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Sitting on the deck of the bay

26 July 2012 No Comment

A day lounging by the pool reaches new heights at this resort in Singapore. Because not only do you take a dip, you take in a panoramic view of the city 191 metres above the ground.

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A ship on top of three skyscrapers? How did that get there?

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But you’d have to be a swimmer with stamina (and without vertigo) to cover even just one length of the rooftop infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands complex. At 150 metres long, it’s the largest elevated swimming pool in the world.

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Distinctive design by architect Moshe Safdie

Being able to experience a swim in the sky at such a vast height isn’t the only attraction of this $8 billion resort, which was designed by architect Moshe Safdie. The three distinctive towers which frame the view of the city from the marina boast 2,500 hotel rooms, but if you visit here you’ll be far too busy to enjoy their luxury.

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World’s largest public cantilevered platform

The words ‘World’s largest/biggest/longest’ is a phrase you’ll hear often at Marina Bay Sands. The SkyPark atop the towers isn’t just home to the biggest elevated pool in the world, it’s also the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, overhanging the north tower by 67 metres and giving spectators spectacular views.

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Impressive laser, light and water show

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For entertainment a little more grounded there’s Wonder Full, Southeast Asia’s largest laser, light and water show. And the list just goes on and on – a casino with over 1,000 gaming tables and 1,400 slot machines; not one but two theatres hosting show-stopping performances such as the Lion King; several world-class restaurants and a giant shopping mall, housing some of the most exclusive designers in the world including Prada, Chanel and Cartier.

Looks like someone plonked a cruise ship on three buildings

The ArtScience Museum draws in crowds simply because of its beautiful design in the shape of a lotus flower, and floating pavilions integrated in the marina itself offer yet more retail therapy with one of the biggest Louis Vuitton boutiques in the world.

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Fancy a cruise but don’t like the sea? Try this instead…

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But it’s the stunning design of the complex itself which is truly the main attraction. At first glance the SkyPark atop the towers resembles some kind of elongated ship, perfectly reflecting Sadfie’s skill in creating architecture which captures the essence of a particular location and culture – in this instance the Marina Bay itself . Or, when viewed with the towers underneath, it could be a symbol of the Chinese language.

Design based on a deck of cards?!?

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In fact, according to Safdie, the design was based on a deck of cards – fitting when you consider that the Marina Bay Sands is billed as the most expensive casino resort in the world. If you like excess, luxury and want a new perspective on your hard-earned holiday time, then a visit here would surely be a safe bet.

Author: Caroline Gough   Date written: 23 July 2012

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