Concierge

Dynasty Travel's tour to South Korea in August includes a visit to the Petite France village. More KrisFlyer miles are needed to redeem a business class seat to Amsterdam. Join a taiji session at Puzhao Temple in Chengdu when you stay at the Six Sens
Join a taiji session at Puzhao Temple in Chengdu when you stay at the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain resort. PHOTOS: SIX SENSES, ST FILE, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Dynasty Travel's tour to South Korea in August includes a visit to the Petite France village. More KrisFlyer miles are needed to redeem a business class seat to Amsterdam. Join a taiji session at Puzhao Temple in Chengdu when you stay at the Six Sens
Dynasty Travel’s tour to South Korea in August includes a visit to the Petite France village.
Dynasty Travel's tour to South Korea in August includes a visit to the Petite France village. More KrisFlyer miles are needed to redeem a business class seat to Amsterdam. Join a taiji session at Puzhao Temple in Chengdu when you stay at the Six Sens
More KrisFlyer miles are needed to redeem a business class seat to Amsterdam.

TAIJI IN THE MOUNTAIN

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain luxury resort in Chengdu, China, has a new taiji experience.

Guests are driven to Puzhao Temple, a Qing dynasty Buddhist temple and mountain retreat just 20 minutes from the resort. There, a taiji master spends an hour teaching them basic breathing exercises and movements of the martial art.

The experience, which costs 1,000 renminbi (S$210) a person, includes a Zen tea ceremony in the temple's tea house, Chinese vegetarian breakfast with organic fresh juices and private car transfers. Clothes and shoes are provided for the taiji session.

The resort, which is a 10-minute drive from Panda Valley, where guests can see and take photos with giant pandas, is also introducing a "pay as you like" policy at its in-house Farm2Fork restaurant. Available on Saturday evenings, guests are served a four-course dinner menu featuring fresh produce from the resort's farm and the market.

For more information, e-mail reservations-qingcheng-spa@sixsenses.com or go to www.sixsenses.com/resorts/qing-cheng-mountain.


DYNASTY TRAVEL FIESTA

Those looking for travel deals can head to Suntec City Mall today for the last day of Dynasty Travel's fair. It is located between the Tissot and Royce shops on level one.

Taking place from 11am till 8pm, the fair by one of Singapore's largest travel agencies offers deals such as one-for-one travel and free child cruises.

Dynasty is also launching a new itinerary: a seven-day, six-night Glowing Korea tour which includes the 20th Muju Firefly Festival, a trout-catching and fishing experience, wine-tasting at Meoru Wine Cave and a visit to the French-themed Petite France village.

There are departures on Aug 28 and 29. Prices start at $1,188 a person, including flights on Singapore Airlines.

For inquiries and bookings, call 6338-4455 or e-mail enquiry@dynastytravel.com.sg.


CHANGES TO KRISFLYER REDEMPTIONS

Members of Singapore Airlines' frequent flyer programme KrisFlyer, take note: There are some changes to the rules for miles redemption and class upgrades.

From Tuesday, you can use your KrisFlyer miles to travel in premium economy class, now available on select flights serving about 20 cities. Premium economy is the class between economy and business.

From June 1, for flights offering premium economy, when you redeem your miles for an upgrade from economy, you will be upgraded to premium economy instead of business.

Redemption for an upgrade to business class on flights where premium economy is available, is only for premium economy ticket holders.

Meanwhile, the airline has also consolidated its two Europe zones into a single one. Now Amsterdam, Athens, Copenhagen and Rome, cities which used to require 60,000 miles for a one-way business class seat, require 80,000 miles. This change is effective from Tuesday.

For more information, go to www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/ppsclub-krisflyer.


BOOK EIGHT BUDGET AIRLINES AT ONE GO

Travellers can now book flights across eight budget airlines in a single transaction, thanks to a new alliance of these low-cost carriers.

Last week, eight Asia-Pacific airlines - Cebu Pacific, Jeju Air, Nok Air, NokScoot, Scoot, Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Australia and Vanilla Air - announced the formation of Value Alliance.

Now, their customers can book the best available airfares, including connecting flights for multi-destination itineraries, offered by any Value Alliance partner in a single transaction directly from each partner's website.

The airlines fly to more than 160 destinations across the region.

For more information, go to www.valuealliance.com.

Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 22, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge'. Print Edition | Subscribe