Monday, 27 February 2012

Cotton House, Mustique...

Lets journey together over the Atlantic to the Caribbean where we find ourselves on the private island of Mustique.  Part of the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the island has approximately 100 private villa’s and a population of approximately 500.  Over the years, Mustique has attracted visits from royalty, celebrities and those seeking a unique island in the crowded Caribbean area.  Spanish sailors first set eyes on the islands in the 15th century and named them ‘Los Parajoras’ or ‘the birds’, because they resembled a small flock of birds scattered across the sea in flight.  They were later named the Grenadines by pirates who used their sheltered bays to hide their ships and treasures.  Later they were used by Europeans to grow sugar cane which have since been abandoned.  With its fascinating past, and quality accommodation, Mustique offers a wonderful option for a quality winter holiday option.

Cotton House...
Seclusion, sophistication and charm epitomise the luxury private island of Mustique in the Grenadines. Situated on a picturesque hillside flanked by views of the ocean, Cotton House is one of the Caribbean’s leading luxury resorts and is distinguished as the only hotel on an island otherwise popular for private residences of the rich, famous and even royalty.

Originally an 18th century sugar mill and cotton warehouse, the hotel has retained all the charm and colonial influences of its former life. Today the Cotton House is a paragon of chic Caribbean styling with modern and refreshed design. Recent refurbishments in October 2011 have brought enticing new interiors to the Deluxe and Superior rooms in the Coutinot House, now boasting contemporary décor based on deep blue or coral red. Each of the 17 luxurious guest rooms, cottages, suites and two bedroom Cotton Hill Residence offer the finest furnishings and amenities; some of which include private plunge pools and all offer outstanding views.

Delicious food in the newly revamped Veranda Restaurant, a soothing spa, beautiful beaches and crystalline pool are but a few of the hotel’s stunning features. It is also a hub for social soirées where guests and island villa owners convene on Tuesday nights in The Great Room for champagne and canapés.

Cotton House enjoys a reputation as a relaxing and intimate retreat, making it a perfect place for couples and honeymooners to unwind and immerse in the magic of Mustique.

We can tailor make your holiday to Mustique to take in other islands, or enjoy a long relaxing stay at the Cotton House.  Whichever way you like to take your holiday we can take care of the arrangements for you.

Travel in style…
What better way to get your holiday off to a special start than by upgrading from economy to Premium Economy or Club Class with BA or Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic.  Our travel experts can offer you a personalised quotation and explain the benefits to you.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Vietnam Expedition Cruise with Sue Flood - last minute special

30% off and $500 On Board Credit...

Explore Vietnam with Orion Expedition Cruises in 2012 and receive $500 to spend onboard.

Discovering Vietnam aboard Orion II gives you the unique opportunity to sail the secluded backwaters of beautiful bays and rivers. Visit four World Heritage sites and take a step back in time in the ancient capital of Hue, walk the narrow streets of Hoi An, cruise the stunning jade waters of Ha Long Bay and see the exquisite spiritual architecture of My Son in the mountains of the long lost kingdom of Champa. Enjoy every step of the way to Hanoi where the medieval and modern co-exist. For those interested in photography - professional photographers Nick Rains and Sue Flood will be hosting a photography expedition on 30 March. 

Join Nick Rains and Sue Flood onboard Orion II’s photography expedition to explore the energy and charm of Vietnam. You’ll have the amazing opportunity to get right up close and personal with your camera in one of the world’s most photo opportunistic locations with two renowned photographers. Gain new skills from Nick Rains - a professional photographer for the past 28 years who’s work has been published all around the world. He has authored six books including ‘A Photographer’s Eye’.

Sue Flood is an award-winning wildlife photographer, author and filmmaker. Recognition of Sue’s work includes International Photographer of the Year and Travel Photographer of the Year. Sue also produced four films for the BBC including Polar Bears on Thin Ice (featuring the polar bears of Hudson Bay) for the series Wildlife on One, presented by Sir David Attenborough; A Boy Among Polar Bears; Killer Whale Special for the BBC/Discovery Channel and Life of Mammals short on Blue Whale science. Nick and Sue will be holding pre-shoot workshops onboard which will cover a wide range of subjects including camera operation, travel photography tips, printing, post processing methods and file management. Onshore there will be plenty of excellent photographic opportunities and Nick and Sue will be on hand to share their experience and to help you get the best images. You’ll capture unique compositions from dawn to dusk. 

9 Nights Vietnam Explorer
Ho Chi Minh City to Haiphong departures: 12 March 2012,30 March 2012 - Photography Expedition
Haiphong to Ho Chi Minh City departure: 21 March 2012

Fares from: £3,800 (cruise only, we can also arrange flights and pre/post accommodation/tours)

How to book: Call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email 

About Orion II: Orion II is more mega-yacht than cruise ship, with 100 guests cared for by an experienced crew of 70. Life on board is relaxed and casually elegant. From gourmet meals to pampering at the beauty salon, you will rediscover your capacity for relaxation and indulgence. Every room offers you ocean views and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, twin or queen-size beds and marble bathrooms. All rooms offer conveniences such complementary 24-hour room service, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player, internet connectivity, air conditioning, a personal safe, hairdryer and a mini-refrigerator.

Friday, 17 February 2012

We reach the finals of the Agent Achievement Awards...

Family run Robert Broad Travel of Boley Park, Lichfield have reached the finals of the Agent Achievement Awards and will discover if they have won the award next month.    Director Nathan Collins comments ‘We have been selected as finalist for ‘Central England Small Travel Agent of the Year 2012’, an award we have won for the last two years running. 

The agency which has also previously won Luxury Travel Agent of the Year and High Street Travel Agent of the Year is now into its 27th year of trading.

‘Winning awards is a great way to recognise the hard work and experience our team of travel experts have in our office.  Although we have won this and other awards before we are never complacent – the competition gets tougher every year and we look forward to the ceremony next month’ Nathan adds.

The awards take place on Monday 26th March in London and will be attended by Directors Oliver and Alan Broad.

Alan adds ‘we would also like to thank all of our clients for showing such loyal support of our family owned and run business – it is humbling to know that during such difficult times a company such as ours receives such great support and also recognition in our industry’.

Pictured above from left: Oliver Broad (Director), Alan Broad (Managing Director) and Nathan Collins (Director) celebrating Alan's 40th year in travel in 2011.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Client review of our Burma evening...

Below is a review of our event held on Thursday 26th January where we were joined by Amrit Singh who was born in Burma and Lyn hughes, Editor in Chief of Wanderlust magazine.  This was the second in our series of 'Travel Lectures' and it was a wonderful evening.  Thanks to all those who attended.
One of our clients sent in the below review of the evening, we loved it so much we wanted to share it with everyone...
“On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder out o’ China ‘crost the Bay…..”
Having spent Thursday evening at an excellent travel lecture on Burma, organised by Robert Broad Travel, I am wondering if Kipling’s grasp of Burmese geography was a bit tenuous. Mandalay sits pretty well in the middle of Burma, many miles from the sea - almost the equivalent of Lichfield to the English coast…..and a similarly long distance from the Chinese border.
But despite this poetic-license, for those of us who are old enough to remember it as a Great-Uncle’s party-piece at Christmas, this tale of a simple Raj Squaddie, growing tired and wet in the London drizzle and longing to be back with his Burmese girl on the banks of the Irrawaddy, is full of nostalgia and legendary place-names.

The very large audience who attended the lecture at the Garrick didn’t just consist of people who enjoyed Kipling however. Burma (Myanmar) is increasingly in the news, as the Military Junta that has ruled the place for many years begins to soften its grip - and ‘The Lady’, Aung San Suu Kyi, has said that an influx of visitors from the outside world would now be a good thing. So after years of isolation the country is opening up to tourism.
In a question-and answer session, hosted by Director of Rober Broad Travel Oliver Broad, many of our queries about visiting this new frontier were answered by Lyn Hughes, founder of ‘Wanderlust’ Magazine – and Amrit Singh from TransIndus. Both these women knew and loved the country, particularly Amrit who had been born there and had continued to visit relatives throughout Burma’s years of isolation.
They each gave us a tantalizing glimpse of this fascinating and idiosyncratic country, a lot of sound travel advice - and an insight into a delightful culture: A country where there are virtually no ATM’s - but you can put money in a slot-machine that dispenses tiny pieces of gold-leaf for temple decoration, sounds like our sort of place.
But I think their prime message was not to delay too long before planning a visit – get there whilst the magic is still strong.
“Come you back, you British tourist; come you back to Mandalay”.
Tony Fisher
Client of Robert Broad Travel 

For more details about the holidays to Burma (Myanmar) that Robert Broad Travel offer please click here.

Call Dave on 01543 258631 or email to discuss your requirements.

To view photographs of the evening visit our Flickr page here

Friday, 3 February 2012

BBC Wildlife Photographer Sue Flood to join Expedition Cruises...

BBC Wildlife Photographer Sue Flood will soon be joining the Orion Expedition Team. She has worked with Sir David Attenborough on programmes such as The Blue Planet and Planet Earth and produced many other wildlife documentaries. Since leaving the BBC in 2005 Sue enjoys guiding tailor-made wildlife photography trips to the Antarctic, Costa Rica, Rwanda and Zambia and has been named International Photographer of the Year. Sue will be giving presentations in the Orion Expedition Cruises Cosmos Lecture Theatre and Leda Lounge and travelling ashore on some of the excursions.

Sue will travelling on the following voyages:

Orion II
30th March 2012- Vietnam Explorer
8th April 2012- Asian Odyssey
19th April 2012- The Art of Japan

Orion I
10th June 2012- Russian Far East
2nd , 13th and 24th October 2012- Papua New Guinea Cultural Highlights
15th November 2012- Great Barrier Reef
21st November- Tasman Discoverer
28th November 2012- Pure New Zealand

To learn more about Orion cruises call one of our travel experts on 01543 258631 or email

To learn more about Sue Flood visit:
8th December 2012 Macquarie Island and New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands