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Singapore's New Summit

One can forgive Singapore's new Marina Bay Sands resort complex for opening in stages. If it debuted all at once, it might melt your mind.

The 2,600-room hotel, which had a "soft" opening of 963 rooms on April 27, will feature six celebrity-chef restaurants (including eateries run by Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, and Mario Batali), boat rides through canals interlacing the expansive, 800,000-square-foot Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, two state-of-the-art theaters (The Lion King opens in October) with combined seating for 4,000 souls, a massive casino, and an "artscience" museum built in the shape of a lotus, all housed in an aggressively futuristic multi-structure complex overlooking Singapore's Marina Bay waterfront.

But for my money, the pièce de résistance will be the vast, open-air "SkyPark" surmounting the hotel's three towers, which will open on June 23 as part of the official grand opening. The SkyPark is more than 600 feet high (taller than the Eiffel Tower), with 360-degree views of Singapore, an infinity-edge swimming pool, "lush" gardens, and some of those restaurants I mentioned. People will be talking about SkyPark when it opens.

Mark Orwoll is the international editor at Travel + Leisure.

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