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Romantic Boutique Hotels in Singapore

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow so I thought I’d better get this post out ASAP! Have you all made plans to celebrate V Day with a special someone? If you have no idea where to go you could try Pantry at the Stables, although at this late date I am not sure if all the tables are fully booked.

I was thinking how best to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Singapore, or for that matter, a romantic getaway. Staycations are getting popular, but what about romantic staycations? Here are some pictures of lovely boutique hotel rooms to whet your appetite!

Capella Hotel http://www.capellahotels.com/singapore/

Capella Singapore offers guests the “Be my Valentine” package priced from S$950++ a night. Guests will enjoy one night’s accommodation in their choice of a One Bedroom Garden Villa, Constellation Suite or Sentosa Suite, subject to availability. They will also enjoy the following inclusions:

. Daily breakfast for two at The Knolls
. A bottle of wine
. Special Valentine’s set dinner for two at Cassia
. Romantic room turndown setup with flower petals, candles and bubble bath
. Guaranteed late checkout at 4pm

This is a limited offering and only for stays from 11 to 29 February 2012. uests can book online at http://www.capellahotels.com/singapore/specials-en.html or call Reservations at +65 6591 5000 / email reservations.singapore@capellahotels.com.

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Wangz Hotel http://www.wangzhotel.com/

For diehard romantics, fall in love again and enhance the memorable set dinner with an extra special room package. http://www.wangzhotel.com/promos.aspx?i=12

The ‘When I Fall in Love’ room package includes:

  • One-night accommodation
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  • Complimentary wired and wireless internet access
  • Complimentary selected beverages from the mini-bar
  • 7-course Valentine’s Day dinner at Halo rooftop lounge
  • Special gift for the couple

Canopy Room — S$458++
Soak Room — S$608++ (Inclusive of  a standing tub for a romantic lover’s bath with Molton Brown bath amenities)

For room reservations, please call (65) 6595 1388 or email reservations@wangzhotel.com

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SOAK ROOM

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Wonderlust Hotel http://wanderlusthotel.com/

SGD 450++ per night

Includes:

Breakfast in Bed

Cocotte Dinner Voucher valued at SGD 200 nett w/ 2 complimentary glasses of sparkling

An exclusive romance kit with every booking

*Only valid for stay from 7 to 14 February 2012. Prior reservations required for dinner.

E: reservations@wanderlusthotel.com

T: +65 6579 2024 for enquiries and bookings

Wonderlust Hotel

New Majestic http://www.newmajestichotel.com/

SGD 488 ++ per night

Includes:

A 1 night stay in one of the Attic Suites

Breakfast for 2 at the Majestic Restaurant

A complimentary spa treatment for two – either the Rejuvenating Body Massage, Detoxifying Body Massage with Steam or Fruit Body Therapy – at the Amrita Ayurvedic Centre

*Only valid for stay from 7 to 14 February 2012. Prior bookings required for spa treatment.

E: reservation@newmajestichotel.com

T: +65 6579 2024 for enquiries and bookings

New Majestic

Bay Hotel http://www.bayhotelsingapore.com/

Okay Bay Hotel is not yet open, but you might be interested in the opening special rates! Bay Hotel is situated across from VivoCity and in proximity of Sentosa and Mount Faber,

Standard Room Rates From S$228++

Guests will also receive:

• Buffet Breakfast
• Two Pieces Of Laundry Daily (Normal Service, Non Accumulative)
• Minibar Refreshments (Replenished Once Daily)
• Unlimited Broadband Access
• Rumah Rasa Sampler Platter
• Local Calls

Bay Hotel Singapore is organizing an online treasure hunt competition, paired with questions about the hotel, exclusively for fans of Bay Hotel Singapore’s Facebook fanpage in Singapore.

The online treasure hunt is inspired by the cupid and love of Valentine’s Day, where participants will have to locate 3 icons amidst images of the hotel. Facebook fans that manage to show evidence of finding these 3 icons, and who correctly answer the given question – “What is the name of the tapas bar and grill at Bay Hotel Singapore?” – will stand a chance to win the prize.

Each lucky winner will win a one night stay in Bay Hotel’s Singapore Deluxe Queen Room for 2 persons, including breakfast. There will be two lucky winners. The Valentine’s Day treasure hunt will end on 19th February 2012 (11pm, GMT +8), with the winners announced in late February 2012.

To participate in the competition or to find out more, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=264763316925825

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Festive Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun

*Media Invite*

I was delighted to received this email inviting me to attend the Festive Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun, organized by Wan Bao and Omy.sg. Ah Lun is a veteran journalist, but it seems his skills aren’t just limited to writing, he is a very funny host too. Ah Lun would be bringing a group of foodies to sample Christmas and Chinese New Year festive cuisines at 8 famous restaurants. At each restaurant, one would get to sample several dishes.

And the most important sentence of in the email…”Please come with a really empty stomach!” To be frank, while I was delighted, I was also apprehensive, after the really belly bursting 8 restaurant Gastromania Feast at Far East Square! Still, it was an opportunity not to be missed. This time round, only 2 restaurants. I can handle it….

4 session to choose from so I picked the 3rd:-

5 Nov (Sat) – 1230pm to 530pm, Crystal Jade Palace and Swissotel Merchant Court
12 Nov (Sat) – 12pm to 530pm, Shin Yeh Restaurant and Sze Chuan Court @ Fairmont Hotel
19 Nov (Sat) – 12pm to 530pm, Thai Village Restaurant and Rendezvous Hotel
26 Nov (Sat) – 12pm to 530pm, Tien Court @ Copthorne King’s Hotel and Mandarin Hotel

It costs $108/pax, but despite the amount, the event was almost full house! 8 tables worth of people for my session but I am told that the 26 November session, which is already sold-out, has more than 150 sign-ups!

The whole event was very enjoyable. Ah Lun and his sidekick Xiao Peng had the room cracking up with their numerous jokes and games. Since I was sitting at the VIP table, I didn’t have to worry about being hauled up to stage and I could enjoy my food while being entertained. I think I quite like the idea of dining on select dishes and then being ferried to the next restaurant to try out more dishes. Felt as if I was on a tour. In fact, a bus was also chartered just to bring us from the Thai Village Restaurant at Leisure Park (Kallang) to Rendezvous Hotel. They should throw in a short tour of Singapore too! (Ok I’m still in the holiday mood, haven’t recovered from my Norway holiday yet!)

For more information on the event, click here to access the SPH site (only if you can read Mandarin. Otherwise, check out these 2 links for my pictures and a write-up each on Thai Village Restaurant and Rendezvous Hotel.

Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Thai Village Restaurant

Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Rendezvous Hotel

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Rendezvous Hotel Christmas Lunch

Next stop on the Festive Gourmet Food Trail…..Rendezvous Hotel Singapore! This is the Christmas themed part of the food trail, if only they gave us Christmas presents….

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Me looking really happy for having a seat at the VIP table heh heh heh… And I didn’t even have to know the bride and groom. Ok just kidding. My blogger buddy  Rachel of PXDKITTY helped me take this photo. Check out her blog at http://pxdkitty.blogspot.com/.

Rendezvous Hotel - Honey baked ham & crabmeat croquette

Honey baked ham & crabmeat croquette (Accompanied with granny apply salad, cinnamon pineapple sauce

The croquettes looked festive, with the cinnamon pineapple sauce. There was a nice crunch due to the water chestnuts, onion and pine nuts used. The taste is a little like Ngoh Hiang. Didn’t quite like the apple salad on the side. It had too much salad dressing/mayonnaise in it and resembled coleslaw. I think coleslaw has a very bad reputation, in Singapore at the very least. I suspect it is due to the cheapo and lousy coleslaw served at KFC and Western food stalls in hawker centres. The Partner tells me that KFC NZ serves really wonderful coleslaw, which is nothing like what we have in Singapore. I wonder why.

Rendezvous Hotel - Cream of wild mushroom soup topped with crispy turkey bacon (2)

Cream of wild mushroom soup topped with crispy turkey bacon – Nice as It had a whole load of little bits of mushroom in it.

Rendezvous Hotel - Stewed turkey breast with chestnut and prune in red wine sauce

Stewed turkey breast with chestnut and prune in red wine sauce

I think where the chefs truly excelled were in the meat dishes. The turkey and duck dishes were done so well that just for these alone was worth the visit to Rendezvous Hotel.

The thing with turkey that is that it’s a tougher type of meat as compared to chicken and duck. Whenever I go for Christmas dinners, I’m always hesitant to order the turkey dish even though I really want to. I mean, what’s Christmas without turkey??? The turkey that we had at Rendezvous Hotel was really tender and flavourful. I was so shocked to discover that it was turkey BREAST that was served! I mean some cooks can’t even do chicken breast correctly and here I was eating these tender morsels of turkey breast. It was GOOD.

Another interesting thing which the chef shared with us. Did you know that turkey for Christmas is only prevalent in the USA? In Europe, it’s duck or goose! In New Zealand it’s duck or lamb. I think the Americans eat turkey for Christmas mainly because turkey is also the traditional dish for Thanksgiving (an American holiday), which is in November and so close to Christmas. It makes economic sense for the farmers to specialize in one type of meat.

Rendezvous Hotel - Baked duck breast topped with goose liver mousee

Baked duck breast topped with goose liver mousse – The chefs outdid themselves again with the sliced duck dish. Once again, the meat was very very tender. I love the sweet accompanying sauce. Didn’t manage to taste the goose liver mousse though. Definitely a dish you should consider ordering for Christmas too. I’m salivating as I’m writing this!! It’s torturous to see but not be able to eat it!

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