Emirates is an airline known for posh service, state-of-the-art infrastructure and attention to detail. Those same qualities are showcased splendidly in the Dubai carrier’s owned-and-operated Australian luxury retreat, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.

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Our reviewer found some things to like about United Airlines’ BusinessFirst service on a round trip between San Francisco and Sydney. But while the in-flight service was fair and the flat-bed seat good, the reviewer found the service in the United Club lounge at SFO’s International Terminal to be poor.

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Here’s a terrific, free idea for a Valentine’s Day gift, even if belated: Scandinavian Airlines has published the eighth edition of the SAS Crew Guide, its annual travel guidebook. The guide is mainly available as a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

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To maximize passenger comfort, choice and productivity, Swiss International Air Lines has created a Business Class cabin configuration in which alternate seat rows have a 1-2-1 configuration and a 2-2-1 configuration. This means, importantly, that there are only five seats in the cabin which don’t have direct access to an aisle.

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Until recently, West Zurich only had one hotel of note, the Novotel. But the development of the district into a commercial hub has prompted construction of several other large hotels. These include the business-oriented Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel, which opened in August 2011.

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In major markets of the developed world, dark and depressing airport hotels are becoming a thing of the past. Global hotel chains are providing major upgrades in consumer choice. A good case in point is the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, located in Richmond, British Columbia.

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Until recently the Hopi reservation in northeastern Arizona didn’t have the type of modern hotel that many travelers are accustomed to. That changed when Hopi elders in the Upper Village of Moenkopi gave the go-ahead for construction of the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, a good-looking, up-to-date facility that opened in February 2010.

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The superb Conrad Tokyo occupies a glassy modern highrise just across a busy city street from the lovely Hamarikyu Garden, which has traditional wooden buildings, artfully landscaped grounds, pretty walking paths and hushed tea ceremonies.

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The central-city district near Sanlitun Road is arguably the hippest district in Beijing, and The Opposite House is unarguably the hippest hotel on that busy, buzzy shopping, drinking and clubbing street.

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A city hotel with a resort feel, the 255-room, five-star property perches on the lip of Marlin Marina, with lovely Trinity Bay beyond. Two minutes’ walk from the front lobby is the Reef Fleet Terminal, bristling with fast boats to the Great Barrier Reef, an hour away in the Coral Sea.

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Only three years after it introduced a new business class product, Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways is rolling out another new business class service, presently being installed in the airline’s Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s.

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While it’s not a posh 5-star hotel, Santa Fe’s Inn on the Alameda boasts grace notes that equal or surpass the offerings of most 4-star properties.

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Recently www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com had the opportunity to sample Scandinavian Airlines’ ‘Economy Extra’ premium-economy service product on a transatlantic flight from Newark to Oslo and the carrier’s Business Class service from Stockholm to Newark.

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Some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet is easily accessible to travelers from the U.S. and Europe, in a way which is also affordable and which can be combined with stays in attractive, highly interesting cities.

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Proud of its legacy as the first Hilton in Sweden, the Hilton Stockholm Slussen displays a five-star sign outside its main entrance to indicate its service ranking. We found the Hilton Stockholm Slussen to be one of the best hotels at which we had ever stayed.

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Air-touring company Mauiva has launched two U.S. ‘AirCruise’ tours which it believes will revolutionize the concept of guide-escorted sightseeing packages both in the United States and internationally.

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Norway’s Flåm Railway, which runs from Myrdal station on the main Oslo-Bergen railway line down to the village of Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjorden, is both an engineering marvel and one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world.

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Situated on Toronto’s harbor-front looking out to the south on to Lake Ontario and Toronto Island, the Radisson Admiral Hotel – Toronto Harbourfront isn’t an airport hotel, but it is within easy walking distance of Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport.

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Scandinavian Airlines has published the seventh addition of its annual ‘SAS Crew Guide’, a handily pocket-sized guidebook consisting of flight- and cabin-crew recommendations for accommodation, shopping, dining, sightseeing and nightlife in many of the cities served by SAS and its partner airlines in Star Alliance.

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