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

Our time in french Polynesia was longer than anticipated as a result of patchy business class award availability. To mitigate the expense of staying at a very expensive resort for our nine day stay, we broke up our time in French Polynesia at three different resorts. Our first resort was the Le Meridien Tahiti on the main island of Tahiti Nui. Unfortunately, it was not the best resort of the trip, with… 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 “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 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

We had a five day stay in Cape Town and centred ourselves in the modern Westin Cape Town hotel. We had a terrific stay at this property, and really enjoyed our suite, the Executive Lounge, along with the central location of the property. Review: Westin Cape Town – Guest room 1 King, Cape Town, South Africa “Still one of my favourite modern chain hotels in Cape Town, it continues with it’s world… Read More

Our short stay in Doha had us coming in to check out the brand new Westin Doha Hotel and Spa in Doha, Qatar. As a brand new property, the Westin Doha Hotel offered sleek and contemporary furnishings in a nicely equipped room that was a steal on award points. I’d easily stay here again if I was passing through the city for a short or longer stay. Review: The Westin Doha Hotel… Read More

The Moana Surfrider by Westin Resort and Spa Waikiki Beach is one of the original classic hotels of Waikiki, Hawaii, United States. Originally constructed in 1901, it has been in continuous operation for over a hundred years. A stay here is a step back in time to an elegant era. How would our stay meet up with today’s expectations? Review: The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii,… Read More