by Lee Xin Hui | November 01, 2016

One Farrer Hotel's lobby art by Milenko Prvacki

More than just a purveyor of total wellness - think myriad spa programmes, luxurious rooms and wholesome food - One Farrer Hotel & Spa in Singapore is an ideal MICE partner, with its dedication to "results-driven concepts and innovation", said Dr Richard C Helfer, chairman of One Farrer Pte Ltd.

 

 

When you hold a meeting at any of its three meeting rooms - Napier, Read and Spottiswoode - you get more than just stunning contemporary venues boasting floor-to-ceiling windows. To increase interaction between participants, the hotel has made 300 Samsung tablets available for rental to event planners.  

Conference and meeting delegates can interface with the event moderator and presenter via web conferencing system Adobe Connect for online guest registration, to share presentation notes and to have a live chat.

 

 

"This helps to increase the productivity and manpower efficiency for event organisers who can deploy staff to oversee other aspects of the function," shared Dr Helfer. 

Being part of the Connexion, Asia's first integrated hospitality and healthcare complex, One Farrer Hotel & Spa is an ideal venue for medical conferences. Presentations can be streamed live, via high-speed fibre optic, from the adjoining One Farrer Hospital's 18 operating rooms, or the hotel's food studio Origins of Food, direct to audience seated in the meeting and conference rooms. 

 

 

For gala dinners held in its pillarless 698-sqm Grand Ballroom that can accommodate 560, banquet-style, One Farrer Hotel & Spa has the perfect solution for creating an optimal ambience: Its smart lighting system allows you to create customised light patterns - in shape and colour - for different functions and even down to each individual table. 

 

 

The 243-room hotel also offers charming outdoor spaces such as the 200-seating air-conditioned Garden Pavilion that has played host to the hotel's annual year-end gala party featuring international songbird Laura Fygi, the World Gourmet Summit opening reception, and soon in September, its inaugural Oktoberfest festivities. 

For a novel BBQ under the stars, the hotel's 1,100sqm timber-decked urban farm, home to 65 varietals of edible herbs, plants and vegetables, is the perfect spot. 

Said Dr Helfer, "Through the versatile use of space, coupled with technology, we have been able to suit a wide variety of meeting and conference, and to meet the needs and requirements for world-class presentations." 

Art Class In Session
+ Corporate groups staying at the hotel should not miss out on its by-appointment-only guided tour of its art collection consisting of over 700 commissioned pieces by artists from Singapore and Greater Asia. These valuable works can be found in public spaces, as well as in private residential locations within the hotel. This year, One Farrer Pte Ltd became a recipient of the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award, given out by the National Arts Council in recognition of its contribution to Singapore's cultural scene. 

 

 

+ 'Market to Table', brings delegates - up to 12 persons at a time - on an excursion to the bustling Tekka Market, one of the few remaining authentic Asian wet markets left in Singapore. Following the excursion, participants head back to the food studio to cook and enjoy the fruit of  their labour.

 

 

 

What's cooking?
+ 'Farm to Table' is an intimate team-bonding experience that takes delegates on a holistic culinary journey, starting with a visit to the hotel's farm. Here, they learn about herbs and spices, as well as how to incorporate them into dishes.