MD & Founder, Sam Clark, provides his round-up of the most exciting new hotels in South and Southeast Asia. From luxury tented lodges in the wild, to exclusive island beach resorts – he passes on his top recommendations for places to stay on your next trip.
“It’s sad she doesn’t worry about her own experience…” sighed one of our consultants, after talking with a mother panicking about her family holiday. The problem was, she could “only enjoy the holiday, if all the rest of them do!” Another Mum was putting her own needs last on the priority list, thinking that if she can just fulfill everyone else’ wishes, the family could hit that magical balance of fun, excitement, novelty and relaxation that makes for the perfect trip. Maybe after then, she could slip in one or two experiences for herself; a shame for the chief family organiser!
So what then are the perfect ingredients?
Co-founder and Director Sams explains in a little more detail why we should win this year’s British Travel Awards for our nominated categories. From our investment in travel experts, guides and importantly experiences, we believe we are a strong contenders to win! We hope you’ll agree and vote for us.
Co-founders Sam and Tom recently visited the off-the-beaten-track region of Mannar, Sri Lanka with travel photographer Damon Wilder. Situated in the northwest of the country, it’s a flat, wild west kind of landscape with an overlooked culture and identity. Here Sam reviews the new holiday experiences we have in development on the island:
Co-founder and MD Sam gives his insights into “green season” travel in Asia, providing plenty of tips to make the best of your holiday outside of the peak travel season.
I wanted to say a massive thank you to all of our fantastic clients for voting for us in the British Travel Awards. We were so pleased to win in the ‘Best Holiday Company to the Indian Ocean (Small)’ category.
Sam gives his insider tips on travelling in India. From turban tying, to kite flying to staying in castles, here he tells us more about his favourite experiences.
Following the success of the Tea Planter’s Wife, published a few weeks ago and now blowing up a storm on the Amazon best sellers lists, we were really pleased to be associated with another, very different book featuring Sri Lanka. This is John Gimlette’s travel book about his journey around Sri Lanka, the war and the aftermath: Elephant Complex, released last week.
A couple of years ago the major difficulty was in getting hotel rooms for our guests. There was such a rush of travellers wishing to visit Myanmar – and a corresponding lack of decent hotels.
We’re delighted that our favourite Sri Lankan eco-tourism project Abode Tours Community Homestay has been nominated and longlisted for the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards.
The Banda Islands of Indonesia are 200km from the nearest port town of Ambon and they lie peacefully in the Banda sea, roughly 2000km east of Java.
“The problem is that I’ve been to all of the countries you cover”, said one of our best customers whilst discussing where she would go next with her travelling companion and us at our offices in Clapham. “What about Indonesia”, I replied, to which she she said was “sorry, but it just doesn’t appeal as a holiday destination”.
Great news as India announces that the UK and Frances, along with 4 other countries, will be added to the list of approved countries able to get an e visa for a holiday in India