft)
Nearest Railhead: Bayfront Station
Nearest Airport: Changi Airport
How to reach: 10 Bayfront Avenue
Famous for: Gardens, museums
Months Open: All year
Best time to visit: November - January, and June - July
What's Here: Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Singapore Flyer
Marina Bay Sand is an incorporated hotel on the Marina Bay front in Singapore, owned by the Las Vegas Sand business. The resort designed by Moshe Safdie, includes a 2,561-room hotel, the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, two big theaters, a museum, multiple "star chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science display center, and its highlight - the world's biggest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex has a 340-meter- long (1,120 feet ) SkyPark with the seating capacity of 3,900 people along with a 150 m (490 feet ) infinity swimming pool that is built on the top of the world's most prominent cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 m (220 ft).
Gardens by the Bay
A top attraction in any Marina Bay Sands tour, The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spread over 101 hectares (250 acres) in Central Region, Singapore which is right next to the Marina Reservoir. The Park has three main gardens which all have waterfronts. These are the Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. The Bay South Garden is the largest of all spread over 54 hectares (130 acres). It was designed by Grant Associates. The Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay is the largest greenhouse made of glass on the planet.
Gardens by the Bay was developed as part of Singapore’s plan to nurture more green areas in the City and establish itself as a ‘Garden City’. The aim was to have as much green space in the city to eventually benefit the climate, reduce the negative impact of urbanization and provide a better quality of life to all Singaporeans. As intended by its visionaries, Gardens by the Bay is an urban outdoor recreational space in Singapore.
A must-visit on your Marina Bay Sands tour, the ArtScience Museum is the first of its kind in the world which tries to bring Art, Science, Technology and Culture under a single roof. This facility spread over 6000 square meters has over 21 galleries that host different exhibitions at different times. There are also few permanent exhibits that celebrate the achievements of mankind in art and science over the ages. Most exhibitions run for a few months together and it is a good idea to check out the ones on display when you are in Singapore.
One of the popular destinations on all Marina Bay Sand tours, the Singapore Flyer was built as something similar to the London Eye, which would give its visitors a bird’s eye view of complete Singapore. At a height of 165 meters, it was the tallest Ferris wheel for some time. It opened in 2008 and the Singapore Flyer tour has been one of the important tourist attractions in Singapore since then. It is best visited during the evenings, as afternoons can be hot and humid for the most part of the year.
Note: Since November 2019 flight operations are suspended till further notice due to technical issues with the flyer so it is best to confirm its latest status first before you plan for it. Even without the operational flyer, the place remains a great photo opportunity location. The restaurants and shopping arcade are also open and great to visit during your Singapore Flyer Tour.
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
Staying in Marina Bay Hotel Singapore and visiting Marina Bay Sands SkyPark is on the bucket list of many travelers arriving in this island nation.
The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark is an observation deck located 57 storeys above the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. From here you can take in a bird’s eye view of the various iconic landmarks of Singapore. If you are staying at the Marina Bay Hotel Singapore, you can also enjoy the Infinity Pool that is 150 meters long, one of the highest swimming pools in the world.
Marina Bay Sands is just one of two winning suggestions for Singapore's first incorporated hotels, another being the Resorts World Sentosa, that comprises a family-friendly Universal Studios Theme Park (Universal Studios Singapore).
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