The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong has finally opened its door officially in the Lion City's first heritage town, the Joo Chiat neighbourhood of Katong. The 451-room property is the largest Holiday Inn Express hotel to open in Singapore and it is nestled amongst a number of cultural landmarks and famous Peranakan eateries.
Located nearby the I12 Katong Mall and a short stroll from Parkway Parade Shopping Centre, the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is the perfect place to stay for visitors (or locals) looking to explore the area without having to burn a hole in your pocket. The property advertises a special opening rate from S$121++ a night but I have personally booked it for lesser. If you are thinking about redeeming your IHG Rewards Clubs points, a room night here is 20,000 IHG Rewards Club Points a night - most affordable in Singapore!
This is also a great property to consider if you are planning to complete your IHG Accelerate offers for a lot of bonus IHG Rewards Club points this quarter (read about mine HERE!). As with over 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotels around the world, guests can select from contemporary-designed queen or twin guest rooms and enjoy a comfortable stay at Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong with the consistency and reliability of a global hotel brand.
OCBC removed the option to purchase 500,000 VOYAGE Miles (which is converted into KrisFlyer Miles) for S$10,000 with the OCBC VOYAGE Card in September last year. While new customers still have the option of getting the card at either S$488 (15,000 Miles) or S$3,210 (150,000 Miles), existing principal holders of the VOYAGE Card do not officially have this option with renewal until now.
A 38-villa ultra-luxury resort is set to open in the rare Maldivian oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll on 1 February 2019 - the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is AccorHotels’ fourth property in the Maldives and it will offer unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean for travellers seeking the perfect over-water escape.
AccorHotels has just debuted its award-winning midscale brand, Novotel, with the opening of the new-built Novotel Haikou Xinbudao in the capital city of Hainan province. The property is located on Xinbu Island, a newly developed area in the northeast part of Haikou city, and it is expected to quickly become a favorite on Hainan Island, China’s southernmost province famous for its amiable tropical climate and idyllic sun-blessed beaches.
Capella Hotel Group will be unveiling her first urban resort next year in Thailand - Capella Bangkok is slated to open in Q2 2019 and it will be located on the east bank of the famous Chao Phraya River where it will join the ranks of other luxurious properties in the City of Angels. This strategically-located property will offer a contemporary playground for travellers who wish to immerse themselves in one of Bangkok's oldest neighbourhoods where the burgeoning local arts scene and provincial culinary landscape is flourishing.
Hopping on a taxi and using a ride-hailing app in Singapore is not difficult but I sometimes prefer a proper limousine arrangement (especially when traveling to and from the airport) since they are a lot more comfortable and predictable. My OCBC VOYAGE Card is great since it gives me up to two free rides each month by spending S$3,000 (one free ride) or S$6,000 (two free rides) per calendar month. While this is typically enough for me, I sometimes make two or three trips a month and therefore, I turn to the next best alternative (or so I thought), Wolero One.
The first ever Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts property in Indonesia is set to make its first debut in the city of Jakarta. Slated to open in mid-2019, the Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue will be located in a mixed-used lifestyle mall complex. The hotel will feature 412 spacious guest rooms, six dining outlets, an executive lounge, the Pürovel Spa & Sport facility as well as the city’s largest event space of 3,044 square meters that can accommodate up to 3000 guests in its ballroom.
Now that the MO BAR is officially open, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is bringing back the popular afternoon tea experience with a bi-monthly seasonal menu with views of Singapore. The MO BAR is a relaxing space that is awash in natural daylight during the day and the antique gold geometric patterns inspired by Polynesian tattoos on the ceiling and façade greet guests upon entering.
San Francisco-based luxury boutique brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has just opened the first property in the UK in London’s Bloomsbury neighbourhood. The Kimpton Fitzroy London combines late-Victorian heritage with a quirky, modern vibe. The existing glamour of the building, paired with Kimpton’s signature heartfelt service, brings a new hotel offering to London that delivers exclusivity for everyone.
The Hyatt Regency Hangzhou is expected to be re-branded to Grand Hyatt Hangzhou on 18 December 2018. Following 18 months of intensive renovations, the hotel will become the first Grand Hyatt hotel in the Zhejiang Province and the 15th in Greater China. The property will feature 388 redesigned guestrooms and suites that will range from 34sqm to 240sqm and it will create an inviting space for guests and locals to indulge in.
Well-known for her luxury cruises along the Amazon and Mekong Rivers, Aqua Expeditions will be unveiling new vessels and announcing new routes towards the end of November 2018. The recently-announced global expansion is made possible by a USD 28 million capital injection by US-based private equity company, Bison Capital.