Wednesday, 27 February 2019

What's Hot in Singapore 2019

Singapore's world-class bar scene
Five bars from Singapore were recognised in the World's Best 50 Bars List for 2018, putting Singapore in the same class as global nightlife hubs, London and New York.
  • Manhattan, which earned its place at #3 on the list, is an elegant art-deco inspired bar fitted with glass elevators and marble floors. The menu is a tour of Manhattan's various neighbourhoods, providing old-school glamour with a New York flare.
  • Atlas Bar is another must-visit and #8 on the list. Home to over 1,000 varieties of gin, the luxurious, gothic-inspired bar offers exquisite food and as you can imagine - an extensive cocktail menu.
  • Native, a bar that uses only regionally-sourced ingredients, draws in travellers with their inventive menu, including basil leaf frozen with liquid nitrogen and garnished with crunchy ants. Native also earned its place at #13 on the list,achieving the 'highest climber' award after being placed at #47 last year.
  • Forest Valley, four storeys of lush greenery (and one of Singapore's largest indoor collection of plants) is perfect for walking up or rejuvenating between shopping and dining stops
  • Rain Vortex - the world's tallest indoor waterfall at 40m high, which transforms into a Light and Sound show after dark
  • Canopy Mazes, a pair of mazes which includes the world's first mirror maze set in a garden
  • Sky Nets, of which one is a 250 metre long bouncing net
  • Over 280 retail stores and eateries with several first-in-Singapore brands such as Shake Shack, Pokémon Center Singapore and Läderach.
  • Village Hotel Sentosa, is a coastal themed hotel boasting 606 rooms specifically for families, delivering a unique experience by the sea. Surrounded by exciting retail and dining experiences, there will be no shortage of family entertainment options.
  • For travelling adults and couples looking for a trendy island getaway, The Outpost Hotel is the perfect choice. Inspired by Sentosa's heritage as a colonial military base, the 193 guestrooms are done in a stylish interpretation of colonial black and white design. In addition, the beautiful rooftop pool and bar provides a picturesque backdrop for any occasion or celebration.
  • Once a military outpost in 1904, The Barracks Hotel is a restored heritage building, taking guests back to a cherished time of romance and charm. With sophisticated decor, the 40 well designed guestrooms tell a story of the hotel's colonial past and the exclusive pool allows guests to lounge with a cocktail or take a dip.
Party all night at Marquee
One of the biggest nightclub brands in the world, Marquee, is slated to hit the shores of Singapore's iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel in 2019. Be dazzled by this new multi-concept dining and entertainment destination that spans across three levels. The venue features a full-sized ferris wheel that overlooks the dancefloor and performances by the brand's bevy of musical residents, including Kaskade, Dash Berlin, Erick Morillo, Andrew Rayel, DJ Khaled, French Montana and Travis
Raffles Hotel
Singapore's iconic Raffles Hotel has unveiled its new line up of dining experiences and celebrity chef collaborations, ahead of its much anticipated reopening in 2019. In early October, Long Bar, an classic favourite known as the birthplace of the iconic Singapore Sling reopened fully restored. Celebrity-chefs Alain Ducasse, Anne-Sophie Pic and Jereme Leung will also enhance the Raffles experience, bringing new mediterranean, french and chinese dining concepts.
Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) is a world-class tourist destination and an extension of Singapore Changi Airport. Set to open in the first half of 2019, Jewel will be the gateway to Singapore, boosting the airport's already impressive offerings that have earned it the title of the 'Best Airport in the World' for six consecutive years by Skytrax.
Jewel's iconic structure with its glass and steel façade was designed by world-renowned architect, Moshe Safdie (the same architect that designed Singapore's iconic Marina Bay Sands). It will be located at the landside, offering a vast array of options to dine, shop, play and stay for travellers arriving for business or leisure, even if only just a matter of hours.
Key attractions and offerings include:
Jewel is seamlessly linked to Terminal 1's Arrival Hall, and is only a short travelator ride from Terminals 2 and 3. Keep your eye on the time, you don't want to miss your flight!
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition at National Gallery Singapore
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. is Asia's first and largest exhibition that looks into the impact of Minimalism, a radical turning point in 20th century art. The exhibition explores the emergence, development and legacies of Minimalism from the 1950s to the present day and features major works by over 60 artists, including Donald Judd, Mark Rothko, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson and Haegue Yang. The Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition is open from the 16th of November to the 14th of April 2019. Tickets range from $10 - $25. Stop and refuel with a cocktail at Smoke & Mirrors, a rooftop bar hidden on the 6th floor of the National Gallery. Here, you can take in the panoramic views of Marina Bay, while you sip on cocktails inspired by the running artworks and exhibitions too!
Six Senses Duxton, Six Senses Maxwell
A new addition to the vibrant Tanjong Pagar historic vicinity, Six Senses Duxton unites a row of heritage trading houses that have been sustainably restored by acclaimed British designer, Anouska Hempel. The design of it's 49 guestrooms have unique individuality so that no two are exactly alike, but include oriental wallpaper from Hempel's personal collection. Located just minutes away, sister hotel, Six Senses Maxwell also opened its doors as of October, with an interior created by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, reflecting authentic colonial-style decor, but with a stylish modern twist.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
This ultra-luxurious, art deco-inspired hotel is housed in the heritage jewel that is the Capitol Building and adjoining Stamford House. Located in Singapore's civic district, the newly opened property features 157 guest rooms, a spa and food & beverage options in classical, elegant surrounds.
New hotels from Far East Hotel Group
Three hotels with a combined 839 rooms are expected to open in Sentosa in mid-2019.
Passion@Kampong Glam
The historical precinct of Kampong Glam will soon be pulsating with an exciting series of festive fun and entertaining activities for both tourists and local residents from 5 October 2018 to 17 March 2019. The activities included are cooking demonstrations with top chefs, live music performances and games and cultural activities, which will take place from 4-6pm Friday to

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Latest Travel and Lifestyle News from Western Australia

WA produce inspires Curtis Stone's new menu
Dishes influenced by WA's fresh flavours and produce are on the menu at Curtis Stone's Los Angeles-based, critically acclaimed restaurant Maude. The Australian celebrity chef recently visited WA to source inspiration for the new menu, which features unique ingredients such as marron, saltbush, wattleseed and macadamia, until the end of March. The dishes will be paired with highly-awarded Margaret River wines, including Leeuwin Estate, Voyager Estate, Happs Wines, Cullen Wines and Moss Wood Wines varieties. Curtis's WA travels were documented for an upcoming episode of a new television series, expected to premiere later this year.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

What's Cool in Washington? #MyDCcool


12 Ways to Celebrate African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

This Black History Month, honor the African American experience at museums, memorials and more throughout the nation's capital. From the city's roots as a vibrant community for African Americans to the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC is rich with African American history and culture. Check out the numerous ways to honor the vast and complicated history and fascinating culture of African Americans throughout the District.

Mark Your Calendar for these 20+ Winter Concerts in Washington, DC

Score tickets for awesome wintertime shows at concert venues across the District. Washington, DC is home to a vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene that dates back to music legends diverse as the city itself: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and Wale all share space atop the city’s musical Rushmore. This winter, many of Washington, DC’s amazing music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages. Check out what’s in store and start planning your musical adventure in the nation’s capital.

12 Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

When it comes to parks and lush gardens, few cities can match DC’s verdant offerings. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and natural beauty in Rock Creek Park, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here is a list of DC’s delightful gardens – some public and others private – but all worth a visit.

11 Great Running Trails & Jogging Routes in Washington, DC

Swap the treadmill and head outdoors to one of DC’s many scenic running paths and trails. The District is also mostly flat and home to many trees, rivers, creeks and canals, making the city a runner’s dream. It's time to pound the pavement on these scenic places to run.

7 Can't-miss DC Sports Superstars

These beloved Washington, DC athletes are well worth the price of admission. DC has plenty of standout athletes that could make your day or evening with a head-spinning goal, basket, pitch or home run.

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