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Catriona Deredas

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When Catriona was a child her parents owned and managed quintessential British pubs across southern England, and she spent much of her childhood mixing with tourists and travelling between the hustle and bustle of London, and the quaint and calm Suffolk countryside and coast. Learning about hospitality from a you age captured Catriona’s imagination, and after travelling extensively through Europe in her teens, she eventually went to the University of Surrey where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management.

Since joining Ampersand in 2011 Catriona has travelled through much of Asia, both on research trips and on her own holidays. She has journeyed to destinations for the first time, such as Bhutan and Japan, returned to her much-loved favourites of India and Sri Lanka, and revisited some of the countries that she once backpacked through, including Indonesia and Thailand, but this time in luxury. On each trip Catriona meets new people from all walks of life, giving her a richness and depth of understanding to the country. Whilst India remains her favourite, she also loves Bhutan as an incredibly humbling county; “not only was the setting just stunning, the people are so gracious and welcoming, it was almost like returning home!”

Catriona's Favourites

DESTINATION

NORTH INDIA

Glamorous and beguiling, North India crackles with energy and colour. Nothing compares to the splendour and romance of Rajasthan, spilling over with ancient temples and Mughal monuments. You have vibrant and exciting cities throughout India; Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta being just a few of our favourite to discover on an Indian getaway; not to mention the blissfully cool tea plantations, soaring...

HOTELS

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Catriona's favourites include Mumbai's beautiful Taj Mahal Palace, and the incredibly chic Kahanda Kanda...

The Taj Mahal PalaceView here
Kahanda KandaView here
Alila Villas UluwatuView here
Amankora BumthangView here
Rambagh PalaceView here

ITINERARY

THE LUXURY AMANKORA JOURNEY

10 days from £6,125

Our most luxurious and serene Bhutan trip, staying exclusively in Amankora resorts and focusing on laid-back sightseeing with optional nature...


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Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India

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