On our second day in Singapore we headed to the Marina Bay Sands, using the MRT again, trying to check-in early in the hotel. Bayfront station is connected directly with the shopping mall and the hotel itself. When we finally found the lobby we were amazed.
It was huge, much bigger then I could ever imagine, with many counters for check-in and check out. It had the tallest ceiling I have ever seen in any hotel and there were soooo many people. It was perfectly organized with staff all around helping you find your way. One of them scanned our printed reservation and told us that unfortunatly we would not be able to check in before 3 pm, but we could leave our luggage with him and come later, explaing that we should check-in at the counter for Tower 2, the middle one. There are three towers altogether, each having its own check-in desk and elevators.
So we left our bags and decided to spend few hours in the nearby Gardens by the Bay. This part of Singapore was new even to me, because the last time I visited there was nothing there and have chosen to visit it simply coz I wanted to see that stunning Marina Bay Sands and its famous infinity pool, which you cannot use unless you are the guest of the hotel.
We bought the more expensive tickets so we could enter both domes, The Flower Dome and The Cloud Forest. Also, I thought it would be a good idea, since it was noon already and the temperatures were getting too high for us to be walking outdoors for hours, with none, or a little shade. Bozo didn’t fancy that idea either. Well, to be honest, he wasn’t so happy about spending hours at some garden looking at plants anyway heheh. But, I was persuasive, promising him an afternoon at the pool, drinking Singapore Sling 🙂
Our first destination was The Flower Dome, where I must have taken thousands of photos. It was sooo beautiful and colorful, a combination of Christmas decorations, since it was the first week of January and the last day of “Christmas Toyland” (how lucky we were!!!), and all kind of plants from around the globe.
I felt like “Alice in Wonderland”, not knowing what route to take first 🙂 I thought of my friends and colleagues, many of whom are experts in agriculture, how they would love it here. I think we spent at least two hours inside, walking and resting at benches, around which were flowers of all sorts. Also, the temperature was pleasant so we weren’t in a hurry to leave this magical dome.
Next to the Flower Dome is the so called Cloud Forest. I thought it was impossible to like it even more, especially after having such a great time in the Flower Dome. But I did! First thing that you see entering the dome is a huge waterfall, covered in plants, with many platforms and a skywalk. Wooow, what a view, even from downstairs. I couldn’t wait to get up there 🙂
The best way to explore it is taking the elevator to the top and then slowly come down, platform by platform, admiring beautiful flowers. Most of them were tropical plants, benefiting from wet atmosphere and customized temperature. It was pleasantly cool all the way, due to the waterfall and we both really enjoyed it.
Since he was in a good mood, I persuaded Bozo to climb the big Skywalk in the main garden. There are 50 meters tall tree liked structures, called The Supertree Grove, some connected with a skywalk. We are both afraid of the heights, but it looked quite safe and I knew that the view from up there must be spectacular. The tickets are sold downstairs and then you are taken upstairs with an elevator. Eh, not a problem at all, no climbing in the heat 🙂 Upon leaving the safety of an elevator you are immediately drown to go back. The wind was quite strong there and I didn’t expect that, hm…. The elevator staff showed us the way and we had to move, since it is allowed for just a certain number of people to be at the bridge at the same time. So we had to stick to the schedule. We were allowed a few minutes on the bridge and didn’t have the time to waste. Bozo was furious with me and left me taking my photos. How could I have known that the pathway would shake and tremble as the wind blew?!?
But the view was really magnificent, with Singapore Panorama and the Marina Bay Sands just next to us. It was worth the fear and a small argument with Bozo, he’d be fine just as soon as we cross the skywalk, I knew that. I did take a few photos, but with my hands and legs shaking, and the path trembling most of them turned out quite blurry. Still, I was happy and finally ready to relax at the pool, as I promised. 🙂
The best part of the day was when the kind receptions told us that we were upgraded to the premier room on the 39th floor. I was secretly hoping we would get the view of the Gardens by the Bay, since the big artificial trees change colors during the evening, as part of a show. And yes, we were lucky that way too!! Our room was lovely and very comfortable, with a huge bathroom offering a bathtub and a colossal shower.
I could have spent the whole day looking out admiring the view if I hadn’t been so drawn to the 57th floor, where the pool was. Since it is open only to the hotel guests you have to use the room key to enter the premises. I felt really excited and soooo curious. And finally there it was, that famous world’s largest rooftop infinity pool I wanted to visit so much 🙂 I am such a pool lover after all.
It is really a stunning view, “THE VIEW”………and it definitely has that WOOOW factor. What I didn’t expect was that it was crowded, and so loud!!! Tons of different people, many families with children screaming…I kind of imagined it would be “adults only” hehehe.
After the first shock, Bozo went to get us some towels and I started looking for free loungers. Of course, the best ones at the first row were already taken and I had to satisfy with two at the back, not even lying side by side. When Bozo finally came with the towels I couldn’t hide my disappointment 🙁 He just said “Relax, look where you are at, enjoy, after a swim and that favorite cocktail of yours, you’ll feel so much better!”.
And he was right!! Immediately after I entered the water I felt sooo much better. I didn’t worry if it was clean enough, whether kids urinated in it, I didn’t even mind that screaming so much and all those cameras around me, shooting selfies and photos of all kinds. Well, soon I’ll become just like them anyway 🙂 I just swam to the edge, if you can call it swimming, and lost myself in the view. How enormously I enjoyed it. I think it was one of the best moments of my life. And sharing it with Bozo, who was also quite thrilled, made it just perfect. At that moment, I didn’t know the best was yet to come.
After an hour or so, we went back to our chairs where we found out that the two cute Japanese girls had moved so that Bozo and I could sit next to each other. That was a sweet gesture… We immediately ordered two Singapore Slings, since the waiters were always around and I must admit the service was immaculate, no matter how many people were there.
I found out that the pool was open from 6 am till 11 pm, and according to that I started making plans for the day. We decided to treat ourselves with a dinner at the Club55, but we would have it late, at 10 pm, so we could stay at the pool as long as possible. I knew that many people would get hungry eventually and most of them would go to dinner early, probably just after the sun sets. The hotel, of course, offered some exquisite dining options so it was a very hard choice, but we decided for the chocolate & cheese buffet since it was something unusual that we hadn’t tried anywhere else. Plus, it must have had the amazing view, on the 55th floor, as the name suggested. I have to say, I still think, since I am such a foodie, about the restaurant called Todai, upscale “all you can eat” seafood and sushi restaurant, and hopefully will visit it one day.
We spent the whole afternoon and the evening at the pool, just relaxing, finding out later that the last section of the pool was actually ADULTS ONLY. Also, there were a few nice jacuzzis at the other end with the view of the Singapore Bay and the Gardens by the Bay that I liked so much. Tourists, who are not guests of the hotel, can still visit the 57th floor through Sands Sky Park Observation Deck. I haven’t visited it myself, but imagine the view must be incredible, just as it is from the poolside.
We enjoyed the sunset and then the evening at the pool’s edge, now looking at the light show from the opposite angle hehe. That was fun!!
My only regret was missing the show that goes on in the evening, at the Gardens by the Bay, using lights and music, where people gather watching it, relaxing on the grass. A dear friend of mine saw it and was overwhelmed. Well, I guess you just can’t have it all! And besides, it is always a good excuse to visit Singapore again 😉 Wouldn’t Bozo love that!?! Now he is in love with Sing Sing , how we babble when we talk about it, even more then I am 🙂 (I know…Sing Sing is a prison in the US, but we just like the sound of it).
The Club55 is an amazing place with a really nice view, especially in the evening when Singapore radiates in all its glory. We decided to pay some extra and try the “wine pairing”, three wines that match with all that types of cheese and three that match the sweets. It was well worth it, Port wine being my favorite! The restaurant offered a nice display of cheese and enormous amount of sweets. All sorts of chocolates were presented, from fancy pralines, tropical fruit dipped in chocolate to Mars bars.
The staff was wonderful, explaining everything and always there offering to take photos of us, as a memory. It was an amazing, though quite unusual dinner, which had to end at midnight, when the restaurant closes. I think we were the last guests that night. Who could blame us 😉
We found some more sweets waiting for us in the room, that a maid left during a turndown service. Great, we could use those for breakfast, since we weren’t planning to have breakfast in the hotel, it was way too expensive. I didn’t sleep well though, but the bed was not the problem, as a matter of fact, the bed was perfectly comfortable with cozy linen. I was too excited to fall asleep really, waking every few minutes afraid I would oversleep and miss the sunrise. I could not let that happen, being such a morning person. At 5.30 am I finally decided to try my luck and go on the 57th floor, maybe the pool would be open. Surprisingly, Bozo was up for it and we went up. I was so happy when I realized we could enter the pool and other facilities. A few people were there already, but in such a big open space it was like we were alone in heaven.
It was quiet and peaceful, finally the pool I had imagined, even better. We swam in all the sections of the pool and used the jacuzzis for one of the best sunrises ever. Of course, we took the loungers in the front row. We drank great coffee with even better view.
I felt happy and fortunate! The best part was that we didn’t have to hurry at all, the check-out time was at 11 am. And I was glad it wasn’t the last day of our vacation, because it would be so hard to leave…another exciting week was in front of us.