Coolest Infinity Pools In The World: Marina Bay Sands & Hanging Gardens
Hi Travel Bugsss! Hope you have been enjoying the new content. If you have, please drop us a line in the comments and let us know! I am excited to tell you guys about these two amazing infinity pools. They are ranked in the top ten in the world and we were able to bang them both out in one trip to South East Asia in 2016 thanks to their proximity to one another. Let's get into it.
Marina Bay Sands
Situated on the 57th floor sitting atop the hotel, the massive pool overlooks the Singapore financial district. The views of the city are breathtaking during the day and simply awe inspiring at night. The beauty of it is that the pool is not usually crowded, even with 2500 rooms on the property. The pool is HUGE. 490 feet, to be precise. Access is restricted to hotel guests only so the use of it comes at a hefty price. Do I think it's worth it? Let's break it down.
Cheapest rooms here start at ~$350. That is NOT budget traveler friendly. They also are not bookable using points that I know of. Best bet for and award booking would be to make the purchase with a points earning card and use points to pay off the charge. When we stayed, we only spent one night to have the experience of staying at Marina Bay Sands and using their pool.
Amenities & Entertainment
This place is incredible. It is not just home to a hotel but also a casino, shopping center, spas, clubs, dozens of restaurants and more. Staying here puts you in a "one stop shop" of a location and makes it so you can spend a month there and not scratch the surface of activities. The one BIG drawback? All of this combines to make MBS one big tourist trap and you will pay more here than anywhere else in Singapore for similar items.
If it were not enough that MBS is a mecca in and of itself, and you are somehow able to get bored during your stay there or are simply unimpressed by their pricey offerings, worry not because attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, which is home to Singapore's famous supertrees, are less than a half mile away. The area is also known as Marina Bay and is a very popular area to hang out, shop and go out.
So, given all of that, is it worth it to stay at the Marina Bay Sands if you are simply going for the pool access? For most people, PROBABLY NOT. Because of its elevation, location (by the bay) and being in Singapore which is not known for its sunshine, it can get chilly up there. This is to be expected with most pools this high up, I am afraid. Also, the place and everything in its vicinity is incredibly expensive so if you have the cash and are also interested in the added comfort, then this may be a great place for you to visit. However, if you are cash strapped and/or like to get the most bang for your buck, this is not the place for you unless it is a "once in a lifetime" experience. I must say, in that regard, it fits the bill for me. So while I will not be back anytime soon (on my own dime) it was well worth the experience.
Incredible Infinity Pool
Chilly At Pool
Located a 30 minute drive north of Ubud, Hanging Gardens is built in the middle of the Balinese jungle and its infinity pool sits high amongst the trees. You get to enjoy the serenity and sounds of the jungle while you bask in some sun (Hopefully).
This is definitely the more expensive of the two which may initially come at a surprise since the American dollar is much stronger in Bali than it is in Singapore. You may feel differently once you realize that, even though they start at a staggering $440 dollars, each "room" is actually a villa equipped with its own mini infinity pool! These villas are simply outrageous. They start at 1700 square feet and can be multi level. During our stay, we were upgraded to the Family Villa which starts at $659 and comes with a SEPARATE kids level equipped with their own bathroom and patio! Simply outrageous. So for roughly about 100 USD more than a room at Marina Bay Sands, you are getting a lot more in room.
Location of this hotel is both a blessing and a curse. If you are like me, and love nature but also love accessibility, you will find yourself torn. The hotel is fairly isolated as you must drive up about 20 minutes on a steep hill just to reach reception from any main road. The hotel does provide a free shuttle but it stops running quite early for you night owls. So you would have to take a taxi back. Luckily, their room service food was really good and the price, given that they are a good ways away from civilization, is priced pretty reasonably. I must warn you not to interact with or feed the monkeys. There are some places in Bali where it is safe to do so. This is not one of them.
Amenities & Entertainment
They really make it so you don't want to leave. Of course, everything comes at a cost. But if you can afford to splurge here, it makes for an amazing escape. Aside from great room service, you have the option of dining out at their Garden restaurant or bar. There is also a cafe which overlooks a river. There are also several spa and retreat options for you to indulge in. Want some epic once in a lifetime experiences? Check out their menu HERE, which includes some amazing dinner options with their most popular being a romantic dinner at night at their infinity pool.
This place is EXPENSIVE. Can not understate that. However, unlike Marina Bay Sands, we feel like the experience is worth visiting again in the future. We love nature and immersing ourselves in it so this is a worthwhile retreat for us, especially when we are able to take advantage of some of their unique experiences. This is truly something that I recommend you experience at least one time in your lifetime, regardless of cost. Put it on the bucket list ladies and gentleman.
Peaceful Jungle Scenery
Get What You Pay for
Pool Can Be Chilly
Beware of Monkeys