Concierge: New routes for Scoot


Scoot is launching services to three new destinations in India. From May 24, the airline will take over Tigerair's daily Singapore-Chennai route, which will be serviced by Scoot's Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

On the same day, Scoot will add a thrice-weekly service to Amritsar, and on Oct 2, it will begin a four-times weekly service from Singapore to Jaipur. It will also launch thrice-weekly services to Hokkaido's capital Sapporo via Taipei, from Oct 1.

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Alila Hotels and Resorts is opening its first property in China on June 1.

Alila Anji, a 74-room private resort, will open in Anji county, which is known for its 60,000ha of bamboo groves, white tea plantations, lakes and forested hillsides and where scenes of the Oscar-winning movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) were filmed.

Located 65km from Hangzhou in China's north-western Zhejiang province, Anji is the country's first national ecological county and one of China's sustainable environmental development zones for ecological and green buildings.

Alila Anji is the area's first ecoluxury resort and was designed to resemble a traditional Chinese village.

The rooms' interiors combine native wood, bamboo and stone, and come with views of a nearby lake.

In celebration of its opening, the resort has released a weekend experience package that includes a minimum two-night stay starting from 2,088 yuan (S$434) a night for a Lakeview Room; daily breakfast and a full day of destination experience, such as white tea-picking, cycling or cooking, with lunch and dinner.

The package is available for booking from now till Aug 31 for stays from June 1 to Dec 31.

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Movenpick Hotels & Resorts is offering promotional summer discounts of up to 30 per cent off its best available flexible rates at more than 80 of its properties in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Deals in Europe start from €67 (S$102) a night at Movenpick Hotel Istanbul Golden Horn; from €148 a night at Movenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly; and from 151 Swiss francs (S$209) a night at Movenpick Hotel Lausanne.

In Asia, rates start from US$80 (S$107) in Bangkok or from US$110 for sea-view rooms in the company's newest hotel, Movenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya.

The booking period for these special rates is from today till Aug 31 for stays from June 1 to Aug 31. Guests who book through the company's website will receive a US$20 restaurant voucher.

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Built in what was originally a Baroque era monastery, the Mandarin Oriental, Prague is offering guests the chance to travel back in time with a new Baroque Romance package.

Valid all year round but subject to availability, the package includes accommodation in the hotel's Baroque deluxe suite, daily in-suite breakfast, a romantic dinner in the hotel's wine cellar, a gift of original handmade Franzis Wussin carnival masks, guaranteed late check-out until 3pm and round-trip limousine service.

But the real highlight of the package is its Baroque Boudoir experience, which includes a welcome drink and a complete Baroque-era makeover. Guests will be dressed in Baroque period costumes, including make-up and wigs, then enjoy a private horse-drawn carriage tour through the cobbled streets of 18th-century Baroque Prague, with a photographer in tow.

Package rates start from €3,472 (S$5,300), based on double occupancy for a minimum of two nights stay, including 15 per cent VAT.

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Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 01, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge: New routes for Scoot'. Subscribe