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.
The Indore Marriott Hotel is the latest property from Marriott Hotels & Resorts to open in Central India, Indore. The 218-room property is at the frontier of modern and contemporary design - it facilities the promotion of personalised experiences as well as creativity. Located in the populous city of Central India, the Indore Marriott Hotel is the perfect spot for both business and leisure travellers who are interested in checking out the cultural and historic attractions in the Madhya Pradesh province.
Known for lush rainforests and pristine coral reefs, Kota Kinabalu has long been a popular getaway spot for both domestic and international travellers alike. The coastal city is a short flight away from the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and it is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Mount Kinabalu - the fifth highest point in South-eat Asia. With the opening of the Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre, travellers will now have 310 extra guest rooms and suites to enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and city surrounds from.
While relay robots have been introduced to the hospitality industry as early as last year, Hotel Jen by Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts is the first international hotel brand to use them in Asia. Both the Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore as well as Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore have just introduced Jeno and Jena at their respective properties who will be responsible from delivering simple things like in-room amenities to in-room dining orders when they are being placed.
The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is the only new-built hotel in Sydney's CBD that opened this millennium. The brand new property is centrally located opposite the International Convention Centre and it offers 590 guestrooms (including 39 suites) with sweeping views of the famous Darling Harbour and city.
Celebrate the end of the AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival with a Super Sunday Brunch (12 November 2017) this weekend as you savour the best of AccorHotels restaurants and bars. For one afternoon only, enjoy free-flowing Taittinger Champagne as you savour signature dishes from breakfast favourites to unique culinary creations while you groove to the beats of a live DJ. The ever-iconic Raffles Singapore will also be bringing the famous Singapore Sling to this Mega Brunch.
Housed in the same building as the brand new InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay (which officially opened slightly over two weeks ago), 1880 is a members-only club that is set to open on 02 December 2017. The club is designed to become a social enclave for individuals that are keen on spearheading positive change and to inspire conversations that will impact society in a positive way. Occupying the third level of the city's latest waterfront lifestyle destination, Quayside@Robertson Quay, 1880 will soft launch on 8 November 2017 and different parts of the space will gradually come online in phases.
Pullman Hotels & Resorts by AccorHotels has just unveiled a brand new wellbeing program that is developed in collaboration with Pullman’s Wellness Coach, Sarah Hoey. The program is designed to facilitate the adoption of a healthier lifestyle amongst travelers and it is based on the four universal pillars of health: Sleep, Food, Sport and Spa.
Raffles Singapore will be closing late 2017 for restoration and the reopening is planned for the second half of 2018. The iconic heritage hotel has been undergoing a series of carefully phased restoration since February 2017 and the reopening of this iconic property will see the introduction of exquisite new suite categories, vibrant lifestyle experiences and refreshed dining concepts.
The Raffles Europejski Warsaw is slated to open in early 2018 to welcome a new chapter in an extraordinary history which spans 160 years. Located on the Royal Route and neighbouring the cobbled streets of the Old Town with its own high-end retail space, the Raffles Europejski Warsaw will be home to 106 elegant suites with bespoke furniture, oak floors, a corner library and a carefully curated Polish art by Anda Rottenberg and Barbara Piwowarska.
Get your burger fix at the Pan Pacific Singapore's Pacific Marketplace and Atrium from 23 October 2017 to 25 November 2017. Bite into delicious and juicy Wagyu beef patties sandwiched between herbs-infused burger buns done in three different styles - the beef is of a similar premium grade of beef from the award-winning Japanese restaurant Keyaki.