Hotel Reviews

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 […]

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: A sophisticated island getaway.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: A sophisticated island getaway.

The Maldives are a dream destination often spoken of, and for those of us lucky enough to live within an easy flight’s distance, an attainable holiday location.  But how to decide which resort is the right one?  With plenty of high-end options, how do you […]

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah, Dubai: Miami vibes and beautiful skylines.

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah, Dubai: Miami vibes and beautiful skylines.

As an author of a book taking place entirely in a hotel, there is literally nothing I love more than visiting a new hotel.  I love lobbies and people watching.  I love clean sheets and breathtaking views.  I love luxury toiletries and staying in bed […]

Le Quartier Francais: Boutique charm in Franschhoek.

Le Quartier Francais: Boutique charm in Franschhoek.

For our second night before joining up with friends to explore other fun destinations in the country, my decision of where to stay in Franschhoek was more or less made for me.  With reservations at The Tasting Room (which is located on the property of […]

Cape Cadogan: Cape Town Boutique Luxury.

Cape Cadogan: Cape Town Boutique Luxury.

Having friends in the travel business makes planning a holiday quite easy.  In the instance of flying to Cape Town to see some friends (and take advantage of a fantastic Qatar Airways deal, never mind the money stolen off the DWB – DOH portion of […]

Overnight at Bab Al Qasr, Abu Dhabi.

Overnight at Bab Al Qasr, Abu Dhabi.

The Middle East is no stranger to a nice hotel room, and ten years in, I have high standards about my expectations when a new property comes along.  While I certainly love luxury and well-known brands, more than anything, I like a quiet, modern room […]

Fool me twice, shame on me: A break up letter with Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri.

Fool me twice, shame on me: A break up letter with Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri.

Dear Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, I remember when you just opened — a sparkling jewel in Abu Dhabi — when you were the most exciting venue in the capital and a destination to look forward to.  Unfortunately, the years have not been kind.  My stay […]