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A seat in the front row – Flamingo Air Nassau to Staniel Cay

A seat in the front row – Flamingo Air Nassau to Staniel Cay

Nov 22, 2016

During our stay in the Bahamas we had planned a day trip to Staniel Cay. That’s a small island 35 flight minutes southeast of Nassau. It is famous for its Pig Beach, home of the swimming pigs. Of course you can also get there by boat but that would have taken much longer so I decided to rather go for the short flight.

The flight was operated by Flamingo Air, a small airline based at Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport. The itinerary showed as follows:

Departure Nassau (NAS) at 08:00AM; arrival Staniel Cay (TYM) at 08:35AM

Departure Staniel Cay (TYM) at 02:50PM; arrival Nassau (NAS) at 03:25PM

The ticket price was 150,-$ round trip per person on flamingoairbah.com. (The boat tour price was 369,-$ per person.)

Atlantis the Cove Resort and Casino Bahamas

Atlantis the Cove Resort and Casino Bahamas

Nov 13, 2016

 

This October I visited the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island, Bahamas. This place was one of the top resorts on my bucket list. The stay at Atlantis The Cove wasn’t initially planned due to the high room rates there, but after the first visit to the casino at Atlantis and some lucky slot cash outs it became possible. After three nights at the Colonial Hilton in Nassau we checked into a Club Suite at Atlantis The Cove for two nights.

The Atlantis is part of the Autograph Collection and member of Marriott Rewards. Though the Membership Rewards elite level perks do not really apply there. For example even Membership Reward platinum elite members don’t get access to the club at The Cove. I decided to book a Club Suite to get an impression of what The Club has to offer.

LH Business Lounge MUC Satellite

LH Business Lounge MUC Satellite

Oct 14, 2016

Hello from Lufthansa business lounge at the Schengen area of the new satellite terminal at Munich airport.
I’m just spending some time here waiting for my connecting flight to Frankfurt. Later I’ll hop over to the US on flight LH464 to Orlando.

Why I like the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Why I like the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Sep 10, 2016

In January 2012 I visited the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or just “Cosmo” for the first time. The hotel opened in 2010, it is located at the heart of the strip next to the Bellagio.

We had booked a regular room and were upgraded to a wraparound tarrace suite which was really fantastic as we had booked 5 nights. The reason for the upgrade was most probably that we arrived late at 10 PM and apparently they had no more regular rooms available. Even though we had to wait 30 minutes until we finally got the suite, the upgrade was definitely worth the waiting time. Wraparound terrace suites start at 345,-$ per night where the regular room rate was 225,-$.

The stylish hotel with its modern ambience and nice rooms made a good impression at first sight and so I was curious to further explore the location.

Impressions of JFK-FRA in Singapore Airlines Suite Class

Impressions of JFK-FRA in Singapore Airlines Suite Class

May 29, 2016

The last segment of my around the world birthday trip was the flight from New York JFK to Frankfurt in Singapore Airlines Suite Class. This was also the flight I was most excited about as it wasn’t easy to get the award ticket. I was waitlisted until 2 weeks before departure when the award space finally opened up.

Here are some of my impressions including the ground experience in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at JFK Airport. I have to say that this was a very interesting ground experience as the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at JFK really offers a great ambience to spend the time waiting for your flight.

Among other things it is the bar, the pool table and the hairdresser that definitely make this lounge special.

Conrad Macao, Cotai Central

Conrad Macao, Cotai Central

Apr 26, 2016

After staying one night in Hong Kong I wanted to visit Macao and check out the differences between Las Vegas and it’s Chinese copy.
I took a ferry from the China Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong.

A “first class” ticket costs 270,-HK$. First class means that you get a drink and something to eat during the ride. After 60 minutes we arrived at Macao Taipa Terminal.

 

DUBAI – HONG KONG IN EMIRATES FIRST CLASS A380

DUBAI – HONG KONG IN EMIRATES FIRST CLASS A380

Mar 25, 2016

I was really exited to go on this flight because it was the first time I was booked on Emirates First Class in an A380 aircraft. So when I finally received the confirmation I was really happy.

The booking itself was quite easy as I described in planning my around the world birthday trip.

After spending the night in the Emirates First Calss Lounge at Dubai Airport I felt more than ready to go on the flight to Hong Kong.

One night in Emirates First Class lounge Dubai

One night in Emirates First Class lounge Dubai

Feb 24, 2016

Dubai is an interesting travel destination because it is one of the fastest growing cities worldwide. So there’s always something new to discover if you go there like once every couple of years.
My last visit to Dubai was in 2009. That’s why it almost felt like I had never been there before with all these new buildings.
My flight from Chicago arrived at 7:00 PM and as I had a 14 hour stopover. I decided to go downtown and check out the Burj Khalifa. I took a taxi and went there. The building is really spectacular. I had a drink at the lounge of the Armani Hotel and asked a friendly hotel agent to give me a short tour through the hotel.