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Coworth Park London England 2018

Coworth Park

During the lockdown, I have been thinking a lot of where I want to go next. It was really hard for a long time to think about travelling. I can’t plan because I don’t know when the borders will open. I can look over where we have been. With many other countries moving out of their lockdowns and into their final stages of ease restrictions, or NZ – shooting for the moon and scoring – no longer having any restrictions other than a closed border, I do feel slightly trapped in Singapore. No wide open space resorts to travel to locally but also I can’t go to those countries that have them. I also have hope that things are getting better in many places along with decent levels of fear where it is just so out of control. Coworth Park was a one night stay on a 5 night trip to the UK. We spent the other 4 in the centre of London (at the Goring). This trip, while we were told we were insane, …

Pre ‘Circuit Breaker’ stay Andaz Singapore

Two Fridays ago, we booked a hotel stay for 6-8 April as an anniversary, Easter & birthday present. We booked 20 minutes before the Singapore PM announced the 4 week shut down. Rather than stay on our anniversary or Easter we picked a weekday. Less crowded, avoiding the holidays/peak times. We got a call the next day to say the hotel has to close on the 7th based on the PM’s announcement so we could move our booking until anytime after the “circuit-breaker”. That just felt a little too long so rather than stay two nights, we swapped to one night and moved it forward to stay that Sunday. And what a Stay it was. We were upgraded to a suite with a bay view on the corner so we also had the city view. I got a lovely cake and card for my Birthday. We had a great dinner, breakfast and lunch (I wrote about the lunch here). Staying Sunday night meant the day time was Monday, a workday. Triston was working, working from …

Park Hyatt Sydney

We have stayed at the Park Hyatt in Sydney before and we didn’t have fond memories of the check in experience or room (even though we stayed after the reno) but breakfast was great. Today we checked in, early at 10 am, and things were a lot different. Triston is now a Globalist, Hyatts top tier, we were paying his work rate rather than paying using points and generally everything was fast, friendly and efficient. Our room was upgraded to an Opera View. Previously we stayed in a room facing the back, you can’t book those ones online as far as I know. They are kept for staff rates, points and super cheap corporate rates. I am pretty sure that is what we techincally booked into and have paid for. Yet here we sit. Working away with our Opera House views. I have decided to sit outside and work. I had to swap the sunny spot for the shade. When I looked inside to see what Triston was doing I could really only see the …

Andaz Vienna

Back in March last year we booked the Andaz in Vienna for our stay in August. I had to wait for bookings to open because the hotel was still being built. We were one of the first bookings made but the hotel opened a few months before we arrived so we weren’t the first to stay. This trip was part of the trip just after Triston’s Grandma died. As I had been in touch with the hotel directly, I let them know that Triston may be sad while we were there. The trip started with a week New York and then we headed for Vienna so I felt it might still be quite raw for Triston and I wasn’t really sure what to do. The hotel gave a cake. They also gave a mini pink bottle of bubbles and a super handy gift of hand sanitiser. Not just any hand sanitiser, a very lovely light spray – a mini bottle each as well as a note pad each. We really like the hand sanitiser, it …

Grand Hyatt Jakarta’s Pool

Last night we had a look around the Grand Hyatt Jakarta’s pool area. It was larger and more resort style than I imagined for a city pool. This morning we went for a swim. Given the ambient temperature here the water was nice even though the sun was behind clouds/smog. We weren’t the first people at the pool but we were the first to be using the main pool. A family arrived before us, they had a small child so were over in the wading pool area. The large poolside cabana was ripe for the taking. So, I did. I don’t know why it is so exciting to be in a cabana or to lounge around outside when I had been lounging around inside directly before going to the pool. It is always super exciting though. I was more excited when I looked up and saw it had a fan. I didn’t need it but it was nice to know it was there for times when it is needed. Something I haven’t seen in a …

View from KL Grand Hyatt

TW, Hyatt Gloablist and Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Last time TW was at the Grand Hyatt in KL he wasn’t a super fan. On arrival, the reception staff member in the lobby told him to check in at the lounge. Took TW to the lift, walked him into the lift and left him to his own devices. TW didn’t know that they hadn’t bothered to press a button until he got the ‘free, stop at every floor,’ hotel tour and ended up back in the lobby to start again. Then he was told there were no rooms to be upgraded to. Not a single one, no suites, no better view rooms, nothing. After getting the best suite in the hotel at our prior Hyatt stays, he was pretty disappointed. There was another debacle with a lift or something and then I got a whingey message from him. He took a photo in the closet of the room and told me that was the whole room. I told him I could see it was the closet and stop being such a baby. This week …

View from our balcony Hyatt Regency Waikiki

First real hotel upgrade – 6 years ago. Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Roughly this time in 2013 we had just checked in at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. After a big trip, by big I mean status run with 10+ flights from Hawaii to Peurto Rico we had landed back in Hawaii to have the holiday part. I was ill on arrival at the Hyatt in Kauai. We asked about a doctor but due to the time of day and day of the week, we didn’t have a hope of seeing one before our flight back to Honolulu. So we hired a car, had a look around and I just got more ill. I had a small sniffle which became a head cold across the series of flights back from San Juan. By our final flight, from Dallas to Lihue, we had bought Nyquil with the hope that I would rest and hit the ground running. What it managed to do was put me to and keep me asleep when I probably really needed to wake up. I slept through the decent and was woken just to get …

Free guided walk at Amangiri

Amangiri part 3

We learned a lot about me in part 1 and 2 but not a huge amount about Amangiri. Why was that important? I always read reviews and then discard them because I don’t know what kind of person they are. Do they hate life and everything good that has ever happened to them? Are they the kind of people who insist on seeing only the good in everything. Is their bed at home comfortable (my mattress was my single most important purchase so most hotels couldn’t get close to the comfort I was used to. It is important to have a good nights sleep and I never slept well so I spent my savings on the first mattress that made me sleepy, not the first mattress). There are a thousand reasons why someone may love or hate a resort. Every review of the hotel will basically be the same. Cement, earthy, pretty, great location. Rooms face this way and that. Some with pools, all with firepits. To be fair, if you don’t know about Aman’s …

Amangiri entrance

Amangiri part 2

In part 1 we established the fact that:1. Everyone should go to Amangiri 2. I didn’t have many childhood holidays 3. I don’t have a nostalgic association of what a holiday should be4. My dad drove trucks and has a plane I did work on a summer camp – Camp Birch Hill in New Durham, New Hampshire when I was 19. That experience has given me a slight insight into what an Americas thinks a summer break or holiday should feel like. It felt like summer. It was an amazing time as an employee. My guess is that it was better as a camper but I will never really be sure. The staff had the summer of their lives. We are self-funded travellers. If we stay for free, those free nights are earned through loyalty or promotions. Sometimes I can get a discount because I am a luxury travel agent, but we don’t always take the discount. If there is an amazing promotion on and paying retail gets us better inclusions we will go with …

Amangiri Pool

Amangiri part 1

Oh, Amangiri, how I miss thee. I have been told many times that I should write my stories down, not just about travel. The things I say in general but I do talk to people about travel a lot. Mine, theirs, a relative’s, someone they used to know. It doesn’t matter who went on the trip, travel is a good topic. Though, I never really know if they think my stories are interesting or they just want a written record to read on a dull day. Maybe laughing at my expense. Sometimes I spend too much time thinking of their ulterior motives. This time, however, I have taken the suggestion and I am running with it. You get a bit of everything in my stories, reminiscent ramblings, description beyond reasoning and maybe even a chuckle. In there somewhere, if I am telling you in person, will be a pause and confession that I forget what my point was or where I was heading. I can completely forget why I even started speaking in the first …