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Singapore: the reverse Atlantis

Marina Bay is the most modern part of Singapore. Prestigious hotels, gardens and theatres have been built on a piece of land that 50 years ago was still ocean. Land reclamation has expanded the city with a neighbourhood where the future begins today. This part of Singapore offers visitors an exciting list of must-see buildings and interesting attractions.

Begin your exploration of Marina Bay with a visit to the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum. The boutiques which seem to float on the water will lead you to the durian-shaped Esplanade with its many theatres. A little further down you will come to the Suntec City Mall, which features a large number of shops and the world’s largest fountain. Absorb some positive ‘qi’ (life energy) at the Fountain of Wealth before trying your luck at The Sands Casino. Take a break from your stroll and relax in one of the neighbourhood’s peaceful parks.

The Marina Bay skyline
The Marina Bay skyline

Singapore

A complete indoor city

The Marina Bay is also home to Singapore’s most spectacular hotel: the Marina Bay Sands. On top of 3 tapered towers rests a 150-metre-long roof. The towers exude wealth and glamour. Picture spacious 629 square metre hotel suites, a casino packed with 2300 slot machines and almost 500 gambling tables, an exclusive shopping centre that even accommodates a rowing pond, and the divine Banyan Tree spa. Hotel guests and visitors gather in the rooftop SkyPark to unwind in a lovely outdoor garden with palm trees and an infinity pool. Located on the 57th floor, the park is not for those with a fear of heights!

The infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands

From jungle to desert

A large part of Marina Bay is taken up by the lush Gardens by the Bay park. The eye-catching trees in Supertree Grove feature enormous hanging gardens. An amazing 162,900 bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical vines cover the trees. Walk along the canopy trail and imagine you are in the jungle. Forget the bustling metropolis of Singapore as you enter the impressive greenhouses filled with many species of flowers and baobab trees.

The super trees next to the greenhouse

The Marina Bay stars

Singaporeans love great food and with 7 fine dining spots, the Marina Bay Sands is a popular gourmet destination. Several world-famous award-winning chefs have opened restaurants in this complex. Steakhouse CUT by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck earns rave reviews. Another acclaimed eatery is Waku Ghin. This Japanese restaurant only accommodates 25 foodies who will feast on a 10-course tasting menu with dishes such as sweet prawns and caviar served in sea urchin.

Lobster at Waku Ghin

Photo credits

  • The infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands: Steve Brocklebank, Flickr
  • The super trees next to the greenhouse: Tristan tan, Shutterstock
  • Lobster at Waku Ghin: Sarah_Ackerman, Flickr