“Di Tanjong Katong, airnya biru.” Haha! Here we’re at Katong! This has to be one of the most unique staycations we’ve ever had. It’s rich in Peranakan heritage and located in the Katong district – a place where we seldom venture into. Thanks to Far East Hospitality, we truly enjoyed ourselves in our recent staycation at Village Hotel Katong.
Before I share with you more about the hotel, let me give you a short introduction to Peranakan. The term Peranakan generally refers to people of mixed Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage. Many Peranakans trace their origins to 15th-century Malacca where their ancestors were thought to be Chinese traders who married local women.
Peranakan males are known as babas while the females are known as nonyas (or nyonyas). A typical image of a Peranakan lady is one elegantly attired in a semi-transparent kebaya complete with kerongsang, hair tied up in a chignon bun with a cucuk sanggul, and wearing hand-beaded slippers.
Peranakan cuisine has strong Malay and Indonesian influences, which can be seen in the use of spices and coconut milk. They are also well known for their sweet cakes, often referred to as nonya kueh.
In recent years, there has been a resurgent interest in Peranakan culture sparked by the highly popular television drama series, The Little Nyonya (2008), as well as the growing popularity of Peranakan cuisine.
Hence, we were so thrilled to experience our very first Peranakan-theme staycation!
Village Hotel Katong
Village Hotel Katong is a flagship Village Hotel that is located in the heart of the Peranakan district. It has a great location with many shopping malls in its vicinity – Parkway Parade, 112 Katong and Roxy Square, just to name a few.
We stayed in a Family Room that is SO spacious with a perfect blend of Peranakan heritage and modern comfort. The size of the room is 35sqm, and it comes with two queen size beds, standing rain shower, 46” LED TV with cable TV channels, mini bar, and complimentary WIFI access. The room is extremely clean and smells fresh too! (Yes, I’m not joking!) I’ll give it full marks in terms of cleanliness.
The “Throwback Family Weekend” package at Village Hotel Katong also comes with buffet breakfast at Katong Kitchen, one set of Peranakan high tea and local desserts at Lapis Lounge, Kids Pack & Amenities, and a collectible Singapore traditional family game set.