The Grosvenor House has been our go to property in the Dubai Marina. It’s excellent location steps from the Dubai Marina, upscale accommodations and a vast combination of room configurations makes this property a win in my playbook. Our third stay would have us upgraded to a Deluxe Suite, an upscale car transfer and access to a terrific lounge courtesy of Starwood / Marriott Platinum status. Review: The Grosvenor House by Luxury… Read More

An Emirates First Class award is one of the most aspirational award redemptions in the world today. The Emirates Airbus 380 aircrafts feature shower suites, a stand up bar and an excellent first class experience. As one of the largest operators of the Airbus 380, it’s is available on many of its long haul international routes. We had the experience to test out this world class experience on their route between Mauritius… Read More

The St Regis Mauritius has been our “go to” property while visiting Mauritius. It has a a terrific location with the property set in the shadow of the giant Le Morne mountain in a peaceful corner of the island. We’d previously stayed at the property on our last trip to Mauritius. Unfortunately, there were some teething problems on that stay which continued on this stay. Review: The St Regis Mauritius – Returning… Read More

Of the choice of South African Airways or British Airways Comair flying between South Africa and Mauritius, after a careful examination, we ended up with South African Airways based on a reasonable price and the ability to earn miles in a Star Alliance frequent flyer reward program. Our flight was marked with some adventure, dis-organization and a side of mild chaos as we transitioned through departure and the flight itself, following with… Read More

Our return to the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg had us staying in an excellent Regency Suite that we were able to upgrade into with World of Hyatt upgrade instruments. The Hyatt Regency is a very conveniently located hotel that is situated next to the Rosebank mall complex, and well situated next to the Gautrain, making for a convenient stay experience. Review: Hyatt Regency Johannesburg – Regency Suite, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa. “Still a… Read More

British Airways operates a franchise in Comair in South Africa. Flights with Comair allow people to gain access to reward points through the distance based British Airways Avios program. With this strategy in mind, we redeemed British Avios Airways rewards points for our international flight from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa. Our Business Class experience was simple and a little bit easier than flying in economy. Review: British Airways Comair… Read More

The Victoria Falls straddling the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia is a highlight of any travels across the Southern Sahara African Belt. The history and legacy of the Cape to Cairo Railway that founded the dreams of this town are constantly in the forefront of any visit. Our visit to Victoria Falls allowed for a great day of exploration surrounding this exotic attraction, along with plenty of opportunities to get wet. Activity:… Read More

A Zambezi River Boat Sunset Cruise is a must do for when you visit Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It’s been on my “must see” list everytime I come through town, as it’s away of getting on the water and possibly spotting hippopotamuses or other wildlife that you don’t have to travel great distances to get to see. We booked our water cruise today through the hotel and had a really great evening of… Read More

The Victoria Falls Hotel is one of Africa’s most famous hotels. Originally built to accompany the Cairo to Cape Town Railway, the hotel was initially the home to construction workers of the railway. The property has hosted guests since 1904 and has dazzled guests with its views, and proximity to Victoria Falls, providing a luxury experience to all guests who are fortunate enough to stay. Review: The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls,… Read More

Air Namibia was the national airline of Namibia and operated a small but interesting route network across the southern saharan African belt. Instead of routing ourselves through South Africa at time and expense, we opted for their direct service on their Embraer 135 regional jet, hopscotching across through Botswana to Zimbabwe. Review: Air Namibia ERJ135, Windhoek – Maun – Victoria Falls “Air Namibia, the flag carrier of Namibia, offered convenient regional jet… Read More

There wasn’t a lot of international brand choice for our one night stay in the capital city Windhoek, Namibia. It was down to a tired looking Protea Hotel by Marriott or this locally glamorous Hilton Windhoek property. Aiming for some comfortable accommodation, we ended up booking with the Hilton and didn’t look back. Review: The Hilton Windhoek, Namibia “The Hilton Windhoek provided a comfortable place to rest up for the night and… Read More