Baiba – our London HQ’s resident multi-lingual Latvian holiday-planning superstar – is one of the Smith24 team’s top honeymoon experts. She’s travelled more than almost anyone else we know.
Last trip Sri Lanka. I went absolutely everywhere, but some of my favourite spots were Kandy (beautiful lake), Trincomalee (rugged beach), Bentota (best beach), Galle (most atmospheric world heritage site city on the planet), Yala (leopard watching!) and Koslanda (amazing waterfalls).
You never leave home without… A bikini. A pool is never too far away!
Best souvenir Tango shoes from my time in Buenos Aires. Sentimental and practical.
Quintessential London I love the ever-changing cultural scene. There’s nowhere else like it in the world. You always need to know where to look.
Favourite in-room treat The NinjaBread I found in my room at QT Sydney. It’s like gingerbread… but ninja-shaped.
Favourite destination All of California, for the wine, the scenery, the beaches, the drives, the wine, the national parks, the spectacular postcard-perfect San Francisco… and the wine again.
Favourite hotel Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. There are no words.
Destination you’re dying to visit Indonesia and Montenegro are at the top of my very long list.
Best meal you’ve ever eaten Lunch at Hôtel de Nell in Paris. I still dream about the squid-ink risotto.
Most memorable encounter I met a border-control agent in Brazil who didn’t believe Latvia was a real country. First he insisted I say something in Latin, then he asked me to show him where Lapland is on his 17th-century map. He also asked if I was related to Santa. I never did get into Brazil.