Koh Samui – 2018

We flew on Air Bangkok from Phuket to Koh Samui and took a Grab from the airport to the Sheraton Samui.  We booked a basic room knowing that with our Platinum SPG status we would get a nice upgrade and we did!  We paid for the stay with the Citi Prestige card which automatically deducts the 4th nights stay cost.  All in we were only paying $135/night for this incredible hotel.  The ocean view suite was amazing.  We had  a living room, reading room, small kitchen and huge bedroom and bathroom along with a double deck overlooking the ocean.  With the status we also received a free breakfast every morning which was spectacular – more like a Sunday brunch at a 5 star restaurant than a regular breakfast.  All the amenities were well thought through – 2 large pools, a great beach and a well stocked fitness room.  The prices for food in the hotel were hotel prices so we took advantage of the nearby restaurants and dined like kings for pauper prices.  Our favorite restaurant was just outside of the hotel and is called Mamas – great flavorful food at very good prices.  We could have stayed for weeks! Continue reading “Koh Samui – 2018”

Phuket, Thailand 2018

Flying in to Phuket from Penang was a very quick 1 hour flight on FireFly – and very inexpensive ($90 with a carry-on bag and back pack  including taxes per person).  Upon arrival we grabbed a Grab which is the ride sharing program for Asia – what we should have done is hailed a taxi as Grab is not allowed to pick up from Phuket and is a bit more expensive than a taxi.  We arrived in Patong Beach about an hour later and settled into our Airbnb which was in the heart of the city but set back on the mountain just enough for us not to have to hear the never ending party music from below.  The Airbnb was a very modern apartment which had a great balcony with views of the mountains and of the ocean.  The best part of this stay was the rooftop infinity pool which had fantastic views of the mountains and ocean and was a great place to have a drink while watching the sunset. Continue reading “Phuket, Thailand 2018”

Penang, Malaysia 2018

Our flight from Singapore to Penang was slightly delayed but the pilot made up the time in the air and we arrived to hot and sunny Penang on time.  Our Uber driver ended up being a food and beverage manager of one of the large hotels in Penang and was incredibly helpful.  I usually try to get a vibe from the locals about how they view their government and surroundings.  Certainly not something that I do in countries where I would be putting the person in jeopardy to state their honest opinion – but in Malaysia I thought it was a safe question.  Rainey was very open and helpful with information about the island…we arrived at our hotel – the Four Points by Sheraton Penang and thanked him for the great conversation. Continue reading “Penang, Malaysia 2018”

Singapore – 2018

We flew on Cathay Pacific business from Hong Kong to Singapore – it was a really pleasant 4 hour flight.  Singapore felt even muggier than Hong Kong and the air conditioning of our uber ride was very much appreciated.  Our hotel was the Wanderlust design hotel which is an SPG partner located in the middle of Little India.   As a platinum member we got a  late checkout, SPG points and a room upgrade (a loft on the top floor with a big tub in the middle of the first floor of the loft and many large windows looking onto Little India).  They also offered us free breakfast as first time guests to their hotel (which was awesome). Continue reading “Singapore – 2018”