Hotel Reviews

Marriott Al Forsan, not quite perfection in Khalifa City.

Marriott Al Forsan, not quite perfection in Khalifa City.

We’ve probably already established I am a creature of habit, and as such, my time in Abu Dhabi is primarily focused on Saadiyat or the main island.  Thus, when an opportunity to explore a bit more of my former city, my interest was piqued.  For the […]

A to Za’atar’s elements of a perfect hotel.

A to Za’atar’s elements of a perfect hotel.

On average, I stay in a hotel at least once a month (and usually more nights than that).  While the majority of my experience is in the GCC, I have been to a few other countries (and took the research of my novel pretty seriously). […]

Staying in a Airbnb vs. Hotel: Which is right for you?

Staying in a Airbnb vs. Hotel: Which is right for you?

On average, I travel to about five countries a year (some I’ve visited previously, and others are new).  In most of these cases, I will be in one city for multiple nights.  With so many options and categories of places to stay, how do I […]

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

Sydney is a city ubiquitous with a range of hotels, from well-recognized brands to smaller properties, and just about everything in between.  For the start of our trip, we booked into the Langham Sydney, a boutique property with under 100 keys.  With the street closures […]

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

To finish our trip in Australia, I had been looking forward to our stay at The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.  Located near the central train station (less than 5 minutes walking distance) and just at the top of stylish Kensington Street, not to mention […]

St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo & Resort Club: Afternoon delights.

St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo & Resort Club: Afternoon delights.

With everything going on this city, it’s sometimes difficult to stay on top of what’s open and what’s on offer.  In this instance, a bit belatedly, I decided to contact the St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, for a tour of not […]

Fairmont Ajman: Unexpected luxury.

Fairmont Ajman: Unexpected luxury.

Even though I’m just back from what felt like a month of hotels that I still need to write about, sometimes we need a vacation from our holiday, do we not?  In this instance, a quick getaway to nearby Ajman fit the bill.  While I’ve […]

Aloft Al Ain: Modern hospitality in the desert.

Aloft Al Ain: Modern hospitality in the desert.

Spoiler alert, I’ve lived in the UAE for ten years, and while I’ve driven through Al Ain a few times, I’ve never actually stayed overnight.  As Hubs did quite a bit of work in the city circa 2009 (including the wildlife park), I was happy […]

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli: Iridium Spa.

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli: Iridium Spa.

Wondering exactly what we had in store for our planned visit to the Iridium Spa (the onsite spa for the St. Regis Maldives), Zoe and I jumped on a golf cart and headed through the lush forest to the opposite side of the island where the spa […]



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