November 29, 2020
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REVIEW – Four Seasons Dubai DIFC : Four Seasons Room & Studio Suite [COVID-era]

I had two terrible nights of sleep here and despite that I would still return in a heartbeat and emphatically recommend this hotel to anybody. The quality of the hardware and service isn't just better than everything in Dubai, its up there with the best I've ever encountered globally. Despite very healthy occupancy by COVID standards the property almost always felt like it was ours alone. It is hard to overstate how special it is to have this feeling in a large city like Dubai.
November 3, 2020
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REVIEW – Andaz Dubai The Palm : Terrace Suite [COVID-era]

I'm not going to lie, I've had mixed experiences with the Andaz brand in the past. I struggle to see how a hotel can be both casual and luxurious at the same time. All too often you'll find that youth oriented brands like W, Andaz and Edition are just cutting corners but still charging luxury prices...
October 28, 2020
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REVIEW – Waldorf Astoria Dubai DIFC : King Corner Suite [COVID-era]

It's been a while since any hotel I stayed at hit every single one of the basics on my checklist and that alone should tell you something. The Waldorf Astoria DIFC is a hotel that offers a hell of a lot in a market which is arguably rather saturated already. The decor makes it a real standout amongst DIFC properties and the location makes it an ideal base of operations for a visit to Dubai...
October 14, 2020
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REVIEW – British Airways : Club Suites Business Class – A350 – London (LHR) to Dubai (DXB) and back – [COVID-era]

To be able to fly at all right now is a real privilege in the current era and BA's Club Suites present you with just about the most socially distanced product you could hope for in Business Class. If you're hungry, eat before; if you're thirsty, you'll be taken care of. Right now this is the new normal and for the time being I'm ok with it...
October 5, 2020
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TRIP REPORT – Another birthday trip to Dubai…this time during COVID

A number of my friends happened to be gathering on my birthday weekend in Dubai. Flights were cheap, award availability was plentiful and Dubai's luxury hotels appeared to be experimenting in delivering a price as close to free as humanly possible...
October 1, 2020
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GUIDE – Visiting Dubai during COVID

My comprehensive guide on all of the steps you need to follow, costs and timescales, if you're planning to visit Dubai during COVID.
October 1, 2020
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The October 2020 update to the Qatar COVID policy

I wrote about Qatar's insanely generous COVID rebooking policy back in May this year.  Qatar are now leading the pack by introducing a policy that covers travel all the way until December 2021! The new policy isn't quite as generous as before and there are a couple of extra hoops to jump through but it still absolutely the most flexible rebooking policy of any airline right now.
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.
July 26, 2017
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TRIP REPORT – First Class Apartments to the Maldives

This may well be the most insanely luxurious trip I have ever taken, using miles and points.
May 17, 2018
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TRIP REPORT – A luxurious long weekend in Abu Dhabi

The UAE is perfectly positioned for a UK traveller. You can hop on an overnight flight from London at around 9pm on Thursday and will arrive in Dubai or Abu Dhabi at 7am on Friday morning. Friday is when the UAE really parties, with most hotels laying on extremely lavish brunch buffets, featuring all manner of seafood, foie gras, freshly baked cakes and free flowing champagne. I always like to make Friday my arrival day for that reason.
June 8, 2018
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REVIEW – Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi : Terrace Suite

However, for me this is a far more impressive resort than the PH Dubai, with better hardware and far keener pricing. For a long weekend escape during the European winter months, the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is an ideal choice.
June 16, 2018
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REVIEW – Etihad First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi (AUH – Terminal 3)

Back in 2016, when I first visited this lounge, Etihad was at its apex. Apartments were still a very new product and the lounge had only been open for a couple of months. The glow of invincibility surrounding this company was palpable, everybody wanted a piece of them. The dining experience we had here would easily have cost upwards of £250 per person in a top London restaurant and would have been worth every penny!