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.
The first Hotel Indigo that was signed in Vietnam is the Hotel Indigo Phu Quoc Starbay that is slated to open in 2021. Even though the Hotel Indigo Saigon The City is signed on a later date, it is slated to become the country's first Hotel Indigo-branded property that will open in Ho Chi Minh City come 2019.
As I was traveling on Singapore Airlines' Business Class cabin from Denpasar to Singapore, I was given access to the Premier Lounge at the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). If you are traveling in coach or if you do not have lounge access, there are restaurants that you can choose from at the airport but the prices are actually quite high. There are three main airport lounges here at the airport - TG Lounge, Premier Lounge and the Garuda Indonesia Lounge (which is supposedly the best one here).
Bali is one of my favourite places to visit (especially for a short weekend trip) as the flights out of Singapore are typically quite affordable. More importantly, there are so many hotels to choose from (even though I always return to the same few properties in the end) and some of the most memorable ones include the legendary St. Regis Bali Resort as well as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Since my flight from Bali to Singapore was in Business Class, I went straight to the Business Class check-in counters and quickly found myself at the Premier Lounge of the airport not long after.
Following the official debut of the new A380 products on Singapore Airlines, Singapore's flag carrier has just announced that London and Hong Kong (from 16 February 2018 and 18 February 2018 respectively) will be the next two destinations that will be served by A380s featuring the new cabin products.
The Hilton Auckland is one of my most anticipated hotel stays last year after visiting it briefly back in 2015 for a business meeting. I stayed in a Deluxe Harbour View Room at the Hilton Auckland as a Hilton Honors Diamond member and really enjoyed my stay there. Read more now!
Last month, Scoot announced that they will be operating four-times-weekly direct flights between Singapore and Berlin with the iconic Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This non-stop flight is scheduled to commence on 20 June 2018 and promotional tickets are now ready for purchase - S$299 and S$899 for Economy FLY and ScootBiz respectively.
Australia's first Curio Collection by Hilton property has just opened up in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) and next to the brand new waterfront leisure and commercial Barangaroo precinct. The West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton is a newly-built hotel with 182 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites.
United Airlines is currently offering up to 60% more miles when you purchase United Airlines MileagePlus Miles before 22 January 2018. While there was previously the opportunity to receive up to 100% more miles, the minimum number of miles required in order to trigger the highest bonus is significantly lesser this time - 30,000 miles versus 70,000 miles.
Qatar Airways is currently running their annual Travel Boutique Sale which offers up to 35% off fares in Economy, Business and First Class. There is also an extra 5% off when you use the coupon code (find out what it is below!) and more importantly, Privilege Club members can earn double Qmiles with an eligible ticket booked between now and 16 January 2018 - all travel must be completed by 10 December 2018.
The first St. Regis-branded property in Hong Kong (St. Regis Hong Kong) is slated to open in early 2019 in collaboration with China Resources Property. Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong currently and the introduction of the St. Regis brand in Wan Chai will make it the perfect luxury accommodation for business travellers and leisure guests.