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Far East | Indian Ocean | Middle East
Abu Dhabi | Bali | Dubai | Egypt | Hong Kong | Malaysia & Borneo | Mauritius | Oman | Singapore | Thailand | Vietnam
I have worked in travel since 1994 selling a wide range of holidays around the world. I joined Western & Oriental in 2007 and specialise in the Far East, Arabia and the Indian Ocean.
In addition to working in the industry, I took a career break and saw some amazing places on my round the world trip - it really did feel like a nine month holiday! Choosing a favourite destinations is tough and I can only narrow it down to three for different reasons.
Fiji has to be on the list. It’s the most remote destination I have been to, with incredible, pristine beaches, and you just have to get out to the smaller islands.
Australia is up there too. It’s such a diverse country and I love visiting Perth in Western Australia – again for the great beaches, but also because it’s such a clean, modern city with great wineries within easy access.
Finally, Cape Town. I think this is my favourite city destination, with its backdrop of Table Mountain and so many attractions on the doorstep.
My travelling days are far from over though and more recent travels to Thailand and Bali have these destinations ranking in my Top 10.
Having seen so many different places I am able to use my experience to help clients create a holiday of a lifetime. Every client is different and each holiday I plan is unique which brings me satisfaction in knowing that I am arranging holidays that will create memories to last forever for my clients.
Where I have travelled recently
In the last year, I have travelling to Malaysia & Singapore as well as Vietnam. Vietnam was an amazing trip and my highlight would have to be the cruise on Halong Bay - a must for any first time visitor! I also visited Hoi An and explored this town on foot and stayed at the Banyan Tree Lang Co which had just opened.
In Malaysia & Singapore, I enjoyed the best of nature and a bustling city. I stayed at the Tanjong Jara where I took a jungle walk in the unspoilt surroundings and shopped in the local market.
Most Memorable Experience
Two of my most memorable experiences were in Borneo where I saw orangutans in their natural habitat and also a herd of pygmy elephants crossing the river.
My Favourite Destination
Bali for me has it all - the combination of luxurious and fantastic accommodations with the friendliness of the Balinese is fantastic. The Samaya Ubud is a particularly special property with scenic views and extremely attentive service.
My Favourite Accommodation
I have a couple! The Residence Mauritius is unforgettable with its beachfront location and excellent service. I love returning to the Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr when I visit Dubai thanks to its access to great facilities and location. In Thailand, also one of my favourite destinations, I love the Anantara Rasananda Villa Resort & Spa in Koh Phangan where the private plunge pools are a real treat. It's an easy walk into the local village too!