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Which is better, SkyPark or Singapore Flyer?

If you’ve been deciding on which is better to go to, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, or the Singapore Flyer, my answer would be a resounding MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK!

1. The Singapore Flyer is more expensive at $29.50, while the SkyPark costs $20.

2. The feeling of wind rushing in your face and through your hair is just unbeatable, and this you can’t get at the Flyer because the capsule is enclosed.

3. The SkyPark is way higher than the Singapore Flyer, so it’s clear which one has the bragging rights! Dining on the 57th floor is way different from dining on the 1st floor!

4. You can spend much more time strolling along the length of the SkyPark, taking your time to admire the view from every angle. The Flyer’s ride only lasts 30 minutes. OR, you can escape from the SkyPark ASAP, but you have to wait the full ride at the Flyer.

5. Taking photos on the Flyer will be slightly difficult if you happen to want to snap a shot near the edges of the capsule. At the SkyPark, you can walk the length of it to find your desired angle and snap away taking as much time as you want!

6. Last but not least, you don’t have to control your bladder for 30 minutes at the SkyPark!

**I’ve been to the SkyPark, but not to the Flyer. At this point in time, I don’t think I desire to take a ride in the Flyer unless it’s the ride with butler dining options included. Otherwise, give me SkyPark anyday!

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

Marina Bay Sands Room (2)

Marina Bay Sands Room (3)

Marina Bay Sands Room (5)Marina Bay Sands Room (6)

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
Tel: +65 6688 8868

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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Photos of the SkyPark

Photos of Marina Bay Sands during the day

Photos of Shenton way in the day and Shenton Way at night. Photos are taken outside Marina Bay Sands Shoppes.

Photos of Atrium Deluxe Room at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Photos

The Partner was privileged to be able to get free tickets to visit the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark just after it opened on Thursday. It is called a SkyPark, but at this point in time, the park portion of the SkyPark (which supposedly has landscaped gardens home to 250 trees and 650 plants) and the restaurants are not open. The restaurants are slated to open only in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

Still, it was worth the visit for the bragging rights and the 360 degree totally unblocked views of Singapore. It is probably one of the very few places in Singapore where you can get a 360 degree view, unless you have regular access to some tall building’s roof top. Even views from the flyer or the tall office buildings will be blocked at certain angles.

There is one way to avoid paying for the $20 ticket, and that is to be a guest at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Then you can gain access to the SkyPark when you take a dip at the infamous 150m infinity swimming pool, the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. I can’t imagine swimming in that pool, it looks so scary!

The best time to visit the SkyPark is undoubtedly in the evening. Then you can catch both the daylight as well as night time views of the Singapore skyline, and maybe even the sunset. Too bad they only open at 10am, or it would be a nice place to catch the sunrise as well.

Scroll down for pictures of the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Infinity Pool and Singapore Skyline.

View of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

View of the Singapore River, Shenton Way, Esplanade etc from the SkyPark

Night view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Night view of the Singapore River, Shenton Way, Esplanade etc from the SkyPark

Night view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

View of the Marina Bay area and beyond

Night view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

View of the Shenton Way and Tanjong Pagar area and beyond

SkyPark Infinity Pool

The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. This must be a dream come true for lap swimmers! 150 metres! That’s longer than an Olympic-sized pool!

SkyPark Infinity Pool

The $20 ticket allows you to perv at the swimmers. It must be really romantic to take a dip with your beloved so high up. This must be one of the few hotel pools in the world with such an amazing view.

SkyPark Infinity Pool

Yes that black stretch is the pool!

SkyPark Infinity Pool

Marina Bay Sands' infinity pool

Marina Bay Sands photo of the infinity pool in the day time

Office Workers working at night

So it’s proven! There are people working late and it’s not just the cleaners…

Night view of the Marina Bay Golf Course

View of the Marina Bay Golf Course

Slanted Singapore Flyer

Does the Singapore Flyer look slanted to you? It looks like it is going to topple over!

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Tel : +65 6688 8868

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