Overall the flight was extremely enjoyable. The WiFi was fast and inexpensive, the seat was comfortable, the service was excellent, and the shower spa was phenomenal. There are better seats, beds, and service on some of the Asian first class cabins, but each has their own drawbacks and none feature a shower onboard. If not for the 7 hour delay and lack of communication about it, this flight would have been pretty darn close to perfect. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 1: Flying Emirates Shower Class To Dubai
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The weather didn’t cooperate for us in Dubai, but I did enjoy myself in the city. I’m not going to discuss the human rights aspects or politics and clearly you need to be careful not to get in trouble with the law. But as an Orthodox Jew I felt more comfortable in Dubai than I did in many parts of Europe. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 2: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
We landed in Paris at 1pm and took the 10 Euro RoissyBus nonstop to Opera, just a 5 minute walk to the Park Hyatt Paris. I was disappointed to learn that the lovely spa area in the hotel basement was temporarily closed. It consists of a large whirlpool and saunas and was always empty on our previous trip. I thought that should have at least been disclosed on their website. We did receive a lovely bottle of Laurent-Perrier kosher champagne which was awesome. Less awesome was to see what they did to their kosher breakfast benefit since we last stayed here. Back then the food and beverage director went out of his way to tailor the diamond kosher breakfast benefit around our needs and every day they were something truly special. That director moved onto another Hyatt hotel and now there are no options, just a few mediocre croissants (raisin, plain, and chocolate) with some dry bread. They also gave some unidentified butter, jam, and juice, … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris