I LOVE vacations. I love planning them, saving for them, looking forward to them and going on them! The planning stage is the best - pouring over websites, TripAdvisor and hotel Instagram pages. Or asking friends and collegaues for advice and recommendations. I am more of a little-and-often kind of traveler with lots of trips planned at a time and always plenty to look forward to.
There is too much of Europe unexplored and mountains un-skied to find the time to always get further afield but I have finally ticked Thailand off the bucket list and I can confirm to anyone that hasn't been, it is all it is billed to be and more!
What my guests have said
"Booking with scott dunn was fantastic. Katherine Gotta was very knowledgeable about all the resorts and helped us select the Verdura which has been amazing. One of the best vacations we have ever had."
"Katherine Gotla was excellent. She deserves a special mention as she followed up to book this vacation very proactively when other operators were slow. Great work."
"Katherine has been brilliant from start of inquiry – she was prompt with a response, not pushy, reliable and tried her best to make our stay as smooth and enjoyable as possible and was the reason we booked with Scott Dunn. She has also been excellent in following up to get feedback."
"We had the most amazing vacation in Zermatt, thank you Katherine. The apartment was great and the food first class, as was the service. Thank you for being so attentive to our needs before the vacation. We would certainly use Scott Dunn again and recommend you to others."
"As per our conversation last week I just wanted to put in writing what a wonderful vacation we had in the Verdura Resort in Italy. It totally surpassed our expectations and was more perfect that we could have even imagined! I'd also really like to say that both Sam and Taylor from the Scott Dunn kids club were fantastic. Our eldest daughter adored both of them and said that they were the best bit of the vacation!! They also did babysitting for us and were all round warm, kind and very helpful. All in all a top recommendation and some very satisfied, tanned and relaxed vacation makers."
"We don’t normally write thank yous however we have just returned from one of the best family vacations we have ever had at Darkoum C. Thank you to all at Scott Dunn particularly our chef Victoria, host Sam and Katherine Gotla, who dealt with the booking – all were exemplary throughout."
"It has quickly got round to summer vacation time again! You were enormously helpful last year when you helped me find my vacation for me and my son, William, at Daios Cove. We had such a wonderful time! So much so that we have been talking about going back there this year."
"Many thanks for organising a great ski vacation for us, you even managed to get the sun to shine on more than one occasion!"
Favourite places I've been
Amsterdam isn’t all about ‘brownies’ and the red light district – hire bikes and cycle along the canals – pre book Anne Frank’s house to avoid queuing for hours. Did you know Amsterdam is less than an hour from London?
If you are after a long weekend skiing then I highly recommend Megeve, France – I was recently in resort picking up my lift pass at 10.15am having left the UK earlier that day!
Book at table at Chez Vrony’s in Zermatt for lunch – ensuring to ski hard in the morning in order to justify a long lunch – and watch the sun gradually set over the Matterhorn.
When heading for skiing in Switzerland don’t overlook a train transfer – unlike France, most resorts have train stations and the scenery is stunning as you start mountain ascent. Book first class and enjoy the glass carriages for 360 degree views.
If you haven't been to Thailand - then go!
My hot picks
My favorite hotel in the Mediterranean and I can't get enough of it. The service is faultless, the staff amazing and the food is delicious. A long season means it is perfect for early summer or Fall sunshine.
So centrally located and the best place to sip cocktails in front of a roaring fire. Venture into the outdoor pool – at the foot of the slopes – and you won’t regret it.
For an early season weekend in Zermatt, stay at the Cervo Mountain Resort – the closest Zermatt has to ski in ski out and conveniently offers some of the best après ski also!
They welcome here like you are family and treat you like royalty throughout your stay. They cannot do enough for you and ensure your stay is perfect and memorable.
High on the cliff top this hotel has awe dropping views over the port. You are just a short walk from the traditional town of Soller with a sandy beach, local market and a huge choice of restaurants.