My name is Annette and as your Travel Counsellor, I am here to help you find your dream holiday.
I am based in Oxford, a beautiful city, and I have worked in travel now for 25 years. Before becoming a Travel Counsellor in August 2000, I worked for a local independent agency and prior to that a well-known high street agency. In this time I have experienced a number of wonderful places including the Caribbean, South Africa, Dubai, Mauritius, Bermuda, Australia, Israel, the Far East, America, Canada and Europe to name but a few! Some of them have been educational trips through work.
Whether you are thinking of a weekend break in Paris, a Honeymoon in the Seychelles, an Alaskan Cruise or a family holiday to Disneyland Florida, I have lots of information and helpful tips to make sure your next holiday is exactly what you are after. Importantly I can ensure I give you value for money. I benefit from being part of a large company so their buying power helps me to secure some fantastic deals. I am also independent so not tied to selling any one operator or supplier, so you’ll get more choice and end up with a holiday that is selected because it is right for you.
My favourite destination is the Caribbean - closely followed by Mauritius and the Maldives. I am a Caribbean specialist and any chance I have, I try to expand my knowledge even further!! There is such diversity as all the islands are different, so you’ll find something for every taste.
I have to admit that personally I go on a lot of sun and sand holidays. However, I also enjoy active holidays such as a South African safari. To stay at Shamwari which is Malaria free and then travel the Garden Route ending up in Cape Town is absolutely amazing!!
I pride myself on my excellent customer service and commitment to finding the right holiday for you. I will always go the extra mile for you! The unique concept of having your own Travel Counsellor means you are able to arrange your next dream holiday in the comfort of your own home or office. You’ll always talk to the same person, and I’m available at a time to suit you, even if that’s a late evening or weekend.
So whether it’s that dream holiday you have been promising yourself, a weekend break, honeymoon or a business trip - give me a call or send me an email.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sent in by Janet Lewendon
Oxford, 19 June 2013
Very friendly, personal attention and very efficient.
Sent in by Michele Barrett
Oxford, 19 June 2013
Good customer care is very important to us and Annette is an absolute diamond! She is prompt, friendly, very informative and this is extremely reassuring to us. I would highly recommend Annette to others.
Sent in by Lisa Ridgway
Kidlington, 19 June 2013
Annette was fantastic, she put up with us changing our mind all the time! Very easy to talk to and she understood what we wanted/needed. She has already been recommended.
Sent in by Hayley O'Connell
Oxford, 19 June 2013
I would rate the service 100% and would recommend Annette Allmond to friends and family every time.
Sent in by Colin Rogers
Dorset, 19 June 2013
We know that we can put our holiday in Annette's hands and relax, knowing that everything is taken care of.
Sent in by Peggy Harwood
Kidlington, 13 June 2013
Our Agent is absolutely superb. She always goes the extra mile and is extremely professional. I have recommended her to others.
Sent in by Bob Paterson
Oxford, 12 April 2013
Our request: travel to Fiji, on to NZ for the Rugby World Cup 2011, Australia, Singapore (18 flights, hotels, transfers and car hire) over 5 months at requested times and dates. Annette delivered with aplomb and a smile! Great attention to detail and whilst away provided us security and safe knowledge that we could contact her with any problems, which we had re. suitcases in Australia. Whilst in NZ we met a man (who we’d never met before) who asked who put our travel package together. From our response he replied...'I know Annette'! In a word Annette is 'brilliant'.
Sent in by sarah hawthorne
abingdon -oxfordshire, 11 April 2013
Annette is always at the end of the phone and quick to assess our holiday needs and finds the perfect holiday for my family and I. We have had some great experiences around the world thanks to Annette's great help and advice. I would, and do recommend Annette to friends and colleagues for a trouble free and successful holiday.
Sent in by Nick West
Reading, 11 April 2013
My wife and I have used Annette for years to help us with those special holidays. Although many and varied, our most memorable was the "two centre" holiday in Hawaii. Everything about the holiday went smoothly, the two resorts were exactly what we had asked for and both top value. We love the personal touch and the fact that Annette knows a lot about the resorts and hotels making it easy for her to match our needs and our budget. Highly recommended if you want that personal touch.
Sent in by Steven and Jackie Garlick
Kidlington, Oxford, 11 April 2013
We have used Annette many times in the past and have always received a very polite and helpful service. Being able to give Annette an idea of our budget and area we would like to visit was always useful and she would get back to us usually the next day with several options. She arranged transfers too and delivered the paperwork to our home.
Sent in by Michael Weston
Banbury, 11 April 2013
Working with Annette is so easy and it certainly takes the hassle out of organising a holiday. Excellent service!
With independent access to thousands of travel suppliers around the world, I've got an eye for added value. Take a look through my latest selections below. But even if nothing particularly catches your eye - don't worry! Let's chat and I'll take the hassle away from tailoring a perfectly personalised holiday just for you.
Contact me on 01865 988160
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
16 October 2013
We arrived at the fantastic Dinarobin hotel, on the south west of the island, after a 1hr 20 minute transfer from the airport. Waiting was a very warm welcome, the service is impeccable and a huge pool faces you saying ‘come and try me!’ All rooms are ocean facing, beautifully furnished, large and with an even bigger bathroom, big enough to party in - but, we didn't! Dinarobin is mainly sold on a half board basis, but, you can upgrade to the 'club' facility and take advantage of snacks and drinks until 8pm each evening which we found most useful...
16 October 2013
We flew from Heathrow to Johannesburg and then on an internal flight to Port Elizabeth (known locally as PE!). On arrival into Port Elizabeth we were driven to our game reserve at Shamwari, which is a small, luxurious malaria free game reserve. The rangers will take you out whenever you ask, but, the best time is very early morning before it gets hot. We saw all the big five and more, he showed us their tracks and knew exactly how to trace and find them! Late night game drives were equally as good with the most fantastic sunsets, sat...
04 October 2013
Blue Waters is the most amazing hotel. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel very special, greeted by the manager with ice cold towels and rum or fruit punch handed to you whilst you check in. The lobby is light and airy and very spacious. The rooms are large and most have fantastic views of the ocean. There are two pools, a family pool and an adult only pool. Whilst not large, the adult pool is ideally situated and has the obligatory bar for those cool drinks and snacks! The sea is down a few steepish steps and the...
30 July 2009
We set off for Gatwick with baggage including four baby/child car seats and all the family, 10 in total, in the middle of the night for the 6am flight to Malaga. Never having flown Aer Lingus before l have to say that everything went seamlessly from the chauffeur parking (which I find invaluable) to check-in and boarding the flight. We had paid for seat reservations as we knew there could be a problem with four little ones if we should be split up. The service, seats and leg room could not be faltered. On arrival into Malaga we hired a car...
26 February 2009
In need of a little winter sunshine we headed off for the Caribbean island of Grenada. It is one of the most southerly of the islands and there are a number of airlines including BA/Virgin & Monarch who fly there. We chose Virgin and although the flight touches down in Tobago this wasn’t a problem. On arrival we were met by a stretch limo to whisk us to our hotel, La Source. Although the airport is only a 5–10 minute drive away you are not aware of the aircraft overhead the hotel, and in fact if you do see...
05 September 2008
This was some educational and we were all to meet at Terminal 2 at Heathrow for our overnight Air Seychelles flight to Mahe. After finding Caroline, our group leader, and other Travel Agents lucky enough to be on this trip we headed for the bar for a little light refreshment (as you do!). The flight was on time and we boarded, I was pleasantly surprised at the leg room and the configuration was 2/4/2 which means if you are on an inside seat at least its only one person to try and clamber over! The flight was good and the...