Author Topic: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip  (Read 12872 times)

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #60 on: August 25, 2016, 10:32:06 PM »
I don't think these goofballs will ever get to maldives.

Dan could edit that out, BL already allowed for that...

That's true, you could tweak it a little and I guess you do weed out a lot of the people because you have to make an effort to get the Hilton cards and points and even then most people that want the cheapest aspirational HHonors stay and to cause kashrut machlokes use their points at the WA Jerusalem!  :P

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #61 on: August 28, 2016, 10:48:18 AM »
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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #62 on: August 28, 2016, 12:53:40 PM »
Great stuff!

+1!  Did you do any excursions?  We're leaving next week and I just reserved for intro snorkeling on the house reef and the turtle Safari.  Picked the turtle one because I'm not dying to swim with sharks and manta rays, the other ones were more expensive and this one it looked you didn't have to be such a strong swimmer.  Also based on your info, we reserved the Maldivian fishing expedition where they show you how to line fish like the locals and then they cook up your catch for the next night's dinner.  Looking forward to the rest of your TR!

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #63 on: August 28, 2016, 10:10:36 PM »
Great stuff!

Thank you!!

+1!  Did you do any excursions?  We're leaving next week and I just reserved for intro snorkeling on the house reef and the turtle Safari.  Picked the turtle one because I'm not dying to swim with sharks and manta rays, the other ones were more expensive and this one it looked you didn't have to be such a strong swimmer.  Also based on your info, we reserved the Maldivian fishing expedition where they show you how to line fish like the locals and then they cook up your catch for the next night's dinner.  Looking forward to the rest of your TR!

Didn't sign up for any excursions.  Spent a lot of time snorkeling near the house reef but didn't take any intros.  They provided equipment and life jacket.  Other than that, it was primarily R&R... Not sure what kind of fish you'll catch on the excursion - I can tell you that the salmon is shipped fresh weekly from Australia...  Enjoy - am sure you'll have a great time...

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #64 on: August 29, 2016, 02:04:21 AM »
Thank you!!

Didn't sign up for any excursions.  Spent a lot of time snorkeling near the house reef but didn't take any intros.  They provided equipment and life jacket.  Other than that, it was primarily R&R... Not sure what kind of fish you'll catch on the excursion - I can tell you that the salmon is shipped fresh weekly from Australia...  Enjoy - am sure you'll have a great time...

Thanks, all your info has been really helpful.  No idea what kind of fish they catch but someone posted a bunch of pics on TA and it looked cool.

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #65 on: August 30, 2016, 02:28:51 PM »
Thanks, all your info has been really helpful.  No idea what kind of fish they catch but someone posted a bunch of pics on TA and it looked cool.

Am sure it's going to be awesome... When are you leaving?

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #66 on: August 30, 2016, 07:03:36 PM »
Am sure it's going to be awesome... When are you leaving?

B"H Sunday but doing a stopover in Singapore on the way.  I used to travel a ton but this is my first big trip, besides going to Israel, in almost 20 years (thank you Dan and DDF) so I'm really excited!

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #67 on: August 31, 2016, 04:24:32 PM »
Wow, what a TR! What pics! Is it just me or do the TRs of the Conrad make it seem like it has the best service of the classic MLE hotels?

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #68 on: August 31, 2016, 04:39:39 PM »
Wow, what a TR! What pics! Is it just me or do the TRs of the Conrad make it seem like it has the best service of the classic MLE hotels?
With regard to upgrades definitely seems so.

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #69 on: August 31, 2016, 05:08:26 PM »
With regard to upgrades definitely seems so.
And Kosher help. Can't believe he had eggs everyday.

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #70 on: August 31, 2016, 05:18:19 PM »
And Kosher help. Can't believe he had eggs everyday.
PH service was by far the most outstanding service I have ever experienced!

I would be surprised if they would turn down a request to make eggs, judging by how accommodating the staff was with regard to our Kosher needs. But I don't think anyone has requested there as of yet.

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #71 on: August 31, 2016, 05:26:42 PM »
And Kosher help. Can't believe he had eggs everyday.
I have eggs EVERY day. Never been healthier.
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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #72 on: August 31, 2016, 07:18:12 PM »
I have eggs EVERY day. Never been healthier.

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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #73 on: August 31, 2016, 07:27:04 PM »
ridiculously beautiful pics!
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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
« Reply #74 on: August 31, 2016, 09:18:05 PM »
Wow, what a TR! What pics! Is it just me or do the TRs of the Conrad make it seem like it has the best service of the classic MLE hotels?

While i dont have a ton of personal experience at higher end hotel chains, i felt that the staff at the Conrad went way above and beyond to make sure we were totally satisfied...

 
With regard to upgrades definitely seems so.

Fortunately for us the stars were aligned... we didnt pay up for the upgrade... dont kniw how freqently that occurs at the Conrad...

And Kosher help. Can't believe he had eggs everyday.

Eggs were awesome...hopefully moisheb left the shoprite oil spray for Denverite...

ridiculously beautiful pics!

Thanks!!