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I think it is every traveller’s dream to fly to their destinations in style and comfort. Every time I check in I try to pull every trick under the sun to get upgraded to business class. Somehow, it never works. I have to say, I never flew business class until my husband upgraded our seat to Emirates business class on our flight back from our honeymoon in Dubai. I have to say, this wasn’t cheap and to be honest I didn’t really want to do it because a) I didn’t see any point in spending that much money and b) we just came back from Japan which wasn’t cheap either.
A couple of days before our departure from Dubai, we got an email from Emirates offering us to upgrade our standard seats to Emirates Business Class at the reduced cost. The deal was pretty good if you think about it as for an extra £500 per person we could fly in style, which was massively discounted if you think about it. Of course, there was a catch. To get our tickets at this price we could not use chauffeur service or have access to Emirates business class lounge at the airport. Somehow I could live with that lol
Emirates Business Class check-in
As a part of our upgraded, we could use the dedicated check-in service and security control. The minute we entered we walked to a check-in desk on a red carpet. This was pretty cool. At the check in there was no queues. We also had separate security control which means we were done within 20 minutes. As we could not access the lounge ( you can if you pay full price for the Emirates Business Class ticket) we spent the next couple of hours wandering around the shops and trust me, at Dubai airport, there are hundreds of them. When we finally got called for our flight, we had priority boarding. So far so good…
Entering the Emirates Business Class
We flew on the amazing Airbus A380 which has two levels. As Business Class passengers, we were at the top deck together with first-class customers.
The minute we stepped on the plane, a welcoming and well-groomed stewardess took us to our seats and this is where the magic happened. OMG, my seat had a so much leg room I could not actually reach the footrest, haha The seats were more like comfy armchairs. Each of us had our own mini bar with soft drinks and water and a menu. We also had an iPad to operate our seat and tv. The seat reclined into a bed and if you wanted, the stewardess will bring your mattress, duvet and pillow. Each seat also had a privacy screen that you could have up or down.
Shortly after we sat down, we got offered hot cloth to refresh ourselves. Our steward came to introduce himself and offer us a drink. We opted for champagne. And it wasn’t cava or prosecco. It was actual, unlimited champagne. You can guess how I spent my next 6 hours.
For dinner, we could choose from the menu. The food was delicious. Restaurant standard, not the ready meal you would get in economy class. The food was served on a tray with white linen napkins, proper crockery and cutlery and even a flower in a small vase. The steward offered us to match the wine with the meal but we stuck to a glass of champagne.
At the back end of the plane, there was a social area with a bar serving drinks and snacks. We decided to stay in our seats though as we could watch films and stretch out on the bed/ seat.
As it was our honeymoon the stewardess gave us a full-size chocolate cake, a bottle of champagne to take home and took a picture of me and Chris. I honestly felt like royalty.
Is Emirates Business Class worth it?
To answer the question: ” Is Emirates Business Class worth the money?” my answer is YES, YES AND YES. I could almost guarantee that we got our money back in all the champagne we drank. The only reason I regret I flew Emirates Business Class is that now I don’t want to fly any other way and all of the sudden, all our holidays became much more expensive haha
And to think, I was the person trying to convince Chris that upgrading our tickets was a waste of money. I’m scared to think what the first class must be like haha
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Since my husband Chris bought his BMW convertible he always wanted to drive to Monaco to do the Grand Prix driving rout. As Monaco is super expensive to stay in the summer we decided to book ourselves into La Bomboniere & Spa located in the nearby village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. As always I used my favourite site Booking.com to find and book the accommodation.
The B&B was located in a beautiful medieval village surrounded by breath-taking views of Monaco and nearby area. The hotel itself was located at the top of the heel and was pretty difficult to find. In my confirmation email, there wasn’t any useful instruction on how to get there. We stopped to ask a few locals for directions but even they were struggling to help us. Eventually, after an hour of searching, we managed to get there. The B&B was located in one of the small, narrow streets of the village. There is no direct access by car so or you have to leave your car in one of the free public car parks and walk up the hundreds of stairs with your suitcases or you can pre-book yourself private garage space with your room. It costs €10 per day and is a bit closer to the hotel but you will still need to be prepared to drag your suitcase on the cobbles for about 5-10 mins.
We booked La Bomboniere & Spa for 4 nights. It was a 3 star B&B style accommodation. We rent out 2 out of 3 available rooms as we were travelling with my parents in law. Our host Natalie showed us around the property and asked if we would like to book our continental breakfast for the next morning. Natalie was very friendly and helpful. She answered any questions we had. She recommended us lots of places we should visit, local restaurants and how we could explore the local area.
The COCO apartment
The first room was a family suite located on the first floor named after Coco Chanel. It was spread over 2 floors. Downstairs there was a large modern kitchen, seating area with a huge plasma TV and dining room seating 4 people.
Upstairs there was a huge family bathroom with a bath and separate shower, double bedroom, dressing area with a washing machine that you could use free of charge and a wide hallway with a pull out bed.
The apartment was very clean and well looked after. It had lots of information about the local area and activities. There was also a Nespresso machine to use free of charge, but there was only one cup in the entire apartment.
The Brel apartment
The second apartment was located on the second floor and again, it was all it over 2 floors. Downstairs, there was a modern bathroom. It had a large walking in a wet room and mirror with docking station for your phone so you can listen to music.
Outside of the bathroom, there was a double wardrobe and stairs to the bedroom and outside terrace with a hot tub. The room was ok. Pretty basic for the money we have paid.
There was a kettle to make yourself coffee or tea, a small fridge that supposes to be fully stocked with wine and juices, yet it only had water. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a coffee machine like there was in the other apartment.
The other thing that we discovered on the first evening was the fact that there was no key for the back door terrace which means we had to leave it unlocked. I really didn’t like the fact I had to leave my valuables unsecured in our room especially that there was no safe either. Natalie was ensuring me that no one will break in but somehow that didn’t put me at ease.
I guess the only good thing about this room was the terrace with an amazing view and the Jacuzzi bath.
The good and the bad points about La Bomboniere & Spa
The family apartment was nice and spacious
Both rooms were super clean
Having a Nespresso coffee machine in one of the apartments
Beautiful location with many fantastic restaurants nearby
Jacuzzi bath on the terrace
The B&B had lots of character and cute small touches around such as old suitcases full of French novels, or Chanel Perfume bottles in COCO room
The not so good points
The Jacuzzi bath was taken forever to fill, probably about 2 hours and you had to fill it up each day as the water will go dirty very quickly.
I don’t think our host was entirely honest when it came to prices and charges. Outside of the hotel, there was a price list with the room rates and extras. When it came to an end of our stay she charged us €40 for our continental breakfast we had one morning. On the price list, it only said ” breakfast €10″. We assumed it was per room but as we find out later it was per person. In my opinion 4 croissants, 2 baguettes and yours are not worth €40.
The other thing she tried to charge us was using the Jacuzzi bath. Apparently, it cost €35 per fill. Even so, in the room information pack was clearly stated that this was included in the package. After I challenged here on this and refused to pay extra €70 ( we used it twice) she said yes it’s inc in the package but we didn’t have a package. When I asked her about what package she had in mind as she never mentioned this before, she said you had to buy one of her. In the entire brochure, price list or even booking site we used there was no mention of any package so I blandly refused to pay.
This situation really put me off this place as I don’t like sneaky people that just trying to get extra cash from you.
Overall the La Bomboniere & Spa was nice and clean but I don’t think it was worth the money we paid for it. The whole situation with a different price list and charged also put me off from staying there again. Not entirely sure why this hotel was awarded 9.4 out of 10 on booking.com as I don’t think it was special. I stayed in many more cooler places that had a lower score, but that’s my personal opinion.
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