World Traveller 73


There are a whole host of different Kaanapali Resorts in Maui, Hawaii. With our first stay in this region of the Island of Maui, we ended up at the spacious and comfortable Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa. We would end up with a fantastic suite upgrade, a whole host of inclusions courtesy of elite benefits, and a resort that was well placed allowing for great walking exploration of the Kaanapali hotel row…. Read More

There are limited hotel accommodations situated on the lagoon of Bora Bora. With the potential of having views of the extinct volcano Mount Otemanu, views of the surrounding blue lagoon, and a price point that usually reflects limited supply, picking a hotel is ever more important than ever. We ended up at the Le Meridien Tahiti after our research, and experienced a well located full featured resort that was straight forward, if… Read More

For our stay on the beautiful island of Moorea, French Polynesia we opted for the exotic Sofitel Kia Ora Beach Resort in a private villa beach front bungalow. The Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea was a unique beach resort in French Polynesia that surprisingly placed towards the luxury end of the spectrum. We would spend several days exploring the resort and the area, along with some time underwater at the unique house reef… Read More

Our travels to Blenheim had us visiting several world class wineries in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Our visits to Allan Scott, Wairu River, Whitehaven and Cloudy Bay would have us looking for a conveniently located base in order to base our sightseeing. The Marlborough Vintner’s Hotel fit that requirement quite nicely and we enjoyed a four day stay at this hotel during our time in this corner of the world…. Read More

The “W” Union Square would be our modernized historic hotel for this particular trip to New York City. It’s well situated on the beautiful Union Square Park in the middle of where you want to be in Manhattan. Conveniently accessible to most attractions, we enjoyed a functional stay in a neighbourhood that was pleasant to be in, in a hotel that was a little average in experience. Review: The W Union Square,… Read More

I was excited to experience a resort in communist Cuba. Would the experience meet up to our expectations? Would a stay in a land governed by communism and twenty five years of sanctions from the United States make for an interesting stay? We would end up discovering a different stay experience filled with interesting (and rationed) food, supply issues and some odd touches. It ended up being a unique travel experience unlike… Read More

Our visit to Munich happened to be timed with Oktoberfest; a period when the hotels fill up and room rates can get surprisingly expensive. A sample of room rates around Munich had prices around 400โ‚ฌ during the famous fall beer festival. We ended up getting outsized value by using annual certificates from American Express cards to stay for free during Oktoberfest at the Westin Grand Munich. Review: The Westin Grand Munich, Germany…. Read More

Hotel selection in Venice is exceptionally tricky. There is limited inventory and rooms are often small and expensive. After some research, we ended up at the Westin Europa Regina Venice. We were able to obtain a suite upgrade to a larger room, an excellent included breakfast thanks to elite benefits and an excellent anniversary dinner on a private table at the hotel. Review: The Westin Europa Regina, Venice, Italy. Booking the Hotel:… Read More

During our stay in Malta, we would end up at the best offering in the Starwood / Marriott chain; the Westin Dragonara Resort in St Julians Malta. We’d experience an excellent oceanfront stay, in a terrific resort area with access to an enjoyable executive lounge with great outdoor deck space. Our stay was complimented by excellent staff that really went the extra mile to take care of us. Review: The Westin Dragonara… Read More

Our travels would have us passing through the centrally located city of Kamloops, British Columbia. It’s a town on the Trans Canada Highway that is about 5 hours from Vancouver; making it a natural stopover for gas, food and lodging. We’d stay at the Fairfield Inn Kamloops on this visit through town, and we’d discover a new build hotel Fairfield Inn property that met all our travelling needs. Review: Fairfield Inn and… Read More

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

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