Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Kirsty returns from Meixco...





Kirsty (our Family and tropical getaway specialist) recently returned from her first visit to Mexico. Having previously travelled to a number of Caribbean islands and Bermuda she was intrigued to see what the destination had to offer and how it compared.

Needless to say, Kirsty was very impressed and has summarised her trip below. To discuss your holiday to the Riviera Maya in Mexico call Kirsty on 01543 258631 or email kirsty@robertbroadtravel.co.uk. You can read more about the hotels here.

Kirsty's summary from her trip...
Having recently spent four nights on a flying visit to Mexico, I have returned home wanting more, more, more! What an amazing destination with so much to offer people of all ages and interests.

I, like most people, initially associated Mexico with being a party destination with huge high rise hotels and 24 hour lively bars and nightclubs. How wrong I was! Cancun still has that reputation, but moving away from there, the Riviera Maya where I stayed is a world away from the hussle and bussle of Cancun. It has some amazing properties, ranging from traditionally styled boutique hotels such as Esencia and Maroma, as well as larger properties catering for couples and families alike such as the Fairmont and the luxuriously modern Rosewood. These two hotels along with the beautiful oriental style Banyan Tree, form part of the Mayakoba complex which has a fantastic PGA Greg Norman designed golf course spanning the whole of the resort.

The beautiful jungle setting of the hotels I visited and stayed at, and their eco friendly approach to the area and environment really impressed me. Opening my shutters in the morning to a view of the jungle and mangroves, was as equally, if not more, stunning than a view of the beach. However, the beaches I saw were stunning, possibly the best I have ever seen.




Maroma Beach has been voted the best beach in the world so that gives you an idea of the standards – picture postcard perfect! If you like everything to be included for you whilst you are on holiday, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a perfect home from home all inclusive hotel.With unlimited worldwide telephone calls and 24 hour in-room private dining included as well as a vast array of many more ‘endless privileges’, Zoetry really is the perfect place to escape from it all.

If you can tear yourself away from the hotels, the archaeological sites of Chitchen Itza and Tulum are an absolute must see. I found learning about Mayan civilisation and culture extremely interesting and was amazed at the intricacy of the ruins I saw. If you have children, they will absolutely love the various water parks and adventure parks available – big kids like myself loved them too!!

All in all, an amazing trip to a fantastic country with so much to see and do! I can’t wait to return! So if you fancy getting away from the big freeze that is predicted for us here in the UK this winter, consider a trip to warm, sunny Mexico and discover the amazing sights, accommodations and beaches it has to offer for yourself! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Click here for more details about the holidays we offer to Mexico

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Japan: An official update...

As we approach our first ever Robert Broad 'Travel Lecture' on Thursday 13th October in Lichfield we take a look at tourism in Japan...

Japan has had a very tough 2011, but the sun is most definitely rising again. After the events of March 11th, the north eastern Tohoku region is gradually recovering whilst the rest of Japan looks forward to the positively pleasant autumn months almost six months on from the unusually dark days of spring 2011.

Contrary to sensationalised reports in the western media, Japan is very safe. The country is huge with the vast majority completely unaffected by the events earlier this year. The tsunami affected region and Fukushima power plant are in the far north east of Japan, many miles from the countries more classic destinations such as Tokyo (170 miles), Kyoto (495 miles), Miyajima Island (690 miles) and the tropical Okinawa Islands (1165 miles).

Tourists are cautiously trickling back to Japan and returning to the west full of praise, enthusiasm and amazing travelling tales from this truly unique country. Travellers talk of fantastic cultural experiences, a stunning country and super-friendly people literally going out of their way to welcome foreign visitors. Japan wants you to visit and there are more reasons to do it now rather than later.

InsideJapan Tour’s Co-Director, Alastair Donnelly who last visited Japan in April 2011 says, “InsideJapan was set up just over ten years ago and we are proud of our fantastic customer service and safety record. We would never compromise our client’s safety or their enjoyment of Japan and that is why we continue sending people there”. He continued, “travelling now is similar to my first days of travelling Japan fifteen years ago – what I would refer to as the ‘golden days of travel’. There are few foreign travellers to be seen, the tourist spots are relatively empty, cultural experiences are richer and the welcome is very warm indeed. This is all coupled with a variety of amazing locations, such as the cultural capital of Kyoto, national parks such as Hakone in the foothills of Mt. Fuji, tropical beaches and towering mountain peaks, the co-existence of the traditional and ultra modern in the Metropolis of Tokyo and countless ‘hidden gems’ en-route. Travelling on the sleek bullet train is a pleasure, the Japanese food is delightful, the service is second-to-none and everyday brings a new and enjoyable experience. I believe that now is the time to see the country at its best”.

As Japan gradually comes out of the hot summer months, it heads into the very pleasant temperatures of autumn with renewed optimism. Like the more famous cherry blossom, but perhaps more dramatically, the red and gold leaves colour the countryside across mountain sides and the temple gardens. The tradition of ‘Koyo’ (autumn leaf viewing) is at its height in October and November with temperatures still in the twenties Celsius.


Major festivals take place throughout Japan during the warm colours of autumn adding yet more reasons to visit. Kyoto’s Jidai Matsuri (22 October) is a celebration of Japan’s feudal history – see processions of performers dressed in samurai costume and people carrying small shrines (mikoshi) on their shoulders as they parade through the streets. Kyoto also witnesses the enchanting Gion Geisha dances from 1-10 November, each telling a story to the accompaniment of the shamisen (Japanese guitar). On 15 November, children across the country dress up in kimono to celebrate the Shichi-go-san festival marking the lucky ages of 3, 5 and 7 years old.

Autumn 2011 and beyond provide numerous reasons to enjoy a cultural adventure like no other (for all the right reasons) and as spring 2012 is already looking very popular, now is definitely the time to travel and experience Japan. There is only one Japan, it is safe and the Land of the Rising Sun is shining again.


Which itinerary for you?
There are a range of inspiring itineraries covering the wilderness of Hokkaido in the far north to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa and everything in between. Whether you are looking for a Small Group Tour, prefer to do things a little more independently or require a completely tailored itinerary, we can offer a variety of ways for you to get the most out of your cultural adventure. Here are three examples, for more please call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631.

Small Group Tours
There are a number of group tours designed to hit peak ‘Koyo’ in 2011, each with a maximum size of fourteen people and using the outstanding public transport network.

For more details on planning your holiday to Japan contact Oliver on 0845 003 2210 or email oliver@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.

For more details on the Robert Broad 'Travel Lecture' please click here, you can also book tickets online...

Monday, 19 September 2011

RBT Connoisseur Cruise Club launch night

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Click here to view all the photographs: RBT Connoisseur Cruise Club launch night, a set on Flickr.

Photographs from the launch of the Robert Broad Travel Connoisseur Cruise Club which took place on Wednesday 14th September 2011.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

ANA 787 Dreamliner interior revealed

Air Travel continues to innovate and towards the end of this month, Japanese airline ANA All Nippon will be the first airline to fly Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner, view the video below for a preview of the interior...

If you are interested in holidays to Japan and live in our region why not join us on Thursday 13th October 2011 for our Japanese evening where our special guest Ruth Hubbard from Inside Japan Tours will give an interesting talk about how her and her colleagues dealt with the disaster in Japan earlier this year.

For more details and to book your tickets online visit http://www.robertbroadtravel.co.uk/japan

ANA All Nippon fly daily from London Heathrow to Tokyo Narita.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Nathan reports from Bali honeymoon...


Earlier this year our Director Nathan Collins travelled to Bali on his honeymoon. Here fellow Director Oliver Broad quizzes Nathan on the island and what it has to offer...

Why did you choose Bali for your honeymoon?
After looking at a range of countries it was apparent that summer is a difficult time to choose an exotic honeymoon destination. After scouring the globe I discovered Bali, an area we both hadn't been to and were intrigued to visit having a previous passion for the Far East.

What surprised you about the island?
The island does really have something special about it. The charm of the people, the luxury comfort of the hotels, plus the combination of this with traditional rustic charm.


How do you get there?
As it is a 15 hour flight I recommend combining it with an Asian city such as I did with Singapore. Singapore Airlines offer fantastic connections and excellent service. From London they use the new A380 on certain flights which was a great experience.

Who does Bali appeal to?
A wide variety of travellers from couples of all ages looking for history, quality service and very comfortable surrounds. Some of Asia’s best hotels are now in Bali and can easily be combined as part of a multi centre destination with chic inland areas such as the town of Ubud, one of filming locations for the film ‘Eat Pray Love’.

What else is there to do than the beach?
From picturesque cultural inland areas, temples, wildlife including an excellent elephant reserve and spa retreats there is much more to do than sit on the beach.

What about cuisine?
The food was some of the best I have ever had in Asia. The resort of Seminyak has some of the islands best restaurants and offers a wide of cuisine from Balinese, Asian to seafood and international food, all tastes are catered for.

How do you get around the island?
We found the best way and the most economical was hiring a driver for the day. This was great value for money and comfortable and would show us around the island pointing out highlights along the way.

How did this compare to other holidays?
It really was the trip of a lifetime, just as I imagined. The choice of accommodation was fantastic for us, it gave us a great combination of city and relaxation. Having our own private pool villa in Bali was a real added luxury and comes very highly recommended for anyone looking for privacy and seclusion.

“In Summary, Bali is a great option for those looking for a far away romantic island during our summer months, very much recommended!”

Photo’s taken by Nathan and his newlywed wife Kelly during their honeymoon on the island of Bali.

THE LEGIAN - BALI HOLIDAY SPECIAL
This beachside resort is a haven of good old fashioned luxury with 67 rooms in all, offering a whopping 99m2 as the smallest size room, going up to a gargantuan 364m2 for the Legian suite. There is even one more room that surpasses that, the private beach house set in its own gardens with a 16 metre pool, 2 day beds, 4 sun beds (so you don’t have to move with the sun), a private butler and, the icing on the cake, assistance at customs on landing before they whisk you by private helicopter directly to the resort.
RBT BOOKING BONUS: stay for 4 nights and pay for only 3 or stay for 8 nights and pay for only 6!

Contact Nathan for more details and for your personalised quotation on 01543 258631 or email: nathan@robertbroadtravel.co.uk. For more details on Bali visit: http://www.robertbroadtravel.co.uk/bali




Monday, 12 September 2011

Kirsty arrives in Mexico!





Kirsty is adding to her already vast knowledge of tropical destinations such as the Caribbean and Bermuda by visiting one of THE hot areas for this winter - Mexico. Hot off her flight on the new scheduled British Airways service from London to Cancun, Kirsty headed first for the Banyan Tree Mayakoba on Mexico's famous Riviera Maya coast.

Away from all the crowds of the main tourist areas, this exclusive stretch is ideal for a really exclusive winter getaway, within easy reach of the airport and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza.

More photo's from Kirsty's pool villa (lucky lady!!!)

Stay tuned for more updates from Kirsty in Mexico...