American Airlines Flagship Lounge – Chicago

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After exiting our Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong Susan and I proceeded to an American Airlines lounge. Because we had reserved this flight just 4 days earlier I really hadn’t a chance to research our lounge options. After looking at a terminal map I realized that American Airlines had a First Class Flagship Lounge in the airport. American has only 4 of these locations in the US including Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Miami. Additionally, there is one at London Heathrow.

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Cathay Pacific International First Class – Hong Kong To Chicago

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After a good night’s rest, we prepared for our day at the Pier followed by Cathay Pacific first class flight home. After checking out from the hotel we proceeded out to the Airport and followed the signage to Terminal 1. Cathay Pacific has dedicated podiums for first class and we were processed quickly with boarding passes in hand.

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Regal Airport Hotel – Superior Room

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On our return trip we had an overnight stay in Hong Kong and elected to stay at the Regal Airport Hotel which is connected directly with the Hong Kong airport. Our cost for a 1-night stay was $145.00 all in, and it seemed like an easy choice. After exiting our flight, we headed to immigration and were processed quickly. We then proceeded into the main baggage hall. From there signage indicated our path directly to the hotel. We were transiting though Asia a couple weeks before Chinese New Year and the hotel lobby was decorated in a festive manner. There was a decent line for check in but it moved quickly and we were processed for our room.

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Dragonair International Business Class – Phuket To Hong Kong

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Once we exited the lounge we were right at our departure point, Gate 6. After waiting for a 10 minutes the agents called for the business class section to board. Turing left we walked down glass encased corridor, turned right and proceeded down an extended jetway. We entered from the second door on the plane and turned left into the business class cabin.

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Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Phuket Airport


Checkout from our villa, and the ride back on the resort speed boat to Ao Po Grand Marina Pier went without incident. Once on Phuket, our airport transfer included car service in a large luxury van (provided by the resort) that took us from the pier, through town and to the Phuket airport.

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Final Thoughts & Monkey Business – Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

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The Santhiya Koh Yao Yai is fantastic resort. Between the amazing Villa Pool Suite, the gorgeous hillside location, beautiful beach, friendly Thai people and the sweet quiet Island of Koh Yao Yai it’s difficult not to give the resorts hard product 5-stars from a personal viewpoint.

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National Marine Park – Koh Hong Archipelago

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If you have every considered visiting Thailand one of the country’s prominate attractions are its’ amazing vertical islands, called karsts, that dot the seas all around the coast of county.  There are literally hundreds of them, and one of the most famous is called “James Bond Island”. It was featured in the movies “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “Tomorrow Never Dies”.  The islands are made from the limestone that has been left behind after the softer rock eroded away over the eons. They’re magnificent structures, and as far as Susan was concerned they were the reason for our visit to Thailand.

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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort

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The Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort covers a large area on the island and the resort grounds are massive. The property sits on one side of a peninsula that extends into the sea. Coming in on the boat a long dock extends out to greet the arriving guests. To the left there is large hill formation were the villas and hotel towers reside. On the right is the master resort complex and a beautiful white sand beach.

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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai – Ocean View Pool Villa Suite

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We pulled up to our Villa 1216. The villa is a standalone structure that sits on a hill side. The entrance to the property is a small wooden structure that is a door with a small roof and support sides.  It can be locked and it has a sweet little sign that can indicate privacy or the request for room cleaning.

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