Concierge: New Luxury Hotels App


Small Luxury Hotels of the World has launched a new app for the iPhone.

It includes an interactive hotel directory which allows users to search more than 520 hotels by name, destination or "hotels near me" using Google maps.

Users will see pictures and details about the hotels, including their number of rooms, list of facilities and restaurants and can book their stay directly through the app.

A sharing function also allows users to forward their preferred hotels to friends and family via e-mail and social media.

An Android version of the app is scheduled to launch next month.

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Michelin-starred chef Albert Adria is taking up residency at London's Hotel Cafe Royal this month, his first outside of his native Spain.

The chef, who made a name for himself working with his brother Ferran for 23 years at renowned Spanish restaurant elBulli, has since gone on to open his own Michelin-starred restaurant, Tickets, in Barcelona and win the title of San Pellegrino's Best Pastry Chef In The World last year.

He will bring his innovative approach to Spanish and Catalan cuisine with a project called 50 Days By Albert Adria.

From Friday to April 9, he will take over the hotel's restaurant and bar from 7pm to 1am every night, creating a unique selection of signature cocktails and snacks for service in the Oscar Wilde Bar, after which guests will dine in The Domino Room.

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Luxury Silversea Cruises is helping guests to kick-start a healthy year with Wellness Expedition cruises.

Sailing this year and next, guests will explore destinations in South-east Asia, Australia, Africa and the Indian Ocean, then return to the ship to enjoy a comprehensive wellness regimen that includes yoga, pilates and fitness classes.

A complimentary spa massage treatment, daily cooking demonstrations and lectures on healthy and balanced nutrition are also included.

Upcoming wellness cruises include a 14-day one from Cairns to Balikpapan, Borneo, from Oct 4 to 18 (starting from US$12,450 or S$17,604 a person for a twin-share) and an 11-day cruise from Balikpapan to Singapore from Oct 18 to 29 (starting from US$9,850 a person for a twin- share).

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Philippines' jungles, beaches and history await travellers in the Year of the Monkey. Today is the last day of a three-day Lunar New Year sale by Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines' largest carrier.

The airline flies from Singapore to Manila up to 32 times a week; up to seven times a week to Cebu and Clark; three times a week to Iloilo and two times weekly to Davao.

The all-inclusive fares start from $85 from Singapore to the five Philippine cities, valid for travel from July 1 to Dec 31.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 07, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge: New Luxury Hotels App '. Print Edition | Subscribe