Concierge: Travel news and deals

A view of Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Scoot has announced the launch of a new service from Singapore to Honolulu with a stopover in Osaka, starting on Dec 19.
A view of Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Scoot has announced the launch of a new service from Singapore to Honolulu with a stopover in Osaka, starting on Dec 19.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

NEW SINGAPORE AIRLINES PARTNER

Singapore Airlines (SIA) customers travelling to the airports in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam can now book Grab rides on the SingaporeAir mobile app.

Seven days before their scheduled flight, customers using the SIA app will see an option to book a Grab ride to the local airport on demand or in advance.

The first 5,000 customers to use this feature will receive GrabPay Credits worth $10 each in their Grab accounts for bookings made via the SingaporeAir mobile app for Grab rides in Singapore.

GrabRewards programme members will also be able to convert their GrabRewards points to KrisFlyer miles.

Customers stand a chance to win a pair of business-class tickets to Hong Kong if they enter the code "GRABSQ" in the promo field in the Grab app booking screen.

The customer with the most Grab rides booked between tomorrow and Nov 9 will win the tickets.

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

SCOOT TO HONOLULU

Scoot has announced the launch of a new four-times-a-week service from Singapore to Honolulu with a stopover in Osaka. The new route, serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will start on Dec 19.

The new Singapore-Osaka (Honolulu) route will complement Scoot's existing thrice-a-week services to Osaka via Bangkok and Kaohsiung. It is the first United States destination for Scoot and its second long-haul destination after Athens, Greece.

To celebrate the launch of the route, Scoot is offering attractive round-trip fares from Singapore to Honolulu from $555 on Economy FLY fare and $1,555 on ScootBiz. The promotion will last till 11.59pm today.

For bookings and details, go to www.flyscoot.com.

NEW KOMODO HOTEL

The Ayana Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach will be the first five-star resort in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. At the resort’s private pier, a nine-bedroom phinisi ship is available to take guests around the island.
The Ayana Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach will be the first five-star resort in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. At the resort’s private pier, a nine-bedroom phinisi ship is available to take guests around the island. PHOTO: AYANA RESORT

Ayana Resort has announced plans to open the first and only luxury five-star resort in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia.

An hour's flight from Bali, Labuan Bajo, a fishing town located at the western end of Flores, is the launching point for many trips to see the famous Komodo dragon and for snorkelling and diving around Komodo National Park.

The new Ayana Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach, will open next summer with 12 suites and 189 premium guest rooms, each offering stunning ocean views.

The resort will also have a rooftop wedding and function suite for about 200 guests, with an ocean-view terrace; a rooftop bar serving sunset light bites; a seafood barbecue restaurant; a Honzen Japanese restaurant; and a lobby and pier bar.

There will be two main swimming pools and one children's pool alongside a private white sand beach. The resort will also offer a spa, gym and kid's club.

At its private pier will be a new 54m-long and 11m-wide, nine-bedroom phinisi ship.

The luxurious ship will take guests for short explorations around the island for two or three nights a trip. It is available for full charter and single-room bookings.

Day trips on the resort's catamaran or power boat are also available.

For details, go to www.ayanaresort.com.

Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 08, 2017, with the headline 'Concierge: Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe