novo-turismo-entrance

Experience: Novo Turismo Resort and Spa, Timor Leste

Dili in Timor L’este isn’t known as a major tourist destination so I was curious to see what kind of hotel offerings the city had. I found Novo Turismo centrally located and had great reviews, so I contacted them and arranged my stay. Coming from Darwin, I had a quick flight to the capital city … Continue reading Experience: Novo Turismo Resort and Spa, Timor Leste

hyatt-city-of-dreams-manila-p006-exterior-masthead-feature-panel-medium

Experience: Hyatt City of Dreams Manila

Hyatt properties are a safe bet when searching for luxury, convenience, and professionalism. That’s why I chose to stay at their fairly new property in Manila in the “City of Dreams” development. Opened at the end of 2014, this casino resort is made up of three hotels, clubs, restaurants, and a shopping mall. Outside of … Continue reading Experience: Hyatt City of Dreams Manila

hotel-honiara-entrance

Experience: Hotel Honiara, Solomon Islands

There are hotel experiences and then there are experiences that define your trip due to a hotel. This is the latter. With a sudden hiccup in my visa application process for Nauru, I was forced to change my itinerary. This led to my revisit of the Solomon Islands. For the week that I was suppose … Continue reading Experience: Hotel Honiara, Solomon Islands

divan-erbil-external

Experience: Divan Erbil, Iraq

Visiting Iraq for the first time was a daunting concept. I heard the safer area was Kurdistan, so I headed to its capital Erbil. After some further research I found not only did the city have plenty of hotels, but also ultra luxurious ones. Divan, a luxury Turkish chain, was quick to reply and organized … Continue reading Experience: Divan Erbil, Iraq

peaceful-iraq

Peaceful Iraq Egypt Revisited

Time to tackle country 189, Iraq. Though this sounds daunting, Iraq has a little secret called Kurdistan. Like Somaliland in Somolia, Kurdistan is a self governed state within a state. Internationally it is recognized as a part of Iraq but for all intents and purposes it is a separate country. As much as I’d like … Continue reading Peaceful Iraq Egypt Revisited

kingston-header

Kingston, Jamaica

From Montego Bay I spent a day driving down to Kingston with an afternoon visit to Ocho Rios. The route south on the new highway was a breeze and took just under two hours. I was headed to the country’s largest and capital city. Arriving in the evening, I checked into the Courtyard Marriott Kingston. … Continue reading Kingston, Jamaica

jamaica-montego-bay-riu-hotel-beach

Montego Bay and Ocho Rios

Montego Bay Montego Bay was the first destination of my Jamaica Mon trip. The fourth largest city by population, Montego Bay has developed to be the premier tourist destination of the island. Massive resorts and duty-free shops cater for tourists arriving by cruise ships or plane. It is very convenient and inexpensive to fly from … Continue reading Montego Bay and Ocho Rios