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 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 26, 2020
garuda lounge cgk

REVIEW – Garuda Indonesia : Business Class Lounge – Jakarta (CGK-T3)

This is one of the better Business Class lounges that I've visited. Great decor, a huge variety of local food, almost unlimited seating and even some unexpected extras like the movie theatre and reflexology area. The low quality of the drinks is the only real negative. This isn't a facility that wows like the Pier Business Class lounges in London and Hong Kong but it is certainly in the upper echelon of Business Class lounges globally. You could easily pass 3-4 hours here without being bored, which given Jakarta traffic is a real bonus, since only an unhinged maniac would cut it fine when departing from this airport...
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 17, 2020
Concordia lounge Bali -main room

REVIEW – Concordia Lounge : Bali (DPS – Domestic)

I had previously enjoyed a visit to the Garuda Indonesia lounge in this domestic terminal but I had a pretty terrible experience in a third party lounge in the international terminal. So overall my expectations going into this visit were relatively low...
June 17, 2020
SQ A330 J 26 - REVIEW - Singapore Airlines : Business Class - A330 - Singapore (SIN) to Bali (DPS)

REVIEW – Singapore Airlines : Business Class – A330 – Singapore (SIN) to Bali (DPS)

The A330 is gradually being replaced by the 787 on Singapore's network of short and medium haul flights but a great number of aircraft are still equipped with this older product. Despite this not being the most modern product my initial impression was that the seats looked a lot better than their equivalents on EVA Air , Thai or Cathay Pacific (incidentally all airlines that I've flown short/ medium-haul to Bali before!)
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...
August 13, 2016
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REVIEW – Virgin Atlantic : Upper Class – London to Tokyo (A340)

After months of waiting, the day of my first ever flight in Virgin Upper Class had arrived! Wanting to maximise my time in the clubhouse I booked a taxi for 8am. Despite some pretty bad traffic, we pulled up to the gate of the UC wing at around 9:45, plenty of time to enjoy the facilities before the 1:45pm flight... only to be told that there was a technical issue with the barrier.
August 13, 2016
virgin clubhouse

REVIEW – Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London Heathrow T3

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have mixed feelings about Virgin Atlantic. They have a general air of fun and excitement about their product but it can sometimes fail to deliver. The ground experience in J is as good or better than in F for most airlines. The catering can run the gamut from horrible to pretty damn good.
August 13, 2016
virgin japanese catering

REVIEW – Virgin Atlantic : Upper Class – London to Tokyo (A340)

All in all this was a great flight, VS has a great ground experience although the addition of Delta elites seems to have had a negative impact during the first week of crossover benefits, the time in which we were travelling, I'm sure this will be ironed out over time. On board, the crew were engaging, proactive and chatty. The beds are fully flat and private plus there is a decent snack menu and a bar. Also, PJs in Business Class!
August 13, 2016
jal business class lounge

REVIEW – JAL Business Lounge, Narita Airport (April 2014)

At NRT we were able to use the superb JAL Business Class lounge. Having previously spent time in the ANA First Class lounge, I can unequivocally state that the JAL lounge utterly destroys it. From the moment you see the Gold lettering on the grey slate wall, the JAL lounge's elegance is readily apparent.