My NYE 2011/2012 Countdown from Lantern rooftop bar

6 January, 2012

Happy 2012 everyone! I hope all of you had as good a NYE as I did.

I did my countdown this year from atop the Marina Bay at Lantern, which is owned by and located on the roof of the Fullerton Bay Hotel.


Picture from Fullerton Bay Hotel website This new-built is named one of the world’s top new hotels by Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2011 and Travel + Leisure It List 2011, and it has only been around Singapore for about one and a half years. In that time, I have already attended parties as well as chilled out there with friends on a few occasions (see blog posts here and here). Thanks to road closure tips by some of the Marina Bay Countdown bloggers on the official blogsite, I made it to Lantern rather early. We wanted to catch the sunset, but traffic would have been also more difficult after 6pm. Excited much? Obviously this eager beaver/early partier/Marina Bay Countdown official blogger was quite happy to learn that this was her designated spot to blog for #MarinaBay2012’s countdown! I knew I would score some pictures I could keep forever. Service was served with a smile, and spectacular sights were to ensue. Views overlooking the Marina Bay from the left side of Lantern: Right side view of Lantern: The daily views from Lantern are already extremely pretty but NYE activities washed the bay in an assortment of extra colours. I could vaguely hear the Mediacorp performance going on at the Floating Platform, as I watched the regular light and laser show from Marina Bay Sands – it bathed the guests at Lantern with the shadow of it’s dancing delights.

A couple basking in the Marina Bay moonlight at Lantern

View of MBS from the front of Lantern: Light time VS Night time from the daybeds For NYE, Lantern was selling table packages for groups of 6 people (included bottles and mixers) as well as standing cocktail tickets per person which included a choice of 2 drinks. I saw most patrons merrily strolling around, sipping champagne and drinking in the stunning scenery. Views around and about Lantern:

Party time: Each table package came with party packs and hats

The cute and charming Korean bartender at Lantern. An nyoung ha seh yo!

Despite the huge countdown event and its unavoidable busy crowd, there were moments in Lantern which provided patrons with a particular quietness, almost like there was a silent luxury about the place – usually hard to find in any bar within the hustle and bustle of a concrete jungle.

The lushness of the greenery around the location felt like it was hiding a hushed intimacy. The bedazzlement from the night lights of the surrounding skyline was a bonus.
What if you took some clothes off and soaked in the NYE atmosphere from the bubbling Jacuzzi? Tastefully concealed in a corner among some shrubs, there are two – but Jacuzzis are only for hotel guests. For a little while, it almost looked like Lantern was a sanctuary of calm. The swimming pool sat rippleless and clouds hovered above it with the anticipation of cheekiness. It was a placebo of peace… and then I knew it – the fireworks hit! Did you watch the fireworks anywhere else in Singapore too? They were 8 minutes long at Marina Bay, and everyone ooh-ed and aah-ed at the continual bursts of these great big balls of fire. “Breathtaking!” I heard everyone say. Very very much later (and the champagne we could no longer savour), I trooped on to see some friends at Fairmont Singapore. They had a hotel suite and everyone was dressed like it was 1963!
Post-Countdown – MadMen style at Fairmont Singapore

It was a funny position I found myself in, rooftop reflecting over the Singapore Flyer from a slight shift in point of view. Also, I probably should have gotten there earlier than 3.30am. All my friends know that I adore hotels, holidays, and holidays in hotels (now trendily known as staycations). How about you? Haven’t celebrated the start of 2012 yet, or just like the idea of hotels and holidays in hotels? You could check out a room promotion that The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is running.

Fabulous January at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

A pertinent part of the Marina Bay landscape, this hotel’s Fabulous January offering of S$250++ per night in their classic Courtyard room seems pretty reasonable to me (Usual price: $410++ per night). Rates are based on single or double occupancy. Besides the standard one night stay, this promotion comes with complimentary internet connectivity and a complimentary high tea buffet for two at the hotel’s Town Restaurant (valid only from 7 Jan 2012 – 2 June 2012, available on Saturdays from 12pm – 3pm). Lazy lounging by their pool later in the day is completely optional.

Infinity Pool at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

This “Fabulous January” offer states that it is valid from 4 to 8 January and 20 to 21 January 2012 (dates stated are inclusive), and terms & conditions apply. Before rooms run out, you can quote “Loveyouwrongtime”‘s blog post and contact the hotel directly for reservations and enquiries. Call: (+65) 6533 8388 or 1800 533 8388 (toll-free within Singapore) Email: Thanks so much for following my little countdown journey from 2011-2012. Whatever you choose to do, I hope all of you start your 2012 with a bang! This is the last post of a 6-part blog post series for the Marina Bay countdown brought to you by OMY SG, Urban Redevelopment Authority & Marina Bay Singapore. For more updates around this, check out their Facebook Page here or keep in touch on my blog posts on LoveYouWrongTime.