The Honeymoon and Holiday Expert.
Are you looking for a bespoke Honeymoon or holiday? A trip designed just for you?
Would you like to have someone who works with you planning your once in a lifetime trip, someone who will give you their full attention right down to the tiniest detail?
I am a travel planner; I plan and book personalised trips to suit each of my client’s needs. I take the stress and responsibility out of planning and booking your next trip.
The main aim is to tailor your honeymoon or trip abroad to your personal needs and budget while at the same time getting you the best value for your travel spend. I also offer 1st hand destination knowledge to allow you make informed decisions on your trip.
I work with a limited amount of clients at any one time so that I can offer this personalised service. I will do the research, saving you hours of frustration searching online, I will give you independent advice that you can trust and look after everything for you including booking your preferred hotels, flights, trains, island boat transfers, excursions and visa advice. But not only that, I will give you my honest opinion based on my first-hand experience and that of my customers with the promise of finding the very best value for your travel spend.
I don’t believe in a “one trip fits all” approach. I’ve been working as a long haul travel specialist for over 20 years and have probably been to most of the faraway countries in the world! I specialise in bespoke, long haul adventures including honeymoons, once in a lifetime trips, retirement treats, and anniversary holidays. I tailor theses trips to the needs of everyone I work with. No two holidays are ever the same but they are always fabulous.
So how does it work?
To find the perfect holiday for you, I need to get to know you, your wants and needs, what you like to do while you travel and also what you don’t; this is often the most important question! I offer a free 20-minute consultation by phone, FaceTime or Skype, where we get to know each other, even better if those travelling with you can be on that call too. Following that initial consultation, you will decide if you are happy for us to work together.
It's a big world out there with some of the most amazing places and your special trip is most definitely the time for you to explore the world in style and I would be delighted to help you plan it and book it for you.
Some of my personal favourite destinations are listed here and you can also take a read of my personal blogs right here on my webpage too:
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I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
14 May 2020
Having a home office means I have experience working from home. It is actually my normal working environment. I do have a separate home office but if you finding it difficult to adjust to your new norm, our top tips for successfully working from home may be of help https://bit.ly/2YYh67v We have always had the latest technology here at Travel Counsellors and never before has it been so crucial. It has allowed me to continue looking after all my clients just as I always have. So as everything continues to change daily and effects our ability to travel it is really...
27 December 2019
An excellent adventure was had by us in Iceland! Geysers, roaring waterfalls, tectonic plates plus snow in the winter. Hunt for the Northern Lights, visit the gorgeous Blue Lagoon, watch the might of the Gullfoss. There is absolutely loads to do in Iceland and you can visit at any time of the year. Did you know there were no native Icelandic people is Iceland when the Danish arrived but get this... the population's DNA is comprised of 60% Danish and 40% Irish! It seems we were taken back to Iceland by the Vikings no less! We flew into Reykjavik the world’s...
11 October 2019
I have been to the UAE many times, it’s actually one of my favourite places. I love the luxury, the high-end hotels and the fabulous service you receive here. Dubai is fabulous and I was really expecting the same again when I visited Abu Dhabi but I was wrong, the two cities are very different indeed. Firstly, Abu Dhabi is made up of 200 islands so it has a completely different feel and many beaches. The islands are spilt into different attractions. Yas Island gives you water parks, Ferrari Land theme park, Warner Bros Studios and one of the...
01 September 2019
The Sani resorts are a wonderful collection of high-end properties in Greece that are tailored specifically to families. Each has its individual characteristics, is beautiful in its own right and now with direct flight from Ireland there’s never been a better time to visit. There are 5 hotels on this beach front setting; Sani Beach, Astrious, Porto Sani, Dunes and Sani Club. Each hotel offers a different experience, but you have access to all the facilities at each resort regardless of which Sani Resort property you choose to stay in. Sani Resorts also caters for all your family’s needs with...
01 September 2019
Halkidiki is a region in northern Greece known for its jutting peninsulas and is where Mediterranean forests give way to sandy beaches. Olive trees grow everywhere, and panoramic vistas are the norm! Plus, the sea is crystal clear, warm and very inviting too. As we now have direct flights to Halkidiki from Ireland it’s a fabulous area of the world to add to your bucket list and a place I would highly recommend. The food is amazing, from jumbo prawns, Greek salads to fabulous steaks, they have it all. The Greeks are exceptional warm and welcoming with a great sense of...
15 July 2019
Japan is one of those country's that seems to intrigue everyone, yet I don’t think it is a destination for everyone. If you love history, adventurous food and want to experience different customs Japan is definitely the place for you. Many of my friends have visited Japan yet they can’t seem to explain the experience in detail, so this just made me more intrigued. There is so much to see in Japan and I would recommend at least a 10-night stay. We started our trip in Osaka. Osaka is a vibrant city, referred to as the food capital of Japan....
15 July 2019
My favourite city in Europe is Venice followed closely by Lisbon. Lisbon is a magnificent city that has somehow been overlooked by travellers over the years and I’m not sure why! It’s up there with Rome, Paris and Dubrovnik. It has everything you could ask for from a city and much, much more. Old cobbles streets, outdoor dining, huge plaza squares looking out over the water and old trams running up and down the steep streets all add to the experience. The trams are a fabulous way to see the city and there are many sightseeing companies, but I’d recommend...
15 July 2019
Although Hong Kong has a population of 7.2 million it somehow doesn’t feel like it. Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon island, the New Territories, Lantau Island, and over 200 other islands. The airport is on a separate island too with a direct train service to both Kowloon and Hong Kong island and with shuttle buses onwards to your Hotel, it’s a very convenient way to access the city and is also cost effective. The city has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world, most of which surround Victoria Harbour. What you may not know...
01 April 2019
With glorious white sands, swaying palm trees and glittering turquoise waters, the Maldives are the picture-perfect holiday destination. I travelled to the Maldives earlier this year and it was just fabulous! With so much to do and see there it’s hard to know when to start and that’s where I come in. As your personal Travel Counsellors, I can tailor make your dream holiday and offer your expert advice on all your travel needs. Here are some of my top tips when thinking about planning your to the Maldives. 1. Consider your mode of Transport. Many of the islands in...
08 August 2018
Fuerteventura is sometimes considered just another Canary Island and while it does have a lot of similar features and attractions to the other islands, personally I think it has a lot more to offer for both couples and families. Less commercial than its closet neighbour Lanzarote, this is one of the reasons I love it so much. Night clubs and loud music bars are really non-existent in the former fishing village of Corralejo. Fabulous beaches, upmarket restaurants, cocktail bars along the sea front and local children jumping from the pier is what’s it’s all about. Perfect for a relaxing break...
08 August 2018
Mauritius is a fabulously upmarket destination. White sandy beaches are the order of the day and really good food with lots of the hotels offering numerous restaurant choices in their all-inclusive packages. I’ve been lucky to travel to Mauritius twice over the years and view numerous hotels. Once in a work trip and the second when I returned for my Honeymoon. I enjoyed both trips so much. Mauritius is super for a honeymoon as many of the hotels offer a bride a 50% discount on their stay. It’s the only country I know that does this. It’s also a...
08 August 2018
I chose Victoria falls and Chobi Game Reserve in Botswana for my honeymoon as I wanted to do something totally different whilst also having a luxury adventure and this fit the bill perfectly. We stayed at the Royal Livingston hotel, a 5 Star beauty on the banks of the Zambezi river. From the get-go I was enchanted. On arrival as I stood waiting for my new husband to exit the car, a black and white streak caught my eye. Moving slightly to look through the lobby I couldn't believe my eyes, two Zebra wandering the grounds of the hotel beside...
23 May 2018
Island hopping the Philippines: I was expecting white sand beaches and clear blue seas but what I got was much much more. There are 7,000 islands in the Philippines which increases to 7,700 when the tide is out! So, there’s a lot of exploring to be done. The three main geographical areas are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. My trip took me around the beautiful Visayas. The Philippines is a modern place not like Thailand or Vietnam at all. Sleepy backwater, the Philippines is not. An island nation where each island has its own characteristics with many UNESCO heritage site and...
03 May 2018
With the launch of another big ship by MSC and another 6-8 to follow in the coming years it was time to get myself on the MSC Seaside to see what it had to offer. We decided to cruise from Miami on her to the Caribbean. Holding over 5000 passengers and crew, the ship is huge but this has its advantages with lots of facilities. Numerous bars, restaurants, speciality restaurants, splash park, 4 water slides, 3 pools, a zip line, basketball and soccer courts, bowing, outdoor cinema, spa and I’m sure I’ve forgotten something! It's the newest and largest ship in...
01 April 2018
I loved Miami and I will definitely go back. It is a gorgeous city on the beach and surrounded by water. Beach vibes and loads to do with the everglades on your doorstep too. Miami is often overlooked when choosing a city stay in the USA or it is often thought of as only a stopover point before you take a cruise, but it is much more. The tropical climate of Florida gives you that hot holiday vibe with high temperatures for most of the year. It offers you a beachfront holiday, lakeside adventures, history, and culture all in the...
18 January 2018
Updated July 2020: Elephant Hills had been awarded 'Best Luxury Tented Camps, Thailand', for 2019 by the Global brands magazine awards. These awards are for companies who have stood out among the industry, demonstrating exceptional service and unique vision. * * * Elephant Hills is Thailand’s 1st luxury elephant camp. It allows you a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the endangered Asian elephant. It is quite over whelming really, as you are given the opportunity to get right up close and personal with the elephants. Their sheer size only becomes apparent when you are given the opportunity to wash them! We obviously...
05 May 2017
A few people have asked me what exactly do I do? I am a travel expert; I book and plan personalised holidays to suit each of my client’s needs. So, what exactly does that involve? 1. I research and book the best value flights with the best connections, times and stopovers for the destinations you are visiting. 2. I recommend and book hotels based on your likes, preferences and budget, but also add personal recommendations on hotels I use regularly or that have been tried and tested. 3. I organise private transfers to collet you from the airport, take you to your accommodation and back to...
10 February 2017
I thought you might like to know a bit more about me before you can trust me with your trip of a lifetime. I've have specialised in the planning of long-haul holidays for 20 years now, yes I got a fright myself when I realised it was 20 years but I have loved every minute of it. Travel has always been the career for me. I relish learning about new upcoming destinations, new hotels, new tours and new sites opening. My favourite experience at the minute is to take a Vespa tour in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I...
14 October 2016
I'd never been to the Seychelles and had only heard good things. Given that a large part of my business is organising and planning unique honeymoons, I decided it was time to find out for myself if this paradise island lived up to its reputation. The Seychelles are the world’s oldest oceanic islands of granite rock. It is the granite that gives the Seychelles their unique beaches. To say I was blown away by the beauty of these beaches is a complete understatement. They are breath-taking and each one is unique with white powdery sand and a sea that is just...
14 October 2016
Denis Private island, what can I say to do this island justice. Well, breath-taking is the very first thing to say about this island and amazingly beautiful is the second! I was truly blown away by the natural beauty of this island. White sandy beaches, clear blue skies and an amazing turquoise warm sea, absolute bliss. Even arriving on this island is a unique experience. There is a single flight each day, a small 13 seater aircraft which flies you over the islands of the Seychelles on a 30-minute adventure and lands you on a grass airstrip that splits the island...
Sent in by Lynn Magee
Dublin, 09 April 2020
Andre offers an amazing service. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 we were unable to proceed with the amazing honeymoon she had researched and lined up for us, but we look forward to booking that honeymoon with Andre in the future
Sent in by Brian Brian
Dublin, 06 April 2020
Andre was accommodating to our work schedules for calls and enquiries, and always came back with an answer or the information we were looking for. We never felt pushed into anything, and when we decided to change our entire trip from one side of the continent to another, she took it all in her stride and came back to us with a whole new set of flights and plans. If you're looking for something special and out of the ordinary, Andre will help you find it.
Sent in by Aoife Callinan
Co Meath, 25 March 2020
Andre, couldn’t be anymore helpful!! Has great holiday ideas and for all budgets! Will be definitely linking back in with Andre over the coming months again! Thankyou
Sent in by Gregg Womack
Dublin, 23 March 2020
Very warm and friendly. Easy to talk to and very helpful in our requests
Sent in by Anne Reilly
Louth, 23 March 2020
Andre has as usual, been fabulous. She has endless patience and we know that we can always depend on her recommendations.
Sent in by Patrick Oman
Kildare, 10 February 2020
Andre continues to provide the best, tailor-made options and guidance for whatever trip you undertake. From corporate trips to extended family adventures, her knowledge knows no bounds and she will advise you on the best value to match your budget. We will always use Andre, and take every opportunity to recommend her. Keep up the great work!
Sent in by Sarah Sheridian
Dublin, 07 February 2020
Andre was the best. So helpful and responsive to all our questions. Will definitely be using and recommending her service on future trips
Sent in by Darren Lynch
Dublin, 06 February 2020
Andre was amazing from start to finish. Was a pleasure.
Sent in by Brian Dunne
Dublin, 06 February 2020
André Bedford provides a very high level of service, support and availability in looking after our family holiday. I would happily recommend her to others, and have repeatedly done so.
Sent in by Chris Bogle
Dublin, 21 November 2019
Andre was superb, a great help in choosing the Hotel, flights etc. Totally recommend.
Sent in by LAURA REDMOND
Dublin, 20 November 2019
Always a pleasure dealing with Andre she is so professional and customer focused. She has been my travel advisor on numerous occasions in the past where I have recommended her to my friends who have also used her services
Sent in by Fiona Kearney
Dublin, 08 November 2019
Andre has been super, giving me honest and direct information. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends or family.
Sent in by John Grennan
Dubin, 01 November 2019
Andre was very helpful, knowledgeable and really prompt in arranging our honeymoon. We'd be more than happy to recommend her to a friend.
Sent in by Aoife Callinan
Co Meath, 09 July 2019
Huge thank you to Andre for all her help and advice over the last couple of months! We received our beautiful honeymoon package today and it was just fabulous! We can’t wait for it now and are looking forward to booking our next adventure with you again!
Sent in by Matthew Donnelly
Kildare, 05 July 2019
Very helpful and came up with plans I would not have thought off.
Sent in by Shane OFarrell
Dublin, 23 May 2019
I have used Travel Counsellors twice now and on both occasions Andre has been excellent throughout without fault. She will answer your queries, come back to you with all the information that you requested very promptly and will also have other options that you may not have considered which may be a better choice. Her knowledge of the industry is vast and is contactable 24hrs a day when abroad incase of emergencies. I couldn't recommend Andre enough.Thanks again for everything.
Sent in by Donal Fox
Dublin, 23 May 2019
I found Andre to be knowledgeable, informative, efficient, helpful and friendly. All requests were dealt with cheerfully and our requirements were fully met.
Sent in by Patrick Oman
Kildare, 21 May 2019
Time after time, Andre delivers a first class service. She works with the client to ensure all details are matched to the best value, location, activity and expectation. We will not go anywhere unless Andre's organised it!! Keep up the great work!
Sent in by Orla Brady
Meath, 21 May 2019
Andre was amazing. She had all my questions answered before I even asked and gave me tips for what to do on my family trip that I booked with her .
Sent in by Susan Jackson
Dubin, 20 May 2019
This was our first time to book a holiday with Andre and we were extremely happy with the service. We found her extremely efficient and helpful and we will definitely book a holiday with her again in the future.
Sent in by Paula Calllaghy
Dublin, 20 May 2019
Have always found Andre to be a great source of knowledge on holiday destinations. She has organised a couple of family holidays for us and her advice has always been very practical. She is very accessible.
Sent in by Leann Quearney
Dublin, 20 May 2019
Andre was very easy to talk to, gives 100% in making up all holiday packages, and answered any questions or queries I had! I will highly recommend her to friends and family.
Sent in by Ciara Smyth
Dublin, 24 November 2018
Andre was absolutely fantastic to deal with when planning our honeymoon. It was so stress free and she went above and beyond when planning our honeymoon. Nothing was a problem and her suggestions for hotels etc for our package were brilliant. Would highly recommend Andre in the future.
Sent in by Laura Redmond
Dublin, 23 November 2018
Just to say thanks to Andre for her her invaluable advice on helping us choose the perfect cruise. On tailoring our requirements she highly recommended Celebrity cruises and how right she was.This was one of the best and most relaxing holiday that we have had. Andre's advice and tips were invaluable. I have always recommended her to friends and will continue to do so thanks Andre.
Sent in by Seamus Kiernan
Dublin, 21 November 2018
First time booking with Andre and most definitely will use her services again . Hassle free booking was the best, told her what we wanted and got options back to chose. Simple. Resort fantastic, clean and professional and amazing food. Thank you Andre.
Sent in by Joanne Doyle
Dublin, 20 November 2018
Great service, highly recommend, nothing too much trouble.
Sent in by Silvia Harte
Dublin, 04 May 2018
Andre made booking a really complex honeymoon seem very simple. We only gave her a budget and a list of places we'd like to go. 48hours later Andre contacted us with all the places we spoke about and still came in under budget. We said yes, then she set up an online payment system where we paid off some when we could. The information and knowledge Andre possesses makes google seem slow. Highly recommend for any holiday not just the once off's. Thanks for making our special day last for weeks...
Sent in by Yvonne Oman
Co Kildare, 14 September 2017
Time and time again, Andre goes the extra mile to ensure that your holiday plans are the best they can be. She brings all her experience to each decision and establishes a unique, trust-based relationship from the offset which certainly guarantees that we will never book a holiday without talking to her first! Keep up the fantastic work!
Sent in by Daithi OChurrain
Rush Co Dublin , 06 September 2017
Myself and Hazel were a little unsure as to how we could go about planning our ideal honeymoon. After a few emails between ourselves and Andre at the outset to establish suitable times for discussions, just one phone call later with Andre and we knew were on our way to the perfect trip. Andre was very informative, but more importantly very attentative. She paid close attention to what we were looking for, and was able to advise us on the best options and alternatives should we wish. Andre's vast experience meant she was able to get back to us very quickly with ideas and prices. She was very professional to deal with, and down to earth too. Her knowledge certainly shone through a few times, each time offering us ideas which added to our already ambitious plan. We were a little unsure at first as to whether or not we would use an agent to book our honeymoon, or try plan it ourselves, but too be honest, what Andre advised us on, and planned for us, we could never have managed in a year of efforts, yet Andre could put this together in a matter of 1 week. Yes... 1 week we went from clueless to booked on our dream honeymoon. Advice to couples looking to book a honeymoon, simple, let Andre's expertise do the work for you, for there is enough work and planning to be done for the wedding, don't add trouble to your already stretched time, let Andre help you with it! Would I recommend Andre to others - gladly. Thank you Andre for all your assistance.
Sent in by Louise Malone
Dublin, 07 May 2016
I have booked several holidays with Andre and I have always found her to be extremely professional, efficient and helpful. Her knowledge of the industry shines through and no request is too big or too small. Her attention to detail is exemplary and not something you come across with your average travel agent. Average is not a word I would use to describe Andre, she goes way above the call of duty every time and treats every client as if they were her one and only client. This special treatment is what brings me back to Andre again and again. I know I am in safe hands once I make that call to Andre. Thank you Andre for being you.
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