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Kerris Ursell

Southeast Asia Specialist

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From a very early age Kerris has travelled extensively. Born into a family with wanderlust in their blood, her father, a commercial airline pilot, and mother, an airline stewardess, both had long careers with international airline carriers. During her childhood she experienced first-hand what luxury travel was all about, staying in some of the world’s best hotels, eating exotic cuisine and learning about curious and inspirational cultures. These formative years exploring the globe changed her outlook on life and led to her determination to find a career where she could share her knowledge and experiences. After school she embarked on a 6-month tour of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand (which she completely fell in love with) satisfying her more adventurous ambitions of bungee jumping, sky diving and black water rafting - all terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure!

After completing her degree in Sociology at the University of Leeds, Kerris was determined to get back to travel and spent 2 years working as a First and Business Class airline stewardess for Qantas, delivering a high-class customer service whilst travelling through many time zones. She was delighted when the opportunity came to land her dream job at Ampersand Travel as Southeast Asia Specialist, and now she draws on her experiences to weave in those special, memorable and life changing moments into her bespoke Southeast Asia itineraries.

Kerris has just returned from a rigorous 3-week research trip leaving no stone unturned as she travelled across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, ending in Bangkok. She already know Southeast Asia well, so this was the icing on the cake in terms of gaining the most up to date intelligence on the finest hotels and experiences on offer!

Kerris's Favourites



In comparison to its neighbours, Thailand has had a relatively peaceful history and has developed at a faster pace than the rest of Southeast Asia. However, it is the country's natural charms that enchant visitors, and the one that leaves the most lasting impression is the Thai people themselves. The majority of the population are Theravada Buddhists and for most...



Kerris’ favourites include Bangkok’s iconic hotel, The Oriental, and the sleek and sexy Phum Baitang…

The OrientalView here
Phum BaitangView here
The Sofitel Legend MetropoleView here
Belmond La Résidence Phou VaoView here
Raffles Grand Hotel D'AngkorView here



17 days from £5,650

This trip gives you the most luxurious taste of Indochina. Enjoy Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia’s best boutique hotels, including one...

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Kerris's Photo Album

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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

From our Instagram

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🎌 Hot off the press - #AmanKyoto is set to open at the end of this year (November 2019) & we can’t wait! 🎌
Located in a secret garden behind the Golden Temple #Kinkakuji, this new property will offer a secluded retreat in the ancient Imperial city complete with beautifully-designed interiors by the celebrated #KerryHillArchitects
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