Chinese New Year (2019) Menu Highlights from Madame Fan (The NCO Club at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach)

When I first checked out Madame Fan at The NCO Club, I was completely won over by the brilliantly-executed dishes, the ambiance and more importantly, the juxtaposition of old world nostalgia and new world charm. This is the first year that Madame Fan is celebrating the Lunar New Year festival (since the fine-dining restaurants only opened its doors last year) and they have crafted a series of Set Lunch and Set Dinner menus which are available from now until 19 February 2019.

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American Express Adds Four New Locations from JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach to Chillax Programme

Last month, I wrote about Cool Cats and Fish Pool from The NCO Club potentially joining the American Express Chillax programme. This is now confirmed as American Express has updated the Chillax website to include both bars - the promotion works slightly different for these two bars but I will provide more information below. In addition to that, Madame Fan (which has amazing Chinese food) as well as the Court Martial Bar have also joined the programme.

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Hotel Review: JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach (Premier Marina Bay View Room)

As a newly-minted Platinum Elite member in the Marriott Rewards program, I was eager to test out some of the benefits here in Singapore - it only makes sense to invest a good amount of money each year in selected loyalty programs if you are going to make use of the benefits that come with the status that you have worked so hard for. Since I have personally stayed in most of the Marriott International properties (including those from Starwood) here in Singapore, I opted for the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach since I have not actually done a proper stay here.

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Madame Fan at NCO Club - A Distinctive but Authentic Chinese Fine-dining Restaurant

The NCO Club is one of the latest lifestyle destinations in Singapore this year and it houses four distinctive F&B concepts - Madame Fan (Chinese restuarant), Cool Cats (jazz bar), Fish Pool (Champagne and Oyster Bar) as well as Stags' Room (wine bar). Located on 32 Beach Road, The NCO Club is located in between the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach as well as the distinctive Raffles Singapore. I was recently invited down by the team to check out Madame Fan which in their words, is a 'etiquette-free entertainment lifestyle concept' - this means that while the food is authentic, the dining experience is different from what is typically associated to traditional Chinese restaurants.

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Hotels Upselling Breakfast and Club Access after Reservation has been Made - Is it Worthwhile?

I have been on a mission to obtain Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Platinum Status ahead of the upcoming program merger in August 2018. Since I have not really stayed over at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach before, I decided to book myself into a weekend stay - I have booked a Deluxe Room since SPG Platinum Status would give me guaranteed lounge access (which also includes breakfast) for the stay. Last evening, I received an email from the reservations team upselling me breakfast and club lounge access for this stay - this is not the first time that I have actually received this, so I wanted to share a couple of thoughts regarding such upsells.

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JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach to Open on 15 December 2016

The official rebranding of the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach will happen next week on 15 December 2016. With 634 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites, this brand new hotel was designed by the world-renowned French designer Philippe Starck to feature the designer's signature furnishings in each one of the guest rooms. Following this official rebrand, four more F&B outlets and a JW Spa will be unveiled in 2017.

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The South Beach to become JW Marriott Singapore

Let's face it, The South Beach has not been performing as well as investors and operators had hoped it to be. Sure, there was a lot of excitement when the hotel first opened but now that it is fix months in, there are finally talks to appoint Marriott International (who seems to have deep pockets following the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) to manage The South Beach which in time will be rebranded as the JW Marriott Singapore if the deal goes through. 

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