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

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

1 Oct 2018 - 3:06PM

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
HK$3,500 for a no-show: Hong Kong restaurants try to make reservations stick

They're the restaurateurs who put the "fine" in dining - charging customers who fail to show for reservations or change them at the last minute. 

7 May 2015 - 8:37PM

They're the restaurateurs who put the "fine" in dining - charging customers who fail to show for reservations or change them at the last minute. 

HK$3,500 for a no-show: Hong Kong restaurants try to make reservations stick
Sydney's star chefs expand into casual dining
Ex-models take on new careers in the kitchen

Food and models are not an obvious pairing. Yet increasingly they are moving from catwalk to kitchen - among them Hong Kong's Amanda Strang, supermodels Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss, and Helena Rizzo, named world's best woman chef.

27 Feb 2015 - 10:13AM

Food and models are not an obvious pairing. Yet increasingly they are moving from catwalk to kitchen - among them Hong Kong's Amanda Strang, supermodels Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss, and Helena Rizzo, named world's best woman chef.

Ex-models take on new careers in the kitchen
Why are there still so few female chefs in Asia?
Foreign chefs in Hong Kong source top ingredients from their homelands

Chefs are going the extra mile to source speciality ingredients from their homelands. Sometimes it's because of the quality, sometimes it's the lure of childhood memories.

8 Aug 2014 - 8:46AM

Chefs are going the extra mile to source speciality ingredients from their homelands. Sometimes it's because of the quality, sometimes it's the lure of childhood memories.

Foreign chefs in Hong Kong source top ingredients from their homelands
How top international chefs are taking up guest residencies in city's kitchens
Top chefs are taking to the high seas
Top chef Lanshu Chen: Women are under-represented in the food industry
Les Amis a magnet for innovative chefs
Boarding on Beach Road

As Raffles Hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary, Gillian Rhys speaks to guests for whom the venerable Singapore property holds special memories.

10 Sep 2012 - 10:26AM

As Raffles Hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary, Gillian Rhys speaks to guests for whom the venerable Singapore property holds special memories.

Boarding on Beach Road
Spice: the final frontier
6 Dec 2012 - 10:44AM
Spice: the final frontier
Ask the Foodie: Alex Bignotti
5 Oct 2012 - 10:47AM
Ask the Foodie: Alex Bignotti
Asian restaurants join elite club
Making a meal of restaurant names