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.
AccorHotels has just announced the opening of the ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi which is located in the city centre and just 20 minutes drive away from the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport. Consistent to the ibis Styles brand standards, the ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi will feature bright and colourful design across its 117 guest rooms and suites alongside the signature Sweet Bed by ibis Styles.
The city of Yangon in Myanmar offers one of the most authentic and raw travel experiences that I have had in recent years. During my weekend travel to Yangon, I stayed in one of the Horizon Club Rooms at the Sule Shangri-La, Yangon. One of the things that I had difficult with most (since I am a fairly unadventurous traveller) during my stay was where to find food - so I have gone ahead to put together five of my favourite restaurants that I have checked out in Yangon.
Back in September 2016, a partnership between Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Singapore Airlines was announced. Members are now able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, fast-track to elite status and convert points freely (albeit at a terrible rate) with the Infinite Journeys arrangement. Today, Warmer Welcomes invites both Golden Circle (from Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts) and Taj InnerCircle (from Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces) to enjoy reciprocal benefits between the two loyalty programs.
When I visited Hong Kong in November (2016) last year, I traveled directly from Haneda on ANA's Boeing 787 Dreamliner (787-900) product in Business Class (check out my review of ANA's Business Class here!). While the hard product was very good, I can't help but to feel that the service on-board Singapore Airlines in Business Class was consistently better. In any case, I was pretty excited to check out the World's Highest Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong after paying so much for a club room there. Check out my review of this luxurious property with sweeping views of the city.
As I was researching on some flight prices this evening, I noticed something a little different on SingaporeAir.com - apparently you are now able to earn KrisFlyer miles by booking hotels or renting cars on the website itself. In case you do not already know this, you can easily earn 10 miles per dollar when you book hotels via Kaligo.com (the prices are a little higher sometimes but if you factor in the value of miles you get, it is actually quite decent).
Located within the Grand Park Orchard, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar offers progressive Cantonese cuisine with a modern touch. The renowned restaurant has introduced over 30 new dishes in the month of March (2017) and the cocktail list has also been given a slight refresh with the inclusion of new tipples such as Uncle Negroni and Chinese Collins. The newly-revamped food menu at Mitzo showcases the culinary skills of Executive Head Chef Nicky Ng in be able to combine the best elements of traditional Cantonese cooking with a modern twist.
The Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is truly a gem in the hotel industry in Singapore. I love how property stays true to the Hotel Indigo brand standards in drawing design influences from the surrounding area and how it remains relatively modest in respect to the architectural landscape around it. Check out my review of this amazing property now!
Grab is finally on ShopBack and you can now receive cashback for the trips you take on GrabCar. To celebrate this launch, ShopBack customers are able to earn S$1 cashback for the first GrabCar ride they take daily between 24 March 2017 to 31 March 2017.
The award-winning boutique hotel booking service, Mr & Mrs Smith is collaborating with Tokyobike (a small and independent bicycle company from Yanaka, Tokyo) to bring free city guides and bike hire in the month of April 2017 to the community in Singapore, London, New York, Melbourne and Tokyo.
Following the strategic alliance between Virgin Australia and HNA Aviation, Virgin Australia has just announced plans to introduce its first flights to Hong Kong from Melbourne starting from 05 July 2017. The airline company will operate five flights per week on an Airbus A330-200 with 255 seats with a 2-4-2 configuration in Economy cabin.