Review of KrisFlyer, the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel conteststipsseries, or news.

Today (October 19, 2018): Review of KrisFlyer, the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines.

I have previously published reviews (with pros and con) of the following frequent flyer programs: AAdvantage (American Airlines), Flying Blue (KLM & Air France), Mileage Plan (Alaska Airlines) and Miles& More (Lufthansa). Today, I have an in-depth look at KrisFlyer, the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines. KrisFlyer allows you to earn and redeem miles on Singapore Airlines and its partners, including all Star Alliance members, SilkAir, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and numerous hotel chains and car-hire companies. Although the program has devaluated over the past couple of years, it still has a reputation as one of the best loyalty schemes in Asia (especially for those that want to book an award seat in Singapore Airlines’ premium cabin) and also features some unique benefits that are of interest to frequent flyers across the globe (e.g. waitisting for award seats, transferring points from most major credit cards, etc …).

What is your opinion about KrisFlyer? Leave a comment below.

In this overview, I explain the KrisFlyer program and how to benefit from it:

  1. KrisFlyer elite levels
  2. How to earn KrisFlyer miles in the air
  3. How the earn KrisFlyer miles on the ground
  4. How to spend KrisFlyer miles (and travel for free)
  5. Best and worst KrisFlyer redemptions
  6. Pros & things I like about KrisFlyer
  7. Cons & things I don’t like aboutKrisFlyer
  8. Poll: what’s the world’s best frequent flyer program?

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380


1. KRISFLYER ELITE LEVELS

There are only two elite levels that you can work your way up to in the KrisFlyer loyalty program. KrisFlyer Elite Silver is the first level, and KrisFlyer Elite Gold the top level. Both levels have their benefits and as you move from KrisFlyer Elite Silver to Gold, these benefits become more valuable. Membership level is determined by the number of ‘Elite miles’ you fly with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Vistara, and/or any Star Alliance airline (more on that below).

These are the benefits you enjoy with KrisFlyer after reaching elite status:

  1. KrisFlyer Elite Silver is awarded after earning 25,000 Elite miles within a 12 consecutive month period. KrisFlyer Silver members are equivalent to Silver status members in Star Alliance and enjoy the following benefits:
    • 25% bonus on KrisFlyer Miles earned on flights flown with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Virgin Atlantic.
    • Priority reservation waitlist and airport standby for flights on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or any Star Alliance partner airline (does not apply to award flights).
    • Waived or reduced KrisFlyer service fees.
  2. KrisFlyer Elite Gold is awarded after earning 50,000 Elite miles within a 12 consecutive month period. KrisFlyer Gold members are equivalent to Gold status members in Star Alliance and enjoy the following benefits in addition to Krisflyer Elite Silver membership benefits:
    • Access to Star Alliance Gold lounge when flying any Star Alliance partner airline. Elite Gold members may invite one guest traveling on the same itinerary.
    • Virgin Australia Lounge access when traveling on Virgin Australia. Elite Gold members may invite one guest traveling on the same itinerary.
    • Extra baggage allowance for flights on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Star Alliance partner flights.
    • Priority airport check-in.
    • Priority boarding
    • Priority baggage handling.


2. HOW TO EARN KRISFLYER MILES IN THE AIR

KrisFlyer lets you earn two types of miles: ‘Elite miles’, which determine your status, and ‘Krisflyer miles’, which can be exchanged for a variety of rewards.

Elite miles determine your status level and are derived from the actual miles flown, plus any applicable booking class bonuses earned on tickets that are eligible to earn miles. Elite miles are earned when flying with:

  • Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary SilkAir
  • All Star Alliance airlines: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca/TACA Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines.
  • Virgin Atlantic (on transatlantic routes only)
  • Virgin Australia (flights within Australia, trans-Tasman and between Australia and the Pacific Islands only)
  • Vistara (flight within India only)

You can determine the number of Elite miles you will earn using KrisFlyer’s online calculator or using the table below:

Cabin Class Booking Class Earning Rate
First Class F, A 200%
Business Z, C, J
U, D
150%
125%
Premium Economy S, T
P, R
125%
100%
Economy Y, B, E
M, H, W
Q, N, V, K
100%
75%
50%

So when you want to reach status within the KrisFlyer program, it’s very important that you purchase tickets in the correct fare class. The earning rates vary and some booking classes won’t earn you miles at all. Elite miles only determine your elite status within the KrisFlyer proram and they cannot be exchanged for any rewards.

KrisFlyer miles are earned in addition to Elite miles when flying Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Star Alliance partner airlines and non-alliance partner airlines such as Alaska Airlines/Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, JetBlue and Vistara. Contrary to Elite miles, KrisFlyer miles can be exchanged for a wide variety of great rewards (more on that below). The number of KrisFlyer miles you earn depends on your elite status within the KrisFlyer program, the airline you fly, and your booking class. The full KrisFlyer mileage accrual chart for both Singapore Airlines and its partner airlines can be found here.


3. HOW TO EARN KRISFLYER MILES ON THE GROUND

The possibility to earn KrisFlyer miles (but not Elite miles) on the ground are endless:

  • Each time you stay in a hotel which partners with KrisFlyer, you can earn miles. Krisflyer partners with almost all big hotel chains, such as Marriott, Shangri-La, Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, Fairmont, Kempinski, InterContinental, and AccorHotels to name a few. A stay at a hotel will mostly earn you around 500 to 1000 KrisFlyer miles. All you need to do is present your Krisflyer membership number at check-in.
  • Several hotel loyalty programs allow you to convert your hotel points into KrisFlyer miles. These programs include Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards,  Shangri-La Golden Circle, Radisson Rewards, and AccorHotels (you can read my reviews with pros and cons of most of these hotel loyalty programs here). Marriott Rewards – the loyalty program of the Marriott Hotel Group – has the best conversion program as it allows you to convert Marriott Points to KrisFlyer award redeemable miles on a 3:1 basis, including a 5000 conversion bonus when you convert 60,000 Marriott Points.
  • KrisFlyer members earn award redeemable miles every time they rent a car with one of the major car rental companies, including Herz, Avis, Budget, Sixt, and Europcar. The exact number of miles you earn for a car rental depends on the company and ranges from 50 to 500 miles per day.
  • KrisFlyer allows its members to earn miles with several retail partners, such as Chic Outlet Shopping, Club 21, F1 Auto Cars, and all shops at Heathrow Airport and Singapore Changi Airport.
  • KrisFlyer allows its members to earn miles with several financial service partners, such as AIG, HSBC, Bank of China, National Australia Bank and Bank Danamon to name a few.
  • Members can dramatically increase their KrisFlyer mileage earning with credit card spending:  
    • Krisflyer is a 1:1 transfer partner with the following 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. The transfer time for these programs varies but transfers usually take place within 24 hours. Unfortunately, this option is only available to residents of selected countries (including the USA).
    • KrisFlyer miles can be earned with co-branded credit cards, which are only available in Singapore, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan. Citizens of these countries can apply here for a Krisflyer credit card.

4. HOW TO SPEND KRISFLYER MILES ON FREE TRAVEL
  • KrisFlyer miles are best used for award travel on Singapore Airlines’ own flights, especially in premium cabins. This includes award travel on Singapore Airlines’ brand new Airbus A380 First Class Suites, which can only be booked with KrisFlyer Miles. The number of miles you need for travel on Sinagpore Airlines and its subsidiary SilkAir can be checked here. Two types of awards can be booked on Singapore Airlines:
    • Regular awards – called ‘advantage awards‘ by Singapore Airlines – are more frequently available but they are also the most expensive award redemptions. In fact, KrisFlyer 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.
    • Singapore Airlines 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.
  • KrisFlyer miles can also be redeemed for award travel on Star Alliance airlines and non-alliance partner airlines such as Alaska Airlines/Virgin America,  Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and Vistara. KrisFlyer operates different award charts for travel on its partner airlines:
    • View here the Star Alliance award chart
    • View here the Alaska Airlines award chart
    • View here the Virgin Atlantic award chart
    • View here the Virgin Australia award chart
    • View here the Vistara award chart
  • KrisFlyer miles can also be redeemed for flight upgrades on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, and all Star Alliance airline members. Upgrade award tickets are offered on a one-class upgrade basis and double upgrades are not permitted, so upgrades from Economy Class to Business Class are only applicable to flights without Premium Economy Class. Also, only one segment of the trip in an eligible booking class can be upgraded at a time. Eligibility for an upgrade depends on the booked commercial class (the cheapest fares are often not eligible for an upgrade) and availability of an award seat (the seats that are made available for an upgrade award are the same ones as those can be booked using your miles).
    • View here the number of miles you need for an upgrade on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir (with a choice between regular and saver upgrade awards).
    • View here the number of miles you need for an upgrade on a Star Alliance carrier.
  • KrisFlyer miles can also be used as cash when you book a flight on Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary. You can use your KrisFlyer miles to pay for airfares, taxes and selected ancillaries for Scoot operated itineraries when booking on FlyScoot.com, starting from as little as 1,050 KrisFlyer miles.
  • If you don’t have enough miles for an award ticket or a flight upgrade, you can mix KrisFlyer miles and cash on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir operated flights. You simply go through the usual booking process on singaporeair.com, and choose KrisFlyer miles as your currency at the payment stage. If you have enough miles, you can choose to pay for the whole fare, including airport taxes and surcharges, with your miles. You can also use your miles to pay for seat selections and pre-purchase additional baggage allowance. Otherwise, starting from just 980 miles, you can use your miles to reduce what you pay using your credit/debit card. This applies for yourself or any of your redemption nominees.
  • KrisFlyer partners with Make-A-Wish Singapore to fulfil the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses. So instead of spending them on free travel, you can als donate your miles to a meaningful cause. Every mile received goes to the beneficiaries of Make-A-Wish Singapore.
  • KrisFlyer also allows its members to turn their miles into a digital wallet – called KrisPay – that can be used for instant purchases right from your mobile phone. KrisPay can be used for everyday spend such as your petrol purchases at selected Esso service stations, M1, Challenger and many more participating partners. All you need to do is to downoad the KrisPay app from the App store or Gogle Pay, login with your KrisFlyer membership number and PIN, transfer your miles from KrisFlyer to KrisPay, and pay for your purchases instantly by scanning the QR code at any participating outlet.
  • Your KrisFlyer miles can be used for shopping on KrisShop, the online shopping portal of KrisFlyer. You can either mix miles and cash to pay for your purchases on KrisShop or redeem for your item in full with your KrisFlyer miles. Every 125 KrisFlyer miles gives you approximately $1 SGD in spend, subject to a minimum usage of 1,000 KrisFlyer miles per transaction. And if you choose to mix miles and cash to pay for your KrisShop purchases, you will also earn 1.5 KrisFlyer miles for every $1 SGD you pay with your credit or debit card.
  • You can use your KrisFlyer miles for hotel stays and car rentals on KrisFlyer vRooms, KrisFlyer’s online hotel and car rental booking engine. KrisFlyer miles and cash can be mixed to pay for over 300,000 hotels and 29,000 car rental locations worldwide for your next road trip, subject to a minimum usage of 1,500 KrisFlyer miles per transaction.
  • KrisFlyer allows its members to convert miles to points in the loyalty program of Shangri-La Hotels – called Golden Circle – where they can be redeemed for spa and dining vouchers, free room nights and upgrades at any Shangri-La hotel and resort, Kerry hotel, Traders hotel or Hotel Jen worldwide. Members receive 1 GC Award Point for every 12 KrisFlyer miles converted. A minimum of 20,000 KrisFlyer miles is required for each conversion. Please note that all miles converted cannot be reversed.
  • KrisFlyer members can transfer miles to Velocity Frequent Flyer, the frequent flyer program of Virgin Australia. This gives KrisFlyer members access to upgrades and reward seats across the domestic and international Virgin Australia network as well as non-flight redemption rewards in the Velocity Rewards Store. You receive 1 Velocity Point for every 1.55 KrisFlyer miles converted, and Velocity Points are credited directly to your Velocity Frequent Flyer account from then. A minimum of 5,000 KrisFlyer miles is required for each conversion. Please note that all miles converted cannot be reversed, and that you need to be residing in Australia, New Zealand or one of the Pacific Islands to be a Velocity Frequent Flyer member.

BEST AND WORST KRISFLYER REDEMPTIONS 

IMHO, the best way to spend your KirsFlyer miles is to use them for a saver award seat in Singapore Airlines’ A380 First Class suites, which are only offered on selected routes. If you want to fly the new A380 First Class product, you have to keep an eye out for award availability on the following routes to/from 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 Singapore Airlines 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 Singapore Airlines 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 Singapore Airlines’ longhaul offerings, costing 130,000 regular Krisflyer miles or ‘only’ 70,000 saver award Krisflyer miles (almost half the number of miles required for Singapore Airlines’ other intercontinental flights).

KrisFlyer has some other sweet spots for award travel on its partner airlines. For example:

  1. Travel on Alsaka Airlines from the west coast to Hawaii is only 12,000 KrisFlyer miles each way in Economy Class.
  2. Travel from Australia or New Zealand to Tahiti or Fiji on Air New Zealand is only 12,500 KrisFlyer miles each way for Economy Class or 28,000 KrisFlyer miles each way for Business Class.

As mentioned above, the worst way to spend Krisflyer miles is to use them for a regular award (= advantage award) in Singapore Airlines’s First Class cabin, since that would cost you an insane amount of miles, almost twice as much as a saver award. Also try to avoid a First Class award on a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777, not that this is a bad experience, but it is definitely a step down from Singapore Airlines’ A380 First Class offering (which costs the same).


PROS & THINGS I LIKE ABOUT KRISFLYER
  • Being one of the largest frequent flyer programs in Asia, KrisFlyer offers a wide range of flights to earn or redeem miles. This includes flights operated by Singapore Airlines, its subsidiary SilkAir, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Vistara, and all Star Alliance partners (Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca/TACA Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, SAS, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines). It means that you can earn and spend your miles with dozens of airlines to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide.
  • The single best value of the KrisFlyer program are the saver awards, which allow you to book award redemptions on flights operated by Singapore Airlines and SilkAir for almost 50% off the regular number of required miles. Saver awards are only released on selected routes, sometimes in advance, sometimes last-minute.
  • KrisFlyer has a very unique feature for redeeming points on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. 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 Singapore Airlines later decides 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.
  • Singapore Airlines is one of the few airlines that does not add fuel surcharges.
  • Elite status can be achieved based on the Elite miles you earn during a 12 month membership year, rather than just the calendar year.
  • KrisFlyer members can use their miles for people they know. You can pick up to five people as your redemption nominees, and use your KrisFlyer miles to book award tickets and flight upgrades for them. Anyone can be your redemption nominee – your family, friends, colleagues or neighbours. However, once you add someone, you can’t change them for six months. While adding names is free, deleting them will cost you miles or money.
  • KrisFlyer makes far more award space available on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to their own members than they do to partner airlines.
  • An award seat in Singapore Airlines’ famous A380 First Class suites can only be booked via KrisFlyer as the carrier does not make A380 First Class award seats available to its Star Alliance partners.
  • Members who have at least 50% of the KrisFlyer miles needed to redeem an award ticket may purchase up to a maximum of 50% of the remaining KrisFlyer miles needed for that award. KrisFlyer miles can be purchased during the online redemption booking process for flights on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir, or by calling KrisFlyer Membership Services.
  • KrisFlyer allows one way award tickets.
  • KrisFlyer allows a stop-over on award tickets (although restrictions apply; more on that below in the cons).
  • KrisFlyer allows open jaw award tickets (although restrictions apply; more on that below in the cons). For example, you can fly into Singapore and out of Hong Kong.
  • Singapore Airlines has some of the most reasonable fees in the industry. Changes to flights, dates, routes or carriers , or cancellation of a booking with redeposition of your miles will cost you a moderately priced fee.
Fees for redemption award tickets SAVER (USD) ADVANTAGE (USD)
Change of date on Singapore Airlines / SilkAir 25 0
Change of route, cabin class or award type on Singapore Airlines / SilkAir 25 25
Change of date, route, flight or carrier on partner airlines 50 Not applicable
Redeposit of miles for award tickets / upgrades* 75 50

CONS & THINGS I DON’T LIKE ABOUT KRISFLYER
  • Although KrisFlyer doesn’t add fuel surcharges to their own flights, they do add fuel surcharges to partner airlines’ flights (when the operating carrier imposes them). For example, most European and Asian carriers will add fuel surcharges to their award flights and they are quite hefty. But other airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines, Air New Zealand, Avianca, Copa and Virgin America do not. United Airlines does not add fuel surcharges to award flights within North America (including Hawaii) and Air Canada flights within North America do not incur fuel surcharges either.
  • Saver awards on Singapore Airlines’ new A380 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.
  • Advantage awards for First Class seats on longhaul flights are way too expensive.
  • KrisFlyer’s routing rules are very strict. A few examples:
    • Travel must be via a published route (meaning you must be able to buy that route from an airline’s website)
    • Backtracking is not permitted except as required by route restrictions. Backtracking occurs when a journey does not continue in the same direction in which it began. An itinerary containing a backtracking sector not required by route restrictions may require separate tickets.
    • Award travel on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir can be ticketed as one itinerary. But ward travel on all other participating airlines is ticketed separately.
    • The validity and number of complimentary stopovers available depends on the award ticket type, although additional stopovers are permitted at USD100 each, regardless of the class of service.
Saver Awards Advantage Awards
One-Way No stopover 1 stopover
Round Trip 1 stopover 2 stopovers
Validity of award tickets 12 months 12 months

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Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787 Business Class Bali to 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 & Bali. You can read my reviews here:


Today (October 16, 2018): Review of Singapore Airlines’ B787 Dreamliner Business Class from Bali to Singapore.

On July 27th 2018, I flew Business Class in a brand new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner of Singapore Airlines (SQ) from Bali Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). Last March, SQ was the world’s first airline to take delivery of Boeing’s newest aircraft Dreamliner variant, the B787-10. With 49 firm orders, SQ is set to become the largest customer for the 787-10. SQ’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot is already an operator of both B787-8s and B787-9s, making SQ the first airline group in the world to operate all three variants of Boeing’s Dreamliner family of aircraft. SQ has installed a new type of regional Business Class layout and seat on its Dreamliner fleet, which I found to be very comfortable and definitely a step up from it subpar A330 Business Class product. SQ’s B787-10s are used for flights up to eight hours, with current destinations including Osaka, Perth, Bali, Bangkok, Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City.

SQ features in my top 10 lists of the best airlines for longhaul Business Class, the best airlines for longhaul First Class, the most luxurious A380 First Class products, the world’s best airlines for in-flight meals, and the best First Class amenity kits.

Have you ever flown SQ’s B787 Business Class? What was your experience? Leave a comment below.

  • Trip: Bali (DEN) to Singapore (SIN)
  • Airline: Singapore Airlines (SQ)
  • Aircraft type: Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
  • Aircraft registration number: 9V-SCF
  • Flight Number: SQ943
  • Date: July 27, 208
  • On time departure: yes (1.30 pm)
  • On time arrival: yes (4 pm)
  • Miles: 1040
  • Flight time: 2 hours & 30 minutes
  • Seat: 19A
  • Class: Business

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

  1. Cost of my ticket
  2. Premier Lounge at Bali Airport
  3. Facts & figures about SQ’s B787
  4. Business Class cabin
  5. Business Class seat (+ best & worst seats)
  6. Amenities
  7. Meals
  8. Entertainment
  9. Onboard internet
  10. Other inflight experiences (views, crew, lavatory)
  11. My verdict (score)

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1. COST OF MY TICKET

I paid 17,500 KrisFleyer miles + $21 SGD (Singaporian dollar) for the one way journey from Bali to Singapore. KrisFlyer is the frequent flyer program of SQ.


2. PREMIER LOUNGE AT BALI AIRPORT

Since SQ doesn’t have its own lounge at Bali Airport, its Business Class passengers as wells as elite members of its frequent flyer program have access to the Premier Lounge, which is a contract lounge used by many other airlines as well (e.g. Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, EVA Air, HongKong Airlines, Jetstar, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, NAM Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, and Thai Airways). The Premier Lounge is one of only three lounges within the international terminal (the other two being T/G and Garuda). All three lounges are located next to each other on a mezzanine level above the main departure hall.

The Premier Lounge is basically a large room comprising several seating areas that are spread around three wood beams. There are several types of seat to choose from, ranging from basic chairs to red circular sectional sofas. One side of the lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows offering a view of the interior of the departure hall. Since the lounge opened less than 3 years ago, the interior is still fairly new looking, although the design – mixing modern elements with traditional Balinese artefacts – is a little tacky IMHO and there are several sign of tear and wear. Two buffet stations take center stage at the lounge, offering a decent but otherwise unremarkable selection of cold and hot items (including both Western and Asian dishes). There’s also a bar where you can order the ‘special of the day’. Other facilities at the lounge include a business center, a meeting room, a kid’s room, and showers. The only real issue I had the with the lounge (apart from its rather unattractive decor and uninspiring food) is that the place gets very crowded since it only offers a limited amount of seats for number of airlines (and passengers) it serves.

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3. FACTS & FIGURES ABOUT SQ’S B787 
  • The B787-10 is constructed using lightweight composite materials.
  • Its length of 68 m (223 ft) makes the B787-10 the longest variant of the Boeing Dreamliner family of aircraft.
  • The plane uses 25% less fuel per passenger compared to other, older aircraft of similar size.
  • The B787-10 is 8 decibels quieter during departure and takeoff compared to other aircraft.
  • The B787-10’s unique Smoother Ride Technology features “smart sensors” that detect turbulence and are designed to reduce motion sickness eightfold.
  • The B787-10’s flight range is 7500 mi (11910 km); that’s less than the B787-9 variant, which has a flight range of 8786 mi (or 14140 km).
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER
SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER
SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER
SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER
SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER
SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER
SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER
SINGAPORE AIRLINES BOEING 787-10 DREAMLINER

4. BUSINESS CLASS CABIN

The Boeing 787-10 features SQ’s new regional cabin product, configured with 337 seats in two classes: 36 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 301 recliner seats in Economy Class. All 36 Business Class seats are located in one large cabin and are arranged in a staggered 1-2-1 layout, spread over 9 rows. Each seat faces forward, has direct aisle access, and is located within a large, curved, silver-grey shell, providing complete privacy for all passengers. There are two alternating row layouts:

  • The layout in rows 12, 15, 17 and 19 sees the passengers in seats A and K located directly next to the window, with a large console between them and the aisle. In these rows, the middle seats D and F are separated from each other by a large compartment in the plane’s center, formed by the consoles of both seats.
  • The layout in rows 11, 14, 16, 18 and 20 differs regarding the location of the seat console. The console in window seats A and K is located next to the window, so passengers here are seated more along the aisle than the window (with the views partly obscured because of the console). In these rows, the middle seats D and F are next to one another with both consoles located on the aisle side, turning these seats into a private mini-suite that is perfect for couples or friends traveling together (adjustable dividers can be raised if you are seated next to a stranger though).

The regional Business Class product onboard SQ’s B787 is a huge improvement compared to what is offered on the carrier’s fleet of regionally configured Airbus A330s (which I reviewed here). The later comprises 30 Business Class seats per aircraft, arranged in five rows with a standard 2-2-2 configuration (meaning that not al passengers have direct aisle access). So if you have a choice, always make sure that you are booked on a B787 for one of SQ’s intra-Asian flights, especially on routes where SQ operates multiple aircraft types (such as the Bali to/from Singapore route).

Click here for a seat map of SQ’s Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN (INFLIGHT)
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS CABIN (INFLIGHT)

5. BUSINESS CLASS SEATS (+ BEST & WORST SEATS)

I had selected seat 19A for the 2,5 hour flight to Singapore.

Manufactured by Stelia Aerospace, SQ’s B787-10 regional Business Class seat has a generous pitch of 44 inch (111 cm) but is only 22 inch (56 cm) wide, so it may feel a little tight if you are a ‘passenger of size’. Fortunately, the seat width can be increased to a more comfortable 26 inch (or 66 cm) when you lower the retractable armrests.

Each seat is located within a curved shell, whose inner side is covered in soft Alcantara padding with a quilted pattern, a material frequently used to fit the interiors of sport cars. Not only does this design element add a touch of luxury to the seat, it also absorbs the plane’s sounds, hereby reducing the overall levels of cabin noise and enhancing a ‘cocoon’ effect. A light panel is located within the shell at eye-level, comprising 3 LED spot beams that are angled to illuminate different parts of the seat.

Each seat has a large console on the side. The console’s upper part holds a small storage cabinet, a concealed mirror, and a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports. The console’s lower part features a cocktail table doubling as a working surface, a control panel for the seat’s lighting and position, and a handset for the inflight entertainment. As explained above, the location of the console differs from seat to seat, with some seats having the console on their aisle side while others have the console on the window side or along the plane’s centerline. The seats with the console on the aisle side are the most private ones, but less accessible because the gap between the console and the seat in front is quite narrow.

Each Business Class seat comes with a 18 inch full high-definition touchscreen monitor. A large tray table is hidden under the TV screen, and needs to be pulled out and folded open for any use. Below the TV screen is also a generously spaced foot cubby, with some storage space underneath. This ottoman becomes part of the bed when the seat is reclined into its fully flat position, and although the bed is quite narrow, its length of 76 inches (190 cm) is more than adequate, even for tall passengers.

What are the best Business Class seats on SQ’s B787? Click here for a seat map.

  • Solo travelers should go for one of the window seats (A and K). The seats with the cabinet on the aisle side are the most private ones since they are somewhat sheltered from the cabin. These seats are located in rows 12, 15, 17 and 19.
  • The dual and more intimate seats in the center of the cabin (D and E) which have their consoles on the aisle side are perfect for partners traveling together. These ‘honeymoon seats’ are located in rows 11, 14, 16, 18 and 20.
  • The bulkhead seats in row 11 not only feature more leg room, but they also have extra space next to the TV screen which can be used as either a bassinet or storage area.

What are the worst Business Class seats on SQ’s B787? Click here for a seat map.

  • If you are ‘passenger of size’, I suggest to avoid the seats with the console on the aisle side because of the narrow gap between the cabinet and the seat in front (wich may prove a real challenge to access the seat).
  • Solo travelers should avoid the honeymoon seats in the plane’s center, although an adjustable divider can be raised for complete privacy if you are seated next to a stranger.
  • Passengers seated in row 11 and 20 may occasionally suffer from noise from the lavatories and galley.
  • Seats 16A and 16K have no window and are thus best avoided.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT

SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT

SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS BULHEAD SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS BULHEAD SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: BUSINESS CLASS SEAT

6. AMENITIES

Passengers traveling on SQ’s regional Business Class receive the following amenities:

  • A high-quality blanket
  • A stylish, colorful pillow
  • Noise canceling headphones (to block the noise from the engines and cabin); you cannot take these home as the headphones can only be powered within an aircraft.
  • An amenity kit is not provided. Penhaligon toiletries (e.g. hand lotion, facial mist and fragrance) are available though in the lavatories in case you would need them.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: AMENITIES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: AMENITIES - PILLOW
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: AMENITIES – PILLOW
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: AMENITIES - BLANKET
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: AMENITIES – BLANKET
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES

7. MEALS

A light lunch was offered during this 2,5 hour flight. Due to the short duration of the flight, the different meal courses were served all at once on one tray. The menu read as follows:

  • Appetizer: marinated prawns with lime pepper vinaigrette and papaya asian slaw salad.
  • Main course: seared salmon fillet in tomato black olive vinaigrette with lentil carrot stew and squash.
  • Dessert: kue mutiara, indonesian jackfruit sago coconut pudding.

IMHO, the food was decent but not great.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: PRE-DEPARTURE DRINK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: PRE-DEPARTURE DRINK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: PRE-DEPARTURE DRINK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: PRE-DEPARTURE DRINK
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: PRE-DEPARTURE HOT TOWEL
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: PRE-DEPARTURE HOT TOWEL
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: MENU
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LUNCH

8. ENTERTAINMENT

Each seat features an 18 inch, high-resolution touchscreen monitor which can also be controlled by a handset located in the seat’s console. SQ’s inflight entertainment system, called KrisWorld, features more than 1800 on demand options including tons of movies, television programmes, music, games and apps.

SQ also offers a Companion App that allows you to discover what is playing on KrisWorld even before you step onboard. Via the app, you can browse content pre-flight and place movies and TV shows in a folder that you can access on board by linking your smart phone to your tv screen. You simply need to download the free SingaporeAir mobile app from Google Play or App Store to enjoy this features.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

9. ONBOARD INTERNET

WiFi is available on SQ’s B787-10 and of reasonable speed. To access the onboard internet, you need to enable WiFi on your smart phone, tablet or laptop, and connect to the ‘KrisWorld’ or ‘OnAir’ network. SQ offers 30 MB of complimentary data to Business Class passengers and members of its loyalty program. Once your data have been used, you have to pay, and unfortunately, the rates are on the high side and data limited:

  • Basic (30 minutes; maximum of 30 MB data): $4.99 USD
  • Standard (3 hours; maximum of 150 MB data): $12,99 USD
  • Pro (entire flight; maximum of 500 MB data): $29.99 USD

10. OTHER INFLIGHT EXPERIENCES

#CREW: Dressed in her signature sarong kebaya, the female SQ flight attendant is the symbol of Asian hospitality recognised the world over. But besides being an iconic eyecatcher, SQ cabin crew – both male and female – are often regarded as the best in the industry, and with good reason. They address every customer by name and do all they can to make your flight as enjoyable as possible. The flight on this crew was great, but perhaps not as exceptional as the cabin crew I encountered during my First Class journey onbaord SQ’s new A380.

# TOILET: There are 2  bathrooms in the galley between the cockpit and the Business Class cabin. As mentioned above, the lavatories are stocked with Penhaligon toiletries (e.g. hand lotion, facial mist and fragrance).

SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LAVATORY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: LAVATORY

# VIEWS: We enjoyed clear weather all the way from Bali to Singapore, affording sublime views of Indonesia’s majestic volcanic landscape.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS
SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787: INFLIGHT VIEWS

11. MY VERDICT
  • Premier lounge (Bali): 6/10
  • Cabin design: 8/10
  • Seat comfort (upright): 8/10
  • Seat comfort (bed position): 8/10
  • Food (quality):  8/10
  • Food (quantity): 9/10
  • Inflight entertainment : 9/10
  • WiFi: 8/10
  • Service: 10/10
  • Overall experience: exceptional: 8,2/10

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Travel tip: how to book Ritz-Carlton hotels at the cheapest rate?

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel conteststipsseries, or news.

Today (October 12, 2018): how to get maximum value when booking a Ritz-Carlton hotel?

Ritz-Carlton is an American hotel company, founded in 1983, that is now part of the Marriott group. The company manages more than 90 luxury hotels and resorts across 30 countries and territories in the world, including famous properties such as Hotel Arts in Barcelona, the Mandapa Reserve in Bali, and the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. Ritz-Carlton has been recognized with numerous awards for being the gold standard of hospitality.

Although the Ritz-Carlton hotels greatly vary in room rates, ranging from relatively cheap to insanely expensive, there are several tips & tricks to save hundreds of dollars when staying at one of the brand’s hotels and resorts. I hereby share with you the 4 best strategies – at least in my opinion – for booking a room (or even suite) into a Ritz-Carlton property. You can share your own tricks in the comments below.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
THE RITZ-CARLTON, KOH SAMUI, THAILAND


1. BOOK VIA THE OFFICIAL RITZ-CARLTON WEBSITE

You may think that booking via the official Ritz-Carlton website is a good idea, and that’s partly true because of the following benefits:

  • You earn Marriott Rewards points every time you stay at a hotel of the Mariott Group, including Ritz-Carlton properties. Marriott Rewards is the excellent loyalty program of the Marriott Hotel group, and allows you to earn points that can be redeemed for free (or heavily discounted) hotel nights at Ritz-Carlton hotels (read my review of Marriott Rewards here). You earn 10 base points for every US dollar spent on all qualifying charges with stays at the Marriott group. Marriott Rewards elite members automatically receive a bonus on all the points they earn: Silver Elites earn a 10% bonus, Gold Elites a 25% bonus, Platinum Elites a 50% bonus, and Platinum Premier Elites a 75% bonus.
  • Ritz-Carlton offers a best rate guarantee (BRG) when you book via the official hotel website. If you find a lower rate for the same hotel, room type and dates within 24 hours of making your reservation, you need to submit a BRG claim form. A Ritz-Carlton representative will review the claim, and if approved, Ritz-Carlton will match the rate and give you an additional 25% discount on the room or 5,000 Marriott Rewards points (up to your choice). Finding a better rate is not difficult at all, as I explained in my tips for booking a luxury hotel at the cheapest price. The BRG does not apply to The Ritz-Carlton Residences or partner hotels, including Ritz-Carlton Montreal, The Ritz London, and Hotel Ritz Madrid.
  • Elite members of Marriott Rewards are well treated, with – amongst other benefits – complimentary room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out (when available). To enjoy those benefits, the room has to be booked though through an official Ritz-Carlton booking channel or a luxury travel agent involved in the Virtuoso or Ritz-Carlton Stars programs (more on that below).

However, I advice you to think twice before you book via the official Ritz-Carlton website because of the following reasons:

  • Ritz-Carlton’s most exclusive properties – The Reserves – do not participate in Marriott Rewards, so you cannot earn hotel points at Ritz-Carlton Reserves nor use them for a free stay here.
  • While Marriott Reward elite members also receive a welcome gift and free breakfast at other hotels within Marriott’s portfolio, this is – unfortunately and somewhat inexplicably – not the case at Ritz-Carlton Hotels. A complimentary breakfast is only included at selected Ritz-Carlton properties when you book via Ritz-Carlton Stars and Virtuoso (more on that below).
THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG, CHINA
THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG, CHINA

2. BOOK VIA RITZ-CARLTON STARS

The Ritz-Carlton hotel group launched a invitation-only benefits program for luxury travel agents (such as Lance and Ania from Classic Travel, who I partner with and use for my own travels).  It is called Ritz-Carlton Stars, and when you book a stay at a Ritz-Carlton hotel via one of these agents, it will get you a far better deal than booking directly via the official Ritz-Carlton website. Ritz-Carlton Star rates are similar to the best flexible rates on the official Ritz-Carlton website and will earn points and stay credit in the Marriott Rewards loyalty program. Booking via Ritz Carlton Stars comes at no extra costs and the following benefits are valid for stays at all hotels within the Ritz-Carlton portfolio:

  • Complimentary daily breakfast for 2
  • Preferred status for room or suite upgrade at time of check-in
  • 4 pm late checkout – priority request
  • First priority for your room type, location, bedding and connecting rooms
  • Top priority waitlist in sold out situations
  • No walk policy in sold out situations
  • Warm welcome from hotel management
  • Pre-registration and express check- in upon request

So basically, you are leaving money on the table if you book directly via the Ritz-Carlton website and not via Ritz-Carlton Stars, since the latter costs the same and comes with complimentary breakfast in addition to other perks (e.g. upgrade and late check-out).

THE RITZ-CARLTON BALI, INDONESIA
THE RITZ-CARLTON BALI, INDONESIA

3. BOOK VIA VIRTUOSO (= MY PREFERRED METHOD OF BOOKING)

More than half of the Ritz-Carlton hotels belong to the portfolio of Virtuoso. Virtuoso is not your classic hotel booking engine website. It’s the industry’s leading, invitation-only network of the world’s best luxury travel advisors, spanning over 26 countries and 9,000 travel advisors. So when you book a Ritz-Carlton hotel via Virtuoso, most of the time, you will be in touch with a Virtuoso travel agent who will make the booking for you. There are some Virtuoso travel agencies though that offer an online booking tool, such as Classic Travel, which has an excellent website and is my overall preferred Virtuoso travel agency for booking a luxury hotel.

Booking via Virtuoso instead of via the Ritz-Carlton website has the following benefits:

  • The single best reason to book a Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel through a Virtuoso travel agent is that it means value for money as you’ll get access to complimentary VIP perks, such as room upgrade, flexible check-in and check-out times, daily breakfast and a substantial resort, spa, or food credit (or something else). While the exact perks differ from hotel to hotel, they can easily be worth a few hundred dollars per night.
  • In most cases, the Virtuoso rate is identical to the Best Available Rate (BAR) found on the official Ritz-Carlton website, which is a flexible rate that can be cancelled without penalty. For that reason, you’re leaving money on the table if you book a paid stay at the best available rate (BAR) via the Ritz-Carlton website and not via Virtuoso.
  • You will earn points and stay credits in the Marriott Rewards loyalty program.

At first sight, Virtuoso looks very similar to the Ritz-Carlton Stars program. Personally, I find the Virtuoso program a much better deal because it includes a resort credit of up to $100 USD at most Ritz-Carlton hotels (something not offered by the Ritz-Carlton Stars program), although the Ritz-Carlton Stars program covers more Ritz-Carlton properties compared to Virtuoso.


4. BOOK VIA YOUR CREDIT CARD CONCIERGE

When you own an American Express credit card, you can book selected Ritz-Carlton properties via Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts. This will offer you the same benefits as when you would book these hotels via Virtuoso (although Virtuoso includes much more Ritz-Carlton properties):

  • Room upgrade upon arrival when available
  • Daily (continental) breakfast for two people
  • Guaranteed late 4pm check-out time
  • Noon check-in when available
  • A spa, food, and/or beverage credit (valued at a minimum of US$ 100 USD)

When you own a Citi Prestige Card (USA citizens only) you can make use of the fourth night free benefit: when you book a four night stay at a participating Ritz-Carlton property, you get reimbursed the cost of the fourth night, minus any taxes and service fees. The fourth night benefit is calculated based on the average nightly rate of your complete stay. Reservations must be made through Thankyou.com or the Citi Prestige Concierge and you must pay for your stay with your Citi Prestige Card, ThankYou points, or a combination of the two. There are a few things to be aware of, though:

  • You can only use the fourth night free benefit when booking the best available rate (BAR).
  • You can’t combine the Citi Prestige fourth night free with the benefits offered via Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Prive and/or Virtuoso. The latter often represent a much better deal.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, SHANGHAI
THE RITZ-CARLTON, SHANGHAI

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Top 10 best Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts in the world

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (October 8, 2018): Top 10 best Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts in the world.

100 years of history. Countless rewards. With an unshakeable credo and corporate philosophy of un-wavering commitment to service, The Ritz-Carlton has been recognized with numerous awards for being the gold standard of hospitality. The Ritz-Carlton company is today a subsidiary of the Marriott Hotel group and operates more than 90 hotels in more than in 30 countries and territories. I hereby present you the Ritz-Carlton properties that most impressed me during all my years of traveling.

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

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10. THE RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA, HAWAII, USA

Boasting 54 stunning acres on the northwestern tip of the island of Maui, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua proudly maintains the Honokahua Preservation Site, a recognized “wahi pana” (sacred site) that lies adjacent to the resort and serves as a destination where Native Hawaiians can gather to conduct ceremonies and protocol. The resort offers 463 fully-renovated guestrooms, including 107 Residential Suites, featuring dark wood floors, new marble bathrooms, flat-screen LCD televisions and Hawaiian inspired artwork. The Ritz Carlton Kapalua also features six restaurants, a fitness center with spectacular ocean views, a spa, renovated meeting space, children’s pool and the Ambassadors of the Environment program for children and teens 5-18 years old.

  • Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  • Other accolades: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua also features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Hawaii.
  • Tip: get free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).

THE RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA, HAWAII, USA


9. HOTEL ARTS BARCELONA, A RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL, SPAIN

Iconic design, incredible culinary experiences and the sparkling Mediterranean are what draw visitors to Barcelona, Spain. These elements are also what attract luxury travelers to Hotel Arts Barcelona. With famed architect Frank Gehry’s iconic fish sculpture – known as Peix in Catalan – anchoring its entrance, the property rises 44 stories above the seafront, making this Barcelona hotel’s façade of blue glass and exposed steel a true beacon of luxury. From a contemporary collection of artistic masterpieces to stunning accommodations that include 28 luxury duplex apartments, to award-winning dining, this luxury Barcelona hotel provides guests with unparalleled access to all this vibrant destination has to offer.

  • Hotel websiteHotel Arts Barcelona
  • Other accolades: Hotel Arts Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel also features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in Spain.
  • Tip: Enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).

HOTEL ARTS BARCELONA, A RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL, SPAIN


8. PHULAY BAY, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, THAILAND

At Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, white sand and blue skies converge with the Andaman Sea to reveal one of the most captivating luxury beach resorts in Asia. From your first glance, Phulay Bay elicits a sense of jaw-dropping awe and blissful joy. Designed for the discerning traveler, this exquisite eco-resort’s 54 villas meld seamlessly into their stunning environs while providing incredible indulgences. You’ll find spacious verandas with inviting lounges, indoor/outdoor baths, rainforest showers and 24-hour attention to your every whim. Blending the soothing rhythms of the Andaman Sea with extraordinary treatment, the spa leaves you in a blissful state of relaxation. Phulay Bay’s restaurants present a culinary voyage inspired by the flavors of the world.

  • Hotel websitePhulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • 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).

PHULAY BAY, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, THAILAND


7. THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIFORNIA, USA

Perched atop a seaside bluff and surrounded by panoramic views of the Pacific and the sandy shores of Salt Creek Beach below, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a coastal haven, located halfway between LA and San Diego, along the coast of Dana Point. Sprawling shoreline vistas create awe-inspiring memories from the moment of arrival. The 396 guest rooms include 30 suites and 32 Ritz-Carlton Club Level rooms, all featuring a secluded patio or balcony with delightful views of the ocean or poolside gardens. The resort embraces its Southern California roots at every opportunity, from sea-inspired treatments at the spa and locally sourced restaurant menus to family-friendly eco-adventures.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIFORNIA, USA


6. THE RITZ-CARLTON WOLFSBURG, GERMANY

The architecturally renowned Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg is the most elegant hotel in Germany’s most prosperous city, which is home to Volkswagen’s worldwide headquarters. Adjacent to the Volkswagen factory, the hotel demands that you swot up on pioneering architecture before you arrive. Armed with the right terminology, you’ll be primed to describe the style nuances of the hotel’s interior designer Elliott Barnes. It will also help keep your mouth closed when you see the hotel’s jaw-dropping floating pool. Inspired by an industry that thrives on mobility, this luxury hotel offers 170 stylish guest rooms and exclusive suites, a soothing  spa, and award-winning restaurants, including the 3-Star Michelin-rated AQUA, the epitome of modern European dining.

THE RITZ-CARLTON WOLFSBURG, GERMANY


5. DORADO BEACH, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, PUERTO RICO

Somewhere between idyllic and perfection sits a Puerto Rico resort of such intimate luxury and rare character, it calls to those who believe every journey should be a voyage of discovery. Once a 1,400-acre sugar plantation, Dorado Beach caught the eye of visionary Laurance Rockefeller, who transformed the lush landscape into Puerto Rico’s most exclusive luxury resort. With its serene coastline, private residences, spa sanctuary, and a harmonious sense of place that blends masterfully into the natural surroundings, Dorado Beach, invites guests to arrive spellbound, and depart speechless. With only 115 guestrooms spread across 50 acres and one mile (1,6 km) of beachfront, an unparalleled level of individualized guest service awaits you.

DORADO BEACH, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, PUERTO RICO


4. THE RITZ-CARLTON RAS AL KHAIMAH, AL WADI DESERT, UAE

Just one hour north of Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al khaimah, Al Wadi Desert invites guests to connect with nature and culture amid the beauty of a 1,235-acre protected preserve (where you interact with Arabian gazelles, camels and oryxes). The exclusive desert resort comprises an Asian-inspired spa, a 18-hole championship golf course and four dining venues. The 101 all-pool tented villas come in the style of traditional Bedouin nomadic dwelling and feature modern villa furnishings in classic Arab style. The resort can arrange a desert trek on camel- or horseback, a private archery lesson or an evening of stargazing.

THE RITZ-CARLTON RAS AL KHAIMAH, AL WADI DESERT, UAE


3. THE RITZ-CARLTON KYOTO, JAPAN

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto describes itself as an international modern-day luxury ryokan. Creating an experience that seamlessly blends the centuries-old traditions of Kyoto with the finest services and facilities that The Ritz-Carlton is renowned for, the property’s ladies and gentlemen truly bring to life the cultural heart of Japan. The hotel is built on banks of the Kamagawa River on land that was gifted to the original owners in the early shogunate era five centuries ago. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto has 134 rooms and suites, and enjoys panoramic 180 degree views of the Higashiyama mountains in the East which turn a rich shade of imperial purple at sunset.

  • Hotel website: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
  • Other accolades: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto also features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in Japan.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • Review: read my review of The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto here.


2. THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG

Being the highest hotel in the world, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is situated on the West Kowloon waterfront, a prestigious address with luxury residential development. Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre, it offers magnificent and unrivaled views of the city and the Victoria Harbor. Soaring architectural elements encrusted with custom glass artwork echo the signature glamour of the city below. All 312 luxurious guest rooms provide state-of-the-art technology. Guests can enjoy Italian specialties at Michelin-star Tosca or Cantonese favorites at two-Michelin-star Tin Lung Heen. The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA takes wellness to new heights with its infinity swimming pool with glass walls opening to the harbor below.


1. MANDAPA, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, BALI, INDONESIA

Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for “temple,” Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, stands as a tropical shrine dedicated to the self. Fronting the Ayung River near the Ubud jungle, the hotel replicates a traditional Balinese village, complete with working rice paddies. Showcasing the architecture and craftsmanship of the area, each of the 60 luxury suites and villas features a private outdoor space (some of them with pools) with views of the river or surrounding scenery. Four restaurants serve health-conscious cuisine sourced from the organic garden, although you can also arrange a romantic dinner overlooking the river or rice terrace. The spa offers a variety of programs focused on physical and spiritual well-being.

  • Hotel websiteMandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • Other accolades: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, also features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in Bali.
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • Review: coming soon.


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Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan (Ubud, Bali)

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

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


Today (October 3, 2018): Review of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Voted #1 hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2018, Four Seasons Resort Sayan encapsulates Bali at its philosophical and soulful best: a sublime hillside haven where man, humanity and nature unite with purest intent. Only a ten-minute drive from the stylish boutiques, artist ateliers and atmospheric eateries of boho-chic Ubud, Four Seasons Sayan is an inspiring base from which to explore Bali’s cultural heart or to retreat into nature’s meditative embrace. Guests arrive via a dramatic bridge, beneath which the Ayung River valley spreads its tropical arms. From the gravity-defying rooftop lotus pond, the property cascades down the hill to the two-tiered swimming pool, cantilevered over the river, through an enchanting forest that cocoons just 60 suites and villas.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan features in my top 10 lists of the best hotels in Bali and the world’s most spectacular hotel lobbies.

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is located in the heart of Bali’s spiritual center, Ubud. Set in the island’s central uplands, Ubud is just one hour’s drive north of Ngurah Rai International airport and the beach resorts of southern Bali. This traditional country town offers a treasure trove of cultural landmarks, ranging from ancient temples and Hindu shrines to majestic age-old royal palaces and moss-covered ruins. Inspired by the fresh mountain air and vibrant Balinese festivals, Ubud became an elite artistic colony in the 1930’s, attracting eminent European painters, writers and musicians, and has now grown into one of Indonesia’s most famous tourist sights (also because of its starring role in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’). Complementary shuttle runs throughout the day between the hotel and town.
  • Surrounded by fragrant gardens and cooled by breezy mountains, the Four Seasons sanctuary enjoys a coveted hillside setting, nestled between two rivers in the Sayan Valley: the sacred Ayung River with its holy springs and ancient temples, and the Subak River, which is part of Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed irrigation network. Although the entrance to the property’s driveway is located just off a busy road, you feel transported to a world apart inside the resort, to a tropical heaven where tranquillity, positive energies and natural beauty take over hectic pace of daily life. As the property cascades down the hillside to the Ayung River, all you see are lotus ponds, patches of tall grasses, and rice paddies against a backdrop of verdant jungle.
  • The property features one of the most dramatic hotel entrances you’ll ever see. Guests arrive via a show-stopping footbridge, suspended high above the jungle canopy and leading to a highly Instagrammable, infinity-edge lotus pond, seemingly suspended in the air and floating above the treetops. From this rooftop pond deck, a wooden staircase spirals down into the hotel’s main, multi-level, open-air pavilion, where you find the lobby (top level), main restaurant (one level down) and wellnes center (two levels down). Two accommodation wings – housing 18 suites – spread out on each side of the main pavilion and look out over the resort’s 18 acres of lush, green-terraced rice slopes (where you find 42 private pool villas).
  • The hotel’s remarkable design and innovating architecture beautifully echoes the curves and waves of the surrounding, lush landscape. The heart of the property is the dramatic upside-down main pavilion, crowned with its arrival foot bridge and lotus pond (cf above). Designed by London-based architect John Heah – who was inspired by early James Bond films – the eye-catching pavilion’s exterior is somewhat reminiscent of a futuristic space ship (in part due to its elliptical shape) but still perfectly blends into the tropical environment. John Heah described the design as a “rice bowl”: guests enter along a “spoon” (a teak-and-steel footbridge spanning a tributary of the river) and pop out into the center of a “bowl” (the spherical main structure, with its sweeping, 180-degree views of the valley).
  • With only 60 rooms (grouped into 18 suites and 42 villas), the property is small by Four Seasons standards, which is exactly what makes this hotel so appealing. The spacious suites are set in two wings extending from the main building and mimicking the contours of the adjacent cliff. They are reached through dark corridors that run past stone monoliths and a good collection of traditional Indonesian and abstract Western art. These suites come with sitting rooms that feature stone and teak floors, comfortable furniture, small desks, genuine antiques, reproductions, dual-line phones, data ports, stereos, large TVs, minibars, half-baths and small balconies. Bedrooms feature king beds, elegant weavings, second phones and TVs. All suites have large furnished terraces that enjoy views of the gardens and rice paddies.
  • The 42 elegant villas are dotted across the sprawling grounds, some within walking distance of the main building and others a quick electric buggy ride away. Each of these villas has a private plunge pool and enjoys complete privacy. During my visit, I stayed in a magnificent one bedroom villa, whose entrance was one floor above the spacious indoor and outdoor living quarters. The decor was a mix of contemporary and traditional Balinese, with handsome teak furniture and bamboo woodwork throughout and beige wicker furniture on the terrace. The bedroom featured a four-poster bed draped in fine white nets. Clad in vibrant red tiles, the lavish marble bathroom came with a freestanding tub, his and her sinks, a rain shower, a wood-panelled walk-in closet and an outdoor shower.
  • As an alternative for relaxing in the privacy of your own lavish jungle villa, you may want to chill near the resort’s pool. Located on the banks of the Ayung River, in front of the main hotel building’s lowest floor, the resort’s pool area is a cool and relaxing oasis and the perfect hangout spot. The large, two-level, infinity edged pool follow the river’s natural contours and is surrounded by an expensive wooden deck furnished with comfortable chaises loungers. It offers great views of the lush jungle, the sacred river and the many rafters passing by. Pool service is offered, and you can enjoy snacks or lunch here, either served at your sunbed or at the Riverside Café, which overlooks the pool deck (more on that below).
  • Not surprisingly, there’s a huge emphasis on wellness at the extraordinary spa, which is spread over two distinct and separate facilities. Three treatment rooms are located inside a set of exclusive villas at the Sacred River Spa located on the banks of the Ayung River. The four other rooms are located on the main building’s lowest floor, near the well equipped gym, a fabulous outdoor deck with three Jacuzzi (overlooking the jungle), and the locker rooms with gender segregated sauna and steam room. I recommend trying one of the Chakra Ceremonies, such as the 150-minute Anahata, which focuses on heart work, comprising a rose quartz crystal chest massage followed by heart-shaped basti filled with healing damascena rose otto placed over the heart and a loving, rose oil full body massage.
  • Yoga aficionados will feel at home at the hotel’s beautiful bamboo yoga bale (an open pavilion), which is set above an idyllic riverside rice field. The bale specializes in anti-gravity yoga, in which you are weightless in a yoga swing and off the ground for the poses. A dynamic and groundbreaking ‘flying’ practice, anti-gravity yoga combines athletic strength with the motion of dance in a session that lengthens the spine and improves flexibility. In addition, daily complimentary meditation and yoga classes are offered, combining the freedom and health benefits of laughter with yogic breathing (pranayama) and asanas (poses).
  • In addition to in-room dining, the hotel offers three terrific dining options:
    • Ayung Terrace is the property’s fine dining restaurant, located inside the main hotel building one floor below the lobby. At night, it serves innovative Indonesian dishes, made with vibrant spices and the freshest ingredients, alongside captivating river views. Each morning, an excellent à la carte breakfast is served here (think eggs, pancakes and Indonesian specialities) in addition to a fruit station.
    • The Riverside Café is a more intimate dining venue perched above the swimming pool. It serves light Mediterranean fare at lunch, while it becomes a smart, contemporary grill in the evening.
    • Not to be missed is the Chef’s Table at Sokasi, an open-air 100% bamboo pavilion set on the banks of the Ayung river. Here, you’ll be served an intimate seven-course dinner, cooked right in front of you at Sokasi’s open kitchen. Highlights include babi guling suckling pig marinated with base genep thousand-spice paste and bebek betutu whole duck slow-roasted in a traditional clay pot oven.
  • Due to the high privacy and its stellar reputation, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a magnet for many celebrities who visit Bali. The hotel’s most famous guest was USA President Barack Obama, who stayed here in 2016 when he took his family to Bali (the former president lived in Indonesia for a few years as a child). The Obamas stayed at the resort’s Royal Villa, a three-story, three-bedroom residence with a prime position overlooking the Ayung River, forest highlands and rice terraces. Hollywood actress Julia Roberts stayed in the exact same villa for three months while she was filming the popular movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
  • The property has won numerous prestigious travel awards and has featured on the cover of countless flossy travel magazines. Most recently, it has been voted the #1 World’s Top Hotel by Travel&Leisure, in recognition of the unique location, architecture and experiences that connect guests with the cultural heart of Bali. In announcing the winner of the World’s Best Awards 2018, Travel + Leisure highlighted the Resort’s “sense of calm” combined with “innovative and modern” new experiences awaiting guests.
  • Both management and staff at the property provide exceptional service. Miraculously, everyone at the resort seems to know your name and what you want before you even know it yourself. In addition to the stellar service, a wide range of complimentary activities is available to all guests, including a selection of yoga classes, guided walks, cycling, life talk series, meditation classes and Balinese dance performances. The activities vary from day to day.
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is one of two properties on the island of Bali managed by Four Seasons. The other hotel is the beachfront Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, which I reviewed here. This has the advantage that guests can combine two exotic experiences on Bali under the umbrella of the famous Four Seasons brand. You can try ocean living at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, and escape to a private rainforest sanctuary on the Ayung River at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is hands down one of the best resorts in Bali. There’s little to say against this majestic rainforest sanctuary, although you need the know the following when considering a stay here:

  • The resort grounds are quite extensive and feature many steep paths due to the hillside location. Although efficient 24/7 buggy service is provided to all guests, you’ll still have to negotiate many steps, which may be challenging for those guests having difficulties with walking. This is especially true in the hotel’s 3-level main pavilion (which does not feature an elevator), and within the accommodations (most villas can only be accessed by a staircase and the duplex suites feature a staircase between the living and sleeping area).
  • The property is more than 20 years old, but it has weathered well and is perfectly maintained, partly thanks to extensive use of wood, which ensures the resort is reflective of local, timeless architecture. It also underwent a major renovation not long ago, so everything looks quite new. That said, if you are looking for a hotel with a modern design and trendy vibe, you will be disappointed here (but why would you want that in the rainforest of Ubud?).
  • The pool area is quite small for a resort of this caliber. In addition, the number of loungers on the pool deck is limited, so it may be difficult to find a spot here when the resort runs at full capacity. That said, most guests will prefer to lounge near the private pool of their villa, so this is not a major issue for most of the time.
  • Contrary to most Four Seasons properties, the property does not feature an adult’s only area, so from time to time, families with younger children can disturb the peaceful bliss at the riverside pool.
  • The resort is expensive, but you should know that going in. It’s a Four Season property and one of the best in the world after all. That said, the Four Seasons is not any more expensive than its competitors in the luxury resort experience on the island. Also, if you find the resort’s delicious food to be too expensive, you can always take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Ubud town, where you find many cheap eateries.

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

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Save money: read my tips for getting the best deal at a Four Seasons property (and/or receive many free perks).
  • Save money: enjoy complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • Room tip (suite): The wider, single story suites on the upper level are preferable, since the low-end terrace suites are narrow duplexes with two-story windows.
  • Room tip (villa): Choose a villa fronting the Ayung River or its tributary for views of bathing natives and working farmers.
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

REVIEWS OF OTHER HOTELS IN BALI & INDONESIA

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Located close to the equator, temperatures in Bali hover at a balmy 30°C  (85°F) year-found. The frequency of precipitation is the only concern for travelers seeking to visit this paradise island. Rainy season lasts from October to March, and the heavy humidity and torrential rainfalls make this period more unpredictable for adventures and exploration. The dry season lasts from April to September, and the weather during this time is warm and pleasant, so this is generally viewed as the optimal time to experience Bali at its finest.


HOW TO GET THERE

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a one to two hour’s ride from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (depending upon traffic). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flight to Bali.


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FOUR SEASONS SAYAN: AYUNG TERRACE - DINNER
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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.


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MARINA BAY SANDS: SANDS SKYPARK AT NIGHT
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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
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GARDENS BY THE BAY - CLOUD FOREST
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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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