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May 18, 2020
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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.

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February 16, 2019
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REVIEW – Qantas : Business Class – Sydney SYD to Melbourne MEL (A332)

I was disappointed not to get the new seat but for a 95 minute flight this is a pretty fantastic experience. There is in-flight entertainment, a flat(ish) bed, a hot meal, a selection of drinks and the service is proactive and very friendly.
December 14, 2018
QRJ DOH SYD 29 - REVIEW - Qatar Airways : Business Class - Doha DOH to Sydney SYD (A380)

REVIEW – Qatar Airways : Business Class – Doha DOH to Sydney SYD (A380)

The main service was chaotic, no doubt about it.  However, the dine on demand really came into its own when I wanted to set my own schedule and here, much like at the bar, the service was sincere, friendly and professional.
December 10, 2018
qatar 787 bar

REVIEW – Qatar Airways : Business Class – Oslo OSL to Doha DOH (B787)

Qatar manages to get things so consistently right when others struggle so much. The seat is excellent, the cabin design manages to be simultaneously spacious and private feeling...
December 8, 2018
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TRIP REPORT – The time I flew round trip to Sydney for £1080 in business class

In addition to having one of the best business class products in the sky, Qatar Airways frequently offers some superb airfares between Europe and Asia Pacific. As a promo for the launch of their service to Sydney, Qatar greatly discounted what has long been one of the most expensive routes in the world.
September 6, 2018

REVIEW – Singapore Airlines : First Class – Barcelona BCN to Sao Paulo GRU (B77W)

I was so happy to be able to share this experience with my Dad. I know how much he appreciates great wine and food and was delighted to be able to just hang out and enjoy his company on such a lengthy daytime flight. I did have minor reservations going into this, a fear that SQ would deliver a second rate experience and the crews would be disinterested, given that the route was due to be scrapped.
August 19, 2018
SQF777GRU 48 - TRIP REPORT - D.O.M. and Dom with my Dad. AKA Sao Paulo Seventieth Silliness 

TRIP REPORT – D.O.M. and Dom with my Dad. AKA Sao Paulo Seventieth Silliness 

Ever since I first got involved in the world of miles and points I've done whatever I could do get my friends and family involved too. It's all well and good travelling everywhere in First Class but as with all of life's great experiences, travel is a pursuit best shared. There's something truly wonderful about being able to go on these rarified, extravagant adventures with other people, especially if those people thought they'd never live to see the day that they set foot in the pointy end of a plane.
July 24, 2018
stratajet

REVIEW: A Trip to Islay House with Stratajet

My day began with a chauffeur driven car to Biggin Hill Airport, slightly to the Southeast of Croydon. I was struck by how suburban my surroundings were on the drive there.
July 19, 2018
etihad double bed

SECOND REVIEW – Etihad : First Class Apartments – Abu Dhabi AUH to London LHR (A380)

After an amazing multi course meal complete with vintage champagne and cocktails in the First Class lounge, we were ready to make the most of the bed on this flight. In a way, it seemed like a waste having such an amazing product and only using it to sleep... but on the other hand it was nearly 3am, we had experienced apartments before and I was really hoping to get a decent sleep before heading straight to the office a few hours later
October 28, 2017
manta ray maldives

The Spectacular Diving and Snorkelling at the Conrad Maldives

I only got into diving relatively recently, having completed my Open Water Diver course in Bali, back in 2014. Since then I have been become absolutely enamoured with the underwater world. Where previously I saw little appeal in staying at beach resorts more than three nights, now my beach stays are longer, so I can spend more time diving and also have enough time to decompress before going up to 36,000ft again!
October 23, 2017
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GUIDE – Eating and Drinking at the Conrad Maldives

The Conrad Maldives has a huge variety of different eating and drinking establishments located across both islands. The most famous of which is Ithaa, the underwater restaurant, which I personally didn't bother with - it is universally derided for being an eye wateringly expensive tourist trap (I did clear a little bit of debris off the glass ceiling for the poor suckers inside, during our orientation dive though ?.) Whilst it is easy enough to drastically reduce the cost of accommodation here, you will realistically need to budget at least an additional $50 per person per day in order to eat lunch and/or dinner. Add to this the cost of the seaplane transfers and you can see that this is still by no means a cheap holiday, even if you are getting it 'cheaper'.
October 5, 2017
Island comparison 19 - GUIDE - A comparison between the Main Island and Quiet Island at the Conrad Maldives

GUIDE – A comparison between the Main Island and Quiet Island at the Conrad Maldives

One of the major advantages that the Conrad has over other Maldivian resorts is its sheer size. There is undoubtedly a charm in being able to walk around your entire island resort in five minutes but I imagine that after a couple of nights things start to get pretty boring. With ten different bars and restaurants to choose from, all with their own unique identities and cuisines, the Conrad does not suffer from a lack of options. There are also tennis courts, two infinity pools, numerous watersports and several beaches, as well as a house reef. If you are staying in a beach villa you'll be located on the Main Island whilst the majority of the water villas are across the water on the Quiet Island. Either way, you'll probably find yourself moving back and forth between the two islands throughout your stay, although most people tend to have a favourite...
September 16, 2017
Retreat Water Villa - Conrad Maldives review

REVIEW – Conrad Maldives : Retreat Water Villa

When you stay in a beach villa you have a base of operations from which to enjoy the resort, in the RWV the villa itself becomes your resort and totally comes to define your experience.
September 9, 2017
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REVIEW – Conrad Maldives : Beach Villa (pre-renovation)

I really liked the bathroom, particularly the outdoor shower. The storage space for clothes and luggage was more than adequate and the villa was very conveniently located, close to the dive centre, gym and numerous restaurants.
July 9, 2017
Doha Airport Hotel

REVIEW – Oryx Airport Hotel, Doha

The service is excellent and the convenience factor is hard to overemphasise. Not only did we have a very cool view but within 5 minutes of checking out we found ourselves in the superlative Qatar Airways Al Mourjan lounge enjoying breakfast with friends!
June 10, 2017
Park Hyatt Siem Reap - Pool

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Executive Suite)

The service here was better than expected and the hardware in the room was excellent, even if our suite was a little lacking in daylight. Overall I would definitely recommend the Park Hyatt Siem Reap and would gladly stay here again...
June 5, 2017
Jarvis Marcos - Conrad Bangkok Pool

REVIEW – Conrad Bangkok : King Executive Room

In a city where luxury can be had for so little, the Conrad would not be my first choice but viewed in isolation it is a very decent 5* hotel which can be had for under $150 most of the time...