Marina Bay Sands Opens Its Doors

Singapore’s second integrated resort has opened its doors to visitors, following a series of delays and round-the-clock preparation work. The first phase of the USD 5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands was declared open at 1518 hrs, with 963 hotel rooms, selected dining outlets, part of the convention center, casino and event plaza operational.

 

Situated on a prime location overlooking the waterfront and central business district, the complex will comprise 3 iconic hotel towers topped by a 7,000-ton observation deck dubbed the Sands SkyPark, one of the largest casinos in Asia, convention and retail space, as well as an lotus-shaped Art-Science Museum when fully opened by the end of 2010. Marina Bay Sands enjoys excellent transport links to the rest of Singapore, with a newly-opened road served by public buses and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in close proximity, while 24-hour shuttle bus services connect it to the airport.

 

The hotel will offer 12 different accomodation types, ranging from the Atrium Rooms to the exclusive, 629-square meter Chairman Suite. All accomodation feature views of the Singapore skyline or the harbour through floor-to-ceiling windows, modern decor with luxury bedding, a spacious bathroom, LCD television with cable programming, high-speed internet access, telephone, executive workdesk, in-room safe, minibar and coffee-/tea-making facilities. The suites enjoy additional amenities and services such as separate living and sleeping areas, iPod docking station, all-in-one printer, daily turndown service and access to The Marina Bay Club on the 57th floor. Guests can dine at the restaurant and lounge, have non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day, evening cocktails and canapes, with private meeting rooms available for their use.

 

Selected restaurants and food and beverage outlets at Marina Bay Sands, such as the all-day dining restaurant Rise and the chinese restaurant Jin Shan Lou, commence operations today. The resort will feature a stellar line-up of dining options for visitors, headlined by its collection of celebrity chef restaurants featuring names like Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Santi Santamaria, Tetsuya Wakuda and Wolfgang Puck. Fine dining restaurants Imperial Treasure and Rang Mahal will also have outlets at the integrated resort, while the Makansutra Masters food court provides for guests seeking a quick snack.

 

On the facilities front, the resort’s convention center will host its first major event next week and will be able to accomodate up to 45,000 guests in its halls, ballrooms and meeting rooms. The casino, which received its license yesterday in time for today’s opening, will offer 4 levels (2 mass gaming and 2 VIP floors) and over 1,500 slot machines. Staying true to Singapore’s reputation as a shopper’s paradise, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands boasts luxury stores and 4 floors of retail space, while the swimming pool on the SkyPark and a Banyan Tree-operated spa arepoised to rejuvenate guests when they open.

 

Marina Bay Sands is the latest gaming resort to open in Asia, following the debut of Wynn Resorts’ Encore in Macau last week and the Resorts World Sentosa complex in February 2010. The resort’s grand opening is planned to take place on 23 June 2010. For more information, visit www.marinabaysands.com.

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