Travel tip: book Marriott’s most exclusive hotels with a huge points discount

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news.

Today (September 21, 2018): Book Marriott’s top hotel with a huge points discount.

I recently posted an overview (with pros & cons) of the new combined loyalty program of Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton, which you can read here. With 110 million members, the new loyalty program is one of the largest in the world, and has more than 6000 hotels in its portfolio, including some of the world’s most exclusive and southt-after properties, belong to iconic brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Bvlgari, St Regis, and The Luxury Collection. The essence of the program is that you collect points when staying at Marriott operated hotels and later use them for a free stay at any of the Marriott hotels and resorts worldwide, with no blackout dates. Every property under the combined Marriott Rewards umbrella falls into one of seven categories, depending on the hotel brand, location and type. If you are planning on using your points for a free stay in one of Marriott’s top hotels, I recommend to make the booking asap (by the end of December 2018) and here’s why.

BOOK A STAY AT W KOH SAMUI, FOR FEWER POINTS
BOOK A STAY AT W KOH SAMUI, THAILAND, FOR FEWER POINTS

For the remainder of 2017, there are only seven hotel categories in the Marriott Rewards program, starting at just 7500 Marriott Rewards points for a free night at a category 1 hotel to 60,000 points for a category 7 hotel. However, in January 2019, a new award chart kicks in, which will see two major changes:

  • First, Marriott Rewards will add a new category 8 to their current reward chart. This means that the brand’s most exclusive hotels will move up from category 7 to 8, resulting in a shocking 42% increase in the number of points you need to book these hotels as they rise from 60,000 points per night to 85,000 points per night.
  • Second, Marriott Rewards will add on- and off-peak redemption rates, with category 8 hotels costing 70,000 points in the off-peak season and 100,000 points in peak season (a 66% increase as compared to now).

Since Marriott’s hotels slated for category 8 are temporarily placed in category 7 for the remainder of 2018, it’s time to book them now using your points since this means a savings of 25,000 points (or 40,000 point for certain dates) per night. Your stay can be for any date up to 12 months ahead, so you can make a booking until late December 2018 for a holiday until late December 2019. In addition, Marriott Rewards provides the 5fth night of every award booking free, so you only pay for 4 nights when booking a 5-night award stay. This means that booking a 5 night stay before the end of the year will cost you 240,000 points at a top Marriott hotel while the same journey may set you back 400,000 points in 2019.

Below, you find an overview of all category 8 hotels. The (updated) list is also found on this page of Marriott website (sort the chart by ‘points required’).


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Review of Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore)

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last summer, I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Singapore and the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali. You can read my trip reports here:

  • Review: Singapore Airline A380 new First Class suite from London to Singapore
  • Review: Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore (today)
  • Review: Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay (Bali)
  • Review: Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, Ubud (Bali)
  • Review: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud (Bali)
  • Review: Amandari, Ubus (Bali)
  • Review: Amankila (Bali)
  • Review: Amanjiwo, Borobodhur (Java)
  • Review: Anantara Uluwatu (Bali)
  • Review: Banyan Tree Ungasan, Uluwatu (Bali)
  • Review: Bvlgari Bali Resort (Bali)
  • Review: Singapore Airline B787-10 Dreamliner Business Class from Bali to Singapore
  • Review: Six Senses Duxton (Singapore)
  • Review: Singapore Airline A380 (old) Business Class from Singapore to London

Today (September 19, 2018): Review of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
  • Location: Google maps
  • Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
  • Hotel website: Marina Bay Sands

The most expensive hotel ever built, Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel comprises three 55-storey towers, 2560 luxury rooms and suites, and 18 different room types. Crowning the three hotel towers at 200 m (656 ft) in the sky, the Sands SkyPark rooftop stretches longer than the Eiffel tower or four A380 Jumbo Jets when laid down. The Sands SkyPark is also home to the world’s largest public cantilever housing a public observatory deck, lush gardens, exclusive restaurants and a stunning 150 m (492 ft) infinity-edged pool to complete the luxurious experience.

Marina Bay Sands features in my top 10 lists of the most Instagrammable hotels in the world, the world’s most amazing hotel pools, the world’s best urban resorts, the world’s best hotel rooftops, and the best hotels in Singapore.

In this review (more info and photos below my Youtube clip & slideshow):

  • Pros & things I like
  • Cons & things to know
  • My verdict
  • Tips for future guests & save money
  • Best time to visit
  • How to get there
  • Photos

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Marina Bay Sands enjoys an excellent location. It’s right next to Singapore’s most famous recreational area, Gardens By The Bay, which spans 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land and features popular tourist attractions like Supertree Grove, Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. From Changi Airport, it’s a 20-minute taxi drive to the hotel along the East Coast Parkway expressway. Orchard Road – Asia’s most famous shopping street – is a 15 min taxi drive away. The hotel is also directly above Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit system), making it a convenient choice if you want to discover a side of Singapore beyond Marina Bay Sands and Orchard Road (although most of Singapore can be easily explored on foot).
  • The Marina Bay Sands hotel is part of a mammoth resort complex, which also includes a convention-exhibition centre, an enormous shopping mall, a museum, two large theatres, dozens of restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an art-science museum, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. Designed by Moshe Safdie architects, the mega property fronting the Marina Bay opened in February 2011, one year later than planned due to escalating material costs and a shortage of workers. At a construction cost of $5.50 billion USD, Marina Bay Sands is the most expensive resort ever built.
  • Comprising three 55-storey hotel towers, the hotel features an iconic exterior that is instantly recognized all over the world. The three towers feature a distinct shape as they are broader at the base and narrow as they rise. Each tower stands on two asymmetric legs, with one curved leg leaning against the other before both legs fuse which each other towards the upper floors – a unique design which apparently created a significant technical challenge in its construction. At the base, the towers are connected by an enormous lobby (more on that below) and at the top, the three towers are connected by a giant roof terrace, called Sands SkyPark (also more on that below). Of course, the architecture of the resort was approved by feng shui consultants.
  • The hotel towers share a massively impressive lobby on their groundfloors. The soaring ceilings – especially the 23 storey atrium in tower one – highlight the exceptional architecture and the unusual curves of the buildings. Natural light floods in through the lobby’s full-height glass walls, creating a breezy feel, although there’s no denying that the space feels more like a modern airport or train station rather than a genuine hotel lobby due to its enormous scale. Check-in counters are located in tower one and three and here, you also find the taxi drop off and pick-up points. Several high-end boutiques and restaurants line the lobby, which also offers direct access to the adjacent shopping mall, the MRT, the convention center, and the casino.
  • Marina Bay Sands features several large-scale art installations created by internationally renowned artists. The site-specific artworks extend from the 23-storey atrium in the hotel towers to the exterior of the buildings, creating an inspiring and breathtaking art path through the hotel. The two most impressive art works are located within the giant lobby space. ‘Drift‘ is a massive three-dimensional stainless steel polyhedral matrix of steel rods and nodes suspended cloud-like in the air between levels 5 and 12 of the atrium of tower 1. ‘Rising Forest’ is a ceramic sculpture composed of 83 massive, glazed, stoneware ceramic vessels, with every vessel holding a tree, creating a “canopy” of trees across the lobby.
  • Marina Bay Sands has 2561 rooms and suites (yes, you read that right) spread across the 3 towers. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with either views of the Garden by the Bay (east side, 10th to 39th floors), the harbour (east side, 40th floor and above), the city (west side, 19th to 39th floors) or the Singapore skyline (west side, 40th floor and above). During my visit, I stayed in a club room with a view of the Singapore skyline (which the hotel designates as ‘sky view’). The spacious room had a kingsize bed area leading to a sitting corner facing the windows. The bathroom featured one sink and a rain shower. Featuring a beige-and-white colour scheme, the  room decor was classic, with thick carpets, textured wallpaper, wood furniture, and marble finishes.
  • The hotel is most famous for its much-talked-about 57th floor rooftop space – called the Sands SkyPark – which features many of the hotel’s facilities. The SkyPark is a shaped structure constructed of spanning steel bridges hovering over the concrete towers below. The incredible 151 m (495 ft) long rooftop pool is arguably the hotel’s most impressive attraction. The pool – which is dived into 3 sections, one of them reserved to adults only – appears to have a vanishing edge, making it a very popular location for a selfie to be instantly posted on Instagram. Open from 6 am til 11 pm, the pool is only accessible to hotel guests via their room key card. The Skypark also features two restaurants,  a bar and observation deck that are open to non-guests.
  • The hotel’s higher floors and its rooftop terrace offer the most spectacular view and photo-taking spot anywhere in Singapore. Towards the east, the panoramic vistas offer a bird’s eye view of the architectural wonders of Supertree Grove, the vibrant colours of Gardens by the Bay, and dozens of ships navigating the Singapore Strait. Towards the west, the hotel looks out over the glass skyscrapers of the Financial District, Clarke Quay and the central Civic District along Marina Bay. Whether you’re looking to immortalise the reclection of the skyline in the pool under the clear bright sun or marvel at the spectacular nightly light and water show, the hotel is the place to be to hone your photography skills from the best vantage point in the city.
  • Located on the 55th level, the hotel’s high-end spa – managed by Banyan Tree – opens up to a world of tranquility and calm in the heart of the city. Themed on the Tree of Life concept, the urban spa offers distinctive treatments in 15 uniquely designed rooms with panoramic views. Decked in earth tones with black as accent, the spa uses a clever combination of textured materials to evoke the themes of nature in a mystical rainforest. Artistic expressions of aesthetics and finishes of the spa honour its Asian heritage, such as leaf-patterned hand-carved timber panels by artisans from Indonesia and abaca woven fiber panels from The Philippines adorning the walls and doors.
  • The 55th floor room is also home to a Banyan Tree managed fitness center, which is equipped with – among others – a bench press, Smith machine, free weights and Kinesis Technogym pulley wall. You can catch your favourite Netflix series while you get your cardio done on touchscreen treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical cross-trainers. When you need some music, you can simply plug in your iPod for a hands-free, endorphin high, or loan one of the over-the-ear headphones. You can also take your workout to the next level with a personal training session.
  • Marina Bay Sands has no shortage of food & beverage outlets. There are more than 80 restaurants, offering local and international cuisines, both in the hotel itself and the larger Marina Bay Sands complex. This includes several dining venues led by celebrity chefs, such as Adrift by David Myers (in the lobby), Bread Street Kitchen & Bar by Gordon Ramsay, Bistro and Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud, and Long Chim by David Thompson, in addition to two Michelin starred restaurants, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda and CUT by Wolfgang Puck. Of course, it was impossible to try out all outlets during my stay, but the dinners I had – at the Lavo Italian restaurant and Spago restaurant, both located on the rooftop – were excellent.
  • Guests of Club rooms & suites enjoy complimentary access to the enormous Club55 Lounge, located on the 55th floor in tower 2. Here, you can indulge in the extensive Asian and Western buffet breakfast or sip on drinks all day long as you lose yourself in the glorious skyline that spans the lights of the city to the Straits of Singapore. Club55 is exclusive to hotel guests from 6:30 am to 7 pm daily. From 8 pm, the lounge opens to the public with a brand new flights pairing concept. Guests can explore the world of wines, spirits and beer in a curated menu of ‘tasting flights’; each flight consists of three beverages, best enjoyed with a set of carefully paired petits plats.
  • On of the things that impressed me the most during my stay at Marina Bay Sands is that despite the gargantuan scale of the resort and the huge number of guests, service is excellent, efficient and personalized. The hotel staff seems to genuinely care about their guests, doing everything they can to make your stay a pleasant experience. To give you an idea, I arrived very early at the hotel (8 am) after my overnight flight from Europe, and visibly very tired, the reception staff did all they could to accommodate my request for an early check (and yep, I was resting in my own hotel bed only 30 minutes later).

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

An great location adjacent to Garden By the Bay, a stunning design, a world-famous rooftop pool, and a staggering number of restaurants and leisure facilities make any stay at Marina Bay Sands an experience in itself. However, the hotel has some major flaws that you need to know before booking a stay here (and I am writing them down with a heavy heart because I was expecting so much more):

  • The hotel’s most remarkable strength – the impressive mammoth size of the complex – is also its greatest weakness. Don’t expect a quite, tranquil hideaway here, since you will be sharing the hotel with thousands and thousands of other hotel guests and daytrippers. The property is so crowded – especially in weekends – that you often have to wait in line at check-in, check-out, the elevators, or to be seated at breakfast (which can be extremely annoying given the premium rates charged). The experience is at its worst at the famous pool, which is truly breathtaking for the view but overcrowded and teeming with screaming children; finding an available sunlounger on the pool deck is often mission impossible.
  • Because of the large number of guests, several ridiculous restrictions and controls are in place. For example, you can only enter the rooftop pool area via a set of gates using your room key (which often involves waiting in line due to the slow card key authentication). And once you check-out, you cannot use the pool anymore that day (even if you have to wait several more hours for your flight), probably to keep the crowds at the pool down. All in all, due to these restrictions, the leisure facilities have the ambience of a mediocre amusement park, not a luxury property.
  • As mentioned above, the light-filled lobby’s architecture is hugely impressive, but the space is so large and packed with tourists that is feels more like a train station or airport terminal than a hotel.
  • Not all rooms at the hotel enjoy a view.  The rooms on the lower floors look out onto the shopping mall or even on the side of the road. Windows are not completely sound proof, meaning that guests in these rooms can be disturbed by the noise of passing traffic. I highly recommend to book a room on a higher floor for great views and a peaceful night rest.
  • Because of its spectacular rooftop pool and unique design, this hotel is a destination in itself and enjoys a world-famous reputation. Consequently, everyhting at the hotel is very expensive and you clearly pay for the name. You definitely get more in terms of luxury and personalized service at similarily priced hotels. That’s said, if you are hotel addict (like me), then it’s still worth spending one or two nights nights here to enjoy the vibe of the place and take in the iconic sights.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 10/10
  • Design: 8/10
  • Pool: 9/10
  • Rooms: 8/10
  • Food: 9/10
  • Breakfast: 8/10
  • Spa: 8/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Overall experience: very good: 8/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Save money: read my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel like Marina Bay Sands (and/or receive many free perks).
  • Save money: if you book online on the official Marina Bay Sands website and you find a better price elsewhere online within 24 hours, let the hotel know and they will honour the lower rate and and upgrade your room to the next level, free of charge.
  • Room tip: rooms on the higher floors enjoy better views (especially those designated as ‘skyview’ rooms and suites) and have less road noise. Families are better off in a family room on the lower floors, since these come with a king-size bed plus twin beds and a spacious balcony.
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Singapore is anytime as the island nation experiences a hot and humid tropical climate year-round. And because of a continuous influx of business travelers and tourist, the city’s hotels always enjoy high occupancy and are able to maintain their reasonable to high room rates. To avoid exorbitant prices, steer clear of popular events like the F1 race or national holidays like Chinese New Year. December and January are usually the rainiest months, though it can be wet at any time of year


HOW TO GET THERE

From Changi Airport, it’s a 20-minute taxi drive to the hotel along the East Coast Parkway expressway. For a list of airlines that offer direct flights to Singapore, click here.


PHOTOS
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
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MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: EXTERIOR
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MARINA BAY SANDS: ENTRANCE AREA
MARINA BAY SANDS: ENTRANCE AREA
MARINA BAY SANDS: ENTRANCE AREA
MARINA BAY SANDS: ENTRANCE AREA
MARINA BAY SANDS: ENTRANCE AREA
MARINA BAY SANDS: ENTRANCE AREA
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
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MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
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MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY
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MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - RISE RESTAURANT

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MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – RISE RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - RISE RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – RISE RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - RISE RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – RISE RESTAURANT
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MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – RISE RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - RISE RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – RISE RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - RENKU BAR & LOUNGE
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – RENKU BAR & LOUNGE
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - RENKU BAR & LOUNGE
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – RENKU BAR & LOUNGE
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - ADRIFT RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – ADRIFT RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - ADRIFT RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – ADRIFT RESTAURANT
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MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – ADRIFT RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY - ADRIFT RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: LOBBY – ADRIFT RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: GUEST ROOM FLOOR
MARINA BAY SANDS: GUEST ROOM FLOOR
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MARINA BAY SANDS: CLUB ROOM
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MARINA BAY SANDS: CLUB ROOM - WELCOME CHOCOLATES
MARINA BAY SANDS: CLUB ROOM – WELCOME CHOCOLATES
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MARINA BAY SANDS: BANYAN TREE SPA
MARINA BAY SANDS: BANYAN TREE SPA
MARINA BAY SANDS: BANYAN TREE SPA
MARINA BAY SANDS: BANYAN TREE SPA
MARINA BAY SANDS: BANYAN TREE SPA
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MARINA BAY SANDS: BANYAN TREE SPA
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MARINA BAY SANDS: BANYAN TREE SPA
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MARINA BAY SANDS: GYM
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - VIEW
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – VIEW
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – INFINITY POOL
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - WALKWAY
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – WALKWAY
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - FOREST
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – FOREST
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - CE LA VIE BAR
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SPAGO BAR
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – SUNSET
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK - DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK – DINNER AT LAVO RESTAURANT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK AT NIGHT
MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK AT NIGHT
SINGAPORE SKYLINE
SINGAPORE SKYLINE
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
GARDENS BY THE BAY - FLOWER DOME
GARDENS BY THE BAY – FLOWER DOME
GARDENS BY THE BAY - FLOWER DOME
GARDENS BY THE BAY – FLOWER DOME
GARDENS BY THE BAY - FLOWER DOME
GARDENS BY THE BAY – FLOWER DOME
GARDENS BY THE BAY - CLOUD FOREST
GARDENS BY THE BAY – CLOUD FOREST
GARDENS BY THE BAY - SUPERTREE GROVE
GARDENS BY THE BAY – SUPERTREE GROVE
GARDENS BY THE BAY AT NIGHT
GARDENS BY THE BAY AT NIGHT

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Top 10 best luxury hotels in Singapore

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (September 17, 2018): Top 10 best luxury hotels in Singapore.

Singapore, the gateway to Southeast Asia, is an intriguing country that was created by deeply passionate people following their dreams and aspirations. It’s a place that serves as a canvas for its people’s wildest imagination, where new experiences are created every day, and where foodies, explorers, collectors, action seekers, culture shapers, and socialisers meet. Constantly evolving, reinventing, and reimagining itself, Singapore attracted more than 17 million international tourists last year, more than 3 times its total population. It’s expected that the box office success of the movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – much of the film is set in Singapore – will boost the Lion City’s tourism even further, offering the island city-state an opportunity to rebrand itself as a high-end tourist destination. So now is good time to give a round-up of the ten most fabulous luxury hotels in the Singapore.

There is more info (with reviews and Youtube clips) below the slide show.  Think I missed a Singaporean hotel? Leave a comment or take my poll below!

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10. FOUR SEASONS SINGAPORE

Located on tranquil, tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore provides a welcome oasis of calm in the midst of the city’s bustle. Renowned for its service, each of the hotel’s 255 spacious rooms, including 40 suites, offers a full range of amenities. Foodies can savor Michelin Star Cantonese cuisine at Jiang-Nan Chun, authentic Asian or Western dishes at One-Ninety Restaurant and cocktails at One-Ninety Bar. Post-sightseeing, you can gently rejuvenate your body and soul under the masterful strokes of skillful therapists at the award-winning Four Seasons Spa, or reinvigorate at the tennis courts, 24-hour gym and two outdoor pools – one of which is located on the 20th floor, complete with a bar and an unforgettable, spectacular view of Singapore’s city skyline.

  • Hotel website: Four Seasons Singapore
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).

FOUR SEASONS SINGAPORE


9. MANDARIN ORIENTAL SINGAPORE

Located at Marina Bay, Mandarin Oriental Singapore features an impressive atrium lobby with 527 beautifully refurbished rooms and suites. Contemporary in design with a stylish Oriental flair, all rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows boasting sweeping views of the city, ocean or harbor. The exclusive Oriental Club Lounge, located on the 19th floor, is designed to pamper both business and leisure travelers alike. Guests on the four executive floors of The Oriental Club enjoy benefits such as daily Champagne breakfast, evening cocktails, and late check-out until 6 pm. For an exclusive enclave in the heart of the city, the stylish swimming pool offers a relaxing environment. Gastronomic choices range from Italian at Dolce Vita to Cantonese at Cherry Garden to international at Melt Café.

  • Hotel website: Mandarin Oriental Singapore
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily buffet breakfast, a glass of champagne for two at Bay@5, Afternoon Tea for two at Axis Lounge, early check-in and late check-out).

MANDARIN ORIENTAL SINGAPORE


8. ANDAZ SINGAPORE

Andaz Singapore is housed in a striking pair of concave skyscrapers clad in a latticework of hexagonal windows. Located at the heart of cultural crossroads, the boutique hotel draws inspiration from its lively surroundings – intimate alleyways filled with shop houses in vibrant colours and textures. The 342 contemporary rooms, including 26 suites, feature floor-to-ceiling windows framing the stunning city views. A number of acclaimed artworks are showcased in the hotel, including color-saturated pieces by Brazilian sculptor André Mendes. Alley on 25 brings street food to hotel guests by offering seven alleyway ‘shop houses’ on one floor, from a platter of barbecued snacks from Smoke & Pepper to a steaming bowl of noodles from Auntie’s Wok & Steam or a refreshing shaved ice from Icehaus.

  • Hotel website: Andaz Singapore
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).

ANDAZ SINGAPORE


7. THE ST REGIS SINGAPORE

The pampering at the St Regis Singapore begins upon your arrival, as a customized Bentley can be reserved to chauffeur you to the doorstep. The fine art of St Regis hospitality, refined over a century of storied legacy, awaits throughout the 299 elegantly appointed rooms and suites. Enjoying stunning vistas of Singapore’s downtown skyline, the rooms feature full silk-shaded chandeliers, bespoke furniture, lush fabrics, French marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art electronics, including Singapore’s very first IP phones. Gastronomes enjoy epicurean excellence with French cuisine at Brasserie Les Saveurs, Italian dishes at LaBrezza, Cantonese fare at Yan Ting and Japanese omakase at Michelin-star Shinji by Kanesaka. The hotel also houses one of Asia’s finest private art collections.

  • Hotel website: St. Regis Singapore
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).

THE ST REGIS SINGAPORE


6. THE RITZ-CARTON, MILLENIA SINGAPORE

Centrally located along Singapore’s Marina Bay, this 608-room luxury hotel continues to be distinguished by unparalleled hospitality synonymous with The Ritz-Carlton brand. Attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, the Art Science Museum, the Integrated Resorts and the Singapore Flyer are only minutes away, while over 2,000 shopping and dining options are accessible via a covered sky bridge. Renowned for iconic views from its spacious guestrooms and suites, the hotel features an exclusive Club Lounge on level 32. Guest of the luxurious hotel can unwind at the outdoor swimming pool, spa  or 24-hour gym, savor Singapore at Colony, or indulge in Cantonese cuisine at the Michelin-star Summer Pavilion.

  • Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, $100 USD food & beverage credit, local delicacies (Nonya Kueh), 5 piece fruit platter, and fresh strawberries with chocolate dip).

THE RITZ-CARTON, MILLENIA SINGAPORE


5. MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL, SINGAPORE

The iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel comprises three 55-storey towers, 2,560 luxury rooms and suites, and 18 different room types. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the SkyPark floats atop the three soaring hotel towers at a height of 200 m (650 ft). This gravity-defying platform stretches longer than the Eiffel Tower laid down and is large enough to park four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets. It houses a ticketed observation deck, lush gardens, top-notch restaurants and an exclusive, infinity-edge swimming pool with a legendary view. Shopaholics will rejoice in the rows of luxury retailers at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Complementing the retail space are delectable dining options, which includes restaurants by celebrity chefs, fine dining and casual eateries.


4. SIX SENSES DUXTON & MAXWELL

Six Senses’ Singapore property is split across two buildings that are an easy wander apart: Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell. The Six Senses Duxton site features a row of trading houses that have been sustainably restored under the gifted hand of acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel. In harmony with a rich Asian history, each of the 49 guestrooms and suites feature a unique individuality so that no two are exactly the same. The Six Senses Maxwell site was originally a nutmeg plantation before 14 colonial-style buildings were constructed and later joined together as a single entity. This property – due to open this fall – features 120 guestrooms and suites, a spa, outdoor lap pool, Champagne bar and lounge, whiskey bar, boardroom and club lounge. Guests can make use of the facilities in both buildings, as well as the rich local community in between.

  • Hotel website: Six Senses Duxton
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).

SIX SENSES DUXTON & MAXWELL


3. THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE

The magnificent Fullerton Building is a grand neoclassical landmark built in 1928, that was once home to Singapore’s General Post Office, the Exchange Room and Exchange Reference Library, and the prestigious Singapore Club. Today, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore has been transformed into a stunning 400-room heritage hotel in Singapore. Dynamically located in the heart of the financial and arts districts, the hotel successfully blends rich heritage with contemporary style and personalized service to offer guests a world-class accommodation experience. Rooms overlook the sunlit atrium or have verandas with views of the skyline, river promenade or Marina Bay waterfront. The hotel has an equally luxurious but different styled sister property across the street, the 100-room Fullerton Bay Hotel, which is housed in a modern waterfront building and ranked the number one hotel in Singapore by Tripadvisor.

  • Hotel website: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a commemorative historical book or limited edition framed Fullerton stamp, and access to the Straits Club Lounge for up to two people).

THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE


2. CAPELLA SINGAPORE

Capella Singapore, a tranquil beachfront oasis on Sentosa Island, is ten minutes from downtown Singapore. Inspired by Tanah Merah’s Malay translation red earth, the resort resort blends Singapore’s colonial heritage with modern designs. The 112 guestrooms, suites, villas and manors are decorated by renowned interior designer Jaya Ibrahim. Here, you can swim in one of three cascading pools, sunbathe alongside the lush greenery, get pampered in the award-winning Auriga spa, or dine at Cassia for Chinese cuisine or at The Knolls for Mediterranean flavors. Guests can also enjoy a drink while watching the sunset at Bob’s Bar or an elegant Afternoon Tea at its quintessential Chef’s Table. In June 2018, the resort gained instant world-wide fame as it was the site of the Trump-Kim nuclear summit.

  • Hotel website: Capella Singapore
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a complimentary dinner at the Knolls for up to two people per room).

CAPELLA SINGAPORE


1. RAFFLES SINGAPORE

World travelers have been singing Singapore’s praises since the all-suite Raffles Singapore first opened more than 130 years ago. This colonial-era landmark and the flagship property of Raffles Hotels has become synonymous with unsurpassed service and the grace of bygone days. Period furnishings, ceiling fans and Oriental rugs atop teakwood floors adorn the 103 warm, inviting guest rooms; 12 themed “Personality Suites” are decorated with memorabilia of the celebrities who’ve stayed there. Every gastronomic desire is fulfilled at more than ten restaurants and bars, including Long Bar, the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, and the Lobby Lounge for English Afternoon Tea.

Raffles Singapore is currently closed for restoration with a planned reopening at the end of this year.

  • Hotel website: Raffles Singapore
  • Other accolades: Raffles Singapore also features in my top 10 list of the world’s most amazing hotel lobbies.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, Singapore Sling on arrival, $100 USD resort credit, early check-in, late check-out, 10% off Raffles gift shop, and complimentary 45 minute history tour).

RAFFLES SINGAPORE


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Tip: how to book Singapore Airlines’ First Class suites with miles

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel conteststipsseries, or news.

Today (September 14, 2018): how to book Singapore Airlines’ First Class suites with points & miles.

Flying in a Singapore Airlines‘ (SQ) First Class suite is one of the world’s most sought-after premium travel experiences (read here my trip report in First Class onboard SQ’s newest A380 aircraft). Unfortunately, SQ’s First Class ticket comes with a price tag that matches its exceptional reputation. Return tickets between Singapore and Europe, the USA or Australia are mostly priced well above $5000 USD, limiting access to the phenomenal product to the lucky few. However, you can also book a seat in SQ’s First Class cabin using points & miles (like I did), although these awards seats have limited availability as they are extremely popular among mileage geeks (which consider them to be the Holy Grail of premium flying). In this overview article, I explain how you can snag a First Class award suite on SQ for just a few bucks:

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First Class cabin on Singapore Airlines

SQ operates three different types of First Class on its longhaul fleet. While there are significant differences in the hard product between these 3 products (e.g. cabin layout and seat type), they all share the same excellent soft product that SQ is known for around the world (think gourmet dining, Krug Champagne, top-notch amenities and impeccable service at 30,000 feet).

  • SQ’s most impressive First Class product is found in the front upper deck of its newly delivered A380 aircraft. It consists of only 6 ultra-spacious suites – 3 one each side of the aisle – with each suite featuring a swivel leather arm-chair and separate bed. The partitions between the suites in the first two rows can be lowered to form an extra-large suite with double bed, perfect for couples traveling together.
  • SQ’s older but still excellent First Class suites can be found on the front lower deck of the carrier’s older A380 aircraft. These planes features 12 First Class suites in total (twice as much as the new layout): 8 along the windows and 4 in the center; the dividers between the center suites can be lowered to create a larger suite for couples. These are genuine suites, with sliding doors, but the main differences with the new product are that these suites have a somewhat dated look and they don’t feature a separate seat and bed (just a seat that goes fully flat). This product will disappear over time as SQ plans refurbishment of all its existing 14 A380 aircraft, ensuring First Class product consistency across its entire A380 fleet.
  • SQ’s Boeing 777 fleet features a different, less impressive type of First Class product. The B777 First Class cabin features 8 generously sized and semi-private seats in a 1-2-1 layout. While still luxurious, the seats are not that different from SQ’s excellent Business Class seats (they don’t have sliding doors) and they are definitely a step down from SQ’s A380 offering, so I recommend to save your miles for the A380 experience (unless you have no other option).

Book via Singapore Airlines’ loyalty program KrisFlyer

An award seat in SQ’s A380 First Class cabin can only be booked via SQ’s loyalty program KrisFlyer as the carrier does not make First Class award seats available to its Star Alliance partners. So stop looking around as there’s no other way to book a First Class redemption on SQ than via KrisFlyer (with one exception, more on that below). The first step you need to take to fly SQ’s First Class cabin for almost free is to make a KrisFlyer account (which can be done here, free of charge). Once you have a KrisFlyer account, you can look for an award seat by clicking the “Redeem Flights” button at top of the flight search box. Next, you choose your destination as well as departure and return date, and you select “First/Suites” from the Class drop-down menu, after which you have the choice of booking two types of KrisFlyer awards:

  • Regular awards – called advantage awards by SQ – are more frequently available but they are also the most expensive award redemptions. In fact, IMHO, SQ charges an insane amount of miles for a regular award, so I recommend not to book them (unless you have no other choice and tons of miles to burn). For example, a one way First Class redemption between Singapore and Europe or the USA will cost you 210,000 miles. The number of miles you need can be checked here.
  • SQ also releases a limited number of saver awards on selected routes (sometimes in advance, sometimes last-minute). Saver awards require fewer KrisFlyer (e.g. 115,000 miles between Europe and Singapore or 118,000 miles between the USA and Singapore) but they are very popular and have limited availability. Saver awards on SQ’s new First Class product are rarely released, although I can assure you that my First Class trip from London to Singapore was booked last-minute via a saver award.

One of the things to keep in mind is that KrisFlyer has a very unique feature for redeeming points. When an award seat is not available on your requested flight, you will sometimes be offered the choice to be waitlisted for that award, whether it’s a regular award or a saver award. If SQ decides later to make that seat bookable using KrisFlyer points, you’ll be the first in line to snag it and you’ll be contacted by the carrier by email and/or text message to confirm the booking within a certain time frame (mostly two or three days). The good news is that being waitlisted does not implicate any obligation or financial loss: after the seat becomes available, it’s up to you whether you book it or not and only then will your credit card details be needed. So, in theory, you can get waitlisted for as many flights as you want, hoping that one will becoming available closer to your departure date.

When your journey involves a connecting flight on SQ or a SQ partner airline, you need to know that SQ’s loyalty program KrisFlyer operates two different award charts:

  • One award chart is only valid for flights that are solely operated by SQ and its local subsidiary SilkAir.
  • Another award chart is only valid for award travel on flights operated by Star Alliance member carriers only, or in combination with flights operated by SQ.

Lastly, while you cannot book A380 First Class awards via SQ’s Star Alliance partners, SQ does occasionally makes B777 First Class award seats available to its partners. Remarkably, SQ also makes a limited number of A380 First Class redemptions available to members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity loyalty program.


How to acquire Krislflyer miles

There are 3 ways to acquire KrisFlyer miles

  • You can collect KrisFlyer miles by crediting the miles that you earn with SQ and SQ’s Star Alliance partners to KrisFlyer. In addition to flying, you can also earn KrisFlyer miles with more than 200 non-airline partners, from credit cards to hotels, car rental companies, telcos, and more. Read more here.
  • You can collect KrisFlyer miles by transferring SPG or Marriott Rewards hotel points to KrisFlyer miles. SPS (Starwood Preferred Guest) is the loyalty program of Starwood hotels and Marriott Rewards is the loyalty program of Marriott Hotels. In August 2018, both loyalty programs were combined into an identical program, that has several great perks, one of them being the ability to transfer your hotel points to airline miles at a 3:1 conversation rate. In addition, you receive a 5,000 mileage bonus when you convert 60,000 points into miles (resulting in 25,000 airline miles instead of 20,000). As a consequence, one of the single best values of Marriott Rewards is to transfer your points in bulks of 60,000 to an airline’s loyalty program (such as KrisFlyer), which will get you 75,000 miles that can be used to book free award tickets or upgrades, which is what I did for this flight. Read here my review of the combined SPG and Marriott Rewards program. Keep in mind that it does take some days before your converted hotel points will appear into your frequent flyer account.
  • You can boost your KrisFlyer account with your credit card spendings as SQ is a 1:1 transfer partner with the top travel credit card rewards programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou. Holders of Chase Sapphire, Ink Business Preferred, Amex Platinum, Amex Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige, Amex SPG can transfer points directly into their KrisFlyer account in 1,000 point increments. Unfortunately, this option is only available to residents of selected countries (including the USA).

Best routes to book a Singapore Airlines First Class award

SQ’s First Class suites are only offered on selected routes. If you want to fly the new First Class product, you have to keep an eye on award availability on the following routes to London, Sydney, Zürich, Shanghai, and Hong Kong:

  • SQ221 Singapore (8:20 pm departure) to Sydney (5:55 am arrival; + 1 day)
  • SQ232 Sydney (11:00 am departure) to Singapore (5:30 pm arrival)
  • SQ322 Singapore (11:30 pm departure) to London (5:55 am)
  • SQ317 London (11:25 am departure) to Singapore (7:30 am arrival; + 1 day)
  • SQ856 Singapore (9:55 am departure) to Hong Kong (1:55 pm arrival)
  • SQ861 Hong Kong (3:40 pm departure) to Singapore (7:35 pm arrival)
  • SQ830 Singapore (9:45 am departure) to Shanghai (3:05 pm arrival)
  • SQ833 Shanghai (4:50 pm departure) to Singapore (10:20 pm arrival)
  • SQ346 Singapore (1:25 am departure) to Zurich (8:15 am arrival)
  • SQ345 Zurich (11:45 am departure) to Singapore (5:55 am arrival; +1 day)

If you want to experience the new SQ A380 First Class product with the least amount of miles, then you have to book a flight between Singapore and Hong Kong: this 4 hour journey will cost you 70,000 regular Krisflyer miles or ‘only’ 37,500 saver award Krisflyer miles.

One other SQ A380 route worth mentioning is the Frankfurt to/from New York route. Although this route is currently still operated by A380s with the the old layout, it’s the most affordable First Class route in SQ’s longhaul offerings, costing 130,000 regular Krisflyer miles or ‘only’ 70,000 saver award Krisflyer miles (almost half of the number of miles required for SQ’s other intercontinental flights).


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Review of Grace Santorini (Greece)

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last spring, I enjoyed a sublime holiday in Greece. You can read my trip reports here:

  • Review: Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
  • Review: PHENOMENAL Amanzoe, Peloponnese
  • Review: Kivotos Mykonos Hotel
  • Review: Canaves Oia Luxury Suites, Santorini
  • Review: Grace Santorini (today)

Today (September 5, 2018): Review of Grace Santorini (Greece).
  • Location: Google maps
  • Address: Imerovigli, Thira 847 00, Greece
  • Hotel website: Grace Santorini
  • Tip: get free VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso

Grace Santorini is an exclusive boutique hotel in Santorini, perched 363 meters (1190 ft) above Santorini’s world-famous caldera, offering breathtaking views. Crisp, minimalist and simply marvelous, the hotel skips the ornamentation for vast swatches of pristine white and sea views that stretch to infinity. The 21 innovatively refurbished rooms and suites showcase a contemporary style, combining cutting edge, bespoke design alongside traditional handcrafted pieces whilst the luxurious bathrooms offer double vanity units with marble carved basins and spacious rain showers with mosaic feature walls. Most of the rooms feature outdoor plunge pools while the 400 square meters (4.300 square feet) villa offers a private heated pool and spa. The hotel’s pool is truly spectacular and one of the most photographed swimming pools in the world.

Grace Santorini features in my top 10 lists of the world’s best honeymoon resorts, the world’s most amazing hotel pools, the world’s best hotel breakfasts, the best hotels in Greece, and the best hotels in Santorini.

In this review (more info and photos below my Youtube clip & slideshow):

  • Pros & things I like
  • Cons & things to know
  • My verdict
  • Tips for future guests & save money
  • Best time to visit
  • How to get there
  • Photos

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Clinging to the cliffs of Santorini’s famous water-filled caldera, Grace Santorini enjoys a sublime location in Imerovigli on the north coast of the island. Imerovigli is a picturesque village that looks exactly as a Cycladic village should, sprinkled with whitewashed houses, cobblestone alleys, blue domed churches, and idyllic squares. It’s far enough from Santorini’s capital Fira and world-famous Oia village to feel secluded, yet within walking reach of these busy towns if you want to explore their shops, bars and restaurants (a 20 minute hike along the main path to Fira, and a 3 hour hike or 15 min taxi ride to Oia). Imerovigli offers you the best chance to experience Santorini and its famous panoramas without the tourist crowds.
  • The village of Imerovigli is also known as “The balcony to the Aegean” since it is built on the highest point of the volcanic crater, about 300 m (1000 ft) above sea level. Consequently, most properties here – including the Grace Santorini hotel – provide dramatic heart-stopping views, which are even better than the already breathtaking views from Oia (where most visitors stay) since Imerovigli is located twice as high. Most of the hotel’s public areas, rooms, and suites offer uninterrupted views of Santorini’s word-famous caldera, the underwater basin of an ancient volcano. The dazzling azure of the sky and sea, sharply contrasting with the whitewashed buildings and black lava rocks, is a sight to behold.
  • Right in front of the hotel, on the seaward side, lies the immense Skaros rock, one of the island’s most famous and impressive attractions. This large rock promontory in the Aegean Sea was shaped by volcanic activity, erosions and earthquakes. Skaros rock is of paramount historical importance since it is here that the first Kasteli (fortress) was built on Santorini in the 15th century in order to protect the islanders from pirate attacks. I highly recommend to take the scenic hike to the rock’s top plateau and to take a few Instagram-worthy photos at the incredibly romantic chapel located at the trailhead, just below the hotel.
  • Imerovigli and the Grace hotel in particular offer the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the famed Santorini sunsets. This is a huge advantage as compared to staying in Oia, where most hotels do not have sunset views (this is a simplification as it depends on the time of year). Another plus is that Imerovigli doesn’t have the crowds that gather in Oia as the sun sets. In addition to the benefit of enjoying prime sunset views from your private terrace or the hotel’s public areas, you will also get an extra 2 to 3 hours of late afternoon and evening sun as compared to hotels in Oia (which are often in the shade a few hours before sunset). I you adore the evening light and sunset (like I do), my advice is to stay here, and not in Oia.
  • The hotel’s understated design allows the magnificent volcanic seacape to take centre stage as the property cascades down the steep cliffs. The boutique hotel provides a contemporary interpretation of vernacular architecture, fusing Cycladic traditional style with modern minimalism. Inspired by the island’s ‘yposkafa’ cave-like dwellings, the property’s rounded walls and domed roofs are excavated from the rock-face. Staying true to its Hellenic heritage, the hotel’s rooms and public areas feature all-white interiors with brushed concrete floors, reiterating the trademark whitewashed houses of the Cyclades. Subtle accents in turquoise, aubergine or navy are present in certain areas, a colour palette synonymous with Santorini and the Mediterranean.
  • The magnificent swimming pool is the largest of its kind in Santorini and ranks among my favorite hotel pools in the world. Located on the hotel’s mid-level, it offers bathers mesmerizing views across Skaros rock and the caldera beyond, the ultimate transporting experience that defines every holiday in Santorini. Featuring a jagged outline echoing the zigzag paths that cross the island’s sheer terrain, the shallow pool is large enough to swim laps. It is surrounded by a row of well-cushioned double loungers on one side, while a dinner terrace is located on the other side, albeit at a lower level, giving the pool a real infinity edge. You can also enjoy a cocktail or take a light meal in style at the poolside bar area at any time of day.
  • The 21 guest rooms and suites come in 9 categories, ranging from deluxe rooms to a huge villa, some of them featuring private plunge pools. They are located on various levels of the steeply terraced property and are all perfectly positioned for breathtaking views of the caldera and the sunset. During my visit, I stayed in a superior suite, which came with a huge private terrace and a plunge pool with fabulous caldera views. Inside, the suite featured a softly furnished living room area, a separate cave with a kingsized bed decked out in crisp white cottons, and a small but stylish bathroom with shower, one sink and toilet. Modern amenities such as WiFi, iPod and dock, satellite plasma TV, and DVD player were all present inside the room.
  • Grace Santorini’s top accommodation is the so-called ‘Villa‘, one of the largest and most magnificent hotel suites in the Greek Islands and ideal for small groups. Two exquisite bedrooms, complete with king-sized beds and their own bathrooms with personalised bathrobes, look out towards a panoramic view of Santorini’s azure blue skies, sparkling ocean and of course the legendary Santorini sunset. The Villa’s open-plan kitchen is fully equipped and pre-stocked, with a private chef available on request. The Villa also has its own spa – with Hammam (steam bath), Jacuzzi and a treatment room. The Villa’s outdoor, double-level seating areas and sun decks overlook a private heated swimming pool, firepit and gazebo.
  • Grace Santorini features just one restaurant, called Santoro, which serves breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Meals are served on the restaurant’s cliff-top terrace (which comes with jaw dropping views), in the airy dining room if the weather is not cooperative, or in a private poolside candlelit ‘cave’ if you prefer. Although the hotel proudly prizes its food – Mediterranean fusion cuisine created by local chef Spiros Agious – I was underwhelmed at dinner (more on that below). In contrast, the four-course Champagne breakfast was beyond exceptional representing an indulgence of tempting gastronomy and offering a wonderful alternative to the all-you-can-eat-breakfast buffets in most other high-end resorts.
  • Although the property is quite small, it does feature a well equipped gym and a dedicated yoga and Pilates studio, where you can enjoy complimentary sessions daily, available on a first come first serve basis (qualified instructor are also available for private session). Next to the gym and the yoga studio is also a lovely boutique store, selling locally designed, hand-crafted clothing, accessories and jewellery. The shop also offers objets d’art through its collaboration  with the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. Repeat guests receive a gift containing two statues of Cycladic figurines.
  • Although you can watch the sunset from all of the hotel’s public spaces and rooms, the best spot is the outdoor terrace of the 363 Champagne Lounge, one level below the intimate lobby. A wide selection of Champagnes and cocktails paired with light canapés provide a truly unique indulgence as you take in the legendary Santorini sunsets. I highly recommend the Grace cocktail, a subtle blend of apple juice, pear purée, lemon juice and premium vodka with a hint of lemon grass.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

This utterly romantic hotel, one of my all-time favorites, comes close to absolute perfection. The location, views, service and overall decor will blow you away. Yet, there are some things that you need to know before considering a stay here: 

  • Santorini can be extremely hot in summer, and the hotel terraces do not provide a lot of shade. Although umbrellas are present, they can often not be deployed due the windy weather.
  • Several stairs from the car park to the hotel and steep steps within the property itself make Grace Santorini unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility. However, most guests choose the hotel for this very reason: its location offers 180 degrees unobstructed breathtaking views of the Caldera and the magical sunsets.
  • The main pool and some of the rooms on the lower level are located right next to the popular hiking path to Skaros rock. Tourists passing by look directly into the main hotel pool or your little private whirlpool and terrace. Some of them even enter the hotel to take a picture along the pool (although the hotel has security guards in place most of the time to prevent this from happening). So, if possible request a room away from the public path, or you may find yourself disappointed because of the total lack of privacy.
  • The hotel touts its fine dining offering and its chef, but unfortunately, I was not impressed by what I was served, especially given the astronomically high rates that are charged. I do not mind paying a lot for exquisite food, but my experience at Santoro restaurant left a sour taste in my mouth, since the portions – albeit tasteful ands nicely presented – were too small, leaving me hungry after dinner (and I am not a big eater). There are several excellent restaurants nearby though.
  • Some of the lower-end room categories (which are still very expensive) don’t have a plunge pool and are quite small. Of course, you can always hope for an upgrade, but as a small and well-known boutique hotel, Grace Santorini operates the majority of the summer period with a 100% occupancy and is most of the time not able to accommodate requests for room upgrades. I recommend to book at least a suite category for more space.
  • Contrary to some of the other high-end hotels in Santorini, the main pool is not heated. While this is a blessing in the hotter summer months, the water is cold – too cold – in the spring and autumn months. In addition, the plunge pools – which have the size of hot tubes – are filled with lukewarm water, so they cannot really be used as genuine Jacuzzis.
  • Rightfully enjoying a reputation as one of the best hotels on the island, Grace Santorini is also the most expensive hotel in Santorini. However, you should know that going in as room rates are well above 1000 euros per night in the summer season. Yet, some of the charges unpleasantly surprised me, for example a 15 euro tray charge for delivering food at your room (something which is complimentary at most other Santorini hotels) or a shared one-way airport transfer for 75 euros per room (or 100 euros for a private transfer). The airport is only 15 minutes away, and a shared transfer (same service) can also be booked for 25 euros per travel party via Santorini Transfer.
  • Unfortunately, the resort does not have a dedicated spa. That said, wellness treatments (by third-party therapists) are offered in the yoga room or the privacy of your suite upon request.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 10/10
  • Design: 9/10
  • Pool: 9/10
  • Rooms: 8/10
  • Dinner: 6/10
  • Breakfast: 9/10
  • Spa: not applicable
  • Service: 9/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Overall experience: very good: 8,6/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Save money: read my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury resort like Grace Santorini (and receive many free perks).
  • Save money: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, complimentary one-way private airport transfers, welcome amenity of bottle of champagne, fruit and chocolates, early check-in, and late check-out).
  • Room tip: If you book a deluxe room, request a room away from the public path.
  • Room tip: For the ultimate romantic experience, book a suite (and not a deluxe room). The VIP Suite and Grace Suite are stunningly beautiful.
  • Room tip: When you travel in group or have money to burn, consider booking Santorini’s most spectacular accommodation: the Villa.
  • Try to visit Santorini outside the high season, not only to avoid crowds and excessive summer heat, but also to avoid paying premium prices on room rates.
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Santorini is spring and fall when the weather’s warm and the crowds are few. Like all of the Cyclades, Santorini welcomes the most visitors during the summer, so you’ll need to make your reservations at least two months in advance to travel then.


HOW TO GET THERE

Grace Santorini is located a 15 minute drive from Athinios Port and Santorini (Thira) National Airport. The latter is a very small and unpleasant airport, served by most European charters and some full-service and low-cost airlines in tourist season (click here for a direct link to their websites), but has no direct overseas connections.


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GRACE SANTORINI: ACCOMMODATIONS
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Top 10 most amazing hotel pools in the world

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (September 3, 2018): Top 10 most spectacular swimming pools in the world.

Swimming pools are the heart and center of action of every luxury hotel. It’s the place where their guests can relax, socialize, see and be seen. So, it should come as no surprise that hotels go out of their way to make sure their pools represent idyllic escapes from the hectic pace of daily life and that they feature them prominently on their websites and social media to lure news guests. Here’s my round-up of the top 10 most beautiful hotel pools in the world (or at least those that impressed me the most during all my travels around the globe).

There is more information below the slideshow. Think I missed one? Share your favorite hotel pool in the comments section, or take my poll below!

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10. FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE SERENGETI, TANZANIA

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge is located deep in the heart of Tanzania’s celebrated wildlife reserve, the Serengeti, where the Big Five – the lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the elephant and the rhinoceros – run free. Perched on a series of elevated platforms and walkways, the lodge sits next to an animal watering hole, where you can watch families of elephants stop for their morning drink as you take a dip in the magnificent free-form infinity pool. The latter also overlooks the endless, untamed landscape of the Serengeti plains, the ideal vantage point for thrilling wildlife observations.

FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE SERENGETI, TANZANIA


9. ST REGIS LHASA, TIBET, CHINA

This is the only indoor pool in my list. Surrounded by the towering mountain peaks of the Himalayas, St Regis Lhasa Resort bills itself as “standing on the roof of the world”. Facing the jaw-dropping Potala Palace, it houses 162 guest rooms, villas, and suites, boasts 24-hour butler service, and owns Tibet’s first ever fine-dining restaurant. But what sets the St Regis Lhasa apart is its “Golden Energy Pool” lined with thousands of tiles plated in gold. The pool contains therapeutic salt water constantly heated to 28-32°C (82-90° F). An indulgent treat for anyone with a thing for bling!

ST REGIS LHASA, TIBET, CHINA


8. MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL, SINGAPORE

The most expensive hotel ever built, the Marina Bay Sands hotel comprises three 55-storey towers, 2,560 luxury rooms and suites, and 18 different room types. Crowning the three hotel towers at 200 m (656 ft) in the sky, the Sands SkyPark rooftop stretches longer than the Eiffel tower or four A380 Jumbo Jets when laid down. The Sands SkyPark is also home to the world’s largest public cantilever housing a public observatory deck, lush gardens, exclusive restaurants and a stunning 150 m (492 ft) infinity-edged pool to complete the luxurious experience.

MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL, SINGAPORE


7. VILLA D’ESTE, LAKE COMO, ITALY

A former 16th century residence of European aristocrats, converted into a resort in 1873, Villa D’Este has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable decor and extraordinary hospitality. Here, guests can experience the splendor, the grandeur, and the intrigue of the Renaissance while overlooking glorious Lake Como. The hotel has a unique pool floating on the lake, with a built-in Jacuzzi and stunning views everywhere.

  • Hotel websiteVilla d’Este
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, complimentary mini bar replenished once a day, early check-in and late check-out; for stays of 3 and 4 nights: one 3-course lunch; for stays of minimum 5 nights: one 3-course dinner).

VILLA D’ESTE, LAKE COMO, ITALY


6. THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR, INDIA

Udaipur, in the heart of Rajasthan, is a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes. Here, adorning the banks of Lake Pichola and standing witness to the historic City Palace, the Oberoi Udaivilas captures the romance and splendor of a royal era. Conceived as a traditional Indian palace, the hotel showcases the rich heritage of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, and verdant gardens. In addition, the hotel is surrounded by two magnificent swimming pools, one facing the lake and one centering a large green courtyard.

  • Hotel websiteThe Oberoi Udaivilas
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, fruit basket, one lunch for 2, early check-in and late check-out).

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR, INDIA


5. AMANGIRI, USA

Overlooking starkly beautiful desert scenery and the Southwest’s iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations, Amangiri is located in the USA’s Grand Circle region. The resort’s stunning architecture blends seamlessly into its dramatic natural surroundings. Amangiri’s 34 suites are situated in two wings which sweep from each side of the resort’s main pavilion. The amazing swimming pool is set within a sunken courtyard framed by a rock escarpment.

AMANGIRI, USA


4. BELMOND HOTEL CARUSO, RAVELLO, ITALY

Located along the Amalfi Riviera, Europe’s most spectacular stretch of coast, 11th-century palace-turned-resort Caruso Belmond offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea from its gorgeous infinity pool, seemingly suspended between sky and sea. No less impressive are the hotel’s terraced gardens and grounds, which feature native olive, lemon and pomegranate rows, as well as an original chapel with a Baroque altar, frescoes, a former priests’ quarter, and a stunning infinity pool.


3. HUVAFEN FUSHI, MALDIVES

The Maldives is one of the world’s most beautiful beach destinations, and boutique hotel Huvafen Fushi was one of its pioneer hotels and still delivers. It is located in a ridiculously clear lagoon, where you can relax on your own private stretch of sugar white sand or snorkel in one of the Maldives best house reefs. The large lagoon-like infinity-edged pool bleeds into the watery horizon of the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by four-poster day beds; by night, it’s romantically lit with fibre-optic lights and reflects the inky sky.

HUVAFEN FUSHI, MALDIVES


2. AMANKILA, BALI, INDONESIA

With sacred Mount Agung as its backdrop and unimpeded views of the Lombok Strait, Amankila enjoys a breathtaking hilltop spot on Bali’s east coast. References to Balinese culture abound – in the motifs inspired by the water palace at nearby Ujung; in the paras stone decorating the stilted and thatched 33 suites (nine with private pools); and in the spectacular infinity pool that cascades in three tiers down the hillside, reminiscent of a rice paddy.

  • Hotel website: Amankila
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out ,and one complimentary lunch for two).
  • Review: coming soon

AMANKILA, BALI, INDONESIA


1. GRACE SANTORINI, GREECE

Located in the romantic setting of Imerovigli in the northwest of the island, high above Santorini’s Caldera, Grace Santorini is the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the famed Santorini island sunsets that envelop Greece’s Cyclades Islands. The exquisite infinity pool, the largest of its kind in Santorini, offers bathers stunning uninterrupted views across the caldera – the ultimate transporting experience that defines a holiday in Santorini.


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Top 10 most amazing hotel pools in the world

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (September 3, 2018): Top 10 most spectacular swimming pools in the world.

Swimming pools are the heart and center of action of every luxury hotel. It’s the place where their guests can relax, socialize, see and be seen. So, it should come as no surprise that hotels go out of their way to make sure their pools represent idyllic escapes from the hectic pace of daily life and that they feature them prominently on their websites and social media to lure news guests. Here’s my round-up of the top 10 most beautiful hotel pools in the world (or at least those that impressed me the most during all my travels around the globe).

There is more information below the slideshow. Think I missed one? Share your favorite hotel pool in the comments section, or take my poll below!

Click to view slideshow.

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10. FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE SERENGETI, TANZANIA

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge is located deep in the heart of Tanzania’s celebrated wildlife reserve, the Serengeti, where the Big Five – the lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the elephant and the rhinoceros – run free. Perched on a series of elevated platforms and walkways, the lodge sits next to an animal watering hole, where you can watch families of elephants stop for their morning drink as you take a dip in the magnificent free-form infinity pool. The latter also overlooks the endless, untamed landscape of the Serengeti plains, the ideal vantage point for thrilling wildlife observations.

  • Hotel website: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
  • Other accolades: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti also features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Tanzania.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, and $100 USD spa credit).

FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE SERENGETI, TANZANIA


9. ST REGIS LHASA, TIBET, CHINA

This is the only indoor pool in my list. Surrounded by the towering mountain peaks of the Himalayas, St Regis Lhasa Resort bills itself as “standing on the roof of the world”. Facing the jaw-dropping Potala Palace, it houses 162 guest rooms, villas, and suites, boasts 24-hour butler service, and owns Tibet’s first ever fine-dining restaurant. But what sets the St Regis Lhasa apart is its “Golden Energy Pool” lined with thousands of tiles plated in gold. The pool contains therapeutic salt water constantly heated to 28-32°C (82-90° F). An indulgent treat for anyone with a thing for bling!

  • Hotel website: St Regis Lhasa
  • Other top 10 accolades: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort also features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury hotels in China and the world’s most stunning indoor hotel pools.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 USD hotel credit, early check-in and late check-out).

ST REGIS LHASA, TIBET, CHINA


8. MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL, SINGAPORE

The most expensive hotel ever built, the Marina Bay Sands hotel comprises three 55-storey towers, 2,560 luxury rooms and suites, and 18 different room types. Crowning the three hotel towers at 200 m (656 ft) in the sky, the Sands SkyPark rooftop stretches longer than the Eiffel tower or four A380 Jumbo Jets when laid down. The Sands SkyPark is also home to the world’s largest public cantilever housing a public observatory deck, lush gardens, exclusive restaurants and a stunning 150 m (492 ft) infinity-edged pool to complete the luxurious experience.

  • Hotel website: Marina Bay Sands Hotel
  • Other top 10 accolades: Marina Bay Sands Hotel hotel also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most spectacular hotel rooftops, the world’s most instagrammable hotels, and the world’s best urban resorts.
  • Review: coming soon

MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL, SINGAPORE


7. VILLA D’ESTE, LAKE COMO, ITALY

A former 16th century residence of European aristocrats, converted into a resort in 1873, Villa D’Este has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable decor and extraordinary hospitality. Here, guests can experience the splendor, the grandeur, and the intrigue of the Renaissance while overlooking glorious Lake Como. The hotel has a unique pool floating on the lake, with a built-in Jacuzzi and stunning views everywhere.

  • Hotel website: Villa d’Este
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, complimentary mini bar replenished once a day, early check-in and late check-out; for stays of 3 and 4 nights: one 3-course lunch; for stays of minimum 5 nights: one 3-course dinner).

VILLA D’ESTE, LAKE COMO, ITALY


6. THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR, INDIA

Udaipur, in the heart of Rajasthan, is a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes. Here, adorning the banks of Lake Pichola and standing witness to the historic City Palace, the Oberoi Udaivilas captures the romance and splendor of a royal era. Conceived as a traditional Indian palace, the hotel showcases the rich heritage of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, and verdant gardens. In addition, the hotel is surrounded by two magnificent swimming pools, one facing the lake and one centering a large green courtyard.

  • Hotel website: The Oberoi Udaivilas
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, fruit basket, one lunch for 2, early check-in and late check-out).

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR, INDIA


5. AMANGIRI, USA

Overlooking starkly beautiful desert scenery and the Southwest’s iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations, Amangiri is located in the USA’s Grand Circle region. The resort’s stunning architecture blends seamlessly into its dramatic natural surroundings. Amangiri’s 34 suites are situated in two wings which sweep from each side of the resort’s main pavilion. The amazing swimming pool is set within a sunken courtyard framed by a rock escarpment.

  • Hotel website: Amangiri
  • Other top 10 accolades: Amangiri also features in my top 10 lists of the best resort & hotels in the USA, the world’s best wilderness resorts, the world’s best hotel room views, the world’s best luxury hotels, the world’s most luxurious desert retreats, the world’s most instagrammable hotels, and my favorite Aman resorts in the world.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a 30 minute scalp massage or neck/shoulder massage, and a toiletry kit with Amangiri’s signature sage shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and body wash).

AMANGIRI, USA


4. BELMOND HOTEL CARUSO, RAVELLO, ITALY

Located along the Amalfi Riviera, Europe’s most spectacular stretch of coast, 11th-century palace-turned-resort Caruso Belmond offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea from its gorgeous infinity pool, seemingly suspended between sky and sea. No less impressive are the hotel’s terraced gardens and grounds, which feature native olive, lemon and pomegranate rows, as well as an original chapel with a Baroque altar, frescoes, a former priests’ quarter, and a stunning infinity pool.

  • Hotel website: Belmond Hotel Caruso
  • Other top 10 accolades: Belmond Hotel Caruso also features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury hotels in Italy, the world’s most spectacular cliffside luxury hotels, and the best luxury hotels on Capri, Ischia, and the Amalfi Coast.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • Review: read my review of Belmond Hotel Caruso here.


3. HUVAFEN FUSHI, MALDIVES

The Maldives is one of the world’s most beautiful beach destinations, and boutique hotel Huvafen Fushi was one of its pioneer hotels and still delivers. It is located in a ridiculously clear lagoon, where you can relax on your own private stretch of sugar white sand or snorkel in one of the Maldives best house reefs. The large lagoon-like infinity-edged pool bleeds into the watery horizon of the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by four-poster day beds; by night, it’s romantically lit with fibre-optic lights and reflects the inky sky.

  • Hotel website: Huvafen Fushi
  • Other accolades: Huvanfen Fushi also features in my top 10 list of the world’s best underwater hotels.

HUVAFEN FUSHI, MALDIVES


2. AMANKILA, BALI, INDONESIA

With sacred Mount Agung as its backdrop and unimpeded views of the Lombok Strait, Amankila enjoys a breathtaking hilltop spot on Bali’s east coast. References to Balinese culture abound – in the motifs inspired by the water palace at nearby Ujung; in the paras stone decorating the stilted and thatched 33 suites (nine with private pools); and in the spectacular infinity pool that cascades in three tiers down the hillside, reminiscent of a rice paddy.

  • Hotel website: Amankila
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out ,and one complimentary lunch for two).
  • Review: coming soon

AMANKILA, BALI, INDONESIA


1. GRACE SANTORINI, GREECE

Located in the romantic setting of Imerovigli in the northwest of the island, high above Santorini’s Caldera, Grace Santorini is the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the famed Santorini island sunsets that envelop Greece’s Cyclades Islands. The exquisite infinity pool, the largest of its kind in Santorini, offers bathers stunning uninterrupted views across the caldera – the ultimate transporting experience that defines a holiday in Santorini.

  • Hotel website: Grace Santorini
  • Other top 10 accolades: Grace Santorini also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s best honeymoon resorts, the best hotels in Greece, and the best hotels in Santorini.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, complimentary one-way private airport transfers, welcome amenity of bottle of champagne, fruit and chocolates, early check-in, and late check-out).
  • Review: read my review of Grace Santorini here.


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Travel news: this month (August 2018) in luxury travel

Friday newsletters always feature travel conteststipsseries, or news.

Today (August 31, 2018): August 2018 luxury travel news.

Every last Friday of the month, you can read my news round-up of what’s happening in the world of luxury travel. In this issue:

  1. LATAM announces a new Business Class product
  2. Grand Hyatt Athens opens in the Greek capital
  3. Grand Hyatt Bogota opens in the capital of Colombia
  4. Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) announce partnership
  5. Qatar Airways will launch its QSuites on the Tokyo and Singapore routes
  6. One&Only Resorts will launch a beach property in Malaysia
  7. Auckland will welcome a flagship InterContinental hotel in 2022
  8. Emirates revamps its Business and First Class amenities
  9. Primera Air launches transatlantic flights for $150 USD one way
  10. Raffles Hotels & Resorts will manage a Maldives property
  11. The St Regis brand slated to debut in Australia


1. LATAM announces $400 million cabin upgrade programme

LATAM – South America’s largest carrier – announced plans to upgrade the cabins on two thirds of its global short and long-haul fleet. The $400 million USD investment will cover over 200 existing and forthcoming aircraft, with the work to take place over the next two years. LATAM Airlines Peru will receive the first new-look aircraft before the end of the year, followed by LATAM Airlines Brazil at the start of 2019, providing passengers travelling via LATAM’s Lima and São Paulo hubs with the first opportunity to experience the new cabins. For passengers travelling on long-haul routes, LATAM will transform the cabins of its Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft as well as apply the revamped design to new Boeing 787-9s and Airbus A350-1000s due for delivery over the coming years. The cabins will offer:

  • A new Premium Business Class seat by Thompson Aero with trim and finish from cabin design partner Priestmangoode. Each seat will have direct aisle access and offer seating options for both individuals and couples as well as a full-flat bed. It will also feature the latest generation in-flight entertainment with an 18” personal screen and have ample space for personal items
  • On new aircraft, the Economy Class cabin will feature ergonomically designed Recaro seats, offering greater comfort, fast-charging USB power ports, larger 12” individual seat-back screens and a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system
  • Passengers in economy will also have the option to upgrade to LATAM+ Seats, offering increased space, greater recline and premium services such as priority check-in and boarding.


2. Grand Hyatt Athens opens in the Greek capital 

The opening of Grand Hyatt Athens marks the first Hyatt hotel in the Greek capital. The luxury property is located on Syngrou Avenue next to the Onassis Cultural Centre and combines dramatic architecture with innovative design, easily accessible to historic sites and best-in-class restaurants. Celebrating iconic Greek culture, the 309-room hotel incorporates curated art reminiscent of ancient Athens. Alongside original pieces from the Museum of Cycladic Art, the hotel also showcases a glamorous lobby with an extraordinary art installation called The Coin, which is made from replicated, ancient Athenian coins representing the Greek economic supremacy in the fifth century BC. The property’s rooftop also offers the spectacular Penthouse Restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool with impressive views of the Acropolis. The wellness center features four private treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, relaxation lounges, a sauna and a Turkish bath, known as a Hammam (to open in early 2019) – offering a destination of serene luxury and relaxation. Grand Hyatt is situated within walking distance of the beautiful old town of Plaka and the infamous Acropolis site, while golf courses, the passenger port terminal of Piraeus and the golden beaches of the Athens southern suburbs are just a short car ride away.


3. Grand Hyatt Bogota opens in the capital of Colombia

There is some more exciting news from the Hyatt brand, with the opening of the first Hyatt hotel in the Colombian capital and the first Grand Hyatt branded hotel in Colombia. The Grand Hyatt Bogota is located in the heart of Ciudad Empresarial Sarmiento Angulo commercial district, up the road from the Corferias and Ágora Bogotá convention centers, and minutes from the ultramodern Gran Estación Mall, El Dorado International Airport, and Bolívar Square. Designed with bold and vibrant features, the hotel has 372 beautifully decorated guestrooms, including 50 suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lush inner atrium garden, multicolored lights of the metropolis, or the cloud-topped majesty of the Andes Mountains. Additionally, suites and club room guests have exclusive access to the Grand Club Lounge, which provides an elegantly designed space with personal concierge services and culinary highlights throughout the day. Guests will discover great dining inside Grand Hyatt Bogota with some of the best Japanese and Colombian food in the city. The hotel also invites guests to schedule time for themselves at Zaitania Spa, one of the largest urban spas in Latin America.


4. Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) announce partnership

The Hyatt Hotel Group announced plans to partner with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) by the end of the year. Hyatt, a leading hospitality company with more than 700 hotels worldwide, and SLH, a collection of more than 500 independently owned luxury hotels around the world, are working together to offer World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn and redeem points during stays at participating SLH hotels when they book through Hyatt channels. “This is another example of how Hyatt continues to listen to the wants and needs of World of Hyatt members and take meaningful action,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt. “SLH’s high-end collection of boutique hotel experiences means our members will soon be able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points in more places, including many new locations in Europe and Asia.” “We are constantly looking for ways to add value for our many independently spirited hotels. This coming alliance with World of Hyatt does just that,” said Filip Boyen, chief executive officer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. “Our work together will allow World of Hyatt members to enjoy loyalty benefits across a wider choice of small independent luxury hotels. For SLH, our hotels are our brand, and we look forward to expected increased occupancy with significant exposure to the World of Hyatt program’s more than 10 million members.” IMHO, this is an amazing addition to the value of Hyatt hotel points. You can read my review of World of Hyatt here.


5. Qatar Airways will launch its QSuites on Tokyo and Singapore routes

Qatar Airways announced that the world’s most technologically advanced passenger aircraft – the A350-1000 – equipped with the airline’s luxurious, award-winning Qsuite will be available on flights to and from Singapore’s Changi Airport from 1 November 2018. Two of Singapore’s triple-daily A350-900 services will gradually transition to the A350-1000 starting from 1 November 2018. The route is expected to be served entirely with the A350-1000 by April 2019. The aircraft will also be introduced daily to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from 1 January 2019. The two cities will be the first of Qatar Airways’ growing Far East network to welcome the ultramodern A350-1000 equipped with Qsuite. One of the latest additions to the Airbus family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners, the A350-1000 offers 327 seats across two cabins – 46 Business Class seats and 281 extra-wide 18-inch seats in Economy Class. Business Class passengers will be treated to the Qsuite experience, featuring the industry’s first-ever double-bed in business class. Sliding panels allow passengers in adjoining seats to transform their space into private cabins so business colleagues, families and friends can work, socialise and dine together during the flight. These revolutionary features led Qatar Airways to win the ‘Best Business Class Seat’ and ‘Best Business Class’ awards at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards. I will publish my review of the QSuite later this year.


6. One&Only will launch a beach resort in Malaysia

A 128-acre beachfront development, One&Only Desaru Coast will be located in a premium integrated destination located in the south-eastern region of Malaysia, in the state of Johor.  Inspired by the azure ocean waters and lush tropical landscape, the property will provide modern Malaysian elegance, showcasing the incredible natural elements of the region. Like all properties within the One&Only collection, the resort, designed by award-winning architectural firm, Kerry Hill Architects, will place an emphasis on privacy, providing the ultimate hideaway. There will be 42 suites, 2 luxury suites and an exclusive 4-bedroom villa, as well as approximately 50 One&Only private homes available for purchase. The resort will become a culinary destination, offering three restaurants, a dynamic bar for the latest in mixology and a beach club, each defined by their own distinct ethos, energy, design and flavour, showcasing the bounty of the region. One&Only Desaru Coast will also be home to an indulgent destination spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, with overall wellness at its core.

One&Only Desaru Coast


7. Auckland will welcome a flagship InterContinental hotel in 2022

InterContinental Auckland will enjoy an unrivalled location on the city’s waterfront, with a halo address at 1 Queen Street that will inevitably become a destination in its own right. It will complete the $1 billion Commercial Bay mixed-use development, which boasts the largest concentration of high quality retail facilities in the city and a new 39-level office tower with 39,000m2 of premium office space. The world-class waterfront development is also destined to become Auckland’s newest, shopping, dining and social hub, offering a vast range of food and beverage outlets that are perfectly complemented by the hotel’s luxury dining experience, which includes all-day dining and bars. The hotel will be dedicated to those who appreciate and enjoy The InterContinental Life, featuring the brand’s signature Club InterContinental experience, as well as a gym and meeting facilities. In order to give guests an unparalleled experience that shows off the best of the ‘City of Sails’, 90% of the hotel’s 244 guest rooms will offer water views. InterContinental Auckland will be the second for the brand in New Zealand, after InterContinental Wellington, and adds an important piece to IHG’s Australasia luxury credentials, complementing InterContinental Hotels in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Sanctuary Cove, as well as the 194 globally.


8. Emirates revamps its Business and First Class amenities

Emirates has refreshed its premium offering with new luxury products in First and Business Class for a more comfortable travel experience. The new products stem from Emirates’ collaborations with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Bulgari:

  • Emirates First Class customers will find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites. The allergen-free and Chamomile collections were exclusively created for Emirates for a relaxing and hydrating experience inflight. The collection by European luxury brand, BYREDO, was first introduced in Emirates’ new fully enclosed suites on the Boeing 777 last year and is now being rolled out across the fleet. All the products in the collection are manufactured using the best raw materials with a distinct focus on craft and quality. The kits are paired with a faux leather notebook and branded pen.
  • To amplify the viewing experience on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, the airline is rolling out brand new Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones in First Class. These headphones were designed by award-winning audio brand Bowers & Wilkins and created exclusively for Emirates using a unique hybrid noise cancellation technology optimised for the Emirates First Class cabins.
  • Emirates continues its longstanding partnership with Bulgari for the latest designs of the airline’s exclusive kit bags. The new set of amenity kits for both First and Business Class feature Bulgari’s fragrance – Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert (Green Tea) – and contain skincare essentials to keep customers feeling fresh and pampered throughout the flight. The First Class kit bags, made from faux leather, come in eight designs with a new range of colours for men and women. Eight additional designs are available in Business Class – four for men and four for women. The amenity kits are available on long-haul overnight flights and designs are refreshed every nine months. The bags have been designed for multipurpose uses after the flight to store headphones, make up or jewelry. In addition to the Bulgari amenity kits, First Class customers will also be given Hydra Active moisturising sleep suits on long haul overnight flights.


9. Primera Air launches transatlantic flights for $150 USD one way

Brussels Airport – my home base – will be welcoming the new airline Primera Air in May next year. The airline will start direct flights to New York (EWR) as of May 2019, and direct flights to Boston (BOS) and Washington DC (IAD) as of June 2019. The flights will be operated by the new, high technological Boeing 737 Max 9. Two aircraft will be based at Brussels Airport. Primera Air is a low-fare Nordic airline that operates flights from Europe to more than 70 destinations across the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean and North America. Anastasija Visnakova, Chief Commercial Officer of Primera Air: “Our mission is to make expensive transatlantic travel a thing of the past and we are glad to bring low fare, long-haul flights to Brussels. It will give an opportunity for local travelers to fly to the US and Canada in a more affordable way as well as bring more North American travelers to Brussels.” Tickets for the transatlantic routes are now on sale for $150 USD one way. Primera Air already operates transatlantic flights to Newark, Boston and Toronto-Pearson from London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulle with a fleet of 8 Airbus A321neo aircraft. Primera Air pricing policy on these routes allows it to compete with the low-cost carrier Norwegian.


10. Raffles Hotels & Resorts will manage a Maldives property

The iconic Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand – now part of AccorHotels – announced its first luxury destination in the Maldives. Set on the private island of Meradhoo, the current resort – previoulsy known as Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (which I reviewed here) – will be repositioned following great enhancements in late 2018, before joining the exclusive collection of Raffles Hotels & Resorts. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort boasts 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, 3 restaurants, a scenic cocktail bar and an array of facilities and activities to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. These facilities include an award-winning luxury spa, over-the-water fitness centre, yoga programmes, water sports, private dining options, 24-hour butler and private chef service, along with snorkelling and diving at its finest. The resort’s PADI-certified dive centre offers adventures through the wonders of some of most breath-taking coral reefs in the world.  A 55-minute flight from Male Airport and a 15-minute speedboat transfer can access the resort, located on Meradhoo Island on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the Maldives.  Below, you can watch my clip of the hotel, when it was still a Jumeirah property.


11. The St Regis brand slated to debut in Australia

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts announced the signing of The St. Regis Melbourne, marking the first hotel in Australia for the renowned luxury brand. Located in the luxury mixed-use precinct Flinders Bank on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets, the new St. Regis Melbourne will serve as a landmark gateway to the city’s bustling Central Business District.  The 33-storey Flinders Bank will house the St. Regis Melbourne across levels 2 to 11 and include 168 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, all of which will offer sweeping views of the Yarra River or city skyline. With interiors created by world-leading interior design studio, Chada, and the building designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, The St. Regis Melbourne will be an instant icon and stylish addition to the city’s skyline. Refined food and beverage offerings will include a specialty restaurant in addition to a sophisticated Drawing Room space and the St. Regis Bar, which will serve up the local rendition of the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary. Guests will also be able to immerse themselves in leisure facilities, such as a fitness and wellness center with a large indoor swimming pool and an Iridium Spa and beauty salon. Guests of The St. Regis Melbourne will also experience the renowned hallmarks of the St. Regis brand, including the legendary St. Regis Butler Service that personalises each stay according to guests’ unique tastes and preferences.