TURNING YOUR DREAMS
Sarah Varley heads to Luxury Escapes by Katie Walsh at their gorgeous new Whalley location, to find out more about how they turn dreams into reality. Photography: Sarah Valentine
Owner Katie Walsh set up her luxury travel agency, Luxury Escapes by Katie Walsh, three years ago and always knew she wanted to base the business in Whalley.
“When this lovely shop on King Street came up I knew I had to take the plunge and I’ve been so pleased with how welcoming the people and businesses of Whalley have been, with lovely comments about what a nice addition to the village we are,” Katie says.
The shop is certainly a beautiful, relaxed setting to begin planning your dream holiday.
Katie specialises in tailor made bespoke luxury holidays and cruises to all destinations around the world and her specialist areas of expertise lie in Dubai and Arabia, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, the USA, especially Florida, and the Far East. Katie has travelled extensively to Dubai, Mauritius, the Maldives, the Caribbean and many different parts of the USA, from city breaks such as New York to the fun filled theme parks of Orlando, as well as the Far East and Asia and many destinations within Europe to name just a few.
She is clearly passionate about travel and loves to share her knowledge and experience with her clients.
“It’s easy to get lost in all the options when looking on the internet, it’s so useful to get advice so you know exactly where to go and what to do, and I think that’s why there has been such a resurgence in people wanting to use a travel agent,” Katie explains.
“Your holidays are so important, you work hard for them and want everything to be perfect, and that’s where I can help.”
Katie has been skiing abroad for the last 15 years and loves to advise on the best areas to ski and the different products available. She is also a self-confessed Disney enthusiast and is very well-placed to talk clients through the maze of options available, from the best accommodation to the must-visits and the opportunities to combine a beach break.
Cruises are another speciality and Luxury Escapes can advise on which cruises would be best for a family or a couple in terms of entertainment, excursions and that extra insider knowledge.
“There are so many choices, we love to advise customers, using our knowledge and experience to find them the perfect holiday.”
What really sets a holiday apart when you book through Luxury Escapes by Katie Walsh is the level of personal service you receive throughout the process: “We make sure that every customer receives a fantastic service and enjoys a seamless experience from start to finish,” Katie explains.
“We take care of everything, so all our clients really need to do is tell us what they would like and then turn up at the airport!”
“My customers love the peace of mind of having one point of contact,” Katie explains. “They know they can call me any time, speak to the same person and get things sorted out. It’s a really personal service and customers know they can trust me to handle everything and that their holiday will be all they expect it to be.”
Any worry is taken away and you are free to just look forward to and enjoy your holiday knowing Luxury Escapes has everything in hand.
Further peace of mind comes from the fact that by booking through an agency everything is ATOL protected and Luxury Escapes by Katie Walsh are also guaranteed under the Global Travel Group.
Luxury Escapes truly go the extra mile when it comes to personal service, checking in for you, organising excursions and restaurant bookings if you wish, and hand delivering your tickets where possible.
“I love handing over those dream tickets, all beautifully organised in a lovely travel wallet ready for your amazing trip,” smiles Katie.
If you’re celebrating or taking a baby on your travels, Luxury Escapes can organise these details with your destination hotel, such as a special gift or extra amenities.
“I always think about the exact needs of my clients, so if a family are travelling with young children, I like to send a nice travel game to them to help with a long flight, and book executive lounge access and fast-track tickets through the airport to help make things easier,” Katie adds. This is luxury travel and personal service at its best!
LUXURY ESCAPES BY KATIE WALSH
Saturday 17th November
This will be an open house with champagne and canapes to celebrate and it will be a great chance for you to call in and meet the team plus specialist luxury partners including ITC, Silversea Cruises and Beachcomber. Come along and get some ideas or advice on your next adventure!
Luxury Escapes by Katie Walsh
1 King Street
Whalley BB7 9SP