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Ampersand’s Angels - On location in India

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. / 0207 289 2611

Client Testimonials

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
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
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, 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
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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