There are a number of fantastic casino and gaming meccas in Asia, with Macau probably the most well known globally. However, Southeast Asia is also home to many high-end luxury integrated casino resorts which offer excellent accommodation, dining and entertainment experiences.
We look at some of the best casino destinations in Singapore which feature Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, both offering a world of opulence, luxury and some of the finest accommodation and dining in the region. These can also be accessed by charter flights.
Singapore - Resorts World Sentosa/ Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a massive resort in Singapore spread across 160,000 square meters, and the iconic buildings stand out in the Singaporean skyline. When Marina Bay Sands opened in 2010, it was one of the world's most expensive standalone casino properties valued at US$6.88 billion!
The recognisable complex remains a preferred destination for the wealthy and those with finer tastes. The property is also a photo-favourite for all visitors to Singapore, while the several award-winning restaurants and attractions such as ArtScience Museum, Digital Light Canvas and SkyPark Observation Deck draw regular crowds.
The Marina Bay Sands is also a drawcard for business and big deal-signing with year-round expos taking place in the six expo halls, 250 meeting rooms and the largest ballroom in Southeast Asia!
Infinity Pool and Sky-high luxury
The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands is the world’s longest elevated swimming pool – located 200 meters above the ground. It’s also a popular option during the annual Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix (which has been hosted 20 times in Singapore), especially while lounging around, or in, the pristine rooftop infinity pool which has a spectacular view of the city. This is also an ideal vantage point for the annual National Day Fireworks which take place on August 21.
CÉ LA VI is the iconic rooftop Restaurant, SkyBar and Sky Lounge by the pool from which you can indulge in unforgettable dining at this indoor and al fresco venue. It’s the ideal rooftop setting for contemporary Asian cuisine and handcrafted cocktails, and is perfect for events and private functions.
World-class Dining and Shopping
There is an onsite designer mall at Marina Bay Sands (The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands) and the dining is world-class. With a variety of drinking and dining outlets, these include restaurants from world-renowned chefs (Bread Street Kitchen By Gordon Ramsay, Cut By Wolfgang Puck and several more) and signature restaurants (Spago Bar & Lounge, Mott 32 Singapore and many more).
Waku Ghin has been called the most expensive (and possibly the best restaurant in Singapore) and it incorporates seasonal ingredients and Japanese culinary craftsmanship.
The two-Michelin-starred restaurant’s meals start from USD $300 per person and it’s regarded as one of the most expensive restaurants in the world.
Stay in Luxury - Presidential and Chairman Suites
The award-winning hotel at Marina Bay Sands is also one of the top 40 largest hotels globally and offers various designer and luxurious room types. At the top-end are the Presidential and Chairman Suites, which are multi-roomed luxury accommodations with 24-hour dedicated butler service, private sauna, massage room, kitchenette and private gym.
Paiza Memberships - for the VIPs
The opulent property also offers the “Paiza” - a Marina Bay Sands’ invite-only membership program for high-end patrons who will be treated with VIP benefits and gain access to the Paiza-only VIP Gaming suites which serve champagne and premium XO brandy on the house (or sample the free gourmet bird’s nest). Paiza members have priority access to all shows in the Marina Bay Sands Theatres. Select members also get invited to the elite Marina Bay Sands’ Chairman Club (eligibility is for USD $75 million monthly turnover.)
Guests can also opt for the lifestyle member rewards and privilege programs which can be redeemed in over 250 shops, restaurants, entertainment and attractions, as well as the Marina Bay Sands hotel and spa. These also include special offers and invitations to exclusive events and promotions, VIP Presales and more.
On the casino side, Marina Bay Sands has 160,000 square feet of gaming space spread over four levels. 2,500 gaming machines are located on the first three levels and 700 gaming tables are spread over all four floors.
Marina Bay Sands is located less than 30 minutes from Changi Airport using the East Coast Parkway (ECP) expressway.
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), is one of Asia’s premium lifestyle destination resorts, spread across 49 hectares. This really is the thrill-seekers and theme park destination for families and groups.
World-class Rides & Attractions
Resorts World Sentosa is synonymous with a number of world-class attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore (Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park) with 24 rides, shows and attractions in seven themed zones. The park also has several special events throughout the year such as Halloween themed activities in October. The park is also home to the world's tallest duelling roller coasters Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™, with many more thrilling attractions on-site.
S.E.A. Aquarium (with more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species), Adventure Cove Waterpark, and Dolphin Island offer pristine outside, aquatic and ride activities. Guests can also unwind at private cabanas by the dip pools surrounded by greenery. Some of the most in-demand and exciting activities include swimming with stingrays, sharks and getting up close with dolphins.
Spoiled for Choice - First-Class Dining & Hotels
Accommodation-wise, there are six unique luxury hotels to choose from at Resorts World Sentosa. These include the Crockfords Tower (11-storey all-suite hotel situated above the casino, and the casino club with private rooms for ‘High Roller’ located on the 10th floor.)
Hotel Michael, Festive Hotel (family-oriented), The Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, the Equarius Hotel and The Royal Albatross round out the accommodation options.
The resort provides plenty of fine-dining choices. These include Japanese cuisine at Syun, the finest Chinese cuisine at TungLok Heen, authentic Cantonese cuisine at Feng Shui Inn, and many other fine culinary establishments offering Italian cuisine (Fratelli - Trattoria ∙ Pizzeria), modern European dining (CURATE, and Table65 by Chef Richard van Oostenbrugge and Chef Thomas Groot).
“RWS offers award-winning dining experiences and exciting cuisines from around the world across its many renowned celebrity chef restaurants, establishing itself as a key player in Singapore’s vibrant and diverse dining scene and a leading gourmet destination in Asia for epicureans. “
The world-class Resorts World Convention Centre is the ideal industry and business location with huge events and trade shows taking place each year.
Genting Rewards Members allows guests to enjoy a wide range of exceptional privileges at more than 100 participating outlets at Resorts World Sentosa. These also apply to hotels, the celebrated celebrity chef restaurants as well as world-class entertainment and attractions. Members will also enjoy priority access to exclusive events, entertainment, private functions and more at Resorts World Sentosa.
LOHAS - Embracing Sustainability
Resorts World Sentosa casino-cum-theme park is also embracing sustainable products and services in the post-COVID world known as LOHAS, which stands for lifestyles of health and sustainability. The resort is also planning a G$4.5 billion Resorts World Sentosa expansion project in 2022.
Resorts World Sentosa is located only 10 minutes from Singapore’s Central Business District.
See more in part two of the Top Casino Destinations Across Southeast Asia coming soon (Malaysia, Vietnam & Cambodia)
We recommend you check for the latest news on each resort before visiting as special restrictions and guidelines are in place due to COVID-19.
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