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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January 22, 2020

TRIP REPORT – An offer too good to refuse : A spectacular trip to Tunisia and Vietnam

When I saw an airfare from Tunisia to Vietnam flying a combination of Air France and China Southern (both for the first time!), with the possibility of an extended stopover in Paris for £650 per person, round trip - I booked instantly. No questions asked.
November 27, 2019

COMPETITION CLOSED : Win £150 of luxury tailoring from Niccolò P.

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...
 
August 13, 2016

Excellent Adventure – VS J, QF J, CX J and F – PH, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Novotel, Conrad

August 13, 2016

REVIEW – Qantas: Business Class – Sydney to Melbourne (B767)

Overall, the experience with Qantas was mixed. The crew are very helpful and friendly. They have their wits about them and behave like competent, experienced adults. With some other airlines you get younger crews who may look better but you get the feeling that their ability to improvise, go the extra mile or even engage in decent conversation is somewhat limited.
August 13, 2016

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Sydney (Opera Room)

The Park Hyatt Sydney isn't cheap. Even when using 10% discount codes on gift certificates, this hotel isn't even on nodding terms with cheap. However the Park Hyatt Sydney is worth every penny. The staff are aware of the fact that they have a hell of a reputation to live up, due in no small part to the hotel's location. They deal with this pressure with charm, competence and a true sense of what hospitality means. If you can, make sure you come here at least once in your life. If your budget won't permit a stay then consider going for breakfast, just to take in the fantastic view (and those omelettes!). You won't be disappointed. Park Hyatt Sydney. Believe the hype.
August 13, 2016

REVIEW – Qantas Business Class Lounge, Sydney Airport

I was pleasantly surprised by the business class lounge. This space doesn't feel like second-best, an afterthought, it is a great lounge and a place where you could easily relax for a couple of hours before a flight: eating, drinking and enjoying the views.
August 13, 2016

REVIEW – Cathay Pacific : Business – Sydney to Hong Kong (A330 Longhaul Config)

My seat was in the first row of the mini-cabin (19A), which could have meant extra noise from the galley. I had a feeling this wouldn't be a problem on CX, an airline renowned for the quality of the in flight service (I was right). The benefit is that you get an extra large foot cubby!
January 26, 2019

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Sydney : Opera Deluxe Room

This hotel isn't even remotely cheap and now that I no longer have Hyatt status I doubt I'd return given how expensive it would be to replicate this experience, even at double the cost. However for a fleeting moment this was one of the greatest points redemptions available anywhere on Earth and to this day this remains the best city hotel I've ever stayed in.