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Private beta of Kango.com

Grand Wailea Resort HotelEarlier this month I was invited to the private beta of Kango.com and have only just now got around to taking a look.   I must say that, from first impressions, I’m quietly impressed.   After getting around the initial geographical restrictions (a strong bias towards North and Central America), I entered a search for hotels for a family holiday in Hawaii for the price bracket of $350+ per night.   It returned 33 options, the first of which – with a 98% relevancy – was the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa.   But, and here comes the nice bit, as well as giving the usual brief description, photograph, etc. I was immediately presented with ratings from TripAdvisor and Yahoo! Travel (other results also include similar information from Orbitz, VirtualTourist, MyTravelGuide and Expedia), and  links to 427 reviews with the former, and 99 reviews with the latter.   Now, whilst I recognise that reviews have to be taken with a pinch of salt, this is a tremendous mine of information collated all under one roof, allowing the user to very quickly get a detailed insight into the individual search results that are returned.   The other thing that I like is that the reviews that are highlighted appear to be the ones that are made by families (I assume this isn’t a co-incidence) so they’re targeted specifically towards my initial search requirements.   Good stuff.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. thank you for taking the time to visit and comment, Paul. We are adding new content every day, so please check back. And we appreciate the feedback….

    And glad you found the Grand Wailea – frankly with all the rain we are having in California, I would not mind a trip to sunny Hawaii right about now!

  2. Thanks for the review, Paul. You are right, if you are interested in a family hotel, we want you to see the reviews around that theme and not see results that don’t apply, for example romantic getaways. Romantic getaways have very different criteria than family vacations, don’t you think?

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