Hosted in Singapore last week, M&C Asia Connections 2019 gave meeting planners the chance to experience a handpicked selection of event venues, showcasing their myriad capabilities and features ranging from gastronomy, wellness and heritage.
Orchard Hotel Singapore
Fresh from its multimillion-dollar makeover in April, the hotel welcomed delegates to spanking new interiors. The 656-room property sits in the heart of the upmarket Orchard shopping district, within close reach of luxury retail, fine dining and entertainment options.
Its newly-transformed Grand Ballroom features floor-to-ceiling LED lights, state-of-the-art AV capabilities and intricate Orchid-inspired chandeliers, while a redesigned Conference Centre offers five meeting rooms and upgraded meetings facilities. Bar Intermezzo, a buzzy and contemporary spot for post-event networking, treated guests to a slick evening of botanical-inspired cocktails.
Floor-to-ceiling LED lights now feature in the Grand Ballroom following an extensive facelift.
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore
This riverside hotel showcases why it continues to amass various accolades as a premier conference hotel as it marks 20 years in Singapore.
The 550-key hotel flanks the iconic Singapore River and puts delegates with easy reach of three vibrant entertainment, dining and nightlife precincts as well as the central business district. Extensive meetings facilities spanning over 34 venues and 6,000sqm makes the hotel a choice pick for small- to large-sized events in Singapore's city centre.
Parked along the banks of the iconic Singapore River, Grand Copthorne continues to collect various accolades as a premier conference hotel.
Seated in the arts and cultural crossroads of Bugis and Bras Basah, the luxury hotel offers guests a colourful view of Singapore's multicultural heritage. The flagship hotel adjourns to Bugis Junction, which offers over 200 dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Meetings can be amply accommodated at the hotel's more than 1,000sqm of event spaces, with its largest venue the pillarless Grand Ballroom, which can host up to 600 guests for corporate events. Newly-opened bar Idlewild provided a cosy setting for delegates to connect over an extensive travel-inspired cocktail menu.
Idlewild provided delegates a cosy setting for networking over cocktails.
Ensconced in the green enclave of Tanglin, the 440-key luxury property is a tranquil retreat for meetings and events that offers easy access to Orchard Road and a short drive from the CBD and Marina Bay precincts. The hotel is undoubtedly well-known for its gastronomic heavyweights that include the one Michelin-starred Summer Palace and Manhattan, a New York-style cocktail bar.
Meetings and events are well-provided for at the hotel's 14 meetings venues that span 1,733sqm, capable of hosting events ranging between 10 and 680 guests.
Regent Singapore is home to the award-winning Manhattan, which has claimed the title of Asia's Best Bar for two consecutive years.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Meetings and events get a reinvigorating lift with its wellness offerings on property, which sits in the heart of Marina Bay. The 527-room luxury hotel offers an extensive inventory for events with 2,787sqm across 16 venues, and enjoys seamless connections to upscale shopping mall, Marina Square and premier performing arts centre, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
The hotel is also home to celebrated fine-dining restaurants such as Morton's, The Steakhouse and its signature MO Bar. Beyond meetings, delegates can get motivated and moving - whether for it is downtime at a private morning yoga session at the hotel's outdoor patio or a jog along the Marina Bay area accompanied by fitness colleagues.
Delegates at a private morning yoga session at the hotel's outdoor patio.
The Outpost Hotel, Sentosa
This chic 193-key black and white property - one of the latest hotel developments to shake up Sentosa Island recently - is a modern interpretation of colonial-style houses in Singapore that offers an discreet enclave for guests. The stylish upscale hotel opened doors in April this year catering exclusively to adults. For evening cocktails and dinners, there is the privacy of an exclusive rooftop pool and bar with stunning views.
Meetings and events will also be amply supported with the property being part of a complex with two other properties as well as a standalone events facilities and retail and dining venues. Occupying a space of 4.5 football fields, the sprawling complex also houses the four-star Village Hotel at Sentosa and premium luxury The Barracks Hotel.
The standalone 800sqm Events Centre was a former British artillery barrack.