PCR Testing is an inevitability of the current travel environment and if you're UK based it certainly seems that this will be a requirement for some time to come.
With PCR tests ranging in price from £100 to £200 or even more, I've been curious to try various options at the lower end of the pricing spectrum to see how they compare...
Expectations can be an odd thing. Emirates First Class is an internationally renowned product, even outside of the frequent flyer community people are likely to have heard of the shower suites and the on board lounge bar (which I had no time to visit on this short flight).
This is a cabin which has a halo effect over the entire Emirates brand, meaning that people buy Economy seats on Emirates, on the basis of how good their First Class is...
This isn't the kind of place the you turn up early to experience, although outstation lounges very rarely are. The food is the only truly premium aspect of Emirates' Gatwick lounge offering.
What's strange is how easily some glaring errors could be fixed to radically transform the experience...
There are a lot of things to like about Constance Moofushi. The reef and lagoon are truly spectacular. If you're into diving, the Ari Atoll also has some of the very best dive sites on earth. The vegetation is lush and dense and the sand quality is fantastic too. This is not a resort which is lacking in natural charm.
Sometimes you really look forward to an experience and it lets you down. The weight of expectations just can't live up to the hype.
Then you have an experience like this. I honestly wasn't expecting a whole hell of a lot from Lti Maafushivaru and instead it delivered one of my most fantastic hotel stays in recent memory...
Amex just offered me 50,000 Membership rewards points to keep my Platinum card. I’ve always been a huge advocate of the benefits of owning an Amex Platinum Card. Between the travel insurance, concierge service and special offers I always easily make my annual £585 fee back. However there’s no doubting […]
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.
The Hilton Zurich Airport is clean and the rooms are decently sized. The bar is lively and functions into the wee hours, so you actually feel like you're on holiday here. The lounge is also very pleasant, with fantastic staff.
However, the lack of decent gym facilities and the sanitised feel of the decor, coupled with the distance from the airport terminal, means that I will likely try the Radisson Blu next time. (Note: I did, it was much better!)
I arrived a little after midnight and walked the ten minutes or so from the HEL airport terminal to the hotel. The walk is mostly covered but there are a few stairs involved, unless you want to take a more circuitous routing. I waited until the morning to get decent light for the pictures in the public areas.
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!