If there’s one good thing about about getting older, it’s that you start developing (and heeding) a little travel wisdom.
I can’t tell you how many long haul flights I’ve pushed through, only to end up wrecked and useless at the other end. So when I knew I had 23 hours of solid flying just to make yet another connection to the IMCC5 in Borneo, I opted for a time out in Singapore instead. Marriott offers insanely good rates for first-degree relatives of their staff, so as the brother of a General Manager I was to get a fantastic rate on an otherwise pricey (for US standards) downtown property called the Courtyard Singapore Novena. The hotel is the tallest building in it’s neighborhood, with the reception on the 22nd floor and a world class swimming pool and cocktail bar on the 33rd floor rooftop. The rooms are beyond cute, compact by some standards but designed so well that the space is better used and more cozy than most rooms twice their size. Not arriving til midnight, I slept like a baby and then used a late check out to simply enjoy the neighborhood and facilities. It was quite possibly the most relaxing morning of my life, and sent me off on my next leg – to Kuching, Malaysia – refreshed and energized, rather than zombified by round-the-world jet lag. Thank you Marriott and brother Jesse!