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Indulge – Indonesian Food in Ubud Bali

Ubud, Bali might be renowned due to Eat, Pray, Love for better or worse as it suffers from unregulated growth and over tourism but it is really hard not to love the place and want to visit it more than once to enjoy the picturesque jungle setting, luxurious and affordable pool villas, and vibrant food…
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March 1, 2019 4

Flight Review – Emirates First Class A380 LAX – Los Angeles to DXB – Dubai

We had so much fun on our last Emirates First Class trip that we decided to splurge and do it all over again. As you may recall from our past blog post, we had initially booked first class on the A380 but Emirates changed the aircraft on the Houston route to a 777, so we…
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February 19, 2019 0
The middle suite with the virtual windows

Flight Review – New Emirates First Class 777 DXB – Dubai to MLE – Male

After our flight from LAX – Los Angeles to DXB – Dubai, we spent a few nights in Dubai at the Al Maha Resort before flying to MLE – Male airport in the Maldives on the same reward ticket. Initially we were scheduled on the 777 with the old First Class configuration but a couple…
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February 19, 2019 0
Traditional boats we saw walking the Al Corniche

Plan – 24 Hours in Doha

In December 2018, we decided to layover in Doha, Qatar for a little over 24 hours to explore the city on our way to Bali. We arrived to DOH – Hamad International Airport in early afternoon and departed the following afternoon which gave us and afternoon and a morning to explore the city. In this…
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February 16, 2019 0
Crystal Cove on the West Coast

Visiting Barbados: Pros and Cons

Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean and populated by about 280,000 people. The island is formed by limestone rocks and measures about 430 square kilometers. Barbados is just north of the equator and far away enough from the hurricane belt that it usually gets spared from them. While less known than other…
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February 14, 2019 0
Landing at YYZ in a snow storm

Winter Travel Woes – 5 Tips to Mitigate Disasters

Winter is a time when many of us just want to get away from the cold and snow and it’s also the time when it’s the most difficult to travel. During the polar vortex, thousands of flights were cancelled and hundreds more today when a winter storm hit Southern Ontario. Like many travelers, we’ve experienced…
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February 12, 2019 1
View from our room in the renovated wing

Stay – Review of the Sheraton Maui

In this post, we share a review of our stay in a renovated deluxe ocean front king room and the resort itself. Property Overview: The Sheraton Maui is one of eight Marriott hotels located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Currently, the Sheraton Maui is a category 7 hotel that requires 60,000 points per…
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February 3, 2019 0
View from the wing on the Qatar A350-1000 over the Maldives

Plan – Qatar Airways Business Class Review A350-1000 QSuites from MLE-DOH and 777 from DOH-DPS

Once upon a time, WestJet and American Airlines were partners, which mean that you could earn 100% of miles flown and credit them to AAdvantage. Since we weren’t going to fly enough to earn Air Canada status on the fares we were booking and we weren’t going to earn enough WestJet Rewards $ to make…
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January 29, 2019 1
The pool in Bamboo Villa 2

Stay – Review of The Purist Villas in Ubud Bali

The Purist Villas is a Relais & Châteaux affiliated hotel located in Ubud, Bali. There are 17 villas to choose from that can accommodate 1-4 people. There is also a full service restaurant and bar on site where you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks if you don’t want to leave the property.…
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January 28, 2019 1
Funny sign at Cuatro Tacos

Indulge – Where to Eat in Cozumel

Cozumel’s food scene isn’t as developed as Playa Del Carmen’s or Tulum, as a lot is geared to transient cruise passengers just stopping in for the day but there are some gems and good places to visit beyond the cheesy Senor Frog and similar bar/restaurants. Unfortunately, many of them were closed on New Year’s Day…
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January 26, 2019 0