Mandarin Oriental Singapore will launch a special “Stay With Us, Dine For Free” staycation package for the upcoming 10.10 event with a sale from 10th to 24th October 2020 for staycations, with rooms starting from S$299++ for weekday stays and S$359++ for weekend stays. Suite packages start from S$401++ for weekdays / S$467++ for weekends.
Aside from the room stay, the packages that will launch on the 10th October will include the following inclusions:
- Late check-out until 6pm
- Breakfast for two
- 3-course dinner for two
- 25% discount at the dining outlets at Mandarin Oriental Singapore
The stays will be sold as vouchers with validity until 30th December 2020. Booking can be made here from 10th to 24th October 2020.
Room (with late 6PM check-out)
The 10.10 sale will encompass various room categories at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, from the entry-level Deluxe Room to the suites. One of the more popular rooms at the property is the Marina Bay View Room. Under the 10.10 sale, it will be priced at S$323++ for weekday stays and S$389++ for weekend stays. At 34 square meters, it is only 1 square meter bigger than the entry-level room but its main draw is the unparalleled view of Marina Bay. The vista is panoramic – you get Marina Bay Sands on one side and Singapore’s CBD on the other. During my most recent stay at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, I noticed that they now include a wireless phone charger as one of the amenities in-room. Another new feature is the Nespresso machine which comes with 4 coffee capsules. The complimentary tea comes from TWG. I also love it that a generous fruit platter is included as a default for room stays.
In view of the current situation, a small change when it comes to the toiletries kit in the bathroom is that they also now include 2 pieces of antibacterial wipes. Other than that, things remained almost just as they were during my previous stay there 6 months ago before the circuit breaker kicked in.
A noteworthy feature of the 10.10 staycation package is the late check-out. The 6PM late check-out ensures you get to stay for just a little bit over one full day – even maximizing the discounted rate further. A benefit of this is that if you happen to be staying on a Saturday to Sunday stretch, you can potentially take advantage of the quieter window that starts from Sunday 12PM as other staycation-ers would have left by then. During my recent stay, I did notice things were rather busy (though still manageable) during Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning at the pool and gym, but when I returned on Sunday afternoon, I practically had the pool all to myself.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore has one of the most captivating hotel pools in the country and I wholeheartedly recommend going for a night swim from 7PM onwards. This is when you see the surrounding buildings getting lit.
Breakfast at Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Although MELT is more known for its buffet, due to the current situation, they serve ala carte breakfast buffet instead. Guests are able to order as much as they wish, from a menu that spans the usual like eggs, pancakes, waffles, congee, pastries, etc.
If you are unable to decide what to order, I would suggest going for the Nasi Lemak which comes with both chicken and prawns. If you are feeling fancy, Eggs Benedict is another breakfast item to go for simply because only a few hotels (even within the luxury hotel segment) serve this for the morning meal.
3-Course Dinner + 25% discount on dining
What makes the 10.10 staycation packages such great value, in my opinion, are the stay inclusions. It comes with a 3-course dinner as well. The dishes change by the day but I could gather from my stay experience that the courses are lifted from Melt’s all-day dining menu.
For starters, I had the Greek Salad. It was a rather large portion of salad. I felt like I’ve eaten a couple day’s worth of greens with this alone. This salad is likewise available in Melt’s all-day dining menu where it is priced at S$28 if you order ala carte.
For mains, I could choose between Spaghetti Bolognese or Catch of the Day which the server revealed to me as Grilled Seabass. I chose the latter. The fish came rather tender with a slight tinge of butter. It also came with some asparagus, broccoli and mashed potatoes on the side. A quick glance at Melt’s menu shows that a rather similar 180 gram portion of seabass is priced at $38.
Dessert came out as a surprise. The menu had either fresh fruits or “dessert of the day” which ended up being the Chocolate Hazelnut Royaltine. If you are a chocolate lover, you’ll love this dessert with different variants of chocolate. This is priced at S$18 on an ala carte basis.
If I were to go by the menu’s pricing of these individual items, the dinner can be thought of as having a value of S$84++. Since the staycation package comes with dinner for 2 persons, that’s already S$168++ value just with the evening meal alone.
Moreover, if you wish to dine inhouse for the next day, you also get 25% discount for your meals. I recommend checking out the popular Chinese restaurant there, Cherry Garden. Do note that meals at dining outlets such as Teppan-ya or Morton’s do not come with the 25% discount.
If you have ever fancied going for a luxury hotel staycation, Mandarin Oriental Singapore is a compelling choice. Compared to other options in the area, this property is one of the very few with an unblocked view of the bay and the pool is also something to check out while there. With a rate that starts from S$299++ and considering it comes with all the above inclusions, the price is markedly lower than their usual best-available room-only rate and offers wonderful value.