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Mark and Zoe Wyatt - Global Gypsies

Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

Right in the heart of the business district in Kuala Lumpur, the Doubletree by Hilton is the best of the Doubletree branded hotels I have been privileged to stay in. In fact, apart from the "Doubletree Cookie", this is a Hilton by any other name. We stayed here for a week in March 2017 and our  experience is as follows: Check In Experience -  Fast and efficient. Good recognition of status, and we had 2 bookings... [Read More]

Kuala Lumpur March 2017

After 3 months is Australia, it's time to travel again. First stop - Kuala Lumpur (via Singapore). Great flight over to Singpaore (thanks Qantas) and then Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur. The humidity here is high, but not unlike our hometown, so not too many troubles coping with it, but the air conditioning in the hotel is very welcome. Staying at the Doubletree by Hilton -fantastic hotel and close to the Twin Petronas Towers. The... [Read More]

Etihad Premium Lounge Terminal 1 Abu Dhabi

Whilst this lounge is no Sydney QF F Lounge, I have certainly seen a lot worse. A dedicated dining area and a good selection of food and drinks, with plenty of staff  on hand for assistance if required. There is a SPA here for massages as well (always a good thing) but again, not of the grandeur that SYD F Lounge offers.  There'e some nice areas to relax and watch TV (or not) and a... [Read More]

American Airlines A A333 London Heathrow (LHR) to Charlotte (CLT) USA Business (J) Class

American Airlines have garnered a number of A330's since the merge with US Airways and this aircraft, and indeed the route, is one of those. The flight leaves LHR at 1.20pm and arrives into CLT at 5.45pm local time. flight time is nominally 9hrs 25m.  The aircraft are far form new, but this one was in excellent condition. The J class cabin has a 1-2-1 configuration, with the seats angled inwards. The centre seats offer... [Read More]

Etihad A330 AUH-DUB J Class

After the 787 First experience BNE-AUH, I was expecting somewhat of a let down on this leg in an A330, J Class. Whilst the hard product was considerably less comfortable, the service and the food was exceptional. The config is 1-2-1 with the window seats in the herringbone style - one angled inwards and the next angled outwards. I don't have a problem with this, however, the strange open sided footrest allows your feet to... [Read More]

Etihad 787-9 BNE-AUH

Hi all - I can definitely recommend Etihad's 787 in First - wonderful trip. 13hrs and we both feel very alert - maybe something to do with the Dreamliners' internal pressure being set to 6000'. I will break this report into sections for ease of reading, SEATING/CABIN: Only 8 seats in First on this aircraft - 1-2-1 config. 1A/K and 2 A/K (1-2-1 config) are both 3 window seats, and with the 787's large windows, it's made... [Read More]

PARIS,PARIS

The trip from Doha to Paris on Qatar Airways was another memorable one. Aircraft was an A340 - not quite as swish as the 777, but service was again impeccable.  A few days in Paris, including New Years Eve at the gorgeous Intercontinental Le Grand.  Incredibly beautiful city - the history just surrounds you. Never enough time here no matter how long you stay. C'est la... [Read More]

Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH)

This is a beautiful airport. We have seen many, but this was impressive. Huge concourses, well laid out, amenities for Kids, adults and shopaholics, all manner of restaurants and shops. The Business Class lounge (Al Mourjan Buisness Lounge)) is, in a word, incredible. Huge in size, two restaurants and nice showers and toilets with plenty of charging points (USB and Multi plug AC outlets, so no adaptors needed) and quiet zones for getting some sleep.... [Read More]

Flight 2 – Perth to Doha

This is the first time we have flown with QATAR Airways and I have to say I was impressed. The aircraft was a 777-300ER.  J (Business) class was spectacular and the service impeccable. Great menu selection and any amount of nibbles along the way are available upon request. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the crew at any time.  Meal was very nice. Wine selection wasn't extensive, but what was there was good. ... [Read More]

The Adventure Begins: Flight 1 – Brisbane to Perth

After spending Christmas morning with the family, we headed for BNE for a late lunch at the QF Buiness Lounge. Aircraft for the flight was an a300-200. Crew were great - flight a little early into PER. Bus trip to Int. terminal was a little longer than expected - walking is definitely not an option. A couple of hours in the QF Lounge at Terminal 1 before next sector. Christmas Day Traffic BNE Lunch at BNE... [Read More]
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