AJK was doing some work but I wasn’t about to stay indoors all day. [AJK: And, I knew I had to pay the fever piper, so it was either going to be at the expense of Guam or Palau. I chose the former, and thankfully, it turned out to be the right decision as the fever was completely gone by the time we took off for Palau. Ain’t no substitute for rest!] Guam isn’t known as an island with a lot to see or do. But the #1 activity in Guam is Ypao Beach which was within walking distance of the hotel. Well technically it was within walking distance. I didn’t realize that there would be a steep hill with no sidewalks whatsoever, but full of speeding drivers. After a rather harrowing walk though I made it to the beach: … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
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-Service at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires was somewhat inconsistent. We were not addressed by name as consistently as we were at international Park Hyatt locations. The vast majority of the employees at the hotel were awesome and very friendly. English is spoken by all very well. However there are a handful of employees that made for some unpleasantness that I have never experienced at an international Park Hyatt before. The hotel gives free complimentary bottles of water and they specifically told us to just call for more when we needed it. However when they delivered our amenity (a few oranges) we asked for more water and the employee proceeded to open our fridge and exclaim that we already had water. When we asked for a late checkout we were told to check back later when a supervisor would be around. When I did come back the employee I was referred to (a supervisor?) started telling me how they “already gave us a triple … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Buenos Aires, Argentina
[AJK: This really was mind-boggling. When we heard the knock, barely seconds after putting the phone back in its cradle, we looked at each other and said, “it can’t be.” But it was! The only thing I can think is they must have attendants on-call, stationed in the elevators at all time, waiting for requests like this. Or the Japanese have figured out how to teleport. Neither would surprise me.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
We stayed the first night in the Park Hyatt Melbourne and we instantly fell in love with the hotel. Incredibly it’s just a category 4 hotel, so it costs just 15,000 Hyatt points a night (Sapphire preferred or Ink Bold points transfer to Hyatt 1:1), or you can use the Anniversary or signup nights from the Hyatt credit card. Super-friendly staff, prime location downtown, and a beautiful hotel. There is a Park Club with free food and drinks for diamond members. They upgraded us to a massive suite, which was awesome. There is an enormous swimming pool, the largest I’ve ever seen in a downtown hotel, and there were great exercise facilities as well. … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 3: Melbourne, Australia.
My main concern was would the flight take off on time? Even a short delay would mean having to overnight in some dive in Male instead of in an overwater S. Regis Villa as the seaplanes to the island resorts don’t operate in the evening. Our flight was scheduled to arrive in Male at 2:55PM. The hotel informed me that if we arrived after 3:30PM we would have to overnight in Male. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 2: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Towards the end of the tour you are supposed to walk through the Sistine Chapel, which is halachikly questionable. As I didn’t ask the question I wanted to avoid it, but the guards insisted that you had to exit through the chapel. David called over a manager for us and got rather animated, but in the end they allowed us to bypass and wait to meet up with the end of the tour. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Rome: Veni, Vidi, Vici In 48 Hours; United Polaris First Class And Polaris Lounge Review