Excitement is building up for the third Sofitel-branded property in Singapore - the Sofitel Singapore City Centre which will be located in Tanjong Pagar is now taking room reservations from September 2017 (the hotel is supposed to open in July 2017). The Sofitel Singapore City Centre has also appointed French-born Jean-Charles Dubois as its Executive Chef.
Chef Jean-Charles will also spearhead the entry of Racines to the lion city's vibrant dining scene which serves traditional French classics as well as contemporary Chinese delicacies prepared by two distinct brigades of chefs using custom-built Marrone stoves from Italy. His mission is to take diners on an epicurean journey of familiar flavours and exciting dishes that are handcrafted using the finest and sustainable produce and ingredients. Racines is derived from the French word “roots” which is eponymous to the culinary team's inspirations and influences.
The affable and highly engaging chef comes from a family of chefs in Angers, Loire Valley France, where his interest in the epicurean world began. His father helped in moulding his utmost respect for ingredients and the freshest produce to define his creations. Before moving to Singapore, Chef Jean-Charles worked the kitchens of several Michelin-star restaurants in Paris, including Restaurant Pierre, Jacques Cagna and L‟Espadon. In 2004, he moved to the lion city and helmed the award-winning kitchen of Raffles Grill at the iconic Raffles Hotel for 5 illustrious years. It was here where he won World Gourmet Summit‟s „Rising Chef of the Year‟ award in 2007. In 2009, Chef Jean-Charles ventured out on his own to set up The French Kitchen, where he continued his popular brand of French cuisine to local diners. Chef Jean Charles last tour of duty was with Balzac Brasserie as its Group Executive Chef. Throughout his culinary journey, Chef Jean-Charles has earned several accolades, including first runner up for „Best Chef in France‟ award category by Le Chef Magazine. In 2010, the French Ministry of Agriculture bestowed him with the title of, ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole, for his contributions in promoting French cuisine outside of France. Chef Jean-Charles is the youngest recipient out of only four French chefs in Singapore to have received this prestigious recognition.
While looking for accommodation in Bangkok, I chanced upon the brand new Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit which is scheduled to open in October 2017 (but taking room reservations from December 2017 only). It will be located approximately 200m away from Phrom Phong BTS SkyTrain Station where travellers can enjoy the massive EmDistrict - Emporium, EmQuartier and the soon-to-open EmSphere mall.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced the opening of the highest hotel in Vietnam, the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 in Hanoi. The hotel occupies levels 62 to 71 of the towering Keangnam Landmark72 and the property is part of a wider Landmark72 complex which is home to various retail, commercial and entertainment offerings. The InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is located close to some of Hanoi's major landmarks and attractions like the Hanoi Museum, Vietnam National Convention Centre and the Garden Shopping Centre.
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.