Singapore

The Premier Room at the Capella Singapore, Singapore

The Premier Room at the Capella Singapore

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Capella Singapore’s $14,000 “Eternally Yours” package includes a Rolls-Royce transfer from the airport, a 5-course gourmet dinner with wine, a “jewelry gift for her,” and a caviar-and-champagne, in-room breakfast.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Taylor Swift and Harry Styles were spotted last weekend singing karaoke at The Greenwich Hotel in New York.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The InterContinental Montreal is offering several packages that include a free night at the Ice Hotel (made entirely of ice!) in the Montreal Snow Village.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Algonquin Hotel has just launched a package that includes meeting Katie Couric, the host of ABC’s “Katie” show.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, spent a few days at Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort, where he booked a $6,000 villa with a private pool and ocean views.

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Oyster Decodes Hotel Points Programs is a new series where we break down hotel rewards programs and give you the inside scoop on how they can save you money.
 
Hotel point programs are not always easy to decipher, and sometimes even we (travel experts, after all) feel we need a guide to understand how they work. But it’s worth the effort it takes to decode: All are free to join, and more often than not, end up saving travelers a significant amount of cash. This week, we’re biting the bullet and starting with cracking the Marriott rewards program, which is one of the most difficult to navigate as guests can redeem their points at over 3,600 locations worldwide across 12 distinctive brands.
 
Marriott properties are divided into eight categories — depending on the hotel brand, location and type — and five tiers.  Members can earn up to 10 points for every dollar spent at Marriott hotels, as well as at Marriott’s partner airlines and rental car companies, which include Hertz, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic. They can then redeem the points earned on hotels, airlines and other services. While advantages of joining the program are numerous, the system is not always straightforward, so we’ve selected some of our favorite hotels in each category and tier where, for a certain number of points (starting at 70,000), you can enjoy a one night stay in a standard room. Start redeeming those points!

Tier 5: 70,000 points

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong - Hong Kong, China

The gorgeous indoor pool has great views and a Jacuzzi

The gorgeous indoor pool has great views and a Jacuzzi

Only a few hotels in Hong Kong deliver the Ritz-Carlton’s level of luxury. Large rooms feature decadent touches, such as plush beds with 400- to 600-thread count linens, iPods and iPod docks, Nespresso coffeemakers, and high-end toiletries. The hotel is set on floors 102 to 118 of Hong Kong’s tallest building, and while acrophobes may not appreciate being this far from the ground, the height does make for breathtaking views — that is, when the sky is clear. Highlights include a stylish indoor pool, sleek gym, and top-notch spa. The Ritz-Carlton is connected to a great shopping mall and corporate offices, and also offers easy access to the airport train and the MTR. However, its location in an up-and-coming business area west of Tsim Sha Tsui is a bit out of the way for leisure travelers.

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The hotel's al fresco bar Lantern is a hotspot among locals and guests.

The hotel's al fresco bar Lantern is a hotspot among locals and guests.

The upscale Fullerton Bay Hotel opened in 2010 and is one of the newest — and hottest – hotels on the Marina Bay waterfront. It’s intimate by Singapore hotel standards (100 rooms), and with its top-notch service and wonderful amenities, the property feels exclusive and private. Spacious rooms have masculine decor, with dark colors and wood accents, and come equipped with high-end amenities, including Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown toiletries, Nespresso coffeemakers, and iPod docks. Double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning bay and skyline views. The vistas can also be enjoyed from the balconies and the deep soaking tubs (note that the glass walls between the tubs and the rooms do have privacy shades). The stylish rooftop bar, the huge pool, and the great dining options round out the experience at this gorgeous boutique. See more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now»

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Pool at the Capella Singapore

Pool at the Capella Singapore

The Capella is an upscale property in historic colonial-style buildings on Sentosa Island. Beautiful rooms have contemporary decor with Asian-inspired touches, and high-end amenities such as rainforest showerheads, iPod docks, and big flat-screen TVs. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off great South China Sea views in most rooms and many rooms have balconies. A soft color palette, hardwood floors, and warm lighting all make rooms even more appealing. This hotel also has a butler assigned to each guest on arrival, a fleet of Mercedes and Rolls-Royce Phantoms, and an excellent spa. The location, away from mainland Singapore, is quiet and relaxed. With fine dining, a comfortable library, a bright fitness room, and lovely outdoor pools, this hotel is a premier luxury pick. Check out more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now»

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A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of attending a luncheon organized by the Singapore Tourism Board. And it truly was a pleasure, munching on traditional specialties like laksa and Hainanese chicken rice while listening to Anthony Bourdain – Singapore’s unofficial spokesperson — wax philosophical about the island nation’s vibrant food culture. Just listening to that man talk about Singapore’s street food and hawker centers is enough to make you book a plane ticket in order to indulge in piping hot beef rendang for a week.

The view from the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

But learning about Singapore was especially interesting for us for one reason in particular: Shortly, Singapore will be a brand new destination added to Oyster! You heard it here first: We have a hotel investigator on the ground in Singapore, hard at work photographing and evaluating hotels – probably as we are writing this.

Below we’re giving you an exclusive SNEAK PEEK at some of the beautiful and truly unbelievable hotels you will see reviewed on Oyster soon.

Check out more photos of a few of Singapore’s luxury hotels after the jump!

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