Palo Will Travel Blog

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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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Elite Upgrades in 2017 & Status for 2018

During 2017, I carried elite status on American Airlines, Virgin America and United. The upgrade results were almost 100% which isn’t typical! Checkout the results below… American Airlines Executive Platinum American Executive Platinum is top tier status and required 100K+ of flying in 2016 to use this status in 2017....

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TSA PreCheck Lines Long? Signup for CLEAR!

The secret of TSA PreCheck is out and the lines are much longer in the last year than they were 5+ years ago. Many travelers have taken the time to signup and most haven’t even paid for it. A few premium credit cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve and AMEX...

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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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Etihad Business Class: AUH-MLE A330-300

I was ready to get to Male after spending 7 hours in the Business Class lounge at AUH during my connection from LHR. It’s a short 4 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Male. We were flying on Etihad’s older A330 in Business Class, but luckily it had lie flat beds which...

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Etihad First Apartment Class: LHR-AUH A380

After an amazing trip flying Etihad’s Apartment Class in 2016, I was ready to fly it again yet this time from London to Abu Dhabi which is about half the flight time than Abu Dhabi to Sydney. I searched for Etihad award ticket availability using ExpertFlyer and locked in a ticket...

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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...