UAE residents, known for enthusiastically embracing technology and innovation, are among the world’s most digitally connected and tech-savvy consumers. For those who get anxious at the thought of a digital detox and would instead prefer to play with the latest robots or virtual reality (VR) technology, Agoda has got it covered with these tech-focused travel experiences and futuristic hotels.
Go nuts and bolts over Tokyo’s hi-tech innovations
As one of the world’s biggest supplier of robotics, Japan is the place to be for the latest tech gadgets and innovations. Take, for example, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation located on Tokyo’s own man-made island Odaiba. Here travellers can find exhibitions on technology and space exploration, as well as ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. Another must-see for tech-enthusiasts visiting Tokyo is the Akihabara shopping district, where every kind of tech gadget available can be found.
Relax and unwind at The Peninsula Tokyo, where user-friendly and intuitive technology enhances the guest experience, from centralized wireless controls that regulate lighting, alarms, curtains and audio-visual systems in the room, to monitors that keep track of the temperature and humidity levels inside and outside the hotel.
Turn your world upside down in Dubai
Spend the day at Dubai's VR Park, the ultimate virtual reality and augmented reality attraction located in The Dubai Mall. The park boasts a range of VR rides and experiences spanning adventure, leisure, sport including the Burj Drop, Dubai Drone, The Walking Dead and VR Heist.
If being immersed in tech delights you, spend the weekend on a staycation at the Rove Dubai Marina where guests can head up to their rooms after completing an automated check-in on their smartphones. A unique code then connects the device to the room door, transforming the guest’s phone into a key. An e-concierge application also allows hotel guests to research, book and pay for attraction tickets, tours and other services around the city directly through their mobile phones.
Put on headsets for a time travel tour in New York City
Ditch the conventional double-decker tour bus and instead opt for a more immersive adventure onboard The Ride. Their 90-minute virtual reality experience not only takes visitors through Downtown Manhattan’s most notable neighbourhoods and landmarks, but also through different time periods and significant moments in history.
When it comes to accommodation, tech lovers ought to make a stop at YOTEL, a futuristic boutique robot hotel that features automated check-in kiosks and a luggage storage robot called YOBOT. Each YOTEL ‘cabin’ features ‘techno walls’ that come with a flat-screen TV, multiple power points for all gadgets and iPod connectivity; audio streaming; motion-sensor temperature controls; and signature SmartBeds that can convert from a full bed to a sofa.
Experience next-generation art in Singapore
Singapore is known for its numerous urban innovation and transformation projects and is one of the most future-looking cities in the world. When in the Lion City, guests can immerse in new art disciplines at The Marina Bay Sand’sFuture World: Where Arts Meets Science exhibition where they can enter a futuristic world made of cutting-edge digital installations that combine art and science.
When it’s time for a little R&R, head to the W Singapore Sentosa Cove, which gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘underground music’. The hotel’s claim to fame is its high-tech outdoor swimming pool which incorporates 24 speakers that can play music, even underwater!
Go for a 360-degree gaming experience in Hong Kong
Hard-core gamers ought to make a stop at Hong Kong’s Playdium Virtual Reality for a hi-tech experience that will get that adrenaline pumping. This VR arcade boasts top-of-the-line gadgets that aren’t available in the commercial market. There’s no shortage of games either. From zombies and fantasy worlds to painting and even therapeutic applications, Playdium has got it all.
And when it’s time to recharge, be sure to check out The Upper House. Each room is equipped with motion sensors to ensure housekeeping won’t interrupt your sleep-in!
Visit London's First Virtual Reality Arcade
DNA VR is London's first full-scale virtual reality arcade with over 25 interactive VR games. Strap on the high-tech headsets and conquer Everest, swim with whales and try to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Classic games like Fruit Ninja and Serious Sam are also available in a VR format!
Check into Eccleston Square Pimlico, a unique but quintessentially British hotel which combines history with cutting-edge technology. While the exterior is a striking 19th Century Grade II listed historical facade, the interior is packed with keypads that control music and lighting; shower walls with an instant frosting option; flat-screen televisions embedded in bathroom mirrors; and iPads that provide guests concierge services from the comfort of their rooms.