Lady Sandals

Lady Sandals

Thank you to Sandals resorts for inviting me onboard Lady Sandals last week.
This fantastic yacht is owed by Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Sandals Resorts.
We had a lovely lunch onboard and got to take a peep in all the Staterooms too.
Thank you Faye Shepherd for the kind invitation.




I will be giving you top tips on the destinations and attractions we visited and honest hotel reviews too.

I also have lots of pictures to share with you.

Look out for the post on driving tips for the USA.

We’ve been driving in the States for over 20 years now and we learnt a few things this time from the local sheriffs!!

Watch this space….


P&O’s Oriana

P&O’s Oriana

P&O’s Oriana


On Friday I had the pleasure of having a tour around Oriana and another lovely lunch!!


Oriana is an exclusively for adults, mid-sized ship.

Oriana elegantly combines classic design features such as teak decks and a tiered stern with delightful Art Deco touches. Exclusively for adults, she exudes refinement and luxury. Oriana’s signature features are a stunning atrium with a Tiffany glass ceiling and her panoramic Crow’s Nest bar.

Being a mid-sized ship Oriana takes 18880 passengers with 760 crew. The ship is 69,840 tons.


The broad teak promenade and lido decks are great for sun bathing and watching the world go by; the card room and wood panelled library are ideal for relaxing in, as are the bars which also include the Lord’s Tavern sports bar and the iconic Anderson’s bar.


Holidays should be relaxing and Oriana is the perfect place to relax with the beautiful Oasis Spa and salon. However, if you prefer to be a little more active whilst on holiday, you’ll find a state of the art gym, sports courts and golf nets.


Places to visit on Oriana include: Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Iberia, Norway, Iceland and Caribbean

If you would like more details of this cruise ship or any other cruise ships please just give me a call. If your interested in a tour of a ship you haven’t been on please get in contact with me.


Look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Jan on 07738 923911

South Africa Tour

South Africa Tour

The South Africa Tour


See South Africa in Style.

This 10-night itinerary features luxurious, 5-star accommodation at three of Red Carnation’s most stunning hotels. All the hotels are located in some of the most picturesque spots in South Africa and combined, they boast city excitement, a wilderness escape and a peaceful beach retreat.

Spend 4 nights in bustling Cape Town at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, where a complimentary shuttle to the stunning Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is provided. Followed by a 3-night stay at the stylish Bushmans Kloof in the heart of its very own private wilderness reserve. And finally, transfer to Durban for a 3-night stay at Oyster Box Hotel, which boasts stunning coastal views.



Overnight flight from Heathrow to Cape Town.

Met on arrival and transferred to the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa where you will spend the next 4 nights. This hotel is in an enviable location, flanked by the Twelve Apostles mountain range, close to Camps Bay and just ten minutes from the City Centre. There are a multitude of things to do and see in and around Cape Town. (b)

We have included in this itinerary:

A full day Peninsular Tour which travels via the busy town of Hout Bay to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and its scenic viewing point. We then stop at Boulders Beach to watch the curious African penguins, then travel to the historical naval port of characterful Simon’s Town in False Bay.

A full day Winelands Tour is a leisurely laid-back day of tranquillity and beauty in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, and alongside the sights and sounds of the rich historical and cultural heritage, we’ll be sampling wines of merit at local well known wine estates.


After breakfast, a private transfer by road to the Western Cape, where you will stay for the next 3 nights at the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat. Nestled between the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and the vast plains of the Great Karoo, Bushmans Kloof is located in a unique, unspoiled area, once the hunting grounds of the intrepid San and now home to a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Surrounded by the untamed wilderness beauty of open plains, deep ravines, spectacular waterfalls and ancient sandstone rock formations, this oasis has stunning vistas of wide open ‘desert’ landscapes. (b,l,d)


The following activities are included in this itinerary:
Nature drives
Guided rock art excursions
Botanical walks
Fly fishing and more.

Private transfer to Cape Town airport for flight to Durban, where you will stay for the next 3 nights at Oyster Box Hotel. The hotel is located on the coastal town of Umhlanga, just north of Durban. It combines colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and a breathtaking seaside setting. There is plenty to do in Durban including shopping in the largest shopping mall in Africa, where there are more than 350 stores, over 70 restaurants, 18 movie theatres, a theme park, a skate park, an indoor climbing rock and the highest fountain in Africa. (b)



Included in this tour is:

Private full day Durban Highlights Tour. Our journey takes us along the ‘Golden Mile’ which fronts the promenade and a range of superb beaches, we’ll visit the Kwa Muhle Museum, take in Durban’s exquisite Botanical Gardens, discover the rich Indian history of Durban, and experience our very first taste of the unique ‘Bunny Chow’ cuisine.

Transfer to Durban airport for your flight to Johannesburg and connect with your overnight flight to Heathrow. (b)

The hotel featured for Cape Town is an intimate, boutique hotel offering exceptional standards of service.
The location of Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa flanked by the dramatic Twelve Apostles mountain range, the hotel is situated near Camps Bay, ten minutes from the city centre.
Facilities at Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Offers two restaurants and a bar. Guests can enjoy two outdoor pools, mountain walks, 16-seat inhouse cinema, fitness room and the Twelve Apostles Spa and wi-fi throughout the hotel. Free day time shuttle to the V&A Waterfront is available.
Various charges payable locally.


Accommodation at Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
55 rooms and 15 suites with air-conditioning, bathroom, satellite TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Classic rooms (2 adults) have garden views. Mountain-facing rooms (2 adults) and superior seafacing rooms (2 adults and 1 child) are also available.

Transfer Time to Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Approximately 45 minutes from Cape Town airport.

Welcome drink on arrival
Fresh fruit in all rooms on arrival
Full English breakfast with oysters and sparkling wine
Health buffet between treatments at the Spa
Fresh fruit skewers, reading material, sunscreen and pool noodles for our younger guests (during the Summer months)
Bar snacks served all day in The Leopard Bar
Milk & cookies on turndown for under 16s



Prices from £2965 per person based on travel in January 2015.

If your interested in this tour or maybe a safari in Africa then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Call Jan on 07738 923911 or email

Look Forward to hearing from you.

JA Palm Tree Court & Spa

JA Palm Tree Court & Spa



Take advantage of this great offer to Dubai.

Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow
Valid for departures 01-28 September 14
3 nights with Breakfast included
Only £509 per person*
Extra nights may be added if required


Dedicated to an exceptional standard of family-friendly travel, this Dubai beachfront family hotel is part of the award-winning JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Just steps from the Arabian Gulf, 208 spacious low-rise 1- and 2-bedroom suites as well as junior suites with private balconies or terraces overlook the beautiful gardens.


In addition to the palm-lined beach, spa and four swimming pools, there are several restaurants, excellent sporting facilities and children’s entertainment clubs just waiting to be explored.

The warmth of the distinctive architecture and decoration in the lobby is matched by the warmth of the greeting you will receive at the reception before you are taken by chauffeur-driven caddy to your spacious suite or junior suite. Each beautifully appointed suite or junior suite in this relaxed, luxurious beach resort has a large dine out balcony or private terrace.
The suites also include tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, a personal safe and satellite television. The beautiful bathrooms add to the whole experience as they offer separate showers, designer baths and his and her vanity units.
From your suite you can walk past streams, waterfalls and ponds – all enclosed in the lush gardens. The 5-star luxurious family beach resort, JA Palm Tree Court offers everything you need for a stay of exceptional luxury accommodation in Dubai.


*This offer is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a room.
*Must book by 15th July.

For further information on this offer or any other holidays please call Jan on 07738 923911 or email

Look forward to hearing from you.

Renaissance St Pancras Hotel, London

Renaissance St Pancras Hotel, London


The California event I attended last week was held at the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel and this hotel has certainly got the WOW factor. It’s attached to St Pancras International Station making it the perfect hotel to stay in before  setting off on the Eurostar.

When you walk into the lobby it had such a great feeling to it. Although it was morning it was busy with people sat either working on laptops or just relaxing drinking tea. It stayed this way all day and by the afternoon, guests were arriving for afternoon tea. It was a warm bright lobby and I sat there for a while just taking in the atmosphere.


The Booking office is a great setting for breakfast, snacks or dining. There is an all day menu and again is just a great place to sit and soak up the atmosphere while looking at the great architecture. This also leads straight out to St Pancras Station where there is a great array of shops.

The Gilbert Scott restaurant is operated by one of Britains most celebrated chefs, Marcus Warring, who has just been announced as the new judge on Masterchef.

I got a quick peek at the St Pancras Spa with six beauty rooms, a fully equipped gym, Steam and Sauna rooms and a relaxation pool along with the relaxation room. It certainly looked very impressive to me.

There are two different parts to the accommodation here. The Chambers and The Barlow House. I got to see one of the great Chamber Suites on my tour and oh my. When I stay at this hotel The Chambers is where I will be resting my head. You have access to the Chambers Club where breakfast can be taken, light snacks are available throughout the day. You also have access to a Hotel Butler who will be able to assist you with practically anything.


Did you know that this is the only hotel in the world who has immigration clearance to escort you from your hotel bedroom to your train?? Pretty impressive.

Historic tours of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel run throughout the week and most weekends and last just over an hour. This would be a great way to see and learn the history of the hotel that originally opened in 1873


Did you know apart from the famous staircase featured in the Spice Girls first video ‘Wannabe’ in 1996 many scenes from films have also been shot here including Batman, Shirley Valentine, Bridget Jones and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.


Next time we travel on the Eurostar I will definitely begin my trip a day early and stay here. I recommend you do too. Please get in contact with me for rates and availability.

Have you already stayed here or been here for afternoon tea?? I would love to hear your thoughts.