Marina Bay refers to the reclaimed area that lies to the south of Singapore River. It encompasses the vicinity on the eastern side of Esplanade Drive and Shenton Way. The area, which occupies a total of 360 hectares, was envisioned to broaden Singapore’s downtown district and to attract new investments in the hope of furthering the Lion City’s growth as a significant business hub in Asia.
Designed to be the new destination of choice for local residents and tourists alike, the place is set in the middle of lush green gardens bordered by the water. Visitors to the place can go to the parks, walk along the promenade, or be part of various events that are held there.
There are several ways to access Marina Bay. The Circle Line MRT takes you to its northern half, with stations at the Ritz Carlton Millennia in Promenade and at Suntec City in Esplanade. If you are coming from Raffles City Shopping Centre or the City Hall MRT Station, you can simply take a 15-minute walk through the underground CityLink.
Access to the area’s southern half is, unfortunately, not as easy. You can go there by taking the MRT, alighting at Promenade, and crossing the Helix bridge. While you’re at the bridge, you might want to take in the beautiful views from the bridge’s viewing platform. If you don’t feel like walking, you may take buses 106, 97, or 133.
One of the must-see places in Marina Bay is the Marina Bay Sands, a sophisticated hotel and integrated resort where you can experience a glamorous casino, world-class dining, excellent entertainment, and great shopping. The ArtScience Museum is also found in Marina Bay Sands. Designed to look like a giant lotus leaf, this museum hosts the most important touring exhibitions that showcase famous art collections from all over the world. The 50,000-square foot museum takes pride in its showpiece called ArtScience: A Journey Through Creativitiy. The exhibition provides an introduction about the emergence of the relatively young field of ArtScience.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel offers guests a choice among 18 types of rooms and suites. Its amenities include the contemporary Banyan Tree Fitness Club, the pampering Banyan Tree Spa, the fun-filled QUBE Kids Club, and of course the famed Sands SkyPark Pool. Located at the top of Marina Bay Sands, this infinity pool is set at a height of 200 meters and has a length of 150 meters. It affords guests a most spectacular view of the horizon. The pool is part of the Sands SkyPark, which looks like a giant surfboard sitting on top of three towering buildings.
Another favorite destination in Marina Bay, the Marina Bay Sands Casino is the second casino built in Singapore. With 1,600 slots machines and 500 gaming tables, this enormous casino is larger than that found in Sentosa. Guests can enter for free while locals are required to pay $100 entrance fee.
Marina Bay has a few restaurants where you can satisfy your palate. For cheaper eats, you can go to Gluttons Bay, an outdoor dining place in Esplanade Mall that gathers the Lion City’s twelve most popular hawkers. If you feel like splurging on food, you can eat at Sky @ 57 or in Ku De Ta Skybar, both found in Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.