Hello, I’m Ian a Travel Counsellor based by the sea on the beautiful Suffolk coast. I'm here to help you get the most out of your holidays and travel with the least amount of your own time invested into making it happen. I do that by using my expertise to plan amazing holidays and personally taking care of every detail.
I’ve been working in and around the travel industry for over 25 years and during that time been fortunate enough to visit some amazing places in over 50 countries and counting. Briefly, here are some of my favourites:
Favourite Long-Haul Destination - Barbados. There is something very special about Barbados, a “vibe” that, in my opinion, is unlike any other Caribbean island. I love the restaurants up and down the west coast from fine dining at The Cliff and Tides to the rustic Annie’s Rib Shack in Holetown. It’s a place I’d be happy to return to again and again.
Favourite Short-Haul Destination - Mallorca. This island has a special place in my heart, from memories of my own holidays as a child in Puerto Pollensa to taking my own children there on their first holidays. I’ve been a frequent visitor, making lifelong friends and seeing parts of this beautiful place not on the tourist trail.
Favourite Cruise - The Far East. Our cruise started in Singapore and finished in Hong Kong with Holland & America making several stops in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand along the way. A cruise is a fantastic way of getting a taste of a destination that you might want to visit for longer another time.
Best Hotel I’ve Stayed In – Banyan Tree Seychelles. My wife and I spent 10 nights at this stunning hotel situated on what is regarded as one of the world’s best beaches. The main building is a converted colonial style house formerly owned by George Harrison and Peter Sellars with villas dotted along the hillside and along the beach where we stayed. If you’re looking for a place for total relaxation or a honeymoon maybe, it’s hard to top.
It’s a privilege to be entrusted with planning someone’s holiday and so I take care as if it were my own trip. Available 24/7 and providing a personal service that is second to none and of course some extras you simply won’t find anywhere else.
The world is full of amazing places... you should go, and I’d love to plan it for you.
Best wishes and hopefully speak soon
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
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.
02 October 2019
Mauritius, a tropical island paradise and arguably Africa's wealthiest destination, is one of the world's top luxury tourism destinations. It possesses a wide range of natural and man-made attractions, enjoys a tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming. These tourism assets are its main strength, especially since they are backed up by well-designed and run hotels, reliable and operational services and infrastructures. Mauritius received the World Leading Island Destination award for the third time, as well as the World's Best Beach award,...
26 August 2019
There are many factors to consider once you decide to head out on a luxury African safari. Research and planning is something we do regularly and it can be a real minefield of different options and so hopefully we can shed a little light here. A Safari comes in many different shapes and sizes, and they are certainly not all created equal. We're going to focus on the more luxury type of safari, the sort of experience that will wow you from the moment you touch down on the private runway, until your last encounter with wildlife you’d never imagined you’d...
10 May 2019
Alila Ubud is a tranquil hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali's central foothills. Blending contemporary design and traditional Balinese architecture, the secluded courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens create an intimate feeling like none other. All rooms offer stunning views of the lush tropical vegetation surrounding the valley. Alila Ubud’s pool has been voted one of the 50 most beautiful pools in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Alila Ubud lies in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan, on the banks of the mystical and magical Ayung...
Sent in by Judy Claridge
Cambridge, 18 November 2019
I really like the personal touch and the fact that there is someone there to help rather than trying to find your way round a large company website. I have already told people about Ian and recommended him and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Georgina Savill-James
London, 12 November 2019
Ian Gilmour has been fantastic. Nothing has been too much trouble and he has managed a change in our arrangements whilst away superbly. His attention to detail and assistance has been first rate. Highly recommend his service.
From the pristine white-sand beaches of Thailand’s idyllic islands to the sprawling wide-open roads of the USA; the historic and breathtakingly beautiful architecture of India to the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Maldives – there’s a world of wonder out there and it’s just waiting to be explored.
Contact me on 01728 850014