Sep 30, 2016

A Family Fun Staycatiom in Swissotel Merchant Court's Kid-Themed Rooms + GIVEAWAY!

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Mention staycations, and the usual clean-looking hotel rooms invariably come to mind. But if you have kids like I do, you will know that any kid-friendly amenities included in any hotel room will be a refreshing change.

Especially if the kiddos open the door and come face to face with this sight.


Wowsers. It seems like kid-themed rooms are slowly catching on in a big way and Swissotel Merchant Court has set the bar pretty high when it comes to showing who exactly is the VIP for staycations.


Yes, the colourful themed bedding was what lit up the monkies' eyes first.

Situated conveniently next to Clarke Quay MRT station, Swissotel Merchant Court has just launched its brand new Family Fun Escape package in August 2016 and it will most certainly put a smile onto the kiddos' faces!


Do you spy what was present in the room in the above photo?

THIS.


A game console in the room. To the monkies, I think that itself determines whether a staycation is great or just okay. LOL.

The great thing about the Family Fun Escape package is it is designed for 2 to 17 year olds... which means depending on the age group that your kids, the room will be furnished with age-appropriate toys and activities. Of course, you will have to let the hotel know your kids' ages at the time of booking.


So if you have younger kids or toddlers, expect to find soft toys, activity books, storybooks, puzzles, and kid-sized desk and chairs - all to keep them entertained.


With more than enough activities in the room to keep the monkies entertained, I think they stopped talking to me after I snapped the mandatory photos of them.


But the kid-friendly amenities did not end there. Cutlery for kids - including hot chocolate - are also provided in the room.


The bathroom though, left me more than impressed. Rather than just stocking the bathroom with just kid toiletries (like most hotels do), Swissotel Merchant Court went a step further and furnished the bathroom with other kid-friendly items, like a step stool, non-slip mat and kiddy hand & face towels. These sure made the bathroom more colourful!



Compared to the kid-themed room, the parents' one was not as colourful.


But not that I am complaining. Swissotel Merchant Court has recently completed an overhaul of its rooms nearly complete and now, all its rooms employ a functional and elegant design with floral motifs inspired by Singapore’s status as a ‘Garden City’. I love the cheery yellow nature of the room, which complements the stupendous view of the Singapore River that the room offered.


Seeing all those water made the monkies to itch for a swim, and so we did.


The hotel's swimming pool was pretty standard fare but with the notable inclusion of two water slides - more than enough to keep the monkies happy!



The longer water slide is located at the main pool area, while there is a shorter one at the kids pool as well.


Cue loads of splashing madness then.



For kids below 12 years old, they will do well to remember Blue Potato, the hotel's poolside dining restaurant.


Why? Because this is where they will be able to redeem their free scoop of ice cream as part of the Family fun Escape package!


And obviously, the famed Ellenborough Market Cafe is not to be missed. Its buffet spread feature a host of international cuisine, specialty Peranakan dishes and its signature Durian Pengat.


If you need to burn off those calories, the vibrant Clarke Quay is just situated just right beside the hotel. Chinatown is also just minutes away by foot while shopping opportunities are abound at Liang Court and Central Shopping Mall.



To experience nature, stroll to the nearby Fort Canning Hill which offers a tranquil time among the lush vegetation.

Oh, and did I mention that the package also comes with 2 Adult and 2 Child tickets to Universal Studios Singapore??? No wonder the monkies could not stop grinning after that learnt about it.


So if you are on the lookout for a staycation that hits all the right spots with the little ones, Swissotel Merchant Court is the ideal choice to have a seriously fun staycation with the family!

And to pile on the fun, remember to book the Family Fun Escape Package which includes the following perks:

- 50% off 2nd room booked
- Swissotel Kids’ Room set-up and age-appropriate amenities upon request
- 2 Adult and 2 Child USS admission tickets
- Complimentary ice cream during your stay for children 12 and below
- Guaranteed late check-out till 4.00pm
- Buffet breakfast is available at $30 per adult and $15 per child

The package is valid from now until 31 Dec 2016. For reservations and enquiries, please call Swissotel Merchant Court at +65 6337 9993 or email reservations.merchantcourt@swissotel.com. Visit HERE for more details.


[GIVEAWAY]

WIN a FAMILY FUN ESCAPE Staycation at Swissotel Merchant Court!

Thanks to Swissotel Merchant Court, I have a 2D1N Family Fun Escape Package to give away!

The staycation includes:
1. One night stay in one room at Swissotel Merchant Court
2. 50% off 2nd room booked
3. Swissotel Kids’ Room set-up and age-appropriate amenities upon request
4. 2 Adult and 2 Child USS admission tickets
5. Complimentary ice cream for children 12 and below
6. Guaranteed late check-out till 4.00pm
7. Buffet breakfast is available at $30 per adult and $15 per child

Terms & Conditions of Giveaway
- 50% off on a second room applies to the room or suite category of equal or lesser value to the originally booked room.
- Room will be have to be redeemed by 10 January 2017.
- Advance reservation is required and subject to availability.
- Buffet Breakfast is not included in the package.


For a chance to win, all you have to do is do the following:

1. LIKE Swissotel Merchant Court's Facebook page HERE.

2. Tell us why you wish to win the staycation package for your family!
Leave your comment either in the comment section of this blog post OR on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE.

WANT TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING?
SHARE this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook for a bonus chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that I can see the shared post.

Giveaway ends on 9 October 2016, 2359 hours.

Good Luck! :)



Useful Information

Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
Room Rates: From 247++
Tel: 63372288
Website


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Sep 25, 2016

All the Lobsters you can Eat at LIME's LobsterFest!

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I have read and heard so much about LIME Restaurant's Lobsterfest at PARKROYAL on Pickering last year but did not had the chance to sample it.


The popular lobster buffer returned in the middle of this year but yet again, I missed it. Fortunately enough, it was third time lucky for me as the buffet has been extended to the end of this year due to overwhelming response!


As you can probably tell from the buffet title, it is all about LOBSTERS. And I could not wait to dive right in.


The popularity of salted egg dishes is showing no signs of fatigue. With a combination of the salted egg and butter sauces with bits of cereal, the Golden Sand Lobster was expectedly a hot favourite among diners.


The Singapore Chilli Lobster is yet another twist on Singapore's fave Chilli Crab. The sauce was spicy and savoury, packing enough oomph to go along with the deep fried mantou.


Can't get enough of spicy dishes? I thought that the Black Pepper Lobster was done just about right, with the black pepper sauce not overpowering the freshness of the lobster meat.


Yet another Singapore all-time fave features in the lineup of Lobsterfest.


When it comes to laksa, the make-or-break factor is its broth and to be honest, how good can laksa from a hotel buffet be? Surprisingly, the Lobster Laksa was more than decent with its broth flavourful, helped by the freshness of the lobsters no doubt.


After all the spicy dishes, the Lobster Risotto was a welcome change for the tastebuds. The lobster was full of garlic aroma while the accompanying risotto had a hint of umami flavour as a result of being cooked with lobster bisque.


But my fave of the night belonged to the Lobster Thermidor with Mac & Cheese. Okay, the Mac & Cheese was underwhelming but the Lobster Thermidor stole my heart with its creamy mixture of cooked lobster meat. It was so addictive that I had second helpings... or was it third or fourth???


And the common characteristic that binds all the above six lobster dishes? The lobster meat was fresh and oh-so-succulent.


If you are seeking for some additional variety in your lobster indulgence, there are other mouth-watering delights on offer as well - unlimited servings of sushi and sashimi, special pizza creations, and even a local food corner!





Oh, and all diners are also served with a glass of LIME's signature Limenade which I felt was a great complement with the seafood. And because the lime juice is so good, it is unfortunately non-refillable.


I then ended the night on a (sugary) high at the dessert table, where assorted Nonya kuehs, chocolate and pastries awaited my already bursting tummy.


And how could I say no to durian pengat???


My only complaint is the durian pengat could do with more durain 'flesh'. But at least I had the iconic matcha chocolate fondue fountain to top off the evening - which I am sure all kids will go ga-ga over.


If you are a great fan of lobsters, I highly recommend LIME Restaurant's Lobsterfest. You have to be quick with that reservation though as the buffet is only happening on every Wednesday and Thursday evening until, and including, 1 December 2016. And I hear that the slots do get filled up pretty quickly!


Useful Information

Lobsterfest @ LIME
Address: PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Opening Hours: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Price:  S$99++ per adult S$59++ per child (below 12 years old)
Reservations: +65 6809 8899 or email lime.prsps@parkroyalhotels.com
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Sep 23, 2016

First Look at Happy Park, Waterway Point's Huge Dry & Wet Outdoor Playground

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The NEWEST Shopping Mall Playground is opening tomorrow (24 September 2016)!


Located on the rooftop of Waterway Point in Punggol Central, Happy Park is an outdoor playground that consists of both DRY and WET play elements.


And the best part? It is FREE for everyone! Well, technically it is free only for the kiddos... sorry, parents!

Brought to you by the same guys who built up the Vertical Playgrounds around Singapore, the 'Rabbits Burrow' themed outdoor playground at Waterway Point features three main areas: a Dry Play Area, a Wet Play Area, and the Lily Trees.


And here's a first look at the playground, which offers a fantastic view of Punggol Waterway too.

First up, the dry playground! As expected, there are plenty of spinners, climbing tubes and nets, trampolines AND slides - more than enough to keep the little ones entertained.





The terraced landscape is great for kids to who love to climb and of course, slide!


There are even 'hiding holes' or mini tunnels scattered throughout the playground which kids can burrow in...


And appear to say hello in a fishbowl-like opening!


Kids cannot seem to get enough of jumping? There are trampolines too... with a kick-ass view too!


Of course, slides - especially brightly orange tunnel ones - are a must for any respectable playground, no?



If your kiddos fancy a little splashing fun, head to the Wet Play area.Here, a river loop features flowing water and curls around a lake. It contains all sorts of water play features like spinners, waterspray trumpets, fountains and water curtains!


For younger kids, there is a shallow lake with waterlily stepping stones.

In the middle of the lake lies an island where kids can take refuge, and is surrounded by wading pools and mini watersprays.


But perhaps, the most intriguing installations at Happy Park are these Lily Trees.


Most of these massive Lily Trees are designed for climbing, with netting within their 'trunks' for kids to climb to the top.


One Lily Tree at the Wet Play area even has a big water curtain splashing down onto the lake!


Come night time, the trees light up to bring a different ambience to the playground.


Happy Park officially opens on 24 September 2016, Saturday and is located beside Koufu Food Court at Waterway Point.


P.S. If you have younger kids or toddlers who prefer a less challenging playground, Waterway Point also has an indoor playground for them! It is also located on Level 2, and is fully padded and airconditioned. Read my earlier post for more details.


Useful Information

Happy Park @ Waterway Point
Address: Waterway Point, Level 2, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
Opening Date: 24 September 2016 (Sat)
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm daily


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