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The sun has been shining and we’ve been travelling to various parts of the world in the month of June. From releasing turtles in Dubai with operations manager Charlotte Ince and watching a football match in Portugal with personal travel executive Charley Curwood to being entertained at the O2 by Hugh Jackman, it’s been a busy month. Add into the mix a business trip to Miami followed by a holiday in the Caribbean with our managing director David Ox and we have more than enough wanderlust to last us all year. 

SEEING TURTLES IN DUBAI

Turtle Rehabilitation Experience at Jumeirah Al Nasseem
The month of June saw operations manager Charlotte Ince head to Dubai for a magical holiday in the sun. Jumeirah Al Naseem was where Charlotte called home for seven nights and is a must when staying in the emirate. “The hotel is superb, and the staff and service cannot be faulted,” Charlotte said. “The Turtle Rehabilitation Experience was my favourite activity. There were about 500 people on the beach and we saw 350 now happy and healthy turtles go back into the wild.”
 
Dubai is also known for its fantastic food and range of fabulous dining destinations. Jumeirah Al Naseem has a whole host of options to choose from and if you stay in a Jumeirah resort, you 
Rockfish at Jumeirah Al Nasseem
automatically get to indulge at more than 60 restaurants in any Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. One of these brilliant restaurants was Rockfish which was Charlotte’s favourite. With a focus on Mediterranean dining, this beachfront eatery along with its signature seafood is ideal for a relaxing lunch and dinner. “You have to order the seafood platter if you go,” she said. “There’s crab, mussels, clams, scallops, tuna and oysters to enjoy and the cocktails are fab too.”
 
Discover more about Jumeirah Al Naseem here. To book, call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 or enquire here.

WATCHING THE ENGLAND V HOLLAND MATCH IN PORTUGAL

England v Holland Match
Personal travel executive Charley Curwood recently headed to Portugal to watch one of Britain’s best loved sports – football. “My friends and I booked an apartment in Porto which was a great base before heading to see the game,” Charley said. “Even though England lost the match, the venue was brilliant and it was great to see the amount of fans who had come to support the team. I would say 80 percent of the stadium were England fans!”
 
After the match, the following three nights were spent relaxing in Porto soaking up the sun and
View from Guindalense Futebol Clube
relaxing. “We stumbled upon a rooftop bar called Guindalense Futebol Clube which was fantastic,” Charley said. “It’s run by a group of friends who started a five-aside football team. They then bought a bar and now the whole venue is dedicated to them with the trophies they’ve won everywhere. The views overlooking Porto were phenomenal. If you’re after a wonderful venue for afternoon or post-dinner drinks definitely give this place a look in.”
 
To book your next trip to Porto enquire here.

FEELING ASPIRED AT THE SAVOY, LONDON

The Savoy, London
It was then time to rub shoulders with other luxury operators and suppliers as content writer Ellena Rowlin and marketing manager Lauren Godfrey headed to the Leaders of Luxury conference by Aspire at The Savoy. Talks from the vice president of Raffles, Jenette Ho, industry head of travel at Google, Ben Nealon and the president of Molton Brown, Mark Johnson provided a fantastic insight into the trends that are happening right now.
Leaders Of Luxury Conference
“It was a fantastic day for everyone involved and I learnt a lot,” Ellena said. “I loved hearing about what’s hot in travel from reputable people across the luxury sector and it makes me excited about the future of tailormade travel.” The event was made even more enjoyable when we found out that we have been nominated for two awards at the Aspire Awards 2019 in the categories, ‘Best Use Of Content’ and ‘Concierge Agency Of The Year.’ Wish us luck and cross your fingers for when the results are announced on Monday 9th September 2019. Read more on the awards here.

WORKING IN MIAMI AND CATCHING THE RAYS IN THE CARIBBEAN

Lauren and David arriving at Jumby Bay
It was a mixture of work and leisure for managing director David Ox who ventured to Miami, Antigua and Barbados for two weeks. “I headed to Miami for the LE Miami Conference which takes place every June,” David said. “Here, hoteliers exhibit over the course of a week and luxury buyers from around the world come to have meetings. It’s very much focussed around fashion, television, music and entertainment, and the hotels are very modern, cutting edge and boutique.”
 
Friday then saw David trade Miami for the soft and exclusive sands of Jumby Bay for four-nights as he headed to Antigua with his wife Lauren. “Jumby Bay is one of the premier hotels in the Caribbean and is on its own private island. The vibe is a relaxed and chilled one, and as its all-inclusive, all your food and beverages are included,” David said. “Oetker Collection recently took it over and they’ve made vast improvements to the service levels which were excellent. The main restaurant is called The Estate House which has exceptional food that’s been cooked to a very high quality.”
Lauren and David at Sandy Lane
After four nights of unwinding with great food and pristine beaches, the couple then went to Barbados. “We spent five-nights at Sandy Lane, Barbados which I would say is the best hotel in the country and has been for some time now. The hotel just gets better and better, you can’t fault it,” David said. “While we there it was my wife’s birthday, so we chartered a boat with Seduced, who both Winged Boots and Sandy Lane use for chartering catamarans and private boats. We snorkelled with turtles, ate at a lovely fish restaurant and went along the west coast. It was a great trip and would highly recommend.”
  
One of David’s top tips if you’re fancy holiday in Barbados is to fly first class with British Airways. “You get to use the private jet terminal of the airport,” David said. “It’s very efficient and it’s a nice way to finish the holiday. If you’re flying business class you can also pay to use the terminal, which includes private check in and the service sees you taken straight to the front of the plane.”
 
Whether you want to fly to Miami, Antigua, Barbados or all three, we’re here to help with all your travel needs. Enquire here or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 now.

BEING ENTERTAINED BY HUGH JACKMAN

Hugh Jackman at The O2
Tuesday 4th June saw 17 of our customers enjoy a night of music courtesy of Hugh Jackman performing at The O2 in London. Hosted by personal travel manager Claire Baker and marketing manager Lauren Godfrey, a great time was had by all. “The show was very entertaining,” Lauren said. “It was different to other O2 concerts as Hugh Jackman spent time interacting with the audience and talking about his personal and private life. He sang songs from Carousel, Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables and – of course – The Greatest Showman. Keala Settle who plays the bearded lady Lettie Lutz in The Greatest Showman also sang with Hugh which was a great surprise,” Lauren finished.
Hugh Jackman
This is now the seventh event we have run as part of The Extra Mile events calendar and it’s proven to be yet another success. “The O2 box is the perfect way for Winged Boots to interact on a personal level with our customers and the entertainment is always fantastic,” Lauren said. “The customers have a great time and really enjoy the shows. Many enquire more about our The Extra Mile event series and express their interest in attending other events.” To find out more about our events click here.
Guy Humphrey

Guy Humphrey is a Content Writer

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