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June 1, 2020
sheraton mxp lobby

REVIEW – Sheraton Milan Airport MXP : Junior Suite

The pillows were synthetic and lumpy, the curtains didn't properly close and the air conditioning was almost loud enough to drown out the very audible noise from the hallways.  You really don't have much choice when it comes to airport hotels in Milan but even having gotten this stay for free, I felt like I was overcharged.

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May 18, 2020
QR F A380 LHR-37

REVIEW – Qatar Airways : First Class – A380 – Doha (DOH) to London (LHR)

Overall this flight firmly cemented to me the fact that Qatar First Class is a complete waste of time. Qatar's CEO famously declared that with Q Suites he was offering “First Class at a Business Class fare”. I'd say that in many ways it is actually better than First Class... at least where his airline is concerned.
May 12, 2020
qatar a350

REVIEW – Qatar Airways : Business Class – A350 – Tokyo (HND) to Doha (DOH)

The Qatar A350 fleet is a bit of a lottery. Despite being the newest aircraft type in Qatar's fleet not all of the A350s have the newest seats. In fact you have a chance of ending up in one of the three possible configurations...
April 30, 2020
q suites 1a

REVIEW – Qatar Airways : Q Suites Business Class – B777 – London (LHR) to Doha (DOH)

There was a huge amount of hype around the launch of Q suites and honestly I was worried that it would be unjustified. I needn't have been. This flight featured ample storage, complete privacy, a double bed, dine on demand, PJs, a luxury amenity kit, large and modern IFE and wonderful service throughout.
April 21, 2020
china southern a330

REVIEW – China Southern : Business Class – A330 – Guangzhou CAN to Paris CDG

I found the seat to be private and comfortable, whilst featuring ample storage and decent IFE. The service was very focused, professional and also friendly.
April 1, 2020
vietnam airlines business class

REVIEW – Vietnam Airlines : Business Class – A321 – Saigon SGN to Cam Ranh CXR

The flight was delayed by over an hour, no food was served and the interior of the plane looked extremely worn and dirty. However for a mere $50, I'd pay the premium for business class every time. To me the fast-track security, lounge access, priority boarding and larger seats make the incremental cost more than worthwhile, despite the comparatively subpar onboard product.
March 22, 2020
china southern a320

REVIEW – China Southern : Business Class – A321 – Guangzhou CAN to Saigon SGN

This was a superb flight and the defining feature for me was the service. This was better than I could ever have hoped for in short haul business.  The PA that talked us through the flight details, the prioritisation of business class passengers, the slipper service, instant clearing of wrappers and empty trays, proactive drinks top ups and the genuine warmth when the FA noticed Kamara's reading light wasn't turned on - all hallmarks of great service.
March 18, 2020
air france business class

REVIEW – Air France : Business Class – B772 – Paris CDG to Guangzhou CAN

First and foremost the service was excellent. The staff were very engaging and friendly and were always looking to anticipate demands and make the experience as comfortable as possible for passengers. On this basis alone I'd be happy to fly AF again.The seat however is good but not great...
February 22, 2020
air france business meal

REVIEW – Air France : Business Class – A321 – Tunis TUN to Paris CDG

My first ever experience of Air France business class was extremely positive. Compared to BA Club Europe the service was a lot more relaxed and attentive (the passenger to crew ratio was much better on this flight than any that BA imposes on its staff and customers)
June 1, 2020
sheraton mxp lobby

REVIEW – Sheraton Milan Airport MXP : Junior Suite

The pillows were synthetic and lumpy, the curtains didn't properly close and the air conditioning was almost loud enough to drown out the very audible noise from the hallways.  You really don't have much choice when it comes to airport hotels in Milan but even having gotten this stay for free, I felt like I was overcharged.
May 10, 2020
prince gallery corner

REVIEW – Prince Gallery Tokyo : Grand Deluxe Corner King

By most measures this is an excellent hotel and had this been my first ever visit to Tokyo I would have been very happy with my stay here. However there's a reason I'm now comfortably into the double digits with my stays at the Conrad...
May 6, 2020
ritz carlton kyoto

REVIEW – Ritz Carlton Kyoto : Deluxe Garden King

I loved it so much the first time that I almost immediately booked a return trip, foregoing the chance to spend 5 nights at the St Regis Maldives in the process. If that doesn't already tell you how good this hotel is then read on for the finer details...
April 8, 2020

REVIEW – Amanoi : Mountain / Ocean Pool Villa

The room hardware is superb, the public spaces are as architecturally impressive as UNESCO world heritage sites and the natural environment is unspoil and stunning. Is Amanoi worth the cost? Undoubtedly. Every single penny.
March 29, 2020
reverie saigon lobby

REVIEW – The Reverie Saigon : Junior suite

This place may look extravagant and OTT but it is a unique form of design which is honestly like nothing else you will have ever seen. Every moment spent within The Reverie felt like a waking dream. The name of the hotel couldn't have been more apposite.
March 25, 2020
park hyatt saigon lobby

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Saigon : Deluxe King (w. Pool Access)

Not only does this hotel meet every single requirement on my basics checklist, it truly goes above and beyond. If you don't mind the more antiquated style, you are certain to have a great stay here - especially if you reserve one of the rooms with direct pool access. I loved the resort like feel of the pool coupled with access to one of the coolest local hangouts in the form of 2 Lam Son bar.
February 1, 2020
four seasons tunis

REVIEW – Four Seasons Tunis : Premier Room

If you want a luxurious break from the European winter don't think twice. The only low level aspect of the offering here is the pricing. Otherwise, this is everything you would expect from a Four Seasons hotel.
November 23, 2019
RC mega kuningan spa terrace jarvis marcos

REVIEW – Ritz Carlton Mega Kuningan, Jakarta : Spa Terrace

Given the dizzying array of luxury properties in Jakarta I was gripped by a real FOMO before this stay. I needn't have been. Although this hotel isn't the most modern in Jakarta (it isn't even the most modern of the two Ritz Carltons) it exceeded my expectations in almost every way. The concept of the room was executed fantastically. The gym was in the upper echelon of any I've ever encountered and the club lounge set a new high watermark for the quality and generosity of not only the food and drink but also the staff in its employ. I would recommend a stay here wholeheartedly and will be sure to return.