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.
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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. 

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
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.

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
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.

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
MagazinesLifestyle