SINGAPORE’S HIGH LIFE
If you are wanting to visit the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands Hotel complex in Singapore, without staying at the hotel as a guest, you can do so quite easily. I recently ventured up there to what seems like the top of the world, and enjoyed the high life. It was one of my most memorable travel experiences. The rooftop will leave a life-long impression on you, as it did me.
Standing proudly on the city’s skyline overlooking Marina Bay is an engineering and architectural wonder, and the crowning jewel of Singapore, the opulent Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino Resort complex. I was super-keen to see this magnificent structure and visit the incredible top deck.
Let me tell you, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It absolutely blew me away.
About The Building
The complex officially opened in 2010 and is the second most expensive building in the world at S$8 billion. Since then it has drawn millions of visitors and is one of the most recognisable and distinctive structures in the world.
Is It A Ship?
Some say it looks like a ship in the sky. Some say a modern-day fairytale castle. Personally, I think it’s more of a spaceship, as it really looks like something from another world, descending upon us from out of space.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
If you want to experience luxury, you can stay at the opulent 5 star hotel and enjoy all the world-class facilities, including the biggest rooftop pool in the world. It’s enormous, a whopping 150 metres long, 4 times longer than an Olympic pool! This luxurious infinity pool, with arguably one of the best views in the world is, sadly, reserved for hotel customers only, as is the roof top garden. Next time I really need to stay a night at this hotel to be able to swim in the sky! You can book a room here ▼.
But you can access other parts of the Marina Bay Sands rooftop, known as the Sky Park, without being a guest of the hotel. Here’s how:
Marina Bay Sands Sky Park
You can visit part of the Sky Park which is open to the general public, for a fee of S$23 per adult, when you enter the lift from the ground floor, via Tower 3.
What is the Sky Park exactly?
The Sky Park is the huge surfboard-like terrace at the top of the complex, held up by the three hotel towers. Located on the 57th floor, it is hard to believe the roof top is 3 acres in size. Here the public can access the Observation Deck, bar, dance floor, & restaurant.
From the Observation Deck, you will be enthralled by the aerial city views of Singapore and its landmarks, which you will have fun spotting. This part of the roof top is the overhanging section protruding at one end.
Dine at the restaurant. The highlight of my visit to Marina Bay Sands was a twilight dinner at Cé La Vi alfresco restaurant on the rooftop. The modern Asian cuisine was simply delicious. All my 5 dining companions thoroughly enjoyed their meals, made all the more tasty with the exceptional views. It is literally breathtaking and the fresh air at that height made the evening absolutely perfect. Warning – it is a little pricey, but I totally recommend it for a memorable night out that will surely impress.
Table bookings are essential.
Dress code is smart casual.
Have drinks at the bar. We couldn’t get enough of the Singapore night views, so after dinner, we popped over to the Cé La Vie Sky Bar on the rooftop also. Here you get an equally spectacular panoramic vista, whilst enjoying drinks, nibbles and dancing to the DJ. Who doesn’t want to dance in the sky?!
Bookings are required only for the intimate sofa sections of the bar. Otherwise, you can walk in and grab a table on a first in/first serve basis, and stay as long as you like.
Dress code is smart casual.
What You Can See From Marina Bay Sands Roof Top Sky Park
You will be left speechless by the fantastic uninterrupted views you get from the Sky Park. Things you will see from the top are:
- Gardens By The Bay Supertree Grove,
- the lotus-shaped Museum,
- Marina Bay,
- ships in the harbour,
- Clarke Quay,
- the Singapore Flyer (wheel),
- the Merlion statue, and much more.
Best Time To Go To Marina Bay Sands Roof Top Sky Park
I highly recommend going just before twilight hour, so you can enjoy day, sunset and night perspectives of the spectacular scenery. Don’t miss any of it. You can stay as long as you like.
In the evening you are able to see:
- Gardens By The Bay Supertree Grove Night Time Spectacular – a light and music show on twice nightly, for free;
- Spectra – Marina Bay Sands Laser Show, a light and water show featured nightly for free also, which is held on the 1st floor on the Waterfront Promenade, from 8pm, 2 or 3 times throughout the evenings; and
- we were fortunate to see fireworks as well, which I was not expecting, but added even more fun and festivity to the evening.
The whole experience was an absolutely amazing night of colour, light and sound. Definitely a high-light (pun intended) of my trip.
Snazzy Tip: If you have a Sky Park restaurant reservation, there is no cost to go up the lift to the observation deck. Otherwise the fee is S$23. Or, if you are planning to buy drinks at the Sky Bar there is usually no charge for the lift.
Important: Many items are prohibited. Please use common sense and don’t bring dangerous or unlawful objects up to the Sky Park.
Fun Fact: Marina Bay Sands featured in the blockbuster movie of 2019, Crazy Rich Asians, as did Singapore’s Raffles Hotel.
Sky Park Observation Deck Tickets
If you want to visit the Marina Bay Sands roof top without going to the restaurant or bar, then you can purchase tickets for the Observation Deck only from any of the following options.
Interesting Fact: A 4th tower of Marina Bay Sands is going to be built. You heard it here first. Or maybe not. Either way, it will be fantastic I’m sure.
Have you been to the Sky Park? Let me know in the comments section below.