How to throw the ultimate party
If you've got more cash than you know what to do with, what DO you do with it? We have a suggestion: blow it on the ultimate party. Van Wilder is old school. The ultimate party in Singapore would involve some shamelessly ostentatious gear, and here are some truly outrageous ideas that even Elton John might wince at.
Super-size your ride with a stretch limo
There's nothing better to start the jaw-dropping than having super-stretch limousines pick up and ferry your guests in style, courtesy of the massive eight-meter-long Chrysler 300 cars from Lotus Limousines. They come complete with plush leather seats, twin LCD screens and state-of-the-art audio systems capable of shaming every other car on the roads. It's unapologetically over-the-top and blinged out to the max, but no one's likely to forget it in their lifetimes, especially with a personal chauffeur to take the pain out of Singapore's traffic.
Cost: Lotus Limousine rates start at S$100 per person per hour, excluding alcoholic beverages.
Lotus Limousines. 47 Club Street, Singapore. tel +65 6325 9585.
Cruise the high seas with a Super Yacht
There's no need to rush this hedonistic blow-out, so charter a yacht and get your landlubber guests from this island onto another (see below). The Super Yacht Long Ranger holds up to 36 guests, is ideal for a day sail, and there's lots of activities to keep those tipsy minds entertained onboard. There are air-conditioned cabins, an audio system and even a BBQ area so you can fill yourself up at the same time. Available from MSV Projects, the yacht is able to sail to international waters, which is important considering our final destination.
Cost: The Super Yacht Long Ranger hires from S$2,500 onwards, depending on the number of hours and day of the week.
MSV Projects Pte Ltd, 28 Simei Street 1, #04-11 Melville Park, Singapore. tel +65 8180 8352 or 9038 7679.
Dance on your own private island
We repeat. Your. Own. Private. Island. Why rent a bar or club when you can have an entire island? Pulau Pangkil is a private island resort available for hire -- it’s only rented out as a whole so you know you'll have all the privacy you need. It’s the ideal place to celebrate anything, including how damn rich you are, for up to 30 people. Sure, it doesn’t sound like a very big party but the success of a good bash should be measured by quality and not quantity. Stay overnight in the island’s nine detached driftwood palaces -- which are furnished with four-poster beds, even the tree house -- all of which are not more than five paces to the beach. There are also more than 20 staff to help make your stay an easy one so you won’t have to lift a finger. They'll even arrange fireworks to get your party off with a bang.
Cost: The island is available for rent for S$2,600 per night (during the week) and S$6,900 for a two-night weekend for 10 people. Each extra person after that is charged an additional amount, depending on the number of people in total. It’s possible to rent it just for one night in the weekend too, but the two-night charge still applies.
Hire a pop star
There’s nothing quite like a live gig, and having a pop star entertain at your party is what most of us dream of. We hear Kylie Minogue is available for a cute US$4 million. If you can’t afford that, what are you doing reading this?? Seriously, you can try a local celebrity. Get a celebrity emcee to host your party -- it certainly won’t be anywhere near Kylie’s asking price. If all else fails, try a former Singapore Idol contestant -- surely they’ll make an appearance no matter how much (or little) you pay them?
Make the most expensive toast, ever
A party isn’t in full swing until you’ve had some bubbly. Make a real splash with carts of Krug Grande Cuvée, which the venerable Bruce Sanderson from Wine Spectator calls "a powerful, well-toned champagne, featuring coconut, toast, grapefruit and coffee aromas and flavors. There are plenty of bass notes, punctuated by crisp acidity, and it all comes together on the fine texture, with aftertaste of roasted hazelnut and coffee." With a description like that, we don't care what it tastes like, we'll buy it and memorize Sanderson's impressive words as a final 'look what I can do' for our guests. Besides, they don't have to pick up the tab.
Cost: S$260 per 75cl bottle and they come in a nice presentation box. Considering the sheer amount to order, we're sure a bulk discount is appropriate, but who's counting?