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Introducing Gary Manners, your Canal St travel Expert.Online booking has changed the industry tremendously, but the personal touch can always provide added confidence together with many added value aspects to your trip.

Contact him today and ask about your plans.Happy to oblige and share many years of experience.

https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gary.manners

Gary has a small selection of travel ideas for you below;
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City breaks

New York JFK : New York is the ultimate romantic winter break and Thomas Cook Airlines is offering return flights for travel from Manchester from January – March 2019. Book between 29th November and 9th December to bag some unmissable deals.

Prague – Known for its beautiful Old Town with colourful baroque buildings and Gothic churches, Prague is a wonderful city to explore in winter, just wrap up warm. He is offering 3 nights bed and breakfast, including flights, at the 3-star Hotel Gloria on 7th January.

Gary knows the city well.

Reykjavik – With beautiful frosted landscapes and the chance to see the northern lights, Reykjavik is an incredible winter holiday destination and Gary is offering a 4-night stay at the 4T Exeter Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis, including flights departing from Manchester Airport on 2nd January 2019 and transfers. 

Sunshine escapes

Portugal – If the freezing temperatures in the UK are getting you down, brighten your mood with a trip to the Algarve, 7 nights self-catering in the 3 star Vilamoura Golf Apartments, including flights from Manchester on 6th January.

Marbella – With 6 hours of sunshine per day, it’s a great time of year to explore beautiful Marbella. Jet2holidays is offering 7 nights bed and breakfast, including flights, at the 3-star Aparthotel Marbella from Manchester on 6th January.

Paphos – Get the whole family together for a fun-filled trip to Paphos with Jet2Villas is offering 7 nights self-catering at Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences for 6 people with flights from Manchester on 12th January. 

Lanzarote – Bask in the sunshine of Lanzarote this Christmas with a 7-night holiday. Fly from Manchester on 20th December and stay at the 3T TBH Tropical Island on a self-catering basis. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights and transfers. 

Gran Canaria – For a Christmas the family will never forget, jet off to beautiful Gran Canaria. TUI is offering a 7-night all-inclusive holiday for two adults and two children. Fly from Manchester on 20th December and stay at the 4T TUI FAMILY LIFE Bahia Feliz Orquidea

Gary will talk you through what’s involved.

Many more ideas at https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gary.manners

Published on - Thu, 29 Nov 2018

Which Maldives island is perfect for you? Our expert Gary Manners has all the answers..


This week I wanted to give you some ideas of a wonderful destination i have visited many times and here are a few new Islands to get you in the “Holiday Mood” take a look and enjoy….

When you picture your ultimate Indian Ocean escape, you want it to be the way you’ve always imagined it. You may want to dive off your water villa deck into turquoise waters, sip cocktails on a sandy beach or explore the ocean on a snorkel safari. Here’s just a taste of what’s in store in the Maldives…

Best for foodies - Kandolhu Maldives

“Enjoy culinary delights from around the world at 5* Kandolhu Maldives. Indulge at the 4 à la carte restaurants for some of the tastiest food in the Maldives. Choose from Banzai, with a focus on Japanese delicacies, fresh seafood at Sea Grill, or Mediterranean cuisine at Olive. The Market offers all day dining with both international dishes and local Maldivian specialities.”

Best for divers - Biyadhoo

“Natural, rustic and one of the friendliest resorts in the Maldives, 3* Biyadhoo is a haven for divers, with a wide range of top dive sites nearby to choose from. Its renowned dive school has excellent instructors to advise you on which of the local dive sites are best suited to your ability. If you’re not a diver but would like to try your hand at snorkelling, the spectacular house reef offers the opportunity to get up-close to reef sharks, rays and turtles.”

Best for choice - Meeru Island Resort & Spa

A tropical paradise of palm trees, white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters, 4* Meeru Island Resort & Spa has one of the largest ranges facilities in the Maldives. Not content with offering you as much or as little as you’d like to do, Meeru also has a fantastic choice when it comes to accommodation; from simply furnished Garden Rooms to stylish Jacuzzi Water Villas.”

Best for cocktail connoisseurs - Kuramathi Maldives

“At the far end of 4* Kuramathi Maldives, Laguna Bar provides the best spot on the island for an unforgettable sundowner with chilled vibes from the resident DJ. Sample the tasty creations of Fung Bar’s talented mixologists. Make sure you catch the sunset, moonlight or twinkling stars at the Dhoni bar that has incredible panoramic views across the ocean

Best for couples - Veligandu Island

“If it is privacy and intimacy you’re looking for, 4* Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is a perfect couple’s hideaway. In a peaceful, secluded setting, you’re encouraged to adopt the “no news, no shoes” bare-foot policy. For added romance after a stroll on the island’s glorious sandbank, dine under the stars at Madivaru restaurant before retreating back to your thatched roof villa.”

Best for families - Kurumba Maldives

“Head to 5* Kurumba for a perfect family holiday in the Maldives, only a short 10 minute speedboat from the airport. There are plenty of activities to keep yourself and the kids busy. Head to the spa, learn to dive, take on the resort’s watersports, or challenge each other to a game of tennis! There’s also a fantastic kids club that runs from 9am to 6pm.”

Best for water villas - Diamonds Athuruga

“Home to some of the most stylish water villas in the Maldives, 4.5* Diamonds Athuruga is one of the Indian Ocean’s ultra-contemporary resorts. The Italian-style water villas offer something a little different to other Maldives islands. With huge, open wooden decks built on stilts over the water, choose between sunset or sunrise views. Make the most of your experience and dine in the overwater à la carte restaurant Aqua.“

Lots more here https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gary.manners

Published on - Thu, 22 Nov 2018

Nevis a Caribbean Paradise. Read more about this hideaway..

I recently visited this wonderful Caribbean Island, having visited many of the larger Islands during my 25 years in Travel and found this a breath of fresh air. If you need any information or recommendations, please let me know. I loved this island and called it my “Caribbean Hideaway”

We travelled over on the local ferry from the terminal at St Kitts, and it took about 45 minutes to get over. You can get back on the fast jet boat if you have less time.

Charlestown is a very interesting place to visit. Lots of shops, and plenty of Georgian-style buildings still remain. There’s a charming lack of modernisation of Charlestown, and local efforts are underway to preserve the original buildings.

During my time in Nevis I got to visit the following hotels staying at the Four Seasons, a Luxury 5 Star Hotel with wonderful facilities, sea views and different room types.

One thing I did notice during touring Nevis which was quite amazing was the difference between the beaches on the North and Western parts of the islands. I found them much superior, less crowded and often empty compared to the beaches of South and Eastern parts, and of course clean and free to be used by everyone!

Travel around the Island is quite easy with quiet roads and very little in the way of traffic jams or road rage.

Nisbet Beach on the north coast is well maintained and surrounded by palm trees. It’s largely frequented by guests at Nisbet Beach Resort Hotel but everyone is welcome. Its gentle ocean breezes make it a popular place to spend a relaxing day. On the day I visited a group of cruise customers who had just arrived. Located in 30 lush acres, this is the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located on a beach. Its magnificent lawns lead down to the soft sands and the sea. The setting is beautiful and elegant.

There are 38 luxurious lemon-coloured cottages, each surrounded by almost a quarter acre of land to ensure peace and privacy. Dining is highly prized with no less than three Caribbean restaurants serving gourmet food with a local flavour and a global influence. Thursday nights feature popular beachside barbecues and a local steel band.

Personal pampering is also on the menu and a visit to the Palms Spa is a perfect complement to your stay at this relaxed hotel. Facilities include three restaurants, two bars, freshwater pool, tennis court, snorkelling, boutique, croquet and complimentary laundry.

Newcastle beaches were stunning, clean and my favourite ones. On the northern side of the island, this beach gets its name from the nearby village of Newcastle. It’s mostly covered with soft, yellow sand and is a nice spot to relax. It’s also a great place to visit on a Saturday and enjoy the atmosphere as the fishermen sell their fresh catches that day. Be sure to sample the local BBQ… wonderful!

Herberts Beach isn’t far from the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. Herbert’s Beach is renowned for its many reefs teeming with spectacular marine life. Naturally this makes it a magnet for snorkellers. The beach is close to where the Atlantic Ocean begins on the windward side of the island.

Nevis is a very elegant and romantic venue for a wedding. You can choose from picturesque churches, historic plantations, soft, sandy beaches or beautiful tropical gardens. All will make your special day a memorable occasion. I will give you all the help you need in arranging a perfect Wedding or Honeymoon and will guide you through the simple formalities.

Just some of the things to do whilst visiting Nevis include touring the Heritage Trail, turtle monitoring and swimming. Golf facilities on Nevis are world class with the main course being the Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole, par 71 course at the Four Seasons Resort.

The waters around Nevis are teeming with game fish like tuna, barracuda, sailfish, blue marlin, wahoo and mahi mahi. You can see a lot cycling in Nevis. Remember the island is only 36 square miles in size and there is a 20 mile main road that runs round it.

All in all a wonderful “Caribbean Hideaway”! I can thoroughly recommend both the historical and cultural interest of the island along with the superb North and West coast beaches and hotels.

Published on - Thu, 08 Nov 2018

South Africa With a Touch of Luxury Gary Manners recommends..

I have recently been looking at a fantastic itinerary for some of my customers wanting to visit South Africa, and really felt I wanted to share this with you too. I based the travel dates on Mid May to Mid June a really good time to see the Big 5 and get the best weather too.

This wonderful Itinerary around South Africa, begins in Johannesburg and takes in Ulusaba in Kruger National Park and Key points around the Eastern and Western Cape including Pretoria, Capetown and Stellanbosch, this gives the opportunity to visit the Famous “Garden Route” and experience Wine Tasting and amazing scenery right out of the Film “Born Free”, and which is best experienced on a Self Drive Touring option which I can arrange.

They also manage to pull in an overnight journey from Pretoria to Capetown on the Iconic “Blue Train” which is a wonderful link between the Northern Points and East and West Capes and breathtaking scenery of central parts of South Africa on a 27 hour Colonial Journey back in time.

The Journey begins with flights from the UK served by British Airways and Virgin into Johannesburg travelling overnight and arriving into Johannesburg around 730am, giving you plenty of time to connect with the internal South African Airways flights to the 5 Star Ulusaba Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park.

Ulusaba has its own private Air Strip and is owned and operated to and Excellent standard by Sir Richard Branson. (Virgin Brand Creator and Megastar)

We have opted for the 3 night All inclusive Safari Option based on the Ulusaba Game Lodge-River Room with Plunge Pool with everything you could wish for and much much more, its a wonderful place …

Built tree house style and very private there are four River Rooms, with two rooms offering private plunge pools. All are very spacious with snuggling seating areas and striking views of the river bed or bush. Ideal for those celebrating or enjoying a romantic escape as these rooms are secluded and tucked between jackalberry trees. Three of the River Rooms are accessible by swing bridge and are a short walk from the main Lodge.

The treehouse viewing deck overlooking the Xikwenga Dam is a great place to get even further into the bush to see where the hippos and elephants come to bathe. Ulusaba has a fantastic Spa offering every type of Spa Treatment you can think of.

From bush games, safari walks and cocktails by the pool, there’s no shortage of things to do during the day.

You might not be a morning person but it’s certainly worth getting out of bed for this. Your morning starts with freshly baked goodies and tea and coffee to help get started. Your Ranger and Tracker will meet you and your morning adventure begins. As sun rises you’ll be treated to the beauty of the African bush. This is generally the best time to spot the wildlife, as the temperature is cool and the animals are still very active, including the big cats, which will be returning from a night of hunting. We don’t want to give too much away, so just remember to set your alarm.

All your meals are included and with at least six chances to eat, from fine dining , room service or an intimate meal for two on your private balcony you won’t go hungry.

The next part of the journey after our flight from Ulusaba back to Johannesburg is a 45 minute private transfer to Pretoria which can be arranged directly from the Airport to all the main Hotels in Pretoria, we opted to stay in the Sheraton Pretoria on a bed and breakfast basis.

This hotel offers everything you would expect of a 4 Star City Hotel including Room and Suites, Health Club and Spa, Magnolia Restaurant and Tiffin Bar and lounge for your afternoon tea and cakes..wonderful.

The next day sees early breakfast and our journey to Pretoria Main Train Station for our Iconic Colonial Journey back in time on the “Blue Train” to Capetown, we have packed our best Suits, Dickie Bows and Ball Gowns for an experience of a lifetime and that feeling of anticipation of what we are going to see and experience over the next 24 hours.

The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.

We have opted for the Deluxe Carriage and all our meals are included and they certainly live up to their 5 Star rating.

Your De Luxe Suite will forever alter your definition of what style and class entail. From your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, it transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence during the night, with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer. And then, of course, all this accompanied by the ever-changing vistas of the African countryside…

The highlight of the evening is of course getting all dressed up for a wonderful meal on this amazing train and historic journey to Capetown.

On board chefs regularly refresh their menus to intrigue and tantalise your palate, as they prepare their signature dishes using the freshest of local ingredients. From Karoo lamb, ostrich and venison, to Knysna oysters and other award-winning Cape cultivars. All presented in delicate crystal or on fine china, all contributing to the ultimate experience of “The Blue Train”.

En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.

After Departing our Carriages and leaving the “Blue Train” behind we have waiting for us our Vehicle a Mitsubishi ASX hired for 5 days for the final part of our journey from Capetown to Stellanbosch taking in the Wine Region and experiencing two more wonderful locations, a must see part of South Africa.

In Capetown we have opted for the Radisson Blu Waterfront and have a Business Class room on bed and breakfast again this is a fantastic hotel offering every first class facility.

the Radisson Blu Hotel also offers easy access to popular destinations like Table Mountain and Robben Island.

From Capetown we travel to the final hotel in Stellanbosch, the Oude Werf, Cape Winelands oldest and most famous Hotel.

Oude Werf has 58 rooms in three luxury styles, set across the hotel property. Most are centred on our poolside gardens or in our historic inn-house. All rooms have been extensively renovated or are newly built, incorporating modern features.

Finally our journey see us dropping our car back at Capetown Airport and making our way back to the airport for our flight back to the UK - what a wonderful itinerary to have provided for my customers and a real insight into what South Africa has to offer. Its a destination on a huge scale offering every type of holiday type and standard - I can honestly say its a trip of a lifetime.

More here https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gary.manners

Published on - Mon, 05 Nov 2018