Delicious stops around the world for the intrepid gourmet
It won’t be a hardship to be stranded on Bintan island, especially if you happen to be at luxury boutique resort The Sanchaya at the year end. From 20 December to the new year, in-house guests can expect a series of festive feasts and soirees galore to celebrate the season—and it won’t hurt to book early.
It kicks off with the Aroma Journey (S$120) on 20 December, a wine tasting of champagnes, wines and port paired with cheeses in the glasswalled wine cellar of its restaurant Decanter; a wine pairing dinner (S$230) the next day with champagne sabrage; and an afternoon of strawberries and wine on the croquet lawn accompanied by traditional music. Christmas Eve dinner (S$245) starts with champagne cocktails at The Bar, followed by a classic dinner of roasted pigeon breast risotto with foie gras, lamb rack with Italian sausage and black truffle stuffing, amongst others. On 30 December, a dinner with plenty of great red wines will be accompanied by chamber music performed by members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in the estate’s Library.
The grand finale of the festive season is The Sanchaya’s walkaround New Year’s Eve dinner (S$480) that takes in various venues around the estate—cocktails at Decanter with nibbles like truffle mousse, caviar, stilton infused with port; appetisers at The Bar of oysters, lobster ceviche, foie gras terrine; the main meal at The Dining Room, followed by desserts at the beach terrace comprising tarte tatin, crepes suzette, croquembouche and other treats, with fireworks to ring in the new year. Room rates during this period start at about S$890 per night. (Rates are approximates only.) thesanchaya.com