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24 Aug

Sudima Auckland Airport

Sudima Auckland Airport - Tales from Tanya employee of Gilpin Travel

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I had the pleasure of viewing the new Sudima Auckland Airport Hotel and was pleasantly surprised.

I pulled up in front of the hotel where there are 170 car parks on offer for the guests. Not far to walk to the main lobby and best of all parking is FREE! An airport shuttle bus is on offer from the airport to hotel and vice versa – again FREE! Entering the large lobby I was greeted with ‘sparkling white’ tiled floors, funky furniture, a feeling of space, happy people and a good vibe. I poke my nose into the gym and walk through to view the indoor heated swimming pool. Maybe ... I sample some of the delicious NZ products for sale next to reception. Highly recommend the NZ honey body butter smelt soooo good!

Conference rooms are located to the right of reception, which unfortunately I am unable to view to being in use. The bar and dinging facilities are also located on ground floor and are open planned, with the restaurant seating up to 200. Glad to see one of our clients Simply Squeezed product in the bar!

Onto the room inspections! Well appointed pristine rooms. The standard rooms are spacious and offer modern furnishings, crisp white linen, black-out curtains, double glazed windows, super soft pillows and well appointed bathrooms. No stains anywhere. New – new – new even smelt new! The one down side is there are no-mini bars in rooms but never feat the hotel bar isn’t far away! For those who want a tad more space you can upgrade to an executive room for an extra $40.00 per night. Executive rooms offer a working desk station, free internet, plunger coffee and a higher quality of bathroom amenities.

This hotel is priced well, smells new, is new and looks fantastic! Looking for a great night sleep at Auckland airport – don’t look past the Sudima Auckland.

18 Aug

Travel Blog by Alicia, Corporate Client of Gilpin Travel.

Travel Blog by Alicia, Corporate Client of Gilpin Travel

1314218716_P1010858.JPGEkaterinaburg was lovely, its much more developed than Ikurtsk and is a developing small (1.3 Million) city. This place actually had 60% footpaths haha any improvment on any other town thus far. Though the weather was a bit average I did the full Romanovs tour as below and went to a traditional Russian Opera one night (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Maiden) -not very exciting but if your interested. The theatre is crazy cheap in Russia my ticket was $9 for a seat front and middle, it is a very common thing for the russian people to do and there are theatres everywhere.

-Visited the Church built on the site where they were executed in Ekaterinaburg
-The site where the bodies were actually found
-The Russian Orthadox Monastry built on the original well site where the bodies were first dumped and the church believe is the final resting place of the Romanovs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family  for those who dont know about the Romanovs

There are 7 beautiful churches at the Monastry all made of wood in the traditional style, ha and they all have pots all over the roof to help with the acustics. It was incredibly beautiful.

 

17 Aug

Singapore in August - Tales from Alana Corporate Consultant Gilpin Travel

1315193814_11orang.JPGFlew up in business class on Singapore Airlines , great service and very comfortable lie flat beds with great food that just kept coming.

Went to the top of Marina Bay Sands – amazing views unfortunately didn’t get to see any rooms as all 2500 rooms were fully booked! The infinity pool on the roof (200m high) had awesome views.

Visited Sentosa Island for a day and a few resorts & hotels. Such a short drive from the City Centre but it felt like we were a world apart and in a whole new place – very resort! Checked out universal Studios however didn’t get to try out any rides but did have breakfast at Singapore Zoo and got to hold a snake and have my picture taken with the Orangatangs.

We spent an afternoon checking out China Town and little India and one evening we did a short river cruise from Clarke’s Quay, a different way to see some of Singapore. Travelled on the Singapore Flyer – much like the London Eye but bigger with great 360 degree views. The famous Raffles hotel was viewed and afterwards we were treated to a Singapore Sling – a must have in Singapore.

Ended the last day with a little bit of shopping before heading to the Airport – coming home in Economy was tough after being in Business Class but still a nice product!

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