Today marks another milestone in the history of Audley Travel. Our new office in Shepherd’s Bush is now up and running.
Here at Audley not only are we keen to develop our staff but we’re always trying to improve systems and processes and last month a workshop was held to present to staff the changes that have recently been made to personal development plans.
When in Marrakesh – if you can tear yourself away from the sights and smells of Jemma El Fna and the wonderful souks – why not try a cooking class?
I recently enjoyed a few hours one afternoon trying my hand at a cooking class at the La Maison Arabe hotel in Marrakesh. Here, their fantastic chef taught me a little about the key spices and ingredients needed to make tasty, traditional Moroccan food.
After visiting the nearby spice shop and bakery for ingredients, the practical cooking began. Over the next few hours I learned how to cook a delicious chicken tagine, bread and a Moroccan side-dish.
The best part? Sitting down with a glass of wine to enjoy the fruits of my labour.
Marrakesh plays host to some wonderful stretches of coastline, including two wonderful beach hotels, Villa De L’O and La Sultana. To find out more about Audley’s Hidden Beach collection please ring one of our specialists on 01993 838 250 or contact us online.
Recently we held a competition in our enewsletter, offering readers the chance to win a signed copy of Patrick Moon’s latest book ‘What else is there for a boy like me?’. The deadline for entries has now passed and we are pleased to announce the three winners:
Congratulations go to…
- Gordon Watson
- Carol Knight
- Sarah Little
Signed copies of Patrick Moon’s book will be in the post to you shortly. If you weren’t lucky enough to be picked as a winner you can still check your answers below.
1. In which year was the Jaisalmer Fort built?
2. Which of the following is NOT in Jaipur?
Answer: Jag Mandir Palace
3. Which of these palaces was the first to be turned into a luxury hotel?
Answer: Rambagh, Jaipur
A selection of our staff were rewarded with a couple of days in London last week. They started their day inspecting the new London office in Shepherd’s Bush, before continuing on to Kensington Gardens for a lesson in cocktail making.
It was then on to Vinopolis for lessons in wine tasting and a nightclub, before staying overnight in the big city! The next day the entertainment continued, with a trip into the sky on the London Eye and chocolate tasting with Hotel Chocolat.
To find out more about life at Audley Travel visit our careers website.
A number of staff took part in the OX5 Run at the weekend. Held in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace, the 5km course is open to everyone, with the proceeds going to the Oxford Children’s Hospital.
One of our charities in Kenya, Mara Rianda, has just reached its ten year anniversary. The charity started when the founder Richard Long asked a local school teacher what they needed and was told ‘chalk would be a miracle’. Their most recent achievement is the opening of a new medical centre, which Richard visited in October.
He reported that the community were ‘just overwhelmed to have their own medical centre; it was truly an answer to their prayers’.
We’re delighted that ‘Outside’, one of the leading lifestyle and travel magazines in the United States, has selected Audley as an honouree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers in the U.S. and around the world that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle.
Among the best new adventures, lodges, secret getaways and foodie hotspots we were recognized as one of the top providers offering an alternative to group travel.
“With UK-based Audley, you pick a country, they put you in touch with a certified country specialist, and the two of you hammer out an itinerary within your budget, traveling with or without an in-country guide,” the magazine explains.
This comes at an exciting time as the doors to our first U.S.-based office have just officially opened in Boston, Massachusetts with a staff of 27 already dedicated full time to attending the American client base.
To find out more about our awards visit our website.