BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Richard Scudamore stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Richard Scudamore stays - For business: The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore gets just about everything right. It is hard to separate the hotel from the airline, flight experience or purpose of the trip, but even allowing f

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

For business: The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore gets just about everything right. It is hard to separate the hotel from the airline, flight experience or purpose of the trip, but even allowing for that bias, the Ritz-Carlton measures up well. A typically friendly Asian welcome is backed up by facilities that are second to none. There is high-speed internet access, easy hook-up instructions, in-room fax and multiple phone lines. A good business centre with lounges and meeting rooms is available from very early to much too late. The rooms want for nothing. Responsiveness is outstanding, from housekeeping to concierge and beyond. It all makes a long trip as good as it can be.

For pleasure: It certainly helps being in the heart of Tuscany, 30km south-west of Siena, but wherever Hotel Relais La Suvera, Pievescola, was situated, it would get top marks. The word 'unspoilt' should be reserved for places like these - the architecture, furnishings and surroundings transport you back to a very different time. The 16th-century Italian villa was a Papal residence for 100 years from 1507. The restaurant is hewn from the old Oliviera and locally produced organic wine is conserved for guests' consumption only. Each of the 35 rooms has a unique interior. The gardens, including Roman-style swimming baths, create a luxurious setting. The combination of history, authenticity and amenity is unlike anywhere else.

Richard Scudamore is chief executive of the FA Premier League.

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