Marina Bay is the prettiest and most desirable place to stay in Singapore. The stunning architecture of the glass-front office towers, swanky hotels and grand colonial buildings make the most iconic cityscape. Most visitors would love to stay in a bay-facing five-star hotel, but this is prized real estate so it’s expensive.
This tourist hotspot is also one of the major business areas of Singapore, so there’s a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe all along the pristine pavements and inside the many shopping malls, subway stations, restaurants and rooftop bars – all of which can be found easily in Marina Bay.
If you are visiting Singapore it’s practically guaranteed you will be spending some time around Marina Bay, so we have compiled this handy list for first timer visitors so you can see what not to miss. We have covered everything from what to see and do, where to eat and even the best hotels to sleep in at night. With just a little bit of preplanning you can be sure to maximise your first time in Singapore, going to the best places and avoiding the tourist traps that so often can spoil an otherwise great day.
Here’s a summary of what we like about this area, and also what we don’t like. We have tried to give a balanced view, so you can decide in seconds if this is the right place for you. This is genuine, first-hand advice.
WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT MARINA BAY:
Cutting-edge, modern city vibe
Walking distance to major attractions and things to do
Marina Bay has enough attractions and activities to fill a whole trip so you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do. You will find many of the city’s must-see attractions in Marina Bay: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Science Museum, Singapore Flyer and the famed Merlion fountain are just the tip of the iceberg. There are loads of family-friendly experiences in Marina Bay.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore; and has been crowned World Read More»
ArtScience Museum is a fantastic addition to Singapore’s galleries, and brings a great range of international art and Read More»
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
Get a taste of the high life at Marina Bay Sands SkyPark by viewing Singapore from above. This large wooden decked area Read More»
Restaurants around here can be summarised by one word: fancy. This is where Michelin-starred restaurants and fashionable food trends can be found in abundance. There are also cheaper eats, although Marina Bay is really more on the swanky end of the scale.
Nightlife in Marina Bay typically includes high-end cocktail bars with jaw dropping views. There are a couple of nightclubs around, but the scene here is definitely more about enjoying cocktails than dancing the night away. Most places have a smart casual dress code so leave your flip flops and shorts at home.
1 Altitude Bar
1 Altitude is the highest al fresco rofftop bar in Asia and boasts some of the best views in Singapore. On the 63rd Read More»
Mansion Bay Club
This enormous two-story nightlife complex is one of the biggest clubs in Singapore, holding up to 1,000 revellers who Read More»
CE LA VI (formerly KU DE TA) Rooftop Bar
CE LA VI enjoys one of the best views in Singapore. Its location on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands offers Read More»
These hotels in Marina Bay are some of the fanciest around. Taking in sweeping views of the city, the sea and all of the famous attractions in this area, Marina Bay is a very popular place to base yourself when visiting Singapore.