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Kerris Ursell

Southeast Asia & India 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 - both terrifying and exhilarating!

After completing her degree at the University of Leeds, Kerris was determined to get back to travel and spent two 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 and India Specialist, and now she draws on her experiences to weave in those special, memorable and life changing moments into her bespoke itineraries.

Kerris has just returned from a rigorous research trip to Rajasthan leaving no stone unturned as she travelled through Udaipur, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaipur, Agra and DelhiAnd in November she travelled to 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

DESTINATION

THAILAND

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...

HOTELS

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

The Oriental View here
Phum Baitang View here
The Sofitel Legend Metropole View here
Taj Lake Palace View here
Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor View here

ITINERARY

LUXURY INDOCHINA

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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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
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, 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
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
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
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
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

From our Instagram

‘Led by Buddhist monks, a butter lamp ceremony offers a guiding light to finding peace and harmony’ @sixsensesbhutan 🕯🕯🕯
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Sunsets at the @gallefacehotel are the best welcome to #Colombo, especially when watching their flag ceremony from the iconic checkerboard terrace with a G&T in hand 🌅
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We also love the wonderful @maniumpathy_boutique_hotel, which is truly an oasis of tranquility within this city 🌿
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We’re dreaming of #Bali’s reflective sunsets today 🌅
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Enjoy particularly striking views from @thelegianbali in #Seminyak
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Glide down #ThePerfumeRiver to experience #Hue’s scenery, passing mausoleums as you go 🍃🌿
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📸 Beautifully captured by @soaipham
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Staying at the beautiful @GalOyaLodge means you will experience one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known National Parks at its very best 🌿
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Take a boat safari here to see swimming elephants and a striking sunset 🐘🌅
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Don’t miss out on #Teardrop’s new boutique hotels while touring #SriLanka 🇱🇰
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Each sleek property brings a fresh twist to the traditional hill country - from #NineSkies in #Ella to #CamelliaHills in #Dickoya, plus #Goatfell in #NuwaraEliya 🍃
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Monks in #Myanmar (#Burma) 🇲🇲
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Buddhism runs strong through the country’s veins - not only are 90% of the Burmese Buddhist, but many children are monks in training and call ancient monasteries home 🧘🏽‍♂️
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Perched up high in the Himalayan Kingdom, the new #SixSenses lodges sit in prime positions in #Bhutan
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Our favourites are the sleek properties in #Paro and #Thimphu, for these offer phenomenal sweeping views over the pristine valleys below to the mountains beyond, which sit perfectly at eye-level
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#Milaidhoo is magic at all hours - be it in broad daylight, at sunset or under a starry sky - as our General Manager @emilyjanegillman witnessed last week!🏝
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The ultimate beach destination, the #Maldives can easily top or tail a tailor-made Ampersand tour & makes for a perfect honeymoon 🇲🇻
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