Touted as the world’s most expensive casino complex—costing a cool $8 billion—Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s most lavish resort, boasting a stunning waterfront location. Alongside the casino, there’s a 2,561-room hotel, luxury shopping mall, a giant rooftop infinity pool, and some of Singapore’s most exclusive bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to a night at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, you can still get a taste of the high life with a visit to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. The huge rooftop observation deck affords 360-degree views of Supertree Grove, the Gardens by the Bay, and the Singapore skyline. A popular choice is to combine a sightseeing tour or hop-on hop-off tour of Singapore with an admission ticket to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark or the on-site ArtScience Museum.
Even if you don’t venture inside, the magnificent complex is an unmissable architectural landmark—zip past on a Segway tour, cycle along the waterfront on a bike tour, or sail past on a sightseeing cruise around Marina Bay.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Some facilities, such as the infinity pool, are only available to hotel guests.
- Large items and luggage are not permitted at the SkyPark, and visitors are required to pass through security checks.
- The Marina Bay Sands hotel, SkyPark, shopping complex, and casino are all fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get to There
Marina Bay Sands is located along the Marina Bay waterfront in downtown Singapore, next door to the Gardens by the Bay. The complex is served by numerous buses and water taxis, but the easiest way to get there is on the MRT—the nearest stations are Bayfront on the Circle and Downtown lines, or Marina Bay station on the North–South and Circle lines.
When to Get There
Marina Bay Sands is atmospheric at all hours of the day or night, but the opening hours of shops, bars, and restaurants vary. Visitors to the SkyPark should opt for an early morning visit to avoid the crowds or visit in time for sunset for an unforgettable view of Singapore.
Entertainment at Marina Bay Sands
In addition to the 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines that comprise the atrium casino, Marina Bay Sands also has two theaters, where you can watch musicals such as The Lion King and Mamma Mia!; a nightly light and water show held at Event Plaza; a host of restaurants by celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck; and the most recent addition, the Las Vegas–inspired Marquee Nightclub. At the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, there are over 300 shops to explore, but shoppers can also cruise the central canal on a traditional sampan or play on the interactive digital art floor.