Through a management agreement with Ausbao Pty Ltd in Beijing, the IInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced a brand new 160-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Sydney's CBD. The Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour will be located to the new Sydney International Convention Centre as well as key developments in Darling Quarter and the Barangaroo south precinct.
The Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour will be the new spot for future business and meetings as the property houses five meeting rooms as well as a 24-hour business centre. There is also an all-day dining restaurant and bar for guests to unwind or for those who are a little more fitness-conscious, the hotel will also feature a fully-equipped fitness centre and outdoor pool.
It is always a good idea to book directly with a hotel chain (or via an approved luxury travel agent) when there is a proper loyalty program in place. I have previously written about the Fine Hotels & Resorts program that American Express Centurion and Platinum members can take advantage of - you typically get at least USD 100 worth of Spa or F&B credit that you can make use of during your stay on top of other FHR benefits. While searching for hotels this morning, I noticed the option to sign-up for a Four Seasons profile and upon doing so, it appears that 'members' are now able to receive USD 100 (or equivalent in local currency) Food & Beverage Credit with each stay.
There are no lack of beach clubs in Bali and it is no secret that the Island of the Gods is one of my favourite weekend destinations - I have already clocked five separate visits and counting this year alone! Check out one of Uluwatu’s newest and most happening beach clubs - the Ulu Cliffhouse!
When I visited Bangkok back in February (yes this stay was almost 8 months back), the hotel rates were through the roof for some reason on that weekend that I was there. As such, I decided to redeem some of my IHG Rewards Club points for a stay at the InterContinental Bangkok. I flew in from Haneda to Bangkok on Japan Airlines Business Class and was pleasantly impressed by the overall experience - the food (both in terms of taste and presentation) was great and the on-board service was truly memorable. Even though I was given a premium lane pass, I decided to use the automated gates instead since the queue there was even shorter.
If you have been following me on Instagram, it is no secret that Bali is one of my personal favourite getaways. In fact, I have already been to Bali five times this year and there is no saying what may happen in coming months. In my opinion, the best flights from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) are operated by Singapore Airlines and KLM - both of these airlines use the Premier Lounge and Garuda Indonesia Lounge respectively for Business Class passengers. I think it is safe to say that the Premier Lounge is perhaps one of the most unimpressive and uninspiring airport lounges that I have ever been to. As such, I was really surprised to find out that the T/G Lounge (which I have been three times now this year) is so much nicer even though it looks fairly uninteresting from the outside.
From now until the end of 31 December 2018, earn double Hilton Honors Points for all eligible stays at participating Hilton properties in Asia Pacific that have been booked and consumed during the aforementioned periods. This offer is only valid when you book direct and pay with a Visa Infinite or Visa Signature card only. If your card was issued in Australia, China and Japan, a regular Visa Platinum Card will suffice.
Escape the tropical heat in Singapore this winter season with Emirates’ seasonal fare to the USA and Europe. All-inclusive Economy Class and Business Class fares to the aforementioned destinations from Singapore start from S$1,169 and S$5,869 respectively. Bookings have to be made between now and 28 October for travel between 19 October 2018 and 31 May 2019.
The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts will be expanding the brand’s portfolio with the management of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney from 18 October 2019. Currently The Westin Sydney, the iconic property located on 1 Martin Place will be re-branded into The Fullerton Hotel Sydney and it will become the group’s first foray outside of Singapore.
In conjunction with The Ritz-Carlton’s Stellar Dining Series, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore will be presenting a series of gastronomic events from 01 November 2018 to 04 November 2018 - the whole journey begins in Singapore and it will continue through to Osaka, Hong Kong and Beijing from 01 November 2018 to 01 December 2018.
A brand new Hilton property has just opened in Taipei and it marks the brand’s return to the Taiwan market after 15 years. Located in New Taipei City, the 31-story Hilton Taipei Sinban offers 400 upscale rooms and it positions itself as an optimal choice for business travel and gatherings with extensive meeting facilities and convenient connections to traffic hubs.
The Pan Pacific Melbourne was rebranded from the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf (which I have personally stayed in at least three times) back in 2017 and ever since then, the property has gone through refurbishment to ensure that both the hardware and software are in line with the Pan Pacific brand globally. I flew in to Melbourne on Emirates and since I was traveling on Business Class, I got to enjoy a complimentary chauffeur-drive service from the airport to a place of my choice. Check out my review of the Pacific Club King Room here at the Pan Pacific Melbourne!