With refreshments to its hardware investments, and gamechanging F&B offerings that are in tune with current hospitality trends – Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) elevates guest experiences for a bold, new travelscape ahead
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New faces of the year
The latest addition to the metamorphosis – Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay (formerly Marina Mandarin) – brings the first garden-in-a-hotel concept to Singapore. It is not surprising then, to spot the Group’s core belief in sustainability radiating through this revamped property.
Stepping through the entrance, visitors are greeted by a soaring 13m landscaped planter wall; before transcending the skybridge on the 4th floor – designed to emulate an immersive forest tree top experience – to an indoor atrium, now transformed into a lush garden featuring sculptural pavilions that double up as enclaves for guests to unwind.
With sustainability and experiential stays gaining traction in today’s travels, all 583 well-furnished rooms feature biodegradable in-room amenities and a water filter system to minimise the use of single-use plastic bottles.
A host of wellness experiences beckons: an urban farm located onsite offering educational farming experiences; a mineral swimming pool fitted with optic lights akin to luxuriating in a cosmic pool; and – with appreciation for conscious eating – a farm-to-table concept dining.
As part of its launch, capitalise on the trove of curated options in charting your stay – from in-room family fun, to picnics at the insta-worthy sculptural pavilion or even at the iconic Gardens by the Bay.
As cross border leisure travel is largely still a pipe dream, PPHG has also pivoted two other brands under its portfolio, Parkroyal and Pan Pacific, with localities in Singapore’s treasured precincts to attract residents to be a tourist in their own city.
With Christmas festivities around the corner, why not consider indulging yourself to rediscover Singapore, or at best, gift it to an industry friend? We check four of them out:
Feed Your Wanderlust: A culinary-oriented stay, delight palates with a four-course lunch or dinner set menu, Club access to all-day refreshments and a hearty champagne buffet breakfast. Guests who’ll miss the food can learn to replicate it at the cooking and mixology classes, included as part of the package.
Participating properties: Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road, Pan Pacific Singapore, Parkroyal on Beach Road, and Parkroyal Collection Pickering.
The Suite Life: Life is indeed sweet when champagne, spa treatments, and luxury car transfers are involved. In addition, Parkroyal Collection Pickering curates a series of holistic wellness activities – cooking and mixology classes, yoga and pilates sessions, and architectural tour of Chinatown – to round up the stay.
Pacific Club Experience: Can’t fly? Don’t fret. A stay at club floor rooms at Pan Pacific Singapore grants access to the Pacific Club Lounge on the 38th floor, which offers 360-degree views of Marina Bay, the South China Sea, and the city. Besides personalised hospitality and culinary frills, the option of booking its private dining rooms for two hours is a welcome respite in today’s climate.
Simply Yours: The Exclusive Couples Retreat: Explore facets of Singapore’s rich heritage with a partner (or esteemed friend) while staying at the newly renovated Parkroyal on Beach Road. In-house culinary masters lead curated local experience workshops daily, and guests may also opt for add-on activities such as guided walks, batik making, and perfume discovery workshops at discounted rates. Unwind a day of being out and about with refreshments and evening cocktails served to your room.
Gourmet tourism at home
Foodies, don’t dream its over because travel restrictions now throw a spanner to your vacation plans.
With Singapore at the crossroads of an international culinary scene, PPHG redefines dining experiences with its portfolio of new concepts, and award-winning restaurants and bars showcasing a plethora of global flavours.
First up, longstanding favourites in the local dining scene: Keyaki and Si Chuan Dou Hua.
Breezing through the ethereal Japanese garden surrounding the establishment is akin to visiting the destination in itself. Keyaki prides itself for using air-flown ingredients from Japan in creating its renowned Kaiseki and teppanyaki menus.
Accommodating both traditionalist and contemporary diners, both tatami and western seating private dining rooms are available.
Our familiarity with bold and spicy Chinese flavours today is thanks to Si Chuan Dou Hua, the pioneer of authentic Sichuan cuisine in Singapore. The fiery gastronomic adventure ranges from intricate a la carte presentations to celebrated themed buffets featuring an extensive list of samplers. Dining here is also complemented by theatrics – with tea served through a long-spouted kettle.
The love affair with local food birthed Best of Lime, an all-new a la carte buffet featuring tie-ups between hawker heavyweights from the renowned Hong Lim Food Centre, and in-house culinary stars with their creative takes on international fusion cuisine.
Head to the facelifted Ginger for a curation of Singaporean flavours with a twist, such as dried shrimps – a staple in South-east Asian cooking – meets garlic cheese bun, or slow braised Australian beef cheek rendang.
Also newly renovated, all-day dining restaurant Spice Brasserie embraces Asian street food, while taking diners on a culinary journey weaving through Asia to Europe at its buffet line. An ode to the vibrant Kitchener Road neighbourhood, the restaurant also houses a tandoor oven in churning out unique takes on North Indian delights.
For the millennials (and those who identify as such) whose cameras must eat first, there will be ample opportunities for the ‘gram – all while savouring healthful farm-to-table cuisine in greenhouse-inspired private dining areas at Peppermint, sipping afternoon tea at freshly sown verdant landscape at Atrium Lounge, or when downing tipples at new destination bar Club 5.
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