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Hotel Indigo is the world’s first globally branded boutique hotel brand by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) and no two hotels around the world are alike. Each hotel is designed to highlight the essence of local culture, character and history of its neighbourhood through its design, food & beverage, amenities and services.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong showcase the local rich heritage and vibrant culture of the Peranakans (Straits-born Chinese). Incorporating the colourful charm of the eclectic neighbourhood into its architecture and design in the 131 room modern 16-storey building, the award winning hotel features a rooftop infinity pool, offering panoramic scenic Singapore Skyline with stunning sunset views and a conserved 1928 heritage building which was the former Joo Chiat Police Station, houses all day dining, Baba Chews Bar and restaurant.
Just a short 15-minute drive from Singapore Changi Airport and steps away from the upcoming new Marine Parade MRT Station, Hotel Indigo is in close proximity to Singapore’s award-winning dining and local eats to iconic shopping at Marina Bay Sands, Orchard Road and sightseeing attractions like Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, Civic District and Bugis street.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is part of IHG Green Engage System and a Green Engage Hotel, demonstrating innovative approaches to sustainability. Staying here means you play a part in the worldwide effort to protect the environment.
In collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board, Hotel Indigo participated in Go Green SG led by the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. Hotel guests and workshop participants learnt how to create eco friendly beeswax wrap to reduce plastic consumption and upcycled used coffee grounds to make body scrub, contributing to a sustainable environment.
The greenery vertical garden facade evokes cheerful moods as you step into the bright and airy lobby reception with a distinctive feature wall collages of Peranakan ceramic patterns and intricately-painted pop-art water jars.
Choose from TWG iced tea or Common Man Coffee Roasters ice latte as your welcome drink when you check in.
The adjoined Pavilion is bedecked with Peranakan-inspired furniture, ceramics and Singapore-centric souvenirs, local Artisan crafts, bath amenities and snacks akin to pop-up ‘mama stall’ of small convenience stalls located in Singapore housing estates in the 1960s.
Hotel Indigo X Triologie Majulah! Collection
As a tribute to Singapore National Day, Hotel Indigo X Triologie "Majulah!" by Singapore Fashion Designer Sylvia Lim retailing at The Emporium is a collection of dresses in fabric prints that pay homage to the Peranakan culture and Singapore local community scenes like HDB estates.
Walk through the Pavilion and down the small steps to Baba Chews Bar & Eatery, a classy yet cosy restaurant that offers a wide selection of Modern Singapore dishes and Western classics, limited edition seasonal menu and hearty unlimited made to order ala-carte breakfast with semi-buffet range.
Unwind with a selection of Hotel Indigo Signature local heritage inspired cocktails like Sapphire Rendezvous, Merlion Brando, Nyonya Magarita, La Carinos and Abang Old fashioned, cocktails and classic favourites, wine, specialty coffee and tea.
National Day Menu at Baba Chews
Inspired by Singapore’s rich culinary heritage, Head Chef Kit created the seasonal menu offering appetizer Cangrejo taco with soft shell crab and jackfruit salsa with a hint of sriracha aioli, main course like grilled cereal laksa lobster, Singapore chilli crab risotto, dry Bak Kut Teh and Baba Churros with cinnamon and pandan dulce, paired with refreshing Blue pea ice cream.
Hotel Indigo Limited Edition Mooncakes in heritage collectables cases
This Mid-Autumn Festival, reminiscent in Hotel Indigo Moonlight Sonata, a popular Signature Series and exclusive Limited Edition mooncake collection, presented in a choice of four beautifully crafted boxes that reflect the colourful shophouses of Katong and characteristic Peranakan motifs.
The signature traditional mooncake collection comprises of low-sugar baked skin versions with white lotus flavour and options of double yolk, single yolk, or macadamia nuts (S$85-90 nett) while the limited edition offers 2 charcoal skin gold dust mooncake infused with Long Jing (dragon well) tea, white lotus paste and melon seeds, 1 macadamia nut mooncake and 1 single yolk mooncake (S$90 nett).
Hotel Indigo Infinity Pool at Rooftop Bar 88
One of the hotel’s popular amenity feature is its Roof top with infinity pool located on the 16th floor that offers stunning panoramic views of Singapore’s first heritage town consisting mainly of low-rise shop-houses and apartment buildings. You can also catch scenic sunsets here while chilling in the cool vibe.
If swimming or sunbathing are not your usual activities, lounge yourself at the poolside dining area where you can enjoy the birds eyes' view while sipping cocktails, drinks and indulging in delectable food from Rooftop 88 Bar & Eatery.
You can catch a glimpse of the National Day Parade when the Singapore Air Force perform aerial flypast across the city skyline and fireworks in the distance at the Marina Bay Area.
New Year's Eve Countdown Party (December 31), Chinese Lunar New Year Countdown Parties, National Day Parade rehearsals (every Saturdays in July) and National Day (August 9) are some of the occasions for fireworks viewing in Singapore.
Alternatively, enjoy the skyline as you work out at the 24-hour gym which is furnished with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, located parallel to the pool.
Hotel Indigo Guest Room and In-room dining service
The Peranakan theme is tastefully incorporated in the archway, hallway, doors of the guest rooms and the room itself.
The laid-back style with sofa and carom board as a table against the monotone art murals of Katong Joo Chiat community cultural lifestyle with the essence of Peranakan home of tiled pattern floors, panels, King size bed with flora and white beddings, old school cabinet with Illy coffee machine, TWG tea and mini bar fridge is a modern contrast.
Slide open the glass sliding door that opens up to a separate bath area with dragon phoenix motif round bathtub with silver taps, vintage style vanity area and rain bath shower.
Sustainability is in the heart of Hotel Indigo where reusable sanitised Green Engage bottles with protective pouch are used for drinking water and guests are encouraged to reuse the glass bottles to refill complimentary filtered water from the dispenser, located just by the entrance of the hotel lobby.
The Australian Biology Smart Skincare bath amenities with pH balanced formula and ocean-safe ingredients are housed in refillable pump bottles made from recyclable materials and helps to reduce plastics and wastage from the usual small bottles of grooming toiletries.
For a stress-free evening, order the in-room service dining from the Baba Chews menu.
Chilli crab tagliatelle with soft shell crab, Baba churros cinnamon with pandan dulche and coconut icecream and a glass of Yuzu Frizz cocktail with Tempus Two Silver Series Sauvignon Blanc 2022 sets the mood for a relaxing night to slumber off to sleep in the plush kingsize bed.
Hotel Indigo Garden Pet Friendly Dining and Staycation
Another brownie point at Hotel Indigo is its “paws-friendly” alfresco garden bar that currently features a collaboration with iconic bittersweet aperitif, Aperol Spritz, a cosy pop-up counter offering a delightful menu of light bites which are curated to pair perfectly with Aperol Spritz cocktails, beers and wines while lounging in colourful deck chairs, relaxing bean bags that could accommodate diners with pets to lepak (Singapore Slang for chill).
If you like to have a Hotel Indigo pet-cation, there is a dedicated floor for pet lovers to stay with their small size pets, dine and relax in Hotel Indigo Garden.
Other hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a self-service business centre, a ballroom and 2 function rooms that can accommodate 20-70 people meetings and conferences, providing audio-visual equipment and catering services.
Whether for leisure or business, Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is the perfect choice for a pleasurable, relaxing and sustainable focus stay.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is located at 86 East Coast Road, Singapore 428788. For enquires or hotel room reservation, email info.sinki@
28 March 2018
Singapore Airlines is the first in the world to take delivery of Boeing’s newest aircraft 787-10 which is fitted with 36 SIA all-new Business Class fully-flat bed seats and 301 economy seats cabin in the twin aisle aircraft.
Scoot, SIA low cost subsidiary operates both 787-8s and 787-9s to Athens, Honolulu USA, Japan Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Australia Gold Coast, Perth, Seoul South Korea, Taiwan Taipei and soon Berlin Germany, making SIA the first airline group in the world to operate all three variants of Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft.
Experience Singapore Airlines 787-10 with new cabin features on SIA flights from Singapore to Osaka and Perth from May 2018. Make your reservations at www.SingaporeAirlines.com .
16 March 2018
Kuching, the capital of Sarawak located on the mythical island of Borneo, East Malaysia is reminiscent of a secluded paradise, just 85 minutes flight from Singapore.
Scoot Airlines Singapore Kuching Flight review
Scoot Airlines uses Airbus A320 for its short haul flights, 3 by 3 arrangement in the 180 economy seats in the single aisle aircraft. We were booked on Scoot stretch seats with at least 34inches seat pitch, located at front Row 1 bulkhead seats. Scoot super seats with extra legroom seat pitch of minimum 34 inches are located at row 1 to 4, 12 and 13.
Warmly welcomed by the cheerful Scootitude Scoot cabin crew, the flight journey from Singapore to Kuching and back was a smooth flight with no air turbulence.
Seated comfortably with ample legroom at row 1, we enjoyed our pre-ordered Scoot's Premium Selections in-flight deluxe meal with two deluxe sides and a drink.
Scoot’s Premium Selections menu include Singapore Signature Chicken Rice, Signature Nasi Goreng with Chicken (Halal), Braised Beef Cheek with Penne, Sweet & Sour Fish with Steamed Rice and Teriyaki Chicken, depending on flight routes, available for purchase up to 72hrs before flight.
On Scoot TZ430 Singapore to Kuching flight, we tried Scoot deluxe hot meal - signature Singapore chicken rice, served with salad, Haagen-Dazs Belgian chocolate ice cream and water. The tender chicken meat goes well with the chicken stock flavoured rice and special chilli sauce.
From Kuching to Singapore flight TZ431, the Nasi lemak hot meal set with chicken chunks, fish tofu, long beans and coconut rice was average and a bit too spicy.
Order Scoot hot meals set with Coca-Cola or Heaven and Earth Jasmine Green Tea + Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Cornflakes online and enjoy $4 OFF or $3 OFF Scoot light meal set with Coca-Cola or Heaven and Earth Jasmine Green Tea + Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate.
Walks in the Wild - Kuching Sarawak Malaysia
Soak in Sarawak's richly diverse tourists attractions like Bako National Park, Gunung Gading National Park, World’s first Cat Museum as well as the first Malaysia UNESCO World Heritage site, Gunung Mulu National Park, Miri, Sarawak are on tourists must do checklist.
The perfect countryside to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, explore Sarawak vast mountains caves, spot endangered species and wildlife, extensive coast lines, pristine sandy beaches, exotic cultural festivals and ethnic groups, authentic Sarawak cuisine, a mix of old world charms, heritage and cultural amidst modernization.
Kuching National Parks, wildlife spotting, bird watching and eco-tourism
The mostly arboreal rare proboscis monkeys have reddish-brown fur, grey limbs and a white tail and can be spotted in the forest or mangroves, feeding on young leaves, shoots, sour fruits and seeds. The male proboscis monkeys can be distinguished by its huge pendulous nose and a large pot-belly.
Bako National Park walking trail consists of 16 extensive colour-coded jungle routes walking and hiking options from relaxing forest walk to full-day jungle hikes or overnight camping expeditions.
Walking trails like Telok Paku, Telok Delima and Telok Assam mangroves are popular for rare and unusual proboscis monkeys spotting. Follow the trails quietly, keep listening and look around to spot the wildlife. Telok Pandan Kecil will lead to one of Bako’s best beach by the coast.
On our way back to mainland, we met fishermen boats going home with the day's freshly caught seafood of lobsters, crabs, sea urchins, fishes and shell fish. One fisherman showed us his prized catch happily.
Fresh lobsters, sea urchins and crabs for dinner ? Yes, you could buy from some of the local owner fishermen at extremely low prices like 5 ringgit for a sea urchin, from 20 ringgit for 1 kg of crabs or lobsters before they supply to hotels, seafood restaurants and food centres like Topspot food court. This is great if you have access to kitchen during your vacation, yearn for home cook food or love cooking.
Semenggoh Wildlife Nature Reserve Rehabilitation Centre, Kuching Sarawak East Malaysia
In the natural habitat, the orangutans may visit the park rangers for bananas, fruits and milk during feeding times in the day between 9am to 10am and 3pm to 3.30 pm, offering visitors an opportunity to see them at a closer range.
Support orangutan conservation with adopt orangutan program where 100% of the funds will be used for Orangutan conservation projects, educational activities to support orangutan conservation and food medication for orangutans in rehabilitation centres.
Kuching City Tour, Sarawak Malaysia.
Kuching Food recommendations
Rows and rows of freshly caught fishes, crabs and lobsters to freshly plucked local vegetables beckons from the bright neon lit stalls in the huge hawker centre with tightly packed seating areas. Take your pick from the selection or ask the chefs to chose for delicious local seafood.
Jamming sessions, mini concerts, interactive and educational workshops, ethno-musical lectures, Sarawak souvenirs and CDs by the performing artists, local food fair, arts and crafts market and amazing evening performances on the main stage is the winning formula where Sarawak celebrates its 21st anniversary Rainforest World Music Festival this year from 13 to 15 July 2018 at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching. Visit RWMF.net for more information.
Borneo Jazz in Miri, Sarawak is an annual two-day international festival on 11- 12 May, 2018 with eclectic bands and jazz repertoire.
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