Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation 2018

It’s no secret that we love going on staycations. If I could, I would check into a new hotel every month. Even the toddler loves staycations. At one point in time, it was quite dangerous to even mention the word “hotel” because then he’d launch into a big tantrum if you didn’t take him to one straight away! Given that it’s going to be peak season for staycations in December, here’s my review of Swissotel Merchant Court to give you some idea of where to staycation next.

Swissotel Merchant Court Birthday Staycation

We previously stayed in Swissotel Merchant Court back in 2016, when Edward was still a baby! There are many things that we really like about Swissotel Merchant Court. First of all, the colour scheme. I really love the bright yellow hues, it just makes you feel so joyous and welcomed. The rooms are always very well-appointed. And for me, location location location. It being smack next to Clark Quay Central as well as Clarke Quay MRT station makes it so convenient. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, lots of shops. And even if you don’t want to spend a single dime, Clarke Quay is a great place to just chill by the steps of the river and people watch. And for Pokemon Go players, Clarke Quay is teeming with PokeStops and mons!

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Swissotel Merchant Court Crossroads Bar Afternoon Tea

Can you believe that it’s going to be Christmas soon? It’s cliched to say this but seriously, where has the time gone? I was looking through my photo archives and reminiscing the celebration we had for Edward’s 2nd birthday, when I realised that in just a few months time, it’ll be time to celebrate his 3rd birthday!  Where has the round headed baby gone?

Happy 2nd Birthday to Edward

Speaking of celebrations, here’s how we celebrated his 2nd birthday, over afternoon tea at the Swissotel Merchant Court. An apt time to be posting this because I often associate cosy afternoon tea sessions with Christmas time. Apart from Christmas posts, you’ll be seeing more afternoon tea and staycation posts now that it’s the holiday period! I certainly hope you love the Christmas period as much as I do.

Afternoon Tea at Swissotel Merchant Court

Swissotel Merchant Court Crossroads Bar serves a Peranakan inspired afternoon tea, available daily from 3pm – 5pm. Nyonya savouries such as petite braised pork bely in steam leaf bun, otak otak on toast, sambal ayam panggang sandwiches and freshly made kueh pie tee to name a few, will be served on a tiered platter. When we were there earlier this year, they also had a Western afternoon tea set, so we asked them to mix and match the items. The food you see below is for a 2 persons order. My parents came to join us for the cake cutting and candle blowing!

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Pan Pacific Singapore Sunday Champagne Brunch at Edge Restaurant – Revamped

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Pan Pacific’s Edge Sunday Champagne Brunch has been given a revamp and now boasts two activity sessions – a cooking demo and a cocktail making demo. So instead of just stuffing your face for those few hours, you now get to take a break and learn a thing or two from the experts. From 1pm-1.30pm, the inhouse mixologist will impart the techniques required to make your own cocktails at home. From 2pm-2.30pm, learn how to cook highlight dishes from the buffet spread, such as Coriander Crab Cake with Curry Mayo, or Sticky Date Pudding.

Edge Sunday Brunch - Desserts Theatre

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Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Grand Suite

Did you read my previous post on how to maximise your staycation and notice the pretty pictures accompanying the staycation study slides? Those are pictures of the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore. In fact, the Brand Expedia staycation event was held in Shangri-La Hotel’s Grand Suite. And they’re not being dramatic in naming the room the Grand Suite, because it is literally very spacious! Check out the features of the room, and scroll down for more pictures.

  • Dimension: 250 sqm / 2,690 sqf interiors, with a 75 sqm / 807 sqf balcony
  • Commanding city views
  • Access to the Horizon Club Lounge (executive lounge).
  • Marble-clad bathroom with bathtub and separate glass-enclosed shower (and a separate toilet for guests)
  • Spacious living and dining areas and separate bedroom
  • Private gym and sauna room
  • Butler Service.

I am told this room costs around S$4,000 per night, which is pretty eye-watering by normal standards. However, if you were to treat the Grand Suite as an event venue, the costs might start to work out. $4,000 is of course on the high side for an event venue of 250 sqm but this is a unique venue in a sense. And imagine if you were parents throwing a birthday party for your kid, or a couple having an engagement party / solemnization, at the end of the day you can crash out on the bed and have a “free” staycation!

~~ Bedroom ~~

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Tips and tricks to planning your next Singapore staycation – Brand Expedia’s Singapore Staycation Study

Brand Expedia recently released the findings from its 2018 Singapore Staycation Study, which surveyed over 500 Singaporeans aged 21 and above who were the decision makers for their holidays. The survey results are quite interesting, and if you have time, you should read the full results here. But more importantly, how do you benefit from all that information? Well I’ve sieved through all that information and here’s my tips on how to maximise your next staycation as well as advice to hotels on what they need to do to entice more Singaporeans to go for staycations.

If you’ve never been on a staycation, try it!

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First of all, if you’ve one of the 36% of the population who have never gone on a staycation,  know that you are in the minority! You may feel uncomfortable about going on a staycation, or wonder what’s the big deal about it, but give it a chance because you just might love it so much you might become one of those frequent staycationers who average 4 staycations a year! Check out my staycation reviews here!

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