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“I was lucky enough to be invited on a 2-night cruise for agents to experience the unique & luxurious life on board the Hebridean Princess.

The luxury of not having to fly was great and if you are at all nervous about travelling this holiday could not be easier. You can get a train to Glasgow (direct from York or Leeds) where you are met and transferred to the ship. Alternatively, car parking can be offered near to the cruise dock as well.

As soon as I boarded the Hebridean Princess I felt it was like a home away from home, but the best way to describe it would be a floating country manor hotel and the décor throughout followed this theme. The staff couldn’t be more welcoming from start to finish and the service is second to none. They remember your name, your favourite drinks order and in my case a dietary requirement although it was never spoken of but always taken care of & catered for with no extra fuss or hassle.

My cabin was very spacious with all amenities & added luxuries anyone could want, including a complimentary decanter of whisky & Molton Brown toiletries. Single travelers are well catered for as they have plenty of single cabins available and they don’t charge a huge surcharge for these which can be the case with other companies.

Food and wine are definitely a highlight on board the Princess as well. The restaurant mainly has tables for 2 however there are larger tables too so that single passengers are sat together and may be joined by staff – even the captain! The food on board really is fabulous with great choice and quality products to choose from. The wine was also top quality. Sailings are fully inclusive which means there’s no setting up on board accounts, the only purchases needed are gifts or souvenirs from the shop on board or shops on shore. Literally everything else is included so you could travel with no money at all if you so wished!

Excursions are tailormade for each sailing itinerary and will offer a good mix of gentle paced sightseeing, walking, and visiting places of historic importance. Bikes are also available for the more active guests to use on their time ashore. The excursion on our short trip was a day on the Isle of Aaron with a trip to the famous Whiskey Distillery where we were treated to a private guide and explanation of the process as well as learning about the history and not to mention the tasting of the products in question as well (lucky us!). This is a perfect example of the kind of excursion you can expect.

With stunning scenery, wonderful food, amazing service and such beautiful destinations I really did enjoy my 2-night trip on board and can honestly say it was an experience I will never forget and one I think anybody would enjoy. I can definitely see why The Queen herself and the royal family have taken a private charter of the ship for their own personal use. I say if it is good enough for her majesty it will do for me!

If you wish to discuss any journeys or aspects of my trip further with me please don’t hesitate to contact the office on 01937 845678 or email me on hollie@spa-travel.com

Book early for 17th December 2020 ex LeedsBradford

” I was lucky enough to be invited on a 4 day Luxury trip to Cyprus with Cyplon Holidays who are a luxury tour operator that specialise in tailor-made holidays in many destinations.
Our trip started at Manchester where we had a very easy check in and comfortable flight out to Paphos.
On arrival in Paphos we took a 20 minute private transfer to the Louis Ivi Mare Hotel which is a brand new 4 star hotel located 10 minutes from Paphos Harbour. The hotel has several different types of rooms ranging from Deluxe rooms to Superior rooms and Junior Suites with private whirlpools. For our evening meal we ate in one of three restaurants – the Japanese restaurant. The food here is beautiful and reasonably priced.
Breakfast came with a stunning view across the seafront where you can go for a nice morning stroll along the promenade which runs all the way down to Paphos harbour.
During our stay in Paphos we visited the Almyra Hotel, the Asimina Suites and the Athena Royal Beach, Athena Beach and the Annabelle Hotel. Please come in to see me if you’d like to hear about any of these properties or to find out which will suit you best.
After our hotel inspections had finished we had a lovely evening stroll around Paphos harbour where we sat in a local bar for some refreshments. Paphos is a lovely harbour town with lots of lovely restaurants & shops. The last time I visited Paphos was over 10 years ago so I expected it to be a lot more commercialised than it is.
After our 2 days in Paphos we headed to Limassol stopping at Pissouri on the way to view the Columbia Beach Hotel – one of my favourites. An absolutely stunning hotel with breath-taking views. After having lunch here we made our way to Limassol and had a stroll around the new marina which was lovely but a little bit purpose built for me. Out of the 2 destinations I think Paphos has a lot more to offer.
We then checked in to the Park Lane Hotel and had a tour. The hotel is set out like a resort there’s something for everyone, from sunbathing to water sports. The hotel has the best kids club I have ever seen in a hotel!
Over the next 2 days we saw the following hotels in Limassol – the Amara hotel which is absolutely stunning, the Four Seasons Hotel and the Amathus Beach Hotel. As the hotel was so booked up we were only able to view the Presidential Suite which was incredible!.
Our last day we visited the Mediterranean Beach hotel which I loved. We had lunch here and then headed back to the airport for our flight home!
Cyprus has been such an amazing experience, the quality of hotels here has really taken me by surprise & there really is something for everyone. For any further information pop into the office to see me or feel free to give me a call or drop me an email lucy@spa-travel.com 01937 845678″

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