September 4, 2020
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GUIDE – Visiting the Amalfi Coast during COVID

I was a little sceptical about coming to the Amalfi coast. I figured that if I was ever going to enjoy a summer here it would be at a time when it was less crowded and hopefully less expensive. Neither of which turned out to be particularly true.
September 3, 2020
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REVIEW – NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi : Junior Suite with Tatami bed [COVID-era]

Overall we had a very enjoyable stay in NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi and would highly recommend a stay here to anybody considering a visit to the Amalfi Coast. The hotel doesn't work with influencers in the way that Le Sirenuse, Casa Angelina, Villa Franca do and as such people aren't really familiar with its expansive grounds, outdoor gym and clifftop infinity pool. I sincerely hope that this review goes some way towards remedying this.
August 26, 2020
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REVIEW – Frecciargento : First Class – Train – Florence to Venice [COVID-era]

Santa Maria Novella train station was almost unrecognisable when we entered. It honestly looks like the zombie apocalypse has hit and the military have taken over. The station has been sectioned off with barriers and arrows have been placed on the ground to ensure that passengers only walk in one direction. There are armed police on regular patrol and temperature monitoring stations set up to scan every passenger that boards a train...
August 21, 2020
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REVIEW – Lupaia : San Biagio Suite [COVID-era]

This stay exceeded all of my expectations, so much so that on our first morning, after having one of the best sleeps of my life, I decided to cancel our stay at Portrait Firenze. This meant foregoing a visit to one of my favourite cities in the world, in order to extend our stay here to 5 nights.
August 19, 2020
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GUIDE – Visiting Rome during COVID

Since becoming one of the worst hit countries at the very beginning of the COVID pandemic, Italy has seen a massive reversal in its fortunes. It is now one of the safest countries in all of Europe and has seen a steady influx of tourists, willing to adjust their behaviour in order to enjoy the piazzas, galleries and trattorias without the crowds. Rome was our first stop on this trip and as such it became the gauge by which we measured the rest of our time in the country.
August 19, 2020
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From today until August 26th 2020 you can buy Alaska Airlines with a 50% bonus. Their best bonus this year. Buy a flight with money: the price is high. Take that money, turn it into miles and buy the flight with miles: The price is low.
August 19, 2020
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REVIEW – Rome Cavalieri a Waldorf Astoria Hotel : Premium Rome View Room [COVID-era]

It's been a long time since I visited ANY hotel that misses so many of the basics. Even 4* airport hotels which I spend a single night in will tick all but one (with feather pillows and separate shower and bath being the most 'at risk'). To visit a hotel that clearly regards itself so highly yet falls so short on even the basics is an unusual experience. Cognitive dissonance reigns supreme at the Rome Cavalieri hotel.
August 13, 2020
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REVIEW – British Airways : Club Europe Business Class – A319 – London (LHR) to Rome (FCO) – [COVID-era]

The Club Europe hot meal was never particularly great but much like the Concorde Room, I miss it now it's gone. We can eat hot food in the lounge and at restaurants and all airline meals are individually wrapped anyway, so why aren't BA serving hot food?...
August 13, 2016
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REVIEW – Hilton Cairns (Executive Corner Room)

On the whole, the Hilton Cairns was hard not to like. The location is just so great, the feel so relaxed, the staff so welcoming, it makes you feel like you're a million miles away from the 'real world'. The flipside to this is that some of the luxuries of city life are missing. On the whole though, I'm not complaining. I mean just look at Cairns
August 13, 2016
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REVIEW – Conrad Tokyo (Executive Bay View Room)

Another fantastic stay in one of my favourite city hotels in the world. The Conrad is serene, modern and beautiful. The lounge takes the experience up another notch and really cements this hotel's standing in the top tier of luxury properties.
August 19, 2016
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REVIEW – Conrad Tokyo (King City Room)

Overall, the stay was fantastic. The entire hotel feels like a modern art museum. The lobby bar is one of my favourite hotel bars in the world. In the interests of full disclosure though, I felt that Cerise was a little underwhelming.
August 19, 2016
tokyo hilton view - REVIEW - Hilton Shinjuku (King Room)

REVIEW – Hilton Shinjuku (King Room)

The Conrad was fully booked for the second night in Tokyo, my final night of the trip. So, I stayed in the Hilton Shinjuku instead. This property is much more of a 'normal' hotel. The lobby is constantly thrumming with people. Tour buses and airport buses are perpetually filing through the driveway but in a way you feel more like you are in the heart of Tokyo. The Conrad is a wonderful sanctuary, away from it all. The Hilton Shinjuku is almost the exact opposite.