Emmanuelle Jary - 2011-04-12
Singapore’s brand new and breathtakingly high hotel appears to touch the sky. Two hundred metres up from the ground and resting on the complex’s three towers a platform of 12 400 m² supports the world’s highest swimming pool, which at 150m long also makes it the largest outdoor pool.
This infinity edge pool gives the strange impression of being suspended in the air upon a concrete canopy. We wanted to jump in from the ledge, but a whistle sounded immediately. Oh yes... of course, we’re in Singapore
, where extravagance is found only in appearances!
The hotel and its unusual swimming pool are open to visitors making it the city state’s new place to. The tourists have their photos taken in the water and wander around the walkways of this gigantic establishment. Here there are 2561 rooms, 650 plants and 200 trees, 8000 employees, 50 kinds of dining experiences including the fashionable celebrity chef restaurants. There are six of the latter which come under the leadership of some of the greatest international chefs: Guy Savoy, the triple starred French chef; George Tanasijevich who is ensuring an interim since the death in February of Barcelona three-star renowned Santi Santamaria; Daniel Boulud the most American of French chefs who conquered New York with his bistrots; Tetsuya Wakada direct from Sydney, Wolfgang Puck from Los Angeles and Mario Batali from New York who in Marina Bay Sands has opened Osteria Mozza, a mozzarella bar serving every variety possible as well as burratas and bocconcinos. There’s also a steakhouse serving Kobe beef, a pizzeria, dimsum, French gastronomy and Sino-French cuisine by Justin Quek. It seems like Marina Bay wants to cover every possibility and monopolise the visitors. It’s a town within a town as the butler of the Guy Savoy restaurant explains“You’ve got it all here - a supermarket, a pharmacy, a casino, restaurants, shopping, a business centre, theatres, and soon a museum... This concept has already existed in Singapore, but it’s been pushed to the extreme here.”
“Always more” seems to be the creed of Sheldon Adelson, the American billionaire who is the owner of the Las Vegas Sands group. Opened in April 2010, the Marina Bay Sands is includes two theatres, a state of the art sports hall, an art and science museum inaugurated on 17th February, a plaza next to the waterfront for large gatherings and an 800,000 square metre shopping centre. To sum it up progress is unstoppable here in Singapore. And if you enjoy the most beautiful view of the city from the 57th floor, then it is good to go down and enjoy it at ground level too!
*The people of Singapore love figures, here are a few more that speak for themselves!
Investment: $ 5.7 billion.
Floor area: 15.5 ha.
Area: 581,400 square metres.
View: 360 °.
Capacity for the convention and entertainment centre: 45,000 people.
Exhibition locations: 2000.
Meeting Rooms: 250.
2 theatres with 4000 seats.
Casino: 1,500 machines, 600 gaming tables
And finally, a 6.4 metre high chandelier made of 132,000 Swarovski crystals!