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Marina Bay Sands is really more than a building project, it is a microcosm of a city rooted in Singapore’s culture, climate, and contemporary life – Architect Moshe Safdie

 Aug 14-15 2010. For my friend’s birthday we decided to check in to Marina Bay Sands Singapore. This hotel is making a lot buzz; billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion developed by Las Vegas Sands we want to check out what’s the fuss all about. We are not in there for the Casino we are not players we are just in there for the amenities especially the sky park infinity pool. An infinity edge pool also named negative edge, zero edge, disappearing edge or vanishing edge pool is a swimming or reflecting pool which produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity”. Such pools are often substantially more expensive to build than a normal swimming pool, mainly due to the cost of the foundations. Infinity pools are almost always in precarious locations, such as cliffs or mountain tops, so they must be anchored securely. This needs sound structural engineering, based on the geological conditions found at the site the infinity pool design concept is said to have originated from the calcium laden deposits that formed the natural infinity edge pools of Pamukkale, Turkey. The calcium pools of Pamukkale date back thousands of years and pre-date the Roman Empire.

Marina Bay Sands features three 55-storey hotel towers which were topped out in July 2009. The three towers are connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof, named Sands Sky Park home to the world’s longest elevated swimming pool with a 495-foot (150-meter) vanishing edge, perched 200 meters above the ground. It has gardens with hundreds of trees and plants, rooftop restaurants and nightclubs in the future and a public observatory with 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline. I was in awe of the sight at the Sky Park more so, swimming in to it. One of the places you’ll feel lucky and thankful for the experience.

The resort is designed by Moshe Safdie, who says it was initially inspired by card decks. His works are known for their dramatic curves, arrays of simple geometric patterns, and usage of windows and open spaces. He was born in the city of Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine. He now resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has Canadian, Israeli, and United States citizenship. His company, Moshe Safdie and Associates, Inc. is based out of Somerville, Massachusetts with branch offices in Toronto and Jerusalem.

Inside Marina Bay photo by Nino Cinco

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening earlier in April. It was, however, not finished at the time of the April opening, which was marked by numerous service failures. The museum, theatres and floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by December 2010.

The Atrium Deluxe was ok it wasn’t that awesome but still it’s the lowest room rate in the hotel but considered pricey compared to other 5 star hotels around. The hotel lobby was fabulous as natural light flows inside because of the glass walls and you would not feel suffocated or crowded even if there’s plenty of people walking around. This lobby is connected to the Casino and a Shopping Mall. It’s a haven for class A, signature label divas. The Marina bay Sands Shoppe is not about grabbing what you need but it’s all about the ambience that retailers have painstakingly created to enhance the shopping experience. For the love of bling my birthday diva friend was unable to resist the call of Tiffany. For Breakfast buffet there’s different types of dishes American. Japanese, Chinese but there’s no fried rice… bummer! I love fried rice in the morning! I settled for a cereal and other types of bread and pao and siomai.

It was an almost good weekend escape within the city except for the hassles checking in. As check in hours are 3pm but our room was made available by 6pm because it’s under ‘cleaning’ process. I feel that the hotel was under staff but good thing the receptionist noticed that my tone ain’t right and my face was fAcked she gave us 1 hour extension for check out so instead of checking-out at 11am we can go 12pm…Hell, I took it – this kind, well deserved gesture somehow made the weekend felt longer and relaxing…