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Eccles , Greater Manchester 31/10/2023
Based in Oldham
My name is Gary and I would like to welcome you to my Personal Website at Travel Counsellors.
If you are looking for a travel expert, here I am happy to help you. Having worked in the travel industry since 1984 and working in both business and retail travel, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are at the heart of everything I do.
Since the pandemic and Covid19 lots of things have changed around the Travel Industry but not the things that really count including my customer care to you and finding you the right holiday.
I have been a BNI Member since I became Self Employed right at the start and now meet every week at Bramhall Golf Club with the BNI Pyramid Chapter if you would like to visit us your most welcome.
Manchester's very own award-winning travel specialist, available to give you the very best in efficient customer service, personal experience and unbiased advice. My holidays include total financial protection, flexi booking cover and a level of attention to detail you never get online.
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I am always on hand and enjoy visiting with my customers at home or via Zoom , enabling me to fit around your busy schedule so I am there at a time that's convenient for you. I can be contacted on a local number, by email or via my website or whatsapp.
Manchester Canal Street's Travel Expert and "Go to" Travel Person, and now Regular Guest Travel Specialist and Adviser on "You Tube's" Television Series "Your Manchester" with Belinda and the Team .
My specialist areas are tailor made travel and cruise holidays and I have been lucky to have cruised the Nile, the Med and have recently returned from cruising the Caribbean on Ventura travelling back home across the Atlantic in style! Everyone should give a cruise holiday a try, it's such a rewarding experience with the added benefit of waking up in a new destination every day. As well as cruises, I have travelled to all corners of the world including Egypt, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Cuba, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Penang, Malaysia Borneo, New York, Singapore, Bali Lombok and Mexico!
I am passionate about customer service and this was my main reason for joining Travel Counsellors, as we both put our customers at the heart of everything we do. I think attention to detail is very important when it comes to travel, including the best financial protection in the industry and a 24 hour worldwide duty office.
I would be delighted to help you with any of your travel plans both leisure and business - be it a one night UK Staycation, Family holiday, Around The World cruise or help to plan a dream wedding abroad or find the perfect honeymoon!
At Travel Counsellors we don't want to be the biggest - we simply want to be the best!
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We have come so far without leaving our homes, and now is the "Time To Travel " once again, I named my latest Travel Video just that.. please enjoy and share
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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.
20 April 2019
Venice is magical and unlike any other place you will visit, built on water, dominated by canals and bridges with stunning architecture. There’s no such thing as just getting a cab, you will either walk or take a vaporetto (small ferry). You can also get a water taxi, but this is an expensive way of getting around and not that convenient depending on where you are located. We stayed on Venice Lido and used a private launch (courtesy of Gary Manners, see below) to get into the city. Line number one begins at Venice Lido and it takes 15 minutes to get to San Marco and 40 minutes to the Rialto Bridge. It takes just over an hour to get to the top of the Grand Canal where the train station is. A good way of getting your bearings is to go the full length of the Grand Canal. Buy vaporetto tickets from shops marked as “Tabacchi” and always validate your ticket in the machine before you travel. You may want to consider buying a pass for a few days depending on what your plans are. These are not overly expensive, at just €43 for four days, with unlimited usage. The main attractions are San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s palace and the Campanile which is the city’s tallest building. The view is superb, taking in the Lido, the whole of the lagoon and on clear day the Dolomites in the distance. These will be on most people’s lists to visit and all sorts of tourist information is readily available. If you book organised tours you will skip the long queues, at the Basilica for example. We chose not to and enjoyed just strolling around the city discovering it’s piazza’s and alley ways full of real bars and restaurants occupied by venetians rather than visiting tourists. Whilst it is expensive to drink in St Mark’s Square, you should do it at least once. Sit outside the cafés/bars and listen to the orchestras playing and just soak up the atmosphere. A new phenomenon that appeared on our most recent trip was people selling bird seeds to feed the many pigeons – we politely declined! Be aware that the larger, famous venues (Florian) will cover charge you €6 per person just to sit down and listen to the live orchestra. Drinks are also very expensive. A unique experience however, and we loved our time there. Generally, Venice is not a city with lots of nightlife such as clubs and late bars. We found that the city closes around midnight. However, over the years and on more recent trips we have noticed that it is becoming more like other destinations with people eating and drinking later in the evening. We saw a hen do when we last went – not something seen regularly in Venice. There is the main core of the city in the centre of the lagoon. The islands - Murano, Burano (personal favourite), Torcello and Cimitero di San Michele are to the north. Venice Lido is on the southern side of the lagoon and Giudecca is just to the south of the main core. We enjoyed an Aperol Spritz (or two – the Venice cocktail) at the Skyline Rooftop Bar at The Hilton (amongst several others) on Giudecca which has a panoramic view of the city of Venice. Check out (Google) where to eat the best Cicchetti in Venice – these are local finger foods served in small local bars (Bacari) in the Lagoon frequented by locals. Usually early evening – apperitivo time. The famous Harry’s Bar is perhaps the most overrated place in Venice, having said that it doesn’t do well in any current reviews. This is because it is quite an ordinary looking bar, with disdainful waiters and the celebrated Bellini is overpriced at €22 for a small glass. It isn’t the best – certainly not that I’ve ever tasted. They also insist on a dress code so no cut off pants or trainers for gents. However, we wanted to experience it and we’re happy that we can say we’ve been to Harry’s Bar in Venice but wouldn’t rush to go back. We haven’t got any favourite restaurants in Venice, our hotels have been in all different parts of the city and therefore we have eaten in different parts of the city. We’ve tended not to take note of the names even although we’ve sometimes ended up in the same place on other visits. We’ve found that wandering and finding the places as you go is the best way to experience the eateries of Venice. If you do want a list of best restaurants, it’s easy enough to Google and your hotel is likely to recommend places. It’s worth mentioning The Hard Rock Café in Venice. Whilst you may think - why go there when in Venice, it’s an alternative to traditional Italian fayre and it’s in a great building in a great location overlooking Bacino Orseolo which is one of the main Gondola gathering points. The restaurant has a unique Venetian stamp with a very impressive Murano glass chandelier. Good if you can get a seat overlooking the canal. You’ll struggle to find poor quality food anywhere in Italy and Venice is no exception. Even food to go is in abundance and of very good quality. In the very central tourist streets around St Mark’s Square there is good quality food to be had whilst more expensive than in areas further away. Also, you may find it is served by disdainful tourist-wary waiters or ones that are keen to get you in but equally keen for you to go once they have got your business. It is a judgement call! There is lots of variety and there are plenty of vegetarian options although not designed to cater specifically for vegetarians, it’s just that plenty of Italian dishes don’t contain meat. It is a treat to have a meal in a restaurant along the banks of the Grand Canal, prices vary and be mindful that some meat or fish dishes are priced per 100g not per course. Whilst there is the usual tourist tat on offer in Venice, there are loads of wonderful shops with amazing window displays selling genuine quality Venetian goods. If you are buying glass, make sure it is genuine Murano glass because there are lots of Chinese imports. The masks are amazing, and some places offer mask making workshops. There is a high-end fashion area selling top designer gear this is quite close to San Marco. There are also the usual high street names like Zara, H&M and even Clarks shoes. Lots to see and do, you won’t do it all in this one trip. Part of the charm of the city is letting it reveal itself as you wander around and frequently end up in dead end streets but always with something to see.
11 June 2018
Booking a holiday and then counting down the days until you can set that ‘out of office’ on your work email account is one of the most exciting times of the year, isn’t it? We look forward to making those memories for so long. But how protected are you? And how much do you really know about it? Having the peace of mind that no matter what, your holiday is safe is priceless and it’s not something you can find everywhere. But the minefield of financial protection is not easily negotiated so we’re trying to make it clearer to help preserve your precious holiday funds. Why do I need to worry about financially protecting my holiday? In short, if you don’t and something happens to one of the companies involved in your trip, you could lose out. If you’ve booked a package holiday, your holiday is financially protected. If you’ve booked your flight and accommodation separately and one of the companies fails, you could end up in a situation where you’re having to pay for an alternative flight or accommodation. Even if you book accommodation with a travel agent, if they fail, you could end up losing your money and be left without your hotel room. Your holiday insurance isn’t fail-safe either, as it isn’t guaranteed to cover a travel company going bust. Read on to understand more about the financial protection available for your holiday… What are the different types of financial protection? ATOL ABTA Section 75 Insurance Independent protection What is ATOL? The Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) regime is a financial protection scheme for holidaymakers regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In the UK, all travel companies selling package holidays with flights must hold an ATOL. If the company isn’t registered in the UK, they aren’t legally required to hold an ATOL and you might find you aren’t as covered as you thought. And unfortunately, by that stage, it’s probably too late. If a travel company with an ATOL stops trading, the ATOL scheme protects all customers who had booked with that company. If the company goes into administration before you travel, your money is protected, and you’ll be able to apply for a full refund. If you’re on holiday when the travel company goes bust, the ATOL scheme guarantees you’ll be able to finish your holiday and return home. When you book a protected holiday, you’ll receive an ATOL certificate as soon as you pay for your trip. The certificate explains how you’re protected and what to do in the event of a company collapsing. If the company is a registered member, you’ll spot the ATOL logo and a four or five-digit number on their website and in brochures and adverts. (You can also check that the company is an accredited member of ATOL on the Civil Aviation Authority’s website) My travel agent is an ABTA Agent. What is ABTA? If you’ve booked a package holiday from an ABTA agent, your money is protected. However, you might not be financially protected if you haven’t booked a package holiday. You will need to speak with your travel agent if you are relying on this level of protection. I paid for my holiday using my credit card. If the travel company goes bust can I claim through my credit card provider? (Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974) If you’ve booked your trip and have paid on your credit card, you might be able to make a claim against your credit card company. This claim is under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, so you might hear people talk about “section 75”. Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 applies to goods and services paid for with your credit card and includes online bookings. If you’ve paid for your travels using your credit card, it means that you can claim against the creditor, which in this case is the credit card company. To make a claim against your credit card provider, the amount you’re claiming for must be between £100 and £30,000. However, you may still be able to make a claim if the amount on your credit card is less (a deposit, for example) as the claim against the credit card provider is directed at the total cost of your trip. Doesn’t my travel insurance cover me if the company I’ve booked with goes into administration? Not every travel insurance policy will cover you if a company goes bust, so it’s best to read the small print and check with your travel insurance provider. It’s also worth checking whether the provider will cover you for the whole holiday if you’ve booked your flights, accommodation and car hire separately. As an example, you might find that your travel insurance will cover you if the airline goes into administration but that you can’t claim for a refund on your accommodation or car hire. If you’ve booked through Travel Counsellors, your holiday is 100% financially protected so your money is safe. In the event of an issue, your personal Travel Counsellor will contact you to discuss the options available, such as travelling to a different destination or changing your flights to another airline carrier. In many cases, our customers don’t even need to know when a company has gone bust – we just do the necessary work behind the scenes. Is my money 100% safe when booking with Travel Counsellors? Yes. And it’s the highest level of protection you could wish for because it’s fully independent. Set up in 2004, it sits alongside our ATOL cover and financially protects every part of every trip, whether it be the whole holiday, a flight, hotel stay, car hire or even airport parking. It’s completely robust meaning no matter what happens, your money is safe.
26 February 2018
Following on from my 10-minute presentation at BEXC in February, I thought I would give some inspiration with Easter around the corner and Mother’s Day too. Car Driving Experience Days Why not experience the thrill of driving an Aston Martin, Lamborghini or Knight Riders’ Kit Car. Yes I did say that! I can even arrange that and have been asked a few times for that one. Thrilling, adrenaline fuelled fun for anyone and everyone who loves the experience of fast cars and the freedom of driving around your own racetrack and crossing the finishing line in first place! Alternatives to speed include British Superbike race tickets, 4 x 4 off road experience days, tank driving (with our without paintballing), truck driving, quad biking, Formula 1 passenger race day and, my personal favourite, dumper truck racing. You can also take the kids for a selection of junior equivalents, so all the family can enjoy too! Spa, Pamper and Relaxation Days for two or more Why not try a pamper day or spa treatment at Champneys’s or Bannatyne’s Spas with a selection of top quality spa treatments to choose from? Treatments massage, facials and manicures and all include day use of the spa pool, jacuzzi facilities and can be for two or more people depending on your group size, making this gift experience ideal for hen parties or a friends’ day out together. I can include afternoon tea with Champagne at some of the North West’s most exclusive spa locations, making spa and pamper days an ideal treat for special occasions, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Easter or that special anniversary treat. I now also offer traditional wet shaves at the Gentry Grooming in Manchester too! UK Breaks/Hot Tub Breaks and Theatre Breaks Why not try your very own log cabin in the countryside or near the sea, with its own hot tub. An ideal gift for a romantic weekend away for those long summer nights or indeed anytime of the year! Hot tub breaks come with fully furnished bedrooms and kitchen and lounge area in locations across the UK so there’s lots of choice of destination and style. Why not have a chocolate box style country cottage with its wild cottage garden and thatched roof, adding a touch of romance to any weekend away this summer. Why not stay in a castle in Wales or a windmill in Scarborough, the choices are endless and all of these quirky ideas I can arrange for you and your family. Some even allow you to bring along your dog so they don’t have to miss out on all the fun too! If you fancy a city break why not try London, with access to the West End with a variety of exciting shows from Wicked to Phantom of the Opera. All come with First or Standard Class rail from your local station included in the price, along with a wide selection of London sightseeing tours making a memorable visit to the capital. Golfing Breaks in the UK I can offer golf breaks all over the UK, Scotland and Ireland as well as overseas with flights and transfers too. Before you start planning your next golf trip here’s a tip for you: consider booking a resort that has spa facilities as well as golf facilities so everyone is happy, as not everyone will play golf! Some great local choices include four-star Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire, Hollins Hall Marriott near Leeds and Macdonald Portal Hotel in Chester. Prices start from £110 per person including dinner, bed and breakfast and two rounds of golf. Ideal for all you golfers and spa lovers, all in one exciting weekend package. For more details contact Gary Manners- Personal Travel Specialist and BEXC Member since 2017 0161 826 7430
21 April 2017
One area of my Personal Travel Specialist Business I get asked to book time and time again is for City Breaks so I thought I would write a blog about a personal favourite of mine, Venice. Italy is a fantastic place to visit with so many unique, historical and romantic cities to visit just waiting to be discovered. In Venice you get to experience one of the most romantic cities in the world, a place of "Lovers, Poets and Culture" all rolled into one. Venice and its numerous small Islands (around 100 in total ) is stretched over the Venetian Lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Venice is easily accessible by boat from the Main Airport and the Shuttle service located around the City into Venice Island dropping at all the main tourist locations for easy access to hotels. Venice is famous for its wonderful canal system and a "must do" when you visit Venice is a Gondola ride around the City, with or without the accompanied music or singing. Venice is full of history and there is no shortage of opportunities for days out to churches, museums, art galleries and all the main sights offering lots of unique sightseeing. St Marks Square can take up a whole day of sightseeing , you must visit the Campanile the bell tower at St Marks Basillica, its a real East meets West experience of Ottoman Architecture and History and the Doges Palace Museum too. Just like the architecture and museums walking and "foodie experiences" are all around including Fine Wine Tasting and the Fantastic " Italian Ice Cream" in the numerous locally run delis, bard, shops and also offers a handful of Michelin star restaurants in the city, I can recommend the seafood dishes which are in plentiful supply. Why not visit Venice Lido which is a resort area away from the city hustle and bustle and crowds in the summertime, it's easily accessible by the many boat trips over from the city , you could spot the many film crews using it for TV locations, try the numerous quality restaurants on offer or head to the beach area which is great to catch up on chilling and sunbathing. A few of the best hotels in Venice that I can highly recommend you visit and stay in are The Carlton on the Grand Canal, and Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Both are very popular and have a wonderful friendly welcoming feel when you arrive, why not give them a try! In the evenings, Venice comes alive all over again with teaming friendly restaurants inviting you in to try and sample their menu and wine, wonderful! Such a romantic destination with lots to do, see and experience and at your own pace, I really can't wait to go back. If you like the sound of Venice and think it's the City for you...I am more than happy to help you plan not only your City Break, I can recommend some lovely restaurants and sightseeing too!
30 October 2015
A visit to Benidorm needn't lack contact with authentic Spanish culture. The Old Town in particular is an evocative maze of cobbled streets and inviting establishments to drink and shop in. With its blue-domed church and white houses, it manages to retain its character amongst the forest of tower blocks to the east and west. Do yourself a favour and time your visit to coincide with one of the more than 50 fiestas that occur in Benidorm every year. If you like Levante but would prefer something quieter, then Poniente is for you. There are no beach bars and fewer hotels this side but plenty of provision is made for visitors including the opportunity to hire wind surfing boards. Life guards are on duty each day and there are ramps for the disabled. Again, the sand is spotlessly clean each morning thanks to the hard working hoover team. Poniente is also a great location to watch the sunset. Malpas Beach is different again. Only a few hundred metres long it is sheltered and popular with volleyballs and other sportsmen and women. Don’t bring your dog though, they’re not welcome here or on any Benidorm beach. It's easy to feel a connection with something ancient and artistic in the winding streets of the Old Town. The white stone balcony at the historical centre of Benidorm affords lucky sightseers extensive views. It's also a popular spot with newlyweds for photo shoots. The church of San Jaime looks down on all those seeking company or solace. You might also notice a plaque which commemorates the rescue of a small wooden figurehead from the ashes of ship ordered to be burnt after all the crew had perished of an unknown cause. If you prefer the company of the living and breathing, albeit underwater, then the Benidorm Aquarium on Calle Horno will provide you with hours of entertainment. The tanks include inhabitants of the Med, more tropical specimens, sharks, turtles and even eels. (Eek!) Tapas Alley is where you want to be. Small dishes of seafood, meat and vegetable dishes are consumed with great gusto and washed down with gallons of wine and beer along the short covered street of Santo Domingo. It can be very busy so be prepared to get amongst the throng. Ordering is easy even if your Spanish is limited – just point to what you like the look of and say 'gracias' repeatedly. We tried the "Four Seasons" which was great value and pulled in a Show on Saturday night all for 15 Euros! Amazing value!
03 September 2015
I have recently been looking at a fantastic itinerary for some of my customers wanting to visit South Africa, and really felt I wanted to share this with you too. I based the travel dates on Mid May to Mid June a really good time to see the Big 5 and get the best weather too. This wonderful Itinerary around South Africa, begins in Johannesburg and takes in Ulusaba in Kruger National Park and Key points around the Eastern and Western Cape including Pretoria, Capetown and Stellanbosch, this gives the opportunity to visit the Famous "Garden Route" and experience Wine Tasting and amazing scenery right out of the Film "Born Free", and which is best experienced on a Self Drive Touring option which I can arrange. They also manage to pull in an overnight journey from Pretoria to Capetown on the Iconic "Blue Train" which is a wonderful link between the Northern Points and East and West Capes and breathtaking scenery of central parts of South Africa on a 27 hour Colonial Journey back in time. The Journey begins with flights from the UK served by British Airways and Virgin into Johannesburg travelling overnight and arriving into Johannesburg around 730am, giving you plenty of time to connect with the internal South African Airways flights to the 5 Star Ulusaba Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park. Ulusaba has its own private Air Strip and is owned and operated to and Excellent standard by Sir Richard Branson. (Virgin Brand Creator and Megastar) We have opted for the 3 night All inclusive Safari Option based on the Ulusaba Game Lodge-River Room with Plunge Pool with everything you could wish for and much much more, its a wonderful place ... Built tree house style and very private there are four River Rooms, with two rooms offering private plunge pools. All are very spacious with snuggling seating areas and striking views of the river bed or bush. Ideal for those celebrating or enjoying a romantic escape as these rooms are secluded and tucked between jackalberry trees. Three of the River Rooms are accessible by swing bridge and are a short walk from the main Lodge. The treehouse viewing deck overlooking the Xikwenga Dam is a great place to get even further into the bush to see where the hippos and elephants come to bathe. Ulusaba has a fantastic Spa offering every type of Spa Treatment you can think of. From bush games, safari walks and cocktails by the pool, there's no shortage of things to do during the day. You might not be a morning person but it’s certainly worth getting out of bed for this. Your morning starts with freshly baked goodies and tea and coffee to help get started. Your Ranger and Tracker will meet you and your morning adventure begins. As sun rises you’ll be treated to the beauty of the African bush. This is generally the best time to spot the wildlife, as the temperature is cool and the animals are still very active, including the big cats, which will be returning from a night of hunting. We don’t want to give too much away, so just remember to set your alarm. All your meals are included and with at least six chances to eat, from fine dining , room service or an intimate meal for two on your private balcony you won’t go hungry. The next part of the journey after our flight from Ulusaba back to Johannesburg is a 45 minute private transfer to Pretoria which can be arranged directly from the Airport to all the main Hotels in Pretoria, we opted to stay in the Sheraton Pretoria on a bed and breakfast basis. This hotel offers everything you would expect of a 4 Star City Hotel including Room and Suites, Health Club and Spa, Magnolia Restaurant and Tiffin Bar and lounge for your afternoon tea and cakes..wonderful. The next day sees early breakfast and our journey to Pretoria Main Train Station for our Iconic Colonial Journey back in time on the "Blue Train" to Capetown, we have packed our best Suits, Dickie Bows and Ball Gowns for an experience of a lifetime and that feeling of anticipation of what we are going to see and experience over the next 24 hours. The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. We have opted for the Deluxe Carriage and all our meals are included and they certainly live up to their 5 Star rating. Your De Luxe Suite will forever alter your definition of what style and class entail. From your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, it transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence during the night, with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer. And then, of course, all this accompanied by the ever-changing vistas of the African countryside… The highlight of the evening is of course getting all dressed up for a wonderful meal on this amazing train and historic journey to Capetown. On board chefs regularly refresh their menus to intrigue and tantalise your palate, as they prepare their signature dishes using the freshest of local ingredients. From Karoo lamb, ostrich and venison, to Knysna oysters and other award-winning Cape cultivars. All presented in delicate crystal or on fine china, all contributing to the ultimate experience of "The Blue Train". En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. After Departing our Carriages and leaving the "Blue Train" behind we have waiting for us our Vehicle a Mitsubishi ASX hired for 5 days for the final part of our journey from Capetown to Stellanbosch taking in the Wine Region and experiencing two more wonderful locations, a must see part of South Africa. In Capetown we have opted for the Radisson Blu Waterfront and have a Business Class room on bed and breakfast again this is a fantastic hotel offering every first class facility. the Radisson Blu Hotel also offers easy access to popular destinations like Table Mountain and Robben Island. From Capetown we travel to the final hotel in Stellanbosch, the Oude Werf, Cape Winelands oldest and most famous Hotel. Oude Werf has 58 rooms in three luxury styles, set across the hotel property. Most are centred on our poolside gardens or in our historic inn-house. All rooms have been extensively renovated or are newly built, incorporating modern features. Finally our journey see us dropping our car back at Capetown Airport and making our way back to the airport for our flight back to the UK - what a wonderful itinerary to have provided for my customers and a real insight into what South Africa has to offer. Its a destination on a huge scale offering every type of holiday type and standard - I can honestly say its a trip of a lifetime.
02 January 2015
I recently visited this wonderful Caribbean Island, having visited many of the larger Islands during my 20 years in Travel and found this a breath of fresh air. If you need any information or recommendations, please let me know. I loved this island and called it my "Caribbean Hideaway" We travelled over on the local ferry from the terminal at St Kitts, and it took about 45 minutes to get over. You can get back on the fast jet boat if you have less time. Charlestown is a very interesting place to visit. Lots of shops, and plenty of Georgian-style buildings still remain. There's a charming lack of modernisation of Charlestown, and local efforts are underway to preserve the original buildings. During my time in Nevis I got to visit the following hotels staying at the Four Seasons, a Luxury 5 Star Hotel with wonderful facilities, sea views and different room types. One thing I did notice during touring Nevis which was quite amazing was the difference between the beaches on the North and Western parts of the islands. I found them much superior, less crowded and often empty compared to the beaches of South and Eastern parts, and of course clean and free to be used by everyone! Travel around the Island is quite easy with quiet roads and very little in the way of traffic jams or road rage. Nisbet Beach on the north coast is well maintained and surrounded by palm trees. It’s largely frequented by guests at Nisbet Beach Resort Hotel but everyone is welcome. Its gentle ocean breezes make it a popular place to spend a relaxing day. On the day I visited a group of cruise customers who had just arrived. Located in 30 lush acres, this is the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located on a beach. Its magnificent lawns lead down to the soft sands and the sea. The setting is beautiful and elegant. There are 38 luxurious lemon-coloured cottages, each surrounded by almost a quarter acre of land to ensure peace and privacy. Dining is highly prized with no less than three Caribbean restaurants serving gourmet food with a local flavour and a global influence. Thursday nights feature popular beachside barbecues and a local steel band. Personal pampering is also on the menu and a visit to the Palms Spa is a perfect complement to your stay at this relaxed hotel. Facilities include three restaurants, two bars, freshwater pool, tennis court, snorkelling, boutique, croquet and complimentary laundry. Newcastle beaches were stunning, clean and my favourite ones. On the northern side of the island, this beach gets its name from the nearby village of Newcastle. It’s mostly covered with soft, yellow sand and is a nice spot to relax. It’s also a great place to visit on a Saturday and enjoy the atmosphere as the fishermen sell their fresh catches that day. Be sure to sample the local BBQ... wonderful! Herberts Beach isn't far from the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. Herbert’s Beach is renowned for its many reefs teeming with spectacular marine life. Naturally this makes it a magnet for snorkellers. The beach is close to where the Atlantic Ocean begins on the windward side of the island. Nevis is a very elegant and romantic venue for a wedding. You can choose from picturesque churches, historic plantations, soft, sandy beaches or beautiful tropical gardens. All will make your special day a memorable occasion. I will give you all the help you need in arranging a perfect Wedding or Honeymoon and will guide you through the simple formalities. Just some of the things to do whilst visiting Nevis include touring the Heritage Trail, turtle monitoring and swimming. Golf facilities on Nevis are world class with the main course being the Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole, par 71 course at the Four Seasons Resort. The waters around Nevis are teeming with game fish like tuna, barracuda, sailfish, blue marlin, wahoo and mahi mahi. You can see a lot cycling in Nevis. Remember the island is only 36 square miles in size and there is a 20 mile main road that runs round it. All in all a wonderful "Caribbean Hideaway"! I can thoroughly recommend both the historical and cultural interest of the island along with the superb North and West coast beaches and hotels.
Eccles , Greater Manchester 31/10/2023
Heywood, Lancashire 08/07/2023
Middleton , Manchester 23/03/2023
Chapel En Le Frith 01/03/2023
Glossop , Derbyshire 15/08/2022
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport 11/04/2022
Middleton, Manchester 08/04/2022
Denton, Manchester 08/04/2022
Telford, Shropshire 15/03/2022
Preston, lancashire 11/08/2021
Oldham , Lancashire 08/02/2020
Knebworth, Hertfordshire 04/02/2020
Middleton, Manchester 18/01/2020
Disley, Stockport 10/12/2019
Rochdale, Lancashire 23/08/2019
Middleton, Manchester 01/08/2019
Rochdale, Lancashire 01/08/2019
Stockport, Cheshire 16/04/2019
Hatfield, Hertfordshire 25/03/2019
Cheadle, Cheshire 25/03/2019
High Peak, Derbyshire 19/02/2019
Middleton, Manchester 03/02/2019
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire 23/01/2019
Rochdale, Lancashire 04/12/2018
Hyde, Greater Manchester 04/12/2018
Rochdale, Lancashire 02/11/2018
Poynton, Cheshire 16/10/2018
Stockport, Cheshire 14/09/2018
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire 12/06/2018
Hyde, Greater Manchester 31/05/2018
London Colney ,St Albans 22/03/2018
Stockport, Cheshire 22/02/2018
Stockport, Cheshire 31/01/2018
Glossop, Derbyshire 16/01/2018
Heywood, Lancashire 08/01/2018
Hyde, Cheshire 21/12/2017
Oldham, Greater Manchester 19/11/2017
Salford , Manchester 03/10/2017
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire 14/09/2017
Stockport, Cheshire 30/08/2017
Salford , Manchester 17/08/2017
Glossop, Derbyshire 06/07/2017
Cheadle, Cheshire 03/07/2017
Royton, Oldham 23/06/2017
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire 19/06/2017
Glossop, Derbyshire 08/06/2017
Stockport, Cheshire 27/03/2017
Stockport, Cheshire 27/02/2017
Oldham, Greater Manchester 16/02/2017
Stockport, Cheshire 16/02/2017
Stockport, Cheshire 09/02/2017
Hazel Grove , Cheshire 16/11/2016
Timperley, Cheshire 27/10/2016
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire 26/10/2016
Chadderton, Oldham 06/10/2016
Bredbury, Stockport, Cheshire 06/10/2016
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire 02/10/2016
Stockport, Cheshire 07/09/2016
Lees, Oldham 17/06/2016
Failsworth, Manchester 17/04/2016
Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire 14/01/2016
Garden Suburbs, Oldham 26/11/2015
Radcliffe, Manchester 12/11/2015
Ilkeston, Derbyshie 27/10/2015
Cheadle Hulme 31/07/2015
Todmorden, Lancashire 09/07/2015
Delph, Oldham 03/07/2015
Romiley, Stockport 16/06/2015
Heald Green, Stockport 16/06/2015
Heywood, Lancashire 20/04/2015
Todmorden, Lancashire 06/02/2015
Sale, Cheshire 19/10/2014
Whitworth ,Rochdale 30/09/2014
Sandbach Cheshir 15/09/2014
Middleton, Manchester 19/08/2014
Heywood, Lancs 29/05/2014
Heywood, Lancashire 14/03/2014
Burnage, Manchester 28/02/2014