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New Garuda A330 Business Class: GA715 SYD-DPS

Gone are the days when a business class trip to Bali was in the stuffy confines of a Virgin 737, or worse still on Jetstar. Garuda now has a seriously new and luxurious cabin on rotation to Australia and I was lucky to be one of the first to travel in style in this new ‘super diamond’


Upgraded to First: Etihad EY17 AUH-LHR

This is a trip report from a recent flight between Abu Dhabi and London where I received a upgrade to first class. But was it a fabulous experience? You might be surprised… Date: August 2015 Dep: 13:50 Arr: 18:20 Aircraft: A340-600 TRANSIT As our flight from Bangkok was delayed and we didn’t make the time up in the air, deplaning was

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Etihad Business Class – EY403 – Bangkok to Abu Dhabi

This is a flight review / trip report of my recent flight on Etihad EY403 in business class between Bangkok and Abu Dhabi. EY403 was the second leg of our journey between Australia and Europe and our first leg on Etihad. I was interested in seeing how Etihad had changed since last flying with them a

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Thai First Class – Sydney to Bangkok TG472

This flight was the beginning of a two week jaunt to Europe – we decided to start with a bang on Thai’s new first class… Date: August 2015 Depart: 21:30 Arrive: 03:50 Aircraft: 747-400 Check-in The economy queue was full of passengers but we managed to walk straight up to the check-in counter and go through the formalities. As we were connecting

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Mudbrick Owners Retreat

It’s not often that I hesitate writing about an experience in fear that the secret gets out and it ruins my very own paradise – this was the case with my recent stay at the ‘Owners Retreat’ on Waiheke Island. My stay at this property was so relaxing and tranquil – it seemed too good

Tanjung Villa 6 Review

Tanjung Villas, Bali

My experience of the Tanjung Villas for 10 nights over the Christmas break was a tale of two extremes, a sub-par experience with the villas but with some really great service from staff who tried their best to help us out when needed. This review looks at two villas, Villa 6 and Villa 2. Firstly,

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VA4137 Brisbane – Bali

We were eager to escape Sydney for the Christmas break, so decided on heading to Bali with family. Booking only a few weeks out from departure, business class airfares were getting on the high side – so when we spotted a $1200 one way airfare on Virgin Australia, we booked immediately. The only catch was

Peach Airlines

Peach Airlines MM002 & MM009

I was holidaying in Korea recently and decided to take a quick trip across to Japan and thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out a previously featured airline of the week. The booking process with Peach was simple enough and what you would expect from a low cost carrier. I booked with carry


RACV City Club, Melbourne

The RACV City Club is a different hotel choice when you consider that the RACV (for Royal Automobile Club of Victoria) is a motor club and one wouldn’t expect such a club to own hotels and resorts. Yet RACV runs a fleet of hotels and resorts in Queensland and Victoria. RACV resorts include Cape Schanck Resort on the

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Another glimpse from inside Virgin Australia’s ‘The Club’

Virgin Australia’s über exclusive ‘The Club’ lounges have been kept so under wraps that this was the only photo from within the club to end up in the public domain… until now. It has been a particularly frustrating wait for more photos or information – I wondered if the clubs actually exist in the first place.