Singapore’s newest attraction literally lets you swim in the sky. The Marina Bay Sands Singapore is a new hotel with three adjacent towers that supports the Skypark. The enormous 200 m tall platform includes a 150 m long, incomparable infinity pool.
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Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the Skypark is a marvel of engineering. The platform occupies 12,400 m of space, which is held up by a cantilever system. It is also taller than the Eiffel Tower and accommodates a maximum of 3,900 visitors at a time. The Marina Bay Sands is also complete with restaurants and lounges, most notably the Sky on 57 with chef Justin Quek at the helm. Magicians, balloon artists and other performers also grace various points of the platform to further entertain guests.
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Only hotel clients can use the infinity pool, which creates a miraculous illusion. The water drops into a catchment below eye level, where a pump circulates it back in the pool. The public can gain access to the observation deck for a fee of S$20 for adults and S$17 for seniors. Some two thousand tickets were sold within hours on opening day, allowing locals and foreigners to see Singapore from a whole new angle. City attractions such as Sentosa Island, City Hall, Singapore River, the Central Business District and Benjamin Sheares Bridge are clearly visible from different positions along the observation deck. Visitors can also enjoy the lush landscaping, from 250 species of trees to numerous verdant plants. Skypark photographers will roam around the grounds to allow visitors a chance to capture their experience with the rest of Marina Bay as their backdrop.
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The rest of the Skypark is a monument to elegance. Shoppers can float along an indoor canal aboard Sampan boats, which are inspired from classic Chinese sea transports from the 17th century. Artworks from renowned artists grace the halls and walkways of the hotel, from a 40 m-long sculpture by Antony Gormley to Chongbin Zhengâ€™s Rising Forest, composed of almost one hundred gigantic pots planted with trees. A casino also operates within the establishment, drawing in some 25,000 guests every day.
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For those who are still aching for more after a visit to the Skypark, Singapore has also recently unveiled the world’s first curved double helix bridge, called “The Helix”. It is composed primarily of a major and minor steel helix that curve around each other much like the strands of a DNA sequence. This 280 m-long marvel took two years to painstakingly assemble and used cutting-edge computer modeling to design. There are also five viewing platforms located at regular intervals throughout the bridge, where visitors can admire the view as well as Marina events. The pedestrian-only Helix is located beside the floating platform in Marina Bay, close to Youth Olympic Park.
The Marina Bay Sands is located in a convenient location in Singapore, near all the major attractions. You can take the MRT, cab or ferry and be at your preferred destination within minutes. After a hectic day of shopping, eating and enjoying the rest of the city, you can always head back and take a relaxing dip with the rest of Singapore way below you.