The largest hotel in Singapore opened last week with 2,560 rooms, 50+ dining venues, 800,000 square feet of retail space, but what impresses me most about the Marina Bay Sands? My best friend staffed it. Through many a long-distance phone call over the past seven months, she’s given me a look (in the most professional director-of-HR-kind-of way) into what it takes to build a hotel of this magnitude and I couldn’t be more impressed.
The Sands SkyPark®
Designed by architecture firm Moshe Safdie and Associates, the 55-story hotel is comprised of three sweeping towers but what really makes the threesome a knockout is the 133,000 square-foot-rooftop garden that connects them. The lush landscape with its infinity pool, restaurants, bars and observation deck set high above Singapore has got to take your breath away. The SkyPark is slated to open this summer.
Dripping with vines, teeming with trees, and clad with designer seating, the Rise Lounge is one of the central meeting points in the Marina Bay Sands. The space offers a champagne bar, restaurant, and turns into a casual tea room in the afternoon.
This hotel may be halfway around the world but plenty of top chefs were willing to make the trek. Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Guy Savoy amongst other culinary greats have opened restaurants on the property. Fancy or casual, French or Indian, the hotel sounds like it has every corner of cuisine covered.
Executive Director of Interior Design Samantha Drummond created 18 different room types all with either a view of the sea or city skyline. I like that the decoration of the various spaces feels crisp and contemporary without trying too hard.
I cannot wait to visit!