Hello from Singapore! We left Kuala Lumpur this afternoon, and landed safe and sound an hour later in the most livable city in Asia (if you’re rich).
Singapore has the world’s highest percentage of millionaires, with one out of every six households having at least one million US dollars in disposable wealth. This excludes property, businesses, and luxury goods, which if included would increase the number of millionaires, especially as property in Singapore is among the world’s most expensive.
We are staying at the $8 billion Marina Bay Sands. This is the world’s most expensive standalone casino property. It’s also one of the most impressive places I have ever stayed at. The crowning feature is the 150 meter infinite pool and 340 meter SkyPark set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform on the 57th floor.
While it’s not the highest swimming pool in the world, it is the world’s longest elevated swimming pool. The roof deck that houses the pool and SkyPark is bigger than a Nimitz class aircraft carrier deck.
The pool was made up of 422,000 pounds of stainless steel and can hold 376,500 gallons of water. There are four movement joints beneath the main pools, designed to help them withstand the natural motion of the towers, and each joint has a unique range of motion. The total range of motion is almost 20 inches. In addition to wind, the hotel towers are also subject to settlement in the earth over time, so engineers built and installed custom jack legs to allow for future adjustment at more than 500 points beneath the pool system. This jacking system is important primarily to ensure the infinity edge of the pool continues to function properly.
If you’re visiting Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands is the place to stay at. I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the property. Look for more pics and videos soon!
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