[Hotel Review] Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore

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Yays to new hotel again!

Soaring above Singapore’s prime shopping belt, Pan Pacific Orchard is a verdant sanctuary with exemplary architectural design that draws nature inwards, featuring four seamlessly connected stacks—Forest, Beach, Garden and Cloud—each providing exceptional experiences across unique environments.

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[Hotel Review] The Ritz Carlton, Jakarta, Pacific Place

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This trip happened due to my friend’s mileage run which was the perfect excuse to have another holiday. Yay.

Knowing our sole intention is to chill and not really wanting to mess with the infamous Jakarta traffic, we then decided that this spot is the best option we have to allow us to simply chillax. After all, it’s not everyday you come across a Ritz where all guests get club access – time for us to find out if this is a good thing!

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[Hotel Review] Capri by Fraser China Square

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This stay is so postponed that I am kind of glad that I am finally checking this off.

The story is that during COVID era, I found a great rate which was eligible for their Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) which was honored and all ready to go. Until they closed to be a Stay Home Notice (SHN) facility. Then they re-opened after some time but they closed The Den (their interpretation of an Executive Lounge) which was what I wanted to experience for my stay. So I opted to reschedule only after The Den is re-opened (and kudos to the property for accommodating this allowance). Now, I am ready to stay after 1.5years postponement!

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[Hotel Review] Pullman Singapore Orchard

What an anticipated property this is!

I was looking forward to this stay because I was able to secure a Stay Plus slot with a small top up, plus I would still have my Accor Platinum status at the point of my stay which would hopefully elevate the experience. Excited to see what the former Park Hotel Orchard has become under the Accor group.

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[Hotel Review] Vinpearl Landmark 81, Autograph Collection

Ah, a hotel in the clouds.

Ho Chi Minh was one of those cancelled-because-of-COVID plans and I have always remembered I need to check this city off my list. With soaring airfares all around, a $250ish return ticket on Singapore Airlines caught my eye and off I went for 4nights. This property also came highly recommended from a trusted friend and it was just in time to clock double elite nights so win win!

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[Flight Review] SQ335 Paris (CDG) to Singapore (SIN) – Business

I was kind of excited for this last leg of my trip as it has been a while since I’ve been in this J cabin and I honestly miss the super flat and straight bedding (A380 why you so wrinkled).

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[Lounge Review] Star Alliance Lounge, Charles de Gaulle Airport

After a whirlwind trip of 2 cities, I was ready to go home!

On the day of depart, I was informed that there were strikes by some airport workers and advised to go earlier. With SQ counters opening 3.5 hours prior to flight in view of that, I plotted to arrive 4hours ahead which turned out to be the right strategy. In case its useful for anyone, tax refund took another 30mins including manual checks at the counter for one of my stash, and off I went to check in exactly at the 3.5 hours mark.

With Business class boarding pass in hand, I also received what they call “Acces N1” – this is printed on your boarding pass – and this allows you to fast track all the way (getting into immigration, customs, security etc) skipping the sometimes-snaking queues which is a godsend given how busy the airport was.

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[Hotel Review] Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador

Again, over-researching led me to this property for its offering of location, an Executive Lounge, and decently new rooms. After a somewhat underwhelming Eurostar experience, I couldn’t wait to settle in soonest to check out the city as I only had 2 full days in the city..

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[Train Review] Eurostar London to Paris – Business Premier

My virgin Eurostar experience!

Their website says it all – it’s like pointy end of the train, with fast track immigration, lounge access, and 3-course meal with champagne on board. Why not.

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[Hotel Review] St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

Picked to move from Park Lane to this for a one-nighter because the property is so historic and honestly looks so impressive – just look at that architecture! But alas, it turned out to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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