Category Archives: Luxury

Lunch With an Italian Winemaker – Corte d’Aibo

Emilia Romagna Italy

I never imagined I would be sitting down for an amazing meal, at an organic winery, in the foothills of Bologna, to have lunch with an Italian winemaker. But, that is exactly what Yummy Italy organized during our day touring Emilia Romagna.

We pulled up to Corte d’Aibo, after a winding drive through the hills south of Bologna. The organic vineyard includes a series of buildings, including an old farmhouse that has been turned into an agritourismo, complete with guest rooms. The property overlooks vineyards, wheat fields, and fruit trees. On one side lies a biolake, a freshwater pool with a natural filtration system. On the other side, a rustic farmhouse restaurant, with a wrap around porch, overlooking the hillside.

A Stylish Stay at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

I’ve been noticing a trend in my recent search for accommodations.  When we were officially traveling full time, I often sought out the most basic budget accommodations we could find, always concerned about how much we were spending.  This was in direct contradiction to the business travel of my former life where fancy hotels were […]

Review of United Airlines Global First – Boeing 777

One may ask how a couple of soft retirees, living in Bali, can experience a first class experience like we had on United. It was our first time flying United Global First, and it was worth it! Miles.  Lots and lots of miles.  We were semi-pro travel hackers before we left the US, using credit […]

Review of Air China Business Class – A330

Air China Business Class

I was not expecting much from Air China business class, which is why I am surprised that they still failed to satisfy my expectations. It was disappointing because we had such a great tip to Taiwan. There are so many great things to do in Taipei (and to eat as well). We were flying on […]

Etihad Airways Business Class on Jet Airways Aircraft!

Etihad Business Class Jet Airways

What goes up must come down.  Good things don’t last forever. I am sure there are more metaphors, but I was amazed at how quickly our customer service experience with Etihad Airways soured.  At least they waited until our second flight.  After attentive customer service while on the ground in Amman, due to some Twitter […]

Luxury at the Palace Downtown Dubai Spa

Palace Downtown Dubai Spa

The VIP Treatment at the Palace Downtown Dubai continued, and I welcomed it with open arms, with a luxury treatment at the Palace Downtown Dubai Spa.  We were not told which spa treatment we would receive, just that it was an hour long and sure to be luxurious. We treat ourselves to massages on a […]

VIP Treatment at the Palace Downtown Dubai

Palace Downtown Dubai

In my former life, I traveled for business quite a bit, and between Eric and I we held status on airlines and at hotels.  I quickly became accustomed to upgrades and priority lines.  I stayed so much at the Westin Palo Alto that the guy who manned the desk at night knew me by name, […]