Tag: Luxury Hotels

Jason and Maxine at the Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island of Hawaii

We Leave Today: The 2019 Recap

It’s been another busy year for us; working full-time while maximizing all the travel opportunities that present themselves and also seeking them out. It is always a challenge for us to balance visiting all the places we are interested in but also to visit the places where the return on investment for miles and points…
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January 3, 2020 2
Living area and statue

Stay: A Review of Dar Kandi Boutique Hotel in Marrakesh

Sometimes, you will travel somewhere just to stay at a certain hotel and other times, you find the best options based on where you are going to maximize your enjoyment of the place. When looking at accommodation options in Marrakesh, we experienced some challenges; Should we spend all our nights in the Medina of Marrakesh?…
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December 18, 2019 1
Deluxe Room at Casa Habita in Guadalajara

Stay: Review of Casa Habita in Guadalajara

Formerly Casa Fayette, Casa Habita is a boutique hotel part of the Design Hotels brand affiliated with Marriott Bonvoy. Casa Habita is also part of Grupo Habita, a boutique hotel development company based in Mexico. The hotel was 9 floors, 31 rooms and 6 suites and is located in Guadalajara’s Lafayette neighborhood which is known…
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October 31, 2019 1

Review: Sarasota Modern, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

The Sarasota Modern is a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott. Located in downtown Sarasota, it markets itself as a boutique hotel “with artistic flair to create an inviting space for modern thinkers”. In this post we share our experience at the hotel during our 3 night stay in June 2019. Property Overview: The hotel has…
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August 1, 2019 0
King room on the 7th floor

Stay – Review of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is conveniently located within the YYC – Calgary International Airport between the international and domestic terminals. With full amenities such as a spa, meeting and event space, indoor pool and hot tub, M Club lounge, and a full restaurant and bar, it combines the amenities you expect from a…
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March 14, 2019 1
Beach in the Maldives

Plan: The Maldives on a $500 budget per day

The Maldives conjures images of white sand beaches dotted with palm trees, bright aqua ocean water with coral reefs brimming with colorful fish and postcard sunsets from the beach or over the water villas.  With over 105 resorts scatted among 2,000 individual island, the Maldives is a bucket list destination where one can escape the confines of large resorts to experience a vacation as a castaway on a small island.  For budget travelers, it’s not the most cost-effective destination for the average tourist due to the high price of food and beverage, the additional costs of speedboat transfers or float plane tickets, the lack of cheap accommodation, and high taxes and fees added to everything.
In this post, I will share the table and criteria we used to compare 4 different hotel options in the Maldives to keep our costs at around $500USD per day.


December 18, 2018 4

Tips to Maximize Hotel and Airline Points for Travel

When we talk about airline and hotel points, we often think back to our first around the world trip in 2010 when we traveled for 3 months through 10 countries and pretty much stayed at hotels 4* and above the entire time with top-tier elite status in a major hotel rewards program which meant room…
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August 26, 2018 5
Adult infinity pool at sunset at the Sheraton Waikiki

Where to Stay on Oahu: Waikiki and Beyond

On our 20+ trips to Oahu, we’ve stayed at about 14 different hotels and will share our top choices for specific criteria as opposed to reviewing each one. We have considered Air BnB and other vacation rentals but for our short stays, we prefer the convenience and consistent experiences offered by hotels. Since most of…
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June 6, 2018 5
Bedroom in the Lam Son Suite at the Park Hyatt Saigon

5 Tips to Get Upgraded to a Suite

We will share some tips and considerations about how to increase your chances to get upgraded to a suite at a hotel. Please note this post is very Hyatt centric as this is where we have spent the most of our stays in the last 3 years and have had the best luck in getting…
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May 31, 2018 2
La-Semilla-Playa-Del-Carmen-Room-Night

Review: Hotel La Semilla, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

We have really started to enjoy visiting Playa Del Carmen due to its beautiful beach and the convenience of being close to the town with all its great restaurants and bars. While we usually stay at the Grand Hyatt, on our latest visit to Playa Del Carmen, we opted to stay at Hotel La Semilla,…
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April 5, 2018 2