11 May 2018, Penang - G Hotel organised its 10th annual corporate appreciation dinner, the Ghost Ball 2018 on 11 May 2018 at G Hotel Gurney’s Grand Ballroom. Attending corporate guests and media partners were treated to a 5-course dinner, luxurious lucky draw and stellar performances.
Ghost-themed with an aura of mystery that transcends through the decor that sends chills down your spine. This year’s G Ball hosted over 300 corporate guests, media partners, travel agents and business partners, all dressed to kill in evening gowns and Black Tie. The evening began with pre-cocktail where the red carpet was rolled out for an elegant entry and two registration tables to welcome invited attendees. Straight on, an event backdrop decked out with a gigantic printed crow and dried leaves on the red carpet is displayed for a must-have photo session. To the right, an Insta photobooth was setup for more fun with friends and companions, bringing back reminiscence of old school photography. As everyone mingled in clusters towards the Ballroom Foyer, each were served with canapes, light snacks on cocktail tables, as well as free flow beer, red and white wines, and magical cocktails- White Soul and Forbidden Gold at the moonlit minibar. White Soul was a Ron Collins cocktail, a classic case of magic rum, lime and sugar mix, while the Forbidden Gold was a Chivas Cooler, a drier alternative to Whisky Cola made with ginger ale, whisky and lime.
Pockets of fun were also added to entertain guests during the pre-cocktail, including a lucky draw counter where guests can spin a wheel and win cool prizes as a warmup for the night’s grand lucky draw. Besides that, 6 models dressed in futuristic designer fashion outfits with gothic makeup, entertained guests and took photos with them. More selfies and photo sessions with a graveyard pop up with skeletons to “scare” or excite brave souls before the ballroom doors opened. At around 7:00pm, guests were ushered into the cool, misty ballroom decorated with a hundred black crows hanging from the ceiling, all nicely lit with about a thousand candles on 72 candelabras and numerous tea light candles floating in water displayed on long tables. A walk-in as if in the deeply mysterious labyrinth from Phantom of the Opera movie set. Distinguished guests were then seated along the long tables that were decorated with the candelabras on wooden blocks, twigs, some fresh Chrysanthemums, sitting black crows and of course a set of fine dining utensil set for each person. Once everyone was seated for the night, Mr Michael Hanratty, General Manager of G Hotel welcomed all guests and appreciated all support given through the years.
After a warm welcome, the night officially kicked off with a twist of dark ballet as the Opening Dance by Greenapple Ballet Academy. Followed by 2-piece Live Band Performance, lucky draw sessions, a beautiful “Phantom of the Opera” musical performance by Soprano Ms Lim Chai Lin and the Yamaha String ensemble, Black Swan dance performance and the Last Dance by Greenapple Ballet Academy.Simultaneously, the fine dining experience prepared by G Hotel’s own banquet team started with the serving of Timbale of Jumbo Crab Meat & Granny Smith Apple Topped with Flying Fish Roe as the appetiser. Followed by Cream of Butternut Squash Cinnamon & Crispy Smoked Duck, a palate cleanser of Homemade Basil & Lemongrass Sherbert and the delectable main course of Slow Roasted Duet of Lamb Rack & Provencal Crusted Salmon on Potato Puree, Field Vegetables with Lamb Jus & Cream of Thyme. The course dinner finished perfectly with the G’s signature Citrus Cheesecake.
One of the highlights of the night include the grand lucky draw prize, a RM8,000 oval shaped pink tourmaline with diamond pendant with 18k white gold oval link chain sponsored by Poh Kong, which was won by Ms Joanne Teh Shueh Mei. The second prize of the night was a round-trip business class air ticket from Penang to Hong Kong sponsored by Cathay Pacific, which was taken home by Ms Koh Siok Mei. The fortunate lady who won the third prize of the night, a Miu Miu Handbag sponsored by Femme Fatale was Ms Mindy Tan. Another exciting part of the night is the announcement of the “Best Dressed” gentleman and lady, which was presented to Dato’ Shaik Ismail Allaudin and Ms Khoo Ling Tze respectively for their exemplary attire for the event theme.“It is indeed an accomplishment for G Hotel to continuously be a leading business hotel in Penang and an honour for both G Hotels to collectively garner 21 awards in 2017, an addition to its accolade of over 100 awards since its inception. So, this event goes out to each and every one of you who have been our long-standing partners that made us your first choice for accommodation, event function and even for dining in our bars and restaurants. We see to another year of mutual support in our business endeavour,” said Mr Michael Hanratty, General Manager of G Hotel.G Hotel is honoured to showcase its creativity through different themed annual party and its dedication in impressing unceasingly supportive corporate clients, travel agents, media members and partners who trust its brand name for exceptional guest experiences.