I joined Scott Dunn in 2007 and have spent most of my time heading up our Oceans and Islands team, however, I have most recently been involved in launching our fantastic new North America program and am now working on expanding this exciting new area to offer our guests some fantastic new adventures.
Canada has been a real passion of mine for many years, it is such a diverse country and offers something for everyone. One of my favorite places in the world is the west coast of Vancouver Island with its wild and wonderful beaches, exhilarating winter storms, black bear viewing and whale watching. In complete contrast, Quebec City is also a wonderful place to visit with its strong French influences and historic streets, it's just as enchanting in the summer sunshine as it is during the spectacular "Carnivale" that takes place in snowy February.
I recently returned from Florida where I found some fantastic new places for our guests to enjoy. Favourite place so far has to be the beaches in Naples, powder white sands that just go on and on and on...
What my guests have said
"So we are now home after the most amazing trip ever. I just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you for all the places you sent us, the accommodation we stayed at was beyond perfection for us. The quality of the hotels was unbelievable. We had the best vacation ever, and didn't want to come home which is amazing for us! So we are hooked on Scott Dunn. I will start to look for next August and hopefully we can come up with something."
"Anna Bleasdale did a great job. Really good recommendations (Vahine for one, and also the beach bungalow. I think that was the best room on the island). Inside knowledge and the consequent recommendations. It really worked and the choices made a difference."
"Anna clearly knows her stuff. No detail was overlooked in the planning. It was amazing. She was an expert, it could not have been better arranged from the locations of the hotels to the amenities on offer. The attention to detail throughout our trip was so impressive. Every thing seemed to have been thought of and taken care of in advance. I could not praise Scott Dunn enough - we had a fabulous time and little things like the printed itinerary and the little comments about places to visit en route made such a difference."
"Anna who organized our honeymoon knew all the hotels inside out and was able to provide honest feedback & advise based on her own experience as well as experiences of those that had been to the properties. Very professional - excellent knowledge and absolute pleasure to work with."
"Anna Northeast is utterly wonderful and always has good ideas of places to send me! We sent her cheers over a pina colada on more than one occasion."
"Superb! I would not consider booking a vacation with anyone else. Anna Northeast was excellent to deal with."
“Anna was really helpful throughout. After a brief conversation she understood exactly our requirements. The first longhaul proper vacation with our 1 year old twins and we had a great time. We even managed to return quite rested!”
"Anna. You were fab! You were extremely helpful when we were undecided as to whether to travel to Antigua in the light of recent events. The weather was great until the last day. Perfect!"
"Anna was exceedingly helpful and patient – given the amount of questions and changes I make!"
"Thanks so much for all your brilliant assistance and patience when we booked our Bahamas trip with you. We really had a lovely time and it was so relaxing. We will definitely be coming back to you in the future!"
"Nothing was too much trouble for Anna – a vastly better experience than with other agents."
"Anna is very helpful, patient, knowledgeable and we can’t thank her enough for introducing us to such a wonderful island and fantastic boutique resorts."
"We loved our Canadian vacation, organized by Alison and Anna. The Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Alberta was a favorite - the food and service were some of the best we’ve experienced. Both the remote and city properties and the bear watching tour were really memorable."
"In general, Scott Dunn seems to give good value for money. The service is excellent, the knowledge of the travel specialists is very good indeed: they are polite, helpful and very prompt. When I book with Scott Dunn I feel secure that they have sourced the most reliable local agents along with hotels and childcare which is of very good quality. Our main criteria is that the children must be happy on vacation, which in turn makes for a relaxing vacation for us!"
Favourite places I've been
- Nimmo Bay is one of the most exclusive wilderness retreats in Canada. Where else can you head out to lunch on a local glacier by helicopter?
- Takhini River Lodge offers one of the best spots in Canada for Northern Lights viewing. It even offers one bedroom with a skylight opening up to the spectacular aurora.
- The Breakers Hotel in Florida’s Palm Beach was built years before the town itself existed and was once used as a safe haven for bootleggers bringing illegal alcohol into the area.
My hot picks
The Auberge in beautiful Quebec City has been carefully and sympathetically renovated to offer a modern and comfortable hotel with a twist. It houses a living breathing museum within its walls, with artifacts from centuries gone by beautifully displayed.
This resort in British Columbia offers the ultimate luxury wilderness experience. Be enveloped in your comfortable safari style tent after a day kayaking, bear watching, fishing, horse riding or simply being pampered in their wellness spa.
Hotel Sacacomie is open year round and has a unique giant log cabin setting on a beautiful lake - perfect for families. Some fantastic on site activities include a bear and beaver walk, story telling in teepees, horse riding, dog sledding and ATV driving.
Nimmo Bay is one of the most exclusive wilderness retreats in Canada. Where else can you head out to lunch on a local glacier by helicopter?
Takhini River Lodge offers one of the best spots in Canada for Northern Lights viewing. It even offers one bedroom with a skylight opening up to the spectacular aurora.