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Sent in by Deborah Ford
Leicestershire, 03 October 2019
Without doubt the easiest, most professional way I have ever booked a holiday. Trish really listens to what it is you want, works swiftly to find you your choices and then does everything for you, including checking you in on line. I couldn't be happier with the service I received and I will definitely use Trish again for future holidays.
Sent in by Astrid Bennett-Claas
Leicestershire, 22 August 2019
As always the experience has been excellent. Would not use any other person to book our holidays than our Travel Counsellor Trish. She is always helpful, has brilliant suggestions and is on the ball 24/7, we feel very safe with her.
Sent in by Angela Holloman-Coombes
Cardiff, 22 August 2019
Trish is amazing. Totally trust the advice and recommendations she provides. Nothing is too much trouble for Trish. Anything we ask her to look at or any queries we have Trish responds quickly and makes herself accessible. Her help and guidance is exemplary. Highly recommend Trish. Fantastic service.
Sent in by Phil Russell
Horsham, 09 July 2019
I recommend Trish because of her amazing knowledge and ability to recommend fantastic locations, accommodation and local restaurants at great prices.
Sent in by Jessica Parsons
Wigston, Leicestershire, 04 June 2019
Trish was fantastic at helping make our honeymoon exactly what we wanted.
Sent in by Becky & Stephen Brickwood
Manchester, 29 May 2019
''Hi Trish, Just wanted to say a huge thank you from both Stephen & I for organising our recent trip to Paris. It was far and beyond our expectations. Yet again you have perfectly understood our preferences and style and delivered a holiday to match. Our upgraded room to one with stunning views over the Eiffel was the icing on the cake. Stephen was blown away by the whole trip, especially the room and the Segway tour which was really fantastic. I know Ali & Pete loved it too and have told us they will definitely be booking all their holidays with you from now on. Thanks again and hoping it won’t be long before we are back in touch. Love Becky & Stephen xxx''
Sent in by TIM SMALLRIDGE
WARWICKSHIRE, 01 May 2019
Trish was very friendly and knowledgeable. Giving us both the piece of mind needed to book an amazing holiday. We are truly thankful for the hard work that was done on our behalf.
Sent in by Julia Walsh
Newark, Notts, 06 March 2019
Outstanding service, Trish is an absolute gem....... nothing is too much trouble and she goes above and beyond the job description! Can not wait for her to book my next holiday x
Sent in by Cheryl Keightley
Melton Mowbray, 20 February 2019
Had the most amazing time and sad to be coming home. However got some beautiful memories and sporting a rather nice tan! Thank you for booking us in. I looked this morning and could see that we were split up but thank you for changing. Thank you again for everything and we will be in touch when we book another holiday and will be passing your name on to all our friends and family. Kind Regards Cheryl
Sent in by Joanne Evans
Hathern, Leicestershire, 30 January 2019
We love Trish at Travel Counsellors. Not only is she super friendly and helpful she always find exactly what we want. Most of the time we have no idea where to go but Trish always comes up with fabulous options that fit our budget and our style. She’s booked everything from New York City breaks to a lush Mauritius beach lounging Honeymoon and every hotel, location and destination has been perfect just for us.
Sent in by Barbara Tarr
East Leake, Loughborough, 21 January 2019
I think Trish was a brilliant Travel Counsellor, she found all what we were looking for. I would definitely use her again and would recommend her to my friends and family.
Sent in by Ann and Rick
Sussex, 14 December 2018
We had the most fabulous holiday, we felt like VIPs most of the time. The vehicles we travelled in were superb, very comfortable, and the guides that looked after us were always on time, very nice and caring people. The information and detail they provided was also very good. We were all thrilled with the standard of the food and the variety of the restaurants we were taken to, most impressed with that and we are all foodies. Thank you so much for you care and help as we went along, we are all quite dumb struck with what you managed to do for us. We will recommend you to all of our friends and we hope you are not thinking of retiring or moving on, as we hope to use your expertise for years to come.
Sent in by John Pearson
Penarth, Wales, 08 November 2018
Our fourth time bòoking with Trish. She really knows her stuff but, above all, she cares about her clients.
Sent in by Dennis Talbot
Manchester, 08 November 2018
Trish is always easy to contact and replies to any questions promptly and helpfully. We have already recommended her to other friends who have subsequently used her to book at least one holiday.
Sent in by Sara Ingle
Nottingham, 08 November 2018
Trish was so helpful, personable and went beyond what I expected to find our ideal holiday. I can’t thank her enough. I will definitely use again and recommend to friends and family. First class - thanks again Sara.
Sent in by Martin Burke
Melton Mowbray, 02 October 2018
It was absolutely fabulous; everything, the hotel and its facilities were out of this world as was the food in the restaurant and the incredibly attentive staff. We had such a wonderful time. We managed to get in a day trip by train to Florence, a morning at Pisa followed by an afternoon on the beach at Viareggio, two days R&R by the hotel’s thermal pool and finally a visit to the beautiful Roman town of Lucca on the way to the airport for our flight home. All in five days! Thank you so much for organising so efficiently (as always). It made our 30th anniversary and Debbie’s surprise so special (I managed to keep her in the dark until the departure gate!) We will be eternally grateful.
Sent in by Lynda Byford
Nottingham, 22 May 2018
We cannot thank Trish enough for all her help in arranging our travels to Perth Australia last Christmas and New Year and also for all her hard work and time when our flight out to Dubai was cancelled due to snow and extreme weather conditions in Birmingham. We were so glad we had booked with Trish as she worked tirelessly to sort everything out for us at very short notice. Having to find new accommodation in Dubai and arranging new flights in a matter of hours. We really do not know what we would have done without her. Everything eventually went hitch free but only due to Trish’s help and her experience. Her aftercare was perfect too. She helped us with claiming putting us in touch with the right people etc. Thank you Trish we will definitely book with you again without a doubt and will recommend you.
Sent in by Susan Midgley
Oxfordshire, 08 May 2018
Brilliant service. Second time we've used Trish and would definitely recommend her to friends.
Sent in by Sue Woledge
Kent, 19 April 2018
A great holiday at Cape Verde, everything booked by Trish so no need to do anything but enjoy. The resort hotel was clean, staff friendly and good facilities. Nice big pool and lots of entertainment. Very sunny with a nice breeze to cool you down. Would definitely use Trish again for hassle free bookings and great recommendations.
Sent in by Denise Prior
Oxford, 19 February 2018
I would never use any other travel company again, you always know you will get 5 star service. Trish is brilliant she always goes over and beyond her duty even when your away she’s there for you.
Sent in by Chris Waldron
Leicestershire, 19 February 2018
Once again Trish has delivered. It was our first holiday with a new baby and we had no idea where to book and too be honest I don’t really enjoy looking for hotels. All Trish requires is a few simple requests - budget, rough temperature and any special requests. The hotel that Trish booked for us was perfect and really enjoyed our first holiday as a little family. Trish really does take the stress away from booking holidays and always sends reminders out making sure we have all the correct information and documents before we go.
Sent in by Kathryn Horler Clee
Cardiff, 09 February 2018
Trish is always really helpful and knowlegable. I have recommended to several friends who have subsequently used her services.
Sent in by Anthony Ainsworth
Hertfordshire, 09 February 2018
Trish is great! We always get some fantastic ideas and great personal service. We've used Travel Counsellors for all our main holidays for the last few years.
Sent in by Diane White
Cardiff, 02 February 2018
Trish is amazing. Despite me changing my mind several times and asking lots of questions, nothing is ever too much trouble. Can't wait for the holiday we have just booked to get closer!
Sent in by Susan Woledge
Kent, 14 January 2018
Have just booked a great holiday in Cape Verde. Trish found us the perfect hotel to suit our needs, and also I didn’t have to spend ages looking myself, now can’t wait to go!
Sent in by Rona Holman
Devon, 14 January 2018
I have been delighted with the service I have had from Trish and love the fact that she has travelled where I have booked to travel.
Sent in by Nicola O'Leary
Wales, 29 November 2017
We wanted to let you know what an amazing holiday we had. The stop over to San Fransisco was breathtaking, it's such an fascinating place to visit. Alcatraz was special, as was the Golden Gate and Bay bridge. Such a interesting place to visit, we learnt so much being there. It also helped that we were immediately upgraded to a suite thanks to you. Then onto the main course, Hawaii. We pinched ourselves everyday. The view we had from the hotel was astonishing, visiting Pearl Harbour was sobering and the overall experience of the holiday was truly magical, all thanks to you. If anyone is looking to book a special holiday they need to speak to you, I can’t recommend your services highly enough. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
Sent in by Andrew O'Leary
Bridgend, 03 September 2017
We’ve used Trish to arrange our holidays a number of times and I must say its not the same service you’d get at a travel agency- its 100 times better! Trish is always at hand with advice and guidance to give you the best experience when traveling anywhere in the world. Its more exciting to have a family friend organising your trip and it costs no more than going to a travel agent. If you want the security of getting the best out of your holiday or business trip then Trish is the person to go to. I would have no hesitation in recommending Trish, a true professional, looking after you from start to finish.
Sent in by Maggie Blair
Cheshire, 24 July 2017
A big thank you to Trish who organised our honeymoon in Barbados. The hotel, location and food was absolutely superb. Trish’s advice and recommendations from start to finish were spot on and made our honeymoon an even more special experience. We cannot thank her enough for her outstanding customer service. No hesitation in recommending. Thanks once again Trish.
Sent in by Angela Holloman-Coombes
Pontypridd, 06 July 2017
We had an amazing time and we cannot thank you enough for sorting everything out and then sorting our seats on the flight back from Toronto. What a life saver! All the experiences were fantastic. We're really pleased with everything we packed in and very grateful for all your tips. We really loved the iced wine - amazing stuff!. Hope you are keeping well. Thanks again. Ange.
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01 March 2019
We last visited Gran Canaria 23 years ago and again, like my Tenerife blog, we wanted to go back to see how things have changed. We visited in March and the weather was lovely, always warm during the day - but sometimes needed a light jacket in the evening. We stayed in Arguineguín which is more of a Spanish resort and less touristy although it has a great choice or restaurants and bars and a nice beach. Whilst we were there, they had a carnival which made the town extra busy because many people come from Las Palmas to experience...
25 December 2018
We last visited Tenerife 24 years ago, so I thought perhaps it's time to go back and see how things may have changed. I book many clients to Tenerife and they always come back having loved their trip so I wanted to go and see how the resorts have changed over the years. We were lucky enough to stay in a beautiful apartment which one of my clients allowed me to use it was in the resort of Puerto Santiago which is not a very busy tourist resort and actually is more Spanish. We had a car whilst we were there...
01 September 2018
Wow...what a truly beautiful destination the Dubrovnik Riviera is… I can see why many people return. We split our holiday and started off with 3 nights in Dubrovnik. DUBROVNIK - Described by George Bernard Shaw as heaven on earth, it is encircled by ancient city walls. Dubrovnik’s stunning Old Town with its cobbled streets and narrow stepped alleyways boasts an 18th century Cathedral, a 14th century Dominican Monastery and the handsome Gothic Renaissance Rector’s Palace, housing the Cultural Historical Museum. It's also perfect for any Game Of Thrones fans - there are many excursions that will incorporate the places used for...
08 October 2017
We have visited Mallorca several times before and always enjoyed exploring the island, but on this visit, we decided to do a twin centre by staying 4 nights in Palma before heading off for a week in a villa. Palma offers you both a lively evening scene and cultural haven during the day. Whatever you experience here, you’re sure to see a different side to Mallorca. Lively squares both day and night, Palma’s got it all. You’ll see street performers and classic cafés underneath arches, so stopping for a latte’s basically essential. First off, Palma city is a ten-minute taxi transfer time...
08 October 2017
We often do villa holidays in Europe, as we like the flexibility and privacy they offer. They are now becoming so popular with my clients so I thought I would blog about one of my most recent stays in a villa. After spending time in the beautiful city of Palma we headed over to the south-east coast of Mallorca. Our villa was a three-bedroom villa with a private pool set in a lovely garden with clever planting of trees and bushes to keep it mostly private. This particular villa was walkable to bars, restaurants, shops and the beach which is rare with...
07 January 2017
Lanzarote is another popular island in the Canaries with my clients. We first went over 20 years ago and thought it was time to re visit – we visited in January for some winter sunshine and were not disappointed. Last time we had stayed in Puerto del Carmen which is a very busy resort. Now being 20 years older we thought we would like to try Playa Blanca as it is more laid back. Playa Blanca is located in the South of the Island and you can see Fuerteventura in the distance. The town has a 5km promenade which runs from the...
09 October 2016
Having lived in Andalucia, like many people we had only seen Malaga airport before this trip, but we decided to spend a few days in the city before heading off to the beach. We arrived early October but were blessed with blue skies and temperatures around 28 degrees most days. We stayed in the Old Town, near to Plaza de Merced. This was an ideal base for our three night stay being a two minute walk from the Cathedral and the Picasso museum and literally a few feet from the nearest bar and restaurant. We arrived around 9pm and headed off...
25 September 2016
Dubai is a great destination that I would recommend to all! I have been many times and stayed in different hotels each time, it is so diverse and has so much to offer for all ages! The hotels range in price and there are so many, you can choose from a hotel that offers a Waterpark, great choice of restaurants, shopping and a stunning aquarium! Or a hotel with a difference that has a layout designed to resemble an Arabian Town. Amongst the many new hotels in Dubai are some budget hotels – Holiday Inn Express, Ibis etc. which now makes...
12 July 2015
We arrived at Athens airport and collected our car for the 3 hour journey to Volos and the start of our Argonautical journey. About 90 minutes into the journey we pulled off the motorway and called into the small resort of Kamena Vourla for a light lunch. We arrived at Volos and took our first stroll down along the seafront with its numerous cafes and bars where we had dinner of fresh sardines and watched the yachts bobbing up and down. We identified Ermou Street as the main shopping strip so headed off in that direction. Many shops later we found...
01 January 2015
Thailand is a very special place to us, as we lived there for 12 months and have visited nearly all the beautiful islands this country has to offer. We have also been to Bangkok on numerous occasions and it really is one of our favourite cities, we even have our own ‘taxi driver’ now who collects us from the airport. We decided to spend the Festive period in Thailand once again – this time after starting and finishing in Bangkok we went to the beautiful island of Koh Samet. First of all we wanted to experience New Year in Bangkok, which...
16 September 2014
We wanted to take advantage of the range of flights into Athens, but having done the city highlights we wanted to visit somewhere new, but still accessible. After some research we decided to head south from the airport and look for one of the closer Cyclades Islands. We picked up our car at the airport and headed south towards Lavrion and then onto our evening stopover in Cape Sounio. We called into the ferry terminal at Lavrion to collect our ferry tickets and check the boarding process. We always find a little preparation makes for a much less fraught travelling experience. Whilst...
29 June 2014
Our road trip through Greece this year was up in Halkidiki, we started our trip by staying in Thessaloniki for 2 nights which is a great city located on The Thermaic Gulf. Because of its location there are many waterfront bars and restaurants. The city is the 2nd largest city in Greece, we actually preferred it to Athens, there are many squares to stop and relax in whilst watching the world go by, along with lots of shops and places of interest making 2 or 3 days in the city an ideal duration for a city break. For our 2nd stop we...
31 December 2013
We spent a few days in Luang Prabang over the New Year period as part of a multi-centre trip around South East Asia. The first thing to say is that the weather is quite changeable at this time of year and temperatures can vary from up to 30c during the day to 10c in the evenings! The good news is that the enormous night market that starts about 5pm each evening in the town centre sells all manner of scarves, jumpers and jackets for the chilly evenings. Like all markets it is expected to negotiate and we normally started at...
28 December 2013
We spent several days in Siem Reap during December. This was a catch up visit to see Angkor Wat, something we had missed on previous visits to Cambodia. We chose a boutique hotel which was a 5 minute walk from the main night market and entertainment area. Even so, it was still only $1 dollar for the local tuk tuk to bring us home. Most transactions in Cambodia are in US$, although you can pay in local riels as well. 4000 riels = $1, irrespective of actual exchange rates! The entertainment area centres around Pub Street. As the name implies it...
07 September 2013
We based ourselves in the beautiful city of Madrid, because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid has warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is the capital of Spain but tourists seem to regard it as the little brother of Barcelona. I'm not sure why as Madrid has a lively night life, the largest museum, even more cosy squares and is a well-known shopping city. Madrid is also a fascinating city, with stately boulevards, beautiful squares, beautiful and imposing buildings, working-class neighbourhoods with winding streets full of traditional taverns and typical shops, open-air markets and of...
30 June 2013
Past visits to Greece have taken us to Athens, Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante, Samos, Kos, Thassos, Santorini, Lesbos, Lefkas, Rhodes, Crete & Mykonos. On our recent visit, this time we wanted more culture along with a more authentic experience. We flew into Athens for our trip to the far side of the Pelopponese. On the way we stopped off at the magnificent Corinth canal. It really is amazing to consider the work that went into creating this feat of engineering in the late 1870's. We found a small cafe overlooking the canal that served the best Souvlaki we have ever...
25 December 2012
From Fiji we moved onto Samoa via a short flight to Apia. Samoa is actually made up of ten islands with the main ones being Upolu and Savaii. Upolu is the more developed of the islands. That said the pace of life on either island is relaxed! Last year Samoa crossed the date line to move closer to its main trading partners in New Zealand and Australia, as a result we had to contend with a +13hour time difference to the UK! You certainly need to give yourself time to adjust with a trip here! Samoa had been badly affected by cyclone...
18 December 2012
Fiji is made up of 322 Islands with Viti Levu and Vanua Levu being the two major ones. Beyond that you have the island groups of the Yasawa’s and the Mamanuca’s. These island groups contain many single resort islands and are generally accessible via Denarau Marina on Viti Levu, which is about 20 minutes from the main Fijian airport at Nadi. Our plans in Fiji had to be hastily rearranged due to cyclone Evan passing nearby shortly before we were due to arrive. Our original plan was to stay for one night near to Denarau Marina so we could have a...
09 December 2012
We recently spent three days in Shanghai and were glad that we had given ourselves the full 72 hours that the new visa exemption allowed us. We basically split our time into three different areas of focus. We decided to take advantage of the hop-on hop-off bus tours to get around the city. On day one we explored the famous promenade known as the Bund, with its fantastic views over to the financial centre on the opposite bank and its own fantastic gothic buildings. It is also here that you can pick up the river cruises, either during the day or...
06 September 2012
We decided on a short break to Mallorca during September for 5 days and decided to base ourselves near the pretty harbour town of Porto Cristo. We had an apartment that had a roof terrace so were able to avoid any need for trips to the beach or poolside sunbeds! We were also conscious of trying to avoid the all inclusive and party animal areas of the Island and managed to find numerous lovely low key areas to enjoy the warm autumn weather and fantastic views and fabulous yachts! Porto Cristo itself has a lovely harbour surrounded by low cliffs and a...
26 June 2012
The first thing to say about Madeira is that the airport is cut into the side of a hill and the approach to it is quite interesting! That dramatic approach set the tone for the entire stay and the hilly terrain was actually the highlight of the trip. We picked up our hire car for the week and set off to our villa in the West of the Island. The journey there is made much easier now that the tunnels go virtually all the way along the south coast. Our Villa was beautiful with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean...
04 January 2012
Our first experience of the Cape Verde Islands was on Sal, which is probably the most developed in terms of tourism. Virtually all of the tourist action in Sal is based around the town of Santa Maria in the south of the island, and approximately 20 minutes from the airport. Around the town you have the choice of a number of traditional 3 and 4 star properties or if you prefer all inclusive options there are a number of larger hotels on the outskirts. The Island is popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders due to the constant breeze during the winter months....
18 October 2011
We were lucky enough to be invited to spend time onboard Crystal Serenity for a Mediterranean cruise. Crystal Cruises offer a 6 star service and although they have one formal night per week the rest of the time the dress code is ‘smart casual’ and has a very informal atmosphere – we were allocated a veranda cabin which was very spacious and well equipped. We embarked in Rome, however because we had been to Rome before we chose to get straight onboard and experience the ships facilities whilst most of the guests were off visiting the city of Rome....
03 September 2011
As a special birthday celebration my husband treated me to a trip to Reims in France to go CHAMPAGNE tasting! We travelled by Eurostar in Leisure Select from London to Paris then had to change stations to catch our train onto Reims. We stayed in a lovely hotel right in the centre of Reims and had a nice room overlooking the courtyard. Reims is a lovely city and has plenty to offer, many bars, restaurants and excellent for shopping. It also has a lovely cathedral with an array of stained glass windows. However the main reason for the trip was to visit...
28 June 2011
Kefalonia was the last of the Ionian Islands we have visited, but it is definitely a firm favourite of ours now. The scenery is fantastic all the way around the island. We started our trip in Katelios. Katelios itself is a small quiet resort, with a number of seafront tavernas and a couple of music bars, but not what you would call a lively resort by any means. As we had a hire car for the whole trip we managed to visit all of the islands main resorts and found a fair few hidden gems! Our first trip took us...
24 December 2010
We went to Gambia for Xmas and New Year, the 6 hour flight from the UK and the “almost” guaranteed weather along with no time difference being the main attractions. We stayed in 2 places, firstly at Bijilo, which is at the southern end of the tourist areas, and then onto Cape Point, which was at the opposite end, although they are only about half an hour apart, in Southern Gambia. There are many excursions to occupy you in The Gambia, with most concentrating on the wildlife in the area, specifically the 500+ species of birds seen in the country. There...
04 December 2010
Our trip to Bruges to see the Xmas Markets started with a very pleasant journey on Eurostar from St Pancras - there are 3 classes of travel on Eurostar - Standard, Standard Premier and Business Premier. We chose to travel Standard Premier which allows you bigger seats and a light meal with drinks (including wine). You need to change trains in Brussels for your onward journey to Bruges. The whole journey depending on your train connections takes about 3.5-4hrs. It’s easy to see why Bruges is known as the ‘’Venice of the North’’, this splendid medieval city is one of...
30 July 2010
We have been to Singapore a few times now as it is one of our favourite cities. Every time we visit we seem to find something different to do. It is also an ideal stopover choice on the way to Australia, or as a twin centre with other Asian destinations. We normally stay at the Fairmont which is right opposite the famous RAFFLES Hotel, where it is practically obligatory to visit the Long Bar and sample the Singapore Sling, and fling your nuts around the room! Another advantage is that the bus that takes you across to Sentosa Island stops just outside....
24 December 2009
We went to Egypt to visit the other main centres following our Nile Cruise many years ago. Our visit started in Sharm El Sheikh to see what the Red Sea resort had to offer. We stayed at the Grand Rotana Hotel in Sharks Bay. We chose this hotel as it is has its own “house reef”, and the snorkelling certainly didn’t disappoint. Like a lot of the reefs in this area, they run out from the beach for about 30 – 50 m and then drop sharply away. Most hotels have jetties that allow you to walk out to the reef...
04 July 2009
After visiting Bangkok many times we decided to venture to Northern Thailand, which is famous for hill tribes, handicrafts, elephants and the biggest night market in the whole of Asia. It's much greener than other parts of the country, and is often referred to as 'The Rose of the North'. Our first stop was Chaing Mai where we stayed at the Le Meridien Hotel, which is in the centre of the city, right next to the night market. The market is huge, selling designer clothes, watches, perfumes, jewellery and anything you can think of, all fake, so do not pay high...
27 June 2009
We flew to Kota Kinabalu from Singapore and initially stayed at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort. The hotel is outside the city, but they offer a shuttle bus to and from the main shopping centre in the town. One word of warning, we really struggled to get cash from the ATM’s in the town, so would definitely advise you to take travellers cheques. On our first day we visited the orang-utan sanctuary at Rasa Ria, which is actually part of the hotel. After an induction, we were taken into the jungle to the feeding area. Here the orang’s...
07 June 2009
We started our trip in Perth, deciding to spend a couple of days around the city. We stayed at the Hilton hotel which was well situated in the business district, walking distance to the river and the main shopping and entertainment areas. We used the bus for the city tour to give us a flavour of the place, and then hopped onto the Blue Cat ferry which ran us up and down the length of the city along the river. We also caught the cross river ferry to southern Perth. The following day we took the ferry across to Fremantle...
17 May 2009
Spread over an area equal to twenty-five percent of the USA, the fifteen islands that make up the Cook Islands offer everything you expect from your South Pacific Paradise. We chose to visit the Cook Islands after a visit to New Zealand. The flight is 3.5hrs from Auckland, which then goes onto Los Angeles, so you could visit the islands after a visit to LA. We split our stay between the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki as we had heard about the beautiful Aitutkai lagoon. The Cooks Islands are also known for their laid back Polynesian lifestyle. Rarotonga is...
07 May 2009
We arrived in Christchurch at about 3pm, after a short flight from Brisbane, so it allowed us to get straight into the city for a look around. (We got some fantastic shots of the Southern Alps on the flight in!) The following afternoon we got our hire car and headed down the Banks peninsula to Akaroa. The town itself has a nice harbour, with some good cafes overlooking the water, but the highlight was the Summit Road. This offers some great scenery and is an ideal gentle introduction into the South Islands landscape. That night we took in a show,...
17 April 2009
We started our trip in Melbourne, and spent several days exploring the City and it's varied neighbourhoods including St Kilda, Chinatown and Federation Square, all of which had a good choice of restaurants. Also, don’t miss the view from the top of Melbourne 360 tower, fantastic at sunset! The highlight though was a trip to the MCG to watch an Aussie rules football match. The “Four n twenty” pies here were fantastic too! We then hired a car and set off down the Great Ocean Road – fantastic scenery, especially around the 12 Apostles rock formations. We got as far as...
02 March 2009
We decided to do our Vietnam tour from north to south, starting in Hanoi and ending up in Ho Chi Minh City. In Hanoi we stayed in the Old Quarter, not far from Hoan Kiem Lake. This is the traditional commercial heart of the city with many shops and restaurants. We stayed for three days in Hanoi, using it as a base, and only spent one day in the city itself, but we felt that was enough time to see all the main points of interest. The other days we visited the Perfume Pagoda, about 2 hours north of Hanoi,...
02 February 2009
For our trip to Bali we decided to stay in Sanur, and chose the Bali Hyatt. We felt that Sanur would give us the most chance to see the “real” Bali, without it being too touristy, or remote. There were lots of restaurants and bars in the locality, but it still had a distinctly Balinese village feel, with plenty of local life around. The other advantage of Sanur is the coastal path that runs the entire length of the resort, great for hiring a bike and exploring the beautiful beach and the many restaurants and local shops on the beach...
04 December 2008
If there is 1 Asian city you have to visit, Hong Kong is it! It certainly does live up to all it's hype, and has to be one of the World's most photogenic cities, at least from the water! Going in December made it an ideal opportunity to do some Christmas shopping; we also managed to find time to do quite a lot of sight-seeing. One big tip is to buy an "Octopus" card. These are available at any MTR (underground) station and cost HK $150 (approx £12.00). These are great because they can be used on any public...
03 September 2008
My husband and I visited Canada for our 10th wedding anniversary, and the trip was equally as memorable as the celebration. We spent four weeks on the trip and concentrated on the west coast, between Vancouver, the Rockies and an Alaskan cruise, just stopping off in Toronto to break the journey home, and of course to see Niagara. We arrived in Vancouver and stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, overlooking the Canada Place Cruise Terminal, and with the Burrard Inlet and Grouse Mountain as the backdrop it was a fantastic location. We stayed in Vancouver for 4 nights and hired a...
24 December 2007
Me and my husband decided to spend Christmas and New Year in Thailand. We travelled with Etihad airways and treated ourselves to business class seats which are very private, with a good choice of films and music and the food is delicious. In Bangkok we stayed at the Royal Orchid Sheraton which is situated right on the river, all the rooms have river views and are very spacious. The hotel is 5 minutes from the Sky Train Station which for around 50p can take you near to all the main tourist attractions of Bangkok. Bangkok is an amazing city,...
22 June 2007
My weekend break to NEW YORK was both thrilling and tiring but also worth every penny spent. We started off by travelling with the very prestigious all ‘business class’ airline Silverjet. As we arrived at Silverjet’s private terminal at Luton airport we were met by a valet who took our car and parked it for us. On entering the terminal, immediately your bags are taken off you and you are escorted through to the private lounge that has free snacks and free drinks (even champagne). When its time to board you have a private transfer to the aircraft and...
01 April 2006
Our trip to Sri Lanka was made so special because of the welcoming and hospitable locals. Our trip started by travelling with Sri Lankan airlines which is one of the friendliest airline’s I have ever experienced. The crew cannot do enough to make sure you are comfortable throughout the trip. As it was my husbands birthday we chose to travel Business Class, the seats are not flat bed they are more like sleeper seats but very comfortable. The food, choice of entertainment, service and ambience made the flight very enjoyable. We spent the first 2 nights in Colombo and...
25 December 2005
Our visit to Cuba was a twin-centre trip, with the initial three nights in the beautiful city of Havana before heading down to the beach resort of Varadero. Combining the bright and brilliant city of Havana with a beach destination delivers the best of both worlds. It's the perfect tactic for those who want to experience the country’s top sights, best restaurants and trendiest bars without sacrificing some much-needed “me-time” on one of the Caribbean’s most idyllic beaches. Arriving in Havana makes you think you have gone back in time 50 years. From the classic cars to colonial buildings, we couldn’t believe...
07 July 2003
For our wedding anniversary celebrations we decided to go to the Seychelles, and because we wanted to completely 'chill out' we decided to stay on just one island rather than island hop. We flew with Air Seychelles whose service was excellent. We travelled in economy class on the way out and treated ourselves to business class which the airline call ‘pearl class’ on the way back. The pearl class section contained ‘sleeper seats’ rather than flat beds, but the seats had ample room and were very comfortable. The international flight landed into Mahe, then we transferred to a...