The hairy crabs are back at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore's Shang Palace between now and 30 November 2016 and they are available for lunch and dinner - diners may opt of for the special prix fixe six-course hairy crab menu or from a selection of nine a la carte items. Known for it furry claws, the Chinese mitten crabs are only available for a few months each year, making the famous golden roe a seasonal delight.
World of Hyatt - Hyatt's new global loyalty program has been unveiled today and it will come into effect from 01 March 2017. The current Gold Passport program will cease from 28 February 2017 and the current 3-tier elite membership program will be reorganised into a 4-tier one to reward bigger spenders and travellers who spend more nights in hotels each year. Read on to find out about the changes and how it will affect you.
Located along the famous Orchard Road, the Hilton Singapore is one of the first few hotels that I have visited in Singapore when I relocated back in 2013 - I also revisited the property in 2014 as a Hilton HHonors Gold Member. During my latest visit this month in October 2016, I checked into the Hilton Singapore once again as a Hilton HHonors Diamond Member and even though I booked my stay via an OTA, I was given the benefits for being a Diamond Member (something that is no longer required by the program).
Now that the integration of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Marriott Rewards has begun, it is possible to get the Marriott Rewards Gold status with just ONE stay if you hold an eligible World MasterCard credit card - they are not hard to get and the lowest income requirement from Citibank requires just S$30,000 income per year (unlike the Visa Infinite ones that start from S$120,000). With this promotion, you will also be able to get SPG Gold and Gold Elite status in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program - all in one stay!
I visited the city of Yangon in September 2016 and was blown away by the energy and striking contrast between old and new. The former capital of Myanmar has been opening up a lot more in recent years and it is always great to visit a city like that when it is still in its infancy stage of tourism development. After hearing so much about Le Planteur online and from people who have been there, I decided to check it out one afternoon myself to find out why Le Planteur is constantly talked-about as the best restaurant in Yangon.