Malaysia – August 2012

Malaysia Airlines 777 Business Class review – MH141 – Kuala Lumpur to Sydney

Malaysia Airlines MH141 Business Class review

The research and booking of this flight should have been straightforward, but ultimately proved to be a royal pain. A one way Business Class flight at the lower Enrich miles level comes in at 34,000 Enrich miles – as I wrote recently, Enrich is fast becoming my go-to scheme to consider for great value long-haul Business Class redemptions. For myself and my travel companion, I had initiated a transfer for the necessary 68,000 miles from American Express over the phone with Amex. Continue reading…

Around Langkawi – The Four Seasons Langkawi resort and The Andaman Langkawi

Four Seasons Langkawi resort and The Andaman Langkawi

For 24 hours of the 48 I spent in Langkawi, we decided to rent a car to explore the island a little. After a bit of a drive around, looking at some views and checking out some of the more popular tourist beaches, we decided that at face value they didn’t seem much different to our nice, peaceful beach at The Westin so changed tack and consulted the guide book in search of some locations for some decent evening drinks.

First up was The Four Seasons resort on the North East of the island. This was well really well hidden away, and very quiet and peaceful. To get to the hotel reception you had to walk through a series of buildings, all of which were going for a Moroccan feel.
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Lone Pine Hotel Review – Batu Ferringi, Penang, & Exploring Penang

Batu Ferringi Beach Penang - Lone Pine Hotel

For whatever reason, no chain hotels really caught my eye for our stay on Penang Island. In the end, I decided to go for the well-reviewed Lone Pine Hotel on Batu Ferringi beach, as it looked like a decent place to stay, at a good rate.

I booked through American Express partnership with Hotel Club. This earns 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar, and was a great reminder that you can seek out non-chain hotels and still earn a decent return on your points spend, if you look in the right places. Continue reading…

Crowne Plaza Changi Singapore Airport Hotel – quick stay review

After getting off QF9 and clearing immigration, I took the Changi inter-terminal monorail over to Terminal 3 and found the Crowne Plaza pretty quickly.

I wasn’t really in the room for long and headed out to Singapore for the day, so this isn’t a review, as such – but the Crowne Plaza was a pretty nice to stay, possibly the nicest airport hotel I’ve stayed in. But given rates are consistently in excess of $250 AUD / night, you’d hope so. Continue reading…