Many readers have been asking me for recommendation to places that offer great views of Singapore. Without doubt, one of the best vantage spots is up on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands Hotel – Sands Skypark.

A mesmerizing view of Singapore city skyline at night from the Sands Skypark.

The city skyline of Singapore when dusk falls. The two tallest buildings in the background are UOB Plaza One and OUB Centre, standing at 280 metres high. The lotus-shaped wonder is the world’s first ArtScience Museum that showcases internationally renowned collection of artworks and interactive exhibits.

In the foreground: colloquially known as the “Durians”, The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a venue for the performing arts.

The Infinity Pool @ Marina Bay Sands

Nothing beats the experience of soaking in the spectacular view of Singapore’s cityscape at the edge of the infinity swimming pool – the world’s largest outdoor pool 200 metres above ground. Only hotel guests have the exclusive use of the infinity pool.

Last month, we were invited by Marina Bay Sands for a staycation. It’s an excellent idea to share with busy city dwellers and families of young and old that we can still enjoy an instant retreat at a world class travel destination right at door steps.

At the jacuzzi pool that overlooks the sea view.

Tips: Get to the pool in the morning for a smaller crowd.

Be awestruck by the breathtaking view of the ever-changing Singapore skyline.

At the jacuzzi pool at the Skypark.

Catch the gorgeous sunset at the Skypark.

And the stunning night scene glistening with lights.

KU DÉ TA @ Sands Skypark

A stylish chill-out oasis atop the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, KU DÉ TA serves Modern Asian Cuisine with an unrivalled panoramic view of Singapore city skyline. Spearheaded by executive chef Dan Segall, a prodigious chef with several prestigious accolades under his belt, KU DÉ TA is the right venue for urbanites like us who are constantly looking for a nice gathering place where it combines delectable food, an extensive beverage list and a comfortable ambience.

Our little gathering during the fabulous staycation at Marina Bay Sands. We were relishing the culinary delicacies and sipping cocktails while waiting to see the gorgeous sunset from the Skypark, before heading to catch The Lion King at 8pm.

Portioned for sharing, the food was lip-smacking good. The rice paper wrapped Lump Crabmeat Summer Rolls with Yuzu Mayo (S$16) is generously filled with tasty, juicy crab meat and the well-seasoned Crunchy Curried Fried Chicken isn’t too spicy or salty but tender and moist.

Try the delicious Mini Burgers. We chowed down some mushroom mini burgers with marinated shiitake and smoked eggplant sandwiched in between ($16) and pork belly mini burgers so yummilicious that you’d think it’s worth the calories to take in that tad bit of fattiness ($22).

Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue, Sands SkyPark Marina Bay Sands

Sands Skypark Observation Deck

Another popular attraction of the Sands Skypark is the ticketed public observation deck, one of the world’s largest public cantilevers that boasts the best view of Singapore. (Adult S$19, Child S$13, Senior Citizen S$16)

From the observation deck, you will see the Merlion, Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Floating Platform, Sentosa, Singapore River, Central Business District, City Hall building, Esplanade, Helix Bridge, HDB flats and islands as far as Batam, Indonesia.

The Float@Marina Bay is the world’s first floating stage. It was used to hold the opening and closing ceremonies of the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, and the interim venue for National Day Parade.

Boat Quay and the Singapore River.

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