Gazing across the water at Indonesia’s Marina Bay, where shores are lined with soaring buildings—many containing luxury hotels.
Panoramic vistas come with the territory in Singapore’s Marina Bay area, with contemporary structures such as the white lotus-like ArtScience Museum ring the water. Some of the city’s finest hotels are also found in this entertainment, dining, and shopping district—each offering a drone’s-eye view of Singapore’s more modern side. Watching sunset reflections on the iconic high-rises of this inlet in the Singapore Strait is one of Asia’s most memorable sights.
Floating pods at Pan Pacific Singapore
Say good morning to the Singapore Strait from a luxury suite in this 38-floor landmark, where 790 contemporary rooms advertise their position with names such as Skyline Suite and Harbour Studio. The interior is equally impressive, with their renowned bar known as Atrium and its seating pods, which float above a reflective pool that’s served by one of Asia’s longest bars. For dinner, take the lift to the rooftop garden and koi pond of Keyaki Japanese restaurant.
Insider tip: Enjoy up-close views of the “urban jungle” from the two-bedroom family suite of the same name, where younger guests get to play in a jungle-themed room with an inflatable rocking hippo, tepee, and treehouse-style bunk bed.
Impressive sights at Conrad Centennial Singapore
This 31-floor hotel stands close to Marina Bay sights such as the waterside Singapore Flyer observation wheel, which guests can see from the outdoor pool. The view on your plate is also good, whether it’s sophisticated Cantonese delicacies and dim sum at the Golden Peony or morning coffee and muffins at The Terrace. The modern Asian-inspired rooms enjoy impressive outlooks, and you can toast the skyscrapers from a dining table in the two-bedroom family suite.
Insider tip: The hotel is within walking distance of the durian-like Esplanade arts complex, Marina Square mall, Suntec convention center, and The Float outdoor venue.
Wraparound views at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
A sleek addition to Singapore’s Marina Bay waterfront, The Fullerton Bay Hotel successfully combines modernity and glamor in its chic architecture and interior. Located just minutes away from the central business district and arts and cultural precinct, the five-star hotel offers classic, luxurious hospitality and exquisite service, with rooms featuring 360º panoramas of Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline.
Insider tip: Guests are treated to a complimentary one-hour heritage tour with exclusive access to its nearby sister hotel and national monument, The Fullerton Hotel.
Asian style at Mandarin Oriental
Paying homage to the hotel chain’s logo, the distinctive exterior of the Mandarin Oriental Singapore resembles a fan. This 21-floor property is both centrally located in Marina Bay and conveniently connected to a mall. The award-winning hotel emanates the chain’s Asian heritage throughout its 527 rooms and suites, indulgent spa, and destination dining with bay views, and has been recognized in the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide from 2012 onward.
Insider tip: Recover from jet lag with soothing spa treatments, including a full-body massage with warm bamboo sticks, hot-stone therapy, and shiatsu.
Avant-garde art at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia
With 4,200 works of art adorning this property and its half-dozen dining options, the Ritz-Carlton Millenia offers an elevated stay—especially if you decide to raise a glass from the 32nd-floor Club Lounge. Enjoy an Asian culinary tour with a Cantonese-inspired dinner at the Michelin--starred Summer Pavilion, local cuisine from Colony’s seven kitchens, and a cocktail at Republic (ranked 12th among Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022).
Insider tip: Book the world’s only augmented-reality hotel art tour and watch butterflies fly out of Frank Stella’s overhanging art installation, Cornucopia, in the hotel lobby, or spot a white beluga whale in the Stella Gallery.