A Stopover in the World’s Best Pool
Published 30 March 2016
Everyone has their own way of shaking Jetlag – successful or not. My partner swears by the old ‘change your watch on the plane’ method, while my friend subscribes to the ‘wine and sleep it off’ train of thought. For me, I’m all about water and all its myriad of forms; drinking it, splashing it on my face, showering, and if I’m lucky, swimming. However I can get it, water is key to my flying survival.
It was for this reason (plus many more), that a stopover in Singapore, namely the Marina Bay Sands pool, seemed like the perfect way to break up and survive a flight back from Australia.
Akin to a cruise ship in the sky, the 5 star Marina Bay Sands is more than just a hotel but rather a landmark in itself featuring shops, restaurants, entertainment, a casino and even a museum. As a hotel, it’s spacious, sleek and shiny. Our Deluxe room was plush with warm lighting and felt huge, especially the balcony, which overlooked the harbour.
Located on the very top of the building, 57 floors high, it is here you can take in the stunning views from the Observation Deck.
It’s the view on the other side of the building, overlooking the city, that most guests come for though. If you’re room isn’t facing that way, you can always venture up to the Sands Skypark. Located on the very top of the building, 57 floors high, it is here you can take in the stunning views from the Observation Deck, enjoy them over a drink at the Sky High Social, or while dining on cheese and chocolate at the aptly named Cheese & Chocolate Bar.
Chocolate and cheese aside though, most people, myself included, come for the pool – a stunning 150 metre long infinity pool that overlooks the incredible Singapore sky line. Exclusive to guests, the pool features an adults only section, towel service and ample sun beds. The pool is open from 6am to 11pm daily, so you can admire the view during the day and at night.
I of course made sure I visited at both times; a quick dip at night after we had landed, and then a long sunny session the next morning after enjoying breakfast at the nearby Sky on 57 restaurant. Both worked wonders to help me feel relaxed and like I’d had a second holiday. The perfect way to ease out and back into long flights.
If swimming isn’t your thing, there are small hot tubs lining the other side of the building overlooking the harbour too, which I also explored. And then of course there are sun lounges boasting front row seats to that view. One that I don’t think I could ever get sick of looking at.
What’s your favourite hotel pool?