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Jason Palmer

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My Travel Speciality

  • Egypt- Extensively throughout the Sinai Peninsula  
  • United States – From East to West Coast, travelled extensively Canada – Niagara Falls 
  • Caribbean – East and West cruising 
  • European Cities including: Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Barcelona, Marbella/ Malaga, France, Paris and Disneyland 
  • Travelled extensively- Greek Islands, Santorini, Corfu, Malta, Montenegro, Croatia, 
  • Additional expertise- Israel and Turkey

Destination Visited

Amsterdam - January 2013

What a lovely place to spend a few days in the balmy heat of the summer! We flew with Easyjet from Stansted which was just fine, I had arranged a car to pick us up (which was a great luxury Mercedes mini-van!) and shortly later we arrived at our hotel, the fab Pulitzer hotel (part of the Starwood Luxury Collection). This hotel is relatively new, but still has a very interesting history. It is a collection of 25 restored 17th and 18th Century canal houses, all converted into a luxury hotel, offering a truly authentic Amsterdam feel. We couldn't wait to start to get a feel for the city and booked for the next day to take a ride on the hotels exclusive boat  ‘the Tourist’. This time capsule of polished brass and teak is not to be missed. You can enjoy a drink (additional cost) whilst you enjoy the same route as Sir Winston Churchill did back in 1946. 

We also enjoyed the Reypenaer Cheese tasting experience, a mere 5 minute walk from the Pulitzer. A must do for any cheese lover, especially as we also sampled great wines that complement the cheese, well worth a visit.

 After a couple of days, we felt brave enough to hire some bikes and make our way to the beautiful Vondelpark, one of Amsterdam’s lovely green lungs. This park was a relatively short distance away (well if I hadn’t got lost!) but well worth the ride. The Vondelpark is the place the locals come to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and on a beautiful summer’s day it is packed with the young, old and everything in-between. Another highlight of the trip was a visit to the Anne Frank exhibition (two minutes’ walk from the Pulitzer). This exhibition is partly in the original house along with a new large purpose built wing that holds many interesting pictures, stories and artefacts that really bring this tragic story to life. We were so impressed by the constant stream of tourists queuing to visit, we booked in advance, which I would strongly recommend, and will save you hours of waiting. Just turn up at your allotted time, go to the front of the queue and walk in. All in all we loved Amsterdam, the food was great, many restaurants to suit all pockets, easy to get about, with trams, bikes and your feet! But the most fun was had, because the people are fab. So go.

Hotel Visited

Four Season New York -

I stayed at the Four Season New York  back in 2011, on our first Family holiday to the US, and this was our first stop. The hotel is very well located on 57th Street, just of Madison Avenue and is a stones-throw from the Central Park, the popular setting for so many classic American films. From the moment we arrived we knew we had made the right choice of where to stay, the grand lobby, and friendly staff made us feel at home right away. 

We had a City-View Deluxe room, which was very generous in size, with comfortable furniture, and easily accommodated our family. 

 The highlight of the room was the fab Bathroom, all marble and a huge bath !(or Tub). Location is great, we were close enough in many cases to walk to our destination, but taxis were quite easy to attract, and even the Subway was fairly easy to navigate. Our time in New York included visits to all the usual sites, but do ask the Four Seasons concierge for their help, they really know their city, and can make your stay very special.

Le Bristol Paris -

I am delighted to say I stayed at this fabulous hotel in April 2014, we checked into a deluxe suite, which offers 90 square meters of heaven! Our suite had a superb lounge area, a separate and highly comfortable bedroom, with a large full bathroom en-suite. The décor was very tasteful, creams and reds, giving a very solid and luxury feel but without being ostentatious in any way.
Food and drink is a delight, with the Le Bar du Bristol, offering delicious cocktails, all to your own choice, in just beautiful surroundings.  Restaurants are equally impressive, including the 1 Michelin star 114 Faubourg brasserie, the Le Jardine Francais, for breakfast, afternoon tea, pastries and light lunches and the three Michelin starred Epicure, an experience of which is a must.
But the experience does not end there! what about the Spa, a fabulous indoor heated pool and fitness centre, ideal to work of the calories! 
Outstandingly located a short walk from the Champs-Elysees, ideal for shopping and fine dining, this is a fine address to experience Paris.

Le Maurice, Paris -

Enter the lobby of the Le Maurice and you have most definitely have arrived! The Le Maurice is an exceptional hotel, and if you are an art lover you are in for a treat.  As soon as you wander into the lobby you will notice the eye-catching interiors designed  by Philippe Starke.  The theme of outstanding and eclectic artwork continues throughout the hotel, nothing is quite what you see, but everything is impeccable.  
Built as a palace in 1835, the Le Meurice is located in the heart of Paris opposite the Jardin des Tuileries and a short walk from the Louvre, so ideally located for museum goers or landmark discoverers alike.  
Highly-acclaimed multiple Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse oversees all hotel dining. Restaurant le Meurice, one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms, offers outstanding French fine-dining overlooking the Tuileries Garden, or dine at Restaurant Le Dali under the magnificent ceiling mural painted by Ara Starck. Visit Bar 228 for chic drinks and live jazz every night.
I was lucky enough to sample the outstanding experience that is a lunch at the Restaurant Le Dali, the menu is exquisite, served with great attention to detail, with the staff committed to ensuring all guests are catered for no matter what your requirements are. The care the restaurant went to, to ensure my our meal was perfect, was really enjoyable. 
Each floor has its own unique style, whether you are staying in a Classic room, or one of many of the superb suites, there is a room to suit your style.  All the rooms offer a unique visual experience, with the most beautiful mix of furnishings to make leaving the room a real bind!
Whilst I did not stay overnight at the Le Maurice, my visit and lunch was an amazing window on a truly iconic hotel, one I could talk about for some time… 

Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel -

I was fortunate to recently stay at the iconic hotel that is Stoke Park.  Set amongst 300 acres of beautiful parkland, lakes and gardens, this is a perfect place to get away and relax, but with a twist.
 Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel offers incredible excellent dining options, including a 3AA Rosette restaurant, Humphry’s,  The Orangery for light meals and the ‘must do’ afternoon tea’ and San Marco, a very popular (but very high quality) Italian bistro, that is both informal, but offers excellent quality and value for money, we had both dinner and breakfast there and it was great!
 We stayed in the Mansion Rooms, stooped in history, very up-to-date and comfortable, with views of the beautiful golf course, full of character. 
 If you prefer more modern style of room, perhaps try a Pavilion room, more contemporary, built in 2008, me I love the tradition of the Mansion wing.
 Stoke Park is a great place to enjoy sport too, with Golf, Tennis and an excellent SPA, you will love your stay, and so will your body! We also enjoyed the very large indoor pool, which was a great place to relax.
 Right on London’s doorstep, Stoke Park is a great place to unwind, we had a great time.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo - Lake Como -

For the ultimate romantic weekend we chose the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, located on the beautiful Lake Como.  We arrived by private taxi from Milan Malpensa within an hour and checked into a Fabulous Lake view double room.  
The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is in the most idyllic location, right on the shore of Lake Como, our room looked over the Lake and incredible mountains, making opening your window first thing after waking a real pleasure! 
Dinner on our first night was at L’Escale, this is a Fondue and Wine Bar, the first in Lake Como, a truly romantic location, it is a bijou gem, where you can enjoy fabulous and unusual Fondue cuisine and of course delicious wines.   
The next morning after waking to the beauty of Lake Como sunrise, we headed down to a sumptuous breakfast in the La Terazza restaurant.  Of course we had a Lake view table, and enjoyed our breakfast mesmerised by the stunning Lake and beautiful vistas.  
After breakfast we headed down to pick up a water-taxi for a brief water tour of the lake, and a hotel visit, ending at the quaint town of Bellagio… credit card a-ready!
After returning from our mammoth shopping trip in Bellagio, we caught the ferry back to Cadenabbia (15 minutes’ walk from Tremezzo) for a bit of R&R around the pool.  Later on that evening we made our way back to the La Terazza restaurant for a very special birthday dinner, again enjoying the beautiful views afforded to this amazing hotel, enjoying watching the sun go down, and the incredible views of the lake and mountains.
The next morning (our last) we spent our time on the ‘sandy beach’ opposite the hotel lake pool… This is a really relaxing location, where you can listen to your music, or read a book, or perhaps watch the residence coming and going from speed and pleasure boats moored to the (floating) pool.   
What a lovely weekend, the staff were all so caring, cleanliness was impeccable, food superb and memories made. Thoroughly enjoyable stay… need to get back soon!

King David –Jerusalem (Dan Hotels) - January 2016

We stayed in a Deluxe Old City view room, which was renovated.  View is amazing, especially at night, very high standard of decoration in the room.  The King David  is a very beautiful hotel especially in its public areas and oozes history from the early days of the State of Israel and before, in my view the most desirable address in Jerusalem.  The King David has large gardens and a very well kept pool area, which is a great place to end a busy day touring this amazing city.

Beresheet Hotel – Mitzpeh Ramon (Ramon Crater) (Isrotel Hotels) - January 2016

This beautiful hotel is located on the edge of the Ramon Crater, an amazing natural phenomenon.  Beresheet is a very high standard hotel, each room is a type of chalet, ours was facing the crater (not all do) some also have a small plunge pool (ours didn’t!).  Food here is great, a very good standard,  some nights it is buffet style, and other nights semi-waiter service, the food was excellent and plentiful.   On our second night dinner we chose to be sat in a little ‘outdoor’ balcony part of the restaurant, which was delightfully quiet and made our last night very special.  On our main day in Mitzpeh Ramon we went on a private jeep tour, which was a 2 hour drive and walk in the crater. This was a really worthwhile tour, where we learnt a lot about the history of the crater, specifically about its creation and uniqueness.  The Beresheet has a lovely pool area, which is the main hub of the hotel, there are amazing bars overlooking the pool and crater, this is a must see place.

Crown Plaza Hotel - Haifa - January 0

Haifa has been on my ‘to do’ list for some time, we wanted to visit a few local historic areas (Zichron Yaacov and Caesarea etc), and this was a good base to do this.  The Crown Plaza is in very central location making it ideal for a shorty stay in Haifa. 
A very convenient bus stops just a road from the main hotels (Dan Panorama, Dan Carmel and our hotel, the Crown Plaza that whizzes you directly to the popular main restaurant area, the German Colony ....(number 136 if you are interested!!!)   Whilst were in Haifa we visited the Bahia Gardens, this is a must see religious garden that meanders down the sheer cliff down to the downtown area of Haifa (this is where the German Colony is located and the bus stops here!) 
The Crown Plaza has outstanding staff, a great location and good rooms, and the Bay view room  view is amazing!

Ritz-Carlton Herzlia - January 2016

This was our second time to The Ritz-Carlton Herzlia, it is a lovely hotel – we had a deluxe marina view room, which was very comfortable, and very smart.  The service level in this hotel is very high, all staff are highly attentive, breakfast is lovely, the serving staff cannot do more to make you happy.  The pool area is lovely, a ROOFTOP affair very contained, with a bar a few steps away, a good size pool, and seating area.   .  For us we stayed by the pool in the morning and headed down to the beach in the afternoon… all you had to do was ask for a beach voucher at the concierge desk, then head down to the entrance (where you pick-up/drop-off your car if you use the valet service) and they will give you beach towels, water in a nice Ritz-Carlton beach bag.  You can use the voucher in exchange for two sun loungers or chairs and an umbrella without cost, although this is only at the ‘Mona Beach’ which is the first part of the beach you will arrive at, after a short walk (7 minutes).

The Rothschild Tel Aviv - January 0

This is a special ‘niche’ hotel located on Rothschild Boulevard , not far from Independence Hall.  This hotel is ideal for people who want to be a very central position for café and restaurant life in the trendy part of Tel Aviv .  The hotel offers a very personal level of service, that begins on check-in…  when you arrive you sit in the lounge (this is literally just like your lounge at home) they discuss your preferences, and then you will get your room keys to a very large eclectically furnished modern bedroom.  This hotel doesn’t currently have a pool, but I understand they are looking at a roof top one in the near future.  This hotel is great for young affluent guests, and also people who would appreciate its unique Backhaus location; it is great for people interested in the history of original Tel Aviv and its beautiful architecture.  I visited this hotel as part of an afternoon of view hotels in Tel Aviv and did not stay overnight.

The Norman Tel Aviv - January 0

The Norman is a beautiful hotel that is uber trendy with art and critical design all around and certainly a must stay hotel for wealthy young art inclined luxury travellers.  The Norman has rooms and suites to the highest standards, and like the Rothschild, is ideally located for a more ‘city life’ stay rather than beach holiday, and is surrounded by excellent local restaurants and trendy bars and cafes.       As with the Rothschild hotel I only visited this hotel as an agent (in other words I did not stay the night) but from my brief visit I can confidently say the Norman is unmatched in terms of style and luxury in its class in Tel Aviv, offering incredible architecture, elegance and service, the Norman is definitely worth considering for that special occasion in Israel.

My Wish List

Where to start?! Colletts Travel is quite literally a magnet for the best and most exotic destinations, resorts & hotels throughout the globe. We are lucky to be visited by these fabulous places, but we just can’t go everywhere! So here’s my bucket for your enjoyment!

  •  Trisara, Phuket – Thailand – Why? Excusive, intimate & Quiet. 
  •  Peninsula, Hong Kong – Why? Located on the Harbour, Icon. 
  •  St Regis, Bali – Why? Stunning beaches and Panoramas. 
  •  Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada - Why? Pristine wilderness location. 
  •  The Plaza, New York, USA - Why? Location, opulence, Location! 
  •  The Phoenician, Scottsdale, USA – Why? Mountain and desert location to die for! 
  •  Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, CA USA – Why? Overlooking Santa Monica Pier! 
  •  The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA USA – Why? Are you mad?! On Sunset Boulevard! 
  •  Maharajas Express, Luxury train journey throughout India – Why? Because it’s ultimate fab! 
  •  Shamwari Luxury Game reserve, 45 Minutes from Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Why? Luxury Game drives, great food and locations. 
  •  Huvafen Fushi, North Male Atoll of Maldives – Why? The original stunning Indian Ocean luxury hideaway. 
  •  Fairmont Mayacoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico – Why? Affordable luxury, Beautiful location. 
  •  Four Seasons Punta Mita – Why? On the Pacific coast of Mexico, absolutely perfect! 
  •  Carlisle Bay, Antigua – Why? Stunning scenery, white sands, Modern Luxury. The list goes on…. How long have you got?!
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