Just like what we’ve prepared for Mother’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of experiences and gifts for you to celebrate father dearest and show him how grateful you are. After all, the kings in our lives do deserve some pampering too!
1. Go on a dinner cruise
Instead of a meal at a restaurant, why not sail into the sunlight while enjoying a 7-course dinner amidst a unique ambiance? You’ll get to enjoy the view of Singapore from the water, which one would not usually see from.
For more details, do visit www.tallship.com.sg.
2. Have a foodie experience
We do understand that some families aren’t onboard (all pun intended) dinner on a ship so if you’re going to treat dad to a meal on land, you can still give him an experience!
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at The Capitol Kempinski is having a Father’s Day Brunch that has a buffet of delectable dishes such as Hot Smoked Salmon, Tiger Prawns, Veal Sausage, Milk-Fed Veal Rack, Gammon Ham, XO Fried Rice, Chilli Mud Crab as well as free-flow of Telmont Champagne and Aloha-themed cocktails. Moreover, all fathers will receive a chocolate cigar and redemption voucher for two complimentary pints of Frieda Lager Beer, which can be redeemed at the Frieda Beer Garden & German Restaurant within a month.
The Father’s Day Brunch is available on 18 June 2023 from 12-3pm, with an early bird price of S$158++ per person for reservations made from 29 May to 9 June 2023. For buffet with free-flow cocktails and Champagne, prices are as follows:
Telmont Brut Reserve NV (S$198++/pax)
Telmont Reserve Rose NV (S$208++/pax)
Billecart Salmon Rose (S$248++/pax)
Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blancs (S$268++/pax)
Frieda Beer Garden & German Restaurant’s Fleischplatte for two
If buffets are a wee bit too much for dad, he can still feast like a king at Frieda Beer Garden & German Restaurant or La Scala Ristorante at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski.
If Dad is a meat and beer lover, Frieda Beer Garden & German Restaurant has a Fleischplatte for 2 (S$88++) that comes loaded with Grilled Sirloin Steak, Seasonal Sausages and Baked Chicken, alongside Saffron Fries, Sauerkraut, Cold Cuts and Cheese & Pickles. The platter also come with two servings of Frieda Lager to wash down the hearty meal.
La Scala Ristorante’s Fruitti Di Mare for two
If your king prefers seafood, enjoy the taste of seafood at La Scala Ristorante with their Fruitti Di Mare for two (S$88++) featuring fresh catches such as their Grilled Jumbo Prawns and Trout, Deep Fried Calamari and Mussels and Prawn Cocktail, served with a side of Herb Roasted Potatoes. The platter also includes two bottles of Peroni Beer to complement the seafood flavours.
The Father’s Day Specials are available on 18 June 2023 at both dining venues.
If Dad loves wine, then you may want to bring him to Common Man Night Shift (formerly known as Drunken Farmer), an after-dark extension of Common Mean Coffee Roaster’s artisanal philosophy. Explore over 80 labels of artisanal natural wines from all around the world, all of which pair perfectly with a brand new menu. Enjoy the strong repertoire of wines served by the glass, ranging from S$13 to $16 and bottles from S$60. Over half of Night Shift’s wines are below S$100 so you won’t burst your wallet.
And of course, when there’s wine, there’s food! Pair those choice drinks with lush dishes that are Italian-inspired with a Japanese flair and touch of Middle Eastern freshness. Dig into delicious nosh such as the Duck & Foie Gras Pie made using TBB’s Croissant Dough, the hearty Cacio E Pepe Udon Pasta with house made QQ Udon noodles tossed in an unctuous Cacio e Pepe cream. Diners can also enjoy s a selection of Sourdough Pizzas like the Umami Magic, the ultimate flavour bomb with a mushroom medley topped with Lao Gan Ma Chilli Crisps.
For more information on the nearest Common Man Night Shift, please visit: https://commonmancoffeeroasters.com/pages/common-man-night-shift.
For a meal with a touch of history, why not treat Dad to lunch or dinner at the historical Hotel Telegraph that is located in the heart of Singapore’s CBD? Executive Chef William Lim created a menu that starts off with the Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche, bursting with chilli lime and yuzu pearl caviar flavours. Savour a velvety Lobster Bisque, enhanced with a delicate cognac foam and chunks of lobster, before your taste buds dance with delight to the Saikyo Black Cod grilled to perfection. The refreshing Buah Long Long Plum Sorbet is a delightful interlude that will rejuvenate your senses. For the main course, choose between two exceptional dishes – Braised Wagyu Short Rib offers tender succulence, truffle potato galettes, grilled baby carrots and a luxurious touch of foie gras; or Duo of Duck Leg, a masterful combination of duck confit and bonbons paired with grilled romaine and luscious mashed potato. End your meal with the Chocolate Banana Dome, complemented with a sea salt caramel almond gelato and delicate honeycomb tuile.
The Father’s Day menu is available at S$78++ per guest or S$148++ per guest with wine pairing for lunch from 11.30am to 3pm (last order 2.30pm) and dinner from 6pm to 10pm (last order at 9.30pm).
3. The gift of health
Whilst this can be a little cheeky, giving supplements to daddy dearest might be what he needs – either to improve his health in general or to highlight that he needs to take better care of himself.
LAC LeanCut™ Belli Lean is an easy-to-consume supplement that promotes both subcutaneous and visceral fat metabolism and water retention relief, offering a proprietary blend of ingredients such as Corn Silk Extract, Lemon Balm Extract, Red Vine Leaf Extract, Lotus Leaf Extract, Eucommia Leaf Extract and Medium Chain Triglycerides.
LAC Mega Maca acts as a powerful and invigorating men’s tonic, promoting men’s hormonal balance while relieving fatigue. With Maca root as one of the key ingredients, it nourishes men’s vitality and energises them, alongside supplementary co-nutrients such as Zinc, Stinging Nettle extract & Pumpkin Seed powder extract. When consumed together as a lifestyle routine, it becomes a convenient alternative for men looking to slim down, increase their libido and maintain overall health but lack the time to hit the gym.
Even if Father dearest is in the pink of health, the current heat wave with sudden showers has put many of us under the weather (all puns intended). As such, it is important to focus on our immunity and one supplement to give dad would be the King Agaricus 100, which is the result of extensive research and development of the KA21 strain of the Agaricus blazei mushroom. This mushroom species is cultivated in Brazil, which has been traditionally been used to treat a range of common diseases, including cancer. Through the research of Toei Shinyaku, a Japanese manufacturer specialising in Agaricus KA21, they discovered that the KA21 strain has demonstrated its capability of reducing the side effects of chemotherapy, protecting the liver and heart, managing diabetes and hypertension, and improving the effects of fatty liver disease.
The supplement is available in both granule and tablet forms, and can be purchased online at the Pan-Malayan Medical Hypermarket website by healthcare professionals, social media platforms Shopee, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, as well as retail pharmacies at selected hospitals.
For more information on King Agaricus 100 and Inspire Healthcare, visit www.inspirehealthcare.com.sg.
Besides supplements, you can ensure better health for dad (and the whole family) by ensuring that they’re as protected as possible against the flu and haze through products such as air purifiers or water purifiers so that the family will be hydrated, especially during this unexpectedly scorching weather.
When purchasing an air purifier, do get those equipped with HEPA air filters, such as those offered by Sterra or Aura Air, so that it will remove 99.97% of micron particles and thus, ensuring maximum protection against airborne threats. Besides the haze, using these medical-grade filter technology will pave the way for long-term health benefits, including reducing allergic symptoms, minimising pollutants, dust and animal dander by maintaining a healthier indoor environment.
4. Go on a family vacation
Oceanfront Villa Terrace, Gran Meliá hotel in Vietnam
If you have the time as well as the money, why not go on a short vacation with the whole family? Especially if you have children, this would be a great way for them to bond with Grandpa. Short getaways in Vietnam can be quite affordable and we have a couple of suggestions on where to stay and visit!
Nha Trang, Vega City is Vietnam’s latest leisure and entertainment destination that boasts a range of activities such as an opera house called the Do theatre, a beach club, and a quaint walking street with shophouses. Guests can also connect with the local culture through bespoke experiences such as a weaving lesson with an artisan or a Jeep tour to explore the countryside. The nearest airport is Cam Ranh International Airport.
If you want to go somewhere a little less crowded, then check out Gran Meliá in Nha Trang. It is an all-villa hotel that dapples the water’s edge at one of Vietnam’s most popular oceanfront destinations. The villas range in size from one to four bedrooms, and all private villas have infinity pools, spacious dining areas as well as indoor and outdoor living spaces. Moreover, each bedroom has its own private bathroom with a rain shower and deep soaking tub. The resort also offers activities such as water skiing, parasailing and flyboarding.
Do note that Gran Meliá is only open to guests from 6 July onwards and has launched an opening offer starting from US$379 (nett) for a deluxe room including complimentary spa and a dining experience, available exclusively through their website: https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/vietnam/nha-trang/gran-melia-nha-trang.
If dad is more of a city person, or if you just want to send your parents off for a romantic getaway, then Vinpearl Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City might be a great choice of a hotel. As Vietnam’s highest hotel, it is set on the upper floors of Vietnam’s tallest building, rising 461m from the banks of the Saigon River. This iconic urban landmark is so high that its crowning spire is often shrouded in clouds.
Mum and Dad can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the floor-to-ceiling windows as well as enjoy the sumptuous bedding and oversized tubs. They can also dine in Oriental Pearl, the sky-high restaurant that features the finest Vietnamese and international cuisine while accompanied by world-class wines.
They’re now offering a Chilling on the Clouds package, which includes luxurious accommodation, daily breakfast, a 60-minute massage for 2, 1 cocktail per person per day at The Cloud, early 1pm check-in and late 3pm check-out, and 20% discount on dining, drinks, transport services and laundry. Rates start from VND4,700,000++ per room per night. For more information and reservations, please visit: https://bit.ly/ChillingontheCloudsEng
Stunning views of the iconic Sydney Harbour captured at Vivid Sydney
If Dad would like to travel a little further to explore festivals and events overseas, then Australia might be a good destination with its various upcoming events:
- Vivid Sydney (Sydney/Warrane, New South Wales): Invigorating the city of Sydney this May is the city’s award-winning annual celebration of creativity, innovation and technology – Vivid Sydney. The awe-inspiring festival is back with a renewed focus on nature beauty, natural brilliance and natural wonder. Embodying 2023’s theme of Vivid Sydney, Naturally, the event will feature boundary-pushing artists, thinkers, musicians and culinary experts of our time who celebrate nature and authenticity. From 26 May – 17 June.
- Tasting Australia (Adelaide/Tarntanya, South Australia): Prepare your tastebuds for Australia’ longest running eating and drinking festival. A celebration of people, produce and places, Tasting Australia is a ten-day celebration of exceptional eating and drinking experiences. This year’s edition features a tantalising program of Masterclasses, intimate tastings with Tasting Tables and Chef’s Table where you can witness world-famous chefs at work while hearing the stories behind their craft. From 28 April – 7 May.
- Gold Coast Film Festival (Brisbane/Meeanjin, Queensland): Discover Queensland’s screen industry and how locals bring film to life at the annual 12-day Gold Coast Film Festival. With more than 100 films, panels, parties, pop-up cinemas and special events right across the Gold Coast, learn more about diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers, and film events. From 19 April till 30 April.
- Dark Mofo (Hobart/nipaluna, Tasmania): This year marks a decade of Dark Mofo, a provocative midwinter festival that stretches imaginations with its unique, artistic expression. Explore a variety of offerings from the iconic Winter Feast to the nude solstice swim. This daring festival will allow for extreme merry making with its mesmerizing exhibitions, astounding visual shows at the Dark Park, and scrumptious spread for all to enjoy. From 8 – 22 June.
5. Give the gift of a wellness retreat
Bhutan’s blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and commitment to holistic well-being has captured the hearts of many. A transformative experience awaits in Bhutan where His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche of Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery in Trongsa will lead a 9-day “Tour Neykor” spiritual immersion retreat by Druk Asia from 13th to 21st October 2023.
Open to everyone including non-Buddhists, “Tour Neykor” is suitable for anyone seeking to apply mindfulness and compassion in their daily lives. Khedrupchen Rinpoche will provide guidance to participants for some of the most pressing questions of today’s society, including how to practice mindfulness at work and in personal settings.
The tour will visit four different cities: Thimphu, Bumthang, Trongsa, and Paro. Must-see landmarks include Punakha Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang and the awe-inspiring Tiger’s Nest aka Taktsang Monastery.
The retreat which costs US$4,395 per person includes a one-way domestic flight from Paro to Bumthang, a qualified and licensed English-speaking guide, an experienced driver, a tour vehicle, all meals on tour, and accommodations at 3-star hotels (subject to availability). In addition, daily sustainable development fees and entrance fees to all heritage and cultural sites are also covered. Visitors on the trip will have one traditional Bhutanese costume to use throughout their stay.
For more information or to book your place for the Neykor Immersion Retreat, please visit www.neykor.com.
Moving beyond yoga and massage, TIA Wellness Resort in Da Nang, Vietnam, is harnessing the power of breath, art, energy healing, and nourishing plant-based cuisine in its new ‘Creative Healing Retreat’.
The four- or seven-night offering is designed to alleviate stress or anxiety in guests who feel their life and emotions have become imbalanced and who want to improve their wellbeing, to release negative feelings and to feel more vibrant and centered.
The retreat begins before guests arrive with a pre-arrival consultation, wellness guidance, and intention setting, through the newly-launched TIA app. Once on site the program draws on three main elements that are offered daily: Reiki, creative art workshops, and breathwork. All healing techniques are prominent practices that are gaining recognition for their ability to help people self-heal.
A plant-based meal plan is an essential part of the retreat, ensuring participants get the full benefit from the program through balanced nutrition. The property follows an ‘Eat light, feel bright’ food philosophy that highlights nutrient-dense, whole foods. The biggest meal of the day is breakfast with the smallest number of courses on offer at dinner.
While the four-night option centers on time at the property, and in the wellness center, the seven-night stay incorporates exploration of the destination and putting some of the practices learned into play in local places of spiritual significance. For example a private Tai Chi session in the Marble Mountains, five limestone and marble peaks named for the five elements; and meditation at Lady Buddha, Vietnam’s tallest Buddha statue, is included in the week-long itinerary.
Prices for the four-night retreat starts from US$2,753++ and a seven-night stay starts at US$4,353++ (available for single occupancy only).
Celebrate Global Wellness Day with Dad on 10th June 2023 with various activities such as those organised by Santiburi Koh Samui, Thailand. This year’s theme for Global Wellness Day is #DanceMagenta, a bright and vibrant dance program centred around three key pillars:
- Dance with your Body – as a form of physical exercise
- Dance with your Mind – as a means of meditation
- Dance with Life – incorporate dancing into all aspects of your daily routine
The aim is to create a joyous global dance party that will inspire everybody to improve their wellbeing.
Dad can look forward to an action-packed day of special events and sessions on 10th June, starting at sunrise with an energizing “Dance with your Body” class on the Beach Lawn, followed by a morning “Family Mini Olympics” – a wonderful way to introduce kids to the benefits of wellness in a fun way. The attention then turns to gastronomy, as guests are invited to learn how to make Lèn Wellness Shots and Healthy Acai Bowls, led by the resort’s Executive Chef.
In the afternoon, the experts at Lèn Spa will host a “Trigger Point & Musculoskeletal Techniques Workshop,” which introduces the science behind massage and the body’s natural pressure points, and a “Traditional Muay Thai Session” will let guests work up a sweat. Then, as the sun sets, “Dance with Thoughts” and “Candlelight Meditation” sessions will provide opportunities for spiritual reflection.
Rates at Santiburi Koh Samui start from just THB 6,750++ per night! To learn more or book your Global Wellness Day getaway this June, please visit santiburisamui.com.
In Thailand, SAii Resorts is also celebrating Global Wellness Day with an action-packed schedule in each of its property.
At SAii Phi Phi Island Village, the day starts with an upbeat #DanceMagenta-inspired “Dance with your Body” aerobic session at the Lazy Pool Lawn at sunrise, followed by a nutritious breakfast overlooking the sea at Api Restaurant. Wellness seekers can then enjoy a “Thai Massage Workshop” at the spa. In the afternoon, the resort’s culinary experts will reveal the art of making healthy wellness shots, before everybody comes together to enhance their spiritual and educational wellbeing with a “Beach & Mangrove Cleaning” exercise, led by the resident biologists at the dedicated Marine Discovery Centre.
Rates at SAii Phi Phi Island Village start from just THB 4,950++ per night.
SAii Laguna Phuket, which is perfectly positioned between Bangtao Bay and sparkling lagoons on Phuket’s sunset coast, is inviting all ages to embark on an action-packed Global Wellness Day on 10th June. Following “Gentle Yoga Dance” and “Body Firming” classes in the morning, guests can take part in a “Dance with your Body” aqua aerobics class, in the spirit of the #DanceMagenta theme. After lunch, experience seeking adults can choose from culturally inspiring “Thai Origami” or an energising “TR-X Workout,” before the afternoon concludes with the “Beach Tennis Challenge.”
Rates at SAii Laguna Phuket start from just THB 3,870++ per night.
SAii Koh Samui Choengmon, the elegant all-pool villa retreat on Samui’s pristine northeast shore, has created an eclectic activity schedule that guests can enjoy in this eco-sensitive sanctuary. Surrounded by lush foliage and swaying palms, with dramatic granite headlands and turquoise seas, visitors can savour a healthy breakfast at Miss Olive Oyl, where the chef will also demonstrate how to make Healthy Shots, before being invited to take part in yoga and “Dance with your Thoughts” sessions at Lèn Spa Lawn to enhance mindfulness. The day’s activities end with water sports at the beach.
Rates at SAii Koh Samui Choengmon start from just THB 4,675+ per night.
To learn more, please visit www.saiiresorts.com.
6. Twin with dad and your inner child
This is a fun one! For those who are fans of Transformers, you can choose to either twin with your dad or son with the Skechers X Transformers: Rise of the Beasts collection, in partnership with Hasbro!
The collection features striking footwear styles, apparel and accessories, for both adults and kids, inspired by the iconic colours of Arcee, Bumblebee, Mirage, Optimus Prime and the leader of the Maximals, Optimus Primal.
For adults, the athletic and comfy Skechers Stamina V3 sneaker comes in five different colourways to choose from and the kids range includes four designs of Skechers Foamies in the clogs style and three designs of the lifestyle footwear Skechers Stamina V2.
You can also complete and channel your inner transformer self all day with the versatile apparel collection that consists of tops, bottoms, jackets; and accessories like socks, caps and bags!
The Skechers X Transformers: Rise of the Beasts collection is now available online through the end of June, and in select Skechers concept stores from 24 May 2023.
7. Spruce up his wardrobe
With the increasing heat, it is hard to stay comfortable while looking chic. This is where you can help Dad spruce up his wardrobe with some lightweight and breathable wardrobe staples from M&S’s latest Linen Collection! This season, their menswear pieces can be easily dressed up or down, making them truly versatile and perfect for any kind of outfit. Discover versatile pieces in neutral hues and timeless designs such as the Pure Linen Shirt, S$109.90 and Pure Linen Reverse Shirt, S$79.90 that effortlessly complements his favourite bottoms.
8. Encourage dad to keep fit
Here at The Wellness Insider, we’ve always advocated wearables such as Fitbit or Garmin as they’re a great way to track one’s health and achieve daily fitness goals. If Dad is already a senior, having a wearable device may encourage him to go on daily walks to keep fit and as these devices also track heart rates, it is a great way to ensure that daddy dearest is not having any heart problems while going about his daily activities. Moreover, most wearables nowadays combine traditional watch designs with modern fitness tracking features, so they’re the perfect accessory for any father who wants to stay on top of his health and wellness goals while still looking fashionable.
9. Subscription to his favourite shows
If dad isn’t already streaming his favourite shows (including sports channels) online or on his TV, why not give him a year’s subscription to Netflix or HBO GO or adding on his favourite sports channels to whichever cable company he is already subscribed to.
10. Personalised Photo Book
Collect memorable family photos and create a personalised photo book that you can also leave notes in and get your siblings or children (if you have any) to be part of this gift. It’s a sentimental gift that allows your father to reminisce about special moments.
Remember to choose a gift that aligns with your father’s preferences and hobbies. The most important thing is to show your appreciation and love for him on Father’s Day. Here’s us wishing all fathers a Happy Father’s Day!
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