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Jan 1, 20, 11:03 am
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Posted By samuelo

Even by the standards of the Maldives an U$800/pp...

Even by the standards of the Maldives an U$800/pp dinner that does not even include complimentary water or drinks is a complete rip-off. The food was good but it seemed the pricing was based on we...
Jan 1, 20, 10:57 am
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Posted By samuelo

Today my butler informed me that I forgot to sign...

Today my butler informed me that I forgot to sign at the end of the night yesterday. Told him that I didnít realise it was necessary since the dinner was compulsory. Turns out they needed my...
Dec 31, 19, 2:50 am
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Posted By samuelo

NYE Dinner

For anyone else at the resort tonight over NYE, I just found out that the US800++ does not include any alcoholic drinks!

As the communication from the resort on the format of this evening has been...
Dec 31, 19, 2:34 am
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Posted By samuelo

Yes, you can transfer from the airport to the...

Yes, you can transfer from the airport to the resort if you arrive at 10pm. I just did this last week.

My flight departure is around the same time as you indicated above and they are going to put...
Dec 29, 19, 8:37 am
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Posted By samuelo

Half-way through a 8 night stay and wanted to...

Half-way through a 8 night stay and wanted to share some thoughts/impressions given all the useful advice and tips I got from reading this thread. I'm a Diamond on points stay in a south (lagoon)...
Dec 26, 19, 9:59 pm
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Posted By samuelo

I also read the Wiki and was chatting with the...

I also read the Wiki and was chatting with the Director of Culinary at breakfast this morning who confirmed that the pizza ovens at Nava were replaced recently. He was especially proud of them and...
Oct 30, 19, 9:59 pm
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Posted By samuelo

All of the garden and the horizon view villas....

All of the garden and the horizon view villas. They had just started the work when we were there earlier this month.
Oct 30, 19, 9:24 pm
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Posted By samuelo

You are correct that all rooms with pools look...

You are correct that all rooms with pools look out to the sea apart from Royal 107 (not 106, my mistake above) which also has the best view of Mt Otemanu. The other rooms which are next to 107 and...
Oct 30, 19, 6:09 pm
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Posted By samuelo

The quotes that I received for my stay in Oct...

The quotes that I received for my stay in Oct were XPF 40,000 for the Pool OWV, XPF 65,000 for the King Pool OWV and XPF 100,000 for the Royal Pool OWV.

if you look through this thread at what...
Oct 29, 19, 5:56 pm
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Posted By samuelo

Mt Mulligan Lodge (QLD, Australia) - anyone been?

Recent member of Luxury Lodges of Australia. I am looking to combine with a trip to Capella Lodge and welcome thoughts from people who have been. Not enough TA reviews and the most of the ones posted...
Oct 29, 19, 5:50 pm
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Posted By samuelo

I paid for my upgrade in advance to secure the...

I paid for my upgrade in advance to secure the room type that I wanted (Royal Pool OWV).

The base rooms are actually the Garden View Suites and a one category upgrade is the Lagoon View Suites...
Forum: Africa
Oct 28, 19, 8:06 pm
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Posted By samuelo

Thanks everybody for the input. I am indeed...

Thanks everybody for the input.

I am indeed looking at ACC-TMS-ACC. Given what I've read about TAP Portugal I think I would prefer to fly either Royal Air Maroc or BA to Ghana and then connect...
Oct 28, 19, 5:13 pm
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Posted By samuelo

We were there when the work had just started....

We were there when the work had just started. They are adding pools to the Garden and Horizon villas and the work was meant to be completed by Dec 15. It seems from the website now they have added...
Oct 28, 19, 9:47 am
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Posted By samuelo

Happy to do a White Desert trip report. Look out...

Happy to do a White Desert trip report. Look out for it in the coming days! Was there over New Yearís 2017/18.
Oct 28, 19, 2:14 am
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Posted By samuelo

Minaret Station - NZ (helicopter in and out, no...

Minaret Station - NZ (helicopter in and out, no other means of access)
White Desert Camp - Antarctica. Not luxury compared to the standard definition but when you're in Antartica having an en-suite...
Forum: Africa
Oct 28, 19, 1:49 am
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Posted By samuelo

Sundy Praia (Principe Island) - anyone been?

Has anyone been to Sundy Praia, Bom Bom or any of the other Shuttleworth properties in Sao Tome and Principe? Looking at a trip next year and it a long journey from Asia so would like to get some...
Oct 28, 19, 1:41 am
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Posted By samuelo

Capella Lodge (Lord Howe Island. Australia) - anyone been recently?

Has anyone been to Capella Lodge since the recent renovation? I am looking for advice on which room. From the website descriptions, they seem to be pretty unimpressive other than the Lidgbird...
Oct 26, 19, 7:18 pm
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Posted By samuelo

Iím absolutely not suggesting anyone gets walked....

Iím absolutely not suggesting anyone gets walked. That would be wholly unprofessional of Arkaba nor would I ever ask them or any hotel to do that.

Arkaba has blocked out all rooms every single...
Oct 26, 19, 3:56 pm
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Posted By samuelo

1. Our dates are not flexible. My wife is in...

1. Our dates are not flexible. My wife is in Australia for work and I wanted to tack on the visit to Arkaba at the beginning or end of her trip. Both involve a weekend and when they have the walks on...
Oct 25, 19, 5:53 am
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Posted By samuelo

Oct The Brando Conrad Bora Bora Nui Dec ...

Oct
The Brando
Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Dec
LXR The Biltmore
Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Jan
Casa Gangotena
Oct 25, 19, 5:25 am
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Posted By samuelo

Have you even been to the JAL new F lounge?...

Have you even been to the JAL new F lounge? Please enlighten me as to what is so good about The Pier that I must be living on a different planet to dare to prefer the Sakura Lounge? Is it the Pier’s...
Oct 25, 19, 3:16 am
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Posted By samuelo

CX Latest Enhancements - Lipstick on a Pig

To those MPC members who got the latest magazine touting the changes made by CX I wanted to throw in my 2 cents. This is in no particular order:

1. Slippers: Congratulations on providing something...
Oct 25, 19, 2:54 am
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Posted By samuelo

Arkaba Station, Australian outback - not run to make money!

I wanted to share with you my experience of trying to book a stay at Arkaba Station for next September. Even though booking almost 12 months out my preferred dates were partially unavailable. To cut...
Oct 24, 19, 7:16 am
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Posted By samuelo

There is no published chart. I believe the cost...

There is no published chart. I believe the cost of the upgrade is determined based on the season/time of year and projected occupancy. In my case, the hotel proactively emailed me after I made my...
Oct 24, 19, 7:13 am
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Posted By samuelo

Thanks. My folio shows exactly that but the...

Thanks. My folio shows exactly that but the HHonors rep I spoke to was adamant it was not eligible spend. I did not think she was correct but good to have confirmation from someone who stayed at the...
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