The Shutterwhale's Guide to the Sands Rewards LifeStyle Program by Marina Bay Sands

No one needs further introduction to one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands. The property is the largest hotel in Singapore (with 2,561 rooms and suites) and it occupies a position within the 'World’s 100 Largest Hotels' list. What a lot of people do not realise however is the existence of the Sands Rewards LifeStyle membership program which not only allows you to earn up to 9% Destination Dollars (which can be used across all participating stores) but also gives you a plethora of benefits that range from complimentary parking to free museum passes at the higher tier.

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Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore unveils The Oakwood Executive Club for In-house Guests

Following its official opening on 15 July 2017, the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore has just unveiled The Oakwood Executive Club which is an add-on membership for in-house guests. Similar to an executive lounge in hotels that most travellers are familiar with, The Oakwood Executive Club offers Prosecco breakfasts, a stunning private poolside lounge, stylish boardroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and cocktail service, as well as free-flowing evening canapés on the terrace to discerning corporate and leisure guests in Singapore’s downtown. 

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Opening of Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens by AccorHotels

Singapore's newest integrated lifestyle hub as well as one of the newest hotels to open in Singapore this year is the Novotel Singapore on Stevens and the Mercure Singapore on Stevens by AccorHotels. The two new-built hotels feature 772 guest rooms and suites (256 from Novotel Singapore on Stevens and 516 from Mercure Singapore on Stevens), 14 dining outs, two outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court as well as function space that is large enough to accommodate 500 guests. Located at the edge of Orchard Road along Stevens Road, the two hotels will offer guests and visitors an integrated range of gastronomy, health, fitness and lifestyle options in the precinct close to the city’s best shopping and entertainment, conveniently accessible via the hotel’s shuttle service.

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Aloft Jakarta Wahid Hasyim opens in Jakarta - First Aloft Property in Indonesia

Indonesia's very first Aloft property by Marriott International has just been opened in Jakarta. The Aloft Jakarta Wahid Hasyim features a sassy modern style alongside tech-forward experiences that bringsthe brand’s passion for live music, vibrant design and innovation to the capital city.

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50% off Hilton Hotels in Japan, South Korea and Guam - Stay by 30 June 2018, Book by 24 November 2017

Hilton is currently running a 50% off flash sale once again for all participating properties in Japan, South Korea and Guam (yes this includes to marvellous Conrad Tokyo and the super-convenient Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku). This 50% off sale will run until 2:00PM (JST) on 24 November 2017 for all stays between 21 November 2017 and 30 June 2018.

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Trip Report: Singapore Airlines SQ807 Business Class A380-800 - PEK to SIN (Beijing to Singapore)

made my way back to the Beijing Capital International Airport for my flight back to Singapore. Since my experience at the Air China Business Class Lounge (which I checked out in July 2017) previously has been fairly lacklustre, I have decided to try the Air China First Class Lounge instead - review of this lounge soon to come! It is definitely worth nothing that while the Air China First Class Lounge is reserved to passengers traveling on Air China and Star Alliance partners in First Class only, it is also a Priority Pass Lounge - this means to say that you will be able to access this 'esteemed' lounge if you have a valid Priority Pass membership (there is no reason why you do not have one if you hold any one of these eligible credit cards which give you free lounge access).

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Earn 8 Miles per Dollar on Amazon Prime Now and Lazada with Citi Rewards Card - by 31 December 2017

The Citi Rewards Card is one of the best credit cards in Singapore to hold in my opinion - it offers 4 miles per dollar on shopping expenses (this includes spend in departmental stores as well) and from time to time it partners up with a merchant to offer 20X Rewards which is equivalent to a whooping 8 miles per S$1. From now until the end of 31 December 2017, cardholders will be able to earn 8 miles per dollar on all eligible transactions made on Lazada or via the Amazon Prime Now App.

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SORA, Japanese Gourmet Food Hall opens in Terminal 2 - Largest Restaurant in Changi Airport

Changi Airport's largest restaurant, SORA, is now open in Terminal 2. The 7,760 sqft (approx. 721 sqm) space is home to a Japanese Gourmet Food Hall and it houses six Japanese restaurant brands with a seating capacity of about 300 diners. SORA, which translates into 'sky' in Japanese, marks the first time that ANA Trading - the trading arm of Japanese airline company, All Nippon Airways – is operating a food hall outside of Japan.

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