- Low Cost Portion - 2 flights and an overnight at KUL LCCT
- First time in Colombo
- First time on Emirates First Class – Colombo to Dubai
- Layover in Dubai with Le Meridien Hotel Review
- Emirates Dubai First Class Lounge
- Dubai to Male in Emirates First Class
- Visiting paradise again – Eriyadu Resorts, Maldives
- Leaving paradise - Finifenmaa Lounge and Dubai to Male in Emirates First Class
- 2nd Dubai Layover - Review of Novotel Dubai Deira City
- Emirates First Class - Dubai to Colombo
- Negombo, Colombo
- Getting home on Malaysia Airlines (Colombo - Kuala Lumpur - Penang).
Overall, this was another wonderful holiday with several new experiences like Emirates First Class, exploring Dubai and Colombo. Some final thoughts:
The Emirates First Class is awesome although not perfect. In the air, the service was excellent although the food offerings could be better. On the ground, the sit down restaurant and the spa service in the first class lounge was good. However, it still lacked the “wow” factor one would get when visiting the Lufthansa First Class terminal. We would rate it on par with the Thai First Class Lounge in Bangkok. In addition, we liked the complimentary limousine transfers for premium class passengers.
The Maldives continue to be paradise to us. Overall, we were not “wowed” with Eriyadu which we attributed to not having an overwater bungalow, which we had at Dhiggiri. However, the excellent snorkeling at the easily accessible house reef made up for most of the slight disappointment. During the week in Eriyadu, we sort of promised to not return to Maldives after another few years but after just return to Penang, we definitely already miss the Maldives and might break the promise hopefully soon. We can’t explain why Maldives is so addictive to us but we definitely want to be back there sometime soon and this time in an overwater bungalow.
We also don’t think we would be returning to Sri Lanka. It was good to visit Colombo and Negombo for the first time for a day but there’s really nothing much else to see or do. For those who have long layovers in Colombo, we would recommend just taking a taxi straight to one of the Jetwing hotels in Negombo for drinks or food to kill time. The beaches, churches and other tourists attractions aren’t simply that interesting..
For those who are interested, the approximate breakdown of cost for this trip:
Emirates Flights: ~$500 USD per person
Air Asia Flights: ~$200 USD per person
Malaysia Airlines Flight: ~$ 200 USD per person
Eriyadu: ~$250 USD per night for 2 persons with full board meals.
Man, we miss the Dom and the fishes we left in Eriyadu…