The latest property to open on the sandy beaches of Phuket is the Novotel Phuket Phokeethra by AccorHotels. Located close to the old quarter which is well known for its ancient architecture, Buddhist temples and Taoist shrines, the Novotel Phuket Phokeethra offers inquisitive travellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in a time when prosperity first arrived on the island – not from tourists, but from the settlers who came from the Arabian Peninsula, China, India and Portugal, leaving behind a stunning heritage and blend of architecture.
The newly built Novotel Phuket Phokeethra features 180 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites with views of the surrounding city, mountain and the bay. The rooms offer premium bathroom amenities, LCD TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi and minibars. For wellness, fitness and relaxation, the hotel has a spa, gym and an indoor pool.An elegant counterpoint to the abundant street fare outside the hotel, the all-day dining restaurant, AMOR, serves delicious local and international cuisine, and the Sino-Portuguese-inspired Estrela Sky Lounge offers breathtakingly panoramic views of the city, the bay and the mountains, while the chic lobby lounge, LUA, is an inviting rendezvous point.
For meetings, events and conferences, the hotel can accommodate up to 700 guests in its state-of-the-art Grand Ballroom with vaulted ceilings and offers four additional meeting rooms. With more than 30 beaches on the island, guests will never be far from the sea – Patong Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach are just a short ride from the hotel. A five-minute drive to Thalang Road and Promthep Clock Tower in Phuket Old Town and 40 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the hotel is located at 40 Chanajaroen Road, Tambol Talad Yai, Amphur Muang Phuket.
From 01 September 2016 to 30 November 2016 enjoy a two-night stay at the Novotel Phuket Phokeethra from THB 3,450++ per night inclusive of a THB 1,000 credit that can be used on dining or spa treatments. For reservations please e-mail H9932-RE@accor.com, call +66 (0) 76-397-777, or visit www.novotel.com/9932 for more information.
With a total score of 95.9 out of the maximum of 100, Fairmont Peace Hotel has just won the top place in being the best hotel in China at the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards which celebrates the best of the best in travel. This year, travelers from around the globe were invited to vote on their choice of the finest hotels and travel destinations in the world. More than 300,000 travelers took part in the 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey.
Indulge in a selection of classic cocktail infusions at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore's BAY@5 and the Axis Bar and Lounge between now and 31 December 2016. Select from the Mandarin Negroni with citrus notes to the refreshing Ginger Snap at S$26++ each.
It has been one year since Ash & Elm was introduced in the iconic InterContinental Singapore which is located along Middle Road in Bugis. From now until 23 November 2016, indulge in a host of dining deals from semi-buffet lunches to daily dinner deals and even a bubbly brunch on Sundays. Find out all about the special dining deals at Ash & Elm now!
Singapore's most iconic hotel, the Raffles Hotel Singapore will be undergoing major restoration works beginning 2017 and the hotel has plans to close late-2017 for a grand opening in quarter two of 2018. The last restoration was conducted between 1989 and 1991 where the hotel closed for a full two and a half years.
One of Singapore's oldest (and definitely my favourite!) Italian restaurant, Pete's Place (located within the Grand Hyatt Singapore) has just gotten a brand new Chef de Cuisine - Chef Cataldo Chiloiro who has over 25 years of culinary experience under his belt. A newly-refreshed a la carte menu has also unveiled as part of this change.
Available on weekdays (expect Public Holidays) from 12PM to 230PM daily, enjoy a Dim Sum Set Lunch at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar from just S$28++ per person. Located within the Grand Park Orchard, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is known for her classy dim sum and killer cocktails (alongside that famous char siew that everyone goes crazy for).
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In a world-first partnership between Qantas and Airbnb, Qantas Frequent Flyer members are now given the opportunity to earn Qantas Points whenever they book their Airbnb accommodation via qantas.com. All 11.4 million Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn one Qantas Point for every AUD that they spend on any one of Airbnb's 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
The Hilton Singapore's il Cielo restaurant has been on my list of recommendations ever since I checked it out for dinner one evening during a media tasting. The poolside restaurant is also located on the roof so the view is actually quite nice but more importantly, the restaurant is actually running a pretty good Set Lunch special from just S$25++ on weekdays.