If one area could be considered the heart of Singapore, it would be Marina Bay, a reclamation project in the middle of the city that has now become one of the city’s hottest districts. On the shores of Singapore’s Marina Bay, you’ll find some of the most luxurious hotels, a lovely waterfront promenade and the best views of the skyline, particularly at night.
Located on the southern tip of Singapore, Marina Bay was designed as a multipurpose entertainment area, lined with parks, gardens and a pedestrian boardwalk that’s especially popular after dark, when the lights of the Singapore skyline reflect off the surface of the water.
If it’s your first time in Singapore, Marina Bay offers two ways to see the city. For the best bird’s eye view, ride the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel. Next, see the city from a different perspective with a water taxi ride on Marina Bay itself. Marina Bay is also home to the Esplanade performing arts center, ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park and the Singapore Maritime Gallery to name just a few.
Besides its attractions, Marina Bay has become a popular place to enjoy dinner with a view. You’ll find a little bit of everything here, from inexpensive food court fare at the City Link Mall to high-end dining at hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, Pan Pacific or Marina Bay Sands. The area is also home to half a dozen malls and shopping centers, including the popular Raffles City Shopping Centre.
If you’re feeling energetic, Marina Bay has five themed walking trails, ranging in length from 2 to 6 miles (3.5 to 9.5 kilometers), where you can discover the city’s architectural wonders, learn about its colonial heritage, enjoy some public art or just take in some sunshine waterside.