According to the latest Chinese Luxury Traveller Report 2017 by Hurun Report Awards. the Ritz-Carlton remains to be the "Most Popular Luxury Hotel" as voted by Chinese high net-worth individuals for the second consecutive year. The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty program has also taken the top spot as being the "Most Popular Luxury Hotel Membership Programme".
The report also revealed that affluent Chinese are travelling overseas with increasing frequency and their choice of experiences is reflected in their accommodation choices. In winning The Most Popular Hotel award, The Ritz-Carlton was recognised for its globally renowned personalised service, which Chinese travellers ranked as their top factor when choosing a hotel. In addition to the attentive service, other highly valued factors include the facilities and amenities such as The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, which combines intimacy, comfort, and exceptional attention to detail for today’s guests. With exceptional views over each destination, the Club Level forms the heart of an unrivalled experience, which includes 24-hour access to The Club Lounge, personalized check-in and check-out service, complimentary pressing, complimentary WIFI, dedicated Club concierge service, and exclusive hotel car access so they can arrive at local landmarks and meetings in style.
Programmes enhancing the guest experience also include Ritz Kids, the world’s first globally consistent, immersive programming from a hotel company to build on the adventures of travel for children. Drawing on each child’s natural curiosity, Ritz Kids takes a tailored approach to creating memories for children visiting a resort or city property to foster learning centred around four key pillars – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture.
In an exclusive study conducted by YouGov for Samsonite, Tokyo (16%) and Bangkok (14%) have come out top on the list of favourite business destinations for business travellers in Singapore - these two destinations are also top on the list for preferred leisure destination choice!
Save up to 40% off all participating hotels' Best Available Rate with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts' Super Vacation Sales! Simply make your reservation before the end of 10 October 2018 and complete your stay before 30 June 2019 to save more - you will also get up to 3,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points with this promotion!
I have always been an advocate for Chope since it allows you to not only make reservations on-the-go but also rack up plenty of Chope-Dollars which you can then use for dining vouchers or even KrisFlyer miles. There are no fees involved in using Chope so there is really zero reason for you not to - especially the last thing you want to experience is being turned away at a restaurant that you have already travelled down for.
The latest Hyatt Centric property to join the ever-growing portfolio is Hyatt Centric Midtown Atlanta this is also the first Hyatt Centric-branded property in Atlanta and it was rebranded from the Hyatt Midtown Atlanta recently. The hotel is situated in the heart of Atlanta’s prominent business, residential and dining district to offer a growing segment of savvy explorers seeking curated, yet authentically local experiences.
The SO Sofitel Singapore has only quite recently unveiled the latest destination rooftop cocktail bar and pool in the hotel's iconic heritage building. Occupying the previous HI-SO space, 1927 is named after the neo-classical building which was built in the year 1927. The new bar in the Central Business District of Singapore introduces an exclusive collection of contemporary equatorial cocktails that are inspired by the cosmopolitan character and tropical essence of Singapore.
Following the success of the first Chef's Table at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore's Shang Palace, Chef Mok Kit Keung will be holding the second one on 10 September 2018. This is an opportunity to indulge in a distinctive private dining experience where the menu is specially tailored according to the seasonal produce and inspiration of Executive Chinese Chef.
Japan's very first Hyatt beach resort property has just opened on the private Seragaki Island of Okinawa. The Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa is connected via a bridge to the main island of Okinawa and it offers a stunning view of the East China Sea from all 344 guest rooms. Blending local culture, warm hospitality and thoughtful service, the Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa enables guests to feel refreshed and reconnected to who and what matters to them most.
Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) now operate under one set of unified benefits and one currency that spans across the entire portfolio of 29 brands - in case you have not realised, you can now merge your SPG and Marriott Rewards account into a unified account so you can get to your next elite status level quicker! Marriott International is also providing members with another way to earn more points (even without a stay) - members are able to earn points across 2,200 participating restaurants and bars in Asia-Pacific. More importantly, members are also awarded with an exclusive F&B discount (up to 20%) based on the status level in the unified Marriott Rewards program.
The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is a 18-storey hotel that has two floor above ground and 16 floors below the ground (this includes two floors underwater!). Slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is poised to welcome guests with an amazing landscape in a deep pit of a former quarry in southwestern Shanghai.
If you are planning to travel to the US next year, it may be a good idea to lock-in attractive USD/SGD rates well before your trip - especially when the DBS Multi-Currency Account (MCA) is offering a promotional interest rate of 2.50% p.a. from September to December 2018 on eligible fresh funds deposited in the account. The MCA comes with a range of different benefits, so if you are expecting to transact in USD in the year ahead, you will probably want to take advantage of this promotion to lock-in the attractive interest rates and save up for your upcoming expenses in the meantime.