Conrad Seoul

Overview: A competitive in-city business hotel offering Strengths: Rooms, dining, health club/facilities Drawbacks: Some minor service limitations Belatedly picking up on my Asia Roadshow report from the Summer of 2015, after stays at the Four Seasons Hong Kong and the Aman Summer Palace in Beijing, I next found myself in Seoul. During my last visit […]

Aman at Summer Palace – Good for some, not for all

Overview: A luxury property located on the outskirts of Beijing with a very unique feel Strengths: Off-hours access to Summer Palace, rooms, spa Drawbacks: Breakfasts (food and service), location (relative to much of Beijing)   This property is an interesting one.  I was generally pleased with my stay.  The property has a highly authentic Chinese […]

Four Seasons Hong Kong – Another Perfect Stay

Overview: A strong in-city business hotel with plenty of resort amenities Strengths: Location, views, facilities, service, dining Drawbacks: None Returning after a perfect stay several years back (reviewed here), I had high expectations for my stay.  I’m pleased to report that this stay also fell into the “perfect” category. This visit began with a jetbridge greeting […]

Asian Roadshow: Six Nights, Five Cities, Four (or maybe three) Countries

Business recently brought me to Asia for a whistle-stop tour of five cities.  These trips are tiring, as they typically involve multiple meetings (where I do the bulk of the presenting) and then an evening flight onward to the next city so that we are ready for the next day. This trip took me to […]

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania – The Details

A visit to Saffire Freycinet is not something you undertake casually. Travel to/from Saffire from the mainland of Australia takes at least half a day.  The cost of visiting isn’t trivial – both getting there and actually being there.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you are looking for a luxury + nature holiday location, this property should be […]

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania – The Experience

Overview: A luxurious nature-oriented destination property Strengths: Location, rooms, approach to service Drawbacks: Some generally minor service lapses, flies Part of the “Christmas in Australia 2013” report. Just less than thirty-six hours after we left our house and having flown JFK-LAX-BNE-HBA, we landed in Hobart.  Our arrival into Hobart was a bit bumpy, but without issue. Two representatives […]

A Family Christmas in Australia – Introduction

Introduction Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania – The Experience Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania – The Details Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island – The Experience Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island – The Details Intercontinental Sydney Family Activities in Sydney Flight Notes, Delta Delivers in a Tricky Situation and other Booking Considerations Concluding Thoughts Following to […]