My passion for travel started when I spent two months traveling round Australia in my Gap year between school and University. Inevitably I took a second Gap year after Uni and traveled the world with my boyfriend (now husband). The idea was to "get it out of my system." Needless to say it didn’t work so when I came across the opportunity to work for Scott Dunn I jumped at the chance!
With many European ski resorts under my belt, as well as a handful of Canadian from visits over there to see family, the natural place for me was within the Ski and Mediterranean team, however the lure of sunshine, warm seas and Mojitos soon beckoned and now I work as an Oceans and Islands travel consultant, covering the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Middle East beach destinations.
What my guests have said
"The best travel agent experience I have had in 30 years of travel. Extremely knowledgeable, excellent suggestions and able to accommodate our own private arrangements without any difficulty at all. Superb service. Quite simply our best ever vacation, with no complaints or areas for improvement whatsoever."
"Katie May helped us every step of the way. She helped us identify Sugar Beach as the perfect resort to meet our requirements. This was a particularly tricky vacation to book - after 25 years of vacations in our own villa in Spain, it was really important to get this Summer vacation right. Sugar Beach was a perfect choice for us!"
"Katie was very knowledgeable about a variety of Caribbean resorts and was extremely helpful, professional and efficient."
"The vacation was superb but equally the service received from your company was exceptional. Katie was brilliant and everything went as smoothly as possible. I will certainly be a repeat customer for your business in the future. Thank you."
"Katie May was exceptional. She really took time to understand our requirements and clearly understood our brief. We had originally had an idea of the hotel we wanted to stay in however through Katie's experience, she reognised this would not meet our brief. She provided a range of options and was really knowledgeable about different areas in Europe and specific hotels."
"Thank you very much for your follow-up call after our trip. It was very thoughtful of you. We appreciate it. Also, we would like to say thank you to you for organizing the whole trip and ensuring that it went as smoothly as possible. Everything that was organized in terms of flights, trains, arrivals and dinner bookings worked out as planned and we couldn't have asked for more. So thank you very much."
"I contacted 3 companies and it was Katie's approach that led to me filtering it down to just Scott Dunn."
"Katie selected a perfect fit for our family and I would absolutely trust Katie and Scott Dunn to provide hotel/villa recommendations in the future."
Favourite places I've been
If your vacation to the Maldives involves a sea plane, pack some light clothing and a fan in your hand luggage to change into at the sea plane terminal.
If you or your children don't fly well, why not break up the journey with a stop somewhere half way ish, and take in another destination.
On a trip to Australia, try something different and head for the west coast rather than the east.
Don’t apply DEET to freshly manicured nails (can you tell that I did this?!)!
When in Thailand make sure you “treat” yourself to a portion of Pad Thai from a street hawker for the grand sum of about 70p! Remains to this day my favorite dish!
In Mauritius, ask for a traditional punch of rum, sugar cane syrup and lime. Delicious!
My hot picks
A hidden gem for families who want something a little out of the ordinary. With its fabulous “Kids for all seasons” kids club, the Four Seasons is the perfect choice. Nevis itself is a charming and authentic Caribbean island 7 minutes from St Kitts.
With no near neighbors Shanti Maurice is a haven for families and couples alike. Their lovely kids club with its chesterfield sofa, shaded children’s pool and indoor and outdoor play areas will keep the little ones happy, whilst adults can enjoy the spa.