A Guide To PARKROYAL’s Best Local Experiences

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What’s the point of visiting a new country if you don’t immerse yourself in the local culture and do as the locals do? Shed the conventional image of a tourist, and put on the mantle of a bona fide globetrotter with the help of Local Experiences, one of many membership benefits of DISCOVERY, our loyalty programme that lets our members enjoy privileges at over 550 Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) hotels worldwide.

From traditional makeovers to chef-guided food tours, we bring you complimentary treats and activities specially arranged by our PARKROYAL People. Already a DISCOVERY member? Here is a round up of 12 unmissable PARKROYAL Local Experiences, split into Platinum and Black membership categories for you to pick from.

PLATINUM REWARDS
Stay 10 or more nights in a year at GHA hotels to redeem these Platinum-level rewards.

1. Gem art for 4 with a local artist (Stay required)

1 Gem Art
Where: PARKOYAL Yangon, Myanmar
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Discover the art of gemstone paintings with a three-hour crafting session with a local artisan, where you can create your own art piece using semi-precious stones such as ruby and jade. At the same time, enjoy an exclusive tour of one of Yangon’s gem-painting factories.

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2. Tall Ship Lunch Cruise for 1 at Sydney Harbour (Stay required)

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Where: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Experience Sydney Harbour on board an authentic 1850’s style timber Tall Ship from Sydney Harbour Tall Ships.  Be taken back in time and learn about the grand sailing vessel’s past and guided tour below the deck, or hoist the sails and sail the ship with the Captain. For lunch, tuck into a variety of barbequed Australian seafood cruising past Sydney Harbour’s most iconic landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and Admiralty House amidst the light acoustic music performed live on deck

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3. Serenity on Pulau Ubin (Stay required)

3 Pulau Ubin
Where: PARKOYAL on Beach Road, Singapore
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Singapore may be a developed urban city-state, but you can still experience its rustic origins. Tucked away on an offshore island is Pulau Ubin, a little village where blooming mangroves, rubber plantations, sequestered beaches, and wild animal encounters await you. Transport to and from the island will be provided.

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4. Master cooking class in Vietnamese cuisine for 2 (Stay required)

4 Master Cooking Class
Where: PARKROYAL Saigon, Vietnam
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Learn to navigate the local food market and select the best ingredients with the hotel’s very own master chef, before taking it to the kitchen with a private cooking class. You’ll emerge with newfound skills to whip up a traditional Vietnamese meal.

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 5. Experience a Burmese makeover and local market tour (Stay required)

5 Burmese Makeover
Where: PARKROYAL Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: This unbeatable escapade begins with a complimentary buffet breakfast at Shwe Si Daw, followed by a market tour, guided by a local expert. But the real highlight is the traditional makeover, complete with wardrobe and make-up, where you’ll learn about the Longyi (a sarong-like wrap-around fabric) and Thanaka (a natural sun cream made from ground bark).

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6. Culture Club – The key to being a Penangite (Stay required)

6 Culture Club PARKROYAL Penang
Where: PARKROYAL Penang Resort, Malaysia
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: PARKROYAL’s Culture Club offers a fun crash course on Malaysian culture, where you’ll get to learn a bit about the local language, play a few traditional games, taste some local tidbits, and make a glass of the popular pulled milk tea.

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7. Cocktails and tapas for 2 at Bar:30 (No stay required)

7 Bar 30
Where: PARKROYAL Parramatta, Australia
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Savour complimentary cocktails and tapas at PARKROYAL Parramatta’s Bar:30. We recommend the Salt & Pepper Calamari, paired with a glass of the Ultra Alexander Martini, which mixes brandy with chocolate liqueur.

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BLACK rewards
To become a Black member, accumulate at least 30 nights stayed at GHA hotels in a year.

8. Bespoke tailoring – A new shirt for the new year (Stay required)

8 Bespoke tailoring
Where: PARKROYAL on Pickering, a PARKROYAL Collection Hotel, Singapore
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Granted, New Year celebrations are officially over. But there’s always a reason to get a bespoke mandarin collared shirt/blouse tailored by experienced artisans. Choose from an array from fabrics and colours, and leave the rest to Jack Custom Tailor.

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9. Visit the living legends (Stay required)

9 Living Legends
Where: PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, Australia
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Get up-close and personal with Australia’s champion racehorses, including Regal Roller, Doriemus, Silent Witness, and the gorgeous Apache Cat, who sports distinctive white birthmarks on its face and legs that contrast nicely with its brown coat.

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10. Round island tour – A historic tour of Singapore (Stay required)

10 Singapore Round Island Tour
Where: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Singapore
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: This full-day city trail includes pit stops at the Changi Museum, the Johore Battery, an underground gun emplacement site, the Bright Hill Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the country, and Gardens by the Bay, which hosts more than 250,000 species of flora.

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11. Luxury Retreat – Treatments for 2 at St. Gregory (No stay required)

11 Luxury Retreat
Where: PARKROYAL Saigon, Vietnam
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Unwind with a luxury spa treatment that consists of a 60-minute aromatic body massage, which incorporates Swedish massage techniques, as well as a 30-minute Chinese foot reflexology session that will improve blood circulation and get rid of unwanted toxins.

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12. Complimentary family buffet for 4 at Chatz Brasserie (No stay required)

12 Chatz Brasserie for 4
Where: PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
When: Available until 31 Dec 2016
What: Enjoy a family high tea, lunch or dinner buffet for 4 and savour Malaysian specialities such as Nasi Goreng Kampong, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Fried Kway Teow as well as international dishes like wood-fired pizzas, teriyaki-glazed free-range chicken breast, roasted apricot-glazed lamb rack, and pan-seared cod fish, that will have you feasting like royalty.

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To redeem these perks, simply become a Platinum or Black member of DISCOVERY, starting as a Gold member (the first membership tier) when you sign up for free. To qualify as a Platinum or Black member, all you need to do is stay with any PARKROYAL or GHA hotel to accumulate the required number of nights’ stays, all while enjoying complimentary membership perks like complimentary WiFi, exclusive member offers and more from the moment you become a member.

Find out more about DISCOVERY and sign up as a member to start enjoying our membership benefits, and have a truly Local Experience on your stays with us! 

 

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