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Orient Express Partners With St. Regis Bangkok and Singapore

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Bangkok, Thailand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Luxury train operator Orient-Express and distinguished 5-star luxury hotels The St. Regis Bangkok and The St. Regis Singapore have announced an exclusive partnership aimed at discerning travelers.

The newly formed partnership will grant privileges and offer a range of unique experiences to guests travelling between the two capital Asian cities of Singapore and Bangkok aboard the timelessly elegant Eastern and Oriental Express (E&O) train.

Since the brand’s first hotel debuted in 1904, St. Regis has developed a long-standing reputation of offering truly personalized experiences to its guests. Likewise, Orient-Express is best known for its quintessential traditions, attention to detail and gracious service.

The first of the partnership initiatives “Relive the Golden Age of Travel with a St. Regis – Eastern & Oriental Express Luxury Package” offers guests a three day journey up the Malay Peninsula and the opportunity to enjoy premium accommodation at both The St. Regis Singapore and recently opened The St. Regis Bangkok at either end of their journey; in addition to welcome drinks upon arrival, indulgent spa pampering and breakfast at both properties.

At both prestigious addresses guests will revel in St. Regis traditions: the St. Regis Singapore will prepare its signature tipple the Bloody Mary – first concocted by bartender Fernand Petiot in the King Cole Bar at St. Regis New York and still as popular today, while at the St. Regis Bangkok, a St. Regis Butler will perform a signature champagne sabering ritual and celebratory toast to the occasion.

There will also be a series of voyages aimed at the most discerning of travelers as part of the St. Regis Aficionado program. These are devised to provide guests with access to extraordinary events and it is St. Regis’ distinctive approach that results in experiences beyond all expectations for a true expression of luxury.

The ‘Caroline Astor’s Expeditions onboard The Eastern & Oriental Express Package’ is one such St. Regis Aficionado experience. It is set to be a remarkable 4-day journey from the 4th to the 7th June 2011 celebrating the artistic visionary, the epicurean voyager, and the passionate connoisseur.

Embark on a luxurious voyage that Caroline Astor, the St. Regis founder and matriarch of American high society, would take delight in, experiencing a sublime combination of nostalgia, stunning landscapes and gourmet dining experiences personally presented by E&O and St. Regis chefs, with well-appointed accommodation in two of Asia’s finest luxury hotels before and after this luxurious rail journey.

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4th June, The St. Regis Singapore: Begin your expedition by checking in to the address of refined elegance, The St. Regis Singapore. Indulge in the plush accommodation of your well-appointed room, and revitalize your senses at the award-winning Remède Spa’s Wet Lounge.

In the evening, sip and swirl fine wines at Decanter, one of the city’s most elite wine bars showcasing an outstanding collection of rare vintages conducted by the St. Regis Singapore’s Grand Sommelier.

5th June, Eastern & Oriental Express: Transfer to the train station in style by St. Regis Bentleys. Embark on one of the world’s most exciting and indulgent train journeys aboard the sumptuous Eastern & Oriental Express as you journey through the Malay Peninsula, rekindling the elegance and romantic age of luxury travel. Lunch is served in one of the train’s three opulent dining cars.

Dress for dinner and indulge in a welcome dinner presented by The St. Regis Singapore Executive Chef Frédéric Colin. Following an evening stroll at Kuala Lumpur’s magnificent Moorish-style station, retire to your compartment transformed into a cozy bedroom.

6th June, Eastern & Oriental Express: Revel in an unparalleled voyage through stunning landscapes, and embrace the rich history and authentic culture that is Southeast Asia. Explore the lively markets and colorful colonial architecture with an excursion in Penang.

Following which, witness the pink sunsets of the tropics as you journey into Thailand, whilst sipping on St. Regis Bloody Mary cocktails, personally presented by St. Regis Bangkok’s bartender. E&O Executive Chef Yannis Martineau ends the evening on a high note with a gourmet meal served in the luxurious dining car.

7th June, The St. Regis Bangkok: After a short stop at the River Kwai, arrive into Bangkok and adjourn to the St. Regis Bangkok, located at the coveted address along Rajadamri Road opened its door on April 1st 2011.

Enjoy a warm welcome by the Land of Smiles as you unwind and be pampered at the Elemis Spa. Sip on a glass of champagne sabred by St. Regis sommeliers, followed by a private 6- course dinner for Aficionado guests at the Chef’s Table.

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