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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January 22, 2018

REVIEW – Hyatt Regency Long Beach : Harbor Suite

For $152 this hotel was an absolute steal. The gym was fantastic, the decor throughout was very fresh and modern and the staff were all extremely friendly and accommodating. I really liked the club lounge breakfast and am sure that it would be a great place to grab a drink in the evening too.   If you're staying in Long Beach this hotel is very hard to argue with!
January 17, 2018

REVIEW – SWISS : Business Class – Zurich to Los Angeles LAX (B777)

There is a lot to like about SWISS business class but there are more than enough negatives to place this in the second tier of business class products behind the likes of Qatar, Etihad and Singapore Airlines. If the cabin was all throne seats and there was dine on demand, things would be very different. For the average passenger though, ending up crammed next to a stranger by the window, with access to a lower tier of lounge, any of the three aforementioned airlines would provide a better experience when flying on their flagship long haul routes.
January 16, 2018

REVIEW – SWISS Senator Lounge, ZRH – E Gates

The Senator Lounge at Zurich's E gates redefines what an airport lounge can be. If this was a First Class facility it would be amongst the best in the world. The fact that it is open to frequent flyers across the Star Alliance network, flying shorthaul economy, is absolutely stultifying.
January 15, 2018

REVIEW – SWISS : Business Class – Copenhagen to Zurich (A320)

SWISS shorthaul business is quite a bare bones affair. No jacket hanging, an economy seat, no centre table and no hot food. The service was very efficient and friendly but this was ultimately an economy experience in everything but name. 
 
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)