Day 5. Our final morning in sunny Alicante

Our last day in Alicante had come around all too quickly and it was our final opportunity to enjoy some warm, winter sunshine. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and then gathered our belongings together so that we could check out of the hotel. Packing was slightly more complicated than usual as we had bought two …

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The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

Hotel Review Location: The hotel is located in a central yet peaceful location in the Innenstadt district of the city, just an easy 12 minute walk from the central railway station. Arrival and check-in: The spacious entrance lobby is bright and airy with modern furnishings. Check-in is from 3.00 p.m. and it was shortly after …

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The Pheasant Inn, Highclere, Hampshire

Hotel Review Location This picturesque 17th century inn is located in the village of Highclere, Hampshire close to the Berkshire border. Highclere Castle, where most of the filming for Downton Abbey took place, is just up the road and the attractive market town of Newbury a fifteen minute drive away. The Pheasant has ample parking …

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Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, Doha, Qatar

Hotel Review We had taken advantage of the Discover Qatar Programme which is available to passengers who have booked flights with Qatar Airways and can be taken in either direction of travel.  After booking flights it was very easy to add the Discover Qatar programme to our itinerary, with visa free entry being available for …

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Day 3. Katara Cultural Village & The Pearl, Doha

We slept until 9.00 a.m. but as we had a long day ahead of us, it didn't matter.  It was so nice to be able to ring for the club car to meet us at the door and take us over to the Al Mirqab Hotel for breakfast on its terrace. As we had enjoyed …

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Day 1. Doha stopover with Qatar Airways

I had travelled down to London the previous evening where I met my son at the Premier Inn, Gatwick Airport.  This hotel is conveniently located at the north terminal and can be easily accessed from Gatwick Railway Station at the south terminal by means of the inter-terminal shuttle service which takes only two minutes.  It …

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Lapland Hotels Tampere, Finland

Hotel Review Location Tampere is located in southern Finland, 160 km (100 miles) north of the capital Helsinki. Lapland Hotels Tampere is just a few minutes walk from the railway station and the city centre attractions. I flew from Helsinki and arrived into Tampere Pirkkala airport which is 17km (10.6 miles) from the city centre …

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Day 6. From Manila to Hong Kong

We woke at 8.00 a.m. and enjoyed our final breakfast in the Sofitel where guests are really spoilt for choice as there are so many dishes to choose from. I started the day with a freshly made honey and oat smoothie which was delicious, then had some fruit and yoghurt before paying my last visit …

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Hotel Review Location This five star resort hotel is located on Roxas Boulevard, just a short 15 minute taxi ride from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and close to the Philippine Cultural Centre. Arrival and Check-in As soon as our taxi drew up outside the hotel we were warmly welcomed by one of the concierge team …

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Day 3. Exploring Manila and an evening at the Singing Cooks & Waiters restaurant

We must have slept for at least ten hours as we didn't wake until 8.00 a.m. It would be wonderful if all mornings could start like this as we drew back the curtains to be greeted with such a beautiful view of Manila bay. After showering in our luxurious bathroom we headed downstairs to the …

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