Dinner and champagne brunch in Singapore – A special Kitchen Table at W Hotel THIS WEEKEND

It’s no secret that I’m a massive thundering screaming poster-holding fan of the W Hotel and general SPG group. Most of you – friends and followers of this blog – might have seen my multiple pictures in and around the W Hotel and related SPG hotels. The funky decor, top-notch service and comfortably chic vibe, make all the Starwood Preferred Group hotels a totally lovable and livable place.

Holidaying at W Hotel Taipei, Taiwan
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Eating, sleeping and working during my 2 week business trip at Fourpoints in North Carolina, USA

Weekend in Aloft Bangkok – a younger, big value multi-facility hotel concept by the W Hotel.


You can only imagine my glee when W Hotel Singapore called me and asked if I’d like to have a special dinner at their hotel’s flagship restaurant? “Let me check my calendar,” I say with a usual professionalism, while proceeding to salivate all over my living room floor. Two things my heart throbs for – good food, and all sorts of hotels. Combine the two, and I assure you, I am completely excited to wind down this weekend at The Kitchen Table, W Hotel Singapore.

I expect sugar, spice and everything nice – This is one treat for the tummy not to be missed! Freshly flown in just for THIS WEEKEND ONLY, from June 7th – 9th, revered Executive Chefs of Spice Market RestaurantsAnthony Ricco (W Hotel New York) and Peter Lloyd (W Hotel London) – will cook for all W Hotel Singapore guests at The Kitchen Table restaurant during dinner time THIS Friday and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. (More details at this link.)

Spice Market was the brainchild of team of Culinary Concepts, created by famed chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Indulging in his Asian experiences and love of spice and far eastern ingredients, Spice Market restaurants can be found across the USA, London, Bora Bora, Kauai, Abu Dhabi and at W Doha. Enjoy this international sizzle this weekend at W Hotel Singapore

Char Grilled Chicken Kumquat Lemongrass Dressing

Char Grilled Chicken Kumquat Lemongrass Dressing

Hamachi Sashimi, Soy-Ginger Dressing, Radish and Avocado

Hamachi Sashimi, Soy-Ginger Dressing, Radish and Avocado

Pork Vindaloo, Crispy Herbs and Leeks

Pork Vindaloo, Crispy Herbs and Leeks

Spiced Chicken Samosas, Cilantro Yogurt

Spiced Chicken Samosas, Cilantro Yogurt

May I remind you again – only for THIS WEEKEND, not one but two kitchen legends will be cooking up a storm at W Hotel’s Kitchen Table. Set in the feels-like-an-escape-but-you’re-actually-still-in-Singapore Sentosa Cove, the scenery won’t be so bad – you only have to tolerate the idyllic view of W Hotel’s gigantic night-lit pool. I used to work in F&B, and I like to appreciate the people that make my food good great. Do you?

W NEW YORK’S EXECUTIVE CHEF ANTHONY RICCO has been an integral part of Culinary Concept Hospitality Group’s team since he joined Spice Market in 2005. He is responsible for the operation and success of Spice Market New York. THE restaurant’s operations serves up dishes to 700 people, coming in and out over a normal night on weekends. Anthony Ricco has been a guest of LXTV, Martha Stewart Living Radio, De Gustibus Cooking School and The James Beard Foundation.

W LONDON’S EXECUTIVE CHEF PETER LLOYD has held senior positions in some of London’s most demanding kitchens, and his cooking career seems to me like a dreamy soap opera. Being selected to join a team cooking for H.M the Queen and members of the Royal Family, alongside the King and Queen of Malaysia. After involvement in several successful restaurant launches, Peter was approached by Sir Anthony & Lady Bamford to act a private chef aboard their luxury yacht and their estates in the UK and the Caribbean. He accepted and in the following year, travelled extensively, cooking at prestigious events like the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. Peter appeared on Masterchef on numerous occasions, opened and ran cooking masterclasses for children and launched other ventures within the group.

SGD65++ International buffet, SPG members enjoy 15% discount.

– Inclusive of 2 restaurants, THE KITCHEN TABLE and SKIRT cuisines
$108++ International buffet, OR
SPG members enjoy 15% discount.

Join SPG for free today and receive this 15% discount among others.

If you see me at the W Hotel’s Kitchen Table this weekend stuffing my face with all things sugar, spice and nice, please say hi but let me know first if there’s anything stuck in between my teeth or around my mouth.

This is an advertorial/promo review for The W Hotel, Sentosa Cove.


Pool Parties in Singapore – W Hotel, Sentosa Cove debuts with a splash this Sunday 10 March 2013

3 weeks ago, The super people at the Starwood Preferred Group told me they were throwing their first ever pool party at W Hotel Singapore soon. I was getting excited. Guess what? It’s THIS SUNDAY!

10 March 2013, Sunday
Featuring: Some pretty notorious names in SG.
-> DJ Aldrin, DJ Has (ex musical director of the Lo and Behold Group), and DJ Xeum
$35 Cover charge per person for pool access, includes 1 drink


I’ve always a huge fan of the W brand – Everything from the glamourous boutique decor in the rooms and lounge, to the thoughtful service and generally hip culture, has always been consistent.

I have been twitching for an opportunity to jump into this –


There isn’t enough weekend pool-time hotspots in Singapore, but there are a few that I’ve been to –

1) GET WET at Hard Rock Hotel gave me a ‘Palm Springs school break’ sort of vibe, but
2) My usual weekly favourite is Tanjong Beach Club.

3) I also started the St Tropez Sunday champagne x pool party series at LANTERN ROOFTOP (Fullerton Bay Hotel), all thanks to my hardworking team back when I was in employment with them (above picture, no blog post yet). You can check their Facebook page or Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Facebook page for current updates.

I hope the first of W Hotel’s pool party series will succeed. It’s time for an extra splash of fun in our Singapore party scene!

If you’re in an oh-so sunny mood on Sunday, I will see you there.


Hotels.com Welcome Rewards – Book 10 nights, get 1 night free. More bang for your buck!

Anyone who talks to me or knows me would have an idea that I love travelling and especially, love hotels. For my last job that I quit about 2 months ago, I worked for a beautiful 5-star hotel (Fullerton Bay Hotel).

What I really prefer though, is enjoying a hotel!

Blog post on Bali for Rachel K’s birthday in April 2012 here.

I’ve stayed in so many, I’ve almost lost count. Sometimes I’m happy to be in a hotel alone, but other times I travel with a bunch.

But whether it was is for work or for play, part of the ultimate hotel experience for me has always been not just staying in the hotel. – The ultimate hotel experience should ideally include an easy booking process and being able to secure extra discounts.

I love to ask for discounts.

And the best room with a view for whatever category I book.

And a free breakfast. With a basket of fruits.

“Could I also have a free bottle of champagne?”

I know, I can be a pain! But even if you are not as thick-skinned as I am, I think most of you are still somewhat the same, and are happy to sign up for things knowing that you are getting more bang back for your buck.

I have used all sorts of loyalty programmes (and there are so many out there), but the best are those who keep things sweet and simple. Loyalty programmes should either 1) save you money, or 2) give you free stuff that is easy and hassle-free to redeem.

Nevermind getting 1 point of rewards for every USD$1 “that qualifies” for what I have spent, or rewards that are tied into my credit card calculations or air mile exchanges. Forget rewards that don’t apply for non-business trips, or that have a long list of “Terms and Conditions apply”. Sheesh, show me the freebies already!

I have been sent the press release for Hotels.com’s Welcome Rewards programme and the structure of their new loyalty programme seems rather straightforward so far –

For every 10 room nights booked, you get one free room night (excluding taxes and fees) via Hotels.com. The maximum value of the free night is the average daily rate of your ten (10) nights stay.

You can also claim a more expensive room for your free night – you simply have to top up the difference. So if your free night is valued at $100, but you want to book a room that costs $200, you simply have to pay the difference of $100.

THERE IS NO EXPIRY DATE, as long as you book one night every 12 months.

There are no points to calculate, but the best part is – NO BLACKOUT DATES! (There is nothing worse than trying to redeem a free room, and then finding out that you can’t because it so happens to be the Prime Minister’s 2nd son’s cousin’s birthday and a national holiday.)

Book 10 nights and get 1 night free… That’s getting us pretty excited.

Staying 10 nights and getting one free with Hotels.com’s new Welcome Rewards is an easy and effective loyalty scheme, just like those bubble tea shop cards that we all love. Except that redeeming free holidays or hotel rooms taste so much better than bubble tea!

If you like to travel or have a holiday coming up, why not check out updates on Hotels.com’s Facebook page OR their website to book some nights and get more bang……

… For your buck?

I will update this space again when I use Hotels.com to book my next holiday, and let you know my comments. Let me know your feedback too!

This is an advertorial for Hotels.com