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Afternoon tea at Marina Bay Sands Renku Lounge– Sip tea blends customised just for you!

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How do you like to spend your weekends? For me, one of my favourite ways is to enjoy afternoon tea at a posh hotel. There’s nothing quite like sitting back amongst luxurious surroundings while nibbling on dainty food and sipping cup after cup of tea. Conversation is not always necessary, sometimes I like to just stare into space, contemplating life. You know they say creative people need space to just think…

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So, when Marina Bay Sands recently opened Renku, I made sure to quickly check it out. The tea takes centre stage at Renku, literally. There are professional Tea Masters who will provide tableside service and recommend tea blends customised to your preference. There will also be a tea pouring performance at some point during the afternoon tea!

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Brunch at Ku De Ta, Marina Bay Sands

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Are you looking for a brunch location with a difference? How about having brunch at one of the highest spots possible in Singapore, and having it in style? Ku De Ta’s modern Asian brunch moves away from conventional eggs, sausages and baked beans to feature an assortment of fresh sashimi and Asian breakfast favourites inspired by the Singaporean and Japanese palate.

I had the opportunity to partake in Ku De Ta’s gastronomic brunch a couple of weeks back. I have one word of advice, come HUNGRY. As it’s Asian styled, appetisers will be served sharing style. Portions below are for three pax.

Ku De Ta - Edamame with maldon salt

Edamame with Maldon salt

Healthy start to the brunch. And the Maldon salt, there is salt, and there is Maldon salt. These salt flakes are less bitter than the usual iodized granular types that we are so used to.

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Oysters on Ice, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Tataki

Sashimi and oysters to further whet the appetite. As you can probably tell from the photos, these were exceedingly fresh tasting and delicious with the condiments. The tuna tataki had onion ponzu and spring onions on top while the salmon sashimi had a shishito, mizuna and uni powder dressing.

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Marina Bay Sands Infinity Swimming Pool

I think anyone who has seen the Marina Bay Sands Swimming Pool will surely agree that it must be one of the most beautiful looking hotel pools in the world! It’s quite long, which is really good for serious swimmers, although I think most people will be here just to gawk at the scenery. Many other older hotels have really tiny and unshapely pools, which is a pity. I think there is a trend nowadays for hotels to make a statement for themselves via the design of their pools.

Then there’s the red deckchairs, which make for good contrast in photos. This must be like one of the best places to sun tan, cuz there’s no other tall building to block the sun’s rays. Just don’t book a stay here on one of Singapore’s public holidays, or you’ll be wading in a sea of people.

The use of the swimming pool facility is only available for hotel guests from 6am – 10pm, although visitors are obviously able to view a portion of it. Visitors can only access the SkyPark from 10am onwards, so shy swimmers should try to make use of the magic hours between 6am – 10am to have their swim if they don’t want their every move scrutinised. And I can tell you, there will be photographs galore. There is no way anyone with a camera or iPhone would leave without snapping some pictures of the pool.

These photos were taken at 3pm on a Friday afternoon.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool

Did you know the infinity swimming pool is 150-meters long and is the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height?

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I like how they’ve thought of everything by putting out the flat beds for people to sun tan in.

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I personally find that it’s usually to bright to read out in the open like this even though it’s such a relaxing idea to do so.

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This photo makes me feel like the city is just a step away.

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Damn romantic at night!

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Ku De Ta @ Marina Bay Sands

Be prepared for a slew of Marina Bay Sands SkyPark photos this weekend!

A visit to the SkyPark just doesn’t feel complete without having a bite or a drink up there. I would highly recommend that you have a drink at Ku De Ta, while people watching the steady stream of tourists. Being up there, it really gives you the “on top of the world” feeling. It’s just awesome, and if you have the chance, you should really pay a visit to the SkyPark too. Singapore has never looked so pretty and picturesque!

Ku De Ta Fruit Juice

Ordered Cranberry Juice and Mango Juice at $10 each.

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You have to snag one of the seats under the red umbrellas, or else the sun’s rays will just zap you into a sizzle. Service here is not that great. We were totally ignored at the entrance, and we had to manoeuvre around the seats ourselves, waiting for an  empty table to appear. Once we got out table, which looked out in to the vast expanse of sea, it was all worth the wait.

Ku De Ta

You can tell why these seats are all not taken, it’s just TOO HOT without the protective red umbrellas!

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel

As promised, here are some photos of the room we had at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The room size is Atrium Deluxe, with a city view. In my opinion, in the day time, the sea view looks better. Luckily for us, there was no haze and the blue expanse of water was just amazing. It’s too glaring to be looking at the office buildings in Shenton Way during the day time. However, come night time, the roles are reversed. Shenton Way is lit up and makes for really good photos. If you take the city view, you get to enjoy the water show right in your own room at 8pm. But if you take the sea view, you might just be able to catch the sunrise. Take your pick. Whatever the choice, you still can enjoy 360 degree views up at the SkyPark. And don’t forget to ask for early check-in and late check-out to maximise your stay!

Marina Bay Sands Room

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Rooms: As you can see from the pictures above, the rooms are pretty luxurious! The place looked clean and the decor was modern and soothing. Everything just looks bright and inviting! The bed faces the TV, while the sofa faces the business table. The room size we got was also larger than what I would expect of a normal room in any hotel in Singapore. I found out later that the higher you go, the small the room sizes become. The rooms at the really low floors even have a sort of dining area and perhaps even balconies! Of course the lower floors are nearer to the roads and expressway. It’s a damn good marketing/strategic decision to design the rooms this way I think, then you don’t have to bother with numerous price ranges. Like my colleague with his 9 other friends, they chose the lower floor so that all 10 of them could fit in the room, even though they were originally assigned one of the highest floors. Btw, there wasn’t a bathtub in the room that I got!

Service: Don’t expect stellar service. The staff that we encountered were all pretty aloof. They weren’t rude, but they made no effort to be particularly friendly. They just did their job. You were just another guest, another statistic to them, to be processed. And indeed, the hotel is so big, it just doesn’t exude the homely feeling. The lobby area spans the entire 3 towers. Everyone is just rushing one way or the other. As you can well imagine, there are lots of visitors  who just want to gawk at the place, who aren’t actually staying at the hotel itself.

When I think of the really personal treatment I received at Conrad Singapore, the difference is tremendous. At Conrad Singapore, every staff tries to go out of their way to make your stay wonderful, and they look genuine about. Till today, whenever we happen to be at the Conrad Lobby, this guy Roy still remembers us, greets us and offers to help us, even though we are just passing through. Marina Bay Sands Hotel has the "wow" factor, and I would definitely encourage you to stay there at least once. The stay is definitely enjoyable. However, I can imagine if I were a business visitor from a foreign country having to visit Singapore often, I would rather stay at Conrad than at Marina Bay Sands cuz after a while, the novelty will disappear and what you yearn for would be familiarity and a family feeling.

Marina Bay Sands

Email:inquiries@marinabaysands.com
Tel: +65 6688 8868

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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Photos of Atrium Deluxe Room at Marina Bay Sands

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