Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ladies' Special @ Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel

I was thrilled to hear that Grand Mercure Roxy had rolled out another INTERESTING package and had another opportunity to do a review on the new Ladies' Special Package. Click on image above and check out whats offered! Previously, my family and I had the grandest time with their Family Getaway Package. Review for that package can be found HERE and HERE.

Warning:
Really Long Post Ahead so grab a drink and join me as we explore this brand new getaway for Ladies only... If you are interested to book a stay, quote "LADIES' SPECIAL" upon booking. The number to call is 1800 6345-4922 or email them HERE.

I had the opportunity to invite a girlfriend to join me for this review and I immediately called my dearest long time friend, ex-collegue, and buddy Preetha. Aka Jane Doe from 91.3FM. You will surely hear her over the weekends if you're tuned into that station and I think she's fantastic! Surely come a long way from when we were working together years back to leaving and striking out on our dreams.

It was quite some time since we had gotten together to spend some girl talk time and this was an excellent opportunity. We sorted out a suitable available schedule and booked ourselves down for a stay from the 2nd to the 3rd of April 2009.

The check in package included a BonafĂ­des 1 for 1 hair Service voucher which is really worth going as I had used BonafĂ­des before for their hair service, their colouring and haircutting skills are first class...and with a 1 for 1 deal, its mighty worth it to redeem the voucher with a friend!

Additional vouchers also includes a special coupon for enjoying the Ladies' Set menu at the Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant at only SGD$48 (Usual: SGD$58), redeemable only during your stay plus a coupon for Drinks by the Roxy Bar at Happy Hour prices All Day! Pretty nifty deal if you want to slosh yourself up and really loosen up with a considerable amount of alcohol. Check in documents also includes 2 complimentary drinks by the bar during your stay.

Another coupon was for a 10% discount for an express pedicure/manicure or package at MR Nails during your stay. And a final coupon to enjoy a 60 min. Swedish massage for SGD$49 (Usual: SGD$120) at Body Contours. (Prior Booking required).

More about all these special deals further down this review. Read on!

In addition to all those treats, we were also presented with a voucher pack which included a $100 SooKee Brilliant Rose Voucher, a $30 OTO Bodycare Voucher, a 30% off Crocodile Voucher and a $30 Princess Jewellery Voucher. *Can pass these to your other half after your stay for them to get you something nice! Heh, heh, heh...*

Our room was on the 17th floor. Room 1741. Guests may get a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Room (subject to availability) when they book their package. You can check out how a Deluxe room is like at my last Getaway Review. To me actually, all rooms were pretty much equal with the exception of the NEXT one in my next post.

For review purposes, we were provided with the Royal Club Room. The top floor of the hotel and the view was lovely! We were provided with a double bed room and it was perfect for a girlfriend getaway!

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Check out our view! We loved that we could see East Coast and the ships so clearly... and we were clearly overlooking Marine Parade Shopping Centre too. How convenient! We did a little shopping there before we checked in too...

I couldn't resist not checking out the bathroom too! I have a thing for hotel bathrooms, other than the 300 threadcount fluffy bedsheet covered beds... *muse*

While I checked out the room, Pree took the opportunity to check out the TV listing to see if we had a good movie to watch that night when we were back from all the activities! After all that.. we headed down to my favourite buffet restaurant downstairs, Feast@East for lunch... restaurant manager, Kelvin met us at the door and showed us to our seats. We were pleased to hear that our favourite manager, Rossi had just become a new father! Congratulations Rossi!

I believe that the theme for lunch was the Lavish Heritage Buffet. There was the cheese platter and various cold dishes.

Senior Citizen - $28 nett per pax for lunch (Mon to Sat), $30 nett per pax for dinner (Mon to Sat), $35 nett per pax for Sunday Brunch

Adults - $36++ per pax for lunch (Mon to Sat), $38++ per pax for dinner (Mon to Thu), $40++ per pax for dinner (Fri to Sun), $42++ per pax for Sunday Brunch

Children - $18++ per pax for lunch (Mon to Sat), $19++ per pax for dinner (Mon to Thu), $20++ per pax for dinner (Fri to Sun), $22++ per pax for Sunday Brunch.

Pork, Cereal Prawns which was Pree's favourite, Battered Fish and Lontong Vegetable Curry.

Roast Beef, Yam Rice, Pork Ribs and Shepherds' Pie... *slurps*

And a Laksa counter... great for Laksa lovers... it was excellent!

Braised Pork, Braised Duck, Sauteed Vegetables and a Chicken dish that I absolutely adored..

And of course we had to do a special order to check that they were able to deliver.. unfortunately this time, I requested for an Avocado milkshake.. but they didn't have avocados... :(. So Strawberry Milkshake it was then... I still loved it. Preetha had a craving for kiwi and there wasn't any on the fruit counter so she asked for kiwi... and we were so amused that it came very nicely peeled and presented in a lovely star pattern! "I don't want to eat it now.. its soo pretty!" says Preetha... hahaha! *eyes it and....chomp chomp chomp... the Kiwis put up no resistance....eat me! eat me they said...*

Sausages, a Salad Bar, Slabs of raw Tuna and Salmon, cooked Prawns and Mussels.. and a cut fruit bar.

And what was a Heritage Buffet spread without Heritage Old Time sweets!

We very soon hit the dessert counter well before we even finished our mains. We just couldn't resist with Brownies, Bread Pudding and Nonya Kueys...

Little sponge cakes, Mini Pecan Pies, Poppyseed Butter cake and Mini Fruit Tarts! I love fruit tarts!!

And of course, we had to have our hand with making our own chocolate fondue skewers. As before, we were provided with a crystal jug of crushed iced water and we dunked our chocolate covered fondue sticks in them to harden.

Chocolate, Marshmallows & Fruit Fondue sticks cooling in their ice bath... and soon after lunch was done.. next on the itinery.. a 60 minute Swedish Massage! ... But we were soooo FULL! We both rolled our of the restaurant and headed up to the next level to Body Contours with requests.. "please don't press the tummy.. we might throw up.. whahahaa!"

Taking the photo opportunity chance in the couples room that was booked for us... okkay so we're not a couple *duh* but it was nice to be able to talk while we went through the experience together... we talked *a little* but apparently... it was more of *MY SNORING* that got to her during our massage. *snort* I knew it too because my snoring actually WOKE ME UP. -.-''

Aiyah! Just eaten so much and you've got ur face covered with a warm cloth and you're being massaged all over.. how NOT to sleep leh?! *ZZZzzzz... relaxed...*

I had the choice of the same therapist, Yvonne that I had for my last massage at the last review much to my pleasure.... our room was also equipped with a built in shower and bubble tub. I'd imagine actual couples getting hot sweaty quickies after the session in there whahahaa! The room was indeed big enough and its surely possible if you work fast enough. Wahahhaaha!! Okay.. moving on...imagination overrun... After our session, we were given a warm bowl of green bean soup and a hot cup of ginger tea... which was much appreciated. I love Body Contours! We slurped them down and made our way to our next activity on the agenda... Manicure and Pedicure at MR Nails just downstairs at the adjascent shopping mall...

We head into the place after a very warm greeting from Michelle and staff over at MR Nails. We were directed to our uber comfy lounge chairs and were prepped for our session with nail colour palettes to choose our colours for the day.

Preetha opted for a nude base with french tips and me, considering I don't exactly have nails that grow our beyond my skin level.. I chose a neutral shimmery beige for my hands and a brownish shimmer for my toes..

They put our feet into portable footspas to soften our skin.... *anything that vibrates is good... *cough* moving on....* Feet relaxing in the warm water...

My therapist was Sandrina.. and she's real pretty eh! And Preetha's therapist was named Heidi. And I have to say, they were mighty diligent and good at what they do! After a little foot massage, they wrapped our feet in a minty foot mask and proceeded to scrub, clean, dig and cut off excess skin and cuticles...

*rub rub rub* Ooohhh... I like....

My fingers and my toes at the end of all that rubbing, scraping and cutting were so clean and pink! We just HAD to take a photo of them... hahaha!

Thats Preetha with her hands in the nail bath and getting her french tips expertly drawn on.

I had the chance to walk about to check out the cosy place while she had some finishing touches done to her nails. Awww thats my girl... Miss Jane Doe, people! Listen in and catch her every weekend on 91.3FM!

At the end of it all, my shimmery nails with her french tips...

And her french tip toes with my shimmer toes... time taken for that Mani/Pedi experience? 3 hours. It was the longest mani/pedi session I ever had! And it was an excellent opportunity for Preetha and I to catch up with whats been going on and had a hilarious time reminiscing of old times.. I'd really recommend this salon too, good quality work done!

It was 3 hours of bonding girl time and we left feeling relaxed and pretty... we went up to our room where we spend a couple of minutes lazing in the bed before we got dressed for dinner and made our way down again to the Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant to check our the Jia Wei Special Ladies' Set Menu @ $59 per lady. This is open for the public too! But if you took the room stay package, you would have the coupon during check in to enjoy this meal at only SGD$48++ .

When we entered the restaurant, the manager, Jessica approached us and we said Hello. She smiled and said, "You must be the BROCCKER." We all broke out in amused smiles.. yes, yes we nodded...the broccker.... good try... really. She was such a sweetheart though and very prompt and friendly. We followed her to our table where she asked us for our choice of beverage. Jasmine Tea!

With any chinese restaurant, there were always a little appetiser or a dish of nuts to start you off and Jia Wei served candied sesame seed walnuts which we cleared out before our food arrived.

After the heavy lunch and afternoon activities, we were pleased that dinner wasn't too heavy. We started off with the Double boiled Sharks Cartilage Soup with Superior Sharks Fin.

When it arrived, Pree. had a little dilemma before eating it. Sharks die so miserably just for fishermen to harvest their fins. And she, being the Nature Activist she was, had a little hard time before she convinced herself that she would have her soup. No regrets though.. the soup was lovely.

The next on the menu was Steamed Grouper Fillet with Red Cut Chili. It was so refreshing to have a fish option for dinner as we were extremely packed with meat from lunch. We were amused of how much chili was on the fish and Pree leaned over and said with an english accent, "would you like some fish to go with your chili?" and we burst out in hilarious laughter.

The restaurant manager came over and explained that the chili was specially prepared so that it was cooked and sweet instead of searing hot as it looked. And indeed, it was delicious...

Next up was the Sauteed Great Vegetarian Greens. A refreshing combination of various mushrooms and vegetables. We cleared the vegetables off our plate real quick and was shortly after served with Braised Mee Sua with 2 variety scallops and Egg White.

We both feel that the noodles was the best dish of the whole meal. We ate the fresh scallops with gusto and swirled our noodles around the sauce only to realise that the whole base of our saucer actually had a tender layer of egg white which we proceeded to break up and mix with the yellow sauce above it. The separation of egg whites and sauce filled the dish with such incredible texture, we finished it quickly and quietly.. it was too good to talk and all you could hear from our table was.. mmmmm..... mmmmm... *slurp* mmmm.... excellent dish.

Dessert came shortly after. We selected the Chilled Pumpkin Sago with Ice cream and Chilled Aloe Vera with Lime Sorbet. The Lime Sorbet was extremely sour but coupled with the Aloe Vera, made for a very refreshing palate cleansing dessert.

When we finished our ice cream, we proceeded to scrape the sweet flesh off the coconut too... *chomps* and then the waiter graciously helped us take a photo before we head back to our room. We left with as warm a reception as when we arrived and were pleased with what was offered for dinner.

We head back to our room and lounged a little more before we changed into our Bikinis and head down to lounge by the pool. It was past 10pm by that time and the pool was just about closing but we were allowed to float about till we felt that we wanted to get out... so we did... and took some pictures while we were playing with the pool lights...

I like this shot of Preetha in the water... it looks peaceful.. don't you think? She was very sporting knowing that I was armed with my camera and went.. Smile! Pree every couple of minutes.. so she "ran", posed and glided while I took some water shots. Thanks Babe!!

And then she got out and took some of me! And caught one with me under the water looking up at her...*lady in the pool... the new horror movie coming to you at your nearest cinema...* Whahahah! If I ever look into the water of a pool and see someone looking up at me like that, I'm NEVER swimming there.. hahhahah!

And a shot of my hands.....

We spent some time by the poolside with our complimentary glasses of red wine and then ordered 2 triple meat pizzas to be sent to our room via room service and we went up to retreat to our sanctuary for the evening. I love their pizza!

And we had another coupon for 2 more complimentary drinks that were gracefully extended to us for the review so another 2 red wines were sent up together with our supper. * extra coupons not in standard package but you do have 2 drinks complimentary per stay*

Back in our room, we drew a hot bubble bath and Preetha proceeded to float about and relax and guess what?! She fell asleep in the bathtub! Wahahahaha! Must have been too tired from all the activities earlier on! I knocked gently on the bathroom door for around 3-5 minutes before I started to bang on it. "DON'T SLEEP IN THERE! if you don't get up and say something NOW, I'm coming in!!!".... a minute later... I heard "I'm up! I'm up!".... Wahahhahha!!!

We had snacks which we conveniently placed near our beds for easy reach while we watched Hells Kitchen and various other TV programs while snuggled warmly with our terry cloth robes and under our thick comforters...

Stuffed ourselves with Peanut Butter Filled Easter M&Ms.... Pizza, Chips, After 8 chocolates which are my absolute favourites... and the 2 glasses of red wine...

While we lazed, we talked more... and I took one final shot before I put the camera down for the day and talked till we both fell asleep.

And this was our night view from our room. We loved the bright colourful lights and the twinkling lights of the ships over by the sea...

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We woke up the next morning, hungry and raring to go down for breakfast. After a short ordeal which was a little crisis from home was settled, we headed down to Feast@ East for breakfast.


I already made up my mind to have one of all the types of egg that Uncle Kwek Sin aka the egg chef could dish up and I did... I ordered an omelette, a sunny side up and a half boiled egg as planned.

It was an american breakfast spread with beans, hashbrowns, french toast and scrambled eggs. We toasted many slices of hot crispy bread and stuffed ourselves silly with thick layers of Lurpak butter... BEST LAH! *slurps*

Bacon, Chipolata Sausages, Beehoon and Fish Slices...

Bananas, Apples and Kiwi *much to Preetha's pleasure* and an assortment of canned fruits, yogurt and meusli.

There were also fresh dragon fruit, watermelon, honeydew and orange slices. Fruits are good for you! And greatly refreshing in the morning too!

A salad bar for those wanting to start the day fulfilling your daily vegetable intake...

And a little Japanese corner for those who wants some hot Miso soup and cold tofu and ramen.

And my favourite part of the buffet... bread and pastry assortment.. Love it! *grab a croissant and nibble while I walk to check out the rest of the food* and pumped with several cups of hot coffee and cold orange juice.. I had to take a final parting shot with my newly favourite Egg chef, Uncle Kwek Sin... till we meet again! I'll be back for sure!!!

We ended our stay with the last 2 hours in bed. Sleeping off breakfast. We didn't even need to say anything, we walked back into our room, got into our robes, snuggled back under our blankets, set the alarm for checkout time and then *snoored* our way blissfully till the phones rang and we pulled our bags together for check out.

It was a VERY very VERY satisfying Ladies Package and I have no qualms in saying that I'd highly recommend it with a close girlfriend or two for a short Ladies only bonding time away from the boyfriend/hubby/kids/family and work... so go.. Book a stay today.. Package available from now till 30th September 2009. Excluding Singapore Formula One Grand Prix period from 25-27 September 2009.

Once again.. quote "LADIES' SPECIAL" upon booking. The number to call is 1800 6345-4922 or email them HERE.

Special Thanks to Marketing Manger, K and all Management and staff at the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel for the lovely hospitality again during the review. It was indeed a great pleasure meeting everyone. Till we meet again.

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