June 29, 2021
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Review – Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town

My first encounter with a Belmond property was a fantastic experience on the whole. 'Old school' elegance, paired with friendly service and a great location.
June 4, 2021
Park Hyatt Maldives - Sunset Overwater Pool Villa

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Maldives

A lot of Maldivian resorts are like fast food: convenient, nicely packaged, initially satisfying but ultimately devoid of substance. The Park Hyatt is the antithesis to this.
May 12, 2021
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REVIEW – Silvan Safari (Sabi Sands, SA)

My expectations were very high going into this and Silvan quite honestly smashed them. In terms of hard product, Silvan is in the very top tier of anything I've ever seen.
May 10, 2021
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REVIEW – Bidvest Lounge – Jo’burg (JNB)

Even if you don't have Priority Pass the value for money here is pretty phenomenal. A surprisingly decent lounge.
April 29, 2021
Intercontinental JNB - Swimming Pool

REVIEW – Intercontinental JNB Airport

This is a hotel that is moments away from the airport. It ticks all of the items in my basics checklist and also has a full size gym and excellent restaurant. The room decor is a cut above most airport hotels globally, as is the service. Unless you have a layover of over 20 hours I can't imagine why you'd consider anywhere else in Joburg.
April 12, 2021
Amilla 88 - REVIEW - Amilla : Sunset Water Pool Villa

REVIEW – Amilla : Sunset Water Pool Villa

It's safe to say that this stay absolutely blew away all of my expectations. Amilla is a resort that delivered not just on the things that I thought I wanted it fulfilled knew needs that I didn't even know I had. The food was comfortably amongst the best we've ever encountered in the Maldives. The bed was also the biggest and the snorkelling the best I've ever encountered. The variety of accommodation options is fantastic and the combination of beach, treetop, bubble and overwater could keep you entertained for weeks. 
April 11, 2021
ic maldives 1080x750 - AMAZING DEAL - $600 a night water villa with pool at the Intercontinental Maldives!

AMAZING DEAL – $600 a night water villa with pool at the Intercontinental Maldives!

You can book a fully refundable stay at the Intercontinental Maldives in an Ocean Pool Villa with breakfast and Club benefits for $500 per night!
April 11, 2021
Emirates First Class Lounge - Dubai, C Concourse

REVIEW – Emirates Lounge – Dubai (DXB) – C Concourse

They serve free flowing £500 bottles of First Growth Bordeaux in this lounge. What else do you really need to know?
August 18, 2016
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Champlagnes – TG F, OZ J & F and NH F – Sofitel, Hyatt, Conrad, Hilton

After a couple of months of reading the Trip Reports forum on FlyerTalk.com, I slowly became aware that an itinerary involving multiple flights in international First Class, was no longer a lottery winning dream. This could actually be done. Not only that but with judicious routing and planning it could be done cheaply and awesomely, maximising all the little extras that make each airline unique.
August 18, 2016
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REVIEW – Singapore Airlines: First Class Lounge, London Heathrow T3

I spent about an hour in the lounge and was able to eat, drink, send a couple of emails and sort through all my papers and reservations for the rest of the trip. It was much nicer than waiting at the gate but really not worth turning up early for. If I’d paid the big bucks for SQ suites, I would certainly view this lounge as a disappointment. Within Terminal 3 alone, there is a better Business Class lounge (The Virgin clubhouse). If I’d paid the big bucks for SQ suites, I would certainly view this lounge as a disappointment. Within Terminal 3 alone, there is a better J lounge (the VS clubhouse).
August 18, 2016
TG F caviar - REVIEW - Thai Airways : First Class - London to Bangkok (B747)

REVIEW – Thai Airways : First Class – London to Bangkok (B747)

One of the big advantages to the old F cabin, is the amount you can see during take-off and landing. When we finished taxiing and the engines revved up for take-off, the feeling was exhilarating. Seeing the world rushing past, through 15 or more windows, gave me the impression that I myself was flying. As opposed to the usual feeling of just being along for the ride, in a metal tube. Shortly after the seat belt signs were turned off, one of the 2 female FAs came over with menus
August 18, 2016
thai first class lounge breakfast

REVIEW – Thai Airways First Class Lounge, Bangkok Airport

The best I can say about the food component of the breakfast is that it was better than the abomination that was served to me on TG911 a few days earlier. Again, not worth coming to BKK early for. Off the top of my head, I would take J lounge food in the NRT JL or NH lounges, the VS clubhouse in LHR and the QF J lounge in HKG, over this. Those are all great J lounges but a national carrier in it's home base shouldn't be losing to them in its F lounge.