Conrad Dubai Review

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Conrad Dubai

We had reserved two nights at the Conrad Dubai. Main reason being we had another free night certificate that we needed to burn and we wanted to spend more than a day in Dubai instead of just a several hour stopover.

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Conrad Dubai entrance/checkin

Upon entrance the lobby was very large with enormous ceilings.  The front desk was straight ahead after some large seating areas on the side and a floral arrangement in the middle.

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Conrad Dubai lobby

There was quite the wait to checkin.  All four agents were busy and there were a few especially difficult guests at the counter that took a very long time!!  Besides that there were the people/guests that instead of lining up behind me thought it was the process to get right behind one of the checkin guests.  After a while I would let them know that line started behind me and eventually there about four guests behind me before it was our turn.

The front desk agent apologized for the wait and I let him know its not his fault and it wasn’t a problem.  He was courteous and professional and upgraded us to a King Deluxe Suite I believe.

King Deluxe Suite

We arrived to our room and I could tell it would be nice as it was a back corner room with no doors immediately next to it.  We walked in and found Continue reading

Around Rangali Island

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Around Rangali Island

Here are some random shots and things we encountered during our stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.  I am not going to add any commentary to this post but just share some photos of around the island.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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Hermit Crab

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Hermit Crab

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Sunset

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Sunset

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Crab

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Conrad Maldives Review

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Conrad Maldives

We arrived on the dock at the Conrad Maldives from our seaplane trip from Male. We were introduced to our personal assistant and taken to the checkin area which is on the main island of the resort. The resort consists of two islands Rangali and Rangalifinolhu with most of the resorts guest rooms and villas on Rangalifinolhu Island.

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Conrad Maldives arrival dock (this photo was taken on our departure)

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Google maps view of the Islands in which the guest accommodations are

We were seated outside the reception desk area and relaxed while our Conrad rep took our details and credit card which they preauthorized for $3000.

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Map of the main Island

We were escorted to our room by buggy (golf cart). We were booked into Beach Villa #205.  The Beach Villa is the base/lowest level room but we were happy with our room and thought it best (safer) to not be in an overwater bungalow with our toddler crawling all over the place. I also didn’t want to pay an up charge to be in a overwater villa which was around $200/night plus taxes.

The Beach Villas are grouped together four Villas in one building. Our villa was at the end of the group of four which is beneficial as your only sharing a wall with one other villa and there is a bit more privacy than if we had a villa in the middle of the four units.

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Entrance to our Beach Villa number 205 Conrad Maldives

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Entrance to our Beach Villa 205 at Conrad Maldives

At the entrance to our Beach Villa was a Continue reading

Trip Report: Japan 2015 (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo


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Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
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Conrad Tokyo

We took a cab from the Andaz to the Conrad Tokyo around 2PM.  We initially walked into a ground floor checkin desk but it turns out that was just the bag check desk or bell hop area.  They took our bags and said our room wasn’t ready.  When I asked when it would be ready he said I would have to go upstairs to the lobby level front desk.

We were helped right away with no waiting at the front desk and they advised they had upgraded us to a king room with a nice view but it wouldn’t be ready until 3pm or so.  The other option is they could put us in a room with two twin beds right away.  I didn’t want to wait as I was feeling like crap and wanted to lay back down as soon as possible thus we took the two beds.

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Conrad front desk

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Bell hop checkin

We were assigned room 3236 which we thought was a nice comfortable room generally.  A fairly large size room for a standard room.  There were two nice beds but not as soft as we generally prefer.  The beds were however much softer than the Andaz Tokyo which we stayed at the night prior.  Aesthetically I thought the room was nice. The bathroom was large and featured all the standard things one would expect at a hotel of this level.  The bathroom amenities were aromatherapy however you can request Shanghai Tang as another option. Continue reading

Trip Report: Thailand (part 6) Conrad Koh Samui

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Introduction
United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM)
Conrad Koh Samui
Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
St. Regis Bangkok
Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)
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Conrad Koh Samui

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Myself in front of the Conrad Koh Samui entrance

My wife and I enjoyed five amazing nights at the Conrad Koh Samui in August! The Conrad brand of hotels and resorts is under the Hilton umbrella of properties.  We were excited to score our five nights using Hilton points.  This resort is a five star, all villa property on Thailand’s second biggest island in the Gulf of Thailand!

We got a cab from the airport which cost us 1500THB one way to the resort.  The email I received from the property prior to arrival detailed a 1500THB cost for a taxi as well, 4000THB for a Volkswagen, or 3500THB for a BMW X5 or Mercedes.  The ride to the resort was around 45 minutes or so. When we got to the resort entrance the driver started to climb some STEEP and twisty roads!! In fact it was some of the steepest roads I have ever encountered.  When you arrive at the top however you realize that the resort lobby is situated high on a cliff top with lovely scenery!!

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Conrad Koh Samui entrance signage

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Conrad Koh Samui lobby

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Views from the Conrad Koh Samui lobby

We were greeted by the staff on arrival and offered Continue reading

Trip Report: Bali and Hong Kong (part 9) Conrad Hotel Hong Kong

 

Conrad hotel-Hong Kong

June 26-30, 2013

Our main hotel while in Hong Kong was the Conrad, located in Central.  We really liked this hotel and overall thought it was better than the W.  Due to the heat/humidity we spent a lot of time in the hotel.  When we checked in they brought us to a special checkin desk for Hilton members with status. The executive club checkin was just off the lobby and the executive club lounge was actually located downstairs off the lobby as well.  This was due to the actual lounge up on the 59th floor being renovated. I am a Hilton gold member due to having the Hilton Honors Reserve card from Citi. The card grants you gold status for as long as you’re a card holder. Hilton gold is actually very worthwhile in my opinion! To have access to the club lounge for afternoon appetizers/cocktails and free buffet breakfast everyday saved us a lot of money! We were given a room just one level below where the normal lounge resides on floor 58 if I recall correctly. There was hardly any noise from the renovations which was good news.

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IMG_0504 Had the option of Shanghai Tang or Aromatherapy amenities. We tried them both!

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IMG_0507 Minibar area

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IMG_0511 Desk and welcome amenity of fruit and chocolate.

Below is a video walkthrough of our room.

The lounge staff was absolutely superb!!! There was a young gentleman that went above and beyond making sure to bring over new plates of food and always bring our favorite beer and wine as we got empty.  He was telling us some things to do and see everyday and really left an impression on us! I forgot his name but would have really liked to pass a note on to the GM letting them know how much he was appreciated.

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IMG_0523Lounge offerings!

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My wife really liked this hotel after leaving the W!  She would much prefer here as its a little more luxurious feeling and not so trendy/hip.

PointsPinnacle Breakdown

We stayed 4 nights at the Conrad.  The first two nights I used a combination of cash and points! So I used 25,000 Hilton Honors points per night plus 1007.57 HKD (which is $136). Only 50,000 Hilton points and about $270 for the 1st two nights at the Conrad!!

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Rate confirmation above and currency converter below.

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For the 3rd and 4th nights at the Conrad I simply used both of my free night certificates from the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve card signup bonus. These nights have to be used on the weekend so I used them on Friday and Saturday nights!  So these were “free” or the equivalent of 50,000 points per night at the time of the booking (Hilton has since devalued their points substantially however the free night certs can be used at most Hilton properties up to category 10).

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Rate confirmation for Friday and Saturday night above.

All in all, 4 nights at the Conrad for $270 out of pocket!!! Typical rates of $350 per night! Below is a random weekend date in Feb 2014. You can see the best possible rate is $383/night with full prepayment required!

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I love that our points can help get us 5 star accommodations all over the world!!

Thanks for reading and up next is the finale of the trip-Cathay Pacific Business Class to Chicago!

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