30 Monday April, 2012
Three of Ampersand’s leading ladies – Sacha Smith-Laing (Marketing Manager), Catriona Deredes and Elizabeth Boulstridge (Indian Subcontinent Sales Consultants) – are jetting off on Jet Airlines to explore India for 16 days and nights, flying Business Class there and Economy Class back to compare the two.
They will inspect more than 40 of the region’s leading hotels, sleeping in a different hotel each night and spending each day testing out all the amazing experiences that their clients might ever want to have – from zip-lining over Meherangarh Fort, tiger tracking in Ranthambore National Park, sunset boating on Udaipur’s glimmering Pichola Lake, the Taj Mahal at sunrise and countless museums, forts, temples, palaces, galleries, designer shops and local markets.
They will test out the most talked about restaurants as well as the most irresistible street-side eateries; they’ll drink lassies in Jaipur, attend ceremonies with the Bishnoi tribe in Jodhpur and party with the glamour pusses at the Oberoi Delhi’s fashionable 360 bar. No hotel spa will be spared their eagle eyes... they will try out the massages at each of the luxury hotel groups – the Taj, Oberoi, Aman, ITC and the Leela – rating their products, soundtrack, lighting, smell, professionalism and technique of the masseuse, to the manner in which they adjust your towel.
Less glamorously – but equally important – they will inspect and report back on everything from lobby loos (always a good acid test and a reflection of how a hotel is run!), quality of service, hotel facilities and room categories, photographing and filming as much as they can. Ampersand has been to all these places year-upon-year and built up a strong relationship with all of their guides and hoteliers, but even by their standards, the journey these three ladies are embarking on is remarkably thorough!
Do take this opportunity to ask them to investigate anything for you whilst they are there, and feel free to pick their brains upon their return on the 25th May.
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