Malaysia Airlines – London to Sydney

Malaysia Airline Prices

Booking flights early can make a massive difference to prices.  At the time of booking, Malaysia Airlines offered extremely competitive business class flights from London to Sydney via Kuala Lumpur.  Flights in mid September, booking five months in advance, cost around £1700.   Two months later, prices had almost doubled.

Check-In with Malaysia Airlines

Check-in was straightforward with professional, friendly and efficient staff members.

The Business Lounge

Access to the business lounge is included in the price of the ticket.  This is a relaxing way to start the long journey, with comfortable seating, magazines and complimentary food and drink.

Inflight Entertainment

Inflight entertainment offered an excellent choice of TV, movie and music channels.

Service, food and drink onboard the Malaysia Airline flight

Onboard, staff are friendly and welcoming.  Complimentary champagne is offered once seated.  Food quality throughout the entire flight is outstanding and well presented.

Malaysia Airlines - menu on outbound flight to Sydney, Australia from London via Kuala Lumpur
Menu on Malaysia Airline flight

Seating and added extras

The business class seating area of Malaysia Airline planes is extremely comfortable.  Buttons for back massage and lumbar support offer additional comfort and the fully adjustable seats recline to horizontal position if required.  The noise reduction headphones provided are very effective, entirely blocking out the sounds of a man snoring very loudly!  Complimentary vanity bags include…

  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Refreshing spray
  • mouthwash
  • Hairbrush
  • Eyemask
  • Socks

Wifi

Wifi can be purchased onboard.

Flight Durations of both Malaysia Airlines flights

The first flight is close to 13 hours.  On landing at Kuala Lumpur there is a 2 hour connection between flights.  This is ideal for having a proper stretch and wander around some shops.  The second flight is around 7 and a half hours.

Malaysia Airlines flight was extremely comfortable, with friendly staff and great food.  It is a great way to fly as a solo traveller and much more affordable if booked early.

Suggested Further Reading

SYDNEY – links to suggested hotels for solo travel, solo activities and restaurants I recommend for solo dining

Have a look at Malaysia Airlines website for more information and current prices

Solo Female Travel – Is it Lonely?

Solo Female Travel

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Dining solo in Antigua

 

Latest statistics indicate that solo female travel is on the rise and not just amongst those who are single.  People in relationships are also enjoying spending time alone.  Solo female travel is not lonely and boring, it is actually liberating and very enjoyable.  However there are are a few ways of dealing with lonely moments that may arise…

Continue reading “Solo Female Travel – Is it Lonely?”

Solo Travel Reviews … and the winners are…

Antigua Hotels – Solo Travel Reviews

I have 2 favourite Antigua hotels following this trip and I can’t wait to return to both of them.  Read my solo travel reviews to see why I preferred them …

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort

The all inclusive option, was appealing because it was less expensive to stay here.  Free wifi was fully available in the courtyard area.  The food was good quality and varied. The evening entertainment was enjoyable, something different every evening.  The area it was in, together with the large bar, made it very comfortable being there alone.  My room was large and comfortable and had a safe which was free of charge.  The staff are amongst the most friendly I have met, particularly the lady who sang to us at breakfast and Alwyn the barman who always had a smile or a joke.

The stunning beach and being able to watch the sunset from my room, completed my stay… a gem of a hotel!

For further information or to book a stay, please click on Starfish Resorts website.

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Jolly Beach

Admiral’s Inn

Secondly, I loved my ‘room only’ option.  This was the first time I had stayed somewhere in the Caribbean that was not all inclusive.  This resort offered flexibility with dining, on or off the resort.  Local shops are within walking distance and close proximity to Shirley Heights for the weekly party.  It is a boutique hotel which oozes history and charm.  The views are stunning and has the benefit of the use of a spectacular infinity pool.  My room was very comfortable and cool, with a safe which was free of charge.  Free wifi was fully available in the bar, restaurant and pool area, as well as in my room.

Although it is more expensive to stay here, I cannot wait to return.  Admiral’s Inn is a very enjoyable, friendly place to stay as a solo traveller – amazing!!  I stayed here during the off-peak season and apparently it is much, much busier during ‘yachting season’.  I would love to come back during this time to compare and write more reviews of places to visit in the local vicinity!

For further information about stayingAdmiral’s Inn, click here to go to Admiral’s Inn’s website

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Admiral’s Inn, English Harbour

Halcyon Cove by Rex – Last few days

Halcyon Cove by Rex

In the last few days here at the hotel Halcyon Cove by Rex, I stayed around the resort.

The seating areas with umbrellas on the beach were taken fast and I wanted some shade therefore, the pool area was my preference.  Plenty of sunbeds can be found here but mosquitos were a real problem around 4pm, I was bitten a lot even with repellant!!  The pool isn’t huge but it’s pleasant.  In July it wasn’t too busy as it is off-peak season.  I imagine it can become quite crowded during peak season though.

Warri Pier

Watching the sunset was stunning from the beach area and if you are dining at the Warri Pier restaurant it is the perfect view from the table.

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Sunset from Dickenson Bay, Rex Halcyon Cove

I was able to eat at Warri Pier on a couple of occasions as part of my all inclusive plan. It is not open every night and there are additional costs on some food items such as steak or lobster.  There are a few other choices on the menu though.

I opted for the seafood soup followed by pan fried seabass with mash and vegetables.  The food here was good quality in my option.  The staff were friendly, and attentive. Waiter service was welcomed since the other dining options are all self-service.

Guests can also watch the sunset here.  After dark, it was lovely to see the water lit up from the lights around the restaurant and view the fish. I really enjoyed dining here as a solo traveller.

Warri Pier, Halcyon Cove by Rex, Dickenson Bay, Antigua, Caribbean
Warri Pier
Sunset from Warri Pier, Halcyon Cove by Rex, Dickenson Bay, Antigua, Caribbean
Sunset from Warri Pier

The Arawak Terrace is the only option for breakfast.  I also dined there on a couple of the evenings.  I didn’t like it.

The restaurant is on the first floor of a building. There wasn’t wheelchair access or a lift and it felt incredibly hot and felt airless.  On the occasions I went there, I couldn’t eat my food fast enough so I could leave.   I found the cooked food to be very greasy and off putting at breakfast and there was limited fruit on offer.  Fish was being served one morning but after half an hour of waiting, it still wasn’t ready, so I gave up and left!

Evening entertainment created a nice atmosphere while eating outside or having a drink at the bar.  I found it an easy place to come as a solo traveller.  I was totally comfortable eating outside or being at the bar on my own in this resort as it is a mix of families, couples and other solo travellers.

Band at Halcyon Cove by Rex, Dickenson Bay, Antigua, Caribbean
Band at Rex Halcyon Cove

If you would like to check availability or book a stay here, contact Halcyon Cove by Rex direct via their website.

Starfish Halcyon Cove – Solo Travel

All Inclusive Resort

I had a feeling solo travel to Starfish Halcyon Cove would be a pleasurable experience.  I had stayed at this hotel 11 years ago with family and it was such a fun place to be.  It hasn’t changed much really although the hotel is now in great need of a refurbishment.  It was tired before!  I wasn’t sure what to expect after reading reviews on Trip Advisor, but I did have a really good time here nonetheless.

My single pool view room was on the ground floor and although it was tired and dated, everything worked! There was a room safe, free wifi and a comfortable bed.  I was able to open the double doors onto a patio area with chairs and a table.

The location of Starfish Halcyon Cove is superb.  It is set on a long stretch of white sandy beach with clear turquoise water.  Snorkelling is recommended at the end of the beach and equipment is available for hire free of charge.

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The Beach at Rex Halcyon Cove

On the whole, the staff were friendly and some were exceptional, Fenton, Margarite and Roxanne in particular.  Fenton is the life and soul of the resort, everyone loves him.  I don’t think the hotel would be the same without him!

Fenton was the DJ on my first night.  He played a great choice of music to suit all ages but sadly nobody danced.  I really wanted to but didn’t want to dance if nobody else was.  Then, unfortunately someone requested country and western songs and it sort of killed it for me!  BBQ food was served outside this evening and I really enjoyed it.  The barman made a very good rum punch!  It was a nice relaxed seating area outside too, so I didn’t feel awkward being on my own.

Suggested Further Reading:

Full solo travel review of Starfish Halcyon Cove

Have a look at Starfish Halcyon Cove‘s website for further information and prices

Admiral’s Inn Solo Travel Review

Admiral’s Inn Solo Travel Review

I have visited Antigua many times before but have never stayed in a ‘room only’ resort before.  Usually I stay at an all inclusive hotel.   I was not disappointed with Admiral’s Inn and I have to say I can’t wait to revisit!  Read on for my Admiral’s Inn solo travel review!

Boutique Hotel Antigua

Admiral’s Inn is a boutique hotel and I stayed in one of the double rooms with hillside view.  Rooms on this floor were where the engineer’s offices used to be.

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Double with hillside view, Admiral’s Inn

Engineers needed to be here to repair the ships when they came into the dockyard.

The room had a very comfortable bed, effective air conditioning and a small bathroom.  The staff here are very relaxed and friendly.  Cecil who works here is on call to take you, by boat over to the other side of the hotel.  Here you can dine at an alternative restaurant, Boom,  or swim in the stunning infinity pool.  Cecil is such a lovely man, providing information about the island and local food.  He has recommended fungi… something for me to try to cook back home!

Galleon Beach

One day I was taken to a little private beach called Galleon Beach so I could snorkel.  I was lucky enough to see a turtle, one of the highlights of my stay here.

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Boat to the other side…
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Galleon Beach for snorkelling

Admiral’s Inn has an onsite supermarket, bakery and gift shops as well as many restaurants and shops within walking distance. I loved the beef patties at the bakery, this became my regular breakfast and only cost US$2, though a full breakfast is offered at Pillars, a restaurant in the resort, if you prefer.  The room only option gave me flexibility that I enjoyed both with dining options and how I chose to spend my day.  I loved my ‘room only’ destination.

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The Bakery

Every Sunday there is a barbecue, steel band and reggae band for both tourists and locals at a place called Shirley Heights.  You can take in the breathtaking views while watching the sunset.  I found this a very easy place to blend in as a solo traveller and was only a very short ride by taxi.

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Sunset at Shirley Heights

English Harbour is much busier November-May, therefore many of the restaurants were closed in July while I was here.  Some are walking distance or a short cab drive away.  Others are located in another part of the harbour however, the restaurant may send a boat to pick you up from the hotel.  Incanto, the new Italian restaurant I tried, offered this service.

Pineapple Beach Club as a solo traveller

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Beach at Pineapple Beach Club Resort

I visited Pineapple Beach Club as a solo traveller this time.  Being an over 18s hotel, there tended to be couples only during my stay.  The beach is located on the Atlantic side and seaweed coming inland was an issue unfortunately.  On the non windy days it was lovely to snorkel.  The coral is very close to the shore here so there are lots of fish to see!  Snorkel hire was free from the watersports guys, Kevin and Keith who were so friendly and helpful.  Kevin offered to come out snorkelling with me if he wasn’t too busy the next day so I didn’t have to be alone in the ocean. Continue reading “Pineapple Beach Club as a solo traveller”

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort as a Solo Traveller

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Gecko

The joys of waking up early because of jet lag!  But at the Starfish Jolly Beach Resort as a solo traveller, I had the pleasure of wandering along the stunning Jolly Beach at 6am, when it was cool and peaceful.

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Jolly Beach

Breakfast at Starfish Jolly Beach

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort has an idyllic beachfront position and an early morning walk became my ritual before the very enjoyable and varied breakfast.  Choices included fried food, an egg station, local dishes, cereals, fruit, toast and more… the birds can be a bit of a problem, if you turn your back for a moment your breakfast could be gone, but actually amusing to watch!! An amazing lady comes to the tables at breakfast to sing a good morning song, wishing everyone a blessed morning.  Such a nice touch and it was heartfelt, she clearly has passion for her job.

What’s Nearby?

I decided to go off resort for a while to see what was within walking distance.  After about a ten minute walk, I came across the local shops which included an art shop, pharmacy, supermarket and hardware store.  Lots of Waitrose products were available for anyone who wants to buy products they are familiar with!!  Jolly Harbour is here too, the manmade marina.  Back at the resort, it was nice to relax by the pool, there are two to choose from, a quiet one and one which has entertainment, music and a snack bar nearby.

Evening Entertainment

Evening entertainment was karaoke tonight.  There’s a notice board so you can check out what’s going on for the rest of the week to help planning and it offers a lot of variety, including a cultural night with bonfire on the beach, African dance show and limbo.  I want to come back here for sure.  It is such a great place to come solo or if you are with friends or family. A relaxed and happy hotel!

Suggested Further Reading

Read the full review of this fantastic resort on the following link…

Starfish Jolly Beach