Singapore: Marina Bay Sands hotel

We were staying at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. It is famous for the infinity swimming pool on the roof – 57 floors up and with a great view over Singapore.

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It’s a huge hotel (2,500 rooms) and the lobby has the atmosphere of a train station. People coming and going at all times of day and night.

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Although not many train stations would have a massive Antony Gormley sculpture suspended from the ceiling.

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After some initial issues with the room they had given us (we ended up doing three room changes before we got what we had booked), we were finally allocated a room which had a great view over the Marina. The coloured seating you can see at the right hand side is for the National Day Parade.

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National Day is actually the 9th of August, but for weeks before hand (eight weeks, I believe) they hold full-scale ‘rehearsals’ or previews every Saturday night. We happened to be there on one of those Saturday nights and watched the stands fill with school children.

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Plus, of course, no National Day rehearsal would be complete without fireworks.

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