I have always been a huge fan of Uber because when they first started out, they were so much better than Grab but truth to be told, Grab (and its fleet of cars and drivers) has improved dramatically over the years. With that being said however, Uber has always been far more superior at customer service - they actually read and reply to your feedback at lightning speed! Starting from 01 July 2016 (Friday), you will be able to utilise uberPOOL to get around - this is a service for pooling people who are heading down to the same place to save time and cost (as well as the environment!). Why bother you ask? Well, it's going to be cheaper than the usual uberX rates!
If you do not have an Uber account, sign up using my referral code UBERWHALE for a free ride (up to S$10)!
Using uberPOOL is relatively simple - you proceed to make a regular uberX booking but when uberPOOL is available, you will be given the option to select the cheaper alternative - it does seem like the more seats you require, the more expensive it gets (but still cheaper than uberX).
Here's how it works according to Uber:
Choose the uberPOOL option in the app. Enter your destination and request a ride. You’ll see your driver’s details straight away — name, photo and the details of the car. As with uberX, these drivers are have undergone an extensive screening process. uberPOOL will then match you with another passenger heading in the same direction:That passenger will either be in the car at the start of your trip, in which case you’ll see their name in advance; or Your driver will pick them up along the way, in which case Uber will notify you via the app. Whether you’re first or second into the car, Uber ensures that you’re never taken more than a few minutes out of your way. At the end of your trip, you’ll pay just like a normal Uber trip and receive an electronic receipt.
Sounds simple enough and I can't wait to try it out - oh and if you are sharing your uberPOOL experiences, be sure to leave an #uberPOOL hashtag for a chance to win some credits!
Set on the tropical islands of Langkawi, The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi officially opens today to bring about luxurious experiences in the heart of an ancient jungle. Designed to reflect the nearby traditional villages (known as Kampongs), the oceanfront resort is sheltered by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi is designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects and it has been carefully created to fully immerse travelers in the island’s natural ecosystem and local culture.
AccorHotels has just announced the opening of the Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 which is located on Soi 11 of Sukhumvit. Known for the numerous restaurants, bar and clubs which are prominent in the evenings, Sukhumvit Soi 11 has long been a magnet for tourists, expats and locals who are attracted to the night life. The property is also within walking distance to not only the BTS Skytrain Nana Station and MRT Subway Asoke Station but also the Airport Link Makkasan Station.
The Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has just unveiled a brand new loyalty programme, INVITED, to replace the previous program. Invited (free to join!) offers members exclusive rates and benefits right from their very first stay across any one of SLH's 500 hotels worldwide.
The Conrad Centennial Singapore will be unveiling a brand new collection of exquisite French chocolate tartlets which will be available for purchase from 22 September 2017 (three-day advanced order is required). One of the five flavours that have been created is done in collaboration with home-cook @HoneyBeeSweets.sg to marry local flavours and French pastry techniques. Each box of the Conrad Treasures come with five flavours (one piece per flavour) - Sensation, Pure Gourmandise, La Royale, Violette, and Chendol.
Experience a brand new spa journey that incorporates the healing energies of sound and mind-imagery at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong's luxurious Plateau Spa. In partnership with one of the leading sound technology companies of the world, Devialet, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong will be presenting a 60-minute bespoke “Voyage des Sens” spa experience that is exclusive to this beautiful oasis that is tucked-away in Hong Kong.
Celebrate the weekends with a sizzling BBQ and unlimited house wines and beers at the Pan Pacific Singapore's Poolside Patio from 6:30PM to 9:30PM every Friday and Saturday (from 22 September 2017). Enjoy a four-course barbecue menu while overlooking the refurbished swimming pool and Poolside Bar.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has just announced that it will manage a one-of-a-kind Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing which will be located within the Qianmen East Hutong Quarter. This hotel is expected to open in 2018 and it will provide guests with the unique opportunity to experience luxury living in traditional and authentic Beijing surroundings.
The Four Points by Sheraton Hefei, Baohe is the second Four Points property in the ancient city of Hefei which is also the capital city in the Anhui Province of China. The hotel offers 271 modern guestrooms (inclusive of suites) that are equipped with a simple design but most importantly, with modern comforts like a 43-inch flat TV and High Speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just debuted the group's first hotel in the seaside city of Rayong in Thailand. Known to be a seafood paradise and a great place for urbanites to escape the city life, the Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre will add 288 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites to this city. The Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre is located around 2 hours away from Bangkok but just under 30 minutes from the U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport.
The most highly-anticipated (well, at least to me) hotel property to open in Singapore this year, the Andaz Singapore, has secretly opened up reservations from 15 November 2017. Located on 5 Fraser Street, the Andaz Singapore is the latest property that will be opening by Hyatt. While it is not official news that the hotel is opening in November 2017, it seems highly likely that the hotel will since it has started taking reservations - fingers crossed!