The Stafford London


Introduction: The Stafford provides elegance and charm combined with modern touches and luxurious amenities throughout all its rooms. Here, you can indulge in a truly quintessential English experience.

Offering three contrasting styles of rooms and suites, choose from the elegant Main House, contemporary Mews Suites and charming Carriage House. Each room at The Stafford London is individually decorated and designed with the utmost attention to detail to ensure that your stay is special.



Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome from a Hungarian receptionist before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The classical design, the professional service, and the location.
What about the rooms: Beautiful classical rooms, but the showers are not separate from the bathtubs.
Number of rooms: 105.
Website: www.thestaffordlondon.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: London.
Facilities: Fitness Center and a business center (a computer in the lobby)
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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The Chedi Sakala

Introduction: The Chedi Sakala recently opened as GHM resorts third property in Bali. The Chedi Club and The Legian are two of my favourite properties in the world, and I arrived with high expectations. Although the resort still has things to fix, I loved the design and professional service you always can count on with GHM hotels. Bali is perhaps the number one spa destination in the world, and The Chedi Sakala is no exception. A great massage treatment, but the spa is not yet fully functional. The beach is pretty good, but the location is on a busy road makes it feel more a bit more like a city hotel than a resort. I enjoyed my stay a lot, and although it is already a great resort, it has the potential to become spectacular.
What I loved: The design.
What about the food: Breakfast could have a better buffet and a la carte options. I didn't dine, but my lunch was pretty good. The resort has appointed a French chef and shows they have made food a high priority.
Number of rooms: 261.
Website: www.ghmhotels.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Nusa Dua, Bali.
Facilities: Spa, fitness center and swimming pool.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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The Datai Langkawi

Introduction: The Datai Langkawi is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a world class resort in every aspect. I recently stayed in The Datai for 20 hours, and I loved every minute of it. Beautiful rooms with complimentary high-speed internet access, comfortable beds and separate rain-shower. Attention to details such as welcome amenities and bath salts in the bathroom is always something I appreciate. What makes Datai special is the extraordinary design by Kerry Hill that is similar to GHM, a chain The Datai previously belong to. Although The Datai has 124 rooms, the staff made me feel like I was the only guest. 20 hours are not much, but I did have time to experience their incredible beach, voted one of the ten bests in the world.

Conclusion: The Datai is the winner of Hotel Passion Hotel of the Year! Certainly the best resort I have stayed in a very long time and one of my new favourites.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome with a welcome drink before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: Almost everything. The service, design and the beach in particular.
What about the food: Great breakfast and lunch. Food often disappoints me in remote locations, but The Datai got it right.
Number of rooms: 124 rooms.
Website: www.thedatai.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Langkawi.
Facilities: Spa, fitness and 18-hole golf course.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: The Leading Hotels of the World
My overall impression: Fantastic experience.

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Introduction:Experience five-star luxury at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Our Kuala Lumpur hotel is ideally located in the city centre, adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and surrounded by the lush gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park. The hotel is also within walking distance of the entertainment district, popular shopping malls and tourist attractions, including Aquaria KLCC and KL Tower. The hotel is a 60 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, our luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur, features luxurious and spacious guestrooms that include 370 rooms and 42 suites. The room sizes are amongst the largest in the city, ranging from 47 square metres (505 square feet) to 340 square metres (3,659 square feet). All rooms have the benefit of floor-to-ceiling windows to best capture the magnificent panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur city or the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.
Below is my experience based on a two-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Quick check in before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The Club lounge and that everything works like it should in a business hotel.
What about the food: Excellent breakfast buffet and evening club lounge buffet. Both had high quality imported items such as French cheeses, Japanese sushi and Swiss yogurt.
What about the service: Good service at the front desk, but due to the size of the hotel there might be waiting time, like I experienced. The staff at the club lounge were some of the kindest I've seen in any lounge. It feels like staying at a separate hotel and you can certainly make the experience here much better by purchasing access.
What about the rooms:Typical Hyatt design for their never properties. Separate shower from the bathtub. The grand suites have huge bathtubs with views of the Petronas Towers.
Number of rooms: 412.
Website: www.kualalumpur.grand.hyatt.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Facilities: Spa, gym, business facilities and swimming pool.
Complimentary internet: No, only club rooms. Tripadvisor however indicates it is about to change.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Villa Samadhi

Introduction:One of Kuala Lumpur's best keptsecret! Hidden within an upscale neighbourhood and discreet from street view, Villa Samadhi feels more like one big private villa rather than a boutique hotel. The entire residence is designedto look and oriented to evoke, in all essence, your own private villa in the city. Its modern-Asian design and ambiance makes it a unique boutique residencein KL. Hence be it a holiday retreat for those from afar or just a special weekend getaway, a long-term or temporary stay for those on business, Villa Samadhiis the holiday home away from home.



Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The unique feeling of a resort within the city of Kuala Lumpur.
What about the food: Excellent food in their restaurant located in the city center. Good a la carte breakfast offered anytime of the day so don't worry getting up in the morning after arriving with jetlag.
What about the service: Kind and helpful staff, although not as professional as in chain hotels.
What about the rooms: Unique design with huge bathtubs in many bathrooms, almost like a plunge pool. The bathrooms also have separate showers and organic products.
Number of rooms: 21.
Website: www.villasamadhi.com.my
Type of property: Resort in a city.
Location: Kuala Lumpur.
Facilities: Spa and swimming pool.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but slow in the rooms.
Affiliations: Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.

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Taj Samudra Colombo

Introduction: Located in the business hub of Colombo, Taj Samudra is the only true 5-star hotel in the Sri Lankan capital and recently went through a USD$20 dollar renovation with a beautiful result. Stunning rooms with free standing bathtubs, separate showers, Flat Screen Tv's and excellent facilities including a Jiva Spa.
Arrival experience: Arrived early morning, but warm welcome and escort to the room.
What I loved: The beautiful renovated rooms.
What about the food: High quality dinner buffet with excellent local and imported items. Breakfast buffet was fine, but could be improved with more high quality items.
Number of rooms: 300.
Website: www.tajhotels.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool, gym and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: Taj hotels.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Anantara Dubai The Palm

Introduction: Imagine a unique destination set on a man-made marvel on the Dubai coastline that entices one and all with a distinct blend of serenity and splendour. Offering an urban escape, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a wondrous place where a decadent experience awaits at a Palm Jumeirah hotel unlike any other.

Perched on the eastern crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, an archipelago of islands connected to the mainland, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a remarkable resort inspired by traditional Thai architecture in an Arabian setting. A 45 minute drive from Dubai International Airport and within easy reach of a plethora of exciting attractions including Aquaventure Water Park, Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai and Dubai Marina, this resort is where one can savour moments of bliss surrounded in unimaginable magnificence.

Designed with true Asian flair, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa offers enchanting beach side accommodation, complemented by cuisine from Asia as well as the Mediterranean served at four speciality venues. Unwind in one of three turquoise swimming lagoons, enjoy a session at the tennis courts or gyms, or indulge in a choice of treatments at Anantara Spa. The resort also has a ballroom, six meeting rooms, a kids club and teens club, all adding to the splendour of this idyllic beach side resort destination on the Palm in Dubai.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The fantastic feel of Thailand in Dubai. It truly feels like a different world, but with the center of Dubai within easy reach. The high priority of food and great beach makes it a wonderful experience.
What about the food: Surprisingly great. High quality of imported food in the dinner buffet. They have made food a priority and you get a lot for your money.
What about the service: Great service, especially from the Thai staff where you can always count on service with a smile.
What about the rooms:Beautiful new rooms with separate showers, comfortable beds and complimentary internet access.
Number of rooms: 293.
Website: www.dubai-palm.anantara.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.

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Park Hyatt Dubai

Introduction: Experience unparalleled elegance at Park Hyatt Dubai, a luxury hotel in Dubai, adjacent to the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

This 5 star hotel in Dubai offers 225 luxury rooms & suites; all of which offer stunning views overlooking the Dubai Creek and marina.

As a premium Dubai resort, the property offers its guests a number of exciting activities such as golf at one of the nearby golf clubs, or pampering spa treatments at the luxury Amara Spa, one of the finest Dubai spas. Park Hyatt Dubai features a stunning 25 meter outdoor swimming pool, which is distinguished by in-set palm trees and four whirlwind pools, one in each corner. Private fishing and charter yachts are available for hire, making Park Hyatt Dubai one of the best Dubai resorts.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Quick check-in before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The quiet location unlike most Dubai hotels.
What about the food: Good breakfast, however, better at most other Park Hyatt I have stayed. I missed high quality ala carte options like my previous, Park Hyatt, the Chicago property.
What about the service: Professional service from the front desk. The attention to details could have been better. An example would be missing welcome amenities.
What about the rooms: A little tired in parts, but with comfortable beds, free standing bathtubs and separate rain shower. I also liked the Park Hyatt-branded products in the bathroom.
Number of rooms: 225.
Website: www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.




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Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Introduction: Set on a pristine, natural beach, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach blends Arabic design with cool, contemporary style, creating an atmosphere of light, and sophisticated luxury.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome before being escorted to the room.

Please note: No L'Occitane products at this property as the first Four Seasons property I am aware of.
What about the food: I was staying on room only, but Four Seasons rarely disappoints when it comes to food.
What about the service: Professional in all areas of the hotel from day one. Attention to details very impressive.
What about the rooms: Comfortable beds, free standing bathtubs and separate rain showers. However disappointed not to find the usual L'Occitane products Four Seasons is famous for.
Number of rooms: 237.
Website: www.fourseasons.com/dubaijb
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: A stunning spa, gym, swimming pool and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: Not yet, the resort just opened.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.








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Islamabad Serena Hotel

Introduction:The Islamabad Serena Hotel stands at the foot of the Margalla Hills, on fourteen acres of land, with beautiful gardens and serene water shore of the Rawal Lake in close proximity, next to the Diplomatic Enclave. The architecture and interiors of this fabulous Hotel building is a mere reflection of typical Pakistani cultural heritage depicting the skills and craftsmanship of native artisans. In this state-of-the-art building, local traditions are elegantly combined with latest technologies in order to provide a comfortable stay to our prestigious guests.

The true spirit of the Hotel is reflected in the aesthetics of the public areas, corridors, rooms, and restaurants, highlighting trademarks of Islamic architecture. The Hotel’s remarkable architecture is a blend of rich, elaborated, and vivid designs where the artisans have really shown their magical skills especially on the ceilings, floors, and walls.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a three-night stay at the property.

My Arrival experience: Warm welcome before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: Professional servive and grand feel in Pakistan's best hotel.
What about the food: Very good buffets with mostly local food. No issues with hygine as this is a very high priority for the hotel.
What about the service: Professional service with a smile. A real pleasure to experience.
What about the rooms:Similar to other Serena hotels, especially the Kabul property
Number of rooms: 387.
Website: www.serenahotels.com/serenaislamabad
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Islamabad.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and quite fast. VOIP is however blocked.
Affiliations: The Leading Hotels of the World.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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