Above: The Sky Parkâ€™s swimming pool.
Taking in the view from atop Marina Bay Sands.
By Isabel Esterman
Home to what is fast becoming Asiaâ€™s most photographed swimming pool, the Marina Bay Sandsâ€™ Sky Park (10 Bayfront Ave.; 65/6688-8868; marinabaysands.com) soars 200 meters above Singapore, anchored like an enormous boat to the casino hotelâ€™s trio of 55-story towers.
Designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, the cantilevered platform encompasses 1.2 vertigo-inducing hectaresâ€”large enough to hold four A380 jets, and high enough to afford views of Batam Island, 20 kilometers off Singaporeâ€™s southern coast. Extending almost half the length of the platform, the pool provides plenty of room to splash about while taking in the birdâ€™s-eye vista of the city; a catchment area below its infinity edge ensures that even the most over-enthusiastic of paddlers wonâ€™t tumble far.
Since its June opening, the palm-flanked pool area has been restricted to hotel guests, leaving Sky Park visitors craning for glimpses from the adjacent observation deck. But now that a branch of legendary Bali nightspot Ku De Ta has taken up residence on the platform, even day-trippers can enjoy a poolside tipple.
Originally appeared in the October/November 2010 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Sky-High in Singapore”)