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.
The Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort has just refreshed the premier beach-front wedding venue, Jewel Box which was first introduced in 2015 to be the center stage for dreamy wedding receptions, dinners, private cocktail parties and sophisticated corporate events. This beautiful event space has just been given a makeover to showcase it in a more beautiful light.
ibis, the internationally celebrated economy brand of AccorHotels, marked its debut in Kochi today with the launch of ibis Kochi City Centre. Kochi, often referred to as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', is recognised as a leading destination in India with plenty to offer for travellers to the city. ibis Kochi City Centre is also the first AccorHotels’ property to open in the vibrant state of Kerala, ushering in the continued commitment and growth for the Group.
The 1865 Membership by Langham Hotels & Resorts has just been refreshed with some improvements (alongside a name change). The newly-refreshed 1865 Privilege will now allow qualification (and renewal) by eligible room nights instead of just eligible stays. The names of the different tiers are staying the same but travellers are now rewarded for staying longer.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) introduced Business Rewards back in 2015 which allows users and professionals to be rewarded for booking accommodations as well as meeting spaces for others. The Double Play Double Points promotion which is currently running (between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017) allows users to earn up to 6 IHG Rewards Club points (instead of 3) per US$1 for events and stays up to 31 August 2017.
This Valentine's Day, indulge in the spirit of love as you enjoy a carefully-presented spread at the Pan Pacific Singapore's Edge. Begin the dinner with a Champagne toast and a stalk of beautiful red rose (compliments of Pan Pacific Singapore) before indulging in the impressive spread across all seven live food theatres.
One of the most highly-anticipated hotels that are opening in 2017 has finally been unveiled over the last week along Robertson Quay - The Warehouse Hotel (from the folks behind The Lo & Behold Group) has a room inventory of 37 across six different categories. This beautiful hotel is designed by the homegrown agency Asylum and is reminiscent of the building’s original life as a ‘godown’ during the height of Singapore’s spice trade.
Following the announcement of AccorHotels' 600th property and the US$38 Million makeover, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel is set to excite travellers with a refreshing experience with its unique F&B concepts, state-of-the-art meetings facility and innovative hotel lobby design.
AccorHotels has just unveiled a brand new MGallery by Sofitel property in one of Thailand's most celebrated beaches - Patong Beach. The Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong MGallery by Sofitel is the perfect hideaway for families and couples seeking tranquil island adventure. The hotels 150 rooms and suites feature Thai-inspired décor which utilises local woods and natural stones.
Keyaki at the Pan Pacific Singapore will be presenting three kaiseki presentations between 15 January 2017 and 15 February 2017 that is centered around showcasing seasonal delicacies from Hokkaido, Japan. Each one of these masterfully-crafted presentations by Master Chef Hiroshi Ishii (石井博史) is available for lunch and dinner and diners will be able to select from Hokkai, Donan or Hakodate (from S$170++).
Joining the Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur and Japamala Resort in Tioman Island, Samadhi Retreats is set to unveil the group's third property in Singapore - Villa Samadhi Singapore. Slated to open on 05 January 2017 (with impressive opening rates of up to 40% off!), Villa Samadhi Singapore is housed in a heritage 20th century colonial garrison and is set amidst the lush greenery of the Labrador Nature Reserve.