Eat, play, love: Best things to do around Marina Bay Sands

Reta Lee
·Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
·4-min read
Hotel lobby. (PHOTO: Marina Bay Sands)
Hotel lobby. (PHOTO: Marina Bay Sands)

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Marina Bay Sands is the crown jewel of Singapore, attracting us with her lustre and futuristic architecture. The 5.9 billion resorts and casino opened in 2010 and marked her 10th-anniversary last year with a light show.

Developed by Las Vegas Sands and designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the iconic landmark is filled with shopping malls, nightclubs, theaters, restaurants and a casino.

In welcoming hotel guests back for staycations, the resort was awarded two labels last year, which are designed to support operational restart activities in the hospitality and restaurant industries globally: SafeGuard Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label by Bureau Veritas (BV) and SG Clean quality mark.

Marina Bay Sands staycation. (PHOTO: Klook)
Marina Bay Sands staycation. (PHOTO: Klook)

Stay

Marina Bay Sands is now offering two special staycations: the Sands ReDiscover Staycation and the Sands Staycation with Sustainability & Art Guided Tour.

The Sands ReDiscover Staycation comes with a Deluxe Garden View Room with daily breakfast for two, and S$100 F&B dining credits which can be used at Blacktap, Yardbird and Bread Street Kitchen for two.

If you’re a fan of art, there are interesting fun-facts you should know about Marina Bay Sands; did you know that there are 11 art installations by eight international artists located around the area? Or there’s the world’s largest district cooling plant situated underneath Sands that services buildings around Marina?

You’ll get to learn more about this in the Sands Staycation with Sustainability & Art Guided Tour. Guests can enjoy a two-night stay in a Deluxe City View Room with daily breakfast for 2, S$50 F&B Dining credits which are valid at DB Bistro, and the Sustainability & Art tour of Marina Bay Sands for two pax, which will last about 75 minutes.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. (PHOTO: Klook)
Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. (PHOTO: Klook)

Play

Learn about art, space and technology at The ArtScience Museum, where it is currently showcasing some of today’s biggest exhibitions: FutureWorld: Where art meets science; Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition; and Planet or Plastic?

You mustn’t leave Sands without soaking in the panoramic views of Singapore’s iconic skyline at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. You could even see the Supertrees over at Gardens By The Bay, which is also a must-go.

Mini Segway tour. (PHOTO: Klook)
Mini Segway tour. (PHOTO: Klook)

Speaking of which, beat the heat with a mini Segway tour and cover lots of ground without having to drag your feet around. You’ll cover The Shoppes area to Marina Barrage, Gardens by The Bay, National Stadium and Singapore Indoor Stadium in a jiffy.

Celine; Off-White; Fendi at The Shoppes. (PHOTO: Reta Lee/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)
Celine; Off-White; Fendi at The Shoppes. (PHOTO: Reta Lee/Yahoo Lifestyle SEA)

Shop at The Shoppes

With over 170 luxury and premium brands, you’ll be spoilt for choices (just don’t leave your credit card at home!). The Shoppes is also home to new brands such as Bover Fleurier, Owndays, Rachel’s Best Soaps, Stone Island and Thom Browne Kids.

If you’re into streetstyle, Virgil Abloh’s Off-White fashion store is also a must-visit: the curves of the walls is said to mimic the shape of a skateboard and it’s pretty Instagrammable. French luxury label Celine also recently introduced its two-storey boutique, and their private room makes for a luxurious respite from the crowd. For matchy clothing, mums and dads would be pleased to know there is a Fendi kids section too.

CNY Menu set at Mott 32. (PHOTO: Marina Bay Sands)
CNY Menu set at Mott 32. (PHOTO: Marina Bay Sands)

Dine at celebrity restaurants

With over 80 restaurants and bars to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choices. Celebrity restaurants like Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Koma and Cut by Wolfgang Puck are always a good choice for dates. Hong Kong’s Mott 32 commands a varied menu that covers a mix of Cantonese, Szechuan, and Beijing cuisines – under the watch of Executive Chef Chan Wai Keung and his team – that’s good enough to whet your appetite.

For breakfast, enjoy spectacular views of the South China Sea and Gardens by the Bay from Spago and when night time befalls, head to Lavo for some fun tipples.

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