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

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.

5 Oct 2020 - 7:24PM

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
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.

19 Sep 2020 - 4:15PM

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
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.

7 Sep 2020 - 11:39AM

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
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

22 Aug 2020 - 10:00AM

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
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.

10 Aug 2020 - 6:42PM

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
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.

18 Jul 2020 - 8:16PM

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
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

4 May 2020 - 10:50AM

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
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

1 May 2020 - 9:00AM

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
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?

27 Apr 2020 - 2:00AM

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
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.

8 Apr 2020 - 1:17PM

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
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

26 Mar 2020 - 3:00PM

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
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?

26 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM

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
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.

19 Feb 2020 - 9:08PM

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
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

2 Jan 2020 - 5:00PM

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
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

29 Nov 2019 - 2:00PM

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
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.

12 Nov 2019 - 5:00PM

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
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.

10 Jun 2019 - 7:24AM

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
Go Wilde at L’oscar London: a church turned boutique hotel that pays homage to Irish playwright

Several original details of the Grade II listed building have been retained by French interior designer Jacques Garcia.

2 May 2019 - 7:00PM

Several original details of the Grade II listed building have been retained by French interior designer Jacques Garcia.

Go Wilde at L’oscar London: a church turned boutique hotel that pays homage to Irish playwright
Cambridge’s oldest hotel, the University Arms: where the learned stay in luxury

The property has just undergone a US$100 million refurbishment, working with architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki

11 Jan 2019 - 4:38PM

The property has just undergone a US$100 million refurbishment, working with architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki

Cambridge’s oldest hotel, the University Arms: where the learned stay in luxury
The Crazy Rich Asians guide to Singapore: film locations you can actually visit

From the Marina Bay Sands’ infinity pool to Newton Food Centre, you don’t have to be crazy, rich or Asian to visit these landmark locations seen in the Lion City-based Hollywood blockbuster

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From the Marina Bay Sands’ infinity pool to Newton Food Centre, you don’t have to be crazy, rich or Asian to visit these landmark locations seen in the Lion City-based Hollywood blockbuster

The Crazy Rich Asians guide to Singapore: film locations you can actually visit
Indonesia’s Cempedak Island resort is barefoot luxury at its finest

The adults-only private island resort is an eco-friendly tropical paradise. Just leave the heels and hair dryer at home

7 Jul 2017 - 12:00AM

The adults-only private island resort is an eco-friendly tropical paradise. Just leave the heels and hair dryer at home

Indonesia’s Cempedak Island resort is barefoot luxury at its finest
Rajasthan's Jawai Leopard Camp - luxury safari, no crowds

Gillian Rhys rates the Jawai leopard experience - the camp is the only one in the vicinity and you won't find jeeps full of tourists crowded around every specimen

4 Jun 2016 - 11:15PM

Gillian Rhys rates the Jawai leopard experience - the camp is the only one in the vicinity and you won't find jeeps full of tourists crowded around every specimen

Rajasthan's Jawai Leopard Camp - luxury safari, no crowds
The Sanchaya Bintan resort, a short ferry ride from Singapore but worlds apart

It's British colonial meets the Hamptons with a smattering of Asian influences, Gillian Rhys discovers.

17 Oct 2015 - 10:31PM

It's British colonial meets the Hamptons with a smattering of Asian influences, Gillian Rhys discovers.

The Sanchaya Bintan resort, a short ferry ride from Singapore but worlds apart
How Western restaurants in Asia are catering for Hong Kong palates

Hong Kong restaurants such as The Pawn, Catalunya, and Aberdeen Street Social serve European-inspired menus with Asian influences.

28 Aug 2015 - 10:13AM

Hong Kong restaurants such as The Pawn, Catalunya, and Aberdeen Street Social serve European-inspired menus with Asian influences.

How Western restaurants in Asia are catering for Hong Kong palates
Brewer's super-premium sake 'perfect introduction' to the spirit

The 350-year-old boutique Masumi brewery was picked to make the house sake for Aman Tokyo, the Asian luxury hotel group's first venture in Japan.

17 Sep 2015 - 1:16PM

The 350-year-old boutique Masumi brewery was picked to make the house sake for Aman Tokyo, the Asian luxury hotel group's first venture in Japan.

Brewer's super-premium sake 'perfect introduction' to the spirit
Make your own plastic food on Peninsula Tokyo course

One of the few Japanese sample-food makers still working by hand shows hotel guests how to make fake ramen, tempura, and ice cream sundaes out of plastic.

14 Aug 2015 - 8:17AM

One of the few Japanese sample-food makers still working by hand shows hotel guests how to make fake ramen, tempura, and ice cream sundaes out of plastic.

Make your own plastic food on Peninsula Tokyo course
Who invented the Singapore Sling? That Raffles barman, surely?

As city state marks 50 years, its most famous drink is officially turning 100. But some are convinced its origins date to two years earlier, at least. A number of other slings have been created to mark the anniversary.

7 Aug 2015 - 10:32AM

As city state marks 50 years, its most famous drink is officially turning 100. But some are convinced its origins date to two years earlier, at least. A number of other slings have been created to mark the anniversary.

Who invented the Singapore Sling? That Raffles barman, surely?
Five of the best à la carte hotel breakfasts in East and Southest Asia

Seasonal foods, fruit, local specialities, tasting menus and selections designed to cleanse or revitalise are all on offer as the breakfast buffet goes out of vogue.

24 Jul 2015 - 10:12AM

Seasonal foods, fruit, local specialities, tasting menus and selections designed to cleanse or revitalise are all on offer as the breakfast buffet goes out of vogue.

Five of the best à la carte hotel breakfasts in East and Southest Asia
Boutique Hong Kong honey, and the hotels where you can eat it

If you visit The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong before the end of July, the hotel's Lounge & Bar is offering a Honey Bee Afternoon Tea in collaboration with Bee's Nest Pure Honey. Among the teatime treats are traditional scones served with clotted cream and raw honey and a nod to Hong Kong with steamed milk custard topped with honey jelly - a twist on the traditional Cantonese dessert. The honey is the first batch produced by the hotel's beehive at Bee's Nest farm near Tai Tam reservoir. In keeping with The Ritz-Carlton group's quest to support local businesses and environmental issues, the hotel has adopted a beehive there. Tours with one of the founders - Hong Kong beekeeper Gordon Yan, chef Cedric Alexandra (previously of TWG) or manager Patrick H. Zepho (ex Roka chef) - can be arranged for hotel guests.

19 Jun 2015 - 6:28AM

If you visit The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong before the end of July, the hotel's Lounge & Bar is offering a Honey Bee Afternoon Tea in collaboration with Bee's Nest Pure Honey. Among the teatime treats are traditional scones served with clotted cream and raw honey and a nod to Hong Kong with steamed milk custard topped with honey jelly - a twist on the traditional Cantonese dessert. The honey is the first batch produced by the hotel's beehive at Bee's Nest farm near Tai Tam reservoir. In keeping with The Ritz-Carlton group's quest to support local businesses and environmental issues, the hotel has adopted a beehive there. Tours with one of the founders - Hong Kong beekeeper Gordon Yan, chef Cedric Alexandra (previously of TWG) or manager Patrick H. Zepho (ex Roka chef) - can be arranged for hotel guests.

Boutique Hong Kong honey, and the hotels where you can eat it
At Ralph Lauren's New York restaurant, comfort food is on the menu