Hyatt Place Page Arizona – 3

Review: Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell, Arizona

We spent the second night of our road trip in Page, Arizona, primarily so we could visit Horseshoe Bend. As we quickly learned, the real treat was just being able to drive around this part of the country, as the scenery is breathtaking. Page has virtually…

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Marrakech Medina 33

The Marrakech Medina

While we were in Marrakech, I had a work call, and when I disclosed my location one of the other meeting participants blurted out "Man. I effing hated that medina." And I didn't hate it, but parts of the experience were decidedly unpleasant. Other aspects…

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Riad Joya Marrakech 19

Review: Riad Joya, Marrakech

We wanted to stay in the thick of the medina on this trip, but that does come with some safety considerations. We also liked the idea of staying in a small independent riad. I'd had numerous people tell me that in Marrakech, your riad host is essentially…

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Casablanca Domestic Lounge 10

Review: Royal Air Maroc Domestic Lounge Casablanca Airport

This lounge review will be short and sweet, and not to put too fine a point on it, but hopefully your stay here will be as well. Bottom line up front: this lounge has little to recommend it, but it's not like the rest of the terminal is super glam either.…

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Marrakech Medina 2

Introduction: The Last Trip (For Now)

I've been sitting on this trip report for three months now (where have three months gone?) because it just hasn't felt like the right time to talk about travel details, and this particular trip was odd from the start.  This trip took place in early March,…

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Calala Island Nicaragua – 127

Review: Calala Island Nicaragua

At last it's time for my review of Calala Island. I never thought I'd travel to a private island off the coast of Nicaragua for vacation, but when World of Hyatt points became redeemable here, I couldn't say no. In the previous installment I shared the…

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Hyatt Place Managua – 25

Review: Hyatt Place Managua

I'll keep this review relatively short, because our stay was short. Friday night we had a quick overnight in Managua, as we were arriving at around 9PM, and had to be back at the airport by 5:30AM for our flight, as we were enroute to Calala Island.…

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American Main Cabin Extra – 8

Review: American Airlines Main Cabin Extra 737

Ford and I are spending the weekend in Nicaragua to visit Calala Island. In the past I didn't review "run of the mill" flights, though I've realized they have the potential to be useful as well, so am trying to do when it's practical. For example, I've…

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Andaz Mayakoba – 38

Review: Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya

Last weekend Ford and I decided we wanted to get out of town. I started looking at options on Friday morning, and a few hours later we were on a flight to Cancun for our three night stay at the Andaz Mayakoba. This is a Hyatt property I had heard a lot…

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Philippine Airlines A350 Business Class – 2

Review: Philippine Airlines A350 Business Class

After my ground experience in Manila I was extremely excited to board my Philippine Airlines flight to Toronto. So, how is Philippine Airlines' A350? Can they compete with other excellent airlines in the region, or do they still have a long way to go?…

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Pagss Lounge Manila Airport – 11

Review: PAGSS Lounge Manila Airport

The previous installment covered the disaster which is connecting from T2 to T1 in Manila, and suffice to say that it probably clouded my perception of everything at this airport. In this installment I wanted to take a look at the PAGSS Lounge Terminal…

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Pagss Lounge Manila Airport – 3

AWFUL: Connecting In Manila On Philippine Airlines

When I wrote about the Philippine Airlines ticket that I booked, many readers warned me that the connection experience at Manila Airport is the worst in the world. I don't want to say that that I dismissed what people were saying, but I figured they…

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Philippine Airlines A321 Business Class – 3

Review: Philippine Airlines A321 Business Class

For the return portion of my trip to North America I decided to book Philippine Airlines. The airline is trying to reinvent themselves, and they have new A350s with an excellent business class product. I had flown the airline once before in 777 business…

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Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei – 4

Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei Airport

I had quite a bit of time between by 5:30AM visit to the China Airlines Lounge, and my 9:40AM flight to Manila on Philippine Airlines, so I decided to check out another lounge. Plaza Premium has four lounges at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport --…

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China Airlines Lounge Taipei – 1

Review: China Airlines Lounge Taipei Airport Terminal 1

For the return portion of my trip I was flying Philippine Airlines from Taipei to Manila to Toronto, thanks to a great business class fare (~1,200USD). That would allow me to finally experience Philippine Airlines' A350 business class, which has been…

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Starlux A321neo Business Class – 23

Review: Starlux Business Class

I provided an in-depth review of Starlux Airlines' A321neo business class on the flight from Taipei to Penang the day prior, so I'll keep this relatively short. In that installment I talked about how I booked, the amazing service, the cabin layout, etc.…

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Plaza Premium Lounge Penang – 8

Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Penang Airport

I arrived at Penang Airport at around 1PM for my 3PM Starlux Airlines flight to Taipei, so I had a bit of time to spend in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This is the contract lounge used by almost all international flights at the airport. The exception is…

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The Edison George Town Penang – 6

Review: The Edison Hotel George Town Penang

Here's an instance of a hotel that I found to be absolutely lovely, but that I wouldn't stay at again, because it just isn't for me. I had about 24 hours in Penang, so I needed a hotel for one night. Based on feedback from readers and my own research,…

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