Through a management agreement with Ausbao Pty Ltd in Beijing, the IInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced a brand new 160-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Sydney's CBD. The Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour will be located to the new Sydney International Convention Centre as well as key developments in Darling Quarter and the Barangaroo south precinct.
The Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour will be the new spot for future business and meetings as the property houses five meeting rooms as well as a 24-hour business centre. There is also an all-day dining restaurant and bar for guests to unwind or for those who are a little more fitness-conscious, the hotel will also feature a fully-equipped fitness centre and outdoor pool.
The HSBC Advance Visa Platinum Credit Card is dead (for mile-chasers anyway) and it will become a cashback card soon - the 4 miles per dollar promotion will end officially on 31 May 2017 and you will only earn 1X (0.4 miles per dollar) Rewards point with eligible dollar spent in the month of June 2017. You will have to redeem all your Reward points by 31 August 2017 or they will be converted into cashback on 01 September 2017 at a 100 Reward points to $0.25 rate.
A partnership between Marriott International and Japan's leading lodging company, Mori Trust Group, has just announced the opening of five resort properties across Japan this summer - these resorts will be located in some of Japan's most scenic destinations and it will give access to lesser-known locations which include the picturesque lake area at the base of Mount Fuji to the Shuzenzi hot springs resort town situated in the Izu Peninsula.
The most prestigious resort in Nusa Dua of Bali, The St. Regis Bali Resort has just appointed Mr. Nico Alexander Braunwalder as the Hotel Manager of this luxurious property. Prior to this appointment, Nico was the Director of Food & Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka in Japan.
InterContinental Hotels Group has just unveiled the first Kimpton hotel to open outside of the Americas, in Europe - the Kimpton De Witt. The hotel has been fully transformed to reflect the bold and playful design of Kimpton while drawing inspiration for the Dutch heritage which is evident from the striking ‘living wall’ of vibrant florals and botanicals trailing the entrance. It marries the old and the new – a late 20th century building with architecture from the Dutch Golden Age – interlocking modern luxury and historical elegance.
Robertson Quay in Singapore is getting pretty exciting - the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is already taking reservations from 01 September 2017 (just in time for the F1 Night Race!). It seems like the property has already started to offer a special Ambassador 4,000 Bonus Points package (S$14++ above Best Flexible Rate) for stays from 01 September 2017 - these are great if you have to purchase a flexible rate but want to achieve your IHG Rewards Club elite status faster (they count towards elite-qualifying points).
Accruing points and miles is therapeutic - I would even go as far to say that it is even more satisfying that watching your savings grow. From now until 19 May 2017, benefit from 100% bonus IHG Rewards Club points when you purchase using this link. If you were to purchase the maximum number of points allowed (60,000) in a calendar year, you will get 120,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (after the 100% bonus) for US$690 (S$963) which may offer great value at a number of InterContinental properties in the region.
Purchase Mileage Plan Miles between 15 May 2017 and 01 July 2017 and get up to 50% more! As a quick reminder, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles are great for usage on Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific even intra-Asia where a flight will cost only 25,000 and 22,500 miles respectively. I have mentioned previously how it is possible to travel from within Asia in Business Cabin of Japan Airlines for just 25,000 miles (with a complimentary stopover in Tokyo).
Now that Starwood Hotels and Resorts is part of the greater Marriott International portfolio, it would make sense to view the brands simultaneously (especially since you get reciprocal elite benefits across SPG, Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards now). For stays between 27 May 2017 and 4 September 2017, be sure to register for Marriott Rewards' MegaBonus and SPG's Take Three promotion to maximise on the upcoming stays. If you do not have any status with any program, remember you can get SPG Gold (and therefore Marriott Rewards Gold) with just one stay if you have a World MasterCard issued in Asia-Pacific!
The luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has finally unveiled the brand new Tower Wing today on 16 May 2017 where guests will be able to experience a refreshed lobby, brand new rooms and suites, three new restaurant concepts as well as a revitalised Horizon Club lounge. Located in the heart of Orchard Road, the property is known for being an urban resort which is steeped in luxury and the finest quality.
The Conrad Centennial Singapore is probably Singapore's most impressive Hilton property. Consistent to the global brand standards for Conrad hotels, the rooms here in this property are spacious and whilst the facilities and furnishings are carefully maintained, the dated design is definitely in need of a refresh to reposition the property to be in line with newer Conrad hotels around the world. The Centennial Suites here at the Conrad Centennial Singapore are beautiful with plenty of living space - with that said, the layout of the suite has always been baffling to me. As I was 'window shopping' for hotel rooms this evening, I noticed that an announcement has been placed to notify future guests that the hotel will be undergoing progressive rejuvenation works from June 2017 and this is expected to complete by the end of January 2018.