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Swimming On Top Of Singapore At Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

When I visited Singapore 10 years ago, this place didn’t exist yet, when I lived in Singapore 20 years ago, the land this place is on didn’t even exist yet, and now it’s the first place everyone thinks of when they hear the word Singapore. I’m talking about the Marina Bay Sands, the luxury resort hotel that has become the single most recognizable feature of Singapore’s skyline since it opened almost seven years ago. Inside you’ll find a world reminiscent of Las Vegas with lots of glitz and glamour, and a little bit of kitsch. Besides over 2,500 guest rooms, the Marina Bay Sands also boasts a high-end shopping mall, a skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino, but the feature that really draws the tourists in is the famous rooftop infinity pool that stretches across the top of the hotel’s three 55-story towers. And the only way to get to enjoy it is to book a room. A very, very expensive room.

I had resigned myself to the fact that the closest I’d get to swimming in the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool would be if I accidentally fell over the fence separating it from the restaurant and bar above (which is impossible because it’s actually quite a tall fence), but then some very generous friends of ours came in town and offered us an opportunity we weren’t about to turn down. No matter how illegal it was.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

GETTING INTO THE MARINA BAY SANDS INFINITY POOL

So, just how did we manage to sneak our way into the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool, past the Fort Knox-level security at every entrance? Our friends, who shall remain nameless to protect their identities (this is Singapore, after all), were so kind as to offer us their room keys (equivalent to the Key to the City at the Marina Bay Sands pool) while they went out sight-seeing for the day. All we had to do was use those key cards to get through the security gates and then play it cool if anyone approached us with questions for whatever reason. First part – easy. Second part – I have never in my entire life been able to play it cool when being questioned. Like, even if I didn’t do it, my extreme lack of ability to play it cool will make me look guilty every time. And so the beginning of our experience on top of the Marina Bay Sands went a little something like this…

From the moment we stepped into the elevator and pressed floor 57 for the pool, my heart was in my throat. I kept repeating everything I knew about my friend that I thought security might ask us over and over again in my head so that maybe, just maybe, my voice might sound natural instead of a totally guilty, stuttering squeak. When the elevator doors opened on the SkyPark level of the hotel, my heart sank a little. Everyone was wearing their white hotel robes as they went through security. We were in our street clothes with our swimsuits on underneath. Totally suspect. I try to project an I’m-actually-filthy-rich-despite-the-safety-pin-that-is-holding-my-shorts-together attitude as we approach security, but I’m sweating profusely and I’m like three seconds away from passing out cold on the cement floor.

Miracle of all miracles, we made it through with no problem, but I was still ready to run at a moment’s notice. I don’t know where exactly. I mean, we were 57 stories in the air, but I was ready. I felt like all eyes were on us, both the staff and the rest of the guests, so the first thing I did was start taking pictures. If we were going to get kicked out (or worse, arrested), I was at least going to have some pictures to make it worth it.

And, you guys, this pool is like the most photogenic pool ever. I’m no professional and I still couldn’t take a bad picture up here. It didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful day and the pool wasn’t quite as crowded as some of the stories I’ve heard. I have to say, if I were a tourist and could afford it, I’d definitely book at least one night of my stay here because this pool and the view it shares is worth every penny.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

SWIMMING IN THE WORLD”S LARGEST ROOFTOP INFINITY POOL

At some point during my little pool photoshoot, my heart rate resumed its regular rhythm and I stopped feeling like I was going to faint and began to enjoy myself. Feeling more confident since no one had pegged us as intruders yet, we walked along the pool deck looking for a spot to lay our towels down and relax. This is when I discovered the one and only thing I could possibly complain about here at the Marina Bay Sands pool – there is no shade. Zero. And Singapore’s sun can be pretty strong, especially on a day like the one when we were visiting. I figured making a fort out of towels would make us look even more conspicuous, so I just dealt with it, but yikes – definitely layer on the sunscreen if you plan on coming up here.

As soon as we got settled on our sun chairs, I took off for the pool. Contrary to what I thought prior to visiting, the pool does not just completely drop off into nothing as it appears to. A few feet beneath the edge of the infinity pool is another platform, so were you to somehow flip over the edge of the pool, that’s where you’d land. But if you then fell off that second ledge, you’d be pretty well screwed, so security makes sure no monkey business goes on at the pool’s edge. Even lifting yourself up to look over the edge will get a whistle blown at you, so you can take your skyline selfies at the edge of the pool, but don’t even think about sitting on the ledge.

Because of the amount of people in it, the Marina Bay Sands pool isn’t so much a swimming pool as it is a standing pool. Good luck if you want to do laps! What I enjoyed the most was just leaning back on the edge of the pool and alternating watching everything going on around us and looking at the gorgeous view of Singapore’s bay and the city skyline we had from this high up. It was so relaxing that I finally let go of all of my fears of getting in trouble and started to feel like I actually belonged.

Eventually the hot sun made us so thirsty that we had to do the second scariest thing of the day – order drinks. Clearly I am living life on the edge. I don’t know if it was the whole experience of the day making me bold, but I rattled off our room number and fake name like it was nothing and even signed our fake name with only a little tinge of fear that they might have some sort of signature scanning device that would blow our cover once and for all. (FYI – They don’t…yet.) And then we spent the rest of the afternoon alternating between pool time and sipping expensive fruity drinks from our sun chairs.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

SUNSET FROM THE TOP OF MARINA BAY SANDS

Even if you don’t have the golden key that gets you into a Marina Bay Sands room or the pool, you can still visit the top of the hotel by either buying a ticket to the SkyPark Observation Deck or grabbing drinks/dinner at one of the SkyPark’s lounges or restaurants. And the very best time to go is at sunset. The view that is stunning in the daytime is even more beautiful when the sun starts to go down. Make sure to check out the view from both sides of the hotel. The pool-side faces the sunset, but the opposite side overlooks the harbor and Gardens by the Bay and the Supertree Grove and is gorgeous just after sunset during “blue hour”.

I’ve now been in Singapore for almost a year and this is still, by far, the most memorable day I’ve had in this country. What an experience! Not gonna lie, I got a huge rush from this and it definitely brought back memories of all my teenage shenanigans, but for the record, I do not recommend anyone try to enter the Marina Bay Sands pool area illegally. Singapore is a strict country and the penalties you pay for far lesser offenses are high. Probably best to enjoy the view from the restaurant (Cร‰ LA VI is good) or the observation deck if you can’t afford a room. As for us, we’ve decided that when our time comes to leave Singapore, we’re splurging on a room here for a night just so we can do this all again and send off our years here in style!

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Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool: The World's Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool In Singapore

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  • klronken

    I’m so, so happy that you’re blogging again! Love following along with your adventures, particularly as you have such a gift with words :)

    • That is such an awesome compliment! Thank you!! :)

  • I’d have totally done the same thing for the chance to see that view! :)

  • So fun and daring! I couldn’t passing that up either!! What a view!!

  • topchelseagirl

    You’re a crim lol!! Great photos I’d never heard of this place before.

    • I am! I was actually a little scared to even write this just in case it’s possible to be retroactively punished by the Singapore government. ;)

  • Julie

    OM gosh-the first thing I thought upon reading your post was the movie Brokedown Palace when Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale’s characters “slip” into a swanky hotel pool area to take a break from their horrific hostel accommodations :) Thankfully, you had a better ending!

    Your photos are amazing, although no surprise being a rooftop infinity pool with such a beautiful skyline before you. I will need to start pinching some pennies so when I make it to Singapore, I can have this experience :)

    P.S. You were braver than I would have been, I probably would have never gone through with it.

    • I haven’t seen that movie, so I’ll have to google that scene!

      Thanks for the compliment on my photos! It’s definitely not hard to get a good shot up here!

  • John Gyeni

    Hi Sarah, love your blog! I wanted to email you directly but couldnt see an email address.
    I created a general youtube video of Marina Bay Sands that your followers may also enjoy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWR73CTljns

    Even if you don’t use, keep up the great work!

    • Hi John! Great video! Sorry about your trouble finding my email – it’s hiding under my About section in the navigation menu!

  • Cath Nesus

    Great post. I would be worrying the whole time that someone would realise that I wasn’t supposed to be there – that I had that ‘look’ about me. Those pictures are amazing – hmmm, now how do I work it so I can get in that pool?!

  • Ingrid

    Oh your pictures here are so so amazing! I would have done the same thing for a chance to spend one day here! I am a junckie for pools ans spas though

  • Michelle de Klerk

    OMG I laughed so much reading this, especially with your “living on the edge” pun whahaha :D :D Also, your adventure reminds me of the Sex in the City episode where Samantha gets thrown out of SoHo House lol (You have to Google it – it’s hilariously similar to what you were worried would happen to you!). Thanks for all the tips about this place, like everyone else, I’m dying to visit it – really happy to read I might get some decent photos too despite not being a wonderful photographer (yet!) :)

    • That scene was hilarious! I seriously never would have been able to play it as cool as Samantha did. At the first sign of trouble, I’d have been out of there. My improv skills are nonexistent! ;)

  • Wow that pool looks incredible but also I love your story of sneaking in!! I would be so nervous too!!

  • I think even if you had to scale the fence it would’ve been totally worth it for those views! Next time I’m in town let’s make a plan of attack to get back in there and wear those white robes by the pool :)

    • Great idea! I’m in!

      Step One: Steal fluffy robes and slippers from maid’s cart.
      Step Two: Scale fence and nonchalantly slip over to the pool side. (This will probably require advance preparation, like exercise or something. Gross.)
      Step Three: Most likely end up in Singapore prison.

  • Louise Oliver

    What wonderful photos! I was in Singapore just over a year ago and went up to the skylark observation deck which was stunning. I tried my best to get into the bar and pool area but they weren’t having it! And I was too scared to try any other way – perhaps if I hadn’t been alone I’d have been more daring! Good for you for getting there :)

    • Well, at least you got to see the view! I believe the bar is open to everyone, though. So, next time you shouldn’t have to sneak into that part at least! :)

  • Lucy Elizabeth Lourdes Pearson

    Looks absolutely stunning! Thank God you didn’t get caught – I’m the same though, my heart would have been in my throat all day xx

    • I’m not sure if it made it more fun or less fun to do it this way, but I do know my adrenaline was going on high pretty much all afternoon! xx

  • How lucky you had friends staying there! I would have done the same. Glad to hear that no one suspected you! I would love to visit this pool.. The view looks absolutely gorgeous.. One day!

    • I keep trying to convince everyone else we know who visits Singapore to stay at this hotel so maybe we can get the chance to do this again! :) I think I’d be less scared the second time around – ha!

  • Wow, that sounds absolutely amazing!

  • Simona

    Awesome! your pictures look amazing. What do you use?

    • I use a Canon 6D and for these photos I used my wide angle lens, a 16-35mm Canon L lens!

  • Sara MacIntosh

    I keep seeing this place on Instagram and Pinterest, but now I finally know where it is!!! So daring of you to do this, I would totally do the same thing if I were you!

  • That’s a brave thing that you did, especially in Singapore where rules are never meant to be broken. I’m glad you had a good time there and I’d love to spend a day at this iconic pool myself one day soon!

    • Yeah, probably not the smartest thing given how strict Singapore is, but I’m still glad we had the chance to experience it!

  • mari

    Great Post! I was there a few years ago and know exactly what you refer to with the security. This is my first time visiting you blog – I will be back :)

  • Minna

    I wish I knew someone generous enough to visit Singapore and let us have the key! Looks fab!

  • Teresa

    Wow! You are so lucky! I was there in November but I just settled for a drink at the bar and no pool. I wish I could have taken a dip and looked out to the city from the edge. Good on you! :)