Category Archives: Reviews

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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


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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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


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

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Review: Mantra South Bank Brisbane

Brisbane isn’t known for its exotic selection of accommodation… The past few times I’ve visited I’ve generally put myself up at the various Oaks properties that dot the city. Unfortunately I’ve had a couple of average Oaks experiences recently and

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Review: Asiana Business Class OZ521 (Seoul – London)

After a couple of nights in Seoul it was time for us to make our way to the airport for the next leg of my 30th birthday adventure. A friend was travelling on a Korean air flight which was leaving

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Hotel Review: ‘The Inn at the Roman Forum’, Rome

Travellers evaluating accommodation options in Rome are spoilt for choice. Dizzying options await with countless hours of internet research passing by in a blink of an eye. I found myself stalking Trip Advisor late at night (on many nights!) desperately


Sunshine Coast Airport

Passing through this regional Queensland airport today, I thought it would be great to take a few snaps and do a write-up on this booming gateway to the Sunshine Coast. The airport sits just north of the Sunshine Coast city

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Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt, Seoul

After arriving on a long flight from Sydney, we jumped into a taxi and headed for our hotel in Seoul – a solid 40 minutes from Incheon airport. The taxi ride was rather interesting at night as we passed towering

Cosmo Mongkok

Review: Cosmo Hotel Mongkok

On a recent trip to London I had the opportunity to stopover in Hong Kong, and wanting to immerse myself into the unknown, I booked a hotel off the tourist track. Neither the hotel or the city let me down

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Review: Asiana Business Class OZ602 Sydney-Seoul

To celebrate my 30th birthday we decided to fly to London for a couple of weeks of shopping and general debauchery. Thanks to some great tips on how to secure cheap business class tickets through US Airways, I was able

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Flight Review: Qantas QF577 Sydney to Perth (Business Class)

I couldn’t hide my disappointment. It had been years since I had travelled Qantas, let alone a flight departing at midday. I had neglected to remember the ‘no alcohol before 12’ rule in the business class lounge. As I bashfully glanced

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Flight Test: Virgin Australia’s 737 Business Class

After flying Virgin Blue’s disappointing premium economy many times over the years, I was eager to get the opportunity to fly the rebranded Virgin Australia’s new domestic business class product. The airline invested heavily in bringing its business class product to

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Review: Scoot (Sydney-Singapore)

Layla Roberts is the founder and owner of Concierge Connections – a virtual concierge and personal assistance business helping clients in Australia (and those from abroad) organise their social and travel plans. Layla gives us an insight into her recent trip to Singapore

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Review: Bianco off Queen, Auckland

I don’t know if it was because the previous night I was cramped in a noisy, smelly, sweaty 6 bed backpacker dormitory, but despite some unfavourable reviews the Bianco off Queen turned out to be a pretty decent apartment for the

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Review: ‘Villa Martine’ Luxury Private Villa, Bali

Bali has a wide range of accommodation options and each has its attraction – some travellers like resorts, some choose international 5 star hotels and some prefer private rentals. Those who have done Bali however will attest that these best,

Sharma Sukhimvit

Review: Shama Sukhimvit, Bangkok

Shama Sukhimvit, Bangkok 3 Bedroom Deluxe We decided to stay at this Bangkok property as it was one of the few rentals that was available with 3 bedrooms in the one apartment. The location was right in middle of Bangkok

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Review: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

We travelled to Hong Kong for a quick shopping trip so decided to treat ourselves to the imperial old school charm of the Mandarin Oriental. The hotel has been renowned for decades as one of the world’s leading hotels so

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Flight Test: DJ89 Queenstown to Sydney in Economy

After spending an exceedingly relaxing time in Queenstown, the time came for us to leave this gorgeous scenic town and return home to Sydney. We had booked flights with Virgin Australia not only because they were cheap (about $200 each) but because we have Platinum and

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Feature: Four Hops on Air New Zealand Props

  NZ8429 Auckland – Napier (Dash 8 – Q300) “I love the look of the Q300 – the signature ‘snout’ of the aircraft is oddly amusing but cute at the same time…” I awoke from my slumber at the Auckland Airport


Flight Test: TG472 Sydney to Bangkok in Business Class

My partner and I decided to take the family to Thailand and Bali which was possible due to the availability of points awards through Singapore Airlines Krisflyer. I have always loved Asian carriers for their understated but elegant service and

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Pebble Beach Motor Inn – Napier, New Zealand

This property is #1 on Tripadvisor for Napier/Hastings in New Zealand. I thought i’d give it a go to see if the #1 Tripadvisor rating matched reality. This really is a motor inn style property, but don’t let this put

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Novotel Auckland Airport

I arrived at Auckland Airport late one evening from Sydney and needed to fly out on a domestic flight the following morning – what better excuse than to try out the Novotel at Auckland Airport! Read my review of NZ108

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Flight Test: NZ108 Sydney to Auckland in Business Class

I needed to be in New Zealand for a family wedding so booked myself a seat with Air NZ. It’s been a while since flying with the carrier in Business Class and I have always enjoyed the onboard product. Since

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Botox in Bangkok: The Experience

I saw my reflection in a shop window and thought “Jesus… i’ve aged – my partying lifestyle has caught up with me!”. I averted by eyes from the offending window and continued on my journey around the new Terminal 21

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

I was lucky to be transiting through Abu Dhabi not long ago and it seemed only natural to check out Emirates Palace – the most expensive hotel ever constructed at just under 2 billion pounds. Now, i’m not one to pass up

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Eightville Apartments: Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Studio with Balcony I am a firm believer that funky does not necessarily need to mean expensive, and the Eightville Apartments in the other “City of Angels”, Bangkok, is a good example. Located down the end of Sukhumvit Soi 8

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Hotel Sanderson: Soho, London

Lucky us. We were fortunate to head to this party town AND we got to stay in this fantastic property in the bustling locale of Soho. The Sanderson is part of the ever-so-stylish Morgans Hotel Group which, if you didn’t know,