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June 16, 2020
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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...

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October 18, 2016
cathay 747 first class

REVIEW – Cathay Pacific : First Class – Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong (B747)

Spectacular. So, so, so good. We had the entire nose of a 747 to ourselves, the food and drink is probably the best of any CX route and the service was perfect. Friendly, slightly mischievous and wonderfully paced. I honestly struggle to find fault with anything that took place here.
October 18, 2016
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REVIEW – JAL : First Class – London to Tokyo Haneda (B77W)

It may seem that I was being harsh in my remarks on this flight but in the context of JL’s impressively high bar, this flight was slightly underwhelming...
October 15, 2016
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REVIEW – American Airlines : Business Class – New York to London (B77W)

The star of the show is clearly the in-flight hardware. With all aisle access, Bose headphones, modern IFE and comfortable bedding, AA is onto a real winner. The negatives for me were the horrible service and very average food.
October 15, 2016
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REVIEW – British Airways : First Class – London to Newark (B772)

The seat is vastly superior to any regular reverse herringbone seat that you would find in Business Class. When the crew are willing and able they truly...
October 15, 2016
BA Club Europe

REVIEW – British Airways : Club Europe (Business Class) – Dublin to London Heathrow (A319)

Intra-European business class, by and large, is a joke. You are seated in economy with a blocked middle seat...
October 14, 2016
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REVIEW – Thai Airways : Royal First Class – Bangkok to London (B747 Refreshed)

Thai is one of those odd airlines that I always look forward to flying even though they're not really the best at anything...
October 14, 2016
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REVIEW – Thai Airways : Economy Class – Koh Samui to Bangkok (B737)

I actually quite enjoyed this flight. The views were great and from an aviation perspective it was cool to ride is such an old school plane.
October 14, 2016
bangkok airways

REVIEW – Bangkok Airways : Economy Class – Bangkok to Koh Samui

One thing I like about flying Bangkok Airways is that they rarely use jet bridges. I love being out on the tarmac, close to the planes
August 24, 2016
villa shambhalla ubud

REVIEW – Villa Shamballa Ubud (Bali)

Overall the experience at Villa Shamballa was superb. Service was 100% personalised. We had our own driver whenever we needed to go anywhere. The food and drink were absolutely spectacular
August 24, 2016
peninsula bangkok

REVIEW – Peninsula Bangkok (Deluxe Room)

On arrival to the Peninsula’s grounds you get the feeling that you’re not in a regular city hotel. The fact that the hotel is set within grounds as opposed to being immediately visible from the street, really sets it apart in this city.
August 22, 2016
Park Hyatt Dubai Pool

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Dubai (Terrace Suite)

Overall, this was a superb stay. The hotel really went the extra mile with the upgrades and amenities, particularly given that I was back to Platinum status at the time of my stay. The grounds are meticulously maintained and there were no signs of wear and tear on anything at all. Given how close Dubai is to London I have a feeling we'll be making trips here something of a regular occurrence.
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.
August 19, 2016
conrad tokyo city king room

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 18, 2016
hyatt icn club lounge

REVIEW – Hyatt Regency [Now Grand Hyatt] Incheon (Club Room)

I had been looking forward to this stay for a while. The pictures of the pool, with huge floor to ceiling windows, opening onto a snowy garden, looked fantastic. All reports and reviews that I had read indicated that this would be a cut above the usual airport hotel experience.
August 18, 2016
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REVIEW – Sofitel So Bangkok (Water Room)

Overall this was one of my best ever hotel stays. The staff were a huge part of this. Despite this being a 5* hotel, the service managed to be proactive and friendly without any stuffiness or excess formality at all. The most formal people were those behind desks at reception downstairs and in the main lobby, even they would always grin and greet you with a a wai whenever you walked past.
August 13, 2016
novotel century gym

REVIEW – Novotel Century, Hong Kong

As an Accor platinum, a stay here offers fantastic value. If you ask nicely and capacity permits, I'm sure you'll get one of the modern club rooms too. Even with the basic room, the club lounge and gym definitely make this a hotel I'd return to if I didn't want to splash out on a luxury hotel.