Concierge: Travel news and deals

Go skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of New Zealand with The Ride Side, a local travel start-up specialising in adventure travel.
Go skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of New Zealand with The Ride Side, a local travel start-up specialising in adventure travel.PHOTO: THE RIDE SIDE


The latest addition to the Hotel Jen chain is located in the heart of Beijing's central business district.

The 450-room hotel has an all-day-dining restaurant, meeting rooms, multi-functional spacesas well as a 3,500 sq m health club, which houses a boxing ring, mixed martial arts area and fitness studios, where guests can take fitness classes led by certified instructors.

To celebrate its opening, the hotel is offering a special accommodation package until Aug 31, priced from 1,199 yuan (S$241).

It includes a one-night stay in a Jen 40 room, breakfast buffet for one and unlimited access to the gym, swimming pool and group classes.

For more information, go to or call +86-010-6505-2277.


Today is the last day to book travel agency Trafalgar's last-minute deals.

Packages on offer include the 13-day Switzerland and Austria tour, which takes travellers around the mountain ranges of Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and the northern fringes of Italy. Prices start at US$2,500 (S$3,460) for the package.

The 15-day Best of Spain package (from US$2,375 a person) includes the cities of Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid.

There is also the 15-day Best of Finland, Russia and the Baltic States package, which starts at US$2,695 a person.

For more information, go to


Thai luxury resort Kata Rocks, located along Phuket's famous Kata Beach, has introduced a new accommodation package for guests staying in its Sky Pool Villa.

Priced from 59,000 baht (S$2,390), the package includes a two-night accommodation in the one-bedroom Sky Pool Villa, daily breakfast, a 90-minute couple's Thai massage at the hotel's spa and one out of seven concierge-led experiences.

The seven experiences are a day-trip around Phuket; a cruise on board a luxury yacht; a visit to the Phuket Jungle Elephant Sanctuary; a jungle exploration tour and cabaret performance; a shopping tour around Phuket; a cooking class; and a yoga and guided meditation session.

The package is available until Nov 30. For more information, go to


Local travel start-up The Ride Side is offering an early-bird discount for its New Zealand trips.

The company offers packages for those interested in skiing and snowboarding and the trips are hosted by local instructors and guides.

Available until May 30, the eight-day, seven- night tour to New Zealand is priced at $1,690. It includes shared accommodation in a private lodge, transport to ski resorts, a private group guide on the slopes, four-day ski-lift tickets and ski and snowboard travel insurance.

Travel dates are from July 22 to Sept 2 and travellers will be in groups of eight to 10. For more information, go to

Cara Wong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 28, 2017, with the headline 'Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe