January 6, 2021
q suites covid 46 800x750 - REVIEW - Qatar Airways : Q Suites - B777/A350 - Malé (MLE) to London (LHR) - [COVID-era]

REVIEW – Qatar Airways : Q Suites – B777/A350 – Malé (MLE) to London (LHR) – [COVID-era]

Whilst BA has gone down the route of creating additional plastic waste and reducing the quality of wine on board, Qatar has instead opted to give full bottles of sanitiser to passengers in addition to providing them all with face shields, gloves and face masks.
December 30, 2020
new BA 777 suites cabin

REVIEW – British Airways : First Class Suites – B777 – London (LHR) to Malé (MLE) – [COVID-era]

I was curious to see the new First Class cabin in the flesh and when you compare it to the 14 seat cabins that previously graced the 777 this is clearly a superior product. The doors are actually the least exciting change in my mind. I can see the business logic for installing them but in reality they make little difference to the overall experience.
December 9, 2020
four seasons dubai jumeirah

REVIEW – Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach : Deluxe City-View Room [COVID-era]

Book Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach with Classic Travel Intro and Booking Jump straight to the Conclusion This is a bit of a weird hybrid review. Personally I stayed at the Four Seasons DIFC during this trip (as well as spending a few nights at the Andaz the Palm […]
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
A350 club suites mini cabin

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...
November 19, 2016
finnair A350 cabin

To HEL and back – Finnair A350 Business Class, Hilton, Indigo

I was planning on flying home from Asia, re-entering the UK after the clocks had switched back to winter time and then planned to fly back two time zones towards Asia, to a city which gets dark at 4pm in the winter months...
November 19, 2016
To HEL and Back 8 450x450 - REVIEW - Finnair : Business Class - London to Helsinki (A350)

REVIEW – Finnair : Business Class – London to Helsinki (A350)

I did find the finishes quite plasticky, the seat padding thin and the legroom confined when compared to AY's competitors though. Still, the seat is one of the better offerings from a European airline...
November 20, 2016
To HEL and Back 39 450x450 - REVIEW - Hilton Helsinki Airport (Executive Room)

REVIEW – Hilton Helsinki Airport (Executive Room)

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.
November 20, 2016
indigo helsinki lobby

REVIEW – Hotel Indigo Helsinki

My stay at the Hotel Indigo Helsinki exceeded my expectations. The hotel felt very new and cool, without having the weird try hard feel of some Ws, I also love how small and cosy it felt. Truly a boutique feel, rather than the bland enormity of a regular chain stay. The staff were friendly, proactive and very helpful indeed.