Now is the perfect time to revisit these tropical stunning shores.
When Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai back in 2012 (for a reported $300 million), he did so with plans for both transforming the tropical haven and helping to preserve its unique, laid-back charm. In the years since, his vision has come to life via things like improved air service to the destination, and several upgrades to the coastal Four Seasons Resort Lanai—one of two Four Seasons properties on the island, both of which Ellison also owns. Now, on November 1st, after a multi-year closure and renovation, the second hotel is re-launching, too—this time as Four Seasons’ first-ever adults-only wellness retreat.
Mike and I love to visit the Alsace. When we spent a weekend in Strasbourg recently, we were blown away by how much there is to do. We had plans to visit a nearby village for a half-day trip and canceled that plan almost immediately. Sometimes, you have to call an audible even with plenty…
My flight home wasn’t until 19:50 so I had most of the day in Nice to continue holidaying. The damp weather of the previous day still hung lightly in the air and I put up my umbrella when leaving the hotel to go out for some breakfast. Breakfast wasn’t included in my deal and the hotel – Best Western Plus Hotel Massena – offered me a reduced rate of €13 a day instead of €17 if I had it the 4 mornings. I said ‘yes’ on arrival but after one morning changed my mind. I don’t eat a lot first thing and although the buffet was fine, the breakfast room was far too busy and noisy for me to deal with first thing. I found the morning peace I sought in Pain e Cie by the Cours Saleya market again, as I’d done the day before. A simple and good Niçois breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, croissant and coffee for €7.50. The staff were friendly and the few people there were talking quietly and I could look out on the market. It was perfect. But I did notice everywhere that breakfast deals were round about the €10 mark, so the hotel’s wasn’t particularly expensive and if you eat a lot in the morning, you could certainly fill yourself up for the day on their buffet and it’s great value.
If you’re trying to learn more about the QSuite experience, I’d highly recommend you check out the review of my flight from Hong Kong to Doha, where I gave an extensive evaluation of the hard product. On this flight I assigned my family a quad suite, which is one of the ways Qatar Airways creatively customised their QSuite product. This trip report will mostly focus on that, as well as how the soft product differed of that of the other Qatar Airways flights I took on this trip.