“I recently visited India for the 4th time but his time to four places that I’ve never been to on previous trips and this has given me a whole new dimension for travel to India.
I started off in Mumbai (Bombay of Old) which is a wonderful city. ‘The Gateway to India’ based on a sea peninsula, it gives the city a totally different feel to any other Indian city I have visited. It has history, vibrant shopping areas, long sea front walks & great restaurants…… I could go on.
Famed for the Slums where Slum Dog Millionaire was filmed, it is amazing to see how people are working together in such conditions. Everywhere I looked, I saw smiling faces and it’s amazing to think that these slums generate over 650 billion pounds of revenue a year!
After Mumbai we traveled to the Majestic Desert area of Rajasthan, flying into Udaipur & then a road transfer to Jawai Leopard camp in Jawai. This area is literally miles from anywhere with stunning scenery. We saw rural India and local villages with the added bonus of seeing the elusive leopard on our game drives as well as stunning bird life.
The camp itself is pure luxury owned by the Sujan hotel group offers firstst class accommodation and food.
From here we drove to Jaisalmer in Northern Rajasthan to a camp called The Serai Luxury camp. Another first class property owned by Sujan Hotels, the camp is set in the desert so the theme is very much based on relaxation. The old town of Jaisalmer is only 20 minutes away and is famous for palaces and its Halevi’s. It’s a very intriguing, small yet wonderful city.
After the stay here we went back to Jodhpur – the Blue City. There is a very fascinating reason why it is painted blue….. but you’ll have to ask me for the answer!
Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and the Old bazaar are all a ‘must see’.
I was very fortunate to be there for the Turban Festival and loved spending the day in my turban! (fortunately, I didn’t have to tie it myself).
We finished the trip in Delhi but this time I saw a totally different side to the city. We explored by foot and local train. The new subway is amazing.
It was a brilliant way to finish a fantastic visit to such an amazing, vibrant, colourful & exciting country.
I’d be delighted to put together a trip to India for you, whether it be luxury or just comfortable – please give me a call and I’ll make your dreams come true!
“Being able to fly direct from Manchester to Abu Dhabi is a great plus and being the smaller of the major UAE States,it was such a fantastic surprise.
I had visited Abu Dhabi 25 years ago and it feels as though it has hardly changed apart from a few Skyscrapers.
It genuinely feels like you are in the Middle East and not Tinsel town with lots of traditional dress still being worn by both male & females. It isn’t as commercialised as Dubai.
It has wonderful beaches, great water sports and so many quality hotels at very reasonable prices.The stunning Abu Dhabi Mosque is well worth a visit. The amazing Ferrari World has fantastic rides & of course great cars. It is such a good day out.There is also a great water park – Water world and the Viceroy hotel with the Grand Prix circuit which is a must for a day of fun. If this isn’t enough, you can always go kayaking through the mangroves, take a desert Safari, play golf or visit the many parks followed by plenty of shopping in the extensive malls.
All in all Abu Dhabi is a wonderful holiday destination on its own or as a stopover on route to other destinations.
I loved it and will definitely return for a holiday next year! “
Paul received an email from happy clients commenting on his recommendations for two of their recent holidays, New York & Tenerife –
“Thank you Paul and team . Both holidays were perfect .
Love the Knickerbocker- brilliant rooms, breakfasts, roof top bar and restaurant.
Abama – bliss – as ever. MB restaurant and Beach Paella Party highlights .
Thank you for all your attention to detail, Mr & Mrs M & family”

“Hi Paul,

Hope you had a good holiday and are well rested.

We just got back at the weekend from our short trip to Lisbon staying at the Lisboa Plaza Hotel which turned out to be an excellent choice – could not fault it in any way. In fact we were given a superb suite on the top floor – and the complimentary decanter of very nice port (topped up daily) was a nice touch. We had clearly been upgraded and as we suspect you had a hand in this we would like to express our sincere thanks for what was a really pleasant surprise on our golden wedding anniversary trip. It really was appreciated.

We can highly recommend this hotel although it seems that building work may be about to start on a site next door and it would be worth checking this out prior to any booking.



“Hello Paul

We just want to say thank you for putting the trip together. It was a marvellous experience. Everything went to plan. The hotels were well selected and well located, each one with its own character. All the tours were perfectly organised and the guides were excellent with their personal insight into the history of the two countries giving the visits an additional dimension.

It was a pleasure to be amongst people who are so courteous and friendly. We are only sorry that we were unable to stay there for longer and visit other parts of two fascinating countries.

Yours faithfully

Philip and Susan ”


“Wow – another great trip! Thank you for arranging everything for our holiday to Iceland. Everything went smoothly, all the trips, transfers and hotel were fabulous (and we even saw the Northern Lights – fantastic).
Thanks Paul for also co-ordinating the 3 different parties from two different locations and 3 different lots of hotel room accommodation, we had a lovely two bed apartment in the hotel and the breakfast was delicious.
So once again, thank you so much Lucy & Paul, we would highly recommend all of the trip to anyone and couldn’t fault it.
Best wishes
Ann, Mark and Hannah “

A client recently returned from Antarctica and these are a few of his photo’s – an amazing experience!

“Hi Paul,
Who needs Trip Advisor when you know a bloke called Paul Dayson!
Once again you have sent us to a fantastic hotel, so similar to Spice Island in everything. Quality, friendliness, great food and booze (I’m learning from you – bubbly at breakfast means it’s all going to be good! )
We are in a two bedroom junior suite. Lovely sea view & 2 seconds from the beach.
ITC have been excellent so far. Remembering our flight was 4 hours late, they were there to greet us and the reception at the hotel was the best ever.
The Colony Club has a lot to live up to now!
Many thanks
Dave &Roz”

“Hi Paul,
Well we are here and you have,as always, come up trumps. Only been here a couple of hours after easy journey with Jean greeting us perfectly at the airport. We have been upgraded to an Ocean View Villa so can have breakfast in the Mirador. The room is great and has been decked in welcoming balloons and cards with humorous retirement statements plus a bottle of bubbly courtesy Ruth Quite amazing and thoughtful.
We are now down at the Beach Bar for a spot of lunch before a dip in the sea.
Thank you it’s very much all appreciated
Very Best
Dave and Roz “

Recently I was fortunate enough to take a trip to the wonderful country of Costa Rica in South America. Positioned between North and South America and between the Caribbean Sea & the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica offers a totally diverse eco system and a wonderfully varied landscape.  It has so much to offer the tourist that is looking for something ‘different’.

I traveled with one of our preferred Tour Operators, Distinctive Americas. My journey began at Gatwick and a direct flight on BA to San Jose before heading out to Tortuguero. We explored the Braulio National Park and the backwater canals. There is such an abundance of wildlife here, crocodiles, Howler monkeys and snakes to name a few! After a morning exploring it was perfect to be able to relax by the pool.

Next was the Cloud Forest area with the opportunity to visit a Poas Volcano in the Poas National Park. Standing at 2700 meters it has wonderful views from above the clouds over the National Park but also the journey up & down from the summit has a feel of an Alpine valley which was totally unexpected. Here we stayed at El Silencio Lodge & Spa with an abundance of stunning hummingbirds! The heat was a total contrast and there were so many activities to enjoy such as hiking, fishing, horse-back riding.

Arenal Springs was the next stop and as the name suggests, there are hot springs all over this resort from the Arenal Volcano which provides a stunning back drop. Arenal is a town with lots of bars and restaurants and again there are many activities to choose from.

We continued on to our last stop which was Manuel Antonio which again offers a variety of things to do as well as the stunning beaches. Here in the National Park I saw my first ever Sloth in the wild as well as the white faced monkey. Again Manual Antonio offers a good town area if you wish to venture out and eat locally.

monkey 1. 2 3 4In a summary, Costa Rica is a fabulous country with wonderful friendly people, amazing wildlife, plenty of activities, great food, value for money and is great for couples, families, singles & groups.

If this sounds interesting to you and you want to find out more then please contact me on 01937845678 or email me at paul@spa-travel.com.