Inside The New Biophilic Hotel Designs

THE FIRST THING THAT GREETS YOU AS YOU STEP through the front door of the new ParkRoyal Collection Marina Bay is the 13-meter-high vertical garden. Designed to imitate a classic Chinese landscape painting, silver planters signify mountains, plants verdant forests, and dangling, sculpted lights represent the cloudy sky. The ‘Green Wall,’ as it’s known by the staff, is also a clear statement of what to expect from the rest of this hotel, which has firmly embraced biophilic design — the concept of bringing the outside inside to better connect people with nature — throughout its public areas. Concierge wall. Courtesy of ParkRoyal Nowhere is this more evident than on the fourth floor where a sky bridge offers up a bird’s-eye

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Best Restaurants in Singapore to Celebrate The Ox Year

Bullish Chinese New Year meals to celebrate the Year of the Ox The Chinese New Year celebrations are traditionally grand gourmet affairs where diet resolutions are momentarily suspended for 15 days. While we can’t have multiple tables and boisterous lo heis (mask on and quiet well-wishing please, the restaurants would constantly remind us), at least we can now dine in a group of eight here in Singapore. And restaurants are pulling out the stops to make sure that your meals are as auspicious and memorable as possible. We sieve the gems from the menus – stuffing ourselves at some – and pick out 10 of the most fantastic feasts and where to find them. CHERRY GARDEN, MANDARIN ORIENTAL, SINGAPORE The

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Celebrate Festive Season With Fireworks At Sea

Dream Cruises’ World Dream cruise ship ushers in the year of ‘Ox’ with a treasure trove of Lunar New Year delights for the whole family. The range of activities include fireworks at sea and laser show, spring-themed festive activities and culinary creations all in one place. With international travel for Singaporeans still restricted, this seacation is a real escape for all, allowing for rich entertainment and exceptional family bonding time during the upcoming holiday season. “Dream Cruises is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a host of fun and exciting activities on board World Dream to provide Singapore residents with myriad entertaining options before, during and after the holidays for the ultimate Super Seacation experience. With the COVID-19 situation curtailing

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What to expect at the Star Wars Identities Exhibition in Singapore

If you are in Singapore, you need not travel to a galaxy far, far away to get up close and personal with the original costumes, props and artefacts from the hallowed and beloved Star Wars film series. After travelling the world for more than eight years (after its 2012 inception in Montreal, Quebec), Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has finally landed at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum, marking the 12th and final stop of its global tour. It’ll run from Saturday (Jan 30) till Jun 13. Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition (Photo: Genevieve Loh) Showcasing over 200 original costumes, props, models and pieces of conceptual artwork from the extensive Lucas Museum of Narrative Art archive, the exhibition focuses on the first six films in

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Singapore is Reopening to Tourists From Four Countries

Imagine the Insta-bait Jewel at Changi waterfall completely devoid of photobombers, and you’ll get a sense of how the novel coronavirus has dried up tourism in the Lion City. Pre-pandemic, the ultra-modern airport that’s the reigning best in the world as voted by T+L readers accounted for more than five percent of the country’s GDP and employed 192,000 people; now it’s part of a national transport and storage industry that shrank 80 percent in the second quarter of this year from last. Little surprise then that, in a bid to get the taps flowing again, Singapore is reopening unilaterally to visitors from Vietnam and Australia (excluding Victoria state) this week. As of October 8, these two countries will join New

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The Best Bar in Asia 2020

Catch Singapore’s Spirited F&B Cognoscente Couple Meet the owners of number one bar and the winners of The Best Bar in Asia 2020; Jigger & Pony– cofounder power couple Indra Kantono & Guoyi Gan. Singapore, known for its F&B scene is incomplete without the concussions and love for cocktails and what is better than getting a deep insight about Singapore’s food and cocktail appreciation from this fantastic duo. Catch the glimpse as they speak about their favourite things to do and their perspective of Singapore. (IK) Indra Kantono, co-founder, Jigger & Pony Group (GY) Guoyi Gan, co-founder, Jigger & Pony Group Guoyi & Indra – Live Twice What are you known for? Tell me about yourself – your hobbies, passion,

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Staycation In A Sanctuary That Is Capella Singapore

For a few weeks in April and May this year, a quiet lull hung around Sentosa, cautiously looming over the once-colourful backdrop like a warning sign that bade loyal wanderers to keep out, albeit temporarily. As the government slowly eased out of the circuit breaker, the hues of the energetic holiday hub started to come alive once again, evident in the red tones of the Foster and Partners-designed Capella Singapore. Capella Singapore’s efforts in implementing enhanced service standards, new procedures and offering engaging experiences paid off within days of the government announcing the lifting of the national ‘circuit breaker’. The local community immediately started planning escapes to their favourite staycation getaway – Sentosa, with Capella firmly in mind. The ‘Singapoliday’

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