Excellent service again
The best holiday we have had - well organised and just what we wanted
Wonderful experience. Flight and hotel were great. Only thing is that the hotel was quite far from any public transport which we would have preferred. However there were taxis. Overall excellent.
Great customer service from Robbie
Excellent service from Darren
Very helpful and informative staff
Alistair delivered the perfect trip and even laid on some surprises for my wife's birthday at the hotel. Highly recommended.
We are so glad we discovered DialAFlght. Jasper is just amazing and really understands what works for us. Amazing service and great trips.
Mark delivers well, as always.
In terms of ease of booking and transfers being seamless DialAFlight were great. The only issue we had was that the resort became very heavily populated with children half way through our stay. This was a honeymoon and at times the resort felt like a creche. It might be better to give a bit more information to the client as to the type or resort it is likely to be. Apart from this the holiday was lovely
Stuart got everything correct for us as always.
The service provided by Gary and his team remains outstanding. Please keep it up.
A really lovely holiday. Everything went well.
James was fantastic - always on hand and excellent advice and communication.
Good communications throughout
BA flight check-in is awful but you're great
Hassle free flying from DialAFlight!
Carter has been my agent for 16 years
Makes a massive difference having a personal touch when dealing with yourselves - Sally will always be our go to person as she adds so much value to the success of the holiday experience
Flights were perfect and we had no issues.
Leah is incredible. So patient with us while we are trying to find our perfect destination and then always happy to answer my ongoing questions!
I have recommended my family and friends
First class all the way
Lincoln was great - he organised everyyhing and kept us updated at all stages of the holiday.
Great service from DialAFlight. Would recommend to anyone.
Roy did a excellent job...
Great service and the rental car was a great help
I've been using you for business and leisure travel for 15+ years
Excellent service, the holiday we would have chosen ourselves. Hotel excellent, food excellent, flight excellent.
Marshall and the team are definitely on the ball
My first family break was in 1978 to Burgh Island, the Art Deco hotel in Devon that inspired Agatha Christie to write And Then There Were None. For me, however, the place's major delight was not its murder-mystery connections but the brilliant sea tractor ride from Bigbury-on-Sea.
I spent endless sunny days hunting spider crabs, and then eating hot crumpets at 4pm. It was the best time of my life. Granted, it was the only holiday of my life at that stage, but I can remember it as clearly as yesterday, and what are great holidays but memories glued like fading polaroids to the albums of our minds?
It was a question I asked myself again as I waved goodbye to Martin Cody, manager of the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives. The ingredients of a brilliant break are well-documented - good weather, impressive accommodation, wonderful food - yet the end product is less clear-cut.
I've stayed in some of the finest hotels in Dubai and yet have no memory of them whatsoever. However, I'll never forget the weekend in a crumbling two-star hotel in Bangkok en route to my first bar job in Koh Samui - but that's another story.
Manager Martin told me that there are never too many guests on Landaa Giraavaru. My guess is that is because few can pronounce it, let alone spell it. But once you have overcome this potential pitfall, I can promise that you won't be disappointed - nor should you be with rooms costing up to £30,000 a night.
The Maldives are going through a period of one-upmanship in an effort to attract suitors from Russia and the Middle East. Essentially, this means building villas the size of leisure centres. While this has little impact on us mere mortals, it does make for some interesting gossip around the pool.
The resort is situated just 30 minutes north of Male and reached by seaplane. As you can imagine, this caused much excitement among my two young boys - Sid, five, and four-year-old Kit.
It's quite large by Maldivian standards, measuring 44 acres, and Sri Lankan-based architect Geoff Bawa has done a clever job of blending understated luxury with complete privacy. The 102 thatched bungalows and villas are located on the beach, over the lagoon or within the lush gardens.
The spa and Ayurvedic retreat was a big hit with my wife Sophie. Here our Ayurvedic physician suggested a chakra blessing, which at one stage involved sitting on a terracotta chimney pot as he lit incense beneath us. With our chakras suitably blessed, it was time to visit the Marine Discovery Centre.
The centre is in the nearby Baa Atoll and was recently awarded Unesco World Biosphere status. This means you can enjoy the company of manta rays and whale sharks at the atoll's Hanifaru Bay. Sign up for the Manta-On-Call programme and you'll even receive a text to invite you to swim with giant mantas when the beasts make an appearance.
For the less adventurous, you could always spend some time with Elisa the turtle. According to the WWF, six of the world's seven species of sea turtles are endangered because of the human consumption of their eggs and the effects of rising ocean temperatures. Elisa is fitted with a GPS device, which helps track her movements on the atoll. Such a device was not something I needed in the Maldives - the most energetic thing I did most days was to decide where to eat.
Any Four Seasoned traveller knows that the dining experience is a priority, and Landaa doesn't disappoint. Our favourite was Blu, an Italian bar/restaurant with a view over a narrowing strip of beach which disappeared where the sea meets the sky. While the boys raced crabs, mum and dad sank watermelon cocktails.
During the day, the boys often went to the Kuda Velaa kids' club and were kept occupied with a programme that included craft sessions and making ice cream. If it's tranquillity you're after, lazing by the pool and being interrupted occasionally by a spot of pampering in the spa, Landaa hits the spot.
If, however, you fancy something a little more active, there's plenty to get you off your lounger - from motorised underwater scooters to yacht parties, arranging a private picnic on your own private island, or being serenaded under the stars by a local choir.
In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a hotel that offers a better definition of the perfect holiday - and that includes Burgh Island.
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