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.
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...
October 14, 2016
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A Tale of Two Islands – SQ Suites, TG F/J – Conrad Koh Samui and Wreck Diving

It turned out that we could connect onward to MNL from SIN in First Class with a very comfortable connection time, at no extra mileage cost. This is the longest free First Class connection route ex-Europe on Singapore Air.
October 14, 2016
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REVIEW – Busuanga Bay Lodge : Palawan, Philippines (Part 1)

Chain hotels don’t exist here, I felt wonderfully liberated, picking a resort on its merits rather than a complex web of external ramifications relating to bonus points, upgrades, qualifying stays etc.
October 14, 2016
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REVIEW – Busuanga Bay Lodge : Palawan, Philippines (Part 2)

Our stay at BBL exceeded our expectations. The location is absolutely spectacular and worth the 1 hour connecting flight from MNL plus 1-1.5 hour car transfer. Yes it's remote but that’s the appeal.
October 14, 2016
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REVIEW – Fairmont Manila (Gold Room)

The Fairmont product is absolutely fantastic and very service orientated plus the hardware oozes understated quality.