W hotels are definitely not my style. I'm more into minimalism and clean lines. I prefer luxury hotels to feel like luxury hotels (and for nightclubs to feel like nightclubs).
Having said that, I really enjoyed this stay overall. The food was excellent, with breakfast in particular feeling like a genuine local hotspot.
Emirates offers flat beds with all-aisle access, in Business Class on the A380. In 2008 this was something special, a hallmark of quality that truly made Emirates stand out.
In the modern era though, this is the bare minimum.
Our stay at Alila Fort Bishangarh exceeded expectations. Alila properties worldwide are remarkably diverse in terms of room hardware and physical setting. However, the chain is clearly unified by a service ethos and focus on quality that transcends any single property.
After experiencing some two absolutely remarkable stays at Amanoi and Aman Sveti Stefan, I was very excited to try my third ever Aman hotel.
This was the stay that I had been planning our entire India trip around.
The Oberoi New Delhi is a property which we almost stumbled onto accidentally but ended up loving. The room hardware and public spaces are thoroughly modern and service is as good as any that I have encountered in any city hotel.
After a fantastic few hours spent enjoying the restaurant quality food and drink at the private First Class Terminal, we were guided through a private border post and had our bags loaded onto our Porsche transfer vehicle.
Overall the LX Senator A lounge at ZRH is quite good. There is a wide variety of food and drink. It has ample power points and is broken up well across multiple floors, this helps to keep noise down and ensures that there is always a free nook to sit down in.
SWISS shorthaul business is quite a bare bones affair. No jacket hanging, an economy seat, no centre table and no hot food.
The service was very efficient and friendly but this was ultimately an economy experience in everything but name.
The Senator Lounge at Zurich's E gates redefines what an airport lounge can be. If this was a First Class facility it would be amongst the best in the world. The fact that it is open to frequent flyers across the Star Alliance network, flying short-haul economy, is absolutely stultifying.
There is a lot to like about SWISS business class but there are more than enough negatives to place this in the second tier of business class products behind the likes of Qatar, Etihad and Singapore Airlines. If the cabin was all throne seats...