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This Hotel Will Give You a Rain Refund in a City That Rains Half the Year

by Eben Diskin Mar 13, 2024

No matter where you’re going on vacation, the thought has probably entered your mind: “but what if it rains, and the whole trip is ruined?” The possibility of poor weather shouldn’t prevent you from traveling, though it’s understandable to be a little wary of spending money traveling somewhere known for its frequent rain. No destination can engineer the weather – not even the high-tech metropolis of Singapore – but this hotel is doing its best to alleviate travelers’ rain concerns.

The Intercontinental Singapore is offering guests a “Rain Resist Bliss” package, which reimburses one night of the stay if any of their planned activities are canceled due to rain. The city-state is known for its heavy rainfall, with an average of 171 days of rain per year, so the offer is a pretty solid insurance policy against the fairly likely prospect of rain, and a great way to save money in Singapore – a notoriously expensive city. There are some fairly strict stipulations, though.

The package only applies to anyone staying in Junior Suites, One-Bedroom Suites, a Royal Suite, Ambassador Suites, and Presidential Suites – the cheapest of which start at $633 per night. If it rains for more than 120 cumulative minutes within any four-hour block of time during daylight hours (8 AM to 7 PM), the package kicks in, and guests will receive a refund in the form of a voucher in the amount of one night’s stay. Vouchers must be spent at the InterContinental Singapore within six months.

If you’re wondering how the amount of rainfall is calculated, data is captured by the National Environmental Agency Weather Station, and used to automatically trigger the eligibility of the vouchers. No action is required on the part of the guests. So, yes, you might still have a rainy day in Singapore, but a rain check worth over $600 makes the bad weather sting a little less.

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