Category: Hotels

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Marriott & Hyatt Hotels Award Price Changes in March 2019

Marriott has announced that as of March 5th, category 8 hotels will start charging 85,000 points per night instead of the current 60,000 points. Book now before they require 41% more points. Many hotels are also changing award categories on March 5th with a majority increasing by 1 level. You...

St. Regis Moscow 0

Starwood & Marriott Merger Update June 2018

As mentioned back in 2016, the programs weren’t going to merge until 2018. Marriott has announced that on August 18th, 2018, the Starwood and Marriott programs will merge into a single program. All of your SPG points will convert to Marriott points at a 1:3 ratio. Just this week, Marriott...

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: Restaurants & In-Room Dining

The St. Regis wouldn’t be the finest address in the Maldives without world class dining. It isn’t cheap to dine in the Maldives so expect to pay 3x what you are used to paying in California for a meal. We were lucky and able to try a few restaurants during...

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: Island Amenities

The St. Regis offers a vast amount of island amenities to keep you busy during your stay. Even though you are “stuck” on the island during your stay, you have plenty of choices. During our 3 night stay, we didn’t get around to trying everything out. There were plenty of...

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: The St. Regis Suite

Wow! Upon arrival, Ismail Waheed, our butler toured us around our St. Regis Suite. The resort is just 1 year old so everything was brand new and modern. From the fixtures to the high end electronics to the amazing balcony with a pool, hammocks & a cabana, this was true...

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: Overview

The new St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort opened in November 2016 and I was lucky to be able to spend a few nights at the resort in early November just after their 1 year anniversary. The resort is a 45 minute seaplane ride from Male (MLE), but getting to Male will...

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Hotel Tips and New Global Entry Interview Option

Staying in hotels almost 50% of my nights last year, I learned a few tips. Tip #1: Book directly with the hotel, using 3rd party sites such as hotels.com increases your odds at getting “walked” last minute. This means you will be placed in a nearby hotel due to an...

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Hotels Embracing Apps: WhatsApp & UberCENTRAL

During a recent stay at Keraton at The Plaza in Jakarta, I was presented with a business card at check-in listing the WhatsApp phone # to message for assistance during my stay. Instead of calling the front desk from your room, you can now message them through WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a...