It wasn’t until I turned 18 and worked four jobs for five months to fund a round the world back-packing trip that my passion for travel emerged. This trip took me from Australia, to New Zealand and then ending up in Fiji, only returning home when my funds dried up.
Since then I have taken every opportunity possible to jump on a plane and head on another adventure. These trips have included a ski season in the French Alps, trekking in the mountains of Argentina, sleeping in a hammock in the Amazon, exploring the Garden Route in South Africa, driving out to the former Yugoslavia on a humanitarian aid mission and a trip up the east coast of the USA, being transported via longtail boat on Inle Lake in Myanmar, cruising through the pinnacles of Halong Bay in Vietnam, helicopter riding over the Southern Alps and Wanaka Lake in South Island, New Zealand and so many more adventures. Each journey has only furthered my appetite to see more of the world and the move into working in travel has provided me with the perfect opportunity to continue this goal and pass on my experiences and passion to others. Asia is a part of the world that captured me instantly and is somewhere that the more I see, the more I fall in love with. It has the most varied landscapes and cultures; the food is the best in the world and the people are so engaging and passionate.
What my guests have said
“Thank you for organising such a wonderful three weeks in Indonesia. We both had a fantastic time and absolutely loved Nihiwatu. So pleased you suggested staying the extra night there! We really appreciated how much thought you had put into all the timings, transfers and help with local bookings. It really was a vacation of a lifetime and hopefully we can book a few more with you over the years to come!”
"Many thanks for arranging an unforgettable vacation for us. Our first time in Myanmar and we could not have enjoyed it more. Your itinerary was excellent and everything worked like clockwork. We were even taken through the diplomatic channel at Yangon airport! A huge highlight was the Green Hill elephant camp and actually washing down the elephants in the river. I could go on for several pages but thank you and your team for a superb time which we will always remember. Very much appreciated."
"Now we are back from our New Zealand adventure, I just wanted to thank you for all the work you put in to making it such a fantastic trip. We absolutely loved all the places we stayed and the things we did and saw along the way, thanks entirely to meticulous planning and organization on our behalf."
"Thank you so much for organising our fabulous trip, we loved every minute! Everything ran like clock work and all the guides in every country were brilliant. Luang Prabang was top of our list so thank you for adding that in. Many thanks Sarah. We fancy Burma and India next!"
"Sarah was SO responsive and helpful throughout the entire process - and she really nailed it with the recommendations! All of the hotels were so beautiful with spectacular service, but Nihiwatu was certainly the most memorable in our opinion! It was truly a unique resort!!"
"We're having a great time thank you...We love Anantara! Thank you for sorting a great vacation!"
"Honestly, we can't thank you enough for the amazing effort you've put into our vacation for us; you've been such a pleasure to deal with and it really is above and beyond what we were expecting!"
"Excellent suggestions. Charming manner. Easy to deal with."
"Exceptional service! Especially Sarah Rowan"
Favourite places I've been
- Make time to stop off at the local tailors in Hoi An. They are unbelievably quick and with incredible results given the price tag. While you are waiting for your clothes to be made try ‘Morning Glory’ and ‘Mango Mango’ for a delicious for a bite to eat.
- New Zealand is famed for its lamb, but the fresh fish here is truly delicious, from crayfish in Kaikoura, to whitebait patties on the west coast of the South Island, there is so much to chose from.
- If you are visiting Wanaka spoil yourself with a helicopter ride over the lakes and Southern Alps for a totally mind-blowing scenery. You can even stop on a glacier or at the top of a deserted mountain, and enjoy the panoramic views in total privacy.
- Make an advance booking at Nahm Restaurant at the Metropolitan Bangkok and experience the sensational Thai cuisine (look out for the chilli in some dishes!). This is a destination in its self and has deservedly been awarded World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
My hot picks
So effortlessly chic and sophisticated. Situated right in the heart of the old town of Chiang Mai, it is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere of the city. At night it glows with soft lighting and has an enchanting and relaxed atmosphere.
Only accessible via helicopter it provides the most spectacular arrival ever, and is totally remote and exclusive, situated in the heart of the Southern Alps with nothing but the mountains surrounding you.
This is one of the few places in the world where photos do not do it justice. It is breathtakingly beautiful, unbelievably peaceful and a place so hard to drag yourself away from. The main swimming pool is my favorite pool in the world!