Category Archives: 5 Star

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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

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Experience: Grand Pacific Hotel, Fiji

Suva, the capital of Fiji is a city with a long history and one of the icons of the colonial past is The Grand Pacific Hotel. In 2014, the hotel was fully renovated to exemplify its grandeur and celebrate its one hundredth anniversary. The initial planning for the hotel started in 1908 by a New … Continue reading Experience: Grand Pacific Hotel, Fiji

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Experience: Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

Fiji. The word alone evokes images of white beaches and turquoise waters. Near the capital Nadi is Denarau Island, a development of luxury hotels focused on providing an all inclusive getaway for the resort traveler. Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa occupies a large 1.5 km stretch of beach on the island. The brand showcases … Continue reading Experience: Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

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Experience: Grand Papua Hotel, Port Moresby

On my recent trip to Papua New Guinea during the Pacifying the Pacific tour, I had the pleasure of being hosted by Coral Sea Hotels. This company operates the largest hotel chain in the country across four cities. Coral Sea took great care of me with hosting and tours. Not only did I stay at … Continue reading Experience: Grand Papua Hotel, Port Moresby

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Experience: The Langham Auckland

A review of The Langham Auckland in New Zealand from the trip Pacifying the Pacific. Highlights Excellent lounge. Luxurious rooms and interiors. Great service and valet parking. Spa and Pool. Background The Langham Auckland is a large luxury hotel with 411 rooms located in downtown Auckland, near the business and tourist areas of the city. … Continue reading Experience: The Langham Auckland

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Experience: Laico Ledger Plaza Bangui

A review of Laico Ledger Plaza Bangui from the trip Wandering West Africa. Highlights Impressive 5 star hotel in challenging location. Safe and secure compound. Outdoor pool and lounging area. Several facilities coveniently onsite. Background When thinking of Bangui, Central African Republic, a luxury hotel may be the last thing to come to mind, but … Continue reading Experience: Laico Ledger Plaza Bangui

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Experience: Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo, Kinshasa

A review of Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo from the trip Wandering West Africa. Highlights Incredible river and city views. Swanky interiors and design. Great location near diplomatic areas. Fine dining restaurants and bar selection. Background Right in the center of the city is the landmark hotel with 237 rooms … Continue reading Experience: Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo, Kinshasa

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Experience: Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel, Brazzaville

A review of Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel in Brazzaville, Congo from the trip Wandering West Africa. Highlights Modern and new international hotel. Luxurious rooms with high speed internet. Central location with great views over the river. Professional and personalized service. Background Set on the banks of the river separating Congo from the DRC is … Continue reading Experience: Radisson Blu M’Bamou Palace Hotel, Brazzaville

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Experience: Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf, Equatorial Guinea

A review of Sofitel Malabo Sipopo le Golf in Equatorial Guinea from the trip Wandering West Africa. Highlights Lavish interiors and designs. Private island, beach, and pool. Onsite world-class 18 hole golf course. Fine dining restaurants. Background Sipopo is a newly created city constructed for the African Union summit in 2011 and then used to … Continue reading Experience: Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf, Equatorial Guinea

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Experience: Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire

A review of the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast the trip Wandering West Africa. Highlights Massive property with waterpark, cinema, and event stage. Multiple fine dining restaurants. Refined and tailored service. Luxurious rooms with fantastic views. Background Abidjan has developed into a bustling modern city and with wealth comes luxury hotels. The … Continue reading Experience: Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire