Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina Review

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O’ahu 2016: Introduction
Hyatt Place El Segundo
Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina
Pearl Harbor Memorial
Makapuu Point Lighthouse
Polynesian Cultural Center’s- Ha: Breath of Life Show

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Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina

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Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina entrance

My wife and I arrived to the Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina resort around noon and were welcomed by the wonderfully amazing valet and bell staff! We were asked if we were checking in and given our valet ticket for the week.  I accepted the bellman’s offer with assistance with all of our luggage. I tipped the valet and bellman and we were escorted to the resort entrance.

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Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina exterior

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Four Seasons O’ahu Ko Olina entrance

We were met at the entrance by a local woman who was dressed in traditional Polynesian attire who adorned my wife and I with lei’s but none for our baby.

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Four Seasons O’ahu Ko Olina welcome lei’s 

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Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina reception area

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Trip Report: Thailand (part 14) Four Seasons Chiang Mai

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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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Four Seasons Chiang Mai

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Four Seasons Chiang Mai entrance

We took a cab from the Chiang Mai airport and wow cabs are cheap in Chiang Mai.  After about a 45 minute drive and around 600THB we arrived at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai.  The alternative option that could be booked through the Four Seasons was an airport transfer of 2800THB+7% tax per car per way which compared to a normal cab was quite high in our opinion (no mention of what type of vehicle they use for the transportation).

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Four Seasons Chiang Mai signage (in Thai letters) and security check office

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Driving up to the Four Seasons Chiang Mai entrance

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Driving up to the Four Seasons Chiang Mai

When we arrived we were greeted like Continue reading

Super Travelzoo deal at Four Seasons Punta Mita!

 

I came across this deal today on Travelzoo for the Four Seasons Punta Mita!  Now for those of you that read this blog know that we just visited the St. Regis Punta Mita in January and loved it!!!!  Both the Four Seasons and St. Regis regularly run room rates of over $500 a night for the base level rooms typically.

Well the travel zoo deal offers the Four Seasons Punta Mita for $300 a night!!!!  Now $300 a night is not cheap for a hotel in general but for the luxury hotel lovers this is great deal!  Now you must stay at least 3 nights as part of this deal and there are some blackout dates so check the fine print and make sure the dates would work for you.

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Trip Report: Bali and Hong Kong (part 5) Four Seasons Sayan

 

Four Seasons Sayan

The final installment of the Bali portion of the trip report will be detailing the lovely Four Seasons Sayan. While we stayed 4 nights in Jimbaran Bay we then moved to Four Seasons Sayan for 3 nights.  They are really very different resorts with a very different feel. The Sayan property is set in a lush, tropical jungle setting.  Walking into the property amazing and it really knows how to make an entrance.  When you arrive you are greeted and given a small flower and escorted across a long suspended bridge over to the main building entrance. Here are some pictures of the property.

DSC01978Arrival deck.

DSC01980Walking down to the lobby bar level.

DSC02017Lobby seating (getting set up for a Balinese dance in the lobby).

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Trip Report: Bali and Hong Kong (part 3) Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

 

BALI

About 4 hours after departing Hong Kong we landed in Bali (Ngurah Rai International Airport)!!!! I had paid for expedited VOA services through the Four Seasons which was $40 per person plus 21% tax. So when we deplaned we saw a petite Balinese woman holding up a sign “Mr PointsPinnacle”.  We were greeted and she grabbed our bags. I felt bad as she was so small and I could easily pull the bags along but she insisted.   She asked for our passports and the $25 fee per person that Bali charges for the Visa stamp to enter the country.  We waited for our one checked bag while she handled the Visa process.  Our bag came fairly quick but after about 15 minutes still no sign of our VOA rep!! I must admit I got a little nervous and thought maybe she just took our money and passport and hit the road! Lol  However she did make it back to us and we were all set. She walked us through the airport through the crowds and to our awaiting transportation- Toyota Kijang. We could  have upgraded to a BMW X5 for $80 I believe but the Toyota was very comfortable indeed.   The gentleman let us know that there is free wifi available in the vehicle and gave us some nicely scented cold towels. He also said we have access to an ipod in the back seat and we could chose whatever music selections we preferred. We didn’t take him up on the wifi or the music but instead eagerly looked out the windows at this new land.

On the ride to our resort the first thing we noticed was how many mopeds/motorbikes there were parked at the airport!!!! Thousands!!!!  It was amazing. The driver mentioned that it is the most affordable option for most of the Balinese people.  We would come to see later in the trip some amazing driving skills and several FAMILIES OF FOUR with a pet on one moped!!! And also some holding large objects while driving their mopeds-bikes, chairs and such!! The drive to the resort was not bad and within about 20 minutes we arrived!

FOUR SEASONS JIMBARAN BAY June 17-21 2013

We were greeted by the Four Seasons staff and welcomed also by two lovely young Balinese girls in traditional Balinese dance attire. They gave us flowers, much like you would get a leai in Hawaii.  All of our bags were packed up on a waiting golf cart or buggy and we were whisked away to our room with a bellhop driving and a front desk staff in the passenger seat with us right behind them.  Our room #284 was secluded in the very back corner of the property.  That was actually a positive because there are no rooms behind you or to the left of you. It was a very private setting. The only downside is that it is the furthest from the Sundara beach club pool.  We did not mind the walk however as the property is beautiful! We enjoyed walking the property every time.

ImageResort map- you can see our villa circled on the map on the left back corner of the resort.

The check in process was done entirely in room at the table in the living quarters.  Awaiting us at the table were some welcome beverages-a fruity martini type drink which was very good. We went over the reservation details and everything was in order. We were shown around the villa (all rooms are villas at this property) by the bellman and then once all was situated to our liking, the staff departed.  We booked our stay through David Ourisman, a travel agent for Brownell and a Four Seasons Preffered partner.  I have heard lots of good reviews for David so I wanted to give him a try.

The room was super! The entire resort really captured the Bali theme and essence of Bali.  Inside was another welcome gift: 2 bottles of Bintang and some fresh vegetable spring rolls, which most definitely hit the spot.  About 30 minutes after getting settled it started raining really hard for about an hour however that was about the only rain we encountered our entire week in Bali!

DSC01536Our in-villa plunge pool

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Trip Report: Denver (part 1) Four Seasons Denver

 

Trip Report: Denver May 3-6 2013 (part 1)

Cinco De Mayo weekend 2013 we decided to visit family in Denver.  This was a busy weekend in Denver as not only was it Cinco De Mayo it was also the annual Denver Derby!

We used our Southwest Airlines companion pass for a direct flight Milwaukee to Denver. We burned only 9361 Rapid rewards points and $5.00 per ticket (9/11 security fee) total roundtrip!  We flew out Friday night after work and flew back early Monday evening.

itinerary & pricing
Itinerary and pricing

 

Four Seasons Denver

We stayed at the Four Seasons on Friday and Saturday night. On a great rate of $175 per night plus tax (friends and family rate).  On Sunday night we were guests at the Aloft Broomfield which is a northwest suburb of Denver. We chose the Aloft since it was closer to family and put me closer in my pursuit of SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) platinum status.

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