Who would have thought that a mall, of all things, would blow my mind today? Not me, the ultimate non-shopper. But Marina Bay did just that. I’m not even sure it can be called a mall. It’s pretty extraordinary on a few different levels. Not only is every luxury retailer represented — Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Prada and we haven’t even gotten to Louis Vuitton yet — but the store fronts, design, texture and color of the materials throughout are exquisite.
This place spans four floors and occupies acres of land and there are myriad nationalities dropping some serious coin on handbags, couture gowns, diamond jewelry and anything else you might need on the yacht. Through the middle is a canal with Venetian boats carrying shoppers to and fro, punctuated by a swirling waterfall that drops from a glass ceiling like a giant flushing toilet (which is open to the outside on the next level up). At another end of the mall is an ice skating rink — with no ice. Skaters put on “ice” skates with blades and glide across a tile floor made from some ingenious material that simulates the experience with no water or freezing required. And the Marina Bay Sands casino (owned by the same Las Vegas company that owns the Venetian, hence maybe the canal and boats) is just a few steps away if you still have some cash burning a hole in your pocket. Wow is about all I have left to say.