Plan your perfect holiday with Claire Gateley

Claire Gateley
Kuoni Meadowhall

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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?

I honeymooned at Kuramathi Island Resort in the Maldives in 2011. It was beautiful and so relaxing and our Villa was right on the beach! We relaxed all throughout the day in the beautiful sunshine, took a walk up to the sandbank to watch the sunset, before enjoying pre-dinner cocktails. I would definitely recommend the seaplane transfer to the island for an efficient and glamorous way to arrive - the views are incredible over the islands on the way!

What's your oddest travel moment?

I took a cruise to Hawaii with my now husband. We sailed from Los Angeles for four days to get there, and the day before our first Hawaiian island the ship played the movie タリBlue Hawaii' on the large movie theatre on deck. I remember laying there on my sunbed under the blue skies watching this 1960s classic with Elvis thinking this is amazing! We then visited most of the places it was filmed! I recommend all my Hawaii clients watch it before they go. That holiday holds a special place in my heart as my husband proposed to me by Akaka Falls, Big Island on Christmas Day.

Have you had a perfect travel moment?

One that sticks in my mind would have to be seeing humpback whales jumping from the water in Lahaina Bay, Maui. It was magical!

What are your suitcase essentials?

Lemon source shower gel - great for keeping the mosquitos away and I haven't been proven wrong yet!

Where's next on your wishlist?

My next trip is back to Florida, a favorite destination of mine. My holiday needs have changed somewhat as I now have a son who turns one this year. However, I am keen for him to experience travelling abroad as much as possible!

"Just thought I would let you know what a fantastic holiday we had in the Far East. The choice of Hotels in Hong Kong and Phuket were first class, the hotel in Singapore less so but still ok. The final week in Phuket at the Dusit Laguna was par excellence and I would recommend this hotel to anybody who wanted first class accommodation in a really special location. Your efforts really were appreciated."

Claire's dream as a child was to work in a travel agency. Since leaving school, Claire has followed her dream and in the past 15 years has worked her way around the industry which included time as a Cruise Specialist. Today, Claire's passion is to help tailor-make dream holidays for her clients.