Marina Bay is a bay located in the Central Area of Singapore surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas, the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View.
The label “Marina Bay” is a little fuzzy. Technically, it’s the body of water created by reclaiming land around the mouth of the Singapore River and blocked off from the sea by the Marina Barrage, but Singaporeans used to associate the name “Marina” with the Marina Square shopping mall and the many hotel developments around it on the north shore of the river.
The half to the south of the river, or Marina South, was mostly unused reclaimed land until the government targeted it as Singapore’s new downtown hub, turning it into the core of Singapore’s urban transformation efforts. Now its centerpiece, the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, dominates the city skyline while sharing the spotlight with the super trees of Gardens by the Bay.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
This iconic integrated resort boasts luxury accommodations, upscale shopping and an infinity pool with unparalleled views of the city.
Marina Bay Sands® is a destination for those who appreciate luxury. An integrated resort notable for transforming Singapore’s city skyline, it comprises three 55-storey towers of extravagant hotel rooms and luxury suites equipped with personal butler service. In addition, its architecture is made complete with the Sands SkyPark® which crowns the three towers.
Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay is proof that even some of the best attractions in Singapore don’t have to cost you a cent. Entrance into this huge man-made park is completely free all day, every day, and a getting a glimpse of the giant SuperTree Grove is simply a Singapore-must.
Come at night to see the 50 metre-high trees spectacularly lit up during the Garden Rhapsody light show that runs at 19:45 and 20:45. Although entry is free, other attractions inside the park are not. So check put the entrance price before you go.
The Sands Shopping Mall
Shopaholics will rejoice in the rows of luxury retailers at The Sands Shopping Mall, which houses the largest collection of coveted designer boutiques in Asia. Complementing the retail space are delectable dining options, which includes restaurants by celebrity chefs, fine dining and casual eateries.
You may also have a ride on its dinky little canal where you can go for a spin in a sampan boat at $8/person.
With many more upcoming developments planned, Marina Bay is now truly the focal point in any visitor’s itinerary: mixing business, shopping, entertainment and culture in one accessible district.