Tag: Splurges

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

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
The Marangga Villa we stayed in

Stay – Review of Nihi Sumba

Last updated: July 26, 2019 Nihi Sumba, formerly known as Nihi Watu is an award winning luxury resort where “luxury meets unregulated freedom” on the Island of Sumba in Indonesia’s southernmost province of East Nusa Tenggara. Just a 1 hour flight away from DPS – I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport, Nihi Sumba offers guests a unique…
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January 24, 2019 2
Sunrise by the pool

Stay: Review of Al Maha Resort in Dubai

The first stop on our around the world trip included a stay at the luxurious and renowned Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort. We were very fortunate to book our stay using points at a highly discounted rate during the Marriott/SPG merger integration this past fall. In this post, we will share a review…
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January 8, 2019 0
Sunny skies on our arrival

Review: Our Maldivian Vacation at the Anantara Dhigu

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…
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December 28, 2018 4
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 3

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
Beach hammock in Tulum

Unfinished Business: 3 Days in Tulum

Earlier in the year, we had taken a day trip to Tulum from Playa Del Carmen and enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a 3 night/4 day trip to fully enjoy all this jungle surrounded beach community has to offer. While Tulum has become quite trendy and some might even say a victim of its…
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April 13, 2018 4
Ignacia-Mexico-Amarilla-Bed

Review: Ignacia Guest House, Mexico City

With elite status in 3 major hotel programs, we tend to leverage the cost and value of our accommodations by participating in loyalty programs. That being said, some of our most memorable and enjoyable stays have been at smaller boutique hotels. For us, smaller boutique hotels have typically offered a hotel experience in a less…
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April 4, 2018 1