World Traveller 73


Our layover at the San Francisco International Airport had us requiring a night of accommodation in order to get from Canada to Mexico. Being regular consumers of the Marriott brand, we ended up with a choice between the Westin San Francisco International Airport and the aLoft San Francisco Airport. Thanks to a nearly equal rate, we ended up at the Westin San Francisco. Despite it being an older hotel, we were pretty… Read More

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

There are quite a pick of resorts in the Denaru Island Resort area of Fiji. The Denaru Island consists of nine separate hotels with a marina that connects Fiji to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. The Denaru Island is located ten kilometers from Nadi International Airport. We would end up visiting Denaru Island and staying at the Westin Denaru Island Resort prior to our departing international flight the next day. Review: The… Read More

The Sheraton Resort and Spa Tokoriki Island was our home for a four night stay in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. Our trip out to the Tokoriki Island would have us visit a resort offering duplex villas, in a freshly reconstructed resort that had recently re-opened after cyclone damage. Our stay would allow us the experience of staying on an outer island resort in Fiji with all the advantages and disadvantages that… Read More

The islands of the South Pacific are among the hardest in the world to get to using frequent flier reward miles. With a remote physical location in the world, a lack of airlines serving this part of the world, and limited airline alliances that allow for connectivity to and from this area, it’s a challenging region to visit on miles and points. This story is how we set out to visit several… 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

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 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