Saturday, 7 November 2015

What a $1300 per night resort in Bora Bora is like

Visited in August 2015

Bora Bora

A resort island often pictured in online travel blogs.

Recently, the island has been in the entertainment news as Jennifer Aniston went there for her honeymoon (a whopping16k SGD per night 3-bedroom villa!!!) and is also where Justin Bieber was photographed in his birthday suit. 

The classic postcard view shows the turquoise lagoon surrounding a green extinct volcano with over-water bungalows.

Not too bad for a novice isn't it?

The central volcano rises up to 2 peaks and the higher one seen in the above picture is Mount Otemanu.

Researching more on Bora Bora will reveal that it is located in the French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean (read: middle of nowhere) and perhaps the only populated place more isolated is the famed Easter Island (occupied by the seafaring Polynesians as well).

Once upon a time, I received an email from a travel company saying "cheap flights to BORABORA!", which got me really excited!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Hotel Indigo Paris: Upgraded to a suite!

Best Complimentary Upgrade! 

And a new hotel too.

Stayed April 2015

While I went planning my trip to Paris and London, I was thinking of the best way to shuttle from France to England.

The obvious ways are, of course, flights or via the Eurostar.

However, when I checked the prices about a month before, the Eurostar was sky-high for the planned date! About twice the usual price! In fact, the one-way flights were cheaper at about $150 SGD.

In the end, my solution was to delay our Eurostar to the next day.

Thus, I needed to book an extra night at a hotel in Paris. Being a little late, the hotel prices were also rather high so I managed to find a good rate at the new Hotel Indigo in Paris which is under the IHG Hotels chain.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Awesome View at Westin Paris! But service is truly unsatisfactory.

Book an Eiffel Tower View Room here! And lower your expectations for everything else.

Stayed April 2015
First published May 2015
Updated with Tripadvisor reply June 2015

The Louvre is one of the main attractions of Paris and I was looking for a hotel near it for easy access.

In the end, Westin Paris - Vendome right along the Tuileries Gardens was the choice and was incidentally featured in Scarlett Johansson's Lucy.

The entrance to the hotel is rather grand and I was thinking if the hotel actually deserves a 5-star rating.

The hotel even has its own Wikipedia page which states "It was designed by Charles Garnier's son-in-law Henri Blondel and was intended to be the most luxurious hotel in Paris at the time."

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Snazzy Hotel Sezz

An Unexpected 'Hidden' Gem

Stayed April 2015

After a good stay at W Paris (other than the incident), we moved to a different part of central Paris which is nearer to the Eiffel Tower.

The reason we chose this hotel is that we have a voucher from mrandmrssmith (boutique hotels) and this was the best choice for cost and location for us.

The hotel is located on a residential street rather near the Eiffel Tower. Just walk out and you will be greeted by the iconic structure!