Last month, I wrote about the unique opportunity to go onboard the ANA R2-D2 Jet for an afternoon of Star Wars extravaganza. If you weren't one of the lucky winners, fret now because all Changi Airport visitors can now (13 November 2015 to 05 January 2016) embark on an intergalactic adventure in the Departure Hall of Terminal 3 (T3) where a life-sized X-wing™ fighter has landed. Dress up in Star Wars costume and go onboard the cockpit of the X-wing™ for the ultimate photo opportunity. Photo memorabilia will be made available for visitors to bring home for free.
Complete the Star Wars experience with the weekly character special appearances at T3 from 14 November 2015 to 02 January 2016 every Saturday at 4PM. You can also participate in a range of activities to walk away with exclusive Star Wars merchandise while you are there! Fans can also pop by the 'Language Centre' to learn how to converse in 10 commonly-spoken languages in Star Wars while looking at model displays of the Millennium Falcon™ and Star Destroyer™.
The action does not just stop at T3 because over at Terminal 2 (T2), you will find a signature Starfight of the First Order - the TIE fighter™ which is guarded by five Stormtroopers™ in the latest incarnation of their armour. If you are traveling through T2, be sure to drop by gate E26 (if you have some time) where more life-sized figurines of the First Order Stormtroopers™ and the astromech droid R2-D2™ will be stationed to welcome passengers.
In addition to Star Wars: The Force Awakens luggage tags, tote bags and stickers, fans will be delighted to know they can collect a full set of eight limited-edition Star Wars plush toys exclusively available at Changi Airport. Featuring popular Star Wars characters Yoda™, Chewbacca™, Darth Vader™, Boba Fett™, Stormtrooper™, BB-8™, C-3PO and R2-D2, each of these plush toys can be purchased for S$6 when released, with a minimum spending at Changi Airport. iShopChangi.com shoppers and Changi Rewards members will also be entitled to exclusive redemption privileges.
It has been one year since Ash & Elm was introduced in the iconic InterContinental Singapore which is located along Middle Road in Bugis. From now until 23 November 2016, indulge in a host of dining deals from semi-buffet lunches to daily dinner deals and even a bubbly brunch on Sundays. Find out all about the special dining deals at Ash & Elm now!
Singapore's most iconic hotel, the Raffles Hotel Singapore will be undergoing major restoration works beginning 2017 and the hotel has plans to close late-2017 for a grand opening in quarter two of 2018. The last restoration was conducted between 1989 and 1991 where the hotel closed for a full two and a half years.
One of Singapore's oldest (and definitely my favourite!) Italian restaurant, Pete's Place (located within the Grand Hyatt Singapore) has just gotten a brand new Chef de Cuisine - Chef Cataldo Chiloiro who has over 25 years of culinary experience under his belt. A newly-refreshed a la carte menu has also unveiled as part of this change.
Available on weekdays (expect Public Holidays) from 12PM to 230PM daily, enjoy a Dim Sum Set Lunch at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar from just S$28++ per person. Located within the Grand Park Orchard, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is known for her classy dim sum and killer cocktails (alongside that famous char siew that everyone goes crazy for).
A management agreement between OUE Limited and Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd will set Oakwood to manage the brand new Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore (located at OUE Downtown) which is located in the Lion City's commercial district. This property will add to Oakwood's award-winning portfolio of the finest serviced apartments in the world.
The brand new Novotel Suites Hanoi has just opened in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, and it offers travellers a brand new accommodation option in the heart of the city. Travellers will be able to choose from 87 spacious studios and 64 one, two and three bedroom apartments. The Novotel Suites brand offer suite-type units that are spacious and functional, and can be adapted into a working or reception area. The rooms, which accommodate up to four people, come with a kitchenette and several amenities that cater to all types of guests and for different lengths of stays.
In a world-first partnership between Qantas and Airbnb, Qantas Frequent Flyer members are now given the opportunity to earn Qantas Points whenever they book their Airbnb accommodation via qantas.com. All 11.4 million Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn one Qantas Point for every AUD that they spend on any one of Airbnb's 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
The Hilton Singapore's il Cielo restaurant has been on my list of recommendations ever since I checked it out for dinner one evening during a media tasting. The poolside restaurant is also located on the roof so the view is actually quite nice but more importantly, the restaurant is actually running a pretty good Set Lunch special from just S$25++ on weekdays.
The beautiful Opus Bar & Grill located inside the Hilton Singapore is ramping up the steak offerings with a carefully curated selection of U.S. prime grade cuts from Greater Omaha in USA. This is one of the best places in Singapore for a charcoal-grilled steak especially when you consider the quality and value ratio (they do have some amazing promotions too like free-flowing wine for 2 hours).
AccorHotels has just named the Best Global Hotel Chain at the TTG Travel Awards 2016. This is the second consecutive year that AccorHotels has won the award and be sure to update yourself on the upcoming Le Club AccorHotels changes that are happening next year! Chairman and CEO Sebastien Bazin also won the award for being the Travel Personality of the Year.