Marina Bay Sands — Singapore
With just the one night as a stopover in Singapore, we ummed-and-ahhed for a long time about what hotel we would choose to spend it in but always kept coming back to Marina Bay Sands. Made famous by its rooftop infinity pool, the hotel is as the name dictates, overlooking the Marina Bay on the south coast of the island.
After multiple conversations back and forth and days of looking up alternatives on various comparison websites we finally decided (and actually only booked it the night before we flew!) that we'd just go for it and spend the money. It was around £600 for the single night as we opted to go for one of the Club 55 rooms that allowed us access to the first-class lounge on the 55th floor.
When we arrived we learned that we had been upgraded and allocated a suite with the most amazing view over the bay. We loved the simple design and luxurious textiles.
Club 55 access was magical and we thoroughly enjoyed it, making an effort to spend as much of our time between the lounge there and the rooftop pool and observation deck, as well as grabbing a couple of hours to see a little of Singapore itself.
As well as breakfast with dishes from all over the world, there was an afternoon tea session and then an evening opening too, where Club 55 guests were free to eat and drink from anything on the menu. In the evening session everything was unlimited and we enjoyed a glass of champagne or two whilst watching the blue hour sink in and the city light up.
The Next Morning
Yes it was more money than we tend to spend when we're away, but in all honesty we felt that it was absolutely 100% worth it and we would love to go back. The pool is only open to those that are staying in the hotel (non-guests can pay to visit the observation deck but don't gain access to the pool area) and we enjoyed a dip at sunrise and sunset (we'd recommend sunrise as no-one else seemed to be up) and the Club 55 service was an extra special treat for us. For two very jet-lagged people the comfort and ease of our stay really went a long way to make our experience worth the expense.