Since joining Scott Dunn in 2007, I specialized first in the Indian Ocean and Caribbean and then for the last few years I've moved to specializing in North America. It’s a fascinating area of the world with amazing diversity from big cities to small towns, amazing scenery and wildlife - I return to again and again and always find something new to experience.
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’ve recently returned from my second trip to Florida and was excited by some of the new places I went to. Heading beyond the crowds to the north of the state and the beaches of Amelia Island was lovely. Then we headed further still and discovered some beautiful new spots in Georgia and South Carolina. Real hidden gems that are worth going that little way further to get to and just perfect for families and couples alike.
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 was fantastic. She was wonderful from the start and extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area. She was amazing when we had to change our itinerary, due to the wildfires in British Columbia, and she was extremely dedicated in finding a solution for us so that the children and I could have a fantastic and memorable vacation."
"Anna's knowledge was fantastic and made a real difference to our vacation. She was helpful, efficient and went out of her way to make everything work. We all had a great vacation - loved the Canadian scenery, were very impressed by the food, enjoyed the varied itinerary."
"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?
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.
The Montage Palmetto Bluff embraces the true hospitality of South Carolina. Spanish moss hanging eerily from the trees, a fascinating history and an afternoon 'porchin' all add to the deep south atmosphere there.