Check out festive food selections at Meritus hotels

Monday, Dec 09, 2013

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STAYCATIONS have been gaining traction here because of their convenience.

They provide an opportunity to relax and be in the holiday mood without the hassle of packing for an overseas trip.

This Christmas, Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore - both five-star hotels under Meritus Hotels and Resorts - are gearing up to welcome guests.

Christmas decorations have been put up at the main lobbies of both hotels.

At the Mandarin Orchard Singapore, there's a Christmas house made from 600kg of chocolate - dark, milk and white - and decked with chocolate figurines and ornaments.

At Marina Mandarin Singapore, the hotel's pastry chefs have crafted a life-sized 7m-tall gingerbread house decorated with candies, cookies and toy soldiers.

Both hotels also have festive dining options at the restaurants, which non-hotel guests can partake in.

At international buffet restaurant Triple Three in Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Christmas specials include pan-fried marinated duck liver with miso and black truffles and its signature premium honey-glazed ham.

Revellers can enjoy a free flow of house wine, draft beer and soft drinks, among others, at Bar on 5.

Both AquaMarine and Peach Blossoms at the Marina Mandarin Singapore have also come up with Christmas fare for foodies, come Dec 24 and 25.

AquaMarine has a special buffet with dishes like Peranakan turkey and Christmas meat platter, while Peach Blossoms has a seven-course Christmas menu with smoked and drunken turkey and roasted turkey roll.

Buffet prices for adults at both hotels start from $68 and prices at Peach Blossoms start from $98.

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What it costs for a room

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Rates for the deluxe rooms during the Christmas season are more pricey - starting from $359. Guests are required to book 14 days in advance. Usual price starts from $299.

Enjoy facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness centre and tennis court.

The first four floors of the hotel's Orchard Wing are occupied by high-end Mandarin Gallery retail shops with labels such as Mulberry.

For room reservations, call 6831-6021 or e-mail

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