An oasis in the park

6 06 2010

Having lived previously in the area across the road from Bishan Park II, I know the park fairly well, having used its cycling track on many occasions. Besides the track, there never was much else that could be found which would interest me, and so when I received an invitation to a bloggers evening at a lifestyle cluster which was located right smack in the centre of the park, I was very surprised. The lifestyle cluster, which I had hitherto not known about, is set in a delightful garden setting which features a spa, Aramsa – The Garden Spa, two restaurants, Canopy (an Australian-styled bistro), and  The Green Room Cafe (a vegetarian restaurant), and a bar, Canopy Bar,  is run by the Asmara Lifestyle Group. Asmara, which was established in 1999 in Bintan, runs a group of award-winning spas in the region.

The Asmara Lifestyle Cluster offers food, entertainment and a spa set amongst lush tropical greenery.

The Canopy Bar in offers an outdoor setting where one can catch up with friends over a beer and tapas in amongst lush greenery.

The Canopy Bar offers a menu of beverages and signature tapas specialties and can host birthdays, cocktail parties and special events.

The bloggers were given a tour of the cluster by the Asmara’s Associates, which I must say looks pretty impressive. What seemed to be quite nice was that the rooms at the spa is provided with an outdoor tub where one can soak in a private garden. Besides the tour, we were also informed of the inaugural Asmara Dad of the Year Awards (DYA) 2010, which is being run on the Asmara Lifestyle’s Facebook Page. The DYA is being held by Asmara to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first-ever Father’s Day held in 1910 as a tribute to William Smart, a man who single-handedly raised 5 daughters on his wife’s passing. The DYA is based entirely on public nominations on Asmara Lifestyle’s Facebook page. Anyone can nominate a candidate in one of four categories by posting a photo and a brief write-up on the “wall” saying why the Dad should win in the specific category. The four categories are:

  • Most Dedicated Dad – For the dad who has dedicated his life – even putting his own needs last – to the joy and well-being of his family
  • Super-Single Dad – In memory of William Smart and other dads who have undertaken the herculean task of raising the family s a single-dad
  • Handsomest Dad – A fun category for handsome dads out there
  • Most Excited Soon-to-be Dad – An honourary award for the men whose wives are pregnant and are going to great lengths to prepare for the birth of their child

Winners would be chosen based on the number of ‘likes’ given by the general public on the Facebook page and the four dads with the most votes in each category will be treated to a lavish Father’s Day lunch and be pampered from head to toe with prizes worth over S$250 from Asmara’s lifestyle cluster. Each nomination or vote will also entitle participants to a S$10 voucher from Asmara Lifestyle. Voting ends midnight, 17 Jun 2010. Winners will be informed on 18 June, and an awards ceremony will be held at Canopy, an Australian-styled cafe & restaurant, on Father’s Day. For more information visit “Asmara Lifestyle” on Facebook.

The setting for Aramsa - The Garden Spa.

The waiting area at the Aramsa Spa.

The Aramsa Spa offers rooms that open to a private garden with a tub.

The Aramsa is Singapore's first spa in a park features a garden setting with an Eco pond and 20,000 plants.

The Green Room Café offers a vegetarian experience.

The Canopy offers Australian café food which can be complimented by a wide variety of new world wines.

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