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Jan 11, 20, 9:36 am
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Posted By MacMyDay

I'm quoting from the website, not some anonymous...

I'm quoting from the website, not some anonymous CIA whistleblower. Negotiate away to your hearts desire. North Island always runs stay 7-pay-6...
Jan 10, 20, 7:36 am
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Views: 21,251
Posted By MacMyDay

Still no sign on the Marriot side of things, but...

Still no sign on the Marriot side of things, but they have implemented flexible rates, as he said they would:

https://www.north-island.com/rates/

I may need to reconsider my view on it sounding...
Jan 8, 20, 10:29 am
Replies: 43
Views: 9,425
Posted By MacMyDay

One of my blog readers (not sure if he's an FTer)...

One of my blog readers (not sure if he's an FTer) actually said yesterday that he loved Villa Lario. He reads my blog, so I can only assume his taste is impeccable and we should believe him.
Jan 8, 20, 3:55 am
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Views: 9,425
Posted By MacMyDay

Highly recommend you avoid Il Sereno. Here's my...

Highly recommend you avoid Il Sereno. Here's my review of our stay in 2018 (https://thegoodthebadandtheluxurious.com/2018/06/24/review-il-sereno-lake-como/).

Lake Garda really only has Villa...
Jan 7, 20, 12:17 am
Replies: 9
Views: 919
Posted By MacMyDay

As with anywhere at the Thanda price range, it's...

As with anywhere at the Thanda price range, it's entirely negotiable. Thanda opened at $15k/n, yet were offering discounts as much as 50% off; their rack rate has since gone to $25k, yet they were...
Jan 6, 20, 2:36 am
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Posted By MacMyDay

We stayed in Singita Sasakwa, Sabora and Mara...

We stayed in Singita Sasakwa, Sabora and Mara River Tented Camp in 2018 - pics below. Sasakwa was my clear favourite (https://thegoodthebadandtheluxurious.com/2019/02/01/review-singita-sasakwa/) and...
Jan 3, 20, 2:37 am
Replies: 17
Views: 4,695
Posted By MacMyDay

I feel in this case it says more about the...

I feel in this case it says more about the property than Aventine. I have written some charming reviews in my time, but never experienced being banned. I was told by Singita that on my profile it...
Jan 2, 20, 11:45 am
Replies: 188
Views: 45,390
Posted By MacMyDay

I have done a write-up on my blog...

I have done a write-up on my blog (https://thegoodthebadandtheluxurious.com/2020/01/02/maldivian-adventure-2019-edition/), but in very short summary: Kudadoo is good, Joali is great, The Nautilus is...
Jan 2, 20, 3:06 am
Replies: 188
Views: 45,390
Posted By MacMyDay

Thought I'd put some pictures from our recent...

Thought I'd put some pictures from our recent trip in December. Regrettably, I did a terrible job of photographing The Nautilus so have almost nothing for it. I kept waiting for the weather to...
Jan 2, 20, 2:27 am
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Views: 496,689
Posted By MacMyDay

May I also recommend The Bulgari. Not to...

May I also recommend The Bulgari. Not to everyone's taste, but we loved it. Along with Aman Tokyo, the best service we experienced in a city hotel last year.
Dec 31, 19, 7:00 am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,520
Posted By MacMyDay

Each to their own. We visited for lunch and were...

Each to their own. We visited for lunch and were very glad we chose Aman-i-Khas, as much as the DMC tried to persuade us otherwise. The tents were so low-end, small and incredibly close to each other...
Dec 31, 19, 5:03 am
Replies: 46
Views: 14,661
Posted By MacMyDay

Funny that you never got a response to this..... ...

Funny that you never got a response to this.....

I feel for the sake of Google, it's only fair to link it to 2 different (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29258253-post75.html) opinions...
Dec 30, 19, 9:56 am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,520
Posted By MacMyDay

If you have ever been on safari in Africa, Asia...

If you have ever been on safari in Africa, Asia will sorely disappoint you.



Jawai is a terrible camp and barely fits as luxury, whilst Aman-i-Khas is a quality resort, but the safari...
Dec 29, 19, 12:17 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,368
Posted By MacMyDay

Depends on the hotel. The best ones send out...

Depends on the hotel. The best ones send out well thought through questionnaires prior to arrival to try and get your preferences - I see it as more and more common, as previously it used to just be...
Dec 29, 19, 12:11 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By MacMyDay

I get asked this question a lot on my blog. ...

I get asked this question a lot on my blog.

During our stay last year, we split it between a Water Villa and Island Villa, just to try both out. I'd pick the Island. You have the extra dining...
Dec 26, 19, 1:59 am
Replies: 85
Views: 15,995
Posted By MacMyDay

My SJW Bullsh*t Detection plugin for Chrome has...

My SJW Bullsh*t Detection plugin for Chrome has marked this as spam, so I can't see the rest. Shame.



You made the right choice at The Brando. They've provided an example of an eco-friendly...
Dec 22, 19, 9:42 am
Replies: 85
Views: 15,995
Posted By MacMyDay

I think we all owe the OP an apology. Having...

I think we all owe the OP an apology. Having stayed last week I agree with almost every complaint (and a whole load more) he had and seeing that it's now 2 years on and they still haven't resolved...
Jul 16, 19, 2:25 am
Replies: 308
Views: 62,343
Posted By MacMyDay

We booked to stay, went for a drink and show...

We booked to stay, went for a drink and show around and then cancelled our booking. The hotel is next to a main road, so the disturbance is too much for me. They have a little terrace for the bar...
Jul 16, 19, 2:10 am
Replies: 308
Views: 62,343
Posted By MacMyDay

I have not stayed in The Bulgari since 2017, so...

I have not stayed in The Bulgari since 2017, so things could have changed, but the service was definitely not the reason to stay. I stayed five times in about a month and complained almost every...
Jun 24, 19, 4:07 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 2,165
Posted By MacMyDay

If there's a job going to criticise hotels,...

If there's a job going to criticise hotels, consider me on the case.
Jun 24, 19, 4:07 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,021
Posted By MacMyDay

We dropped by here yesterday for a show around...

We dropped by here yesterday for a show around and lunch, as it's only a 15 minute flight from Laucala. The initial plan was to stay 3 nights, but we managed to lose the booking whilst finalising...
Jun 23, 19, 2:37 pm
Replies: 545
Views: 87,684
Posted By MacMyDay

Thanks, Mike. We're looking forward to some...

Thanks, Mike. We're looking forward to some superb sushi on the 3rd July. Regarding the nightly rate, 200,000 is extreme, to say the least. We actually had the good fortune for the rates to go...
Jun 22, 19, 12:22 am
Replies: 545
Views: 87,684
Posted By MacMyDay

I recall how much of a fan you were, so I did...

I recall how much of a fan you were, so I did actually try and book it (and the concierge do keep doing their best to mention it), but my wife (whooo, I can now call her that) was paranoid about us...
Jun 21, 19, 6:26 am
Replies: 545
Views: 87,684
Posted By MacMyDay

I'm gonna throw it out there: Aman Tokyo is one...

I'm gonna throw it out there: Aman Tokyo is one of the finest city hotels in the world. I think so much of the negative perception is from when it first opened, yet it's an entirely different beast...
Jun 8, 19, 12:30 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 6,580
Posted By MacMyDay

I spent a long time researching this before we...

I spent a long time researching this before we left and was advised on a 70-200mm - it was great advice. All of my photos can be seen here and you can see all the settings used on the camera to take...
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