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Airlines and hotels like to wow their most valuable customers with the amenities they offer (well, some airlines and hotels more than others, at least). Amenity kits including premium cosmetic products, fruit platters, cheese, wine and fine chocolates are usually gifted as a welcome present all over the travel/hospitality industry when you travel on a premium cabin or stay at a suite.

But some brands go a step further turning their welcome amenities into collectibles, making (some of) us, frequent travelers of adult age, go around the world chasing the latest stuffed animal or rubber duck for our personal collection. Let’s take a look at the fantastic creatures some brands offer!

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This week the Whine Wednesday visits the Hilton’s flagship property in Bangkok before the Waldorf Astoria opens early next year (read more here).

Conrad Bangkok No Power

I hadn’t stayed at the Conrad for couple of years and made a reservation for last Saturday when I was in the city. I certainly would have booked something else for the night had I known that the building was basically without electricity for three hours starting at midnight. [click to continue…]