Concierge: Travel news and deals


Home-sharing business Airbnb has launched Trips, a new feature on its website and mobile app that allows travellers to Singapore to book local experiences.

More than 10 activities are available, such as learning to use a dragon kiln to make pottery and preparing soon kueh at Berseh Food Centre in Jalan Besar. Singaporeans will act as guides. Prices start at $68 for a three- hour food and drink experience.

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Today is the last day of Airasia's giveaway of three million promotional seats.

Those who book flights today for travel between Sept 1 and June 5 next year may enjoy promotional fares, some of which may even be free.

To enjoy the deals, travellers must make their bookings via or the AirAsia mobile app.


To celebrate its opening, the Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou resort in China is offering a promotion from now till June 30.

Guests who book their stays seven days in advance on the hotel's website can enjoy up to 45 per cent off the best available rate. Prices start at US$143 (S$200) a night.

There are also accommodation packages such as the three-night Sense of Exploration package (from US$810), which includes a day trip to the Jiuzhaigou National Park, with round-trip transportation and a picnic lunch, and a complimentary upgrade to the next room category.

Located 2,500m above sea level, the resort offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

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The Six Senses Laamu resort in the Maldives is offering two new accommodation packages.

Priced at US$642, the four-night Discover Laamu package includes a two-hour boat or snorkelling tour and a visit to an island.

Those who book the seven-night package (US$1,097) can enjoy a dolphin cruise and cocktails on a private sandbank.

Other optional activities include a guided meditation session and an aerial yoga class.

Prices are based on two persons sharing a villa. For details, go to To book, e-mail

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 19, 2017, with the headline 'Concierge: Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe