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SOLAR SPRINGS RETREAT – Review John Pond with Sandra Tiltman

My wife Sandra and I wanted to recharge our batteries at a health spa not too far from Sydney, so after a 2 hour drive we arrived in Bundanoon home of Solar Springs Retreat. Here is mainly her review. Continue reading

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ASTON WAIKIKI BEACH TOWER APARTMENTS, WAIKIKI, HONOLULU. John Pond Review

I am an Australian who recently stayed a month in the Waikiki area. Most of the time was spent in 5 star hotels. I try to visit Hawaii annually as quite honestly I love the place. I had always been impressed by the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower due to its excellent position opposite Waikiki Beach and right in the middle of the restaurant and shopping precinct. On my last trip I decided to spend a few nights there and check out the differences between Waikiki apartment living and 5 star hotels. Continue reading

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Sheraton Hotel Waikiki Review

Sheraton Waikiki.  It’s been several years since I have stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki, perhaps the largest 4-5 star hotel on Oahu.  This 1000+ room hotel dominates the Waikiki beach skyline.   Our room on the hotel’s 29th floor situated on … Continue reading

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John Pond Review: Moana Surfrider – Waikiki

MOANA SURFRIDER This hotel comes with a great deal of history After a slightly over-long wait at the check-in desk (7 minutes) in which the reception staff did not seem to realize we existed, a smile or nod would have been … Continue reading

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HOTEL RENEW BY ASTON

This boutique style hotel was originally I believe a Holiday Inn but has been taken over by Aston and renovated to such a point that it looks like a new property. The rooms appeared brand new and were decorated more … Continue reading

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Royal Hawaiian – The Pink Lady by John Pond

I think in reviewing this classic hotel it is important to know a little of this landmark’s history. The Royal Hawaiian opened on February 1, 1927. The then six-storey, 400-room structure was fashioned in a Spanish-Moorish style, popular during the period and influenced by screen star Rudolph Valentino. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin described the newly opened Royal Hawaiian as “the first resort hostelry in America”.
Set on ten acres of prime Waikiki beachfront, the hotel’s site boasts a majestic lineage having been used as a playground for King Kamehameha after he conquered the island of Oahu. Continue reading

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Four Seasons – San Francisco

The Four Seasons group of hotels is a favourite, so when we decided to go on our shopping tour of San Francisco, we wanted a hotel that was not only 5 star, but was well situated near the majority of shops in the downtown area. The Four Seasons San Francisco fitted our wish list. Located on Market Street in the flat part of town, we arrived by taxi from the airport (about 25 minutes) and pulled into the car entrance at the rear of the hotel.
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San Francisco – Mandarin Oriental

A few weeks ago my wife and I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located in San Francisco’s Financial District at 222 Sansome Street. The hotel was a short walk to the shopping district, which was the main reason for our visit; San Francisco is the greatest city to shop for clothes, especially mens. Continue reading

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Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Francisco

Whenever the opportunity arises, I always mention to travelers the many additional benefits they will receive if they decide to book a room on the Club Floor of any hotel which offers its guests such a facility. On a recent visit to San Francisco, my wife Sandra and I decided to take our own advice when I made a booking at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Continue reading

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San Francisco: Handlery, Union Square

As a regular visitor to San Francisco over the years, I have discovered a hotel that ticks all the boxes for location, friendly service

Sandra being welcomed by President Jon Handlery
and is moderately priced. The Handlery Hotel is literally one minutes walk to Union Square, Macy’s, where your hotel key card entitles you to 10% off all purchases including those on sale, and all the great shops, department stores and theatres. Off the foyer there is an excellent restaurant, The Daily Grill (not run by the hotel) open all day. Its cosy bar makes one want to linger. The restaurant also provides room service for the Handlery. Situated in the flat part of the city, walking is a breeze. Continue reading

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New York: The Benjamin

This 186 roomed hotel is one of New York’s premier luxury hotels – The Benjamin, this hotel attracted me with thier pillow menu. A sleep concierge will help you select from 10 types of pillows for the ultimate night’s sleep. … Continue reading

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New York: Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel New York. Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s premier shopping and business district, between Park and Madison Avenues, the I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons features stunning views and gracious style. Staying at this hotel was a remarkable luxury … Continue reading

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New York: Hotel Beacon

The Hotel Beacon NYC, a haven of comfort amid the bustling excitement of New York City. Located on the historic Upper West Side, amid tree-lined streets and landmark buildings, the hotel is a beacon for relaxation. Friendly and accommodating, they … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: Hotel El Convento

After a cruise on Sea Dream across the Atlantic from Spain, we arrived in Puerto Rico and headed for our hotel the Hotel El Convento in the heart of Old San Juan. To be honest, we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel, originally a monastery, was close to just about everything. There were some great 5 star outlet stores and just about everything was a short walk away. Continue reading

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Singapore: Mandarin Oriental

Arriving at the entrance of any luxury 5 star hotel always makes my heart beat a bit faster, but on a recent visit to Singapore, I must admit my heart started to race on entering the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Whenever I see a hotel offering Club Floor Rooms, I always book that option. I have found from experience that the benefits and extras offered to guests booking these rooms far outweigh the slightly extra tariff. Continue reading

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Madrid: Westin Palace

Westin, Madrid. Treat yourself royally. Built by order of King Alfonso XIII in 1912, The Westin Palace, Madrid was recently restored to its original splendor. Situated near the Prado museum, historic monuments and some of the best tapas restaurants in town, It is listed in the Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List 2010” as one of the best hotels in Spain.
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Bangkok: Lebua at State Tower

Sandra, my wife and I were whisked from the airport to the Hotel in the hotel’s limo. We ate breakfast and all dinners at the hotel, quite honestly, we did not want to leave the hotel, it had so much to offer. The best breakfast treats, several award winning restaurants. The best views overlooking the city ever. Facilities such as a full kitchen and laundry, everything the traveller could desire. Large balconies, this is one hotel I can’t wait to return to. Continue reading

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Dubai: Shangri-La

This award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, is a luxury hotel that offers luxurious accommodations, exceptional dining and gracious hospitality in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Outstanding in every way.  A few minutes from the airport and just … Continue reading

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