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Year: 2016

Not all Hotels are the same – Intercontinental Saigon – the second time around

Detail of the brocade on one of the cushions in the lounge area Hotel: Intercontinental Asiana, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Stay: 3 – 8 January 2016 Room: Club Deluxe upgraded to Suite Not all hotels are the same. This South East Asian outpost of the Intercontinental Hotel Group is a little gem, and that’s mainly due to the wonderful staff. We stayed here one night on our outbound journey to London from Sydney on Vietnam Airlines. Now we were looking forward to a short 5 day urban retreat on our way back from our Northern Hemisphere Christmas...

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5 Cute things hotels do to make you feel loved

Fortunately no towels were injured during this display of Swan towel art at the Hotel La Union Cienfuegos, Cuba I am a sucker for things that some hotels do, that just make you feel loved, and fussed over. 5. Romantic stuff, like petals in a heart shaped on your bed for your anniversary. At the Hotel De La Paix in Luang Prabang, Laos (now a Sofitel) – for our 21st anniversary. 4. Placing a bookmark in your book when you have left it upturned on your bedside table, or splayed out on your sun lounge while taking a dip....

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Royal Suite Room Upgrade in 5 pictures

Because our villa pool turned green with envy just like the pool at the Rio Olympics, the management at Four Seasons Sayan offered us a choice of options for alternate accommodation. One was the three bedroomed Royal Suite. Well it would have been rude to say no. Full review coming in the future – but for now here are three pictures of our new three bedroom  ‘suite’ with its magnificent view down the river. The entrance – with a roof that has lilly and lotus ponds, a rooftop bale, and a red rice paddy, oh and some stone guardians....

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Bali-hi has called me in 3 pictures

Our quickish decision  because of a fantastic Qantas Holidays deal sees us in Bali this week, Full reports to come, but here is our trip and arrival on three pictures. Skyteam Lounge with considerably more foliage, but the same orange banquettes. Made it into the Skyteam lounge due to a status match with Qantas Gold status through Alitalia’s frequent flyer program. Probably not actually going to fly with Alitalia, so glad I got this benefit before the card outdates in early 2017.  Also discovered that the Skyteam Lounge at Sydney International is also a Priority Pass lounge. Oh, and...

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How nostalgic is it getting a new passport?

My old faithful passport. With me since 2007 and a bit battered, but now officially and deliberately damaged to render it unusable. Bali Hi! Mickaeli and I are heading to Bali in September. Like the time you thought it was a good idea to wear shoes without sox and it just became smelly and uncomfortable, this has been a quick, recent decision, with the unforeseen complication of needing a new passport. On the other hand, I don’t think the Four Seasons at Sayan will be smelly or uncomfortable. My old passport would have run out at the beginning of February...

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