There is little doubt that Marina Bay Sands’ centrepiece is its rooftop infinity pool, 55 storeys up and commanding breathtaking views of the cityscape beyond – unsurprisingly it gets quite a lot of airtime on Monday’s programme. It has become one of Singapore’s most sought-after photo spots, and is credited as the driving factor behind the hotel’s enduring popularity on social media. The leading attraction has even spawned its own Instagram hashtag #marinabaysandspool, with thousands of posts.
The figures are impressive. At 142 metres long, it’s the longest elevated pool in the world, close to three times the length of an Olympic swimming pool – although few guests can pull themselves away from the magnificent vistas long enough to work on their front crawl. Instead, they prefer to take pictures of themselves against the water’s edge with the help of a selfie stick. The hotel has not disclosed the number of iPhone drownings cases that have subsequently ensued.