Gillian Rhys

Gillian Rhys

Gillian Rhys worked as a journalist in London for 20 years before moving to Hong Kong and then Singapore which is the best base for travelling extensively in Southeast Asia. She writes about travel and lifestyle for the likes of Robb Report and is editor of the LUXE City Guides Singapore. Most weekends she can be found at Changi airport - travelling to or from another destination.

Latest from Gillian Rhys

Spain’s volcano tourist ‘attraction’ gaffe is far from the first time tourism boards have got it wrong – or worse, put people in harm’s way

Spain’s attempts to turn the La Palma volcano eruption into something to lure tourists is not the first time tourism bosses have upset people – or worse, put them in harms’ way.

Spain’s attempts to turn the La Palma volcano eruption into something to lure tourists is not the first time tourism bosses have upset people – or worse, put them in harms’ way.

Spain’s volcano tourist ‘attraction’ gaffe is far from the first time tourism boards have got it wrong – or worse, put people in harm’s way
11 Oct 2021 - 5:24PM
The fastest, highest, most historic and Instagramable elevators in the world’s luxury hotels

From the highest and fastest to the most historic and Instagrammable, these luxury hotel lifts from around the world take things to another level.

From the highest and fastest to the most historic and Instagrammable, these luxury hotel lifts from around the world take things to another level.

The fastest, highest, most historic and Instagramable elevators in the world’s luxury hotels
1 Aug 2021 - 3:32PM
Singapore hotels pivot to the arts to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, taking their cue from an established tradition

The relationship between theatres and hotels is nothing new, but the coronavirus pandemic has led to closer ties between the two in Singapore.

The relationship between theatres and hotels is nothing new, but the coronavirus pandemic has led to closer ties between the two in Singapore.

Singapore hotels pivot to the arts to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, taking their cue from an established tradition
14 Jun 2021 - 11:13AM
An Egypt travel experience to whet appetites for the much-delayed Death on the Nile remake

While we continue to wait for Kenneth Branagh’s film remake of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery, our writer recalls following in the footsteps of the author and her cast.

While we continue to wait for Kenneth Branagh’s film remake of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery, our writer recalls following in the footsteps of the author and her cast.

An Egypt travel experience to whet appetites for the much-delayed Death on the Nile remake
17 May 2021 - 8:47PM
Bubble yoga, drive-in raves and tables for one: the creative ways hospitality venues have been embracing social distancing

As the world adjusts to a new normal, hospitality venues have been thinking outside the box to allow for social distancing.

As the world adjusts to a new normal, hospitality venues have been thinking outside the box to allow for social distancing.

Bubble yoga, drive-in raves and tables for one: the creative ways hospitality venues have been embracing social distancing
22 Apr 2021 - 1:55AM
How luxury hotels reward loyal customers with bags, T-shirts and other sought-after customised gifts

Hotel guests often receive small gifts, but some hotels and groups take it a step further with luxurious presents for repeat customers. These gifts are often personalised for loyal guests, and for one young guest included a Harry Potter wand that was truly magic.

Hotel guests often receive small gifts, but some hotels and groups take it a step further with luxurious presents for repeat customers. These gifts are often personalised for loyal guests, and for one young guest included a Harry Potter wand that was truly magic.

How luxury hotels reward loyal customers with bags, T-shirts and other sought-after customised gifts
15 Mar 2021 - 5:45PM
Capsule collections: six of the best collaborations between luxury hotels and fashion designers

Partnerships such as those between Off-White and Eden Rock-St Barths and One&Only with Jay Ahr showcase the stylish outcomes that occur when brands align.

Partnerships such as those between Off-White and Eden Rock-St Barths and One&Only with Jay Ahr showcase the stylish outcomes that occur when brands align.

Capsule collections: six of the best collaborations between luxury hotels and fashion designers
5 Mar 2021 - 6:20PM
Netflix series Bridgerton: all the best locations that are open to the public – from Bath to London and North Yorkshire

The new Netflix series, shot mostly in Bath, in the west of England, used other period properties to represent early 19th century London. These stunning historical locations are all open to the public (Covid-19 permitting).

The new Netflix series, shot mostly in Bath, in the west of England, used other period properties to represent early 19th century London. These stunning historical locations are all open to the public (Covid-19 permitting).

Netflix series Bridgerton: all the best  locations that are open to the public – from Bath to London and North Yorkshire
10 Jan 2021 - 6:22PM
The dog and cat ambassadors at luxury hotels and resorts make a career of being cute

Resident cats and dogs are a big hit for hotels and resorts. We meet a dozen that are making a career out of being cute.

Resident cats and dogs are a big hit for hotels and resorts. We meet a dozen that are making a career out of being cute.

The dog and cat ambassadors at luxury hotels and resorts make a career of being cute
20 Dec 2020 - 4:30PM
What people really steal from hotels and restaurants – and how some businesses turn that theft to their advantage

Hotels have always had toiletries and towels stolen, and bars and restaurants lose glasses and cutlery, but many thieves don’t stop at that.

Hotels have always had toiletries and towels stolen, and bars and restaurants lose glasses and cutlery, but many thieves don’t stop at that.

What people really steal from hotels and restaurants – and how some businesses turn that theft to their advantage
3 Dec 2020 - 7:06PM
What to see in Biden country, from Pennsylvania to Ireland’s County Mayo

The US president-elect’s familial ties to Mayo, one of Ireland’s most trad­itional and untamed counties, run deep, while in his home state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia played a pivotal role in his election, as it does in modern American history.

The US president-elect’s familial ties to Mayo, one of Ireland’s most trad­itional and untamed counties, run deep, while in his home state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia played a pivotal role in his election, as it does in modern American history.

What to see in  Biden country, from Pennsylvania to Ireland’s County Mayo
27 Nov 2020 - 7:40PM
Why do hotels smell so good? Signature scents and custom perfumes remind people of where they’ve travelled

The Shangri-La smells like vanilla, the Rosewood Bangkok smells like rosewood and every Ritz-Carlton smells different. Here’s why hotels have increasingly been creating custom scents.

The Shangri-La smells like vanilla, the Rosewood Bangkok smells like rosewood and every Ritz-Carlton smells different. Here’s why hotels have increasingly been creating custom scents.

Why do hotels smell so good? Signature scents and custom perfumes remind people of where they’ve travelled
9 Nov 2020 - 9:41PM
What is The Singapore Grip and why was it filmed in Kuala Lumpur and Penang?

The period drama shares some filming locations with Crazy Rich Asians, as heritage homes in Malaysia fill in for colonial properties in early 1940s Singapore.

The period drama shares some filming locations with Crazy Rich Asians, as heritage homes in Malaysia fill in for colonial properties in early 1940s Singapore.

What is The Singapore Grip and why was it filmed in Kuala Lumpur and Penang?
10 Nov 2020 - 3:25PM
Out with Standard and Deluxe hotel rooms, in with Shoebox, Broom Cupboard, and Extreme Wow

Names like Fabulous, Comfy and Zing have replaced Deluxe and Standard as room descriptions for a new generation of hotel operators.

Names like Fabulous, Comfy and Zing have replaced Deluxe and Standard as room descriptions for a new generation of hotel operators.

Out with Standard and Deluxe hotel rooms, in with Shoebox, Broom Cupboard, and Extreme Wow
5 Oct 2020 - 7:24PM
St Fagans, the ‘living museum’ in Wales that inspired an Alexander McQueen collection

The creative director looked to St Fagans, an open-air museum near Cardiff, for the brand’s autumn/winter 2020 collection, drawing inspiration from a traditional quilt, love-spoons and the court of a medieval prince.

The creative director looked to St Fagans, an open-air museum near Cardiff, for the brand’s autumn/winter 2020 collection, drawing inspiration from a traditional quilt, love-spoons and the court of a medieval prince.

St Fagans, the ‘living museum’ in Wales that inspired an Alexander McQueen collection
19 Sep 2020 - 4:15PM
Roaring Twenties: six century-old hotels to stay at when we can travel again

The decade that followed World War 1 was full of jazz, cocktails and the Charleston. A post-pandemic stay at one of these grand dames could ensure that the 2020s offer much of the same.

The decade that followed World War 1 was full of jazz, cocktails and the Charleston. A post-pandemic stay at one of these grand dames could ensure that the 2020s offer much of the same.

Roaring Twenties: six century-old hotels to stay at when we can travel again
7 Sep 2020 - 11:39AM
Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth – for British royal family wedding rings, only the world’s most expensive gold, from Wales, will do

Diamond wedding rings? Not for us – gold nuggets gifted to the British royal family from Wales established a century-long custom favouring simplicity and elegance

Diamond wedding rings? Not for us – gold nuggets gifted to the British royal family from Wales established a century-long custom favouring simplicity and elegance

Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth – for British royal family wedding rings, only the world’s most expensive gold, from Wales, will do
22 Aug 2020 - 10:00AM
Hotels are getting in on the beekeeping trend, to boost bee populations and make a little honey on the side

Hotels around the world are installing beehives and the buzz is growing. It’s a win-win – increasing the population of bees while providing fresh honey for the hotels’ menus and gift shops.

Hotels around the world are installing beehives and the buzz is growing. It’s a win-win – increasing the population of bees while providing fresh honey for the hotels’ menus and gift shops.

Hotels are getting in on the beekeeping trend, to boost bee populations and make a little honey on the side
10 Aug 2020 - 6:42PM
How teddy bears became the fluffy faces of, and favourite souvenirs from, hotels around the world

It’s not just children who fall for the charming teddies, with adults paying big bucks for limited-edition furry mementoes.

It’s not just children who fall for the charming teddies, with adults paying big bucks for limited-edition furry mementoes.

How teddy bears became the fluffy faces of, and favourite souvenirs from, hotels around the world
18 Jul 2020 - 8:16PM
MasterChef UK’s breakout star Sandy Tang on bringing Chinese cuisine to the masses – and dodging coronavirus-inspired racism

The regionally-raised viewers’ vote winner talks bringing Chinese cuisine to the masses – and dodging coronavirus-inspired racism

The regionally-raised viewers’ vote winner talks bringing Chinese cuisine to the masses – and dodging coronavirus-inspired racism

MasterChef UK’s breakout star Sandy Tang on bringing Chinese cuisine to the masses – and dodging coronavirus-inspired racism
4 May 2020 - 10:50AM
Britain’s first black marchioness Emma Weymouth is a billionaire oil heiress, London socialite, Strictly Come Dancing star and Vogue editor

Britain’s first black marchioness Emma Weymouth is a billionaire oil heiress, London socialite, Strictly Come Dancing star and Vogue guest editor

Britain’s first black marchioness Emma Weymouth is a billionaire oil heiress, London socialite, Strictly Come Dancing star and Vogue guest editor

Britain’s first black marchioness Emma Weymouth is a billionaire oil heiress, London socialite, Strictly Come Dancing star and Vogue editor
1 May 2020 - 9:00AM
Tom Cruise in Italy, Matt Damon in Ireland, Gordon Ramsay in Cornwall – where celebrities are stranded or self-isolating during Covid-19

Did Tom Cruise really get stuck in Italy? What’s Matt Damon up to in Ireland? Who escaped to the Caribbean, and which unlucky celeb got stranded in New Mexico?

Did Tom Cruise really get stuck in Italy? What’s Matt Damon up to in Ireland? Who escaped to the Caribbean, and which unlucky celeb got stranded in New Mexico?

Tom Cruise in Italy, Matt Damon in Ireland, Gordon Ramsay in Cornwall – where celebrities are stranded or self-isolating during Covid-19
27 Apr 2020 - 2:00AM
Westworld heads East: the Singapore locations to look out for in the third season

The Lion City’s spectacular, plant-bedecked architecture stands in for a futuristic Los Angeles in the HBO series.

The Lion City’s spectacular, plant-bedecked architecture stands in for a futuristic Los Angeles in the HBO series.

Westworld heads East: the Singapore locations to look out for in the third season
8 Apr 2020 - 1:17PM
5 things to know about Belgravia, the TV costume drama from Downton Abbey’s creator – a great escape if you’re on coronavirus lockdown

Fans of English costume dramas will love Julian Fellowes’ lavish production set in the fashionable London district of Belgravia in the 19th century

Fans of English costume dramas will love Julian Fellowes’ lavish production set in the fashionable London district of Belgravia in the 19th century

5 things to know about Belgravia, the TV costume drama from Downton Abbey’s creator – a great escape if you’re on coronavirus lockdown
26 Mar 2020 - 3:00PM
8 things to know about Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancée, Carrie Symonds

She tweets about animal rights, is a Fleabag fan and kept a sex offender behind bars, but what else is there to know about the soon-to-be wife of England’s prime minister?

She tweets about animal rights, is a Fleabag fan and kept a sex offender behind bars, but what else is there to know about the soon-to-be wife of England’s prime minister?

8 things to know about Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancée, Carrie Symonds
26 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM
Great Scotland Yard Hotel: storied London landmark revels in city’s Victorian underbelly

Crime and replenishment in the Metropolitan Police’s former headquarters that inspired Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.

Crime and replenishment in the Metropolitan Police’s former headquarters that inspired Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.

Great Scotland Yard Hotel: storied London landmark revels in city’s Victorian underbelly
19 Feb 2020 - 9:08PM
Review | Why supermodel Kate Moss loves travelling on the luxury Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – for 30 hours of decadence

Style icon Kate Moss took some of her friends on the luxury train for celebrity hairdresser James Brown’s 50th birthday, and documented their overnight trip from London to Venice on Instagram

Style icon Kate Moss took some of her friends on the luxury train for celebrity hairdresser James Brown’s 50th birthday, and documented their overnight trip from London to Venice on Instagram

Why supermodel Kate Moss loves travelling on the luxury Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – for 30 hours of decadence
2 Jan 2020 - 5:00PM
Where Henry Golding, Emilia Clarke and Michelle Yeoh were: 6 London locations from the movie Last Christmas

Henry Golding, Emilia Clarke and Michelle Yeoh star in the movie which was shot last Christmas when the festive decorations highlighted London at its sparkling best

Henry Golding, Emilia Clarke and Michelle Yeoh star in the movie which was shot last Christmas when the festive decorations highlighted London at its sparkling best

Where Henry Golding, Emilia Clarke and Michelle Yeoh were: 6 London locations from the movie Last Christmas
29 Nov 2019 - 2:00PM
Inhabit: London’s ‘first mindfulness boutique hotel’ offers meditation, yoga, Pilates and more

Guided meditation, yoga, Pilates and super-healthy cuisine are sure to draw the British capital’s hip and healthy crowd to the Paddington hot spot.

Guided meditation, yoga, Pilates and super-healthy cuisine are sure to draw the British capital’s hip and healthy crowd to the Paddington hot spot.

Inhabit: London’s ‘first mindfulness boutique hotel’ offers meditation, yoga, Pilates and more
12 Nov 2019 - 5:00PM
At TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport, the golden age of aviation is alive and well

The hotel breathes new life into the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center terminal.

The hotel breathes new life into the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center terminal.

At TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport, the golden age of aviation is alive and well
10 Jun 2019 - 7:24AM