Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Marina Bay Sands, New Giant of Hotel World 2010

People talk about the hotels,   from here , Xiamen to  the world , the most luxury ones , Burj Al Arab , the Emirates Palace Hotel and etc.     What happened in 2010 , the new giant of the hotel world , the Marina Bay Sands ? From mouth to mouth , it is the hottest one of our time , now.

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion (US$5.7 billion), including cost of the prime land.

It  features a 2,560-room hotel, a 120,000 sq.m. convention-exhibition center, The Shoppes mall, an Art & Science museum, two Sands Theatres, six "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.

The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) integrated resort celebrated its opening on 23Jun,2010 with a lavish bash, but not before its owner made an even more glittering prediction: Just as the resort's towers have transformed the skyline, the IR will 'forever change' Singapore's image and give the country's tourism industry a major fillip.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson called the US$5.7 billion (S$7.92 billion) facility a game-changer for tourism here, and added that after all is said and done, he expects between 125,000 and 150,000 people to visit it each day, a record for parent company Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) properties worldwide.

Don't look down: A guest swims in the infinity pool of the Skypark that tops the Marina Bay Sands hotel towers - 55 storeys over the city of Singapore

To infinity... and beyond! The pool stretches 150 metres, three times the length of an Olympic swimming pool

The view over the side: An artist's impression shows the Skypark that tops the Marina Bay Sands hotel towers, including the infinity pool
The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, estimated to have cost £2billion when it opened in 2004, was previously the world's most expensive hotel.
But with its indoor canal, opulent art, casino, outdoor plaza, convention centre, theatre, crystal pavilion and museum shaped like a lotus flower, the Marina Bay Sands has taken its crown.

The resort from across the bay. The three towers were based on a deck of cards, according to designer Moshe Safdie

A skydiver parachutes pass the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands casino resort as part of the venue's opening celebrations

relay teams scale one of the towers in a race commemorating the opening

a newly-wed couple enjoy a canal ride inside the resort's shopping centre

a man looks through a steel web art structure in one of the towers

the entrance to the casino, which costs nearly £50 to get in and is attracting 25,000 visitors each day

Models pose in the pool for journalists at the grand opening
Finally , shall we  take a look at  Singapore from the Skypark of teh new giant of hotel world , the Marina Bay Sands ?


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