The Sentosa Christmas Experience
The trickiest thing in this season of giving, is getting your finicky family and friends thoughtful and appropriate Christmas presents. You’re out of gift ideas and just the thought of having to outdo this year’s gift with a better one next Christmas, has got you playing it safe with photo frames and boxes of Ferrero Rochers.
Spare your loved ones generic gifts this Christmas and treat them to these 9 ‘experiential gifts’ at Sentosa - like gourmet buffet dinners, piña coladas by the beach, or watching the fireworks in a cable car cabin - gifts they won’t have to pretend to love. Ps. There are always new things to do at Sentosa, so you’re pretty much settled for all future Christmases.
1. Laze on sunbeds and watch the sunset
Sunbeds on Sentosa don’t come always come cheap. You’d have to chalk up $200 in food and drinks just to get one at premium beach clubs over the weekend! But with sunbeds at Coastes going at just $20, you’ll be glad you chanced upon this gem of a beach bar on Siloso Beach, which also happens to be one of the best places to swim and catch the sunset.
Have yourself a cosy Christmas at Coastes, with comforting slices of Christmas Turkey Pizza ($26 for 10”) topped with chunks of juicy turkey breast with fresh asparagus and cranberry mayo, or get turkey breast, herb-crusted beef ribs, barbecued pork ribs, grilled prawns served with mushroom sauce and a side of yorkshire pudding with their Festive Meat Platter ($48).
Just add on Coastes’ Christmas Cookie Cocktail ($10) or Martini Prosecco ($12), because cocktail glasses are a necessary accessory at every beach bar chill-out.
Kick off the New Year on a high note as Coastes and neighbour Sand Bar, team up for a beach barbecue bash! Party by the beach and tuck into the sumptuous buffet spread of freshly-grilled seafood, succulent meats, hearty mains and sweet treats.
Toast to a new year with $10 house pour,selected bottled beers and live music by band Retro Groove! Get your tickets at $70 for adults and $35 for kids (12 and below).
Coastes Christmas Specials
When: 14 - 26 December 2016 | 9AM - 11PM daily, till 12AM on Fridays
Where: Siloso Beach, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000
2. Savour champagne-infused spare ribs
Baked spare ribs with champagne sauce Source
Conventional Cantonese is taking a festive twist at Cassia at Capella Singapore with dishes like baked spare ribs with champagne sauce to parma ham fried rice in their 6-Course Christmas lunch ($88++/pax).
They really get creative with the sauces here at Cassia, where you can taste bird’s nest with sea urchin sauce and sea bass cooked with the same champagne infusion in their Christmas dinner ($148++/pax).
Cassia’s the place to take your grandma who still prefers shao rou to honey baked ham, with their crispy suckling pig skin still made true to tradition. Ah mah will be sucked into the revelry, fully convincing her Christmas is not just an ‘ang moh’ celebration.
Cassia at Capella Christmas Lunch and Dinner
When: 24 - 25 December 2016
Where: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Price: $88++ (lunch/pax) | $148++ (dinner/pax)
3. Stuff yourselves with all-you-can eat French food
Even if you’re staying on homeground this holiday, it doesn’t mean your tastebuds have to stick exclusively to Singaporean makan, because you can taste both local favorites and dishes cooked with French finesse dishes at A Destinational Christmas Buffet Dinner at Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa.
This buffet is a literal and figurative mouthful, with all-you-can-eat French dishes like Coq Au Vin to Baked Fish Meunière Amandine. That’s French for wine-braised chicken and fish baked with an almond crust, but we’ll stick with the French names, they're tres sexier if you ask me.
Don't miss out their Pandan Kaya and Raspberry Coconut Eclairs at the buffet lines or take them home for $10++/4 eclairs. You can also order a Yuzu Gula Melaka Log Cake for your Christmas festive feast: $60++/log cake (1.2kg). Please place your take-away orders at least 3 days in advance.
Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa’s A Destinational Christmas Buffet Dinner
When: 24 December 2016 | Adult: $98++ l Child (7 -12 y/o): $40++
23 & 25 December 2016 | Adult: $69++ l Child (7 -12 y/o): $30++
Where: Le Meridien Singapore, Latest Recipe & World of Whisky, 23 Beach View, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098679
*Children aged 6 years old and below dine for free. From 1 - 20 December 2016, enjoy a 20% special early bird discount when you confirm dining reservations with advance payment. So lockdown those dates on your calendar, pronto!
4. Feast (your eyes) on edible art at Museo
The only kind of food you'd think of eating out of a cup is instant noodles. But with Museo’s Dine-In-A-Cup series, eating out of one could not be classier. Featuring fusion food served artistically in delicate glass spheres, treat yourself to a 4 or 5 course dinner at this “museum” ($98 and up) for a fancy upgrade from your late night convenience store raids.
Expect appetizers like lobster bisque with Hokkaido Scallop and take your meal up a notch with the menu’s mezzanine section – where you can pick dishes like Pan-Seared Foie Gras to Crispy Frog Legs. And because it’s Christmas, it’d only be right if you went for their Gammon Ham and end off with a traditional Date and Bread Butter Pudding!
It’s easy to overdo the booze in the spirit of merrymaking. But with Museo’s cocktails incorporating tea and organic juices, it’s the green light for some ‘healthy’ tippling this season. And don’t worry if cocktails aren’t your cup of tea, splash some paint on canvas and create a festive masterpiece at Museo’s art jamming sessions ($20++), for a therapeutic release for the year-end.
Museo’s Christmas Promo
When: 19 December to 25 December 2016
Where: Museo, #01-22 Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375.
Price: $98 (4-course) | $109 (5-course)
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5. Animate your Sentosa exploration with the Dreamworks Trolls
If you didn’t get enough of them at cinemas, this is your second chance for a reunion with the Dreamworks Trolls at Trollific Playcation, your chance to Meet and Greet your favorite animated characters at Beach Plaza on 17 Dec at 12PM, 2.30PM and 6PM*.
Make sure you stay till night to watch the Merlion Light Show - Trolls Edition, bringing you the groovy hits from the movie, enlivening the pale pasty Merlion as the colorful adventures of “Poppy” and “Branch” are brought to you on this statue that doubles as a “screen”.
Merlion Magic Lights! - Trolls Edition
When: 19 November 2016 - 2 January 2017
7.45PM, 8.15PM, 8.45PM and 9.15PM (Weekdays)
Two additional shows, 9.45PM and 10.15PM (Weekends, Eve of PH and PH)
Trollific Playcation at Sentosa!
When: 19 November 2016 - 2 January 2017
Where: Merlion Plaza, Merlion Walk, Beach Plaza
Price: Free. Island admission and carpark charges apply
6. Live your dream of becoming a Pokemon Research Professor
You know what it’s like being a Pokemon Trainer, with enough gaming experience on your iPhones and Game Boy Colors. But this December, find out what it takes to be a Pokemon professor at the Pokemon Research Exhibition, the first of its kind outside Japan, at our very own RWS S.E.A Aquarium.
Admission to the Aquarium entitles you to one ball of your choice*, so pick carefully, because the ball type determines the difficulty of your missions. From Regular (Pokeball) to Extra Difficult (Ultra Ball). The aim of the game is to identify the Pokemon inside your ball from the 700 possible species with the clues you collect at four interactive stations.
*Charges apply for additional balls
Show your friends you’re the very best and also not the least bit self-conscious, as you collect clues to your Pokemon’s identity at the interactive stations across the exhibit. Source
Pokemon Research Exhibition
When: Now till 2 January 2016 | 10AM - 7PM
Where: S.E.A Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Price: General Admission: $38* (adult) | $28 (child)
Singapore Citizen: $34* (adult) | $22 (child)
*Includes $5 retail voucher, valid with a minimum spend of S$30.
7. Spend Christmas under the stars at Siloso Beach Resort
Source: Siloso Beach Resort
This is the ultimate treat for you and your home-girls - a 2D1N Christmas staycation at Siloso Beach Resort! This eco-resort is just steps away from the Siloso beach front and just a heads-up, you might find trees both outside and inside your room!
Building the resort to fit in with the natural terrain, over 200 trees were left in place and now guests have the privilege of hugging trees in the privacy of their rooms.
You won’t have to run to the hot springs of Japan for a therapeutic soak in the waters this year end, because the pool’s filled with spring water sourced from the underground reserves of Imbiah Hill. It’s filtered so you don’t have to worry about questionable specks in the water. As the longest landscape pool in Singapore, it extends over 95m and even has an 18m waterfall!
You aren’t allowed to cliff-dive, but feel free to sip on cocktails from from poolside bar while dipping in the pool. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot a peacock or two.
An eco-resort is bound to have a bounty of eco-activities - biking round nature trails or zooming about on a segway adventure to find the hidden treasures of Sentosa, a way to work up your appetite for the Christmas Under The Stars Buffet Dinner on Christmas Eve* and watch the night sky light up as you dine.
2D1N Christmas Under the Stars
When: 24 - 25th December 2016
Where: Siloso Beach Resort, 51 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099538
Price: $470++ for Deluxe Room | $640++ for Roof Garden Suite*
*Complimentary Christmas Under the Stars Buffet Dinner for 2 on Christmas Eve with any room booking.
8. Watch the fireworks from a celebratory cable car cabin
Source: Singapore Cable Car
When it comes to surprising your friends, it pays off when you keep up the suspense - especially if you’re going to suspend them 197 ft above the sea, and countdown to 2017 together in a celebratory cable car cabin.
The Mount Faber Line will be operating till 1AM on 31 December 2016! Grab your friends - and make sure they’re the ones you really like - because you’ll be rubbing shoulders with them, literally, for 2 hours on your very own private countdown in a ‘High on Celebration Cabin’ ($488++ up to 6 guests).
You’ll get champagne, sweet treats and party packs, but the best part is the 3 round trips you’ll make on the Mount Faber Line from 10.30PM - 12.30AM. Keep your phones ready, because this is as close to the new year fireworks you can possibly get on Singapore’s southern coast, making for one heck of an Insta-story.
High on Celebration Cabin
When: 31st December 2016 | 10.30PM – 12.30AM | Registration starts 10PM
Where: 109 Mount Faber Road , Faber Peak, 099203
There are only 30 cabins available so book now.
9. Party from dusk to dawn at Siloso Beach Party
If partying 12 hours back-to-back is your crew’s favorite way to usher in the new year, the Siloso Beach Party is back for the 10th year running to challenge your party stamina. Take to Siloso’s sandy beaches for a night of non-stop music at this perfect party, featuring a sand-sational lineup of international and local DJs, including anchor DJ Quintino who’s ranked 32nd in the DJ Mag Top 100 for 2016.
Turn up the rabz at the beach party foam pool Source
Watch beachside fireworks go off at the stroke of midnight, but the partying doesn’t stop when the clock strikes twelve. Head to the Resolution Wall to pen down your commitments for the new year, otherwise commit to some unrelenting partying from to the dawn of 2017.
Siloso Beach Party
When: 31st December 2016 | 6PM - 6AM
Where: Siloso Beach
Price: $55 and up
Surprise your friends with Sentosa
“It’s the thought that counts.” Your friends will say, to mask their disappointment when they receive this season’s most overplayed gifts - Merci Chocolates and Typo notebooks. But this year, level-up your gift game with Sentosa and give them a year-end celebration they’ll always remember.
But the fun doesn’t have end once 2017 strikes, because Sentosa’s making sure you’ve “90 Days of Fun”, giving you the best deals all way to 9th Feb 2017! Psst. We’ve spotted a real good steal - 4D rides at AdventureLand for only $9 (u.p. $20.90)! Check back weekly for spoil-market deals and buy your tickets ASAP because each deal’s only available for a week!
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