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Sacha Smith Laing

PR & Marketing

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Sacha is a travel marketer and tropics lover. She grew up in Singapore – where she lived for 16 years and still goes back twice a year – and has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong. With these as her launchpad, she took full advantage of the fabulous travel opportunities across the region and has been on a trajectory towards working in the travel trade from a young age. Growing up she regularly visited Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and has also explored NepalIndiaSri LankaChina, the Philippines, JapanCambodia and Burma. Sacha started her career in travel journalism and then moved into travel PR, marketing and websites, working for luxury tour operators both in London and Asia. She is deliriously passionate about travel and sees it as her mission to inspire others to enjoy the travel treasures that Asia has to offer.

Sacha’s most memorable experiences include the afternoon she spent drifting along Lake Picchola in Udaipur, on board the Taj Lake Palace’s 'Spa Boat' (a small customised boat equipped with a Jiva spa therapy room and a deck with a bathtub full of fragrant rose petals), and staying at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad where guests are transported back to the royal era of the Nizams of Hyderabad.

Sacha is currently on maternity leave.

Sacha's Favourites

DESTINATION

JAPAN

Japan truly is a country unlike any other: rich in extraordinary heritage sites, fascinating idiosyncrasies and exquisite beauty – one is bound to fall under its otherworldly spell.  Enjoy a luxury Japan tour with us to witness how this culture-rich island simultaneously embraces new innovations and maintains its past, by upholding traditional Japanese values and immaculately preserving its outstanding heritage...

HOTELS

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Sacha's favourites include Aman's flagship, Amanpuri, and one of Rajasthan's finest palace hotels, Rambagh Palace...

AmanpuriView here
Nihi Sumba IslandView here
AmangallaView here
Rambagh PalaceView here
Lakshman SagarView here

ITINERARY

COLONIAL TOUR OF ASIA

15 days from £8,490

Experience Asia's diverse colonial heritage on this 15-day whirlwind tour designed for those with an interest in the history and...


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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
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
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
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
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

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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Cascading rice terraces greet you in #Ubud 🍃🍃🍃
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Balinese women make daily offerings of vibrant flowers and fruit to the gods 🍊🍐🍌🍎🌺💐
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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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Set within an inviting oasis of elegant palms and eucalyptus trees, #Amanbagh stays true to its name 🍃(‘Peaceful garden’ in Sanskrit and Hindi) 🇮🇳
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One of @jamesjayasundera’s favourite hotels in the world, #Ampersand believe that there’s no better place to enjoy rural #Rajasthan than this luxurious idyll
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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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Ampersand’s Top 10 Luxury Sailboats 🌊
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Explore our #Highlights to see our hotlist and get inspired to take your own nautical adventure 🗺🇮🇩 🇲🇲
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Atmospheric rural villages, mirror-still lakes and gracious locals sum up #Myanmar (#Burma) for us 🌅
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📸 courtesy of @zayyarlin84
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✨Brand new blog post curated by one of our specialists: ‘5 Unmissable experiences in North India’✨
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Follow the link in our bio to read about some of Ampersand’s favourite cultural experiences in #Varanasi, #Calcutta, #Delhi & #Mumbai 🇮🇳
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Staying at the beautiful @GalOyaLodge means you will experience one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known Natural 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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