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The best of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore


From Louis Vuitton and Cartier to sailing and ‘supertrees’, there’s plenty to discover at Marina Bay Sands

Ruairidh Pritchard
Ruairidh Pritchard ,

There are few places in the world where visitors can experience the best in luxury shopping, world-class dining, breath-taking attractions and water sports all at the same destination. At Marina Bay Sands all these are available, plus more, making it one of Asia’s must-visit areas.

The area’s Marina Bay Sands hotel is one of Singapore’s most recognisable landmarks and the hotel’s SkyPark is particularly stunning: perched 57 levels above the heart of the city and spanning three towers, it includes the world’s largest infinity pool.

World class design
Back at sea level is the Louis Vuitton Island Maison, a stunning glass and steel building in the shape of a modernist boat on the bay’s waters. Visitors can access the Louis Vuitton Island Maison in three ways: via an outdoor bridge, by boat – disembarking at the store’s own jetty – or through an underwater tunnel and ascending travellator, which takes clients through a beautiful exhibition of the brand’s historic luggage.

The first floor houses the label’s full men’s and women’s collections – look up and admire the 11-metre-high ceiling, where sailing ship masts are suspended in the air. The store’s mezzanine level is devoted to travel accessories and also provides stunning views of the Singapore skyline. When it’s time to relax, head to the outdoor loggia, which has been designed in the style of the deck of a luxury yacht.

Unique boutiques
The bay’s main shopping complex, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, encompasses some of the finest luxury brands in the world, including the French fashion and beauty powerhouse Chanel. Shop for your favourite clothing from the label and also put time aside to visit its specialist fragrance boutique, Espace Parfums. Visitors can have a consultation with one of the brand’s fragrance experts at the Olfactive Bar to find out about the history of Chanel’s fragrances, to learn about the character of each the scents and to discover their perfect Chanel perfume.

All that glitters
For watches and jewellery, the selection of world-class brands at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is outstanding. Cartier’s largest boutique in Singapore can be found here. Designed by renowned architect Bruno Moinard it features three VIP salons and a bridal salon, where visitors can personalise their engagement rings and wedding bands through the boutique’s Set for You service. The newly refurbished Hublot boutique – the largest in Southeast Asia – has an impressive 17-metre-high façade. The selection of haute horology available here includes Hublot’s Big Bang series as well as items from its collaboration with Italian sports car giant Ferrari.

A new addition to the stellar line-up of jewellers and watch boutiques here is Glashütte. The German watchmaker has chosen The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands as the location for its first store in Southeast Asia. Showcasing world-class German precision engineering, Glashütte’s store carries the brand’s signature Boutique Collection, which is exclusive to its monobrand boutiques, alongside its colourful Sixties Iconic collection, which pays homage to famous designs of the 1960s.

Fine dining
With over 60 restaurants to choose from, Marina Bay Sands is also the perfect place in which to enjoy local and international cuisine. Ten of the restaurants here are run by chefs noted as among the best in the world: Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay specialises in classic British and European cuisine; Adrift is a pan-continental eatery by David Myers; and Wolfgang Puck’s steak restaurant Cut and Californian-inspired Spago can also be found here.

Natural beauty
Perhaps the most striking of all the attractions in the area is the Gardens by the Bay, a haven of exotic and awe-inspiring gardens. The Flower Dome is the world’s largest glass greenhouse while the mist-filled Cloud Forest is equally breathtaking with its high-level walkways and diverse range of plants. The Gardens by the Bay also features six exterior gardens, each with its own theme, where 40 unique sculptures from around the world can be found.

The Supertree Grove consists of 12 manmade ‘supertrees’ – these vertical gardens soar up to 50 metres in height and are covered in nearly 163,000 plants from 200 species. Although these trees aren’t for climbing up, visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the OCBC Skyway: at a height of 22 metres this 128-metre- long aerial walkway provides views across the gardens, the bay and beyond.

Water sports
For water-based fun, put some time aside to visit the Marina Reservoir. Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel there are plenty of activities to enjoy including kayaking, sailing and dragon boat racing which provide an opportunity for visitors to view the city from a different vantage point.

With a variety of shopping, dining and leisure options, Marina Bay Sands is a fully fledged destination for those who want to discover the best that Singapore has to offer.

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