The Lion city of Singapore has in the past few years become a major tourist destination in the south eastern parts of Asia. The city known for its cleanliness and strict adherence to its laws has much to offer the tourists. The Marina Bay Sands Resorts is the latest addition to the visit must itinerary of visitors to Singapore. The $8 bn resort has been designed by the Boston-based internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Inspired by the deck of cards the design also captures the Asian love for the game of cricket. The three vertical towers resembling the three stumps topped by the boat shaped deck on top, similar to the bails on top of the wickets.
The boat shaped deck at the top of the 55 storey hotel towers spans the three towers and is connected by the 2.5 acre Sands Sky Park. The Sky Park is in itself an engineering marvel, being located 200 metres above sea level and houses a sort of a tropical garden planted with hundreds of trees. The garden has exclusive access to The 150 metre outdoor Infinity Pool and observation deck with a breath taking view of Singapore and beyond.
The Infinity pool is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height. At 150 feet long the pool is almost three times the length of an Olympic pool. The pool probably gets its name because of the illusion of infinity created by the architects as the water seems to extend into the horizon. The water seems to end in a sheer drop and it appears that swimming at the edge of the pool may be risky but the truth is that the water spills over into a catchment area and is pumped back. The pools have two circulation systems. The first functions like that of a regular pool, filtering and heating the water in the main pool. The second filters the water in the catch basin and returns it to the upper pool. The pools have two circulation systems. The first functions like that of a regular pool, filtering and heating the water in the main pool. The second filters the water in the catch basin and returns it to the upper pool.
Swimming in the breath taking pool is reserved for guests of the hotel only. However, guided tours are open for the general public on payment of a fee. These guided tours are conducted at predetermined schedules and take in 50 persons at a time. The tour includes a visit to the observation deck and the poolside and last for 15 minutes. As the pool and the observation deck are open to inclement weather conditions, it is advisable to refrain from visiting them during rains and thunderstorms. The deck is temporarily closed during such conditions.
Planning a visit to the infinity pool and observation deck at the Sands SkyPark for a breath taking, magnificent view of Singapore don’t forget to add an umbrella to your list of accessories along with your camera.