February 25, 2021
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REVIEW – Anantara Veli : Deluxe Over Water Pool Bungalow

Anantara is a global hotel chain headquartered in Thailand, with the kind of deeply ingrained service ethos that you'd expect from the Land of Smiles. We had previously dined at a couple of Anantara hotels in Thailand as well as spending three wonderful nights at the Anantara Royal Livingstone in Victoria Falls and were very excited to see how the brand would express its unique style in this most competitive of hotel markets.
February 12, 2021
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REVIEW – Finolhu : Ocean Pool Villa

Finolhu is a radically different proposition to the majority of luxury properties in the Maldives. It is not looking to be the most OTT or the most luxurious, if that's what you're looking for you'll be disappointed. There are plenty of other resorts which will happily take $25,000 from you for a bottle of Mouton Rothschild before you wander back to the rooftop deck of your duplex villa....
February 6, 2021
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REVIEW – Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi : King Reef Villa & King Ocean Villa

Nine months after our initial visit, we returned for another four night stay. This fact alone should tell you a lot. If you're booking this hotel using points, it's a complete no brainer. The villas are utterly spectacular and no other chain hotel on earth comes close to this in terms of value when redeeming loyalty points.
January 27, 2021
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TRIP REPORT – The Maldives: the ultimate socially distant destination?

A destination that is almost tailor made for social distancing, with a stable entry policy, close to Europe, a low COVID rate and its steepest ever discounts on accomodation. If you've made the decision to travel during this pandemic I think it's almost impossible to make the case for a better destination.
January 6, 2021
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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
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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
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REVIEW – Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach : Deluxe City-View Room [COVID-era]

My main takeaway with this property is that it looks and feels so much better in person that the pictures on the Four Seasons website would imply. It is also a hell of a lot busier than I would have imagined. There's a real scene here, even during COVID. For some people that may be off putting but if you enjoy the buzz of having various bars and restaurants right on your doorstep then this is the hotel for you.
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...
August 17, 2017
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REVIEW – Conrad Maldives : Seaplane Lounge MLE [Morning]

After our quick tour of the runway we pulled up at the seaplane terminal, where several of the high-end resorts host their guests in private lounges. Judging by what I've seen online, the Conrad has one of the most extensive facilities, with enviable views of the water below.
August 21, 2017
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REVIEW – Seaplane Transfer and Arrival Experience at Conrad Maldives

The seaplane dock at MLE takes the whole holiday airport concept to another level! Everywhere you look there are excited people smiling, laughing and taking pictures. Everybody is dressed for the sunny weather, including the pilots and ground crews who sport a uniform of flip flops and shorts alongside their short sleeved shirts.
October 28, 2017
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REVIEW – Conrad Maldives : Seaplane Lounge MLE [Evening Departure]

The dinner buffet seems like one last desperate attempt by the Conrad to extract cash from people for something that really isn't worth the money. It' a shame that the hotel has decided to leave customers with this as their parting memory.