The moment we’ve all been eagerly anticipating is here – Marina Bay Sandsopened its first phase on Tuesday April 27, at the auspicious time of 3.18pm. 963 out of 2,560 hotel rooms, a portion of its shopping mall, some restaurants, the Sands Expo and Convention Center, the event plaza and – most importantly – the casino, are now welcoming guests.
The rest of the hotel rooms and suites, the Sands SkyPark and additional shops will be available as part of the Grand Opening on June 23. The museum, theaters and the remainder of the shops will open towards the end of the year.
Punters have much reason to rejoice with the opening of the casino. It offers three levels of gaming floor-space, with over 1600 slot machines (including a variety of jackpots) and a great selection of the newest and most popular electronic gaming machines in the world, including more than 250 themes and game titles.
If table games are more your cup of tea, the games on offer include Baccarat, Roulette, Sic-Bo, Singapore Stud Poker, Non Commission Baccarat and Money Wheel which span almost 500 tables with a variety of betting limits.
However, Singapore citizens or permanent residents, do need to pay an entry levy of $100 for 24 hours or $2000 for yearly pass.
Not a gambler? Check out world-class shopping and dining destinations at The Shoppes, boasting a whopping 800,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Those with a penchant for fine dining can sample the groundbreaking cuisine of celebrity chefs Tetsuya Wakuda, Guy Savoy, Santi Santamaria whose restaurants are now open. Other restaurants worth salivating over include those by Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck, which will be opening shortly (hopefully).
Touting itself as Singapore’s first large-scale luxury shopping destination, the avid shopper will be spoiled for choice with a list of retailers that include Bally, Bottega Veneta, Bvlgari, Burberry, Cartier, Christian Dior, Fendi, Ferragamo, Franck Muller, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Omega, Patek Philippe, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent and many more. These are expected to open in phases as well so check back on an update on what’s open soon.
Marina Bay Sands opens to the public from today, in phases.