Nonstop SF to Singapore on SQ UA

Hello Clients,

From October 23 (so in about 6 weeks) Singapore Airlines (SQ) will join United Airlnes (UA) in offering nonstop flights from San Francisco to Singapore (SFO to SIN)

Westbound SQ31 leaves SFO at 1045AM, arriving in Singapore 640PM the next day.
Also westbound, UA1 leaves SFO at 1055pm, arriving Singapore 630AM  in the morning 2 days later.

Eastbound SQ32 leaves SIN at 830AM, arriving San Francisco at 805AM the same day, so in essence the flight just takes 25 minutes!
Also eastbound, UA2 leaves Singapore at 925AM, arriving SFO at 905AM the same day, also doing magic to the time zone game.

Singapore flies the A350-900, offering 42 lie flat Business Class seats in a 1 x 2 x 1 configuration.

United flies the 787-900, offering 48 lie flat Business Class seats in a 2 x 2 x 2 configuration.

Through the end of the year, all booking fees are waived for Business Class reservations on these flights. Cancellation and change fees will apply. Combine with our (also fee free)  luxury hotel program for complimentary perks.

 

f o r   m o r e   i n f o r m a t i o n   &   t o   b o o k

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & exclusive luxury hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

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Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

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Ritz Carlton Singapore | Luxury Reviewed

I’ve posted blogs in the past from my Ritz Carlton sales rep extraordinaire Jeremy. Here’s his latest:

Me again  J !  This jet lag and I are in an epic battle….and unfortunately I am losing….awake at3am again.  Never one to “waste time,” I worked to capture my thoughts on the 36 hours I spent in Singapore while enjoying several cups of coffee this morning.  As I ponder my time in Singapore, there are a few key words that continue to resonate in my memories….dynamic, crisp and clean.

Dynamic: The city continues to grow and reinvent itself to meet the needs of its people and today’s economic environment.  Did you know that when couples get married they file a housing permit request and in two years…they will be granted a new apartment?  Zoning has already been completed for these apartment structures and the city literally builds based upon demand to ensure that the needs of its people are met while not taking away from natural resources

Crisp: While the word efficient probably could have the same meaning…I thought crisp more appropriate as it seemed light and refreshing…similar to the mood of Singapore.  Everyone seems to truly delight in the mechanics of the city that create a harmonious balance between city and nature.

Clean:  Truly….the absolute cleanest city I have ever seen!   No graffiti, trash, etc anywhere!

While Singapore is a great place for long layovers, I would encourage you to make the city more than a logistics hub.  Make sure that when you send your guests that they plan appropriately and spend a few days in Singapore so as not to mention the offerings of The Ritz-Carlton and all that this dynamic, crisp and clean state have to offer.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore:

  • Located in the heart of the Marina Bay neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is the second largest Ritz-Carlton property globally with 608 guestrooms and suites featuring fresh, contemporary décor focused on maximizing the views of the gorgeous, crisp city skyline.
  • While I know that many suppliers have a tendency to focus on features….I would be remiss if I did not mention the deep soaking tubs that have the most gorgeous views of the marina and cityscape
  • Over 4,200 pieces of gorgeously curated art installations that showcase the sophistication and elegance of the hotel.  From Dale Chihuly to Andy Warhol, guests have access to a range of works.
  • The Summer Pavilion – While Michelin is just starting to make their first foray into Singapore, let me be the first to tell you how gorgeous this fine Chinese dining restaurant is for guests craving Far East flavors.  As with most authentic Chinese restaurants in Asia, dining is enjoyed in private rooms perfect for special occasions.  My favorite dishes were the deep-fried stuffed crab shell with crab meat, mushrooms and onions as well as the chilled fresh avocado pudding!
  • An oasis in the heart of the city, the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton is in the process of a series of enhancements that will see the first La Mer outpost in Singapore.  Guests can also be lazy for the day and bask in the tropical sunshine of the outdoor pool that offers a lush tropical setting in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Singapore
  • The Club Lounge is more like a Club Floor!  Perfectly situated once again to maximize the views of the city; the standard food and beverage presentations are complemented by chef attended action stations

 

Personal Notes:

  • Singapore is a crisp, clean city state that is focused on moving forward and maintaining its position as the gateway to Southeast Asia…however there are still glimpses of a cultural past available in the city.  The Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery dates back to the nineteenth century  and has a unique blend of architectural styles from the Fujian and Guangdong province in southern China
  • Children are always extended a warm welcome with a variety of Ritz Kids options that range from ice cream passes for a daily treat to weekend pool side activities
  • With many sections designated as national heritage sites, the Chinatown area of Singapore embraces baroque and Victorian architecture that have been melded with Chinese influences.  This is the perfect destination for fun shopping and people watching!
  • Gardens by the Bay!  With a focus on environmental sustainability, Gardens by the Bay is a nature park adjacent to the Marina Reservoir built on reclaimed land.  Acting as an urban recreation space, there are several key elements that include a Supertree Grove, a Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
  • Located adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore; The Singapore Flyer (similar to the London Eye) offers a 40 minute journey that is the perfect showcase of the skyline.
  • Rev Up with the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix!  Held in September, this global sporting event creates a party type atmosphere in the city and The Ritz-Carlton is perfectly positioned to see all elements of the race and take in the celebration

 

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & exclusive luxury hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

Luxury Bali | Ritz Carlton Reserve and Bulgari

I’ve posted blogs in the past from my Ritz Carlton sales rep extraordinaire Jeremy. Here’s his latest:

As my family and I continue this cruise and make our way back to Washington, DC I find myself thinking about my adventure in Bali and how fortunate I am to have journeyed to the Island of the Gods.  Such a mystical place that is so rich in tradition and spiritualism…but I have found that only when I slow down can I truly reflect on the experience and hopefully capture the sentiment into words.

Ubud is truly a spiritual place and it is not uncommon to pass temple after temple along the road or trees, statues or other items draped in black and white checked cloth.  A little interesting fact that I learned on my trip to Bali is that while Ubud may actually seem like one little town, it is actually 14 small villages each run by their own committee and all incorporate small temples and places where offerings may be made and left for the Gods.  These villages are home to the most gorgeous people who are almost innocent in a way…but always kind and always greet you with a smile.  This is the heart of culture for the island and home to some of the most amazing arts and crafts in the world.  From wood carvings to fabrics, visiting this area of Bali is a must and should be paired with a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali in Nusa Dua or The BVLGARI Bali in Aluwatu.

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve:

  • Expertly woven into the cliff of a gorge, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers both suite and villa accommodation.

o   The suites are extremely large and feature local product and indigenous design elements with either king or twin/twin configuration

o   The villas are located along the working rice paddy or the Ayung River and also feature gorgeous design elements intrinsic to Ubud as well as private plunge pools.  Your choice of one bedroom, two bedroom or three bedroom villas is available at Mandapa.  Please see the attached overview highlighting the various accommodation options

  • Green Camp:  While you may think that the Reserve product is not family friendly due to the romantic location in Ubud…please think again. In keeping with the ideals of sustainability and education, Mandapa offers the Green Camp experience where children can play under supervision and make crafts for their parents.  There are even chickens, rabbits and a cow that call the Green Camp home and children light up when it is feeding time!
  • Kubu at Mandapa: This is truly the signature dining experience for the property…and probably one of the most spectacular venues I have ever seen.  Imagine handcrafted cocoons perfectly situated along the cascading Ayung River!  Super romantic, super fun and super intimate…only outdone by the gastronomic wonders from the kitchen
  • Subak Farming and Rice Planting: The Reserve concept is all about authentic experiences and at Mandapa there is actually a working rice field in the heart of the resort.  Guests can learn from the Ladies and Gentlemen about the rice culture and truly understand the importance of rice as part of the identity of Ubud.

Personal Notes:

  • Yoga!  Trust me…I am about as flexible as a rock, but given that I was in Bali, I woke up early for the sunrise yoga and the experience was magical.  First about the yoga – while I thought it was really just a bunch of stretching, I can assure you that I got a great workout and was sweating by the end of the hour….so for all your customers who go to the gym…this is an amazing workout!  Beyond the fitness aspect is the serene sense of place in having the rippling sound of the Ayung River in the background and the lush green of the gorge and rice paddies.  This is an early experience not to be missed!
  • John Hardy!  I must confess that I did not know who John Hardy was before traveling to Bali.  Honestly, I thought all the ladies with me kept talking about the clothes designer famous for skull and crossbones….and I couldn’t understand their fascination and basically kept my mouth shut from asking questions (for those who don’t know…the skull and crossbones designs is Ed Hardy)J.  Wow, was I in for a surprise to see the “temple” to silver and the gorgeous handcrafted creations of the Balinese silversmiths.  For anyone, man or woman who loves gorgeous hand crafted jewelry…this is a journey that should not be missed and is only about 20 minutes from Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • Segara Windhu Coffee Plantation:  Probably a well-known fact is that the most expensive coffee in the world hails from Bali.  I am confident you all know the process by which these coffee beans are processed by feral cat digestion, before being ground into coffee.  I have to tell the truth…I did not try the coffee, but hear that it was remarkable.  I know I know…but I just couldn’t do it.  That said, the team at Mandapa crafted gorgeous “boxed luncheons” that we enjoyed at the outdoor pavilion of the plantation.  When I say crafted….I mean…they literally handmade the boxes and every food ‘wrapper” from banana leaves for the most eco-friendly, gorgeous lunchbox I have ever seen!
  • VW Vintage Tour!  This was so cool and totally of the Reserve concept!  Did you know that Volkswagen once made a car called “The Thing” in the 1950’s?  Apparently there is a whole fleet of well-preserved cars in Bali and they are available for a vintage tour of the Ubud landscape to include local temples to include Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi
  • Facebook Moment!  Make sure that you travel to the Tegalalang Rice Fields for the iconic terraced rice paddy photo shoot.  This is the total “Eat.  Pray.  Love” backdrop!

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
facebook  twitter  flickr  you tube
Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & exclusive luxury hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco