Score a Fantastic SPG Redemption at The St. Regis Maldives

With the Marriott/Starwood merger beginning soon, many Starwood loyalists are looking to redeem their SPG points before the two programs are combined. Normally, we’d suggest redeeming points whenever you’re getting at least 2.5 cents in value, however there’s a much better deal out there right now, at Starwood’s latest flagship property in the Maldives. The St….

Overwater Bungalows Coming to Jamaica and Mexico

As anyone who’s ever traveled to the Maldives or Bora Bora knows, staying in an overwater bungalow can really make the trip special. After all, few things are more luxurious than stepping directly from your private accommodations into the warm, tropical water. While overwater rooms are typically found in these far-flung destinations, you’ll soon be…

8 Incredible Islands to Escape the Cold This Winter

While there are still a few weeks to go before spring rolls around, you can beat the system by wintering in these summer locales, island hopping everywhere from Maui to the Maldives. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us around the globe to eight beautiful spots worth spending some time in this season. The best part: They’re all…

11 Tips for Flight Sales, Mistake Fares and Maximizing Free Hotel Nights

TPG Contributor Mitch Berman offers 11 tips that allowed his family to work around 2015’s school-break times to put together mistake fares, deep discounts and credit card sign-ups into six international trips to eleven countries (and five more transcontinental trips). Visit Mitch and his son Kofi’s photo blog here. 2015 was a great travel year for my family and me,…

What’s a Good Tropical Destination for 3-Cabin First Class?

TPG reader Esteban sent me a message on Facebook looking for honeymoon ideas: “We’re getting married soon and deciding where we should go on our honeymoon. What’s a good tropical destination that would allow us to experience a full three-cabin first class?” There are plenty of deserted beach locales you could choose from, but one stands…

10 Photos: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives

Perhaps the Maldives’ best-known attraction, Ithaa restaurant is located at the Conrad Rangali Island. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig had a chance to dine there last week. From overwater villas and five-star facilities to incredibly friendly staff and jaw-dropping natural beauty, there’s a lot to love about the Maldives. It’s a long trip from the US…

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Returns to Category 6

The Maldives is an aspirational vacation destination for many travel enthusiasts, but it can also be one of the world’s most expensive. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it’s not the easiest to get to, and many resorts require a further seaplane or speedboat transfer. It’s about to get just a little bit…

Hotel Review: King Deluxe Beach Villa At The Conrad Maldives Hotel On Rangali Island

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA…

Advance Upgrade Options for My Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Stay and Seaplane Transfer Costs

This post is a continuation of my Maldives Trip Report: EVA Royal Laurel business class from JFK to Taipei , Singapore Airlines to Male International Airport, Hulhule Island Hotel Why I Decided to Stay at the Conrad Rangali Island vs. Other Top Resorts In March, Hilton Honors drastically devalued their program- raising some standard redemption…

Flight Review: Trans Maldivian Airways Seaplane from Male to Rangali Island

On my trip down to the Maldives earlier this month, I had a bit of a long itinerary in order to arrive there. I had redeemed 60,000 United miles and $24.20 to fly EVA Royal Laurel business class from JFK to Taipei and had a short layover there before taking another 4.5-hour flight on EVA…