STAY: ONE FARRER HOTEL’S “A WALK IN THE FARRER PARK” EXPERIENCE

When it comes to staycations these days, guests want it all—peace of mind from knowing the guest rooms adhere to hygiene standards, the warmth of great service, and engaging activities to keep them feeling satisfied during their well-earned vacation. One Farrer Hotel has spared no effort to strike this delicate balance, with a S$2 million refurbishment that led to the launch of their new “Mint Hotel” category, among other initiatives.

The refurbished corridors.

“Clean and refreshing is what comes to mind,” explains general manager Mr Gilbert Madhavan, on the choice of word “mint”. Culminating months of redesigning, along with input from medical experts of the adjoining Farrer Park Hospital, 176 Mint rooms have been launched. Meanwhile, 67 rooms remain with the old design so that guests have the option of the two.

Inside a Mint room.

At a quick glance, it’s hard to put a finger on what has changed, save for a more spacious layout. But beyond the sleek and modern aesthetics, there are anti-viral wall coverings, custom gapless vinyl flooring in place of carpet, and moveable furniture—all meant to minimise the trapping of dirt. Earthy tones bring back a sense of warmth to the room, while new mood lighting create a cozy space for work, play, and rest. Modern comforts like a smart TV, a work desk with Herman Miller chair, and Illy coffee machine, complete the experience.

Come 2021, guests can look forward to the Pillow Lab, a project that aims to enhance quality of sleep and improve hygiene levels. When checking in, they’ll be able to pick from a menu of pillows to suit preferences in firmness and and sleeping postures. Meanwhile, all of the hotel’s pillows will be cleaned via an Ultraviolet-C (UVC) Chamber to remove all pathogens, natural microbiota, moulds, and yeasts.

The Nest.

On the dining front, the hotel’s luxurious Presidential Villa has been transformed into The Nest at One Farrer, a private dining space serving multi-course menus by both the hotel’s culinary team and renowned guest chefs. Decked in sparkly chandeliers and festive decor, the restaurant sets the scene for an elegant meal set against the backdrop of Singapore’s skyline. Crowd favourites include the comforting butternut squash veloute, which came with morsels of Colwick cheese tortellini, as well as the decadent striploin fillet served with foie gras and flavourful Madeira gravy.

Colourful sights at houses of worship in Jalan Besar.

Looking to experience the Mint Hotel? Locals can book the “A Walk in the Farrer Park” staycation package (S$599), which entails a three-day, two-night stay inclusive of breakfast and two guided tours hosted by travel partner. The first day sees guests whisked on a two-hour tour of Jalan Besar, where they’ll uncover secrets from the history of World War II, check out the bustling Tekka Market, and visit Chye Seng Huat Hardware, a specialty coffee boutique nestled in a conserved Art Deco shophouse.

Murals seen along the streets at Jalan Besar.

The next day, guests will enjoy the Tekka Market to Table tour, where they’ll wind through the city’s largest wet market, pick up fresh produce, and cook up a storm with a chef at the hotel’s Escape restaurant. This is followed by an educational tour of the hotel’s own 11,000 square feet urban farm.

The best part of all—SingapoRediscovers vouchers can be used in the booking of this staycation package.

More information here.

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