TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH SILKAIR
Travel in Style…
I guess I can confidently say that I have travelled in style with SilkAir. In my recent and first visit to Kerala, I got the opportunity the experience the hospitality offered by Silkair to all its guests.
That was February 14 when I flew to Kerala, India via SilkAir. I was lucky to be the only Filipino to join a 2-week “Trip of a Lifetime” tour at Kerala Blog Express with 25 other bloggers from 25 countries all over the globe hosted by the Tourism Board of Kerala. My journey started at Mactan International Airport in Cebu.
Travelling on a Business Class is a perk which I seldom experience unless I am on a business trip sponsored by my clients once in a while in my consultancy business.Normally, I simply travel in Economy Class especially when I am backpacking. But with this trip, I travelled in style.
at the Business Class Lounge of SilkAir in Mactan International Airport, Cebu, Philippines
While waiting for my boarding I stayed in a while at the Business Class Lounge of SilkAir in Mactan International Airport. That was just perfect because I was already starving and was very sleepy from some paper works which I need to complete prior to my vacation. The lounge was relatively huge and manned by extra friendly service personnel.
After completing a quite heavy snack, I boarded the plane…. Oh, I forgot to mention, that was my first flight with SilkAir…
Upon seated, I browsed my Facebook and was reminded again of the Valentines day upon seeing some posts of my FB friends. I don’t want to get envious and resolved that I will have a date with myself. So immediately, I asked for some red wine and mixed nuts to start my date.The flight attendant was extra friendly too, so I felt no stranger while on that flight. Besides, I was on a business class accommodation, so I won’t miss any luxury treatment from any fine dining resto or a 5-star hotel.
I was on “A date with Myself” so dining is a must… Here’s what I got for my late lunch at SilkAir while flying towards Singapore.
SilkAir’s business-class cabins offer a seat pitch of between 39 to 40 inches and legroom of 19.3 inches, very comfortable indeed. While their economy class cabins have a seat pitch of 31 inches and legroom of 12 inches.
I was never bored flying alone at SilkAir because aside from the usual newspapers, they offer a selection of magazine titles on board and screens a series of short features on their 11-inch in-flight screens. They also have the Silkwinds inflight magazine which is complimentary for all passengers. The in-seat audio was also available.
enjoying a movie while dining on board SilkAir
Moreover, SilkAir provides wireless streaming to enjoy blockbuster hits, short features, as well as chart-topping music which guests can enjoy to their personal laptops and handheld devices via Wi-Fi. This system complemented the existing overhead systems. I was also offered a tablet to view some movies while onboard.
After more than 3 hours, I disembarked at Changi International Airport in Singapore for a very short layover and get to another plane for Trivandrum, Kerala. At the airport, I meet a Farah Nadiah a lawyer and a travel blogger from Malaysia who will also be joining the Kerala Blog Express 3.
We boarded on the same flight still with SilkAir to Trivandrum, Kerala. Unfortunately, we were seated apart so we didn’t have a chance to chat more while in transit. But since I was celebrating Valentine’s day with myself, I just indulged in a couple of wine glasses until I get asleep.
Farah Nadiah and yours truly upon arrival at Trivandrum International Airport
Arrive in Style…
Celebrating Valentines day aboard SilkAir gets even more excited upon our arrival at Trivandrum International Airport. Upon clearing with the immigration we were surprised by a team of Cameramen waiting for us outside the airport. That was just like a celebrity welcome when we were greeted by a couple of shots from the crew with a matching welcome bouquet. Whew! That was the first time I received flowers, Lol !!! After a short video interview with the crew, we were transported towards our respective hotels.
I stayed and visited almost all Districts in Kerala. I am so excited to share the fun I had experienced in my “Trip of a Lifetime” in my future posts, so please bookmark this page.
at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cochin
Going home; Flight Cancelled…
2 weeks in Kerala I guess was not enough to experience what the place has to offer. I was scheduled to go back on the eve of February 29. Upon arrival at the airport, we were informed that the flight was cancelled due to some technical issues and we need to stay another night more at Cochin, Kerala.
I couldn’t be upset with the news simply because SilkAir personnel made it a point to make up with us. I and my 3 other co-bloggers were housed at the Courtyard by Mariott in Cochin.
pampered by SilkAir with their delectable offerings on board
We were picked up by at the airport by the vehicle of Courtyard by Mariott. The 4-star hotel is just overlooking Cochin International Airport and has a sleek glass exterior. The Courtyard has floor-to-ceiling windows, subdued tones and marble bathrooms. The sophisticated room given to me come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffee makers. Other amenities of the hotel include indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a fitness center. Unfortunately, wifi in this hotel comes for a fee, but thanks to Airtel for providing all the bloggers 4G services all throughout our trip in Kerala. Check Airtel at http://www.airtel.in
spent a night at Village Hotel Changi by Far East Hospitality
Finally, I am going home with SilkAir…
After our overnight stay at the courtyard courtesy of SilkAir, we were brought back to Cochin International Airport for our flights. At the airport, we were met by no less than SilkAir’s General Manager for India, Mr. Jagdish Ram Bhojwani to make sure that all our needs are being taken cared of. Because of the cancellation of our flight the previous day, I need to stay overnight in Singapore. But, I don’t really mind, in fact, I got excited because I will have the chance to meet some friends based in Singapore.Farah and I were thinking to see Singapore at night, but we failed to realize that there’s a 2.5 hr difference between Kerala and Singapore.
travelling in style…made possible by SilkAir’s Flight attendants
SilkAir booked us at the Village Hotel Changi by Far East Hospitality. This 4-star hotel is 11 km from Changi Airport. The hotel has bright, clean design rooms, flat-screens, work desks and free Wi-Fi, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Both Farah and I were booked into the same hotel, but we don’t have the chance to bid farewell to each other because she had an early flight to Malaysia the following day.
with the charming Flight Attendants of SilkAir …
Flying alone again towards Cebu City via Davao at SilkAir…
Flying with SilkAir was never boring, even though you’re flying alone. The Flight attendants made sure that they memorize your name, made you feel very comfortable. I also managed to get myself photograph with all the flight attendants on my way back home.
Thank you so much SilkAir, you simply made my journey really a “Happy Trip!”.
For Filipino travellers, SilkAir is servicing at Cebu, Davao and Kalibo International airports. Book your flights at Silkair here – http://www.silkair.com