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Christmas 2018–Christmas Eve dinner for under $100 at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay - The Square Festive Buffet (1)

If you have yet to make any plans for Christmas, you might want to consider Novotel Clarke Quay The Square Restaurant. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is going at $85++ while the Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner is going at $68++. Senior Citizens get a discount. And the Christmas Eve Buffet comes with free flow of martinis, beer, wine and soft drinks, so really it’s not a bad deal!

The festive buffets will feature favourites such as

  • Roast Turkey
  • Baked Gammon Ham
  • Roast Beef,
  • Seafood on Ice
  • Assorted Sushi and Sashimi,
  • Signature dishes like Salted Egg Crayfish, Chilli Crab, Laksa etc
  • Festive desserts such as fruit cake, stollen, log cake, panettone etc

Scroll down for some picture highlights taken from the invited media tasting a couple of weeks ago.

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Christmas 2018–A brilliant Christmas at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Think of where to eat at Marriott Hotel and Marriott Cafe’s popular buffet comes to mind. The offerings are extensive and the food is consistently good. Hence you won’t go wrong with Marriott Cafe’s Festive buffets, should you still be looking for a good place to celebrate Christmas.

Marriott Cafe - Festive Buffets

Christmas Eve (Dinner) and Christmas Day (Lunch & Dinner) crowd pleasers not to be missed include Roast Turkey with Chestnut Bread Stuffing; Slow-roasted Australian Beef Prime Ribs; Maple Gazed Leg Ham; Pan-fried Foie Gras with Chutney, Relish & Brioche; Milanese Style Lamb Chops with Lemon & Herbs; Bacon Wrapped Chicken Ballotine with Creamy Kale, and more. Highly raved seafood favourites include Lobster Thermidor; Oyster Florentine; Crayfish with Chilli Herb Butter; Grilled Scallops with Salsa Verde; Whole Salt Crust Baked Salmon; Fresh Seafood on Ice and more.  Buffet lunches range from $68++ to $78++ and buffet dinners range from $80++ to 108++ depending on the days. Christmas eve and Christmas day dinner is $160++ while Christmas day lunch is $138++.

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PARKROYAL on Pickering–Amazing staycation experience and so many Instagrammable spots!

PARKROYAL on Pickering may strike you as a bit of a business hotel, given that it is in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, but that doesn’t make it any less suitable a location for a staycation. The hotel has been on my radar for several years now, thanks to its really eye-catching and unmistakable facade.

I’ve visited the hotel a couple of times in the past. Once was to enjoy the afternoon tea at Lime Restaurant, and another was to have a dinner buffet at the same restaurant. Recently, I had the opportunity to finally check out the rooms, and my was it a staycation to remember. Thanks to the PARKROYAL on Pickering Suite Little Escape promotion ($668 onwards) available just for December, we got to enjoy the comforts of a Junior Suite (has a living room area and separate bedroom!), a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries, festive buffet dinner and buffet breakfast!

The room is super humongous! So much space to just relax in plus the wider views! There are 2 TV screens so the husband can watch 1 programme while I can watch another. But truth be told, we hardly had time for TV because we were so busy taking photos all over the hotel plus pigging out. Seriously every turn you take is a potential Instagram opportunity.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed via my InstaStories that we got upgraded to have Club Lounge access. Club lounge access means that in addition to the perks from the Suite Little Escape promotion, we would also be entitled to Champagne buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the Orchid Club Lounge. I would highly recommend topping up for it to really pamper yourself, but if you don’t mind a smaller room, you can go for the Orchid Club Room ($440 onwards) and still get Club benefits.

Scroll down further to see what we did during our 1 precious day at PARKROYAL on Pickering where time just seemed to slip away so very much faster than I wanted it to!

Staycation at PARKROYAL on Pickering

Staycation time indeed! Do come in and take some pictures at the hotel lobby too as that already offers up many photo opportunities.

PARKROYAL on Pickering- Orchid Club Junior Suite

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Christmas 2018– Festive Delights at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

If you’ve been dreaming of spending Christmas overseas, but can’t for some reason, what about considering spending Christmas in Sentosa? I mean where else can you get the beach resort vibe? The money you save from having to spend on air-tickets overseas can get you a staycation in Sentosa.

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (1)

Does this picture not say it all? Lush tropical setting away from the maddening crowd. This picture was taken at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa’s So SPA, and Sentosa houses the world’s largest So SPA in the world. The So SPA is an annex next to the main hotel wing, with a separate pool just for the spa guests.

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Christmas 2018–Attractively-priced Festive semi-buffets at Four Seasons Hotel

Gosh has it been 6 years? Four Seasons Hotel will always hold a soft spot in my heart because that’s where we got married just under 6 years ago. I’ve only been back once since, for my cousin’s wedding a couple of years back (the elegant Grand Ballroom’s floor to ceiling glass wall is just hard to resist). So happy to be able to revisit once again. I hear the rooms have undergone a refurbishment, I would certainly be keen to check them out. I remember being very impressed with the classy decor back then.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore - Corn Bread

What’s impressive too is the Christmas spread that will be dished up to diners during this Christmas festive season. If you’re having any of the festive buffets at One-Ninety Restaurant, you must check out things like the duck liver parfait with Jamon, the chestnut soup, the fresh seafood spread and the turkey. I don’t think I’ve ever come across chestnut soup before, but the chestnut soup that night was so memorable, it’s a wonder why this velvety and earthy soup isn’t more widely available. It was so good, I’ve since bought a packet of chestnuts to hopefully recreate a similar tasting soup at home. The seafood spread needs no introduction except for me to say that it was very fresh. And as for the turkey, don’t skip it because this is one very tender version. The buffet spread also features high quality imported cheeses from France and Italy.

If you feel a full buffet is just too much to indulge in and too painful on the wallet, Four Season’s Festive Semi-Buffets are worth considering. For example they have the following semi-buffets in addition to full-buffets and set courses:

  • Festive Semi-Buffet Lunch (3-30 Dec 2018 except Christmas/New Year’s  Day) – $58/adult
  • Christmas Eve Semi-Buffet Dinner (24 Dec 2018) – $128/adult
  • Christmas Day Semi-Buffet Dinner (25 Dec 2018) – $88/adult
  • New Year’s Day Semi Buffet Brunch (1 Jan 2019) – $88/adult

I’ve been looking at Christmas buffet pricings of various hotels and for a top-tier hotel, this is a tad cheaper than if you were to go for full buffets! So you still get to bask in the Christmassy atmosphere but at a “discount”. Scroll down for a selection of photos from the Christmas buffet.

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