Travel blog by Chris

As the Top Travel Agent in theNorth Westfor the last five years, it’s fair to say we boast significant industry knowledge. With that in mind, we asked Chris Mason Lloyd, Deva Sales Consultant, to share her insight from her most recent travels….


On the banks of the River Arno, the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city ofMichelangelo, Da Vinci, Giotto, Dante, the Medici family, together with fantastic restaurants and trattorias,Florenceis a very special place. I stayed in the Villa San Michele, owned by the Belmond group, nestled on the hillside below the small town ofFiesole. The hotel’s location is sublime and the view is breathtaking, with the main building’s famous façade attributed to Michelangelo, and the beautiful loggia terrace an absolute must for dining under the stars.

The hotel has 46 bedrooms located either in the main building or amid the lemon trees of the terraced gardens; with a courtesy bus service regularly running to and from The Duomo inFlorence.


This glorious city is built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands, traversed by 200 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. InVeniceI stayed at The Cipriani, one ofVenice’s most famous hotels which again is owned by the Belmond group.  With its beautiful garden terraces and enormous heated swimming pool, alongside its location on theGiudeccaIslandwhich is five minutes from St. Mark’s Square and reached by the hotel’s own private launch, it’s a very unique hotel indeed! The Cipriani has a choice of formal and informal restaurants with 98 beautifully furnished bedrooms.  

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express -Venice to London

This is on every discerning traveller’s wish list and I would argue that there is no better way to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary in style than this. From the moment you board, you take a step back in time to the bygone, golden-age of rail travel when a journey was about relishing the experience rather than getting from A to B as quickly as possible.

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