Updated on May 24, 2017
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Turkish Airlines Maldives – Istanbul – Business Class
I realized I never published this review so I'm publishing it now… albeit much later than the rest of the posts from this trip. Flashback to fond memories of my kick ass honeymoon.
I booked two tickets in business class from New York to Maldives as part of our 3-week honeymoon to Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and finally Maldives. This review is for the Turkish Air flight from Maldives to Istanbul leg.
The cost: the entire round trip in business/first cost only 120,000 United Miles plus a few hundred in taxes per person. These rates are no longer available.
We were sad to be leaving The Maldives but happy to leave the Maldives Airport Lounge (“Leeli Lounge“). I was looking forward to a nice meal and to get some sleep in the full lay flat seats. I do recall flying on Turkish Air business class from the US to Europe and recall an amazing overall experience. This one was very good as well as the Turkish Airlines staff does a very good job.
The seats were wide enough — about your average business class size when you don't have lay flat seats. It was plenty of space for us so can't complain.
Plenty of leg room to stretch out.
The cubby underneath had a slippers and blanket.
The dinner service was pretty good. Not amazing, but certainly adequate. Had I known what was in store for me at the Istanbul lounge, I would have probably eaten just enough to hold me over. Not to worry though, I certainly had my fill there too!
This is the grilled Seer fish with potato croquette minus the prawns. If you're a butter lover, you might be in paradise with this overwhelming amount of lemon butter. More is better right?
For breakfast, I opted for the scrambled eggs with potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. I was happy with this meal and I do love breakfasts (even as a dinner sometimes).
Turkish Airlines provided us this red amenity kit with cheapish vinyl type of fabric. This one's not a keeper. No matter, the rest of this trip had some much better ones.
Inside was just the basics: tooth paste, toothbrush, ear plugs, hair brush, socks, eye mask, shoe horn (does anyone use those anymore?) and a some Jojoba Oil lip balm and cream. The most interesting part was the “DO NOT DISTURB” stickers. Usually, I would just ask the flight attendant but I guess this makes it easier for everyone.