The Singapore Grand Prix is here again; and with it, the crowds, celebrities and bustle of F1 racing.
Whether you’re into full-blown racing mania or you’ll really rather flee from the crowds, here’s what to do this Grand Prix weekend.
Amber Lounge 2012
Party with the stars at this pop-up club; Amber Lounge Singapore returns for this Grand Prix weekend with a live performance by British R&B star Lemar, La Perla fashion show, F1 drivers modelling Stefano Ricci, Brioni and a star-studded VIP guest list. Read more about why you shouldn’t miss Amber Lounge 2012 here.
Prices: $900 per person, from $8,000 for a table of eight. Visit www.amber-lounge.com for more information.
Date and Time: September 22-23, from 11pm to 6am
Venue: Temasek Reflection (next to the Millenia Towers & Conrad Continental Hotel), 1 Temasek Avenue
Euphoria FashionTV Grand Prix VIP Party
Be there to see and be seen; live it up at the official Grand Prix VIP party at IndoChine Waterfront. Besides partying on with the glitterati, guests will get to “sabrage” a G.H. Mumm champagne bottle — have the experience of opening a champagne bottle with a champagne sword.
Prices: From $800 per ticket
Date and Time: September 22-23, 2012, from 10pm
Venue: IndoChine Waterfront, 1 Empress Place, Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore 179555
KU DE TA F1 Race Weekend
The vantage point at this bar will offer you a bird’s eye view of the Grand Prix; plus, you won’t miss a moment with the live broadcast on screen. Then party on with the beats provided by guest deejay Kenny L and toast to the winning team’s success.
Date and Time: September 21-22, 2012
Prices: From $100, inclusive of one glass of champagne
Venue: KU DE TA, SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands North Tower, 1 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018971, Tel: 6688 7688; visit www.kudeta.com.sg for more information.
Expect a glitzy party in this subterranean club, located right beneath the Marina Bay Sands casino; Pangaea will be throwing F1 bashes with a trio of American deejays Patrick Oliver, Erok and Vikas at Marina Bay Sands Crystal Pavilion. Don’t forget to try the new Jewel of Pangaea, touted as Asia’s most expensive cocktail, launched on September 14.
Prices: A minimum spend of $2,500 for a private table
Date and Time: September 21-23, 2012
Venue: Pangaea, Marina Bay Sands, Crystal Pavilion South B2-05, Tel: 8611 7013, email: email@example.com
The Pavilion at The Sentosa
Up for a challenge? Finish The Pavilion’s three Grand Prix-themed cocktails in 30 seconds and your drinks are on the house. Start with a spicy concoction of Cachaça, chilli pepper and grenadine, followed by the Libertine cocktail of Drambuie, lime, angostura bitter and soda. Then end with “Glory”, a fruity mix of vodka, midori melon, pineapple juice and more. Or sit back, sip your cocktails; there’s no harm in taking your drinks slow when you can egg your friends into joining this challenge.
Prices: $48++ for all three cocktails
Date and Time: From now to September 23, opening hours 10am to 12am
Venue: The Pavilion at The Sentosa – A Beaufort Hotel, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891, Tel: 6371 1421, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.thesentosa.com for more information.
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar
Grand Prix ticket holders get even more reason to party on at 1-Altitude after the final race; cover charge to Level 61 is free on September 23 when you present your grand prix pass for September 21, 22 at this bar with a view. Dance your night away with music by DJ Funkman, Rob Collins & Beverly for this F1 weekend.
Prices: From $58 nett, inclusive of 2 drinks
Date: September 21-23, 2012
Venue: 1 Raffles Place, #61-01 – #62-02, Singapore, Singapore S048616, Tel: 6438 0410, Visit www.1-altitude.com for more information.
The Podium Lounge 2012
Want a poolside party? After the race, head over to The Podium Lounge for nights of fashion, music and all-out partying. Watch the fashion shows by Trisha Vu, Canali and Willow & Huxley, while moving to the beat of groovy house and dance tracks. UK deejay Seb Fontaine headlines the line-up for this F1 weekend, with deejays Angie Vu Ha, Giuseppe and Nicole Chen & Tenashar.
Prices: From $138 per person. Call 9459 5211 or visit www.podiumlounge.com for more information.
Date and Time: September 21-23, from 10pm
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Poolside, Level 1
Avalon Go! parties
From now to September 23, this string of Grand Prix parties will hype up that racing fever. Get ready to party on at Avalon with deejays Michael Woods, Jerome Isma-Ae, Maison & Dragen, Tony Morgan mixing up the beats all night long. Be sure to keep your tickets well after the race; cover charges are priced at $25 for Grand Prix ticket-holders.
Prices: From $25, call 8168 4439 for table reservations; visit www.avalon.sg for more information.
Date and Time: From now to September 23
Venue: Avalon, 2 Bayfront Avenue, South Crystal Pavilion, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Ferrari Fever at Marina Bay Sands
Automobile fans: head down to this Ferrari exhibition to see the Ferrari F12berlinetta and find out more about the history of the Italian automotive company. On top of that, stand to win a trip for two to Italy for a Ferrari factory and museum tour, 2 nights stay at the Sands SkyPark, gala dinner at Gardens by The Bay and more; spend $100 at the Ferrari store to enter this lucky draw.
Date and Time: From now to September 24
Venue: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Visit www.marinabaysands.com for more information.
Puma Motorsport Red Cube
Get fitted for F1 frenzy at the Puma Motorsport Red Cube; your racing kit could win you a chance to party on with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg on September 19, at Butter Factory. What you need to do: Purchase any Puma motorsport product to get a sure-win scratch card. While you’re there, scoot over to the F1 simulator at this Puma pop-up store for some virtual racing fun; you may not be a real racer but hey, at least you’re spared the extreme heat in this driver’s seat.
Date and time: From now to September 23, 10am to 10pm
Venue: Outside Raffles City Shopping Centre
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali
Want to get away from the crowds? A luxurious resort stay could be the answer; treat yourself to a quick resort vacation at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali for this Grand Prix. Can’t do without Singapore cuisine? Rejoice to hear that chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket will whip up Singapore-style delights specially for this Grand Prix weekend. His degustation menu will bring a taste of home during your lush resort stay in Bali.
Prices: USD364++ (S$444.98++) per night for a room, from USD837++ (S$1,023.21++) per night for a private pool villa; the package includes daily breakfast and degustation dinner for two, spa credit of $50 for hotel guests or $100 for villa guests per stay. Valid from September 21-24, 2012.
For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.ayanaresort.com.
Escape the Grand Prix crowds with a hotel stay abroad or revel in the heart of the racing event at a suite in town; it’s all up to you, with Hotels.com’s September deals. Key in the promotional code SGPRQ312 for a snazzy discount when you’re making your room reservation on Hotels.com; the code is valid from now to September 30.
This promotional code applies to hotels in Singapore and abroad, so long as you book from the Singapore Hotels.com site. For more details, visit www.hotels.com.