Hip Hangouts in Singapore

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Happy Weekend everyone! Looking for places to spend that two precious days at?

Singapore might be a very small country, but still, there are lots of areas to explore over here, each with its own charm and character!

For something different from the usual suspects like Orchard Road and East Coast Road, how about spending some time exploring a few of the trendy districts which have become popular among the hip crowd?

Below, we feature some of our favourite hangout spots… do share your favourite places with us too!

Ann Siang Hill & Club Street

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to Terence Ong

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to Terence Ong

Near Chinatown, there is a quaint little area of shophouses. This is Ann Siang Hill and Club Street. In the past, the shophouses were used for traditional Chinese clan associations and exclusive social clubs, but the area has since been transformed into a great hangout location. Soak in the charming atmosphere and take in the beautiful architecture which is a great mix of old and new.

Ann Siang Hill is a bustling row of restaurants, bars, cafes, concept stores and boutiques. An excellent place to chill at after work!

As this area also comprises of businesses, especially those in the creative line, it is a favourite hangout spot of young working professionals.

What can be found here: Quirky shops selling clothes, furniture and jewellery, restaurants, cafes and drinking holes housed in elegantly restored shophouses.

Spend some time at: The Little Drom Store, Shots, Woods in the Books

Haji Lane

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to Limsengjueh

In recent years, Haji Lane has been drawing in the younger crowds. Located at the Kampong Glam neighbourhood, this alleyway of pre-war shophouses is home to a variety of home-grown independent boutiques.

It is in the heart of the Muslim quarter, but there’s a distinctly different vibe here. For those who are sick of shopping at the typical gigantic malls, Haji Lane attracts those gravitating to a more original aesthetic. From clothing and interior decorations, ice cream parlours, and even tarot card readings, this is the perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon.

What can be found here: Local boutiques by young entrepreneurs, vintage shops and exotic restaurants and cafes.

Spend some time at:  The Blog Shop, Pluck, Straits Record, Café Le Caire, Salad Shop.

Dempsey Hill

A short distance away from Orchard Road, you can find the lush, quiet settings of Dempsey Hill. It is a small mini-precinct and within its 18 blocks, you can find diverse cuisines, chic boutiques, a farmer’s market, art spaces and wellness facilities.

Dempsey Hill was a former military stronghold, the site of the British army barracks and the Central Manpower Base of Singapore (CMPB) where men reported for military service. Now, it has become one of the city’s top lifestyle destinations as a result of a hip cluster of wining and dining establishments moving in.

So if you want to dine while immersed in an old world charm experience, Dempsey Hill, with its conserved colonial black-and-white buildings, is the place to be.

What can be found here: Wining and dining establishments , lifestyle retail shops, art galleries and beauty parlours.

Spend some time at: The White Rabbit, Jones the Grocer, Tippling Club, The Museum of Contemporary Arts.

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Capri by Fraser is also a great place to hang out with your friends and family!

Take a look at our facilities:

  • 127sqm Treat Suites with spa facilities including private baths with TVs
  • Steam Room & Sauna
  • 20-metre Outdoor Pool with Hydro Treadmill
  • 38sqm Gym with pool view (24-hours)
  • Themed Laundrette Rooms on every floor (24-hours): Wii/Kinect, iPad Reading Room, Mini IT Lounge, Boxing Room and Foosball Room

And our dining establishments:

  • Caprilicious (all-day dining @ Level 1 withbuffet breakfast, semi-buffet lunch, a la cartedinner, and 24-hour room service)
  • Delite (deli @ Level 1 serving grab & gowraps, sandwiches, salads, powershakes &premium coffee/tea
  • Drinx (bar @ Level 1) & Ripples (poolside bar@ Level 2 serving international beers & ciders)

So book a stay with us today and let us show you a fun weekend!

Refuel yourself at Capri by Fraser, Changi City

If you feel hungry when you are at Capri by Fraser Changi City, there are plenty of dining options for you. There is the Caprilicious restaurant which offers all day dining, Drinx bar, 24/7 room service dining, as well as all the restaurants at Changi City Point shopping centre located next to the hotel. And for those looking for a quick bite during the day, head on down to Delite, Capri by Fraser’s in-house deli! Open from 7am to 10pm, Delite serves a variety of light, grab-and-go meals, snacks and drinks. The food is also pretty healthy! Delite’s range of freshly-made sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups will fill you up, without the unnecessary calories. We thoroughly recommend the ribeye steak sandwich! Other items available are: a selection of specialty cakes which include the likes of Boston Cheese Cake and Vegetarian Brownie, muffins, and fruit cups. To complement the food, we also have a comprehensive beverage menu. Delite offers Illy coffee, tea, fruit juices, healthy smoothies and also powershakes. There is also a small grocery section within Delite highlighting our deli concept. It offers an assortment of imported wines, chips, and sweets for sale. So guests who’re feeling peckish, go on down to Delite and treat yourself to a healthy delicious snack! Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore is located at 3 Changi Business Park, Central 1, Singapore 486037. To enjoy our special opening packages and rates, reservations can be made online at http://www.capribyfraser.com, by calling 1800 338 0800 or emailing reservations.singapore@capribyfraser.com. So book a stay with us today!

Asia’s largest Panda Garden

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Singapore’s very own giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia are moving to their new home at the Giant Panda Forest in the soon-to-be opened River Safari, Singpore!

The Giant Panda Forest is located in the Yangtze River zone in the River Safari, this 1500m2state-of-the-art biodome was specially designed and landscaped to simulate the pandas’ natural habitat in the rugged highlands of China. It is one of the key highlights of the River Safari, which is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. The park is only scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013, but the panda exhibit will be open to the public from November 29, 2012 so that visitors can enjoy a special sneak preview of the dangerously adorable pandas.

Some facts & features about the new Giant Panda Forest:

1)     This exhibit is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, covering an area roughly the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

2)     The roof is constructed with double pane glass alternated with insulated metal, which allows in lots of sunlight.

3)     Apart from Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the biodome will also be home to the golden pheasants and red panda exhibits.

4)     The temperature is climate-controlled, and set between 18° to 22°C, with humidity at 50-60%, to ensure the comfort of the animals.

5)     It will feature plenty of lush greenery, boulders and water features to mimic the bears’ natural habitat.

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Where: River Safari, located between Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

Ticketing: Tickets to the giant panda exhibit will be on sale daily from 8.30am starting 29 November. These tickets can be purchased at Singapore Zoo’s ticketing counters and are valid only on the day of purchase. Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis to accommodate an optimum number of visitors in the Giant Panda Forest at any one time.

Visitors will be able to enter the Giant Panda Forest from a specially-created access point in Singapore Zoo. Those planning to meet Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the Giant Panda Forest can do so by purchasing a Singapore Zoo admission ticket* and a top-up fee of $5.00 per adult or $3.00 per child (3 to 12 years old).

You can find out more here.

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The Giant Panda Forest will definitely be an eye-opening experience, so don’t miss it!

If you’re planning to come to Singapore for the exhibit, do book a stay with us at Capri by Fraser, Changi City Singapore.

CHANGI CITY / SINGAPORE
Our lives today are a blur. Working, relaxing and socialising are impossible to distinguish. We are constantly connected. Always on the move. And when we’re away from home, we seek a comfy, functional space that seamlessly meets our individual business and leisure needs. Welcome to a new concept in hospitality. Capri by Fraser.

YOUR SPACE IN SINGAPORE
With 313 spacious studios with kitchenettes, and the smartest facilities designed around your lifestyle, Capri by Fraser in Singapore is ideally located just moments from Expo and 5-minutes from Changi Airport.

SPACES AND FACILITIES

  • 313 studios, all with kitchenettes
  • Fully-equipped gym overlooking the pool
  • Steam Room & Sauna
  • Spa Suite with ofuro-style private baths and TVs
  • Boardroom with touchscreen capabilities (up to 10 pax) / Function Room (up to 40 pax)
  • All-day Dining / Deli in the lobby space for fresh meals, lunch boxes and TV dinners
  • Poolside & Lobby Bars
  • Laundrettes equipped with Xbox Kinect, Wii etc on every floor
  • Large undercover car park

So BOOK a stay with us today and be amongst the first few to catch Kai Kai and Jia Jia in their new home!

Going out in Singapore

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When the sun sets, the night-pulse of Singapore moves to a different beat and the city comes to life with the buzz and sounds emanating from the many bars, pubs and clubs opened for business. In Singapore, every night is a party night.

For those of you looking for places to go for a fun night out with friends, here are some of the more popular establishments to hit.

Have you gone clubbing in Singapore? Let us know which are your favourite clubs!

Zouk

Zouk is one of, if not THE, most popular club/bar in Singapore. There are four different clubs within Zouk itself – Velvet Underground, Phuture, the Wine Bar and the main Zouk room.  It is the pioneer of local clubbing institutions, delivering a progressive and innovative environment and introducing Singaporeans to the world’s freshest dance music – from house to techno. The club is named after the French Creole word for ‘party’. It has won the Singapore Tourism Board’s “Best Nightspot Experience” award a whopping six times, between 1996 to 2007. Zouk was also ranked number 10 on DJ Magazine’s list of Top 100 clubs in the world in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

Zouk Singapore 17 Jiak Kim Street S’pore 169420  Tel: +65 6738 2988  

Home Club

Home Club is an intimate alternative to Singapore’s mega-clubs, and is our nation’s preferred underground club. The music they play reflects this, so expect to hear more indie, electro, dubstep and psy-trance tunes and beats; perfect for those who are tired of mainstream music. A versatile space, an intimate surrounding and a venue dedicated to the exposure of new sounds, it is an entire philosophy in itself, and certainly promises to be quite different.

Address: 20 Upper Circular Rd #B1-01/06 The Riverwalk
Phone: +65 6538 2928
Email: info@homeclub.com.sg

St James Power Station

St James Power Station is the largest one-stop entertainment hub here in Singapore. The entire club is in Singapore’s first coal-fired power station. With St James Power Station, there are 11 nightclubs and live entertainment destinations rivalling Zouk, with 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) of floor space. Customers need only pay one charge to gain access to all outlets. Each outlet features exclusive live music themes that range from R&B and contemporary dance, to Mando-pop.

St James Power Station is located at: 3 Sentosa Gateway.

The Butter Factory

The Butter Factory caters mainly to the hip-hop and R&B crowd. It has made a name of itself with its wild and eccentric theme party nights. The club is split into 2 areas: Bump and Fash. The main room is Bump where the urban beats are played, and Fash provides a more electronic approach for the artier clientele.

Address: Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049213
Phone: 6333 8243
For your entertainment, our spacious suites come fitted with impressive home entertainment systems that include LED TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations so you and your friends can get fun whilst getting ready for a night out. In fact the laundrettes on every floor are also equipped with devices like Xbox Kinect and Wii, so you can still have fun while waiting for that shirt to dry.
So book a stay with us today!

Smart facilities for a smart hotel

Seeing as the SITEX IT fair is starting tomorrow, we will be continuing with the technology theme today by introducing some of the high-tech facilities that Capri by Fraser, Changi City is equipped with.

Capri by Fraser, Changi City is designed to meet the lifestyle needs of this digital generation, so over here guests will find everything they need to stay connected, no matter where they are.

When you first arrive, you’ll notice that the check-in process is uniquely different. As part of our “always on” e-efficiency experience, guests are checked in with our state of the art iPads. Hip, cool, and hassle-free; checking in will never be the same again!

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If you did not bring along your laptop but still want to surf the web, print off your boarding pass, and check your emails…no worries! Just head on over to HotSpot, our business corner which is decked out with iMacs, PCs, printers and fax machines.

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Frustrated with slow and/or expensive Wi-Fi when staying in hotels? You won’t have to worry about that with us! At Capri by Fraser, we have high-speed and free Wi-Fi all throughout the hotel. Guests can also enjoy wireless printing capabilities from any mobile devices so you don’t have to lug your laptop to a printer. Just click from wherever you are, and presto!

And in today’s world where many connections and activities are taken place digitally, power and batteries run out fast. We have provided a Data Box where all your iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc. can be charged so you’ll never have to miss a thing. Our meeting room have interactive walls so ace that presentation and impress their socks off.

Urban inspired, high-tech and intuitive, Capri by Fraser, Changi City empowers residents with a menu of intelligent services to choose the way they want to rest, relax and recharge.  We aim to bridge the gap between hotels and serviced residences to meet the short term accommodation needs of the 24×7 digital generation who work and play to a different beat from that of the business travellers of the past.

So experience a whole different concept of hospitality when you book a stay with us today!

SITEX Singapore 2012

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Those of you who are looking to purchase any electronic products, now is the time to do so, as Singapore’s biggest IT & electronics fair is in town once again!

SITEX, now in its 24th year, is regarded as the most established IT event in Singapore. It has become a launch pad for some of the best infocomm and consumer electronics, where visitors can enjoy huge discounts and savings on computers, home entertainment systems, mobile phones, gaming devices and more.

When: 22 – 25 November 2012, 11am – 9pm

Where: Singapore Expo, Halls 4B – 6

This year, for the first time ever, SITEX will feature a dedicated area for visitors to shop for cameras and related products and services – the “CAMERA & DIGITAL MEDIA ZONE”. It will feature brands like Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Fujifilm. In addition, there will also be workshops organised by the Photographic Society of Singapore where photography enthusiasts can learn from experts in the field.

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2012 will also be the debut year of the Intel® Extreme Masters Singapore Tournament Southeast Asia edition. The world’s best gamers will be battling with each other for the total prize pool of USD 82,000. Other highlights of the event include an “All I Want For X’mas” lucky draw and a “Ladies Go Tech” lucky dip, both of which rewards visitors for their purchases at SITEX.

For those who are planning to jostle with the crowd at SITEX 2012, we have gathered some tips for you to prepare yourself for the experience:

  • Check and test the products: It will be troublesome to go back and exchange it after you leave. Check the warranty, check for any flaws in the product, and check that you have received everything you’re entitled to.
  • Get a floor map of the event: As the event is spread out over 3 halls, there will be lots of walking involved. A map will help you find the intended booths quicker and easier.
  • Check and test the products: It will be troublesome to go back and exchange it after you leave. Check the warranty, check for any flaws in the product, and check that you have received everything you’re entitled to.
  • If you can wait, go on the last day: Retailers might slash prices further, or include more freebies so you can get a better deal. However, the downside is that items might be sold out already. It’s up to you whether or not to take this risk.

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So if you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, or looking to upgrade your electronics, or just to learn more about IT and electronics, head on down to Singapore Expo for SITEX 2012!

Capri by Fraser is conveniently located just moments away from Singapore Expo. So if you’re in town for the fair, book a stay with us so you can make all that return trips back to carry all the gadgets that you’ll be buying!

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For your entertainment, our spacious suites come fitted with impressive home entertainment systems that include LED TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations to add to the pleasure of “staying in” so you can play with all your new toys that you’ve bought from the fair. The laundrettes on every floor are also equipped with devices like Xbox Kinect and Wii, so that you can have fun even when doing the laundry!

The PLUGGED-IN WORLD

The rise of the digital age has seen the rise of the internet generation.

Advances in technology have revolutionized the way we live. Years ago, only a select few could afford mobile phones or a computer. Today as technology becomes increasingly accessible and affordable, almost everyone has either a smartphone, computer, or tablet.

In today’s modern world, we use the internet for everything – from work and socializing with others, to academic, digital entertainment, and e-commerce. With the heavy reliance on the internet, It’s pretty unfathomable to imagine life without the web. It does make one wonder how people ever managed to do anything at all before the internet came along.

And whilst there are people who have grown up without the internet like your grandparents and ours, there are plenty of others who have – Generation Z aka the “digital natives”.

We are constantly plugged in to our technological devices, and we rely on this connectivity in order to function in today’s society. It has become much easier to do stuff like pay bills, look up information, conduct business, catch up with friends and family around the world through social networking and more. The internet allows us to access this technology, and as such, the reluctance to not want to be disconnected/offline for ‘long’ periods of time is understandable.

We understand that in order for you to stay updated, you have to stay connected. And when you’re away from home, you seek a comfy, functional space that seamlessly meets your individual business and leisure needs. The smartest facilities designed around your lifestyle.

Enter Capri by Fraser, the new concept of hospitality.

For your entertainment, our spacious suites come fitted with impressive home entertainment systems that include LED TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations to add to the pleasure of “staying in”. The laundrettes on every floor are also equipped with devices like Xbox Kinect and Wii, so that you can have fun even when doing the laundry.

Urban inspired high-tech and intuitive, Capri by Fraser empowers residents with a menu of intelligent services to choose the way they want to rest, relax and recharge. Its “always on” e-efficiency experience includes iPad activated check-ins, interactive e-concierge, AirPrint and Wi-Fi e-Print facilities for business, meeting rooms with interactive walls, and a Data Box to charge all digital devices. Should residents so wish, a selection of unique leisure experiences, ranging from Harley motorbike rides and sports car drives to salsa dancing and personal pilates sessions, are also available as part of Capri by Fraser’s customisable online menu.

Last but not least, there is free high-speed Wi-Fi all throughout the hotel so you can stay connected whenever and wherever.

Book a stay with us today!

KLPGA Tour: ADT CAPS Championship 2012 in Singapore

If you’re an avid fan of golf, do not miss the chance to catch the ADT CAPS Championship 2012 live and see the up and coming golfers. So treat yourself to a staycation at Capri by Fraser and be right in the hub of all the action!

The ADT CAPS Championship 2012 is taking place here in Singapore this month, from the 15th to the 17th of November. It is the season ending KLPGA (Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tour event and will be held at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club, and this will mark the first time the event has been held outside Korea.

The KLPGA Tour, one of the world’s five leading women’s golf tours, is a breeding ground for up and coming superstars. As a matter of fact, Korean ladies currently make up 36 of the top 100 ladies in the Official Rolex World Ranking.

For this tournament, the top 60 leading players from the KLPGA rankings will take part. The field is also set to feature 10 players from the top 100 of the Rolex World Rankings and an additional 20 players ranked between 100 & 200 in the world. Two tournament invitations have also been granted to Singapore based golfers. As the Championship is the last tournament on the KLPGA schedule, it is one of the most anticipated tournaments and usually decides the grand prize and order of merit. This year, players will be competing for the main tour total prize fund of roughly 12 million USD and all their sanctioned event reward world ranking points.

The Tournament will operate a 2 tee start with group starting on both the 1st and 10th holes. The groups will tee-off their first hole from 08:00 – 09:40 and it is anticipated that play will finish at 2:45pm each day (subject to weather). And good news for those who are interested to catch all the action: entry to the course will be free for all spectators.

Frasers Hospitality

Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore, has been appointed the Official Hotel Partner of the ADT CAPS Championship 2012. Located close to the Laguna Golf Club, it will host the tournament players, officials and international media.

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Getting there:

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From Changi City, travel along the Changi South Avenue, then turn right into Laguna Golf Green. 

Happy Deepavali!

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Deepavali is the most important festival in the Hindu calendar. Known as the festival of lights, it is the celebration of good over evil and light over darkness.

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There are many legends attributed to this festival that have been passed down through the generations and out of all legends, the main one is the story of Rama and Sita.  Lord Rama, the eldest son of Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya,  was exiled for 14 years. After the exile, in which he had put an end to the evil demon Ravana of Lanka, Rama returned to Ayodhya with his wife and brother, and was welcomed  by the people with rows of clay lamps that lit up his path. The lit lamps was a celebration of his triumph over evil.

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In keeping with the tradition, oil lamps are lit during Deepavali in Indian households throughout the world. And if you are in Singapore, you can take part in the festivities by visiting Little India. This year the festival falls on 13th November and Little India is all decorated for the festivities.  Streets are lit up with dazzling lights and streamers and it is an explosion of festivity and vibrant colours all around.

There are also a variety of festive bazaars and cultural activities taking place during this period. One can find all kinds of traditional goodies like flower garlands, oil lamps and colourful Indian costumes here. The bazaars are very popular among people looking for traditional decorations or just soaking in the festive atmosphere.

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Another event is the UTSAV Deepavali street parade, the biggest arts event in Little India. Taking place on Saturday, the 17th of November at Race Course Road, this event promises to be a wonderful display of Indian dance, music, culture and traditions.

So take a trip down to Little India, the heart of Deepavali, and bask in the unique culture of the Indian community and join in their celebrations!

Getting there from Capri by Fraser
From Changi Expo, travel along the ECP all the way till Exit 15, and exit out onto Rochor Road. From there, head to Rochor Canal Road then turn right into Serangoon Road.

If you’re going by public transport, just exit from Little India MRT station along the North East Line.

 

From all of us at Capri by Fraser, we wish everyone a Happy Deepavali!

 

Anime Festival Asia 2012

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Anime fans rejoice! This month, the Anime Festival Asia returns to Singapore for a three-day extravaganza from 9-11 November and it’s looking amazing!

Highlights of the festival include I Love Anisong concerts, a regional cosplay championship, Moe Moe Kyun maid and butler cafes and a Japan future entertainment zone. An upcoming Japanese anime “K” will also be launched at the event.

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Special guests and celebrity cosplayers will also be flying in specially to speak with fans who will be able to hear first-hand, industry information on upcoming anime offerings and behind-the-scenes stuff. They’ll also be showcasing their craftsmanship and costumes, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see them in person!

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With such awesome activities and events lined up for the festival, anime enthusiasts, music lovers, and Japanese pop culture fans are bound to have fun.

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When: 9 to 11 November 2012

Where: Singapore Expo Halls 7 and 8

If you’re an anime fan and are planning to attend the festival, do consider a stay/staycation at Capri by Fraser.

Capri by Fraser

Capri by Fraser in Singapore is ideally located just moments from Expo and 5 minutes from Changi Airport.

With 313 spacious studios with kitchenettes, and the smartest facilities (fully equipped gym, swimming pool, laundrettes equipped with Xbox Kinect, Wii etc on every floor, spa suite with ofuro-style private baths and TVs, and more) designed around your lifestyle, Capri by Fraser represents a new concept in hospitality.

So BOOK a stay with us today!