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.
One of the most highly-anticipated property in Bali, the Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach has just opened to celebrate both the ancient and modern zeitgeist of Bali. The newly-built property offers 289 beautifully-appointed rooms that embraces both modern and traditional which is apparent throughout the design of the hotel - there are no hotels in Seminyak that offers such a beautiful blend of old and new.
A brand new Courtyard by Marriott property has been planned for the popular beachside resort area in southern Vietnam. Slated to open in 2020, the Courtyard by Marriott Nha Trang Hon Tam Resort will be situated on an exclusive resort island that is located 20-minutes away from Nha Trang city.
Marriott International has just announced the first Fairfield by Marriott brand in Greater China with the opening of the Fairfield by Marriott Nanning Nanhu Park. A partnership between Marriott International and the Dossen International Group will see the introduction of the brand across different cities in China over the next five years. The new-built Fairfield by Marriott Nanning Nanhu Park will feature open spaces that are suitable for both work and entertainment and the design of the hotel's guest rooms have all been inspired by the fundamental themes of relaxation and simplicity.
According to the latest Chinese Luxury Traveller Report 2017 by Hurun Report Awards. the Ritz-Carlton remains to be the "Most Popular Luxury Hotel" as voted by Chinese high net-worth individuals for the second consecutive year. The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty program has also taken the top spot as being the "Most Popular Luxury Hotel Membership Programme".
It has been slightly over 18 months since my last stay at The St. Regis Singapore and I am still dreaming about the food and opulent suites there. Here are four things that you will definitely miss once you have experienced the epitome of luxury in the heart of Orchard Road at The St. Regis Singapore.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has just announced its entry into the luxury yachting and cruises industry by bringing the award-winning luxury brand, The Ritz-Carlton, to the high seas. By incorporating the brand's exceptional service and timeless style, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection aims to bring luxury accommodation to the sea as well. The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019.
As we are waiting on the arrival of some new hotels to open in Singapore this year, the YOTEL Singapore whose design inspiration stems from first class travel cabins, has already started to take reservations from 01 November 2017. The new YOTEL in Singapore aims to cultivate a sense of community within the hotel through large open spaces for co-working, social gatherings and wellness while providing the essential elements of luxury hotels in rooms and cabins where weary travellers will be able to enjoy in the privacy of their own rooms.
The top luxury brand of AccorHotels Group, Raffles Hotels & Resorts has just announced the signing of a historic partnership between the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) to transform Winston Churchill's iconic Old War Office building in Whitehall into one of the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London - The Raffles London.
As part of the MSB Tamachi mix-used complex, the first Pullman hotel by AccorHotels will open in the fall of 2018. The Pullman Tokyo Tamachi will feature 143 contemporary-design rooms that connects the international style of Pullman hotel with the delicate touch of Japanese art and culture.
Singapore Airlines will be increasing the flight frequency to Paris (the capital city of France) from the current seven per week to 10 per week during the Northern Winter operating season between 29 October 2017 and 24 March 2018. The three additional flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting 30 October 2017 and it will complement the daily flights that are already in service.