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June 29, 2020
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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...

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Welcome to TheLuxuryTraveller.com, a thorough and extensive database of my travel reviews.

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March 18, 2020
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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
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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)
November 25, 2019
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REVIEW – Garuda Indonesia : First Class – Jakarta CGK to London LHR (B777)

There's a lot to like about Garuda as an airline but one thing is abundantly clear. The Business Class is so good that First feels slightly disappointing in comparison. The tableware, hot towels, food, drink and amenity kit are almost identical between the two products. The IFE is just as antiquated in both cabins and is well overdue for an upgrade. I found the service to be professional and well intentioned but somewhat lacking in warmth. The crew didn't go out of their way to make proactive suggestions or engage in conversation in the way that I've encountered on JAL, ANA, Cathay or Singapore - airlines which are natural competitors for Garuda. 
November 17, 2019
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REVIEW – Garuda Indonesia : Business Class – London LHR to Jakarta CGK (B777)

The seat may not be the most modern, particularly when it comes to the IFE but it is still comfortable, provides aisle access for all passengers and has seats to suit both couples and solo passengers. Above all the crew were exceptional. They were thoughtful, proactive, friendly, courteous and thoroughly professional throughout. They were truly up there with the likes of Singapore and the Japanese carriers. Nothing was too much bother for them and often they would go out of their way to suggest ways in which they could make your flight better. 
November 3, 2019
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WORLD EXCLUSIVE REVIEW – ANA : New First Class Suite – Tokyo HND to London LHR (B777)

In July 2019 ANA shocked the world by announcing brand new First and Business Class cabins on their 777s. Previously ANA was renowned for fantastic service as well as some of the best food and drink in the sky. This was juxtaposed with a bizarrely utilitarian seat that looked like an office cubicle with blocked out windows. With the new seat could ANA finally be ranked as the best First Class in the world?
October 5, 2019
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REVIEW – SWISS : First Class – Montreal YUL to Zurich ZRH (B777)

After 24 hours enjoying the sights and food of the beautiful, wintry city of Montreal it was finally time to step into SWISS' all new B777 First Class cabin. I was so happy to be able to plan the trip in a way that let me try the older A330 product beforehand as it meant I could finish on a real high note.
September 1, 2019
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REVIEW – SWISS : First Class – Zurich ZRH to Montreal YUL (A330)

As an overall experience, flying in SWISS First was absolutely fantastic. The lounge in Zurich may well be my favourite in the world and the service on board was close to perfect. The food was extremely well executed and presented. Indeed the table setting was basically indistinguishable from that of a restaurant, no miniature or plastic pieces of tableware in sight. Most importantly the bed was very comfortable and I managed a deep sleep in the middle of the day without any problems.
June 23, 2019
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TRIP REPORT – SWISS First Class : One night in Montreal

Back in the early 2000s SWISS was famous for its very generous award availability in First Class and many people in the UK enjoyed access to these awards via the ludicrously lucrative BMI Diamond Club program. As an added kicker, there was a high chance that your award ticket in […]
April 8, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
September 29, 2019
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REVIEW – W Montreal : Fantastic Suite

I came away from my first W experience pleasantly surprised in some ways. The doormen were excellent as were the room service and bar staff. They were universally friendly and proactive, really going out of their way to provide excellent service...
February 18, 2019
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REVIEW – Grand Hyatt Melbourne : Grand Suite King

Overall this was a decent stay but I'd still be tempted to look elsewhere when returning to Melbourne. The sports facilities are fantastic as is the location but the dark and noisy rooms detracted from the overall experience, as did the quality of the offerings in the club lounge. This is a city that seems to struggle with delivering true luxury. I can't help but feeling that it needs a Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton or MO to really raise the bar for the current crop of properties...
January 26, 2019
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REVIEW – Park Hyatt Sydney : Opera Deluxe Room

With that we were told, "I'm pleased to inform you that as a loyal returning guest, we were able to upgrade you to an Opera Deluxe Room for your stay, even though we are at 100% occupancy." It must be fun to give that kind of news and see people's reactions on a daily basis. This is the magnificent room that awaited us: