One of the most highly-anticipated hotels that are opening in 2017 has finally been unveiled over the last week along Robertson Quay - The Warehouse Hotel (from the folks behind The Lo & Behold Group) has a room inventory of 37 across six different categories. This beautiful hotel is designed by the homegrown agency Asylum and is reminiscent of the building’s original life as a ‘godown’ during the height of Singapore’s spice trade.
The Warehouse Hotel is also home to a signature lobby bar that showcases an in-house cocktail programme that centers around house-made alcohol infusions and essences. Paying homage to the three distinct eras of the hotel’s past, the eclectic beverage menu is a journey through each incarnation. Guests will enjoy a taste of the spice trade, drink up the underbelly of illegal distilleries, and finally soak in the heady 80s -when the building housed Singapore’s most renowned disco of the era.
The entire culinary portfolio has been devised by highly-acclaimed Chef Willin Low who is Chef-Partner for the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Po. Chef Low also spearheads the menus for breakfast, in-room dining and the lobby bar. As the founder of Wild Rocket - one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants - the Mod-Sin pioneer has crafted a loving revival of the flavours of yesteryear and refined interpretations of local favourites using only the finest Asian ingredients exclusively for the hotel. Signature dishes include a Charcoal-grilled Iberico Satay, Spicy Tamarind Barramundi and Carabinero Prawns & Konbu Mee. Po is a tribute to popo - the Mandarin word for grandmother - as well as the richness of Singapore’s culinary heritage.
The Warehouse Hotel boasts 37 elegant rooms across six categories designed in muted tones with many ofering double-high ceilings. With its signature triple-pitched roof, and original masonry walls, the rooms were designed to compliment the building’s existing layout, making each one diferent. The lobby bar and reception are ideal for relaxation and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, while the rooftop infinity swimming pool overlooking the river provides a surprisingly calm escape amidst the urban landscape.
The Conrad Tokyo is often regarded as one of Tokyo's best city hotels. When I visited Tokyo in November 2016, I checked out the Singapore Airlines' 777-300ER's Business Class from Singapore to Haneda and I stayed at the Hilton Tokyo for most nights of my trip - it was only 200,000 Hilton Honors points for five nights and having Diamond status in the Hilton Honors program meant guaranteed lounge access. I moved to the luxurious Conrad Tokyo after five nights and was truly impressed by the service and design of this place.
The Small Luxury Hotel of the World (SLH) celebrates diversity as it has over 520 small and independent hotels from all around the world - The Scarlet Hotel Singapore which is located along Erskine road is one of two properties in the Lion City. Known for her iconic location near Club Street, The Scarlet Hotel Singapore is often known as the first luxury boutique hotel in Singapore and it is also one of the properties that are highly recommended for a unique stay in the city.
I spent my Christmas Eve back in 2015 in the Pan Pacific Singapore's Pacific Harbour Studio which is easily one of the nicest rooms I have stayed in Singapore. In 2016, I decided that it would be a great idea to revisit the Pan Pacific Singapore's Harbour Studio (one that I used to stay quite a bit back in 2015) on Christmas Day since I had a long weekend away from work. Being a DISCOVERY Loyalty Black Member has its perks - your check-in documents are usually prepared beforehand and therefore you can generally bypass the snaking queues and get to your room (or suite!) a lot faster.
I visited the City of Sails back in November 2016 for work and as much as I wanted to stay in the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (check out my review HERE!), the hotel was running high on occupancy and the room rates were way above the rates that I paid back in 2015. Since the meetings were primarily going to happen in The Langham, Auckland, I decided to stay in the property itself since it meant being able to sleep-in and get to the meetings on time. Check out my stay in a Superior Room at The Langham, Auckland.
On my last trip to Tokyo, I checked out the 777-300ER Business Class product on Singapore Airlines when I flew from Singapore to Haneda. Since it was a pretty early flight, I decided to spend the night before at what is perhaps the best transit hotel in Singapore in Terminal One - the Aerotel Singapore. Since Tokyo is notorious for her average room rates (especially when you stay in an internationally-branded hotel chain), I decided to redeem some of my Hilton HHonors Points at the Hilton Tokyo - the rooms are generally 50,000 Hilton HHonors Points a night but you do get the fifth night free so my five-night stay at this centrally-located hotel in Shinjuku costed me only 200,000 Hilton HHonors Points (as opposed to an average room rate of S$650 a night during the month that I visit).
Philippines is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and beaches in the world. While Boracay and Palawan often come to minds of people who dream of perfect beach vacations, Cebu should be right there too - alongside delicious Cebuano cuisine like the lip-smacking lechon. During my visit to Cebu a number of months back, I stayed in a Ocean Wing Panorama Room at the Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu. Check out what makes this the best hotel in Cebu, Philippines!
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.
Orchard Road is one of Singapore's most prominent streets and over the years, it has established itself as one of the world's most renowned shopping streets. Apart from shopping and dining, one of the things that locals and international visitors look out for is the annual Christmas light up along the famous shopping belt. This year, the light-up spans over 2.88km from Tanglin all the way to Dhoby Ghaut and visitors will be able to enjoy the lights until 02 January 2017. If you are looking for a weekend staycation spot this December, the Mandarin Orchard is located in the middle of it all - it is close enough to soak in all the Christmas festivities and yet quiet enough for some alone time with the people you love the most.
While Myanmar is slowly opening up to more tourists and foreign investments, it is still in its infancy stage of mass tourism so if you are interested to see the city before it evolves into that, it is best to go there by the end of 2017. Located along Sule Pagoda Road lies one of the most luxurious hotels in the city of Yangon - the Sule Shangri-La, Yangon. Following an extensive refurbishment and training for the staff of the property, the Sule Shangri-La, Yangon was rebranded from a Traders Hotel in 2014. I opted for the hotel limousine to take me from the Yangon International Airport to the hotel and similar to an earlier stay at the Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang, the limousine came equipped with high-speed WiFi so you can remain connected on the ride to the hotel.
Everyone knows the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is the world's best airport hotel and so imagine the look on everyone's faces when I told them that the best transit hotel in Changi Airport is the Aerotel Singapore. It is important to note that the Aerotel Singapore is a transit hotel - this means to say that the hotel is well, within the transit area of the Changi Airport.