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 cabins and review every new product that I try. Similarly, I review almost every luxury hotel and airport lounge that I set foot in

I book the majority of my travel using sales, promotions and a variety of other tricks - often leveraging the power of hotel points and airline miles. If I use a special technique of any kind to book a travel experience, I'll mention it in the review.

This means that hopefully you'll have all the tools you need to book your own amazing trips too!

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Jacques Yves Cousteau

July 22, 2018

READER MAIL : Using Miles to get to Australia a.k.a. “Help, British Airways are sh*t!”

This email popped into my inbox this week and I thought I'd answer it publicly since it's the type of question that I get asked a lot. Hopefully it give you some insight into my thought processes and the flexibility required to get long haul premium cabin flights booked for as little as possible.
July 19, 2018

SECOND REVIEW – Etihad : First Class Apartments – Abu Dhabi AUH to London LHR (A380)

After an amazing multi course meal complete with vintage champagne and cocktails in the First Class lounge, we were ready to make the most of the bed on this flight. In a way, it seemed like a waste having such an amazing product and only using it to sleep... but on the other hand it was nearly 3am, we had experienced apartments before and I was really hoping to get a decent sleep before heading straight to the office a few hours later 😱
June 16, 2018

REVIEW – Etihad First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi (AUH – Terminal 3)

Back in 2016, when I first visited this lounge, Etihad was at its apex. Apartments were still a very new product and the lounge had only been open for a couple of months. The glow of invincibility surrounding this company was palpable, everybody wanted a piece of them. The dining experience we had here would easily have cost upwards of £250 per person in a top London restaurant and would have been worth every penny!
June 8, 2018

REVIEW – Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi : Terrace Suite

The Park Hyatt is located on a prime stretch of white sand, alongside the St Regis, on Saadiyat Island. It is only 30 minutes from AUH or around 80 minutes from DXB airport. Although Abu Dhabi is a thriving metropolis, the beachfront area is a lot more sparse than Dubai and approaching the hotel it felt as if we were miles away from the nearest city. Quite a different feeling to the densely packed area of resorts, clustered around The Palm.
 
June 27, 2017

REVIEW – Bangkok Airways : Blue Ribbon Lounge (Domestic), USM

The Bangkok Airways domestic lounge is located between gates 2 and 3 at Koh Samui airport. Access is open to pretty much anybody with a credit card but much like the international lounge, this facility was not heaving with visitors as a result. With the gate areas being so beautiful and open - the relative value of a lounge is somewhat diminished at this airport.
June 11, 2017
Conrad Koh Samui - Jarvis Marcos

REVIEW – Conrad Koh Samui (Second visit)

It is not often that I return to the same hotel on multiple occasions; the world is a large place and there are so many new experiences out there that I always feel like a bit of a sucker when I make a return visit. Sometimes though you find a place that ticks so many boxes, a place that you keep thinking about on those drizzly days in the office, a place that is such unbelievably good value that you keep yearning to return and cannot justify the risk of exploring an alternative.
June 6, 2017
Moon Bar - Bangkok

GUIDE – Eating and drinking in Bangkok

As we were only in town for one night and I’ve been to Bangkok countless times before, we tried to check out a few new places, […]
June 5, 2017
Jarvis Marcos - Conrad Bangkok Pool

REVIEW – Conrad Bangkok : King Executive Room

Although one of my favourite hotels in the the world is the Sofitel So Bangkok, I've not been back since my first visit. The problem is that there are just too many luxury hotels to try in Bangkok and quite often they can be unbelievably cheap.
May 20, 2017
Conrad Koh Samui - Jarvis Marcos

TRIP REPORT – Cambodia and Thailand

I know they say that you shouldn't revisit your favourite places, they never live up to the memories. Here I'd built a trip around three return visits and still I was quietly confident that things wouldn't just turn out ok... they would turn out spectacularly
October 15, 2016

Transatlantic showdown AA J vs BA F (plus Splash Suite at The Andaz 5th Avenue)