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Jessica Andrews

Indian Subcontinent Specialist

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Before Jessica came to work at Ampersand in London, she was living in Colombo working in Ampersand’s Sri Lanka office. Living with a local family, she spent a year building strong relationships with our favourite hotels and guides, and learning Sri Lanka’s way of life, customs, culture and language inside out. She even became fluent in Sinhalese! When she returned to London, she became one of Ampersand’s top Sri Lanka specialists.

Jessica has also explored over fifteen of India’s many states, as well as visiting remote and relatively unexplored areas such as Kashmir and Bhutan, whilst staying in some of the best hotels in the world. But Sri Lanka will always feel like her second home. She describes the warmth, hospitality and kindness she experienced as unlike anything she expected to receive. She says “Sri Lanka is a home from home and I really felt part of their family; every evening we would sit around the table for a home cooked meal, which we would take in turns to prepare, sharing stories of our day”. And she is still in touch with them 15 years later!

Jessica's Favourites

DESTINATION

Boutique Sri Lanka Itinerary 2 SRI LANKA

This mango-shaped Indian Ocean island is a bountiful and spirited nation, overflowing with natural wonders, abundant wildlife, sumptuous cuisine, ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites and a rich cultural legacy – from the cool colonial Tea Country and Cultural Triangle in the country’s interior, to the curvaceous caramel sands on the coast...

HOTELS

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Jessica's favourites include ultra-luxe Sujan Jawai, and the charming Tea Trails Castlereagh ...

SUJÁN JAWAIView here
AmanbaghView here
Taj Falaknuma PalaceView here
Kahanda KandaView here
CastlereaghView here

ITINERARY

MYSTICAL TAMIL NADU

15 days from £3,950

Exploring the myths and legends of the sacred south-east, this journey encapsulates the essence of the spiritual state of Tamil...


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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
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
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
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
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
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

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