Besides the usual buffet-fed suspects abounding this holiday season, Caravelle has some smart touches to remind you that it’s a wonderful life. From Dec. 7 to Dec. 23, Christmas Tea will be served — VND380,000++ in the Lobby Lounge. And on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Saigon Saigon Bar helps you to burn off those holiday calories on the dance floor — VND250,000 on Christmas Eve, VND1.4 million on New Year’s Eve.
The Deck is putting on the style throughout the festive season with dinners and brunches set to a background of live jazz, all complemented by lots of wine, seafood and of course, champagne. The standouts have be the Boxing Day lobster brunch, the champagne and caviar brunch on Dec. 28 and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks cruise, which between 11.30pm and 12.30am will glide you up and down the Saigon River as 2013 transforms itself to 2014.
Hotel Nikko is relying on its top-flight La Brasserie kitchen to cook up all the buffets you expect from the season, along with live music and Santa Claus on hand. Fast-forward to New Year’s Eve, and the countdown will be on in the lounge — just VND1.4 million++ per person. And the hospitable souls won’t throw you out the door like last year’s celebrants, offering New Year’s Day buffet lunch and dinner, from just VND1.1 million++ per person.
The InterCon’s got a few holiday tricks up its sleeve — like the full range of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s dinners at its two restaurants, Market 39 and Yu Chu. If you like your champagne freeflow of Veuve Clicquot, then these are the places to head. Contemporary Italian restaurant, Basilico, is also putting on a show with the aid of freeflow Prosecco for VND1,460,000++ on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Not to be outdone, there is also a VND350,000 New Year’s Eve countdown party at the first-floor bar, Purple Jade, and more takeout items than you can shake a Yule log at prepared in The Deli.
Café Saigon will be holding special themed dinners in the run-up to Christmas, with a Korean BBQ Buffet on Thursdays, a Seafood Wave on Fridays, and Taste of Asia on Sundays. This will be overhauled in time for Christmas and New Year’s Day, when the special festive buffets will be in place, with turkey, ham, stollen and all the trimmings. The Christmas Eve buffet costs VND1,200,000++ (food only), while Christmas Day lunch is VND450,000++ (food only). The New Year’s Eve Seafood Wave dinner goes for VND999,000++ (food only) — a perfect start to the evening before heading up to the pool level to Slate, for the New Year’s Eve countdown.
New World Hotel
New World is breaking out the mulled wine for its various Christmas and New Year’s offerings, with traditional set menus and Dynasty-hosted ones that pull the Christmas experience out of cliché. Or enjoy your turkey, ham or imported rib-eye in the comfort of your own home, with the VND2,478,000 To Fly Festive Menus, including a bottle of red or white. But you might want to be there when they do their lucky draw, featuring such North Pole favourites as a Honda SH 150cc, a Honda SH Mode, and two return business class tickets with Turkish Airlines to Bangkok.
If you’re looking to get a jump on the holiday mealing, you can pick up a holiday hamper from Dec. 2, stuffed with delights like foie gras terrine with spiced pear chutney, whole roasted turkey, roasted black angus beef sirloin, chestnut stuffing and rosemary and mustard gravy — just give them 48 hours, and get it before Jan. 2. Once you’ve whet your appetite, stop in to Opera and Square One for various three and four-course sets on the special occasion days of Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Dec. 31. Try booking online, which should also work for appetite stimulation.
But of course there’s more to the holidays, and Hyatt is hitting all the high notes with a visiting yuletide choir composed of 18 little angels from the 1312 Kids at Ben Thanh Theatre on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, a flashy ‘glow in the dark’ New Year’s Eve party at 2 Lam Son martini bar and a jazz-accompanied Park Lounge countdown to ring in the New Year.
Windsor Plaza Hotel
For Christmas, Windsor Plaza Hotel is celebrating throughout the month of December with festivities including a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, a meal with Santa Claus for the kids, and live music and performances for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Traditional meals are also set for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, making Windsor Plaza the place to be for the whole family throughout the holiday season.