One of Asia’s most luxurious hotel-casinos is the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) in Singapore. It has come to define the Singaporean skyline, with its trio of deck of cards-inspired towers hoisting a luxury ship (the world-famous SkyPark). It is a lot like The Five Palm Jumeirah in Dubai — luxurious, Instagrammable, and worth it. But what makes the MBS such a standout? Check out our review below.
The MBS is perfectly located on Bayfront Avenue, and connects directly to some of Singapore’s other notable attractions, such as the Gardens by the Bay and the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. It also 10 minutes away from the Central Business District (CBD), and 15 to 20 minutes away from the Orchard Road, both of which are accessible via cab or MRT.
AA review by the Telegraph of MBS raves about the hotel’s range of luxurious amenities, from the spacious Banyan Tree Spa and Fitness Club to the over 270 retail stores at The Shoppes. Each of MBS’ 2,561 rooms are minimalistic in design with the latest luxury amenities. These include a 42-inch interactive flat-screen TV and wood and marble furnishing. The SkyPark, on the other hand, is home to a gorgeous, 150-metre infinity pool where guests can relax while being treated to a beautiful view of the Singapore skyline.
Guests will never run out of things to do at MBS:
The MBS is also home to a world-class casino, and is a top draw among tourists. Even locals pay regular visits, despite the £115 entrance fee that Singaporean residents need to pay. It is not hard to see why. The casino has four levels with over 600 table games catering to every type of player. It also has the one of the world’s biggest Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Unsurprisingly, Singapore’s casino scene has exploded in recent years.
One reason for this explosion is that Singapore is now one of the major casino industries in Asia and is becoming a hotspot for tournaments with the MSB hosting the 2nd Annual Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship, and the annual Singapore Poker Championship being held on a luxury cruise liner just off the coast. Teams from Singapore have also been promoting the country’s gaming industry by competing in poker tournaments across Asia, with one team entering the 2019 PPPoker World Championship. Cardplayer Lifestyle reported that the PPPoker World Championship was held in Manila last year and marked the start of the live tournaments hosted by the company across the world. Singapore has been represented in many of these tournaments, as well as others, showing how casino gaming is now very much part of the country’s entertainment culture. For those who want to experience this exciting growing scene through casual gaming, the best place to start is at the MBS casino.
The Culture Trip’s article about MBS touts entertainment as one of the highlights of this hotel-casino. It is, after all, owned by Las Vegas Sands. The Marina Bay Sands Theatre is MBS’ entertainment centre, as it regularly hosts international acts, including beloved musicals like The Lion King and Wicked. Among the shows to look forward to are The Doors Reimagined, an orchestral concert tribute for The Doors (February 8), Kenny G live in concert (February 18), and Rasputin, a dance-drama starring ballet superstar Sergei Polunin (March 20).
Food and Drinks
The MBS is a foodie’s delight, with over 80 dining options. The stars, though, are the 9 celebrity restaurants: Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Bistro and Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud, Long Chim by David Thompson, Osteria & Pizzeria Mozza by Nancy Silverton, Spago by Wolfgang Park, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda (2 Michelin stars), and CUT by Wolfgang Puck (1 Michelin star). Other options at MBS are stellar too, and among the best are Jaan, Singapore Food Treats, Summer Pavilion, and Makansutra Gluttons Bay.
It is safe to say we can’t recommend MBS enough.