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
PH Dubai DXB 58 - TRIP REPORT - Another birthday trip to Dubai...this time during COVID

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.
September 3, 2020
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REVIEW – NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi : Junior Suite with Tatami bed [COVID-era]

Overall we had a very enjoyable stay in NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi and would highly recommend a stay here to anybody considering a visit to the Amalfi Coast. The hotel doesn't work with influencers in the way that Le Sirenuse, Casa Angelina, Villa Franca do and as such people aren't really familiar with its expansive grounds, outdoor gym and clifftop infinity pool. I sincerely hope that this review goes some way towards remedying this.
August 26, 2020
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REVIEW – Frecciargento : First Class – Train – Florence to Venice [COVID-era]

Santa Maria Novella train station was almost unrecognisable when we entered. It honestly looks like the zombie apocalypse has hit and the military have taken over. The station has been sectioned off with barriers and arrows have been placed on the ground to ensure that passengers only walk in one direction. There are armed police on regular patrol and temperature monitoring stations set up to scan every passenger that boards a train...
August 21, 2020
lupaia 58 - REVIEW - Lupaia : San Biagio Suite [COVID-era]

REVIEW – Lupaia : San Biagio Suite [COVID-era]

This stay exceeded all of my expectations, so much so that on our first morning, after having one of the best sleeps of my life, I decided to cancel our stay at Portrait Firenze. This meant foregoing a visit to one of my favourite cities in the world, in order to extend our stay here to 5 nights.
August 22, 2016
qr vs qf - 30th B'day Trip to Park Hyatt Dubai - QF F vs QR F Showdown

30th B’day Trip to Park Hyatt Dubai – QF F vs QR F Showdown

August 22, 2016
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REVIEW – Qantas: First Class – London to Dubai (A380)

When boarding was called for premium passengers, we headed straight to the desks. It was funny to see how the disparaging look on the desk agent's face immediately melted into a smile, when I produced the gold, Qantas emblazoned, wallet containing our boarding passes. "Good evening Mr Marcos, just follow the path straight down and head through the door on the left".
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 22, 2016
PH Dubai DXB 58 - Eating and drinking our way around Dubai (September 2014)

Eating and drinking our way around Dubai (September 2014)

With only 3 days in Dubai and a lot of unwinding to do, we veered away from the more adventurous activities involving desert trips and decided to just relax at various bars and restaurants. I always spend an inordinate amount of time on Tripadvisor, as well as scouring through TRs, […]