The luxurious award-winning InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort has just added a brand new room concept to its existing selection of rooms, suites and villas - the Family Rooms. These rooms will put your children at the heart of the business as they cater to the needs and comforts of the traveling family. Located in the main building of the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, the Family Rooms retains the general Thai colonial style by using dark wooden floors and furnishings which are elegantly contrasted with vivid splashes of colour.
Starting from 65 sqm, the Family Rooms at the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort each contain a children's corner which features a bunk bed for your children to rest and relax - just be prepared to mediate who goes on the top bunk if you are traveling with two kids. There is also ample space for your children to relax at the end of the day as bean bags and colouring books are provided in the room. Remember, a quiet time for the kids also translates into peaceful time for the parents.
To keep your children entertained and pampered, a toy treasure chest alongside junior-sized bathrobes and slippers will also be found in the room - there is no reason only the adults can enjoy the finer things in life! Additionally, kids will have complimentary access to the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort's very own Planet Trekkers Kids Club (supervised by trained and qualified professionals) which offers activities in and around the beautiful resort.
Family Pleasures Offer
A treat for the whole family – a stay at a Family Room, Suite or Villa, including daily breakfast, two hours of complimentary babysitting services daily with a certified nanny and one 60 minute therapeutic body massage for two adults at the beach hut per stay. Furthermore, all children’s meals at the hotel outlets are complimentary, access to Planet Trekker Kids Club is free and one Junior Master Chef Class is included during the stay. For further information, prices and terms & conditions, please visit www.samui.intercontinental.com.
The Crowne Plaza Auckland is located on Albert Street in the center of Auckland City. When I travelled down to the City of Sails on Singapore Airlines' Suites Class from Singapore last November, I stayed in The Langham Auckland before moving to the Crowne Plaza Auckland for the weekend - the hotel isn't brand new but moving into a property that is part of a much-larger international chain where benefits are predictable is such a great decision.
Connected to one of the most famous shopping malls in Bugis, the InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - following a massive refurbishment that officially completed in 2016, the rooms here at this luxurious property have been given a complete makeover. The Heritage Rooms and Heritage Suites were previously redone and were therefore not included in the most recent refresh. Check out my review of the Grand Deluxe Room at the InterContinental Singapore!
IHG Rewards Club points are great because you can use them for decent reward nights and a bunch of other less valuable redemption (that you should not even consider) - they can also be converted into miles (largely at a 1000:200 ratio) which can be quite useful if you are converting to one that is potentially of greater value (e.g. Mileage Plan on Alaska Airlines). While I have previously considered reward nights in Singapore to be of inferior value, certain properties around Singapore (in a 7-8 hour flight radius) can offer pretty great value. For the purpose of comparison, I am using only the Best Flexible Rate which could potentially introduce bias in resort locations (these properties generally have a larger Advance Purchase discount).
One of my challenges in this quarter's Accelerate 2017 (read more about it HERE!) is to book a stay on the Points and Cash rate - this will give me 3,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points. While 3,000 bonus points will not sway my decision at all, it does count towards triggering the major bonus of the Accelerate 2017 promotion. Club members will receive 5% discount on the cash component on Points & Cash bookings while Spire Elite members can save up to 15% off.
From now until 17 February 2017, get double IHG Rewards Club Points when you purchase them online (so long you purchase at least 5,000 points). If you have a DBS Woman's World MasterCard, you can make use of this opportunity to rake up some bonus miles.
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.
Accelerate is back for 2017 and you now have the chance to rake up some IHG Rewards Club points for eligible stays between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017 - perfect if you already have plans to stay in participating InterContinental Hotels Group properties in the coming year! As mentioned previously, InterContinental Ambassador members seem to get a set of offers that are tailored towards InterContinental hotels (which means it is generally more expensive to complete these challenges) and my offers for 2017 seem to confirm this.
The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport added 243 new Business Rooms in a 10-storey extension in a new wing earlier this year. The newly-opened Jewel Wing is home to the brand new Business Rooms which are all put together using Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) techniques (the very first private-sector commercial project in Singapore) and has been designed by the award-winning Singapore-based architectural firm, WOHA. Check out my review of the new Business Rooms here at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just signed a management agreement with Lao International Development Co. Ltd to open the first InterContinental-branded hotel in Laos. Slated to open in 2021, the InterContinental Vientiane will become the second hotel in the capital city of Laos that is managed by IHG. This new-built luxury hotel will feature over 400 rooms and it will be located near to the upcoming World Trade Centre which is set to become the city's largest commercial hub when it opens.
As 2016 comes to an end, I am once again faced with an interesting problem - the InterContinental Ambassador renewal. While I have not come close to maximising the benefits this year, I have gotten the published benefits (upgrade and late check-out at the InterContinental Singapore) on all my paid stays. The only question now is this: should I renew my InterContinental Ambassador membership with points or by cash?