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Chantel Smuts

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Welcome, my name is Chantel and I am your personal Travel Counsellor.

I live in Allen’s Nek in Johannesburg, however I’m a Capetonian born and bred.

I have over 20 years of experience in the travel industry and I joined Travel Counsellors in 2016, where I have started my own travel franchise. I have gained invaluable knowledge over the years by taking on leadership roles and learning all aspects of the travel industry. This knowledge will benefit you, my client, as I take on the responsibility of ensuring that I not only meet but exceed your expectations. No detail is too small!

I have personally travelled to the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, Paris, Amsterdam, Bali, Dubai, India, Thailand, Malawi, Uganda, Cancun, Australia, Croatia and throughout beautiful South Africa.

I have experience in travel from family holidays, honeymoons, business travel, group bookings, organised tours, school and sports tours and anything to do with travel. I have learnt that no query in this industry is the same and I love the challenge of putting together an itinerary that I have never done before.

I love being a Travel Counsellor because I can offer my clients the best service by working out of the comfort of my home all the while giving them the full attention that they desire. I will go the extra mile to ensure that no detail has been forgotten. I have access to deals at very competitive prices – no matter where you want to travel to.

My loyal clients speak with praise and satisfaction for the memories they cherish on the vacation trips that we planned together. It would be my pleasure to offer my services and to create your lifetime memories by planning your unique dream holiday!

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Getting back to business

2/4/2021

Here's why you can rely on me, a Business Travel Counsellor to help you navigate a new travel landscape. I can help make your travel plans seamless.

World of Good

2/4/2021

If you plan on travelling ?later this year, please feel free to get in touch with me and I'll be happy to offer you my personal advice, guidance and expertise.

Aha Alpine Heath Chalet

11/29/2020

A tour of the 3 bedroom two level chalet at Aha Alpine Heath in Drakensberg.

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I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.

Magical Christmas Getaways: Best Places to Travel to Over the Holidays

29 September 2023

Christmas is a time of joy, celebration, and wonder, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by exploring enchanting destinations around the world? Whether you're seeking snowy winter wonderlands or tropical escapes with a holiday twist, this travel blog will guide you through the best places to visit over Christmas time. Vienna, Austria Vienna transforms into a fairytale city during Christmas. Explore the enchanting Christmas markets, sip on mulled wine, and listen to classical concerts. Don't miss the stunning decorations at Schönbrunn Palace. Quebec City, Canada For a truly magical white Christmas, head to Quebec City. The Old Town, with its cobblestone streets and historic architecture, is like stepping into a Dickens novel. Enjoy the German Christmas Market and ice skate in Place D'Youville. Santa Claus Village, Lapland, Finland Embrace the spirit of Christmas at the official hometown of Santa Claus. Meet Santa, go dog sledding, and witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights dancing in the Arctic sky. New York City, USA New York City is famous for its extravagant holiday displays. Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, ice skate in Central Park, and shop at the festive Bryant Park Winter Village. Strasbourg, France Known as the "Capital of Christmas," Strasbourg boasts one of Europe's oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets. Explore the city's medieval streets adorned with twinkling lights. Prague, Czech Republic Prague's charming old town and Gothic architecture make it a picturesque Christmas destination. Enjoy the Old Town Square Christmas market, illuminated by the grand Christmas tree. Sydney, Australia Experience Christmas Down Under with a beachy twist. Celebrate with picnics, barbecues, and carol concerts on the iconic Bondi Beach. The festive atmosphere is contagious. Reykjavik, Iceland For a unique Christmas experience, visit Reykjavik. Celebrate with the locals at the Christmas markets, and if you're lucky, witness the incredible natural wonder of the Northern Lights. Salzburg, Austria Another Austrian gem, Salzburg, offers a charming Christmas atmosphere. Explore the historic Getreidegasse, indulge in traditional Austrian pastries, and attend classical concerts in Mozart's birthplace. Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen is a winter wonderland, with its picturesque Tivoli Gardens transformed into a Christmas fantasyland. Taste Danish holiday treats, shop for handcrafted gifts, and ride the festive roller coasters. Christmas is a magical time, and these destinations add an extra layer of enchantment to the holiday season. Whether you dream of a snowy Christmas in Europe, a beachy celebration in Australia, or an Arctic adventure in Lapland, these places offer unique and memorable ways to experience the holiday spirit. So, pack your warmest sweater or your swimsuit, and create cherished holiday memories in one of these incredible destinations. Merry travels and happy holidays!

October's Delight: Exploring the Best Places to Visit

28 September 2023

October is a magical time of the year when nature paints the world in hues of red, orange, and gold, and the air becomes crisp and invigorating. It's the perfect month for travelers seeking a blend of autumnal beauty, cultural experiences, and delightful weather. In this travel blog, we'll take you on a journey to some of the best places to visit in October, each offering its unique charm and experiences. Kyoto, Japan: Known as the "City of Ten Thousand Shrines," Kyoto comes alive in October with stunning fall foliage, or "koyo." The city's temples and gardens are bathed in vibrant red and orange hues, making it a prime destination for autumn leaf-peeping. Don't miss the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The cooler weather also makes exploring the historic streets and indulging in traditional Japanese cuisine all the more enjoyable. New England, USA: For a quintessential autumn experience, head to New England. The region's forests burst into a kaleidoscope of colours in October, with Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine being particularly stunning. Take a scenic drive along the Kancamagus Highway, visit apple orchards, and savour freshly baked apple pies and cider donuts. Marrakech, Morocco: October is an ideal time to explore the enchanting city of Marrakech, as the scorching summer heat begins to wane. Explore the bustling souks, get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the medina, and marvel at the intricate architecture of the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. The nights are still warm, perfect for dining under the stars in a traditional riad. Santorini, Greece: While summer crowds have dissipated, October in Santorini still offers pleasant weather and beautiful sunsets over the caldera. The island's iconic white-washed buildings stand out against the deep blue sea, creating a picturesque setting for relaxation and exploration. Visit Oia for the most famous sunset views and explore the island's historic sites and wineries. Queenstown, New Zealand: Spring blooms in New Zealand make October an excellent time to visit Queenstown on the South Island. As the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown offers a wide range of outdoor activities, from bungee jumping to hiking in the stunning Fiordland National Park. The vibrant landscapes and mild weather make it an adventurer's paradise. Prague, Czech Republic: Prague in October is a fairy tale come to life. The city's historic architecture is even more enchanting against a backdrop of falling leaves. Stroll along the Charles Bridge, visit Prague Castle, and savour hearty Czech dishes in cozy pubs. The annual Prague International Film Festival and the Prague Writers' Festival often take place in October, adding cultural allure to your visit. October is a captivating month for travel enthusiasts, offering a diverse array of destinations that showcase the beauty of autumn. Whether you're drawn to the colourful foliage of Kyoto, the quaint charm of New England, the exotic allure of Marrakech, the romantic vistas of Santorini, the adrenaline of Queenstown, or the historic magic of Prague, there's a perfect October destination waiting for you. Embrace the changing season and create unforgettable memories in these remarkable places.

10 Must-Visit Destinations in Your 20s: A Traveller's Bucket List

28 September 2023

Your 20s are a time of exploration, self-discovery, and adventure. It's the perfect decade to spread your wings and explore the world. Whether you're seeking breathtaking natural landscapes, vibrant cities, or cultural experiences, there are countless destinations waiting to be discovered. In this travel blog, we'll take you on a journey to 10 incredible places that every twenty-something traveller should have on their bucket list. Bali, Indonesia Bali offers a perfect blend of pristine beaches, lush jungles, and a vibrant cultural scene. Explore ancient temples, surf world-class waves, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Seminyak and Ubud. Barcelona, Spain This Mediterranean gem combines stunning architecture (hello, Sagrada Familia!), delicious tapas, and a lively beach scene. Stroll along La Rambla, soak up the sun on Barceloneta Beach, and dance the night away in some of Europe's best clubs. Machu Picchu, Peru Hike the Inca Trail to witness the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu at sunrise. This ancient city hidden in the Andes Mountains is a testament to human ingenuity and offers a profound cultural experience. Tokyo, Japan Tokyo is a futuristic wonderland with its neon-lit streets, innovative technology, and rich culture. Don't miss the bustling markets, serene gardens, and a visit to the world-famous Robot Restaurant. Santorini, Greece With its iconic blue-domed churches and breathtaking sunsets over the Aegean Sea, Santorini is a paradise for romantics and adventure-seekers alike. Explore the charming villages, dive into crystal-clear waters, and savour Greek cuisine. New York City, USA The Big Apple is a city that never sleeps and is packed with iconic landmarks like Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. Embrace the diversity, culture, and energy of this metropolis. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio is a city that knows how to celebrate life. Dance to the rhythms of samba, hike up Sugarloaf Mountain, and relax on the world-famous Copacabana Beach. The Christ the Redeemer statue is a must-see. Amsterdam, Netherlands Known for its picturesque canals, historic architecture, and vibrant art scene, Amsterdam offers a unique blend of history and modernity. Rent a bike, explore the Van Gogh Museum, and experience the city's open-minded culture. Chiang Mai, Thailand Escape to the tranquil beauty of northern Thailand in Chiang Mai. Immerse yourself in Thai culture by visiting temples, exploring night markets, and even participating in a traditional Thai cooking class. Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town boasts stunning landscapes with Table Mountain as its centrepiece. Explore the Cape Winelands, spot penguins at Boulders Beach, and take a scenic drive along Chapman's Peak Drive. Your 20s are a time to create memories, push boundaries, and broaden your horizons. These 10 destinations offer a perfect mix of adventure, culture, and natural beauty. So, grab your passport, pack your bags, and embark on the journey of a lifetime. These incredible places will leave an indelible mark on your heart, and you'll return home with a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences. Happy travels!

Indulging in Opulence: A Luxurious Journey Around the World

19 September 2023

Welcome to a world where extravagance knows no bounds, and luxury is the only way to travel. In this travel blog, I invite you to embark on a whirlwind adventure filled with opulence, grandeur, and unparalleled experiences. From lavish accommodations to gourmet dining, private yachts to exotic destinations, join me as we explore the pinnacle of luxury travel. The Art of Arrival The journey begins as you step onto the red carpet at the world's most luxurious airports. Imagine being greeted by a personal concierge, whisked away in a chauffeured limousine, and escorted through VIP lounges where you can relax in style before your flight. Luxury lounges offer an array of amenities, including spa treatments, gourmet meals, and exclusive access to the finest champagne. Palatial Retreats When it comes to accommodations, luxury travel means staying in the most opulent and exclusive properties on Earth. Picture waking up in a private overwater villa in the Maldives, or enjoying a suite at a historic European castle. These palatial retreats offer unrivalled privacy, personalized service, and breath-taking views. Gourmet Delights Indulge your palate with culinary creations from world-renowned chefs. In the world of luxury travel, dining is an art form. From Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate private dinners on the beach, every meal is a gastronomic masterpiece. Savour the finest wines and delicacies from around the globe, and let your taste buds embark on their own journey of discovery. Beyond First Class Luxury travel isn't just about flying first class; it's about private jets and helicopters, where you set your own schedule and travel in complete comfort and style. Explore remote destinations with ease, and land at private airstrips where the world is your playground. Your journey becomes a seamless and exclusive experience. Adventures in Style Luxury travel isn't limited to relaxation; it's about creating unforgettable memories. Explore exotic locales with private guides, embark on safaris in Africa, or cruise the Mediterranean on a luxury yacht. These bespoke experiences allow you to discover the world in a way that's tailored to your desires. Spa and Wellness Retreats Pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments and wellness programs that cater to your every need. Luxury spas around the world offer holistic therapies, cutting-edge technology, and natural beauty in the most serene settings. It's a journey of self-care and rejuvenation. Exclusive Experiences From front-row seats at the world's most prestigious events to behind-the-scenes access to cultural landmarks, luxury travel opens doors to exclusive experiences. Witness the Monaco Grand Prix, attend a private opera performance in Italy, or explore the pyramids of Egypt without the crowds. Luxury travel is a world where every detail is meticulously curated to provide you with the most exceptional experiences. It's about indulging your senses, exploring the world in style, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. So, why wait? Start planning your journey into the lap of luxury and discover a world where opulence knows no bounds. Your next adventure awaits, and it's bound to be nothing short of extraordinary.

10 Australian experiences every traveller should include

14 September 2023

Australia richly rewards visitors to it's shores. If you're not taken in by the cosmopolitan cities, art, culture, or foodie scene, the breathtaking natural beauty will certainly enchant you. But because of its size, it's difficult to know where to start exploring. We’ve looked at some of the must-sees and -dos in this thrilling part of the world. Beach hop along the west coast The west has some remote, wild beaches best sought out on a leisurely road trip. Some are within easy reach of Perth, including those of Rottnest Island or Scarborough. Alternatively, the Margaret River region with its famous wineries (see below) has some superb stretches, and the Great Ocean Drive links West Beach, Fourth Beach, Nine-Mile Beach and Twilight Beach. Catch a football game at the MCG The world’s biggest cricket stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground has also been the home of Australian football since 1859. Catch a match here and you can also visit the Australian Sports Museum and take one of the fantastic stadium tours. Watch sunrise at Uluru Sacred to indigenous Australians, this sandstone monolith in the heart of the Red Centre in the Northern Territory is at its most spectacular at dawn, when the first rays of light hit the rock. Snorkel the Ningaloo Reef This World Heritage Site in north-western Australia is one of the planet’s largest, healthiest fringing reefs, with coral gardens as spectacular as those of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s perfect for snorkelling for those with moderate to high fitness and abilities. Wine and dine throughout Margaret River Home to some of Australia’s best wine producers (offering tours and tastings), this part of western Australia is also filled with creative chefs, working farms to visit, fruit-picking sites, farmers’ markets and cooking schools, for a fully immersive foodie experience. Watch the penguins come ashore on Phillip Island Day-trip distance from Melbourne, this stretch of sand is home to the world’s biggest colony of little penguins (Eudyptula minor). Come in the evening to stand on a viewing platform or boardwalk and watch them waddle from the ocean to their burrows. Ranger tours are also available. Hike Cradle Mountain in Tasmania A gorgeous climb for experienced hikers, this 12.5km route in the pristine Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park generally takes around seven hours. In the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain has spectacular wildlife including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna, wombats and the black currawong. Take a swim at Bondi Icebergs, Sydney At the southern end of Bondi Beach, this tidal pool (its unheated water is taken directly from the ocean) is part of an Australian winter swimmers’ club established in 1929 but is open to everyone all year round. There’s also a small museum, an Italian restaurant and a bar. Escape the heat at Streets Beach, Brisbane Australia's only beach in the middle of a city, this artificial swimming beach overlooking the Brisbane River and Central Business District is a sparkling blue lagoon giving blissful respite from the temperatures of the Queensland capital. Visit Daintree National Park in search of a cassowary North of the diving mecca of Cairns, the oldest rainforest on the planet, dating back 135–180 million years, is home to the ‘world’s angriest bird’, the large, flightless, horned-headed cassowary, which might be encountered as you drive. Failing seeing one in the wild, Port Douglas’ Wildlife Habitat is a good second-best.

5 of the best destinations with black sand beaches

14 September 2023

Here are some of the world’s best destinations that are also home to black sand beaches. While they are certainly unusual, many of them are worth a visit, whether you’re topping up your tan, feeling the cool Atlantic breeze or are just looking for something different to do on your next holiday. Iceland Reynisfjara is a world-famous black sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland. Created by lava flowing into the ocean which cooled as it touched the water, this eye-catching natural wonder also features stunning basalt columns on the face of Gardar cliff that would give the Giant’s Causeway a run for its money. Away from Raynisfjara, Iceland has plenty of natural attractions to entice visitors. One of the most popular trips is to the Golden Circle – a sightseeing route laden with natural beauty and attractions. While a lot of the tours follow different routes, most of them will visit the main sights including Geysir, with its exploding hot springs, the awe-inspiring Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which straddles the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Tenerife The largest and most visited of all the Canary Islands, welcoming over 10 million travellers a year, Tenerife is one of Europe’s ultimate holiday hotspots. The majority of its beaches were made of black, volcanic sand, and although tourism officials have invested heavily to import golden sand from the Sahara, there’s plenty of the original left to enjoy. The black sand on Tenerife is less sticky and grainy than the golden sand, making it easier to brush it off your little ones when it’s dry. In addition to a booming beach scene, Tenerife also has top attractions such as Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks, and Loro Parque, a tree-top adventure playground, as well as the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park with its various hiking trails. Alaska Just 60 miles from Anchorage, the black sand beach at Prince William Sound sits at the foot of tidewater glaciers, waterfalls and green hillside while also being home to diverse wildlife. At this beach, one of the most popular activities is kayaking, but make sure to bring your wetsuit as the water can be a bit nippy. Aside from Prince William Sound, the spectacular Arctic wilderness has dramatic mountains, glaciers and fjords, as well as historic frontier towns where you can hear tales of the Great Gold Rush. Denali National Park is one of its top attractions, with over 18,000 feet of ascending rock, ice and snow spread over six million acres of wild land, where visitors can enjoy dog sled rides in the winter and beautiful lakes in the summer. Alaska also offers opportunities to spot wildlife including whales, otters, bears and eagles and, when night falls, the shimmering Northern Lights. Hawaii Waianapanapa State Park’s Pebble Beach was formed in the same way as Reynisfjara, though has a slightly warmer climate. Dotted with freshwater caves, lava formations, ancient burial grounds and temples, this beach is a perfect spot for tanning and dipping your feet in to cool off, as black sand is considerably hotter than white or golden sand. In addition to exploring the rest of the state park and its natural crowd-pleasers such as the anchialine pools and its seabird colony, Hawaii has plenty to offer visitors including island-hopping activities, stretches of beautiful coastline and excellent hiking opportunities including Haleakala Volcano, which is the perfect spot to catch a sunrise. Santorini This Greek island may be famous for its whitewashed buildings, but in Santorini, you can also find sumptuous black sand and the warm Mediterranean Sea that laps up on it. One of the island’s top spots for relaxation are the beaches of Perissa and Perivolos, which are essentially the same strip of black sand, just one is in the north and the other is in the south. But Santorini isn’t all about catching rays and relaxing the day away, as there are plenty of things to do on the island. Head to its most famous monument, Imerovigli, a white church with a blue dome that looks out across the sea, ascend Santorini Volcano for incredible views across the region or even head to Kamari Village and catch a movie at the open-air cinema.

Introducing our app: myTC

14 September 2023

I know how important your personal Travel Counsellor is to you for all of your travel plans. And now you can even take me on holiday with you – in a virtual sense anyway! myTC is a personal extension of myself, your personal Travel Counsellor that will always be with you, wherever you are in the world. How does the myTC app work? myTC provides personalised information about all of your bookings, and gives you a countdown of the days until departure. During your travels, myTC provides access to all of your travel documentation and itineraries, even when you’re offline. You can also contact me anytime, anywhere at the touch of a button. It couldn’t be easier! Want to let your friends and family know about your holiday? With myTC you can share your journey with others on social media. And if you’d like to shout about the fantastic service you received from me, your personal Travel Counsellor, you can share my contact details with your friends and family too!

Blooming Adventures: Springtime in South Africa

14 September 2023

As winter fades away, South Africa comes alive with a burst of colour, energy, and life. Spring in this beautiful country is a magical time when the landscape transforms into a kaleidoscope of wildflowers, lush greenery, and vibrant wildlife. Join me on a journey through South Africa during spring, where we'll explore its diverse landscapes, encounter incredible wildlife, and savour the unique flavours of this captivating season. 1. The Wildflower Extravaganza Spring in South Africa is synonymous with wildflowers. One of the most enchanting places to witness this floral spectacle is Namaqualand, a region in the Northern Cape. Here, the arid landscape is completely transformed as millions of wildflowers bloom in a riot of colours, creating a breath-taking carpet that stretches as far as the eye can see. The best time to visit is between August and September when the flowers are in full bloom. 2. Wildlife Encounters Spring is also a fantastic time for wildlife enthusiasts. Head to Kruger National Park, one of Africa's premier wildlife destinations, to witness the incredible animal migrations. As the rains arrive, the bushveld transforms into a lush paradise, and animals gather around waterholes, making it easier to spot the Big Five and a wide variety of other wildlife species. 3. Whale Watching The South African coastline offers excellent opportunities for whale watching during spring. In Hermanus, you can witness southern right whales as they migrate from Antarctica to give birth in the sheltered bays along the Western Cape. The Whale Festival in September is a great time to visit and celebrate these magnificent creatures. 4. Adventure in the Drakensberg Mountains For those seeking adventure, the Drakensberg Mountains in spring are a hiker's paradise. The weather is mild, and the trails lead you through pristine wilderness, past waterfalls, and to awe-inspiring viewpoints. Hike to the Amphitheatre, a towering cliff face that will leave you breathless with its beauty. 5. Blooming Gardens Spring is also a wonderful time to explore the gardens of South Africa. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town is a highlight, featuring a wide variety of indigenous plants and stunning views of Table Mountain. The West Coast National Park offers another botanical gem with its Postberg Flower Reserve. 6. Culinary Delights South Africa's cuisine is a delicious fusion of flavours, and spring brings an abundance of fresh produce. Don't miss out on the opportunity to taste local dishes like bobotie, bunny chow, and boerewors. Visit farmers' markets to savour freshly harvested fruits, vegetables, and artisanal cheeses. 7. Festivals and Cultural Experiences Spring in South Africa is also a season of festivals and cultural celebrations. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, held in March or April, attracts music enthusiasts from around the world. Additionally, you can experience traditional cultural events, such as the Nama Rieldans Festival in the Northern Cape, where you can witness vibrant dance performances. South Africa in spring is a sensory overload of colours, scents, and experiences. From the breath-taking wildflower displays of Namaqualand to the thrilling wildlife encounters in Kruger National Park, this season offers a diverse range of adventures and natural wonders. So, pack your bags and immerse yourself in the magic of South Africa's springtime; it's a journey you'll cherish forever.

The Best Places to Take Pictures for Social Media Around the World

14 September 2023

In today's digital age, our wanderlust often leads us to picturesque destinations that serve as the perfect backdrop for our social media feeds. From stunning landscapes to vibrant urban landscapes, the world is filled with enchanting places that are simply made for sharing. Join me on a virtual journey as we explore some of the best places to take pictures for social media across the globe. Santorini, Greece The quintessential Greek island, Santorini boasts iconic white-washed buildings with brilliant blue domes set against the deep azure sea. Capture the mesmerizing sunsets in Oia, where the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the island. Kyoto, Japan Kyoto offers a blend of tradition and modernity. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of bright orange torii gates. Don a kimono and stroll through the historic Gion district, where you might spot a geisha or two. Antelope Canyon, USA This narrow sandstone slot canyon in Arizona is a photographer's dream. The play of light and shadows creates mesmerizing patterns. Capture the ethereal beauty during the midday when beams of sunlight penetrate the narrow openings above. Machu Picchu, Peru The ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu is perched high in the Andes and provides a breathtaking backdrop. Hike the Inca Trail for a panoramic shot of the ruins emerging from the mist. Santorini, Greece The quintessential Greek island, Santorini boasts iconic white-washed buildings with brilliant blue domes set against the deep azure sea. Capture the mesmerizing sunsets in Oia, where the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the island. Cappadocia, Turkey Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia's otherworldly landscapes, where whimsical rock formations and caves abound. The sunrise view of a sky filled with colourful balloons is a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. The Maldives Crystal-clear waters, overwater bungalows, and stunning coral reefs make the Maldives a paradise for beach-loving photographers. Capture the vibrant marine life while snorkelling or simply enjoy the endless shades of blue from your private villa. Bora Bora, French Polynesia Known for its overwater bungalows and lush greenery, Bora Bora is a tropical haven for Instagrammers. Rent a kayak or paddleboard for a unique perspective of the island's clear waters and coral reefs. These stunning destinations offer more than just beautiful scenery; they provide unforgettable experiences and the perfect content for your social media platforms. Whether you're into landscapes, culture, or adventure, there's a place on this list that will cater to your photography dreams. So pack your bags, charge your camera, and get ready to explore the world through the lens of your social media accounts!

Romantic Escapes: Top Destinations for Couples

14 September 2023

There's no better way to strengthen your bond with your loved one than by embarking on a romantic getaway together. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, rekindling the flame, or just seeking a break from the daily grind, the world is filled with enchanting destinations perfect for couples. In this travel blog, we'll take you on a journey to discover some of the most captivating and romantic destinations for couples to explore. Get ready to create unforgettable memories with your significant other! Paris, France - The City of Love: Paris needs no introduction when it comes to romance. Known as the "City of Love," Paris is a timeless classic for couples. Stroll hand in hand along the Seine River, visit iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, and savour delectable pastries at quaint cafes. Don't forget to explore the charming Montmartre neighbourhood and its artistic vibes. Santorini, Greece - A Greek Love Affair: Santorini's stunning sunsets, whitewashed buildings, and crystal-clear waters make it a dream destination for couples. Explore the charming villages of Oia and Fira, relax on unique black sand beaches, and indulge in delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Santorini's beauty will leave you and your partner breathless. Kyoto, Japan - Serenity and Tradition: If you and your partner appreciate culture and tranquillity, Kyoto is the place to be. Explore ancient temples, stroll through picturesque bamboo forests, and experience traditional tea ceremonies. Cherry blossom season in spring and fall foliage in autumn add extra romance to this historic city. Bali, Indonesia - Tropical Paradise: Bali offers couples the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Discover stunning beaches, hike to picturesque waterfalls, and immerse yourselves in the island's rich culture. Enjoy a private villa with a view of lush rice terraces and indulge in spa treatments for an unforgettable romantic experience. Venice, Italy - A Gondola Serenade: Venice's winding canals and historic architecture provide a backdrop for a fairytale romance. Take a gondola ride through the charming waterways, visit the stunning St. Mark's Square, and savour authentic Italian cuisine. Venice's timeless beauty makes it a top pick for couples. Maui, Hawaii - Tropical Paradise in the Pacific: Maui is a slice of heaven in the Pacific Ocean, offering couples a taste of tropical paradise. Explore the Road to Hana's breathtaking waterfalls, watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park, and relax on the island's pristine beaches. The Aloha spirit and natural beauty make Maui an ideal destination for lovers. No matter your preferences, these top destinations for couples offer a diverse range of experiences that cater to every romantic taste. Whether you're wandering through the streets of Paris or relaxing on a Bali beach, these destinations are sure to create cherished memories that will strengthen your bond and leave you both with a lasting sense of wanderlust. So pack your bags, book your tickets, and embark on a romantic adventure with your loved one—it's time to write your own love story in these enchanting destinations.

Jet Lag Survival Guide: Conquer Time Zones and Explore the World

14 September 2023

Jet lag: the dreaded side effect of long-haul travel. We've all been there, stepping off a plane and feeling like a zombie as our bodies struggle to adjust to a new time zone. But fear not, fellow travellers, because in this blog, I'll be sharing some tried-and-true tips on how to survive and even thrive despite the clutches of jet lag. With these strategies, you can make the most of your adventures, no matter how far from home you roam. 1. Plan Ahead Your journey to conquer jet lag begins before you even board the plane. To minimize its impact, consider the following: Choose Wisely: Opt for flights that arrive at your destination during the daytime if possible. This aligns with your body's natural circadian rhythms, making it easier to adjust. Gradual Adjustments: If you have the time, start shifting your sleep schedule a few days before your trip. Go to bed and wake up an hour earlier or later each day, depending on your destination. Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can exacerbate jet lag symptoms, so drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your flight. 2. In-Flight Strategies The hours in the air can play a significant role in how your body copes with jet lag. Here's how to make the most of your time on the plane: Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine: Both alcohol and caffeine can disrupt your sleep patterns, so it's best to limit or avoid them during your flight. Hydrate: Cabin air is notoriously dry, so drink water regularly. It's also a good idea to avoid salty foods that can increase dehydration. Move Around: Stretch your legs, walk up and down the aisle, and do some in-seat exercises to improve circulation and reduce stiffness. Sleep Strategically: Depending on the time of your flight and when you arrive at your destination, you may want to try to sleep or stay awake on the plane. Follow the local time at your destination as closely as possible. 3. Upon Arrival Congratulations, you've made it to your destination! But your battle against jet lag isn't over just yet: Natural Light Exposure: Spend time outdoors during daylight hours. Natural light helps reset your body's internal clock and adjust to the new time zone. Stay Awake: If you arrive in the morning or early afternoon, resist the urge to nap. Push through the day to help your body adapt more quickly. Nap Strategically: If you must take a nap, limit it to 20-30 minutes to recharge without slipping into a deep sleep. Eat Smart: Try to eat meals at the local meal times, even if you're not hungry. This can help reset your body's internal clock. 4. Be Patient Remember that it takes time for your body to fully adjust to a new time zone. Jet lag can be frustrating, but stay patient and keep following these strategies consistently. It usually takes about a day per time zone crossed for your body to adapt fully. Jet lag may be an unwelcome companion on your travels, but armed with these strategies, you can minimize its impact and make the most of your adventures. Embrace the experience of exploring new cultures and destinations, and remember that a little jet lag is a small price to pay for the wonders of the world that await. So pack your bags, adjust your watch, and get ready to conquer time zones with confidence! Happy travels!

Travel Tips for First-Time Travellers

14 September 2023

Traveling for the first time can be an exhilarating and sometimes overwhelming experience. Whether you're jetting off to a new country or exploring a neighbouring city, careful planning and a few savvy travel tips can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable. In this travel blog, we'll share some essential advice for first-time travellers to ensure that your trip is a memorable one. 1. Plan Ahead: Before you embark on your journey, spend some time researching your destination. Learn about the local culture, customs, and any visa requirements. Create a rough itinerary to help you make the most of your time, but also be flexible enough to embrace unexpected adventures. 2. Pack Light: One of the most common mistakes made by novice travellers is over-packing. Stick to the essentials, and choose versatile clothing items that you can mix and match. Don't forget to check the weather forecast for your destination and pack accordingly. A lightweight, well-organized suitcase or backpack can make a huge difference. 3. Travel Insurance: Invest in travel insurance to protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances like trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage. It's a small expense that can provide peace of mind throughout your journey. 4. Travel Documents: Make copies of your passport, ID, and any visas you might need. Store these copies in a separate location from the originals. Additionally, consider saving digital copies on your smartphone or in a cloud-based service for easy access. 5. Money Matters: Inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any issues with your credit or debit cards abroad. It's also a good idea to carry a small amount of local currency with you upon arrival for immediate expenses. Research currency exchange options and fees to get the best rates. 6. Learn Basic Phrases: While English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas, learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in making connections with locals and showing respect for their culture. Phrases like "hello," "thank you," and "please" are a good place to start. 7. Stay Safe: Safety should always be a top priority. Be cautious with your belongings, especially in crowded places. Invest in a secure travel wallet or pouch to keep your valuables close. Avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas after dark, and trust your instincts if something doesn't feel right. 8. Health Precautions: Research any vaccinations or health precautions required for your destination. Carry a basic first-aid kit with essentials like pain relievers, band-aids, and any necessary medications. Stay hydrated and be mindful of local food and water safety. 9. Stay Connected: Consider getting a local SIM card or an international data plan for your phone to stay connected with loved ones and access maps and translation apps. Free Wi-Fi may not always be readily available. 10. Embrace the Adventure: Finally, don't forget to have fun and immerse yourself in the local culture. Try new foods, interact with locals, and step out of your comfort zone. Travel is not just about the destination; it's also about the journey and the experiences you gather along the way. Traveling for the first time can be a transformative experience filled with unforgettable memories. By planning ahead, staying safe, and embracing the adventure, you can ensure that your first-time travel journey is a success. Bon voyage and happy travels!

Inspirational travel podcasts for your drive home

12 September 2023

In a world that thrives on constant connectivity, where information travels at the speed of light, there is an ever-growing desire to escape the ordinary and seek out the extraordinary. It's in these moments of wanderlust that inspirational travel podcasts can become the spark to encourage curious travellers to start planning their own journeys of discovery. These podcasts are not just about creating the perfect itinerary, they are about the profound impact of travel, on how it shapes perspectives, broadens horizons and ignites passions. By sharing stories from around the world, they provide inspiration to their listeners to embrace the spirit of adventure, whether it is in exploring their own country or venturing abroad. Feel like hitting the road soon? Travel Counsellors has chosen these five inspirational travel podcasts to get the feet itching. The Travel Diaries Hosted by travel journalist and presenter Holly Rubenstein, The Travel Diaries shares personal travel experiences as told by actors, musicians, celebrities, athletes and politicians. Each episode offers a unique glimpse into their favourite destinations, memorable moments and the transformative power of travel. Through their stories, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how travel has shaped their lives and broadened their perspectives. The Thoughtful Travel Podcast Amanda Kendle delves into the emotional and intellectual aspects of travel, including personal growth and self-discovery on The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. She also shares captivating travel stories and provides practical tips and recommendations for aspiring travellers, from packing essentials to navigating unfamiliar destinations with ease. Journeys of Discovery Tom Wilmer takes listeners to some of the most intriguing destinations around the world on Journeys of Discovery. He shares personal anecdotes and fascinating interviews with locals from small towns while also delving into the rich history and culture of iconic cities. Through his in-depth research and expertise, he delves into unique destinations often overlooked by mainstream tourism. Armchair Explorer Acclaimed travel writer and adventurer Aaron Millar is the host of Armchair Explorer and has extensive knowledge and passion for exploration. Through engaging interviews with seasoned explorers and experts in various fields, he shares stories of adventure and discovery from some of the world’s most fascinating locations. Each episode allows listeners to experience the sights and sounds as if they were right there alongside Aaron. World Nomads Travel Podcast The World Nomads Travel Podcast is an informative podcast that takes listeners on a virtual journey around the world. Hosted by experienced travellers, it offers valuable insights, practical tips and inspiring stories to help people make the most of their travel experiences. From adventure travel to cultural immersion, it covers a wide range of topics that cater to all types of travellers.

Your Wedding Gift Registry with Travel Counsellors

12 September 2023

Are you getting married? Our exclusive Weddings and Honeymoon Gift Registry service might be just for you. An easy, stress-free way to manage your dream wedding and honeymoon online - courtesy of your personal Travel Counsellor. Our Honeymoon Gift Registry service allows your guests to give you the most memorable gift of all – your dream honeymoon tailor-made down to the finest detail. You may already have all the bed linen and towels you need, or you may have a perfect honeymoon in mind but need a helping hand to make your dream trip a reality. Whether it’s the ultimate adventure trip, a romantic city break, or a luxurious retreat to faraway shores, the Gift Registry means you can have the honeymoon you always wanted. Your unique Honeymoon Gift Registry webpage will be personalised with your photo and messages, allowing guests, friends, and family to log in and contribute towards your honeymoon. As part of this unique service, you can also purchase a Honeymoon Registry pack, which includes guest cards designed to send out with your wedding invitations to let guests know how they can contribute to your dream honeymoon. The Honeymoon Registry pack also includes thank you cards and envelopes to let your guests know how much you appreciate their contribution. For more information or to add this service to your booking, please contact me, your personal Travel Counsellor.

THE CAPITAL MIRAGE

04 August 2021

I had the pleasure to visit The Capital Mirage while I was in Cape Town in July 2021. The location of this property is just perfect. It is located in the uber-trendy De Waterkant area. There is complimentary underground secure parking for all guests. For those guests without their vehicles, they offer complimentary scheduled shuttle services to the V&A Waterfront and the CTICC. Due to us being in Level 4-lockdown, I was unable to view the amazing rooftop restaurant. I did, however, get to see the Lume Beauty Atelier located on the ground floor of the building. Affordable prices and offering a one-stop pamper hub for guests in an extremely elegant setting. For those guests wanting to keep up with their healthy living routines, there is a modern gym boasting strength and cardiovascular equipment. The room/apartment types on offer are the Luxury Studio, Superior Studio and the 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Apartments. The views from these rooms are stunning and the finishes are stylish. The Apartments offer you everything you need for a comfortable short or long stay. They can also assist guests with quarantine accommodation and are fully equipped to handle this. The Snooker lounge is a great addition for guests wanting to unwind and for those needing to get work done. There is a lounge area with plug points so you can meet with your colleagues to handle your business in a comfortable setting. If you are looking for a place to stay in Cape Town while you holiday, work, quarantine, or wait to be able to immigrate then The Capital Mirage will certainly meet all of your needs. Please get in touch with me for any requests.

IVORY MANOR BOUTIQUE HOTEL

06 January 2021

Arriving at Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel, I was unsure of what to expect. I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised when I arrived. I certainly did not feel like I was in Pretoria. I received a warm welcome from the security gate. He escorted me and my 4-year-old to the entrance to ensure that we met up with the rest of our group. The Christmas decorations at the front entrance are framed by the double staircase leading up to the rooms is heartwarming. The water fountains and lush green gardens make you feel relaxed. It was time to unwind and enjoy our stay. We were treated to the yummiest pastries, teas and cappuccinos that were elegantly presented. My 4-year-old asked for tea, it was served in a beautiful teapot and a teacup and saucer decorated in a gold trim. She told me that she received that one as she is a Princess - so you know that we all felt like royalty. I was amazed to hear that this was once a residence and instead of selling the property the owners invested in it and found the best possible staff to ensure the most personalised experience and service for this 5-star boutique hotel. They have 9 beautifully and uniquely decorated rooms with huge beds, which boast stunning bathrooms with large showers and baths. There are several private rooms and gardens which can be set up for breakfast, lunch or dinners for guests. Each time you visit guests can experience a different area of the property whilst enjoying your meals. My top 3 areas were the Cigar bar, Rose garden and Wine cellar. There is a pool f to lounge in on beautiful sunny days and a courtyard to sit and indulge in some day time reading. I was excited when Sam took us to the shop on site. It sells a number of the beautiful pieces seen displayed throughout the property. Definitely make a stop before you head home, and have your credit card handy. What I loved is that the property offers so many different areas and can cater for conferences, private events, weddings and so much more... You can enjoy a divine Sunday lunch or head there for a delectable Christmas lunch just to experience a little of what is on offer. I suggest that you take the time to stay over to fully understand the beauty that this property has to offer.

ROADTRIP TO DRAKENSBERG

08 January 2021

We started our journey at 5:30 am on Sunday and headed off in convoy to Aha Alpine Heath Resort. Leaving this time on the weekend is great because the roads are so quiet that it is a very pleasant drive. If we were to just drive straight through and not stop then we would be looking at an approximate travel time of 3h30 min, but after hearing about Thanda Tau from a friend we decided to make a half-way stop to stretch our legs and get a coffee. I am glad we stopped as I was able to find out about the animal safaris on offer. I can pre-book these for you. Unfortunately, they have paused the game drives however, they have guided walks available. They run at 11:00 and 14:00, so if you leave early as we did, I can book them for your return. You can't miss the beautiful Sterkfontein Dam on your right, about half an hour before Alpine Heath. There's a place to stop, view and take a few pictures of this beautiful sight. Once you leave/pass Sterkfontein Dam the roads start to wind, but this is the perfect time to slow down to take in the amazing surroundings and views. En-route we passed 'All Out Adventures' which offer 10 awesome activities at one spectacular venue. A few of the highlights include SA’s fastest Cable Tour, Adventure Quad Trails, 150 kms of marked mountain bike trails, and a hair raising 17-meter free-fall King Swing accessed by a wooden spiral staircase that snakes 21 meters to the treetops. They also offer paintball, zip-lining, flying trapeze, bungee bounce and a kid’s zone which includes a ninja warrior junior course, trampoline and duelling sit and zips. The activities are all visible from the coffee shop lawn, so the less adventurous members of the party can kick back with a giant cappuccino and still feel like part of the action. They are open every day except Christmas from 09:00 to 16:30. On arrival at Alpine Heath, our rooms were not ready as the resort was full over the weekend and they were still cleaning, but we were able to already use the facilities so we changed into our swimming costumes and spent the morning and early afternoon at the pool... There is kids and adults pool and you are welcome to order drinks and food from the bar to enjoy at the pool area with your travel partners. We moved across to our 6 sleeper Deluxe self-catering chalet at 2 pm and I have shared a video on my website of how the chalet looks... There are also some which are ground floor only chalets which are wheelchair friendly. If you prefer and I can request these. These chalets are fully equipped for self-catering and serviced daily so still definitely a holiday. We enjoyed a braai on the first night, even though it started to rain. The beds were super comfortable and I had a fantastic sleep and woke up nice and early on Monday morning to enjoy one of the many hiking routes on offer. We took on the River Meander with my 4-year old, but did not make it to the river as we had to turn for her because it was just a little too far. My friend treated me to a spoil and we went to have a super relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage at the Be Spoilt Beauty Salon at 11:00. They have all the treatments available to ensure that you have a relaxing time while on your getaway. There are even the under 18 Teenage princess packages for the younger ones. These can be pre-booked to avoid the disappointment of no availability. The wind picked up a little after the massage, so we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon at our Chalet, outside and playing board games and ending off the evening with another braai... Did anyone realize just how much we love to braai yet? The following day my friend and I decided to do the Alpine Cascades Hike, the hike was beautiful and included stream crossing and the Cascades waterfall where you can sit and relax at the splendour of the Falls before continuing the path which winds its way through a valley between two hills. It has a bit of a tricky stream crossing after the hills so I wouldn’t suggest for young children to join in on this trail, hence why I didn’t bring my 4-year old with for this one. Once we returned from our hike we decided to go somewhere out of the resort and came across Royal Natal National Park which is about a 25-minute drive from Alpine Heath. The entrance fees for SADC residents are R40 per adult and R20 per child (12 and under). The entrance fees for international travellers are R80 per adult and R40 per child (12 and under). We received the Royal Natal and Rugged Glen Hiking Trails map at the Royal Natal Visitor Centre and were advised to do the Cascades and McKinley’s Pool Trail. My daughter and son in law were happy to find out that the hike was wheelchair friendly so they could bring my granddaughter along in her pram up until a point. My eldest daughter, son in law and I stopped where the trail was no longer pram friendly and had a bit of a swim in the small rock pool and waterfall area while my husband, youngest daughter and friend went onto the Cascades where there are multiple waterfalls and a big rock pool. I suggest this hike as one for the whole family, it was the highlight of our trip that everyone loved! I arranged a site inspection for the following morning to see all the awesome amenities available at Alpine Heath. They not only have multiple conference centres but also cater for weddings and have an on-site chapel. Their property offers the perfect backdrop to any occasion. I was also pleased to find out that the horse rides my 4-year old kept seeing and begging to do were available for children too and booked for her to do it the following morning before our departure. The horse rides cost R40 for children (12 and under) and R200 for adults. I can pre-book these for you before arriving at Alpine Heath. The next morning we packed up and took my daughter for her horse ride at 9 am, she rode the majestic Lisa-Marie and claimed that her dream had finally come true to ride a ‘big horse’. We then headed to the reception to check out at 10 am. We stopped on our way out at an open field with the beautiful rolling hills in the background to snap a few pics before heading home and saying goodbye to Alpine Heath…until our next visit.

ZANZIBAR

24 November 2020

Zanzibar opened its borders to South African travellers on the 28th of November. I took the opportunity to brush up on my knowledge of the island, including some resorts. Some important things to take note of when travelling to Zanzibar during COVID: * No Quarantine is required * Mandatory negative PCR test upon arrival. (Not older than 72 hours.) * You will also need to do a PCR test in Zanzibar for your return to SA. Some resorts are offering the tests at their property. Otherwise travellers will need to make their way to Stone Town to get it done. Please check this with me and factor in the cost thereof. Zanzibar is a short 3h35 minute direct flight from Johannesburg, so makes it for a great holiday, if you don’t want to travel too far. All the resorts are very traditional and African in style, with thatched roofs and they look and reflect Island life. There are lovely day excursions to go and enjoy like: • Stone town City tour • Prison Island • Spice tour • Jozani Forest • A dolphin tour • Dhow cruises • Giant starfish snorkelling • Swimming and interacting with turtles and many more… Speak to me if you would like to visit this tropical paradise.

KLEINE CONSTANTIA GUEST HOUSE VISIT

23 November 2020

I found this unique boutique guest house in Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg because we needed a lovely setting to hold our supplier training and it certainly lived up to that. The Staff were all so warm and welcoming and they made sure that our every need was met. A table was set up on the porch so that we could enjoy the beautiful weather outside overlooking the immaculate gardens. After our training we were given a quick tour of the property and rooms and I fell in love with all of the special touches to keep the charm of this Monumental building. They offer 6 luxury guest rooms – all named after wines so it was definitely up my alley – and each was uniquely decorated. They also have options for function venues where you can host any function from a kitchen tea, birthday party or small to medium wedding. Other facilities include and indoor heated pool and gym for those that like to stay active. If you would like to find our more about this gem, then please get in touch.

BEST TIME IN MAURITIUS

07 March 2019

One of the best months of the year to travel to Mauritius is in October, at the beginning of their summer. It is hot, but not too hot to handle being outside on the beach all day. The rain is much less over this period too, but don't worry about rain because it has tropical island weather. It will rain and shortly after the clouds will clear up and the sun will be back out in full force so you can enjoy the water sports, a cocktail at the Beach bar or just lazing next to the ocean enjoying a good book. This is my second visit to the beautiful LUX* Grand Gaube and as a transit stopover on my way back from a holiday in Australia, Mauritius is a great option for a relaxing holiday before heading back to reality! My reasons for choosing to return to LUX* Grand Gaube is because of the delectable gastronomic experience, superior service, phenomenal rooms, adults-only Banyan tree area (when not travelling with my children of course) and all the activities on offer. I believe that the only way to travel in Mauritius is on the All-Inclusive package. If you want to enjoy yourself without worrying about the cost of a cocktail or a meal or even a bottle of water/coke from the mini bar, then this is the right package for you. Some chain hotels are interchangeable which means that even if you want to go and explore the island of Mauritius then you could stop at a sister hotel for lunch and a different experience, so you won't be losing out. Just remember that the choice is yours when in Mauritius. You can spend all your time at your chosen resort, in which case you must choose carefully to ensure that they have enough activities and entertainment on offer that you will enjoy. OR you can choose to go and explore the island and all it has on offer. I can help you select the right hotel and make suggestions on what to do. If you are an avid golf enthusiast, then Mauritius has so many golf courses to choose from. You can choose your resort which is linked to a golf course that you would like to play on. Here you can either have a complimentary game included or benefit from the hugely discounted rates on offer. Here are some of the excursions that you can do while in Mauritius: (there are plenty more on offer) Day trips to Ile des Deux Cocos or Ile aux Cerfs: These are great times out on beautiful beaches with snorkelling and kayaking on offer in the clear blue ocean. Catamaran cruises: Where you can cruise out to enjoy the sunset and partake in some jungle juice (not for the faint-hearted). Visit the beauty of the Pamplemousse Botanical gardens and Chamarel to view the Seven Coloured Earth. Kite surfing in Le Morne is a must if this is something on your bucket list. One of my firm favourites is shopping, but only because I am a woman and a shopaholic. Here are a few tips on where you should go shopping while on the island: * NORTH COAST: Goodlands - Every Tuesday & Friday for clothing * WEST COAST: Cascavelle Shopping mall (Flic en Flac) - 50 shops, restaurants and food court * SOUTH-EAST COAST: Mahebourg - Every Monday * EAST COAST: Flacq market - Every Sunday & Wednesday I thought to end this off that I would share a few more reasons to go to LUX* Grand Gaube just because I can. Have you ever wanted to phone home while overseas and because of the cost you never did? Well at any LUX* property there is a public phone that you can use to call anyone you want to anywhere in the world and share your amazing trip experiences with them EVERY day and it is FREE #LUX Spa experiences when you are on holiday are just the BEST. LUX* for ME offers you a wide range of Spa experiences and at LUX Grand Gaube I had the pleasure of enjoying a 30-minute back massage. Wow, I wish it could have gone on forever! It was a wonderfully relaxing experience and the massage oils were so great that I had to buy some to take back home. They have their own LUX* range so be sure to go, take a look so you can take some home with you too. You get to relax next to the splash pools on a sun lounger sipping on some iced tea or detox water. I almost had a nap right there in the calmness of it all. But honestly, anything you want... The treatment area is broken up into 2. One side is the Beauty area. There is a men’s section which is like an actual old-fashioned barbershop with so many men's pamper products, it's crazy. A hair salon for the ladies, a nail bar and a Bridal section... Yes, you read correctly! A whole area just to prepare the Bride and her bridal party for their location wedding at LUX* Grand Gaube. The other side is the Spa with all the treatment rooms for massages, facials and body treatments. I always say that if you put something you want out into the universe you stand a much better chance of that wish coming true, so why not go and add your wish to the Wishing Tree? The bonus is that they clear these trees once a year and draw one lucky traveller to win a holiday at that resort. How amazing is that? I think that might just be the wish I add to the tree... Don't forget to add your name! French Kiss... Adult ice cream anyone? Available at the adults-only Banyan tree area. Ice cream is the best but includes alcohol with this and you have a dreamy yummy dessert made especially for adults. G&T 100 Club is for all of the Gin lovers (like me) out there. It is open from 17h00 - 22h30 every night (except Tuesday) and you can try some of the over 100 gins on offer and with all types of mixes. They have had plenty of time to experiment with the Gin so believe me you want to go try the different combinations! To eat at the only Turkish restaurant on the island of Mauritius currently, you must come to LUX* Grand Gaube. I met with the Turkish chef at Bodrum Blue and he was such a lovely guy. His food was stunning, such a lovely menu with food that leaves you wanting more. The ambience and the fact that you feel like you are right on the water just add to this wonderful experience. I could go on and on about this hotel, but I will end off here. Feel free to get in touch with me if you want to know more about LUX* Grand Gaube or a holiday in Mauritius.

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Chantel is patient, kind, thorough and such a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend her to all of my friends and family!

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If I could, I would rate Chantel to the moon and back! I had such an awesome experience and she ticked all the boxes. She was so patient with all the extra questions and no call, mail, or WhatsApp was too much effort for her to deal with. We are already planning our next trip and she will definitely get our itinerary to quote!

Sent by Tracey-Leigh Elliotte

The speed at which the booking process occurred was excellent! Chantal's communication process was exceptional. I will most definitely use her services again and will absolutely recommend her services.

Sent by Magdaline Rakosa

Chantel is friendly. She listens to her clients and shows an interest in them. She knows when to alleviate fears and is efficient.

Sent by Martin Van Rooyen

Chantel, you are always available and on point. Thank you so much for your great service. Warm Regards, Martin van Rooyen SNR

Sent by Cristina Batten

Chantel is extremely professional and is a pleasure to deal with. She goes over and beyond anybody's expectations. She comes highly recommended.

Sent by Gia Mare Vorster

Chantel is extremely fast and efficient. She helped a lot through the whole process of booking our trip.

Sent by Steven Hanauer

Chantel is the BEST! I will be using her services for all our families travel plans going forward. Thank you Chantel!

Sent by Nadia Genlloud

Chantel is super friendly and she puts her clients first!

Sent by Ercelio Mabota

Chantel was took care of all the arrangements which gave me the best travel experience. She found me the best and most affordable prices too.

Sent by Pauline Nalumango

Perfect service, Chantel was simply wonderful and very helpful.

Sent by Lwazi Guzana

I have received very professional assistance and everything has been in an organized manner by someone who knows her job

Sent by Kaylash Sigamoney

I am so grateful to Chantel for her excellent service. Her professionalism and advise is most valuable. I have already recommended her services and will definitely share her contacts to my network. Chantel is a GEM to your organisation and may you all have a prosperous abundant year ahead!!! Thank you

Sent by Bruce Forgrieve

Chantel is friendly and very competent.

Sent by Susan Miller

Chantel is absolutely amazing.

Sent by Lewiesa Van der Walt

Great service. Friendly and very professional. Taking time to explain to me all I wanted to know after hours. Love it

Sent by Vanessa Miller

Excellent service all the time. Chantel was very supportive of me and the kids in all our travels. She was always willing to guide and to help us with a smile at all hours of the day, thank you!

Sent by LeeAnn Barnett

I already do recommend Chantel to my friends & colleagues. I’ve handed out a few of her business cards already. And I have also recommended her services to friends/family in other countries too.

Sent by Cynthia Baloyi

Great service, loved the personal attention

Sent by David Kraai

What an outstanding service experience and I would definitely recommend to my friends.

Sent by Lauren De Freitas

Chantel has been very efficient and professional. I will definitely utilize her services again.

Sent by Vivia Dicks

Working with Chantel is an absolute pleasure. She takes all the stress out of the booking situation so that we can concentrate on enjoying our holiday!

Sent by Dineo Mredlana

A friend of mine recommended Chantel to us. She said Chantel is professional, friendly and on the ball. I contacted her and I received the same service. Chantel is lovely to work with, very proactive and friendly. My husband and I are happy with her services and we would recommend her to our friends and family.

Sent by Monja Theunissen

Most excellent and professional service experience

Sent by Nomsa Feliti

Thank you so much for arranging this beautiful mini honeymoon for us. We really had great quality time together. It was just the perfect place us to be. We are well rested, revived and refreshed.

Sent by Dingaan Feliti

Dear Chantel, We want to thank you for a glitch free holiday. You really know your work and your passion is evident. It was a beautiful holiday experience. We thank you heartily. Kind regards Nomsa and Dingaan

Sent by Rene-Jane Solomon

Chantel Smuts delivers the most efficient, friendly and cost effective service. I have used her for both personal and business travel purposes. Despite challenges with Covid, she has managed to assist me without fail. Thank you so much & may our relationship grow!

Sent by Martin Van Rooyen

Chantel is always on call and she is a very reliable person with an awesome personality. Regards Martin.

Sent by Nomsa Feliti

I was given excellent and efficient service and the best advise in terms of areas of interest. I am very happy and can't wait to go on my trips.

Sent by Joscine Kelbrick

Chantel has gone the extra mile :)

Sent by Derrick De Beer

Great service received from Chantel!

Sent by Sonja Engelbrecht

Prompt and friendly service from Jaenette. Jaenette is very approachable. I always felt comfortable contacting her. She would always respond with a fair and honest reply.

Sent by Witness Feliti

Peace of mind in terms of looking and finding the best holiday destination.

Sent by Vanessa Miller

Chantel is a super star! She has gone way beyond her duties to assist me with my kids with all the books from SA into Europe with a smile on her face. I could call her at anytime for help and she was there to help me.

Sent by Bruce Forgrieve

Great service and follow-up.

Sent by Seabelo Silitshena

Chantel is the way, the truth and the light when it comes to all things travel.

Sent by Munro Young

I just wanted to say thank you for your absolutely incredible service! You have been so helpful in guiding us through this process. Your input has alleviated a huge amount of stress and concern. I am so grateful that my dad got in touch with you. I wish that I had been able to express my gratitude more frequently during the process. I will definitely be referring everyone I know to contact you. You have been an absolute star!

Sent by Liezl Frosler

Awesome friendly service

Sent by Crystal Human

Thank you Chantel your service was AMAZING and VERY EFFICIENT. I will definitely recommend your services to all my family and friends. Once again a HUGE THANK YOU :) From the Human Family.

Sent by LeeAnn Barnett

Chantel Smuts always goes over and beyond for my traveling requests no matter what. I have and will continue to recommend her to anybody wanting to travel. She’s just the BEST!

Sent by Tegan Wentzel

Chantel is always very helpful and manages to give us exactly what we are looking for. Have already recommended her to multiple friends and family members.

Sent by Jacqueline Jacks

Booking my trip to India through Chantel at Travel Counsellors has been an absolute pleasure. She immediately understood my travel arrangements and within days my trip was booked. Her follow-through and quick response, as well as her friendly, helpful, disposition, make booking my trip effortless. I would highly recommend Chantel and Travel Counsellors to anyone with travel booking needs. The gift on delivery of my flight itinerary was also a lovely touch.

Sent by Sylvain Goyette

Amazing and fast service, Chantel took the time to understand our needs and then tailored the trip accordingly! Just brilliant!

Sent by Pieter Doyer

Thanks for your patient assistance and your friendly, helpful attitude!

Sent by Catherine Holmes

Chantel's customer service is excellent. She responds quickly to emails and is very thorough. Very happy with her service and would highly recommend her.

Sent by Oswald Armitage

Thanks Chantel for everything, you delivered the best travel services that I have experienced in a long time. I know my wife will also say the same about your travel services. Thanks for everything.

Sent by Johan Marshall

Chantal is friendly, understanding, proactive and efficient!

Sent by Muneeba Adams

I've already recommended Chantel's services to many and I have added her to our company's database as the preferred travel agent when booking future trips. Her service is impeccable.

Sent by Melissa Whitehead

Chantel is patient, super kind & such a pleasure to deal with when it comes to travel related info. It is mine & my boyfriends first time traveling abroad and Chantel has been nothing short of helpful & efficient. I highly recommend Chantel & will continue to do so to my friends and family.

Sent by Charles Ramuhashi

You’re service is outstanding and awesome! Trusting that I’ll use you to do all my future bookings. Thank you

Sent by Marizelle Grimbeek

Chantel helped us so much with our travels. She offered quick feedback, was incredibly professional and so friendly. I would recommend her to anyone looking to make travel arrangements.

Sent by Natalie Trollope

Chantel was awesome and she has given us an awesome honeymoon to look forward to. Thank you so much for your care and attention to our needs without breaking the bank!

Sent by Melane Bezuidenhout

You are great, I've already referred people to you, and wouldn't have done so if I didn't feel you deliver excellent service.

Sent by Charlene Lopes

Chantel exceeded my expectations. She made a very stressful trip go so smoothly I could do it again. I have already recommended her and will continue to do so.

Sent by Gilinne De Klerk

Chantel is AMAZING - her feedback to all our questions was very prompt - she always goes the extra mile - highly recommended!

Sent by Carmen Clews

Chantel is completely Magical, Magnificent & Amazing...we love her extraordinary ability to always be there for us xxx

Sent by Johan Brummer

I have recommended her to friends already. Excellent, dedicated service.

Sent by Mmalefa Beqezi

Really efficient, easy and seamless experience. Everything was in place and my travelling was very smooth. Chantel pays attention to detail and is very personal in her service. She is friendly and professional. I’m happy.

Sent by Leandri Sieberhagen

Wow, I would recommend Chantel to any of my friends and family! Excellent service was provided! From an email to all our documents etc what a pleasure! She was always there to help us even if it was only one simple question! I will definitely use her again for any of our future holiday plans... Thank you Chantel for not only doing business with us, but to build a friendship! I LOVE to see your passion in your work! Thank you so much! We can't wait to go on our dream holiday!

Sent by Sonja Neethling

I am Very very happy with the fast and efficient service that I receive from Chantel. She is always friendly, helpful and I receive quotes within 24 hours. She will literally go the extra mile to assist with anything. The holiday packages are awesome even though I only travel local, best prices ever. Nobody else can beat her prices.

Sent by Michael Daly

Chantel was amazing, I have already recommended her to several friends and will continue to make use of her services as often as possible.

Sent by Lynette Narasoo

Chantel is highly professional and offers amazing fast and speedy responses and is very helpful and pleasant. I will definitely recommend more customers to her.

Sent by A Dimanow

Chantel has been extremely effective and very helpful. She understands our needs and acts accordingly.

Sent by Tshegofatso Mokhonwana

Chantel was extremely helpful in arranging all my travel needs. She goes the extra mile for her clients making sure you have the smoothest possible travel experience. Thank you very much and I will definitely be recommending your services.

Sent by Kylie Ryan

Chantel Smuts has been extremely helpful and super friendly. I have loved dealing with her.

Sent by Louise Kleinschmidt

Hi there Chantel, Thanks for all your help and updates - all ran just perfectly and so amazing and comforting knowing that you are always there for us as an info sharer and more importantly as a backup in case of changes or problems. Thanks and kind regards Louise Kleinschmidt

Sent by Vaima Kario

Chantel was amazing. I don't see myself switching travel companies as long as she is with Travel Counsellors. Thank you for the excellent service.

Sent by Renee Beckx

I would like to say that Chantel Smuts was an absolute pleasure and I could honestly have not arranged the trip for my family without her. She was efficient and so patient and had so many amazing ideas. I have already passed her details on to my sister in law who has said that she will definitely be using her in the future as she was so helpful. Chantel, thank you so very much for everything. We are so excited for our trip and have you to thank!

Sent by Vivian Dicks

I would like to say thank you for all your assistance in arranging our holiday to Phuket. Everything went smoothly – from my 1st call to start the booking process, to the last flight and all the transfers and pick-ups in between! We could not have asked for a better Travel Counsellor!!

Sent by Wayne Parkes

I found Chantel very professional, she understood my needs, knew my budget and she went way beyond the call of duty to make this experience memorable. She really took the hassle out by providing first class experience from finding the right flights and accommodation along with the whole visa experience. To top it off I was impressed with her personal touch, by conveniently delivering everything to me.

Sent by Kerryn Wood

Chantel is so efficient and she explains everything so clearly. She responded to every email so quickly and was just amazing to deal with. Thank you so much.

Sent by Julian Jones

I can say without any hesitation that the service that I have received was way above expectation, the assistance had a sense of a personal touch included which made it a lot easier for myself and travel partners as planning a trip can sometimes be a daunting task. I will definitely be using Chantel and her company for all future trips and I have already spread the word to family and friends to contact her because her service was top shelf. Thanks Chantel for all the great service that we have received in planning our trip.

Sent by Ivan Jones

I am very impressed with Chantel. She is always very cheerful and willing to help. She responds to correspondence quickly and keeps one in the loop of progress at all times. She definitely goes the extra mile.

Sent by Marc Schmidt

Chantel was very friendly and helpful and she went the extra mile for us!

Sent by Kerri-Anne Davis

Chantel is great. Friendly and efficient and tuned into her clients needs. I will definitely be recommending her.

Sent by Carmen Clews

Chantel is totally and utterly beyond Magical, Magnificent and Amazing! She bends over backwards like a yogi...she attended to me for a last minute urgent flight to see my sick mother in New Zealand - nothing was a problem including working late into the night and over the weekend. Chantel even gave me a severe weather warning whilst here in NZ. What a gift to have found her :)

Sent by Trevor Nicolas

I would like to extend my gratitude to you for planning a fantastic trip for myself and Rojene. We really enjoyed it and the fact that you put everything together so well made it a breeze. Thank you for all the help while we were away with my additional requests, it is much appreciated too! You will definitely be our first call when we plan our next trip, and I have already recommended you to quite a few people and will continue doing so, your personal service really makes travelling a better experience. Thanks again and chat soon.