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Marina Bay Attractions

THE SINGAPORE FLYER

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 8 Feb 2019  

At 165 metres tall, the Singapore Flyer is Asia’s largest observation wheel and one of its most iconic engineering marvels. Sitting proudly on the edge of Marina Bay, it offers panoramic views of metropolitan Singapore from a unique perspective — ideal for romantic experiences or family fun.
 

Designed for prosperity

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The Singapore Flyer officially opened on the 15th April 2008, and its design was heavily shaped by cultural and spiritual beliefs. For its first months in operation, the wheel turned anticlockwise when viewed from the centre of the bay, but was later reversed thanks to advice from feng shui experts. Now it spins inward towards the city, to transmit fortune and prosperity onto its people. 

The numbers 2 and 8 are believed to bring wealth, together translating into the term ‘easy prosperity’ – which is why the Flyer has 28 air-conditioned capsules, each with a capacity of 28, and an average ride time of 28 minutes. 
 

The experience

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When you arrive at the wheel’s three-storey terminal, go up to the second floor if you fancy an experience-before-the-experience. Here you can check out Singapore’s first 6D motion ride, or the 737 flight simulator, which kids will love. This is a different kind of ‘flight’ experience to what you’ll get on the Singapore Flyer itself, which turns so slowly, some say they can barely feel it move. You get the impression you’re floating in a bubble high in the air looking down on city life below.

As it takes almost half an hour to do a full circle, you’ll have plenty of time to take all the snaps you want. The capsules themselves are genuinely spacious, so don’t worry if you’re prone to claustrophobia.

Take a ride in the daytime and you’ll have a very different experience to a ride at night. Go in daylight and you’ll see the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Empress Place and Marina Bay. If it’s a clear day, you could even spot Sentosa Island or the coastlines of Indonesia and Malaysia. After, pop by Gardens by the Bay or the ArtScience Museum – just minutes by foot from the Flyer. 
 

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For a more romantic experience with your other half, hop on the Flyer after dark and marvel at urban Singapore beneath your feet. Its renowned skyline doesn’t disappoint, what with twinkling lights from skyscrapers and key attractions like Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Gardens by the Bay.
 
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Want to know more about what you’re seeing? Each capsule has an interactive touch-screen programme called Flyer360+ which gives facts and insights into Singapore's landmarks, culture and history. When you come off the Singapore Flyer, you may just feel like you have a new perspective on Singapore, even if you’re a seasoned visitor.

 

Details and packages

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If you fancy a tipple while enjoying the views, book a premium champagne flight for express boarding, a glass of bubbly and chocolates. Or jazz things up further with a Singapore Sling flight (S$79) — or the mocktail flight option for kids (S$31).

There’s also the option of a four-course romantic meal over two rotations (1 hour) for S$328.90, served by a personal in-flight host. If you’re planning something special, or just want some seclusion, you can book your own private capsule with champagne or cocktails from S$1,650. 
 

Sky-high indulgence

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For a taste of yet more spectacular views after disembarking, head up to Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands. Set 57 storeys up from the heart of Marina Bay, enjoy winning views of the Singapore Flyer and Singapore Strait while indulging in a fine Italian meal with your family at LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar.

Alternatively, treat yourself and that special someone to Californian cuisine at Wolfgang Puck’s celebrity chef restaurant, Spago Dining Room, which overlooks the city and the the world's largest Infinity Pool. The latter is exclusive to Hotel guests, so consider extending your stay with Marina Bay Sands’ staycation deals.

The Singapore Flyer is at 30 Raffles Avenue. From S$21. Daily, 8.30am – 10.15pm (ticketing counter on 1st floor closes 10pm).
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