If you travel from Europe to New Zealand, you will have to do a stop over somewhere. In our case, this stop over was in Singapore.
|Maria Bay Sands (Picture Source)
If you haven’t heard of the Marina Bay Sands before (I hadn’t), here is a little description:
“Three towers and a swimming pool at 200 meters height, as well as the worlds biggest chandelier, the “Marina Bay Sands” offers luxury and perfect service to people staying here.”
And it did.
It was also the only place I have ever stayed at where 12 year old girls were dresses for breakfast that are worth more money than my entire wardrobe…
I know it was quite a risk, choosing a luxury hotel for a stay with a toddler, but there was nothing to worry about.
My daughter being the cute, blonde locked girl she is, always smiling, quickly won over the hearts of the mostly asian people staying there. My husband and I enjoyed the most relaxing breakfast in a long time, because we didn’t have to worry about her getting bored at all. People were stopping to talk to her, play with her, entertain her, all the stuff usually one of us has to do while the other one gulps down the coffee.
|South Bay Garden
Right next to the hotel is South Bay Garden, a beautiful park with an amazing food court and lots of exotic plants and statues. It is also home to the “Supertree Grove”, metallic trees that are overgrown with plants and light up at night. Quite a sight to see, I can tell you, and the perfect place to spend the afternoon.
|Marina Bay Sands, as seen from South Bay Garden
After spending the first day relaxing in the Garden, we decided it was time to head into the city for some exploring.
The public transportation system is clean, easy and effective, so there is absolutely no need to go anywhere by car.
Of course Singapore is home to many a big shopping mall (and we did visit one or the other), but I will spare you the pictures, as the inside of a mall looks similar all around the world. A special mention has to go to “The Shoppes”, the mall right next to our hotel, that houses every luxury brand there is, as well as several exquisite restaurants. Oh, and water streets with gondolas and an ice skating ground. You know, the usual…
|Buddhist temple in the Chinese quarter
The real beauty though are the old parts of the city, divided into the Chinese quarter, the Indian quarter, you name it. The food you can get there is amazing, cheap and full of flavor, and to see hidden temples amongst the Singapore skyline is slightly surreal.
|Singapore skyline, complete with the big ferris wheel
We did some shopping, ate lots of food and then returned to relax at the hotel pool, cocktail in hand, watching the sun set from 200 meters above ground.
|Sunset at Marina Bay Sands
To be honest, our stay in Singapore was way too short to really get to know that place, but nevertheless we had a great time and are eager to return someday for a little longer.
Have you ever been to Singapore?
And what was the most luxurious place you ever stayed at?