I’ll never stop exploring
Somewhere on a deserted Mexican beach I worked out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Since returning from my travels in Central and South America eight years ago I have never looked back and have been working hard to expand my knowledge of the best destinations and experiences that the world has to offer. I love an adventure and getting off the beaten track, from the backstreets of Marrakech to the uncharted temples of Angkor Wat I am always on the lookout for those hidden gems that create lasting memories and really make a difference. India is a great passion, the colours, the atmosphere and the people are impossible to forget and keep me coming back again and again. Food is very high on my travel agenda and I am always full of recommendations from tiny Parisian bistros to 400 cover 24 hour buffets in Phnom Pehn and experimental foraged cuisine in Denmark. My big focus for the future is the USA, it is so vast and full of such a variety to explore that the possibilities are endless.
Favourite places I've been
Mexico – Mexico City, Ruins and the Riviera Maya
Morocco – Marrakech, and the Atlas Mountains
India – Keralan beaches and backwaters and Goan adventures
USA – New York and Los Angeles
Ecuador – Volcanoes, Trekking, Rainforest and Wildlife
Peru – Colonial Splendour and the Inca Trail
Europe – I can’t get enough of our wonderful neighbour’s culture, food and wine
Cambodia – Phnom Pehn and Siem Reap
Laos – Mekong thrills and the wonderful Luang Prabang
UK – I have a slight obsession with country house hotels
01. Think carefully about the number of locations for each trip, don’t be tempted to do too much within a short space of time. It’s impossible to cover a whole country in one trip so pick your most wanted and save the rest for next visit!
02. When planning a city break take the time to discuss restaurants and get your bookings in early, there is nothing worse than a bad meal and a great one can really make a holiday.
03. Don’t be afraid to ask. If there is something really special that you have always dreamed of doing it is often possible given a little forward thinking and the right connections. Be it a private dinner and cooking class with the hotel’s head chef or an after-hours tour of the Vatican and its private gardens, imagination is the key.
My hot picks
1. Chalet Pauline, Val d’Isère – For the perfect family ski experience Pauline has it all and feels so warm and homely.
2. Kasbah Toubkal, Atlas Mountains – For something completely different in Morocco the Kasbah can’t be beaten. It may not be the most luxurious property but the incredible location and Berber hospitality more than make up for it. Try adding it on to a weekend stay in Marrakech.
3. Malabar Serenity, Kerala – for pure relaxation Serenity is the most peaceful and downright relaxing property I’ve ever had the pleasure to stay at. As part of a Keralan Itinerary it makes a wonderful break between more active parts of the trip. Plus they have a pet elephant…
What my guests have said
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