Where do travel agents go on holiday? – Part 1

Travel agents spend their whole lives advising other people on where to go on holiday. But given the choice, what holidays do they choose to spend their own hard earned cash on? For the first part in this series we feature 3 holidays chosen by directors of travel companies:-


  • Travelers: Richard and Sonia Dixon
  • Professional travel experience:- Former owners of a chain of high street travel agencies and co-founders of Holidaysplease.
  • Holiday taken: St Lucia
  • Why did they choose St Lucia? It is is a Caribbean destination that is a bit of both worlds. It’s big enough to offer many of the facilities and features of larger destinations like Barbados and Jamaica, while at the same time being small enough to offer intimacy and sophistication. It’s a well kept secret of the Caribbean.
  • What hotel did they stay at and why? They wanted a hotel with a boutique feel and so they chose the Rendezvous hotel. It is one of the smaller hotels on the island and is nestled within some lush tropical gardens. They stayed right next to the sea in a luxury beachfront room.
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Rendezvous hotel – St Lucia









  • Traveler: John McEwan
  • Professional travel experience:- Former international managing director Thomas Cook, former chairman of ABTA.
  • Holiday taken: San Francisco and Hawaii
  • Why did he choose these destinations? Travelling from the UK, San Francisco is on the way to Hawaii and so it’s a natural stop-over destination. This means you can have a holiday with great variety. On the one hand you can experience the excitement and sightseeing opportunities of a modern city and then the rest and relaxation of a tropical island.
  • What hotels did he stay at and why? For San Francisco John wanted to stay in a hotel that had a traditional and historic feel So he chose the famous St Francis Hotel on Union Square. As well as being full of historic charm it is also located right in the “thick of the action” so it offers a great opportunity to see the sights. In Hawaii John chose the Hyatt Regency on Ka’anapali beach. Located on the island of Maui, from this hotel you can walk along the boardwalk to Whalers Village and the historic whaling town of Lahaina. Not that John has a passion for whaling!!
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 St Francis Hotel – San Francisco

Westin 3

Westin 2

Westin 1








Hyatt Regency – Maui, Hawaii


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Hyatt 1

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  • Traveler: Charles Duncombe
  • Professional travel experience:- 12 years running a travel company
  • Holiday taken: Dubai and the Maldives
  • Why did he choose these destinations? This was Charles’ honeymoon and he decided to go to Dubai for a few days and the Maldives for a week. Dubai is about halfway to the Maldives and in pretty much a straight line from the UK and so it’s a natural stop off point. Also there are more flights from regional airports (like Birmingham and Manchester) to Dubai than the Maldives so it can be more convenient. It can be a great way to break up the journey and provide some variety on the holiday.
  • What hotels did he stay at and why? In Dubai Charles stayed in Westin Dubai Min Seyahi. Why? Did he draw on his extensive travel experience? No, it was because his wife liked the look of it and as it was going to be their honeymoon he wanted to get off on the right foot by doing as he was told! In the Maldives they stayed in Lux Maldives and also Gili Langfushi. They chose Lux because it was to the south of the atolls and they wanted to dive with whale sharks …. which they did! Then they chose Gili Langfushi because it has some of the best water villas on the planet. These are the ones with rooms on two levels including your own personal sundeck, over water hammock, personal butler and a lounge with a glass floor down to the sea!
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Westin – Dubai

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Lux – Maldives


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Gili Langfushi – Maldives

Gili Crusoe Villa Lounge

Gili poolGili View from Restaurant

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