On the way back from Langkawi we stopped over for two nights in Singapore. We stayed at The Marina Bay Sands and it is safe to say it is a world away from Four Seasons Langkawi! It is huge I don't think I have ever been in a building so big! It is three towers that join at the bottom and also at the top by a pool! But more on that later!
The reception area is quite overwhelming as it is such a large hotel there are a lot of people checking in and out, as well as it being a tourist attraction so there are lots of people milling around taking photos. All in all not the nicest welcome to a hotel but once you get used to it and get up to your room it is fine. It is only the ground floor that is crazy busy.
We just had a basic room which was perfect for a couple of days. The main reason for staying at the hotel was that so we could go up to the pool as only hotel guest can do this. So it is well worth a night there if you are going.
On the first day we walked round the Marina Bay shopping centre and then went around the Gardens by the Bay. They are beautiful and free to get into. There is a charge to go into the glasshouses, (think Eden Project domes). We went to both, but personally after going inside I would say only the rainforest dome is worth a look. The gardens are huge and definitely worth a visit especially if you are looking for free things to do in Singapore.
After exploring the gardens we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Lu did a great job in finding two fab restaurants for us to go to both nights while we were in Singapore and the concierge booked them for us.
We went to Clifford at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, just across the bay from our hotel for dinner. The food was really good. The maître d' less so. We had booked and the restaurant was half empty yet he made us wait for our table to be ready. He then acted like it was a special table when it really wasn’t!
To start we both had trout with olive tapenade. Really nice fresh and light.
For main I had cod. The piece of cod was huge but I didn't think the peppers went great with it.
Dessert was the real show stopper. Piping hot soufflé with four toppings to pour on yourself.
The next day what go into our bikinis, wrapped up in our robes and headed up to the pool. Get there early so you don’t get anyone else in your snaps! It is so cool but it really is a place where you get your cool photos and get out, I wouldn't want to relax there and just lie on a sun lounger.
After breakfast we went shopping at Orchard road. It’s all the same shops you would expect but it was really great to get ahead and get in first with all the summer clothes and the exchange rate was reasonable. We then headed over to Arab Street where there are loads of individual shops where you can pick up something unique.
That night we went for dinner at Equinox at The Stamford. The hotel is across the bay from ours and at 70 floors up you get a great view back of our hotel and the bay. We paid the extra to have a window table which was good but you could easily skip this and it wouldn't affect your experience.
To start I had pumpkin soup with truffle cream.
For mains we had my favourite! Black cod with a miso glaze. The piece of cod was huge and had such a creamy texture much better than my cod from the previous night.
We didn't get pudding there and instead jumped in a cab back to our hotel for a night time swim at the top of the hotel. It really is so worth staying at the hotel just for the pool!
The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel (not worth mentioning) and then left for the airport. I really did have the best time and can't wait for the next adventure!