It is a double celebration this spring festival at Marina Bay Sands as the integrated resort welcomes Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day with an attractive line-up of shopping and dining specials. Visitors can look forward to an array of festivities across property, from gourmet feasts at celebrity chef restaurants to bespoke cocktail experiences, retail offers and instant rewards.

Culinary delights

To celebrate Chinese New Year, celebrity chef restaurants Osteria Mozza, db Bistro Moderne and Sky on 57 will present unique dishes inspired by traditional Chinese cuisine.

Osteria Mozza is offering an Italian interpretation of the traditional Yu Sheng- the Italian Rivera style Seafood Lo-Hei Yu Sheng features fresh slices of hamachi, salmon and scallops served with shredded vegetables and citrus fruits. Crispy cannoli bits add a lovely crunch, before all are tossed together with fragrant sesame vinaigrette. Meat lovers can also savour Osteria’s version of Whole Roasted Pork rubbed with five-spice powder. This menu is available from 19 to 20 February.

db Bistro Moderne is presenting a special family-styled dinner menu that includes its interpretation of the humble Chicken Rice. Here, the poached chicken is served with black truffles and foie gras. Popular Chinese New Year specials make a return with the Boston Lobster and Black Pepper Mee, and succulent Roast Stuffed Suckling Pig with gratin dauphinois, wild mushrooms, chili garlic kailan and spiced pork jus. This menu is available from 18 to 20 February.

Chef Justin Quek at Sky on 57 has designed Chinese New Year lunch (S$128++) and dinner (S$198++) menus available from 9 February to 5 March. Begin the festive meal with the Prosperity Salad tossed with sliced buri oh, jelly fish, vegetables and Mandarin orange dressing. Other highlights include the “Lap Mei Fun”, a pan roasted glutinous rice dish with Chinese sausage, foie gras and black truffle shaving as well as a Chef’s dessert with sweet potato nian gao, sesame glutinous rice ball and peanut butter ice cream.

Award-winning Indian restaurant Punjab Grillwill be dishing out an exquisite rendition of the traditional raw fish salad – the Chef Special Chaat Yusheng. Diners who are seeking an unconventional dining experience can look forward to the restaurant’s special 5-course Lunar New Year menu featuring the golden fried soft shell crab tossed with crispy coconut flakes, succulent coriander prawn masaledar served with trio bell peppers and the all-time favourite kaffir lime fish curry. The set menu is available from 16 to 22 February.

Feast with the whole family at international buffet restaurant, RISE, over Chinese New Year and toss to good fortune with the traditional salmon Yu Sheng, available from 18 to 21 February. Guests can delight in a special Chinese carving station serving Cantonese Roast Duck, Roast Char Siew, Roasted Pork Belly and Hainanese Chicken Rice. The hearty buffet spread will also include dishes from local, Western, Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisines. RISE’s Chinese New Year buffet is available from 18 to 21 February, with prices starting from S$48++ for lunch and S$98++ for dinner.

From 11 February to 5 March, Northern Chinese restaurant Beijing No. 1 will present four sumptuous set menus starting from S$138++ per pax. The restaurant, best known for its authentic Tan cuisine, will also be serving other festive delights such as the Prosperity Salmon Raw Fish Salad with Apple and the Wealthy Bloom Poon Choi.

Families who are planning to indulge in the festive feasting can look forward to Hotpot Kingdom’s New Year set menus. From 11 February to 6 March, the specialty steamboat restaurant will be offering special menus featuring the Prosperity Salmon Yusheng, mouth-watering broth selections, premium meats such as the Japanese wagyu and kurobuta pork, as well as its signature seafood platter, handmade meatballs and delicious dim sum.

Sweet treats at SweetSpot

SweetSpot will present festive goodies created by Executive Pastry Chef Anthony Poh. One of the highlights is the Fortune Macaron Tower (S$88) made with 32 pieces of Mandarin-flavoured macarons assembled on a dark chocolate cone, making it a beautiful gift. The tower is filled with chocolate gold coins and decorated with edible gold leaves along with the auspicious Chinese character, “福” or blessings.

Traditional Chinese New Year favourites at SweetSpot – the Cookie Trio featuring Cashew Nut cookies (S$12), Pineapple tart balls (S$23) and Kueh Bangkit cookies (S$12) – also make perfect gifts to take home this festive season. Guests can purchase these items from SweetSpot at Hotel Tower 3 Lobby from 26 January to 5 March.

Retail offers at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

This year, all boutiques and restaurants at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will be operating as usual throughout Chinese New Year from 10am to 11pm on Sundays to Thursdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

In celebration of the spring festival, The Shoppes will present ‘Craft in Gold – The Zodiac Collection’ from now until 5 March. This 24-hour exhibition located at the Grand Colonnade South, Bay Level (L1), will showcase an intricate display of signature 24-karat gold-plated collectors’ items from RISIS’ 2015 Zodiac Collection. Visitors are also in for a visual treat at the exhibition where they will be taken on a learning journey through 2015’s zodiac readings and the art of gold-plating.

From 22 January to 1 March, modern oriental fashion label JiXiang Zhai and luxury men’s labels such as Billionaire Couture, Brioni and Stefano Ricci will be offering 10 per cent off regular priced items, while French footwear label Repetto will be offering up to 15 per cent off with a minimum spend of S$750.

Austrian jewelry label FREYWILLE is offering 30 per cent off its Sunset Collection while Italian luxury fashion house Etro will also be giving away an exclusive fragranc with a minimum spend of S$2,000 in-store from 31 January to 28 February.

Thrill seekers can also delight in a Supercar experience at Ultimate Drive, located at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby Tower 3, which is made all the merrier this Chinese New Year with a 10 per cent discount from 22 January to 1 March.

To top off the treat, shoppers who spend a minimum of S$388 from 22 January to 1 March can redeem a bespoke TWG Tea Miraculous Mandarin Tea Set specially created for The Shoppes. The set consists of a medley of black tea and orchard fruits, as well as an elegant Kyoto tea scoop, or ‘Chasaji’ in Japanese, made of sakura wood bark with a polished finish.

From now till 28 February 2015, shoppers can stand to win S$70,000 worth of cash, 24K gold plates, rewards and prizes in the Triple Fortune Rewards. Every swipe is a guaranteed win in the ‘Fortune Swipe and Win’ promotion from 12 to 28 February, while the two ‘Fortune Lucky Draws’ held on 21 & 28 February will see lucky shoppers walk away with up to S$8,888 cash and more.

With every free registration, Sands Rewards LifeStyle members will enjoy up to 25 per cent savings with welcome offers, plus a pack of limited edition red packet envelopes. Members can earn instant rewards and enjoy privileges at over 175 participating restaurants, shops, attractions and theatre shows, as well as Banyan Tree Spa. For details, please visit http://www.marinabaysands.com/sands-rewards-lifestyle.html

V-Day specials

As Valentines’ Day draws near, savour a bespoke cocktail experience at The Bar at Waku Ghinwith specially crafted cocktails for couples, with dessert pairings. The “Happy for Women” (S$40) features the Asuka cocktail with Zen green tea liquor, Kahlua coffee liquor and fresh cream paired with a Maccha coffee dessert. The “Happy for Men” (S$40) features Cerbois Bas Armagnac VSOP paired with five types of premium chocolate, perfect for the gentlemen. The Valentines’ Day specials are available from 1 to 15 February.

Experience a luxurious Valentines’ Day  at db Bistro Moderne with a  five-course menu (S$198++) featuring Tuna Tartare, a classic dish from Restaurant Daniel in New York, Oscietra Caviar with warm cauliflower mouselline and Roasted Foie Gras. For mains, opt for the Bone Marrow-Crusted Prime Ribeye or Brittany Turbot and sweeten your meal with Macaron “Glace” and Dark Chocolate Bar with caramel and bourbon ice cream. The Valentines’ Day menu includes a glass of Champagne and is available on 13 and 14 February.

The restaurant’s Ultimate Romance Package (S$988++ per couple) comes with exclusive use of the beautiful private dining room to enjoy an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner for two, complete with a dozen of roses, Champagne and a bottle of Château Calon-Ségur, Saint Estèphe. Couples will also get to bring home a taste of the db Bistro Moderne experience with an autographed copy of Daniel Boulud’s book – Cocktails & Amuse-Bouches, For Her & For Him.

Enjoy a candlelight dinner at Osteria Mozza on Valentine’s Day with a four-course menu (S$138++) featuring Beef Carpaccio with raw artichoke, celery root and black truffle salad, Beetroot and Goat Cheese Tortelli with brown butter and sage, and Porcini-rubbed Veal Chop with wild mushrooms & cauliflower gratinate. Complete the night’s indulgence with the Chocolate Trio – Hot Chocolate, Dark Chocolate truffle, Guianduia gelato sandwich.

At Sky on 57, couples can enjoy a romantic evening at the pinnacle of Marina Bay Sands. Begin the exquisite 6-course dinner by Chef Justin Quek with the “First Glance”, a slow-cooked Nordic salmon with cauliflower and Oscietra caviar followed by “Seize Hearts”, a Maine lobster dumpling with trout roe and sea urchin espuma. Round up the night with a dessert named “Sweet Romance”, featuring chocolate macaron, passion fruit mousse and yuzu pop rocks. The dinner is priced at S$250++ per person and includes a glass of Champagne.

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