When I moved to Singapore in 2007 the Marina Sands Hotel was just a hole in the ground. But, by the miracle that is the speed of construction here, this 55-storey luxury hotel opened for business in June last year. Though this mega-structure currently takes the title of the most expensive hotel in the world (by total construction cost, not room rates), it’s not the hotel that tourists are flocking to see: it’s the open-air Skypark perched on top.
Stretching across the hotel’s three towers, the Marina Sands Skypark offers a bird’s eye view of Singapore with the added thrill of being outside. Its gravity-defying appearance is so striking that it’s hard to appreciate just how big it is. The official website says it best: “Stretching longer than the Eiffel tower laid down or four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets, with an impressive 12,400 square meters of space, the Sands SkyPark can host up to 3,900 people.”
Unless you’re staying at the hotel, admission to the Skypark is S$20. This is a good chunk of change to pay just for a view, but the Skypark beats the Flyer or New Asia Bar hands-down for panoramas of Singapore – there are more perspectives, no glass to obstruct the view or your photos, and you can stay as long as you’d like. The price of admission includes an audio guide with commentary about what can be seen from each observation point. Depending on your interest level in Singaporean buildings of note, it’s very educational or a complete snooze.
Views aside, the Skypark is beautifully landscaped with tropical trees and plants, but the pièce de résistance is the infinity pool filled with swimmers who look like they could float off the side of the building at any moment. This is not a pool for the faint of heart, but since access is reserved for hotel guests most of us won’t get to experience it.
One way to beat the admission price and possibly dip your toes in the famous pool is to make a reservation at KU DE TA, the Skypark’s restaurant and bar. Of course, with lunch averaging S$50 and dinner S$100 without drinks, you won’t actually save any money!
The Marina Sands Skypark is open daily from 10:00-22:00. Admission is S$23 for adults, S$17 for children under 12 (kids under two are free), and S$20 for senior citizens.
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 15th November, 2014.