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Today, 4:59 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

It's a fair question. Hilton Hotels in Australia...

It's a fair question. Hilton Hotels in Australia are charging a coffee tax and it's ridiculous.
2 people and 2-3 coffees over a lazy morning could rapidly become $200++ or an extra dinner in just 5...
Jul 13, 19, 5:14 pm
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There is no tipping culture in Singapore. You...

There is no tipping culture in Singapore. You don't tip the doormen and don't need to tip for bags.
Thank you for asking, please don't bring it here!!
Jul 12, 19, 7:58 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

Dead coral develops lots of algae which fish love...

Dead coral develops lots of algae which fish love to eat, so you often get a lot of marine life still.
have a quick Google of "raja ampat reef colour" and you'll see the difference :)
Jul 12, 19, 7:55 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

Not at all. There have been 2 or 3 here that have...

Not at all. There have been 2 or 3 here that have snorkelled now. Did you miss all the bit about the drop off etc?
Jul 12, 19, 4:16 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

So what I'm reading is- if you want decent...

So what I'm reading is- if you want decent snorkelling and marine life choose the Conrad. If you want a nicer overall hotel/room/transfer/stay then choose the WA.

As there have been almost no...
Jul 12, 19, 4:00 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

As of Easter this year, pretty much ALL coral on...

As of Easter this year, pretty much ALL coral on both islands is dead.
There is a small patch of struggling coral on the house reef, directly out from Mandoo when you hit the drop off, but that's...
Jul 10, 19, 5:33 am
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Posted By Cynicor

The drop would normally be from 1-3m depth to...

The drop would normally be from 1-3m depth to 15-20m depth, easily, in many cases.
Jul 10, 19, 5:32 am
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Posted By Cynicor

Very common. Most reefs have dropoffs due to the...

Very common. Most reefs have dropoffs due to the way they form. The dropoff is where you go for the fish and sealife and best corals and the bigger animals etc normally.
Remember the start of...
Jul 8, 19, 4:56 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

A bunch of hotels are coming up as "sale" but I...

A bunch of hotels are coming up as "sale" but I don't know if any current one.
I take 274 as my base Conrad SIN rate but it can get cheaper with a real decent sale. If it's next year I'd hold out...
Jul 7, 19, 6:14 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

Very much with you, wanting a resort with great...

Very much with you, wanting a resort with great live coral (and then decent food would be number 2 concern).
I was at CMRI this Easter just gone, and my mate at Shangri-la late last year. He is an...
Jul 7, 19, 5:57 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

I haven't seen anyone mention the house reef yet....

I haven't seen anyone mention the house reef yet. Is there one? Any underwater photos, esp of coral? Would love a review of the snorkelling or house reef diving.
CM Rangali is almost entirely devoid...
Jul 4, 19, 3:31 am
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Posted By Cynicor

Yeah, those prices looked a little low. And the +...

Yeah, those prices looked a little low. And the + is actually tax AND service charge. So it's add 10% service then 12% TGST so becomes 1.23 or 23% tax.
So while you might find one cheap item, they...
Jul 2, 19, 4:47 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

My 2c- If you are likely to get it anywhere in...

My 2c- If you are likely to get it anywhere in the world it would be Conrad Singapore, so good luck.
I've never asked for later than 6pm but had 6 offered several times.
enjoy!
Jun 28, 19, 6:59 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

How much $ or how frequently? Twice a week but I...

How much $ or how frequently? Twice a week but I think it's one of those things you can do on request, too, with a little notice.
$-wise I have in my head $75 but that seems too low. I think it was...
Jun 28, 19, 5:31 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

At the worst times, immigration takes maybe 20-30...

At the worst times, immigration takes maybe 20-30 min. Bags are slow but still only about 30-45 min. Trip to the hotel is 20-30 tops.

So I agree with above- just go to your hotel
Jun 28, 19, 4:44 am
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Posted By Cynicor

I think you'd want to go for multiple nights. the...

I think you'd want to go for multiple nights. the hotels aren't bad at all- i think the discomfort of the travel time would be worse than the lower comfort of the hotel, personally.
Jun 27, 19, 7:24 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

I woudn't agree that you need a spend a night...

I woudn't agree that you need a spend a night near the hotel. Bali traffic is terrible but in 20+ trips between my family, the tollroad/new-ish highway and trip to airport has always been fine at all...
Jun 27, 19, 5:17 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

Breakfast is ok. Very Japanese, like the whole...

Breakfast is ok. Very Japanese, like the whole hotel. Some simple staples of continental and US breakfast so you'll be fine. I think to some locals it would be quite the decent spread.
Fried whole...
Jun 26, 19, 5:31 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

Nikko Kanazawa is pretty basic. No gym, pay $$$...

Nikko Kanazawa is pretty basic. No gym, pay $$$ to go to one next door, which is a bit odd (just very Japanese so hard to know if what you are doing is appropriate).
For the $ I paid, I got slightly...
Jun 26, 19, 12:37 am
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Posted By Cynicor

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Ruinart
Jun 25, 19, 8:22 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

food to expect- some sushi, grilled meats and...

food to expect- some sushi, grilled meats and fishes and seafood, sides like truffle mash and fried rice and maybe a couple of hot dishes- curry or similar. Lots of salads, great sauces and a bunch...
Jun 25, 19, 5:48 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

1. Yep. No good guidance, I found Oct-Nov and Feb...

1. Yep. No good guidance, I found Oct-Nov and Feb from memory. Possibly July.

2. Maybe. Also good odds of no upgrade. They don't have many suites. On the plus side, the suites are pretty small so...
Jun 20, 19, 7:41 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

Would agree with Garden Inn not being flash but...

Would agree with Garden Inn not being flash but amazing use of 5k if diamond :)
good way to not waste a day but allow you to recover for cheap. Then spend a little more on a cash stay somewhere...
Jun 19, 19, 4:56 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

Agree Nusa Dua is good for none of those. It's an...

Agree Nusa Dua is good for none of those. It's an OK pool/resort stay. Go Ubud or Seminyak or other places. Neither are a great use of cash over the base room and a good upgrade for DIA I feel. But...
Jun 15, 19, 8:14 pm
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Posted By Cynicor

I've not been at that time, and didn't be even...

I've not been at that time, and didn't be even know they had fireworks; but if they do I assume they would be mainly on the Marina. This hotel has very obstructed views of it until the highest floors...
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