Let's face it, The South Beach has not been performing as well as investors and operators had hoped it to be. Sure, there was a lot of excitement when the hotel first opened but now that it is six months in, there are finally talks to appoint Marriott International (who seems to have deep pockets following the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) to manage The South Beach which in time will be rebranded as the JW Marriott Singapore if the deal goes through.
With 654 rooms and suites, The South Beach is part of South Beach - a mixed-use development that will consist of offices, residences, retail spaces and The South Beach (hotel). The development is a joint venture between City Developments Limited (CDL) and IOI Properties Group Berhad.
I have recently flown on SilkAir from Singapore to Phuket and could not justify paying more than five times more (S$1,300) for a 90-minute flight - the same flight in Economy costs approximately S$240. With that being said, the MI Upgrade is something that people do not talk about often. It is basically a bidding system that allows you to make an offer to SilkAir to upgrade your flight from Economy to Business - if the bid is unsuccessful, you do not pay anything at all and if it is, you pay the amount that you have offered.
Singapore Airlines has just announced the KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes redemption specials for November 2017 travels. KrisFlyer members will be able to enjoy 30% discount on KrisFlyer Miles required on selected Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flight that is done online - bookings must be made before the end of 31 October 2017 for travel between 01 November 2017 and 30 November 2017 (inclusive).
Get your burger fix at the Pan Pacific Singapore's Pacific Marketplace and Atrium from 23 October 2017 to 25 November 2017. Bite into delicious and juicy Wagyu beef patties sandwiched between herbs-infused burger buns done in three different styles - the beef is of a similar premium grade of beef from the award-winning Japanese restaurant Keyaki.
Users of Mileslife and Emirates Skywards members will now be able to earn miles from dining, hotel stays, spa experiences and other recreational activities when transacting on Mileslife. The miles-earning app which has only been launched back in June 2017 now offers the opportunity for eligible members to earn up to 5 Skywards Miles and an additional bonus based on their Emirates Skywards tier per dollar. Link you Emirates Skywards account before 30 November 2017 for 200 free Skywards Miles!
Previously known as The Green Market, TGM is Plaza Premium Lounge's only airport lounge in Terminal 2 of the Singapore Changi Airport. TGM is probably one of the best-kept secrets in Changi Airport where airport lounges are concerned - it serves a mixture of Japanese and Korean Cuisine (as well as healthy options) here and it really resembles more of a restaurant than a typical airport lounge. TGM is located on Level 3, next to DFS's Whiskey House in Terminal 2 and it is accessible (and free!) to anyone with a valid Priority Pass Card or Plaza Premium Lounge access - TGM is also open to public and there is a rather extensive a la carte menu (chargeable) to select from.
The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is one of the most awaited hotels to open in Singapore this year. Following the property's opening on 12 October 2017, Publico Deli (a component of the entire Publico concept) is now open to the neighbourhood to bring fresh Italian produce and friendly service to the public. Publico will consist of the Public Deli (which is now open), a restaurant as well as a bar.
The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is the second InterContinental-branded property in Singapore and it is one of the most highly-anticipated luxury hotels to open in Singapore this year. Home to 225 luxurious studios and suites (including an expansive Penthouse), the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is located along the Singapore River and it fits in carefully in the leafy, upscale neighbourhood of Robertson Quay.
After much speculation in the market, AccorHotels has just announced the the signature of an agreement with Mantra Group Limited with the view to acquire all of the issued capital in Mantra by way of a scheme of arrangement to be approved by Mantra shareholders. Under the terms of the agreement AccorHotels would offer AUD3.96 in cash for each Mantra share including any potential special dividend.
Following the successful launch of Club Marriott 2.0 back in May last year, Marriott International has announced the launch of a brand new integrated Club Marriott 3.0 which brings together three of Asia Pacific's most prominent dining loyalty programs – Club Marriott, Eat Drink & More, as well as Star Privilege. This brand new Club Marriott membership will allow members to benefit from a greater selection of properties (now that some of the Starwood properties are participating as well) and discounts when dining out at one of 250 participating hotels across the region.
While I have written about Mileslife on multiple occasions, there are so many current promotions right now that I think it will be a good idea to summarise them in a separate post. There are currently 13 airline partners where you can earn miles on when you spend on hotel stays, travel experiences, spa and more importantly, dining. There is always the opportunity to earn up to 3 miles per dollar on dining on a daily basis but right now, if you stack the right promotions and offers, you are looking at 12 miles per dollar on dining which is just amazing!