Marina Bay Sands Hotel
8 January 2017. We arrived at the Marina Bay Sands around 10.30am, although our room was not ready we were able to check in and leave our luggage with the concierge. We were given temporary passes which gave us access to the infamous infinity pool which has the most amazing views over Singapore.
We sunbathed for an hour or so, had a drink and, of course, swam in the pool and took the usual touristy pictures. By 2pm our room was ready and after collecting our bags from the concierge we made our way to the 37th floor where we had a Club 55 room with city view. What a surprise, We were lucky enough to have been allocated a corner room with views from two different aspects so we had the most amazing view from the bathroom over The Gardens in the Bay and from the bedroom a view over the bay.
So let me tell you a little more about this hotel stay. Who goes away to a beautiful city with a plan to spend their day in a hotel room you might ask? We did, and this is why. The MBS hotel first came to my attention when I saw it featured in the Telegraph Travel list of top 20 infinity pools. So I determined that on this trip we should experience it for ourselves. Knowing that we would be pretty tired after a long flight from Heathrow, I booked the Club 55 room to take advantage of all the complimentary extras that it gave us; afternoon tea from 2pm to 4pm and canapés and alcoholic drinks from 5pm to 7pm and then to be able to relax and rest in luxury surroundings. I wasn't disappointed. Afternoon tea provided delicate sandwiches, an array of cheeses and biscuits, pastries both savoury and sweet, fruit and a delightful selection of different flavoured macarons, plus more. I tried the lot and afterwards we returned to our room to rest and prepare ourselves for the next session an hour later, what gluttons. So around 5.45 we duly returned to the Club 55 lounge area (strangely enough located on the 55th floor) for canapes and alcohol. I started with a glass of champagne and followed this up with a very refreshing gin and tonic, Graham settled for brandy and coke. We sat on bar stools looking out over the Gardens in the Bay drinking and eating to our hearts content with staff attentively asking if there was anything they could do for us . Just before 7pm a nice young waiter came and asked if we wanted another drink before the session ended, he didn't need to ask twice and duly returned with generous double measures for both of us. Needless to say, the jet lag and alcohol took its toll on Graham and by 9pm he was in the land of nod. This is where the benefit of the luxury room kicked in for me. Unable to sleep quite like Graham can, I made use of the luxury shower, I familiarised myself with the nespresso machine and then flitted from bathroom to lounge taking photos of the magnificent night scenery. I have to say I was quite chuffed with my results considering the pictures are taken through a plate glass window and, while Graham slept, I watched what I could of the laser light show over the bay.
Jet lag got the better of me and I was awake until the very early hours. I eventually got off to sleep around 4am and woke 4 hours later to the sound of Graham sploshing around in the luxury bath tub with the magnificent view. By 9.30am we were back in the Club55 lounge for our breakfast another experience which did not disappoint. Unfortunately, we had to check out by 11am as we had not been able to reserve a room for more than one night. We subsequently learned that a large Singapore finance corporation had booked 1600 of the 2650 rooms for a conference hence the lack of availability. Oh well, at least we got to experience it for one night.
We checked out and once again deposited our luggage with the concierge with a plan to spend day 2 exploring The gardens in the Bay.