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THET HIGH LIFE: Ma­rina Bay Sands, with more than 2500 gue­strooms and suites, is big and bold, and comes with its own des­ti­na­tion map. It’s a land­mark on Sin­ga­pore’s mod­ern sky­line with three tow­ers joined by a ship-shaped rooftop struc­ture; think a gi­gan­tic Stone­henge rem­nant or math­e­mat­i­cal sym­bol. My gue­stroom is com­fort­able and spa­cious, with sleep­as­sured bed, day lounge po­si­tioned to take in the view and even a wel­com­ing towel-art puppy. On the rooftop, an in­fin­ity pool falls away to the city be­hind (pic­tured); it’s won­der­ful but not re­laxed as guests crowd the wa­ter tak­ing self­ies. On this level, dine with a view at Spago by Wolf­gang Puck or Sky on 57. The ho­tel also has a Banyan Tree Spa, a casino (with en­try fee for Sin­ga­pore­ans to dis­cour­age gam­bling), Expo and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and lo­tus-shaped ArtS­cience Mu­seum. Then there are The Shoppes: wall-to-wall celebrity-chef din­ing (in­clud­ing Tet­suya’s Waku Ghin) and lux­ury-brand stores, open help­fully late. Don’t be daunted, though; a food court is dumpling heaven and, in a blast from the past, there’s even a CD store. More: marin­

Gra­ham Erbacher was a guest of the Sin­ga­pore Tourism Board. • yoursin­ga­

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