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August 6, 2020
trevi 1 - La Dolce Vita in the summer of COVID

La Dolce Vita in the summer of COVID

I went into the trip with an open mind and honestly a fair amount of apprehension. If we have now entered a new normal I figured it was high time that I figured out how to navigate this brave new world...

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July 5, 2020
JL F Cristal etro de 2018 47 - REVIEW - JAL : First Class - B777 - Tokyo (HND) to London (LHR)

REVIEW – JAL : First Class – B777 – Tokyo (HND) to London (LHR)

Although there are some aspects of the JAL First Class experience which have changed over the years, the product as a whole is remarkably consistent. Having flown it on five occasions I'd be more than happy to recommend it to anybody that enjoys good food and wine. The service has also been excellent on the majority of my flights.
June 28, 2020
JL J sky suite III 3 - REVIEW - JAL : Business Class - B789 (Sky Suite III) - Jakarta (CGK) to Tokyo (NRT)

REVIEW – JAL : Business Class – B789 (Sky Suite III) – Jakarta (CGK) to Tokyo (NRT)

Last time we flew the phenomenal Apex Suites on JAL's 777, at the time the seat was the best I'd ever seen in Business Class (now surpassed by Qatar Q Suites and ANA's The Room) but the catering was awful. More specifically there was almost no dinner and no snacking menu on a 7h30m flight! This time I deliberately filled up in the lounge before boarding the 900 Series Dreamliner to Tokyo...
June 14, 2020
SQ new suites PVG 39 - REVIEW - Singapore Airlines : (NEW) First Class Suites - A380 - Shanghai (PVG) to Singapore (SIN)

REVIEW – Singapore Airlines : (NEW) First Class Suites – A380 – Shanghai (PVG) to Singapore (SIN)

I went into this flight with sky high expectations. Whenever I'm asked to pick a single favourite airline there's no hesitation. No possible alternative. It's Singapore. I've been fortunate enough to fly the old Singapore Suites on eight occasions in the past and honestly the experience never gets old - it is still one of the very best products in the sky. This new cabin though, is on a completely different level....
June 3, 2020
first class rock n roll

REVIEW – Cathay Pacific : First Class – B777 – Milan (MXP) to Hong Kong (HKG)

I was really hoping that neither cost cutting at the airline nor the fact that I was not flying from a major global hub, would have a negative impact on this flight. You shouldn't have to worry about whether or not you'll have a good experience in a First Class cabin but on Etihad or BA for example, this is always at the back of your mind.
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.
June 30, 2020
conrad twin suite bay view 2 - REVIEW - Conrad Tokyo : Two Bayview Suites & A Corner Bayview Suite

REVIEW – Conrad Tokyo : Two Bayview Suites & A Corner Bayview Suite

There's a reason why I've been back here over ten times. This hotel just ticks so many boxes. The location is fantastic: you can reach Tsukiji fish market on foot and eat some of the best sushi on earth (the restaurants are still open even though the wholesale market has since moved). There are numerous different JR and Tokyo Metro stations nearby, you are super close to Haneda airport and Ginza is a short walk away - great not only for high-end shopping but also some surprisingly affordable restaurants...
June 29, 2020
jarvis marcos lost in translation

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Tokyo : Park Suite (NYE Stay)

It is probably not a hotel for the first time visitor to Tokyo given the walk to the station but for those of us looking for an oasis of tranquility, the relative inconvenience of taking a taxi at the beginning and end of each day is more than outweighed by the superb experience overall. The decor is not for everyone and neither is the formality of the service. Ordinarily I'm all about modern minimalism and a hands off but friendly approach but somehow this hotel just works. Coming here feels more like a life event than a mere hotel stay. Honestly there's nowhere on earth quite like the Park Hyatt Tokyo...
June 24, 2020
komodo pink beach

REVIEW – Plataran Komodo: Duplex Pool Villa

Plataran Komodo is a rare type of resort in this day and age. The locally owned Plataran hotel group prides itself on providing authentic experiences throughout Indonesia and has yet to succumb to the temptation of building larger resorts in tall towers...
June 16, 2020
FS Singapore exec suite 49 - REVIEW - Four Seasons Singapore: Executive Suite

REVIEW – Four Seasons Singapore: Executive Suite

Upon seeing how low the room rates were at the newly refurbished Four Seasons, the choice seemed obvious. $300 USD a night for a Four Seasons hotel is already amazing but since I booked via Classic Travel I also got free breakfast and a $100 USD hotel credit thrown in for free...
June 11, 2020
shanghai skyline 1 - REVIEW - Park Hyatt Shanghai : Park Suite

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Shanghai : Park Suite

The approach to the hotel is absolutely remarkable. Bathed in the glow of a futuristic forest of neon, you look up and see three of the world's tallest skyscrapers grouped together in a single gathering of giants...
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...