Never being one to give up exploring, we scheduled ourselves a few days in Doha, Qatar. Who knows? You never know when you will make it back somewhere and having a ticket that started and ended in the country seemed like the perfect excuse to take in some of the city. Indeed, we found Qatar to be an interesting place to spend some time in that didn’t have all the shiny glitz… Read More

On our way back from the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives, we had a two day stopover in Qatar. You never know when your travels will bring you back so it’s important to take advantage of these opportunities if you can. We ended up at the Marriott Doha Hotel located near the old Doha International Airport for a convenient two day stay. While not the newest property, it make up for… Read More

Thanks to mechanical issues, we ended up sustaining a small delay in our connections. Fortunately, we ended up at our destination safely, if not a little bit late. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest. For more information on how this trip was booked,… Read More

Thanks to some surprise flight delays, we ended up spending more time in the Etihad Airways Pearl Business Lounge than we originally anticipated. Despite the high density seating, the lounge offered great food and beverage (including champagne); making it a worthwhile stop on any connecting travellers journey. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip… Read More

Its always a let down to leave any island paradise. Thankfully, Etihad Airways made it a lot more pleasant with comfortable medium haul service from Malé to Abu Dhabi. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest. For more information on how this trip was… Read More

Sooner or later, all good things most come to an end. We were sad to leave the Park Hyatt Maldives, where we had received excellent treatment over the past four nights and five days. We eventually had to transfer back from Hadahaa Atoll to Malé on Maldivian Air. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This… Read More

During our stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives on Hadahaa Island, we were offered the opportunity to visit an inhabited island atoll of Gemanafushi Island. Life in the Maldives is among the most segregated in the world with luxury resorts taking over entire atolls, keeping travellers away from locals. This was a unique opportunity to see what local life was like for the local Maldivian residents. This post is one chapter in… Read More

Among life’s bucket list items are unique experiences that you can only do every now and then. My travel list happened to include staying in an overwater villa. The Park Hyatt Park Water Villa was built over top of a thriving house reef packed with coral fish. It was an excellent stay experience and something to experience at least once. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab… Read More

Our time at the Park Hyatt Maldives was exotic, contemporary and idyllic at the same time. At one time, The Park Hyatt Maldives was one of the only points properties in the Maldives and is still well worth the effort to get there. I’ve split up our stay experience into three parts, the Resort and and Park Villa (this review), the The Park Hyatt Maldives Overwater Villa (and the world class house… Read More

It sometimes take a little extra time to get to somewhere special. This saying couldn’t be more truthful in the Maldives where the resorts are spread out across hundreds of small atolls interconnected by speed boats, boat transfers and sea planes. Our journey from Malé to the Park Hyatt took us on Maldivian Air on a string of planes boats and transfers. This post is one chapter in our trip to the… Read More