The Jewel Box at Mount Faber Singapore offers a vantage point for meetings and events
Situated on Singapore’s second highest hill at 106 metres, the Jewel Box is the new face of the original 31 year-old Mount Faber Cable Car station after a S$4 million revamp. It is the brainchild of Ms Susan Teh who took over as CEO of Mount Faber Leisure Group in 2004. Within two years, Mount Faber was transformed into a sparkling Singapore’s Iconic Hilltop Destination drawing not only tourists, corporate professionals and locals alike seeking luxury leisure, but also a new group of customers – the MICE industry
Right beneath the cable car station lies the new Faber Grand Ballroom, equipped with designer ceiling lights that change colour, three projector screens and eight flat screens strategically located at four corners. One of its four walls has floor-to-ceiling window panels that afford a panorama of the cable cars, harbour front precinct and Sentosa Island. The best thing about this ballroom is that there is a wrap-around balcony, bringing you closer to the natural surroundings.
Adjacent to the ballroom are two award-wining iconic restrooms. The restrooms are a must-see. Stylishly designed, both Gents and Ladies house an aquarium, long hanging silk pendant lights, and Alessi bathroom commodes. A full-length mirror wall reflects the view of the floor-to-ceiling window panels on the opposite side. You will have an interesting view of cable cars in motion from both walls.
On level 2, the Glass Bar is a see-through venue above the ballroom. It has a similarly stunning view as the ballroom but it is much smaller in size. The Glass Bar has its own lighting and projection system for informal meetings and functions. As part of the Glass Bar’s package, a bar tender will always be in sight to serve drinks. It is a perfect venue for networking sessions.
Steps away from the Glass Bar is The Altivo, dominating most of level 2. It is an open-air bar with ‘built-in’ living tree trunks that extend upwards beyond the Viewing Deck above the bar. This gives it a slightly rustic tree-house feel. The south-facing part of The Altivo has that million-dollar sweeping sunset view of Singapore’s skyline while the north-facing part is adorned with a koi pond. This versatile and enchanting space can be shaped in any way you like for your event.
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From The Altivo, you will walk past Faber Forest, the retail outlet selling souvenirs and gifts, before descending to Faber Rock at the east arm of the Jewel Box. This is another alfresco bar and dining area and consists of three connected sections. Most of the area is unsheltered, except for the caved-in bar. There is a stage extended from the rocky façade and it is the place for wedding solemnization. Faber Rock completes the canvas view of the harbour from Altivo Bar and is suitable for mid-size events.
“This is the most happening hill in Singapore,” Mr Kelvin Chan, an Events Executive at the Jewel Box told me. Since its re-opening after the fabulous revamp in November 2005, the Jewel Box has attracted a steady stream of multinational firms to hold their high-profile events there, thanks to the chic design of the facilities surrounded by nature.
The most impressive event held was the Welcome Tea Reception for spouses of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegates in September 2006, hosted by Mrs Goh Chok Tong, the wife of Singapore’s former Prime Minister. “The whole Jewel Box was blocked out to facilitate the expected 1,000 IMF guests,” Mr Chan recalled. The glass Bar and Viewing Deck were turned into a spa sanctuary. At the end of the event, the staff had difficulties sending off the guests, as many of them were attracted by the retail shop, Faber Forest, with all the exclusive Jewel Box souvenirs and gifts.
The revamped Jewel Box also saw improvements in the services delivered. The staff are friendly, customer-centric and proactive. The Events Team comprises six experienced professionals who supervise and coordinate the entire process from planning to execution.They regard their level of service as a hybrid between a hotel banquet and an events management agency. Armed with creativity and resourcefulness, the events team is always eager to offer a personal touch to your event.
To keep up with the locals’ and overseas guests’ expectations, the Jewel Box has recently introduced its ‘Four Seasons’ concept to create the most fascinating experience for all its guests. Since the launch of the new idea, it has attracted many to experience Jewel Box’s summer, autumn and winter transformations. Next up will be the spring season (January to March 2007) which promises a refreshing experience. Looking at the increasing visitorship, the concept has proven to be a success. There is no doubt that many are attracted to hold their events and meetings at this exciting Singapore iconic hilltop destination.
|The lack of hotel accommodation in the close vicinity may seem a disadvantage. However, if you choose to stay in the closest hotel which is on the Sentosa Island, your guests could arrive in style on board the cable car from Sentosa. Otherwise, the next nearest accommodation would be the business hotels in Tanjong Pagar within the Central Business District, which is approximately 10 minutes’ drive away.|