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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’

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Amy xmas jumperAmy, Jamie & Santa


Aurelia & Chelsea

Beena xmas jumperBeena

KB xmas jumperKaty & family


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I recently chose to take the family to Mauritius for our main summer holiday. Travelling extensively for work means that the destination decision for that precious time we have together is always a hard choice. I always find I want to take a small element of every country or city I visit and create an imaginary destination but sadly that’s not possible.

IMG_0784Having visited Mauritius on a work trip in 2011, I had visited one particular hotel that I promised one day I would return with my husband and daughter. I always felt as though I had left a small piece of my heart there and was destined to return. It took 3 year but at the end of June 2014, suitcases packed we boarded the British Airways flight headed for the sunny island of Mauritius.


Having experienced this destination before I had to hold myself back from gushing enthusiastically and boring my family before we touched down. I wanted them to find the sparkle and magic, just as I had. The delicious food, the flora & fauna and the exceptionally welcoming people.

IMG_0701Travelling during our summer months is considered ‘Winter’ in Mauritius and you can imagine the look I got when our driver told my husband this fact just after we landed. Thankfully, their ‘Winter’ does not resemble ours and the days were filled with sunshine and late 20’s temperatures. On a couple of evening occasions we needed light cardigans and pashminas when dining outside, but otherwise a perfect climate.


As we arrived at Trou Aux Biches (a Beachcomber Hotel), I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d explained to my daughter about the infinity ponds that would greet her when we arrived in reception, leading down to the pool and onto the beach – my memory hadn’t failed me and despite our early morning arrival, there they were – the look on her face was everything I had hoped for – she saw the magic that I had three years previously.

Trou Aux Biches Family Suite – Video (You Tube)

Our family two-bedroom suite was just perfect. A huge master bedroom with a terrace, enormous bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower (which caused much hilarity) and then a smaller twin bedroom with en-suite shower at the rear. Ample space for even a family with 3 children.


I have never been the parent who chooses a hotel based on the kids club facilities and for us as a family it has always been an added bonus if a hotel a) has a club and b) if Aurelia chooses to join in the activities. To our amazement and entirely to the credit of the team at Trou Aux Biches ‘Bob Marlin’ Mini Club, we could hardly prize her away from it. From water skiing lesson, t-shirt painting, henna tattoos, dance lessons, glass bottom boat rides and pancakes and hot chocolate every afternoon, I found myself making excuses of why she had to spend time with us. They even threw her a huge birthday party on the day she turned 7, accompanied by presents and chocolate cake.

IMG_0928Having a mini club ensured a wonderful experience for everyone, as she had the right amount of new friend interaction, stimulating activities and down time with Mum & Dad. Happy child = happy parents and I had plenty of time to indulge in a novel I had been planning to read for a year!


The variety of restaurants at Trou Aux Biches is outstanding and our particular favorites were The Blue Ginger Thai restaurant where the Thai chef chatted to us enthusiastically each time we dined and was patient with our pigeon Thai, learnt on a previous holiday to Koh Samui. Mahiya, serving traditional Indian cuisine and the most delicious Lassi pre dinner drinks I have ever tasted.


And not forgetting La Caravelle, the international fine dining restaurant, where my husband became known for ‘double dinners’ – when the main courses are too delicious to choose from, why not have two! Oh and did I mention the weekly Mauritian themed specialty buffet/BBQ? What an array of authentic Mauritian delicacies.


One thing to add is that Aurelia suffers from a severe nut allergy and we carry epi-pens with us at all times. This is always a concern with overseas travel, but on our first day the F&B Manager met with us to discuss our requirements and from that moment onwards every restaurant was fully aware of what to avoid. On the buffet night the head chef accompanied us around to every dish to explain the content, so we could make informed choices of what she could eat – now that is service!

IMG_1029With all these delicious cuisines, it was a jolly good job the sports and activities facilities at Trou Aux Biches were outstanding. A state of the art cardio gym and weighs gym, daily classes including Zumba and spin, every water sport you could imagine and I think my husband and daughter tried them all. I mainly stayed on land to take the photos – well someone had to. Ray dives wherever we travel to and went out on a couple of occasions, commenting on the professional manner of the in-house dive team and the choice of locations that they dived to.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 16.14.27 We explored beyond the luxuriousness of the hotel and on a couple of occasions walked into the local village, enjoying some fresh coconut water en route. We also hired a car for the day and ventured out to the Casela wildlife park to see the giant tortoises. Stopping off at Flic en Flac beach for a spot of lunch from a local beach vendor on the way and into the capital, Port Louis, on our return.

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Our stay at Trou Aux Biches was without doubt the best family holiday we have had in quite a while and this was not down to the 5* facilities, the pristine white sand on the beach and the day long sunshine (although that did help). What made this trip such a resounding success was the staff at the hotel. From our room steward to the waiters in each restaurant and the staff in the mini club, we felt genuinely at home and that nothing was too much trouble. This is one hotel that we will, without question, return to.




This year we have joined together with top Surrey venue, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre to organise the second Surrey Young Superstars Awards, which will include a new Courageous Superstar category, to spotlight the many achievements of young people in the county.


The ground-breaking awards, supported by Surrey Life and A+ magazine, as well as SATRO, also seek to raise awareness of Haslemere Travel’s chosen charity, Guildford-based Challengers, which provides inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people in Surrey.


Launched last year, the 2013 Surrey Young Superstars awards rewarded and showcased young people’s efforts and honoured them for their hard work and achievements in Surrey. The awards culminated in a glittering awards ceremony hosted by top comedian Rob Brydon.


The awards event for all 2014 prizewinners will take place on May 9th 2014 at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Mill Studio. Award categories, include:


* Caring Superstar
 * Volunteering Superstar
 * Business Superstar
* Sporting Superstar 
*Fundraising Superstar (5-12 years)
* Fundraising Superstar (13-19) * Courageous Superstar


The new category, Courageous Superstar, will seek to reward a young person who has overcome adversity, be that illness, disability or disadvantage, to achieve and exceed their goals with a positive and inspiring attitude on those around them.


Judged by the panel of organisers and sponsors, the winner of the top award, Superstar of the Year, will receive four tickets to the popular Yvonne Arnaud Christmas pantomime in 2014, in addition to an award trophy and certificate.


“These awards will once again seek to be a wonderful showcase for young people in Surrey, to demonstrate their ambition and be honoured for their bravery and hard work,” said Gemma Antrobus, managing director of Haslemere Travel.


Madeleine Coleman, Funding Executive at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre said: “We are delighted to be a partner with Haslemere Travel for the Surrey Young Superstars event.  To acknowledge and reward young people for their kind acts of volunteering, fundraising and charity initiatives in the local community is very important to the Theatre.”


Awards nomination forms : SYS 2014 Info  &  SYS 2014 Entry Criteria


The entry date has now passed and judging has taken place.  We look forward to seeing the winners at the awards ceremony in May 2014.



We recently sent Alison (in pink), our tennis ‘champ’ to a tennis centre in Richmond, to spend the day with former professional tennis player Annabel Croft, where with a small group she had lessons with both Annabel and  Miles Maclagan (formerly part of the team of LTA coaches to Andy Murray).  Having enjoyed playing tennis for many years Alison commented that this was one of the best coaching sessions she had ever experienced.

One of our favourite resorts in Cyprus, Aphrodite Hills has recently set up the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy and Annabel herself will be hosting a week of tennis related activities from 31st March 2013.  This is a really great opportunity for some excellent coaching but spaces are limited so if you are interested please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call us on 01428 658 777.

Situated at the Aphrodite Hills Resort near Paphos, the Academy has 9 floodlit tennis courts (4 red clay and 5 green-set hard courts) and runs a programme that is suitable for players of all ages and all standards. The Academy has a highly motivated team of 14 professional coaches and there are various flexible packages available, for individuals or groups – something to suit everyone.  You can play as little or as much tennis as you want.  There is also a friendly bar where you can sit and chat with coaches and fellow tennis enthusiasts after the rigours of the day!

At Aphrodite Hills you will find many activities for both children (from toddler to teenager) and adults with the recent additions of crazy golf, archery, horse riding and segways.  The Pirates Village kids’ club is always popular and recently a shaded playground has been built on the beach. For a spot of relaxation the spa offers an excellent range of treatments.  There is a new supermarket for those in self catering accommodation and a medical centre. The hotel has recently introduced an all inclusive option making it a perfect family choice.

Aphrodite Hills also has a championship golf course  – visually spectacular, the course expands through olive and carob trees and is built on two plateaus of a mountain, separated by a dramatic ravine. The golf club also has an Academy for all levels.  Again, packages can be arranged.

So if you are a keen golfer, tennis enthusiastic and have a family of all ages, this is the perfect resort for you and with a fabulous spa, there is always a quiet retreat to escape to when you need some well deserved R&R.

For prices and availability call us on 01428 658 777.

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