Welcome to JarvisMarcos.com, a thorough and extensive database of my travel reviews.

I fly over 100,000 miles per year in First and Business class and have reviewed the majority world's top onboard products for this blog. If you think that premium cabin travel is out of reach, read on to learn the tricks I use to fly around the world.

I also love visiting luxury hotels and resorts. I have reviewed a wide variety running the range from Park Hyatts and Ritz Carltons bookable with hotel points, right through to some of the world's most exclusive brands like Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and Aman.

Finally, I am a firm believer in the fact that the purest expression of a culture is in its cuisine. I love to eat and have written at length about some of my favourite restaurants around the globe.

If you want to explore our planet in style, you've come to the right place.

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November 27, 2019

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When I first started this blog I had one goal in mind: to make it as easy as possible to share my reviews of luxury travel […]
November 25, 2019

REVIEW – Garuda Indonesia : First Class – Jakarta CGK to London LHR (B777)

There's a lot to like about Garuda as an airline but one thing is abundantly clear. The Business Class is so good that First feels slightly disappointing in comparison. The tableware, hot towels, food, drink and amenity kit are almost identical between the two products. The IFE is just as antiquated in both cabins and is well overdue for an upgrade. I found the service to be professional and well intentioned but somewhat lacking in warmth. The crew didn't go out of their way to make proactive suggestions or engage in conversation in the way that I've encountered on JAL, ANA, Cathay or Singapore - airlines which are natural competitors for Garuda. 
November 24, 2019

REVIEW – Garuda Indonesia First Class Lounge – Jakarta (CGK) Terminal 3

I had high hopes for this lounge. Garuda are regarded as one of the best airlines in the world and are famed for their ground services. Having a PA throughout the pre-departure process is fantastic but once you get to the lounge it all starts to unravel quickly...
November 23, 2019
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REVIEW – Ritz Carlton Mega Kuningan, Jakarta : Spa Terrace

Given the dizzying array of luxury properties in Jakarta I was gripped by a real FOMO before this stay. I needn't have been. Although this hotel isn't the most modern in Jakarta (it isn't even the most modern of the two Ritz Carltons) it exceeded my expectations in almost every way. The concept of the room was executed fantastically. The gym was in the upper echelon of any I've ever encountered and the club lounge set a new high watermark for the quality and generosity of not only the food and drink but also the staff in its employ. I would recommend a stay here wholeheartedly and will be sure to return.
 
August 13, 2016

REVIEW – Novotel Century, Hong Kong

As an Accor platinum, a stay here offers fantastic value. If you ask nicely and capacity permits, I'm sure you'll get one of the modern club rooms too. Even with the basic room, the club lounge and gym definitely make this a hotel I'd return to if I didn't want to splash out on a luxury hotel.
August 18, 2016

REVIEW – Sofitel So Bangkok (Water Room)

Overall this was one of my best ever hotel stays. The staff were a huge part of this. Despite this being a 5*hotel, the service managed to be proactive and friendly without any stuffiness or excess formality at all. The most formal people were those behind desks at reception downstairs and in the main lobby, even they would always grin and greet you with a a wai whenever you walked past.
April 1, 2017

REVIEW – Sofitel Bali : Luxury Ocean View Room with Club Millésime Access

The Sofitel was my first ever experience of staying in a full blown mega-resort. Having club access definitely helped to make the experience feel more personalised but much like the experience of staying in villas without staff, I genuinely feel that choosing places like this means that you miss the best that Bali has to offer.
April 9, 2017

REVIEW – Sofitel Kurfurstendamm, Berlin

For a quick overnight stay, this property is absolutely ideal. I would definitely not classify this as a luxury hotel however, the room decor leaves a lot to be desired and the harsh clinical feel of the white walls and bathroom tiles do not make you want to spend a great deal of time in your room.
April 26, 2018

REVIEW – Victory House London – MGallery Hotel : Executive Suite

People often ask me to give them hotel recommendations in my hometown of London. Whilst I can absolutely recommend certain parts of town, it's hard for me to make recommendations on specific hotels, without having stayed there myself...