Part 8 – The St Regis Maldives Overwater Villa, $12,000 value, for free
Aug18

Part 8 – The St Regis Maldives Overwater Villa, $12,000 value, for free

The overwater villa is the dreams of most. In the St Regis Maldives, having an overwater villa with direct ocean access is the perfect launching pad for a relaxing honeymoon or vacation. Enjoy the review of the St Regis Maldives Overwater Villa.

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The St Regis Maldives Hotel Arrival Experience – Part 7
Aug15

The St Regis Maldives Hotel Arrival Experience – Part 7

Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise. While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight...

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Suites O’Hare Airport
Jul31

Hotel Review: Sheraton Suites O’Hare Airport

Airport hotels are plentiful at O’Hare so sometimes it makes it hard to decide on one in particular. No matter if you prefer Hyatt, IHG, Marriott or Club Carlson you’ll have plenty of options. The Sheraton Suites O’Hare ticks all the boxes for me and is a perfectly acceptable stay for a short overnight near the airport. Arrival The check in process was smooth and quick, but it was simply by luck. About 2 minutes after I arrived a huge...

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Maldives Trip Review, the Hotel Jen, Male
Jun22

Maldives Trip Review, the Hotel Jen, Male

There are dozens upon dozens of 5 star luxurious resorts in the Maldives. It just so happens that all of them are also a speedboat or seaplane ride away from the main island. With a dirth of options for luxury on the capital island itself, it was nice to see that the Hotel Jen by Shangri-La takes pride in providing an excellent 5 star experience in decidedly less luxurious surroundings. Our $46,000 vacation to the Maldives for only...

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A day in the life of Male, Capital City, Maldives Review
Jun13

A day in the life of Male, Capital City, Maldives Review

Male is a bustling city, the capital of the Maldives with over 130,000 people. In fact, it’s one of the most densely populated islands in the world. We decided that it wouldn’t be a trip to the Maldives if we didn’t at least hang out here for one night to get a real experience for the island life. Upon reflection after the fact, we probably should have just gone straight for the island. Our flight from Abu Dhabi landed at 2pm, which...

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It’s Finally Here! The Dubai Burj al Arab, A Hotel Review
Jun07

It’s Finally Here! The Dubai Burj al Arab, A Hotel Review

As the only 7 star hotel in the world, getting to the Burj al Arab is an experience. Often overlooked for its price and lack of points redemption, we’re here to show you that the price can be offset by using some of the amazing benefits that come with booking here! Enjoy a review of the Burj al Arab hotel

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Hotel Review: The DISGUSTING Amway Grand Plaza, a Curio Collection Hotel
Mar15

Hotel Review: The DISGUSTING Amway Grand Plaza, a Curio Collection Hotel

The Amway Grand Plaza hotel towers over the Grand Rapids, MI skyline. For as long as I can remember, when you drive through Grand Rapids, you would see the 28-story building from a mile away. I always wanted to stay here, but never really had the opportunity. Recently on a trip to Grand Rapids, Ben and I decided to give this hotel a shot. Now that they’re a Curio Collection by Hilton Hotel, earning and redeeming points was an extra...

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Refined Luxury at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Mar14

Refined Luxury at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise. While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight...

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Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona
Feb21

Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona

The Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is only a quick 7-10 minute drive from downtown, so when we had an early flight out of the PHX airport last month, it made perfect sense to try out a cool Kimpton Hotel in downtown. Enter, the Kimpton Palomar. Lobby(s) There are two lobby’s for the hotel, and the design makes figuring out which you are supposed to be in kind of complicated. If you come from the parking deck, navigate to the first level,...

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Review: Andaz Scottsdale in Arizona
Feb08

Review: Andaz Scottsdale in Arizona

I have to start by saying I’m somewhat new to World of Hyatt. For a while, we had been very heavily consolidating our stays with either SPG or Hilton, primarily because of their wide footprints in all places we usually frequent. It didn’t make sense to diversify our stays on another brand while we were achieving lifetime platinum with Marriott. Hyatt, also, has a much, much smaller footprint and a much, much higher price...

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