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I have been fortunate enough to visit a lot of wonderful destinations every year and I love discovering secret places!
Where I have travelled recently
This year, I have travelled to three destinations. I fell in love with the luxury and escapism of the Seychelles where I saw the turtles and stayed at Denis Island and the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. For all inclusive holidays, I highly recommend Crystal Cove in Barbados where so much was included in my stay.
My recent trip to America was unforgettable - visiting 12 ranches in three states in 9 days was an accomplishment in itself! Having never ridden before in the States, I felt completely at ease at all of the ranches and was overwhelmed by the warmth of the wranglers, the delicious hearty food and the breathtaking scenery. My favourites would have to be Black Mountain Ranch in Colorado, The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch and Goosewing Ranch in Wyoming. I'd love to return to Triple Creek in Montana for my honeymoon as it really was so romantic.
Most Memorable Experience
Snorkelling in the Maldives seeing reef sharks, turtles and tuna fish. The snorkelling blew me away! The Constance Moofushi was one of my favourite resorts in the Maldives.
My Favourite Destination
Depending on what I'm looking for in my holiday, my favourite destination changes. For pure relaxation, I can't help but love the Indian Ocean. I was swept away by the beautiful powder white sandy beaches, the calm warm seas and the great hospitality of Mauritius. If you are looking for activities you can ride quad bikes, go horse riding, visit local temples, walk in the indigenous forest, shop in Port Louis and that’s not even mentioning the array of water based activities the island has to offer.
However, The USA is definitely the top destination for discovering new and exciting destinations - every state has a new story to tell and I can't wait to further discover this varied country.
My Favourite Accommodation
For me it has to be the Dinarobin in Mauritius - with its beautiful beach, great Club-style rooms (the only kind in Mauritius!) and yummy food.
Destination Expertise & Hotels Visited
P Siddall says:
10/10. Rustic style room, very clean. Great destination, friendly staff, good food and the horseback riding suitable for all experience levels.
March 2, 2015
D Butler says:
The Atlantis was an excellent choice for a relaxing holiday.
February 22, 2015
J Martin says:
Excellent service provided by your team. They reply to emails quickly and always very helpful.
November 4, 2014
Emma Woods says:
I am back from Tanque Verde Ranch in AZ, just wanted to thank you again for all your work in organising this trip for me, went really well! It was great weather and the ranch was lovely, was amazing to see the desert and the mountains in Arizona. I am sure I’ll be planning a new trip to another ranch for 2015 soon…. Gets addictive!
October 17, 2014
C Gaggney says:
Carly was excellent. We normally use another company to book long haul but they were quoting us an inflated price so we decided to try Western & Oriental. The price was fair and Carly persisted with everything despite issues with availability, bed typeetc, until we were completely happy.
October 17, 2014
P Scadgell says:
Absolutely the most amazing adventure I've ever had! Will be going back for sure, heaven on earth!
September 13, 2014
Claire Kohler says:
Fantastic relaxing stay. Very attentive, kind service. Hotel and rooms were spotlessly clean, food consistent and varied. Service at times slow, but not a problem as we were on holiday. Super and flexible kids club, great pool, helpful beach and yacht club staff. Weather cool and windy at times, and cool at night but within my expectations. Thoroughly enjoyable break - thank you!
August 27, 2014
Ruth and Malcolm Jones says:
Just a note to let you know how pleased we have been with your Destination Expert Carly Crowe. She has been very professional at all times especially whilst we were making up our mind on the various options. We did receive three quotes (yours included in this) and one of the operators bombarded us with calls several times a day which was extremely off-putting and as we were spending a large sum of money we wanted to be sure it was the correct resort etc for us. Carly just left us to it with the provison that if we needed any further help/assistance just let her know, we feel you should know about her excellent approach and of course knowledge of area and resort which we needed as we have never been to Mexico and needed extra info. Anyway we are so looking forward to our trip and all thanks to Carly! She even organised extras for our holiday as it is our 40th wedding anniversary whilst at Maroma - totally unexpected and thoroughly appreciated by us!
August 20, 2014
Karen Green says:
Carly Crowe was a fantastic advisor, always ready and available to assist and was more than helpful even when I was on holiday emailing her. I have passed her details on to a friend of mine as they are looking to book a holiday to the Dominican Republic. The hotel we stayed in was fab, very friendly orientated and I am looking to book with you again for a 10 day trip just before christmas to the same hotel.
July 23, 2014
John Cowell says:
Our 6 week holiday in the USA went like a dream. Everything Carly organised went like clockwork without any hitches. The sights was saw in the National Parks that we visited were amazing and we will never forget them. All the hotels booked for us were of a good standard with some being exceptional. Also the trips that we booked though you all went perfectly.We were very pleased with the hand book that you sent with our tickets, and this became our bible from travelling from one place to another. We would certainly use you again if we do another holiday like this.
July 17, 2014
Anette Dramdal says:
We loved the ranch, it really felt like we were part of the family. One day we were even invited to come on the real thing!! The bull broke out of the pen with 12 cows, and we had to fetch them and bring them back home. Thank you sooo much for recommending this ranch to us.
July 16, 2014
Alice East says:
Gorgeous hotel and we were well informed by Carly about everything before we went and she even sorted out something while there. we really happy with choice and package. would definitely recommend.
June 11, 2014
Brian Stewart says:
A great holiday and these two resorts make a fantastic combination. It is hard to say which one we liked best! W and O is clearly highly regarded by both hotels as we got the best rooms in the categories booked, and Ottley's gave us a complimentary Sunday brunch which we weren't expecting! Just one slight negative, the transfers to and from the airport organised by the hotels were not private but shared with other pax.
November 22, 2013
Elaine Greenwood says:
Please keep WSR on your books – they are brilliant – a total ‘slice of heaven’ – unbelievable! And please stay the way you are as a travel agent, proper 100% class!
November 12, 2013
Julie Wood says:
Many thanks for organising the trip, all the hotels were great for our requirements and we were made very welcome at each resort. We had no issues with any of the reservations or hotels and everything went very smoothly. Delfina Meridien - lovely rooms, tiny pool. Great Valet and Concierge staff. Expensive wifi in rooms. Saguaro - very different and Non - corporate but we loved it. Great pool service.Tanque Verde Ranch - authentic ranch with extras, very welcoming and great staff in all departments. Mirage - Great location on the strip, lovely room with the exception of no coffee machine and no fridge in room and huge queues for coffee downstairs. Again though great staff in all areas. Many thanks again for choosing the right hotels for us!
November 6, 2013