As April approaches, a host of openings and launches takes us into the next quarter of the year. Consider indulging in a well-deserved break at Capella Sydney before the rush of the upcoming few months hit—or check out Hilton Singapore Orchard’s luxurious new rooms for something closer to home. Now’s also a good time to take stock of your New Year’s resolutions. If keeping fit was on the list, athletic footwear brand Hoka’s new Clifton 9s might be of interest. And if you’re considering where to dine for your next big night out, the newly announced list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will have you covered.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants unveils its 2023 list
Held at Resorts World Sentosa last night, the 10th anniversary of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was a grand affair that celebrated the diverse culinary scene in our region. Honouring the best restaurants and chefs in 19 cities across Asia, the ceremony saw Singapore and Bangkok snagging nine spots each as the cities with the most wins. Amongst the restaurants in Singapore that made it onto the list, Odette maintains its place at the top. Moving up two spots from last year, it earns the accolade of being the sixth best restaurant in Asia. Restaurant Born, which opened last June, makes its debut on the list—in the company of repeated awardees Labyrinth, Meta, Zén, Burnt Ends, Euphoria, Cloudstreet and Les Amis. And at the very top of the list is Bangkok’s Le Du, which offers an exquisite take on modern Thai dining. Special awards were also handed out at the event, with Johanne Siy of Lolla being awarded Asia’s Best Female Chef and Louisa Lim of Odette being named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef.
See the full list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 here.
Hilton Singapore Orchard launches new room categories for families
A staycation along Orchard Road is a forever draw to locals and expats alike, for its ease of access to a slew of remarkable restaurants and stores along Singapore’s most popular shopping strip. Hilton Singapore Orchard is located right in the middle of it all, and with new room categories to bring the total room inventory to an impressive 1080, there’s something for just about everyone. Just over a year old, the hotel has introduced new room categories—Deluxe Room, Deluxe City View Room, Superior Deluxe Room and Deluxe Suite—which are significantly bigger than its portfolio of Premium Rooms.
There is plenty of space to work or for an extra bed, which makes these rooms ideal for those travelling in groups or for families. The Panoramic Room options offer a birds eye view of the city, across to Marina Bay Sands—a stunning treat especially when the city is lit up at night. Food and drink are taken extremely seriously at Hilton Singapore Orchard. From a delectable seafood buffet spread at Estate, to tantalising mounds of pasta at Osteria Mozza and inspired cocktails at Ginger.Lily, you’d be hard-pressed to find better food in the vicinity. Chatterbox’s chicken rice and other Asian delights are glistening creature comforts that will have you yearning for more, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t indulge yourself.
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Capella Sydney opens its doors
What was originally the Department of Education building in the 1900s is now what city-dwellers can call Capella Sydney—a city block just a stone’s throw away from some of the most significant attractions of Sydney, namely the Circular Quay, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. After an extensive seven-year restoration upheaval, the iconic landmark now houses 192 stunning guest rooms and suites—spanned across nine levels—each brimming with modern luxury while retaining old-world charm from its original facade. And in the good name of the Capella brand, the details within are exemplary—think deluxe textiles, sleek standalone tubs and Italian Frette linen to make for an unforgettable stay. But even as you marvel at the beauty in your personal quarters, stop and smell the roses in the hotel’s public spaces—starting from the arrival lobby, that displays acquired and commissioned art from Australian artists like Judy Watson, Otis Hope Carey and many more. Gourmands can take their seats at the hotel’s very own landmark restaurant Brasserie 1930 and the McRae Bar while wellness seekers can stop by the Auriga spa and the 20-metre heated indoor pool. And even if planning a day out isn’t your forte, Capella will be at your service at The Living Room, where the hotel’s culture and experience programmes are tailored by in-house ‘culturists’ for you to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant offerings.
Capella Sydney is now open. Book a stay here.
Hoka drops the latest iteration of its award-winning line, the Clifton 9s
Having established a loyal customer base, it’s clear the athletic footwear label Hoka has set its sights on designing for seamless performance. In an upgrade from the highly-lauded Clifton 8, the French-born brand now pours its might into the Clifton 9: a shoe that boasts an even lighter skeleton than its predecessor. One can expect to yield ultimate efficacy when clocking in miles with the shoes’ new and revitalised underfoot experience. Boasting a more responsive midsole foam and strategic outsole design, Hoka’s latest iteration can be relied on to cradle your feet with the support and spring every runner needs. As for those planning to go the distance, the combination of breathable, engineered mesh and a streamlined form makes for an airy, comfortable experience throughout your time on the road.
Discover the Hoka Clifton 9 at Hoka’s Singapore Brand Store at Takashimaya Shopping Centre.