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Who to trust in travel?

Posted by Juliet Kinsman on February 18th, 2010

Dear Mr & Mrs Smith readers,

As we all know, the way we book travel has changed so much in the last decade. So who to trust when you’re seeking stylish stays? I discuss trust in my latest post for The New York Times.

Trust is especially crucial for anyone who cares about the decor of their digs. Yes, J Jones from Smallsville might be confident somewhere’s super-cool on Tripadvisor, say. But where’s the caveat that their idea of a romantic rendezvous is a Celine Dion CD, a Pina Colada in a plastic pineapple, and an avocado-coloured bidet? And I definitely wouldn’t mind a clue that they’re proselytizing about their Great Nephew’s hotel.

For really effective travel therapy, it’s good to talk. That’s right, go crazy: have some human-to-human communication. Five minutes talking taste, dates and budget with someone you can trust — be it a friend or a travel-industry expert — can match you the right pad in less time than it takes to riffle through unfiltered web results.

That’s where the lovely folks on the Smith Travel Team come in. (Click here for our telephone numbers, contact details and opening times.) Ladies and gents please be upstanding for…

REBECCA MARTIN Head of Travel Team
Languages spoken English; basic French
Favourite destinations Seychelles; Kenya
Favourite hotel Amandari, Ubud, Bali
Areas of expertise Africa; Indian Ocean

DOMINIC ATTERTON GoldSmith Travel Consultant
Languages spoken
English
Favourite destination
Mexico
Favourite hotel
Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains
Areas of expertise
Mexico; Morocco; Europe

NICOLE BEGIN GoldSmith Travel Consultant
Languages spoken English
Favourite destination Turks and Caicos
Favourite hotel Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Areas of expertise
Caribbean; UK

NICKY GETHIN GoldSmith Travel Consultant
Languages spoken
English, basic French
Favourite destination South Africa
Favourite hotel
Birkenhead House, Hermanus
Areas of expertise
South Africa; Ireland

JULIETTE MAURY GoldSmith Travel Consultant
Languages spoken
English; French
Favourite destination
South Africa; France
Favourite hotel
Singita Boulders Lodge, South Africa
Areas of expertise
South East Asia; Africa; Australia; France

JASMINE ROBINSON GoldSmith Travel Consultant (New York)
Languages spoken English, French, Spanish and Italian
Favorite destinations Bali, Italy, Mexico, Spain
Favourite hotel Endsleigh, Hacienda San Antonio, Cuixmal, Amandari
Areas of expertise USA

TAMARA RYAN GoldSmith Travel Consultant (Melbourne)
Languages spoken English
Favourite destination
Morocco
Favourite hotel
Amandari, Ubud, Bali
Areas of expertise
Australia; Indonesia

ANKE WITTE GoldSmith Travel Consultant
Languages spoken English, German
Favourite destinations Thailand; Portugal
Favourite hotel Desert Palm, Dubai
Areas of expertise Germany; Indonesia; Europe; South East Asia; UAE

LAURA SQUIRE GoldSmith Assistant
Languages spoken English, basic French and basic Spanish
Favourite destinations Florence, Marrakech
Favourite hotel Amankila, Bali
Areas of expertise Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Montpellier

LAETITIA BERTHOUX Travel Team Consultant
Languages spoken
English; French
Favourite destination
Ibiza; Spain
Favourite hotel
The Rectory, Cotswolds
Areas of expertise
Europe; Smith Ski

NIKKI BURANA Travel Team Consultant
Languages spoken
English, Thai, basic French
Favourite destination
Bhutan, San Sebastián
Favourite hotel
Jardins Secrets
Areas of expertise
Thailand, Spain, eating

SABRINA CORELLI Travel Team Consultant
Languages spoken
Italian, basic French
Favourite destinations
Ibiza; New York; Miami
Favourite hotel
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Areas of expertise
UK; USA; Italy

LINDSAY FABERIJ DE JONGE Travel Team Consultant
Languages spoken
English, basic Dutch
Favourite destinations
New York; Edinburgh
Favourite hotels
The Standard NY; Aquapura, Portugal
Areas of expertise
Middle East; London; New York

STEVIE GULLIFORD Travel Team Manager
Languages spoken
English
Favourite destinations
Florence; Tuscany
Favourite hotel
Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk
Areas of expertise
UK (shooting, fishing, riding and other country pursuits); Smith & Friends

GABRIELLA HIGHAM Travel Team Consultant (Melbourne)
Languages spoken
English and French
Favourite destinations
Sydney; Côte d’Azur
Favourite hotel
The Oberoi, Mauritius
Areas of expertise
French Alps

ED LAMDIN Travel Team Consultant

Languages Spoken
English

Favourite Destinations
South Africa; Greece; US
A
Favourite Hotel
Hazlitt’s, London
Areas of Expertise
South Africa; UK

BECKY MOONEY Travel Team Consultant
Languages spoken
English
Favourite destination
Santorini, Greece
Favourite hotel
Hawksmoor House, Garden Route & Winelands
Areas of expertise
North America, South Africa

LARA WILLES Travel Team Consultant (New York)
Languages spoken
English
Favourite destination
Caribbean
Favourite hotel
Charlton House, Northeast Somerset
Areas of expertise
UK (the Cotswolds in particular)

JESSICA WILLIAMS Travel Team Consultant
Languages spoken
English
Favourite destinations
South Africa; Australia
Favourite hotel
Pershing Hall, Paris
Areas of expertise
UK; Dubai

VICTORIA WULF Travel Team Consultant
Languages spoken English, German
Favourite destinations USA, Canada, Switzerland
Favourite hotel Murano Resort Paris
Areas of expertise Europe, USA

These wonderful people know their hotel onions. Trust me.

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