BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Room service - Where Bear Grylls stays

BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Room service - Where Bear Grylls stays - FOR BUSINESS: The other day I was in Singapore for a speaking engagement and stayed at the Four Seasons. It was amazing. When travelling somewhere to speak, I fly in fo

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

FOR BUSINESS: The other day I was in Singapore for a speaking engagement and stayed at the Four Seasons. It was amazing. When travelling somewhere to speak, I fly in for a short period of time and need somewhere easy and relaxing, where I can be on my own. I get nervous before I speak and I woke up at four that morning. I decided to go to the gym but hadn't brought any kit. The staff kitted me out from head to toe and asked what I would like to watch on my personalised screen. I chose Chariots of Fire. I felt so pampered - they went that extra mile. And as it is right in the centre of Singapore you can walk out and explore the Little India quarter. It's two contrasting worlds.

FOR PLEASURE: We own a little island in North Wales - one of the St Tudwals' islands - with one cottage on it. It's my hideaway. I blew all my book royalties on it one and a half years ago. My wife and I bought it very cheaply because it's tumbled down - we got it for the price of a car. While we're doing it up, we stay on the mainland in a little hotel in Abersoch called Portcawl, run by a sweet Welsh couple. It's small and cosy and warm. Abersoch is a small fishing village, very popular in the summer. All the fishermen help us bring supplies from the mainland. It's near Anglesey and Snowdonia, which is good for me - it's wild, woolly and earthy.

Bear Grylls, the youngest Briton to climb Everest, is a best-selling author and director of Leadership UK, which offers corporate leadership training.

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