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Introduction: Discover Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf a luxury 5-star hotel and resort in Equatorial Guineas brand new city of Sipopo.

Discover Guineas first 18-hole golf course set by the sea among tropical foliage and native ceiba trees with views on clear days to Mount Cameroon. Discover a private white sand beach private island tennis courts a swimming pool overlooking the sea. Discover the essence of Africa in 200 rooms and luxurious suites - all with stunning views of the sea or golf course. The hotels wave-like shape reflects contemporary African architecture and the sea.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Warm welcome with a chocolate drink before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: A mix of everything. The contemporary design, the attention to details, the beach, the food, the location. My favourite Sofitel hotel in the world and surely a memorable one.
What about the food: Very impressive in every way. All my meals were of excellent quality and comparable to a Michelin recommended restaurant in Europe. Far from a star as it is not fine dining, but excellent quality and very unexpected in a location like this.
What about the service: Very good and attentive service. Very low occupancy at the hotel of course makes it easier, but I was impressed with what I saw.
What about the rooms: Beautiful, contemporary rooms. My room had a comfortable bed, working desk, flatscreen Tv, shower in bathtub and a balcony with beautiful sea views. I had preferred a standalone shower instead, but otherwise a wonderful room.
Number of rooms: 200.
Type of property: Something between a business hotel and resort. City resort is perhaps the best way to describe it. 
Location: Near Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Facilities: Spa, gym, pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast enough for videos and calls.
My overall impression: Great+ experience. My favourite Sofitel hotel in the world. Unexpected in a country like Equatorial Guinea.
Great food. European standard.
Introduction: InterContinental Lagos is located on Victoria Island, in the centre of Lagos, home to major consulates and multinational companies, making it the perfect residence for affluent business and diplomatic travellers. Built on an elevated terrain overlooking Lagos’ port, the hotel offers uninterrupted spectacular views of the Lagos Skyline, ample meeting space and grandiose accommodations. Our restaurants offer an array of delicious dining options from cosmopolitan to Nigerian delicacies.




Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Fast check-in before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The design. The hotel looks like an InterContinental hotel.
What about the food: The breakfast buffet is large and I appreciated the freshly made juices.
What about the service: Some of the staff are great, professional and service-minded while others had a bad attitude.
What about the rooms: The rooms are beautiful and up to InterContinental's standards. My standard room had a comfortable bed, working desk, Tv, bathtub and rain shower. Twice, I didn't have hot water and had unpleasant shower experiences. Also, the noise level in the room is probably the worst of any 5-star hotel I have stayed. The door had lots of space beneath it like what you will find in a cheap hostel. Not good. At first, the room feels like an InterContinental, but then you notice all the missing attention to simple details.
Number of rooms: 358.
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Lagos, Nigeria.
Facilities: Spa, gym, pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but very slow. The hotel has a maximum connection of 1 MB per second, much lower than any of the other hotels I stayed in Nigeria. I never reached 1 MB and couldn't call or watch videos without heavy lacks. Their direct competitors Radisson Blu, The Wheatbaker and The Geroge all have good internet, and InterContinental must act on this immediately and upgrade their system. Not only is the internet very slow, but the connection is also weak in the room, and my iPad was disconnected many times. More routers, better provider. Now.
My overall impression: Good+ experience. It looks like an InterContinental hotel at first, but it must fix the issues above to meet the standards of the brand.


Introduction: Located west of the city center in the rapidly developing ACI 2000 district, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako provides upscale lodging close to many government offices and business sites. This modern hotel features 190 rooms and suites with amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet, individual climate control and satellite television. Visit the on-site restaurant and bars to sample a variety of world cuisines, including local dishes that blend West African and French culinary traditions. Other relaxing features of this Bamako hotel include an outdoor pool, an elegant spa and a well-equipped fitness center. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako also serves as one of the city’s most popular conference venues, offering event hosts a stunning 508-square-meter ballroom and meeting rooms with advanced audiovisual equipment and Free high-speed, wireless Internet access.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Fast check-in before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: To find comfort in the hectic, dusty city of Bamako.
What about the food: The breakfast exceeded my expectations. Very nice buffet with local and imported items.
What about the service: As good as it gets in a country like Mali. The front desk was attentive and friendly. Some even spoke good English.
What about the rooms: Rooms of Radisson standard with comfortable bed, working desk, flatscreen Tv, bathtub and separate rain shower.
Number of rooms: 190.
Website: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-bamako
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Bamako, Mali.
Facilities: Pool, gym, spa and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and faster than expected.
My overall impression: Good+ experience. Very satisfied with my stay. Mali is one of the least developed countries int the world and Bamako one of the dirtiest. Still you find a comfortable international hotel where you can escape and feel at home. I like that.


Introduction: Welcome to the five-star «Ýyldyz» hotel «Ýyldyz» hotel is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located at the foothills of the Kopetdag, which offers an excellent view of the city. This five star deluxe hotel is the gateway to explore Turkmen landscapes and the city at your convenience. This is a harmonious combination of stylish interior design and comfort, plexus of modern luxury and classic elegance. With a height of 106.72 meters, 24-storey «Ýyldyz» is the tallest hotel in Turkmenistan.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Friendly welcome and fast check-in.
What I loved: The building and the design.
What about the service: The service is better than I expected in a country like Turkmenistan. Professional and kind, but not comparable to 5-star hotels in Europe. An issue is the language barrier, and more training could improve the guest experience.
What about the rooms: Beautiful classical rooms comparable with many of the grand hotels we know in Europe. The bed is comfortable, and the internet is free and fast. The bathroom has Tv, a large bathtub and Bulgari amenities.
A number of rooms: 155.
Website: www.yyldyzhotel.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Facilities: Spa, pool, gym and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast. However, please keep in mind several websites are blocked in Turkmenistan.
My overall impression: Great experience. Wonderful to find this level of hotels in Turkmenistan and highly recommended as the best place to stay in the country.


When I visited Socotra in early 2014, I was surprised it was not part of Travelers' Century Club's list of countries and territories. The list is updated and now includes Socotra as the 325th country/territory/unique destination. I have now been to 277 of them and hope to complete the list. First and foremost I must complete all countries in the world and at the moment I only have seven left.






Introduction: The St. Regis Dubai is part of an exclusive integrated resort that comprises residential towers and a Las Vegas-style theater. Monuments and attractions of international renown are nearby, and Dubai International Airport (DXB) is a 20-minute drive away.

Inspired by Beaux-Arts architecture from New York’s Gilded Age, the hotel’s interior boasts such elements as a grand staircase, carefully selected artwork, and a musical fountain. Indulgent spa treatments, sumptuous cuisines, and memorable meetings await.

The hotel’s 234 world-class accommodations comprise 182 guest rooms and 51 signature suites, including a designer suite and its signature Royal Suite. Whatever the request, St. Regis Butler Service is available any time, day or night.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Warm welcome from the smiling Front Office Manager, Kritya and Ukranian Kate. I was offered a cold towel and a welcome drink before being escorted to the room by an Italian butler.

What I loved: The food, design and the well-trained staff.

What about the food: Fantastic food. I am very critical when it comes to food, but St. Regis has invested a lot of money in their F&B and deserves credit for it. Hiring several French chef is not common in any luxury hotel outside Europe and as a result, I had a great dining experience at Brasserie Quartier, their French signature restaurant. I can highly recommend the vegetarian risotto and finish off with their home-made ice cream. The restaurant is not cheap, but it is value for money as the food is better than signature restaurants at other 5-star hotels I've been in Dubai. You have to keep in mind that eating out in Dubai is expensive, and I can highly recommend to pay a little more and eat here as it is a safe choice. The service from the Indian and Portuguese staff was very impressive as well, and I wouldn't hesitate to compare the restaurant to Michelin-recommended restaurants in Europe. In direct comparison with St. Regis' French signature restaurants in Osaka and Singapore, it also comes out as the winner. Well done!

What about the service: Great service by the well-trained staff. They were not only well-trained and professional but also very friendly. Kritya, the Thai front office manager, gives you a great first impression of the hotel, and you are set for a great stay. Already before my stay, Candice and Nicolas had done an excellent job in arranging my stay and I, obviously, arrived very excited to experience this brand new St. Regis hotel. All around the hotel, I found the staff to be professional, attentive and talkative. I have already mentioned the restaurant staff, but would also say the kind attitude of the German girl at the business center and the guy at the pool giving me a bottle of water upon arriving at the pool. The St. Regis Dubai is a great example of an international hotel with many nationalities that actually works.

What about the rooms: Beautiful rooms with St. Regis standards. Reméde products in the bathroom, comfortable bed, freestanding bathtub, rain shower and great welcome amenities.

Number of rooms: 234.
Website: www.stregisdubai.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Dubai.

Facilities: Outdoor swimming pool which I enjoyed in the morning before departure. Business center, meeting/business facilities and a spa. The only negative thing about my stay was a promised spa treatment at check-in. It was an error in their system, and they decided to not honouring their mistake. I wasn't happy about it, but that was the only negative thing I can say about this amazing hotel.
Complimentary internet: Yes and good speed. My test results showed a 2 Mbps download speed.

My overall impression: Great+ experience. I am pleased to see The St. Regis Dubai works from the beginning. It is among the best St. Regis hotels I have stayed, and it brings something different to Dubai. In a city where many hotels feel the same, The St. Regis stands out as a unique hotel and one I can't recommend enough for discerning travellers.