Recent Visits

 

Tradewind Voyages is a brand-new cruise line, with a single ship – Golden Horizon.  Launching in the middle of the pandemic, some thought they were crazy, but Tradewind Voyages planned ahead and were in the best possible position, when travel restrictions started to lift, by securing a number of UK itineraries, sailing around the British Isles. 

Ray and I were very fortunate to be invited onboard for a few nights, as part of Golden Horizon’s ‘dress rehearsal’ and we are delighted to tell you all about our experience.

 

There is no denying that the cruise industry is rather crowded right now but Golden Horizon is like no other ship that you will find on the sea, she is truly unique and therefore filling a much-needed gap.  She is the World’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel.  A near replica of the 1913 built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship. 

 

The beautiful vessel cost 100 million Euros to construct and has a top speed of 20 knots, a length over all of 162m and a beam of 19m.

With a passenger capacity of between 272 and 330 (in normal times), looked after by a crew of around 159, passengers have four decks to enjoy and there are 140 cabins. 

 

 

If you’ve ever sailed on one of the Royal or Star Clipper ships, she does appear to be similar, with her beautiful masts and sails, but she is in fact very different.  Golden Horizon, is a true 5* ship, with all the bells and whistles.   Her public areas are much larger, she has a full-service spa with hairdresser, gym, library, boutique and marina offering snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.  She really is on a whole other level of luxury.

 

 

We stayed in a deluxe cabin which are the highest category of accommodation, except for the four owners’ suites.  Our cabin was exceptionally spacious, with a traditional nautical feel.  We had a 3/4 bath, with shower and plenty of hanging space, which isn’t always common when at sea. Having inspected all of the other cabins, it was great to see that they were all well-appointed and spacious.  I was particularly impressed with the cabins for single travellers of which there are 6 and always sell fast.

 

 

The food that we experienced on board was of an excellent standard.  You can dine in the main dining room, the Horizon Bar & Grill or in your suite and you have the choice of 5 bars for that special tipple.  All allergies and intolerances are catered for.

There are three outdoor, salt water swimming pools onboard and the main pool is heated.  There is also a dive pool although no swimming is allowed in here.  Whilst we didn’t experience this whilst in the English Channel, the Marina will be perfect when docked in the Caribbean or Mediterranean and somewhere you will spend much time if you love to snorkel or enjoy water sports.

Daily classes are also available including yoga, meditation and breathwork and a daily schedule of activities is delivered to your cabin.

If you would like to relax whilst onboard there is a sauna, hammam and snow room in the spa area.  Perfect for those days at sea or just a bit of R&R.

 

 

The true delight of the ship was being on the upper deck when the sails were raised.  Having cruised a number of times before, I love to be up on deck, looking out to sea, but there is something very special about the ship when she is at full sail.  The sails are in fact so important that the first time they are raised on a journey, there is a special ceremony, accompanied by music written for this special occasion. 

 

 

The beauty of the Golden Horizon is that she aims to be as sustainable as possible.  She uses the wind and current and follows the sun, to allow guests to travel the world in a unique way.  Her philosophy is to be powered by nature whenever possible and the intention is to sail, without using propulsion for around 70% of each season.

If you have ever dreamed of sailing on a ship like Golden Horizon or you would like a different cruise experience, then this would be perfect. Please call us on 01428 658777 and we can discuss where in the world you would like to travel on this wonderful vessel.

 

There is no denying that the Coronavirus has dominated the headlines for the past few weeks.  Many reports have been entirely sensationalised and because of this we have decided to put together some helpful information that we believe to be factual and keep things in perspective for both our town of Haslemere and our clients travelling the world.

Coronavirus in Haslemere

Haslemere had its first recorded case of Coronavirus on Friday 28thFebruary 2020.  At this point Coronavirus confirmations were exceptionally low in the UK (this was the 20thcase), but what made this case slightly unique was it was the first case in the UK to be contracted within the country (i.e. not from travel overseas).

It is understandable that local residents would want to ask questions and raise issues, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for the sensationalised reporting that followed. Some media outlets reported the facts, but many chose to trawl the local social media message boards and instead compile article based solely around the comments of locals, who I’m sure never imaged their words would reach the nation.  This quickly proved to the people of Haslemere, and the surrounding areas, that what we were seeing reported on the news, and in the press, was far from realistic in our own town.  There was no mass ‘panic’ as had been written about, in Haslemere, and business really was as usual in our fabulous town.

It has however been a little quieter than usual, although at the end of last week, this did turn itself around.  Local retailers have pulled together to spread the message far and wide, that we are all doing everything we can to reduce any risk to our staff and clients/customers and there is no reason not to continue to visit Haslemere and shop locally.  Without the continued support of our loyal customers, the sad reality is that many small, High Street businesses may not survive, and for a fragile retail environment, that is something which none of us want.

So the message from Haslemere is……we are open, we are following the guidance from Public Heath England and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our fantastic independent businesses.

Sri Lanka Sunset

Coronavirus and Travel

With such a variety of press stories circulating, we fully appreciate that it can be really daunting to wade through the fact and the fiction.  We are therefore only relying on reputable sources to provide us with facts. We also feel that a healthy dose of perspective is also needed at times like this. 

It is not our place to disseminate media articles reporting on Coronavirus, but we are more than happy to discuss with you any of your questions and concerns, in relation to the holiday you have booked or would like to book.  We hope the following Q&A is of use, but please call us on 01428 658777 if you would like to know anything more.

Q: What precautions should I take when travelling?

A: You should wash your hands often; use hand sanitiser gel when washing is not possible; cover your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing; and avoid contact with anyone who is unwell.

You should also check and follow the latest advice from the Foreign Office, but we can assist with this where necessary.

Q: I have booked a holiday, can I cancel or change my holiday free of charge?

A: Generally speaking, only if the Foreign Office advice changes to advise against all travel or all but essential travel to a specific destination.

If the FCO advice says it’s fine to travel, but it is your choice not to, then tour operators can impose their standard cancellation charges.

Some of our tour operator partners and cruise lines have increased their flexibility, so please do check with us and we will look into this on your behalf.

Q: Can I get my deposit back, if I choose not to travel?

A: If the FCO advice allows for travel to a destination, legally our tour operator partners do not have to refund your deposit, if you no longer want to travel.

Q: What are my rights if my holiday is cancelled by the airline or tour operator?

A:  If your holiday is cancelled by the tour operator due to coronavirus then you will be entitled to a full refund of the holiday price, but not compensation.  This is because the cancellation is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances.

Likewise, if an airline cancels your flight, the airline will normally rebook you onto the next available service, and cover your accommodation and refreshment costs in accordance with EC261 (the EU regulation on flight delay and disruption).

Q: What happens if I am impacted by an outbreak whilst on holiday, such as being stuck abroad at a hotel? How do I get home?

A: This is a very tricky situation. Currently, if your are stuck abroad because you/your hotel/your ship have been placed in quarantine and subsequently you miss your flight as a result, it’s the customer’s responsibility to cover the cost of replacement flights.

Whilst many of our partners are revising their terms with increased flexibility, it is not the liability of a tour operators or airline to provide a refund or replacement flight, as they were still able to fulfil the original booking.

Q: Will my travel insurance cover me against Coronavirus and its impact on my holiday.

A: We are not 100% certain, as every insurance policy is different.  We suggest that you speak to your travel insurance provider and ask any relevant questions of them.  For all bookings, we strongly suggest that you take out your policy from the date you book your holiday, to cover your pre travel period, as well as the period you will be away.

Please rest assured that Haslemere Travel will do whatever they can to assist you, if your holiday plans are disrupted.  We will also work on your behalf to negotiate with our suppliers, ensuring we gain the most flexibility for you.  For ANY questions please call us on 01428 658777.

One final insight comes in the form of a short video put together by Farina Azam, a respected travel lawyer in our industry and partner at Kemp Little LLP.

Welcome to our newly designed website!

We felt that it was about time that we brought you a new and updated website, that reflects the changing face of travel and the services that we provide to our clients.

As experts in luxury travel, it is sometimes difficult to convey exactly what we do, as our service is exceptionally personal and tailored to each individual client.  This is the reason you can’t make a holiday purchase directly from our site.

Many of our clients have been booking with us for 20+ years, so we know their likes, dislikes, habits and requirements, without them having to tell us.  Knowing this amount of detail always ensures that we maximise the value of their booking and exceed their expectations.

For those new to us at Haslemere Travel…..welcome! We hope that this small insight into the way that we work, what we offer and how we plan holidays, inspires you to pick up the phone and give us a call,  or contact us via email.  We can’t wait to help you plan your next holiday adventure.

Now, please allow us to walk you through the new areas of our website…..Enjoy

To allow you to have more flexibility on how you search for holiday inspiration, we have included new options on how to ‘browse’.

Check out our Destination  section, where you can take a look at holidays by the area of the world that you’d most like to visit.

If however you are not sure where you’d like to travel to, but know what ‘type’ of holiday you would like, then check out Holiday Types.  

You can search here for inspiration on romantic holidays, villa holidays, holidays centred around wildlife….and much more.

Our Hot Deals section brings  you some of the very latest offers that we have.  It would be impossible to list every offer, to every destination, so this is just a taster.  Always get in touch to see what else we have, if you can’t find what you are looking for.

Why Book With Haslemere Travel?  If you are an existing client, we hope you already know the answer, but if you are new to Haslemere Travel then you will find some client testimonials, the top 10 reasons to book with us and the all important information about financial protection.  This may be the dull part, but to us it is as important as choosing the right holiday.

In this area you will find links to our social media pages.  Please do follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  This is where you can keep up with where we are travelling to and get the very latest information on travel.

The Haslemere Travel Chronicle is a fancy name for our ‘blog’.  Check back regularly for our trip write ups, news of the latest hotel openings, our thoughts on what is happening in the world of travel or inspiration for your next trip.

The team at Haslemere Travel are always travelling, but Gemma and Ray travel throughout the year, in search of the very best hotels that the world has to offer.  It takes somewhere exceptional to make it into the Directors Choicebut rest assured, those properties that do, really are the most exquisite and have been personally tested.  We will add more of these properties, but only if they meet our high standards and have been personally inspected.

If you would like to know a little more about our travel experts then take a look at our Meet The Team area.

For our cruise lovers, which we know there are many, we have dedicated an entire section of the website just to our Cruise Club.  As with the ‘Hot Deals’ section, there are some fantastic cruise offers, but we will always have more, if you give us a call.

And don’t forget that we have a general holiday search function that can be accessed by clicking on the magnifying glass at the top right hand corner of the page.

We hope that this helps you to navigate your way to finding some fantastic ideas for your next trip, but please call us if you can’t find what you are looking for and also to book your holiday.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

See some of the most magnificent monuments and treasures of the Ancient World when you explor Egypt on this exclusive tour.

You’ll see the awesome Great Pyramids and Sphinx before setting sail down the Nile on the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV . As you cruise the Nile more highlights of Egypt will drift into view and your boat will pull in so you can explore them fully. Let us take you to the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun’s final resting place, and many other imposing temples and necropolises that still have the power to amaze and inspire after more than 4,500 years.

Holiday Length: 6 Days

Day 1: UK – Cairo

You will be met as you land in Cairo and transferred to your hotel. You can relax and refresh in your city-centre, riverside hotel, where you’ll be staying for three nights. It’s the perfect spot from which to take in the city and surrounding areas.

Day 2: Cairo

Cairo has so much to offer visitors. Your private Egyptologist will take you on a trip to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which houses macabre mummies and exquisite treasures found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. After, head to the bustling Khan el-Khalili Bazaar and get ready to haggle over rugs, food and spices. After sunset, there’s the option to see the light show at the pyramids.

Day 3: Cairo

Start the day by heading south of Cairo to Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Djoser, thought to be the oldest stone structure in the world. Then it’s off to the Great Pyramids themselves. At Giza Plateau you’ll also see the iconic figure of the Sphinx still standing guard. You could pop into the Solar Boat Museum, which houses

Day 4: Cairo – Aswan

After a flight to Aswan it’s time to climb on board: your Nile cruise on the opulent Sanctuary Sun Boat IV awaits. After lunch you can explore the laid-back city of Aswan, once one of the most strategically important locations in Ancient Egypt. After lunch, you can visit the Unfinished Obelisk – an unfinished project that still lies half hewn from the rock at the nearby granite quarries, before returning to your boat for dinner.

Day 5: Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu

Start the day with a boat trip out to Philae Temple, located on Agilkia Island. Later, back on board, you can learn how to knock up some tasty Egyptian treats with the resident chef. While you’re eating, the Sun boat IV will travel to the crocodile god Sobek’s Temple of Kom Ombo in Edfu. You can also visit the Temple of Horus, dedicated to the falcon-headed god

Day 6: Luxor

While you breakfast, Sun Boat IV will sail towards Luxor, where you’ll spend the day exploring the banks of the Nile. Disembark on the East Bank, and an Egyptologist will take you around the Temple of Luxor and Temple of Karnak, which took over 1,000 years to build. On the West Bank, there’s the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon to explore.

Day 7: Luxor – UK

After leaving the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV for the last time, you’ll be driven to Luxor International Airport for your flight home. On the other hand, there are many fascinating ways you can extend your stay and we’d be delighted to help you with these.

Best time to go: October to May

Price: From £1,895pp

The price shown is a guide – based on two people sharing and generally includes economy flights. Your holiday will be tailor-made to suit you and there are many factors that can influence the price, such as standard of accommodation, class of flight and time of year. Please do provide us with your chosen dates and we can provide a more accurate cost – 01428 658777

NB: Gemma took a very similar trip in October 2017.  She stayed 2 nights in Cairo at the Four Seasons First Residence followed by 3 nights cruise on the Sun Boat IV – similar to above.  This itinerary would be from £1,775pp

 

Last week Forbes Magazine featured Haslemere Travel in an article on the global luxury travel market.  Being classed, as one of “The 12 most influential luxury travel designers in the world” is an absolute thrill for the entire team and something we have worked extremely hard to achieve.  Haslemere Travel is the only UK based agency in the list!  Please do follow the link to read the article in full.

But how does this affect our valued and loyal clients?

We have always prided ourselves on our network of hotel connections.  We travel continuously; not only to guarantee that our knowledge is up to date, but also to ensure we know all the top hoteliers and property owners around the world.  Being recognised as one of the most influential luxury travel designers in the world means our bookings will always be fast-tracked to the top of the VIP list, providing that when upgrades are available, they are given to Haslemere Travel guests.  When complimentary amenities are available, these are yours too and for no other reason than you book through us and we know the right people, who value our business and our VIP clients.

From weekends away, to multi-generation groups and year-long itineraries, we plan holidays of all sizes and budgets.  Your next holiday adventure is only a phone call away – 01428 658777.

Haslemere Travel is delighted to announce that it will be hosting the first “Haslemere Travel Literary Evening” on Thursday, May 18th, as part of this year’s biannual Haslemere Festival.

The exclusive event will have a Russian theme, with three exciting women speakers set to entertain guests. Anna Pasternak (great-niece of Boris Pasternak, the Nobel prize-winning author of Dr Zhivago) will be talking about her new book “Lara: The Untold Love Story that inspired Dr Zhivago” – the tale of the true, heartbreaking love affair between Boris and Olga Ivinskaya.

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Carnival Films are currently developing Lara with Liz Trubridge, producer of TV phenomenon Downton Abbey, for a major, six part TV series. Excitingly, as part of this stimulating evening, Liz Trubridge has also agreed to talk about how she is bringing the book to the TV screen.

Lara book jacket p13

The chair of the evening will be Val Hudson, former editorial director of Harper Collins and Hodder Headline, who is a published author herself and the author of the Bowatching series of teen novels; A Simples Life, the best-selling ‘autobiography’ of the cravat-wearing, Russian meerkat Aleksandr, as well as the extraordinary story of ‘Arthur: the dog that crossed a jungle to find a home’.

The event will begin at 7.30pm (ending c 9.30pm) at the Haslemere Educational Museum and will include refreshments during the interval, as well as the opportunity to purchase paperbacks and have them signed by the two authors.

On the night, Haslemere Travel will also be launching some exciting, exclusive special offers for tours to Russia, in partnership with luxury tour operator Kirker Holidays.

And finally, there will be a fund-raising raffle at the event in aid of the Museum, with a wonderful first prize of a luxury spa day for two with a scrumptious cream tea at Guildford Harbour Hotel.

 

Please note: This is a ticket-only event. To purchase tickets (March 1st onwards) which cost £15 (wine included) call 01428 642161 or email: boxoffice@haslemerehall.com

Joanna Lumley

National treasure Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS is the leading Appeal Patron for Grange Park Opera’s ‘Theatre in the Woods’ in Surrey, the first new opera house to be built in the UK for decades.

Happily, it is not far from our shop in Haslemere, so we grabbed the chance to catch up with Joanna to ask about her travels, love of music …and black trousers

 

As an author, actress, TV presenter and former model, has overseas travel always played an important part in your life?

Yes because I was born in a suitcase leaving India at the age of one and living in Hong Kong and Malaysia until I was eight. Long sea voyages punctuated my childhood and left me with a longing to keep moving.

What do you never forget to pack on your travels?

Black trousers, a torch and books.

Which passport stamp are you most proud of?

Pretty keen on my Mongolian one.

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Do you have a favourite destination you return to as often as possible?

I loved Ethiopia, where I made part of a documentary, with a passion, and plan to return as soon as I can

Where would you like to go next…?

India again: filming but also savouring the fabulous variety of that stupendous country.

Taj Mahal India p11Who is your dream travel companion?

My husband; but I mostly travel now with a tiny film crew. We have become best friends and I love working with them.

Music plays a big part in your life too…why is it so important to you?

I was born listening to the greats… Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Chopin… on a wind-up gramophone in the Far East. I would suffocate with no music in my life.

What persuaded you to take on the role of Patron for Grange Park Opera (GPO)’s appeal for its exciting, new Theatre in the Woods?

It was the easiest decision I have ever made. I love what GPO does, and how it behaves: all are welcome and their standards are sky-high. The Theatre in the Woods is stunningly attractive and will be a new wonder of the glorious Surrey countryside.

Theatre in the Woods - model

What are your ambitions for this extraordinary new opera house, currently being built in 350 acres of Surrey countryside surrounding 15th century mansion West Horsley Place?

It will be utterly magical: the combination of the majesty of that ancient house and its grand spreading gardens, and the music and dance that will take place in the Theatre in the Woods will be unbeatable.

GPO initiatives such as £35 tickets for the under-35s seek to encourage the young to sample opera – do you recall your first performance? Grace Bumbry singing Aida in about 1964… awesome.

When the curtain rises on 8th June 2017, sum up in three words what you will be feeling…?

Thrilled, proud and happy.

If you could cast your perfect opera, who would perform and what would it be?

Maria Callas and Jussi Bjorling in Tosca. Hearing Callas singing Vissi d’arte is a masterclass in both singing and acting; she was truly as good as it gets. She knew exactly how to portray passion, despair, love and hatred, and Puccini’s music is sublime. Jussi Bjorling had a voice I would swim oceans to hear. A giant.

And if you had to describe yourself as a character in an opera, who would it be and why?

I would rather like to be the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro: although she has a rather wretched time with a scoundrel of a husband, she has an aria so lovely that whenever I hear the music beginning I start to sob hopelessly.

 

 

For the 10th year running, Haslemere Travel are delighted to announce that we have been hand picked by Belmond, a collections of iconic hotels, trains and river cruises, as one of a select few UK Travel Agents to join their exclusive ‘Bellini Club’.

The invitation-only Bellini Club has been developed to forge a closer relationship between Belmond and the very best agencies throughout the world, in order to not only grow the brand, but to provide the agencies clients with EXCLUSIVE benefits, not available anywhere else.

 

As a Haslemere Travel client, when booking any of the Belmond hotels, trains or cruises (please see below) you will receive:

  • Complimentary upgrade at the time of check in, subject to availability.
  • VIP amenities and a personalised welcome from the General Manager.
  • When spending over 5,000 US dollars on an Belmond experience, you will receive a 500 US dollar gift voucher to be redeemed on a future Belmond reservation – terms & conditions apply.
  • Complimentary high-speed internet access with any room type booking
  • The hottest deals available in advance.
  • Exclusive journey’s, master classes and offers.
The team at Haslemere Travel have visited a great number of the Belmond hotels and have also experienced their train journeys, so have first hand experience to help guide you to the most suitable of these iconic properties.  Always on hand to discuss your next travel adventure, please call the team on 01428 658 777 or visit us in the shop.

 

A little reminder of the collection:

Europe

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe – St Petersburg, Russia
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo- Sicily, Italy
Belmond Hotel Caruso – Ravello, Italy
Belmond Hotel Cipriani – Venice, Italy
Belmond Hotel Splendido – Portofino, Italy
Belmond La Residencia – Mallorca, Spain
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Oxfordshire, UK
Belmond Reid’s Palace – Madeira, Portugal
Belmond Villa San Michele – Florence, Italy
Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea – Sicily, Italy
Belmond Afloat in France – Burgundy, Languedoc
Belmond British Pullman – UK
Belmond Royal Scotsman – Edinburgh, Scotland
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – Europe
The Grand Hibernian – Ireland

Belmond Cadogan – London

Asia

Belmond Governor’s Residence – Yangon, Myanmar
Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali – Bali, Indonesia
Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao – Luang Prabang, Laos
Belmond Napasai – Koh Samui, Thailand
Belmond Road To Mandalay – Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar
Eastern & Oriental Express – Singapore-Malaysia-Thailand

 

North America

’21’ – New York, New York
Belmond Charleston Place – Charleston, S.C.
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California
Belmond The Inn at Perry Cabin – St. Michaels, Maryland

 

Caribbean & Mexico

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Belmond La Samanna – St. Martin, French West Indies
Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa, Mexico

Belmond Cap Juluca – Anguilla

 

South America

Belmond Copacabana Palace – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas – Iguaçu National Park, Brazil
Belmond Hotel Monasterio – Cuzco, Peru
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas – Cuzco, Peru
Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado – Sacred Valley, Peru
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – Machu Picchu, Peru
Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel – Lima, Peru
Belmond Hiram Bingham – The Andes, Peru

Belmond Andean Explorer – Peru

Belmond Las Casitas – Peru

 

Southern Africa


Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town, South Africa
Belmond Safaris – Botswana

The ultimate travel curator and connoisseur, Belmond embraces a global collection of 45 iconic hotels, trains and river cruises. Their diverse portfolio brings together some of the world’s most thrilling journeys and destinations.

You’ll find Belmond in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The great travel experiences range from Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice to Rio’s Belmond Copacabana Palace, from the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train to Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg. Journey across the Andes, through IndoChina and around Italy’s most famous sights.

Masters of the art of hospitality, Belmond are known for adding inspiration to celebratory occasions of every kind, from discreet dining to takeovers of entire hotels.

Recruiting

LEISURE TRAVEL SALES CONSULTANT

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our award winning team in Haslemere, Surrey.

  • Full time, experienced, leisure travel sales consultant – to start as soon as possible.
  • Working hours – Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:30
  • Share on the Saturday rota 09:30 to 13:00, with a half day in lieu the following week (approx 2-3 per month)
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • Travel sales consultants are expected to travel at least twice per year, on educational visits, to experience new hotel and destinations – usually 1 x short haul + 1 x long haul  – These trips are fully funded by Haslemere Travel
  • Training opportunities in the form of conferences, networking and dinners hosted by our top suppliers
  • Competitive salary with an additional annual bonus (performance dependent)
  • A variety of travel related benefits

To apply for this position, please submit you CV, a summary of your destination & product experience and covering letter to Gemma Antrobus – gemma@haslemeretravel.co.uk

  • Applicants must be able to travel to Haslemere (GU27) each day
  • Applicants must have the correct passport and visa requirements to work in the UK
  • Be confident in selling leisure travel in a face to face environment and have a good telephone manner
  • Have a good knowledge of the independent, luxury travel market
  • Understand how to plan holidays bespoke to clients requirements
  • Computer literacy is imperative and knowledge of the GDS (Gal) is a bonus, but not essential

Tracy Edwards and Winners Best

More than 30 deserving young people, aged from 12 to 19 years-old and from all areas of Surrey, were rewarded on Sunday 10th May at the Surrey Young Superstars 2015 awards, receiving their trophies and certificates from celebrated round-the-world yachtswoman  and Just a Drop patron, Tracy Edwards MBE.

Trophies and certificates

The ceremony took place at Guildford’s Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel and was organised by the team at Haslemere Travel, in partnership with the county’s largest voluntary youth organisation representative, Surrey Youth Focus.

Romeo Johnston-Hakke & mum

Terence Arnold & family

The awards showcased the many achievements of young people in Surrey, as well as raising awareness of Just a Drop.

Gemma Tracy Brendan Just a Drop

The 2015 award categories and their winners are:

Caring Superstar: 14 year-old Ronnie Barley

Individual Fundraising Superstar (5-12 years): (now 13 year-old) Josh Bryan

Individual Fundraising Superstar (13-19 years): 17 year-old Luke Kitterman

Volunteering Superstar (Individual): 19 year-old Samuel Wong

Volunteering Superstar (Group): Surrey Heath Youth Council

Enterprise Superstar: Epsom & Ewell PHAB youth club

Courageous Superstar: 14 year-old Bella Symons

Jessica Bloomfield & high Sheriff[8]

Tracy Susanne-Marie Scouts best[8]

The overall winner of the top award, Superstar of the Year, was Ronnie Barley, who also received an ‘Adopt An Animal’ prize from the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Gemma Antrobus, managing director of founder and joint awards organiser Haslemere Travel said: “Now in their third year, once again Surrey Young Superstars was a wonderful showcase for young people in Surrey – demonstrating their community spirit, unsung bravery and hard work. The judges were hugely impressed by the record number of entries we received and the Haslemere Travel team wish many congratulations to all of the worthy winners.”

All the Highly Commendeds & VIPS

Surrey Youth Focus CEO, Cate Newnes-Smith said: “The event was a fantastic celebration of the positive and inspiring achievements made by young people in Surrey. Voluntary youth organisations from across the county put forward nominations, and we would like to encourage all those supporting young people to get in touch via surreyyouthfocus.org.uk to find out how they could be involved next year.”

Surrey Young Superstars 2015 Mini Movie Clip – Watch Now!

Keep up to date with Surrey Young Superstars news……

@SurreyYoungStar /  @HaslemereTravel  /  @SurreyYF 

https://www.facebook.com/surreyyoungsuperstars2015

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The team had a huge amount of fun on Friday 11th December, taking part in Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day

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For every member of staff, their children, spouses and pets Haslemere Travel has donated £2 each to this wonderful cause.

At the time of print this initiative had raised over half a million pounds!!!!  And rising!  If you would like to support our fundraising activity please text TEAMHASTRAV to 70050 to donate £2.

Please scroll down for our ‘Rouges Gallery’

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Howard, Prue (Save The Children), Andrew, Aurelia, Chelsea, Gemma, Terry & Annie

Susie & PicklesSusie & Pickles

IMG_2280Joan – aka ‘Frosty’

IMG_2282Howard & Aurelia

Amy xmas jumperAmy, Jamie & Santa

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Aurelia & Chelsea

Beena xmas jumperBeena

KB xmas jumperKaty & family

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Cat xmas jumper copyCat

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