THG Holidays Staff Travels

THG Holidays Staff Travels

The pandemic has left us to only dream of happier times where we can relax on a white sandy beach with a cocktail in hand watching the crystal-clear waves crash onto the shores. We understand how agonising it is to only but dream of these idyllic scenes for now. But we want to assure you that we will turn your dreams into a reality as soon as this beautiful world gets the go ahead to once again be explored.

It’s in our nature to explore, and we know our love for travel will definitely resume. That’s why we want to continue to inspire your wanderlust while you stay at home. Our first-hand knowledge specialists have recommended their top travel destinations, and the places they will soon jump on a plane too once this is all over. Once covid-19 ceases, we can’t wait to whisk you away to the following destinations:

Elephant Hills Khoa Sok – Visited by Charlotte – Commercial Executive

Visiting Elephant Hills in Khao Sok is definitely a bucket-list memory that I will reminisce for a life time. As a small introduction, Elephant Hills combines a luxury camp idea of African national parks, with the Thai tropical forest environment, allowing you to get up close and personal with Thailand’s gentle giants. As soon as I arrived at Elephant Hills, we spent a few quality hours with their 12 adopted Elephants. We watched them swim in the muddy lake, and as a result had to wash them down before preparing their next meal and feeding them. I kept thinking ‘someone pinch me’. I couldn’t believe how docile yet content these magnificent creatures were. Elephant Hills is an ethical and sustainable elephant sanctuary, which protects these beautiful animals at all costs, whilst also educating their visitors on responsible tourism. During my 2-night stay, I also participated in an adventurous rainforest trek and experienced the most exquisite long-tail boat ride through the pristine waters of Khao Sok National Park. What an unforgettable treat that was. I would encourage anyone to visit this almost untouched part of Thailand. What a way to explore the heart of the jungle and yet remain in luxury at the same time.

Meritus Pelangi Beach Langkawi – Visited by Gavin – Asia Product Executive

The Meritus Palangi Beach Hotel is definitely one of my most favourite hotels I have stayed in so far. The hotel is only a one-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur and a quick twenty-minute transfer from Langkawi Airport. The hotel is located on Cenang Beach and is enormous in size, with 14-hectares of land in total, so you definitely wouldn’t feel crowded at this hotel. I stayed in a Beach Front Chalet which was a little further away from the main facilities of the hotel, but to be able to look out over the white sandy beach and crystal waters was well worth the sacrifice.

While staying here, I would definitely recommend checking out the “Jet Ski tour” around southern Langkawi. You don’t need experience as full training is given before you ‘jet off’ to the waters and the instructor is with you during the whole tour. If water sports aren’t your thing, then just relax at one of their two very chilled-out pools or grab a cocktail and their beach side bar while watching the tide come in.

Overall, I loved the Meritus Pelangi Resort it had a nice calm, relaxed feel when you arrived, and the vibe of the resort stayed like that for the rest of my stay. This is the type of place you never want to leave. I cannot wait for my return one day

Deep South USA – Visited by John – Business Systems Manager

Atlanta Georgia, the rising star in the movie world (The Hunger Games, Marvel Movies, The Walking Dead) is also home to Coca Cola, CNN and the Atlanta Aquarium. A great transit system enables easy access to all attractions. Great nightspots, fantastic food venues and super shopping.

Birmingham Alabama. Check out Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. In 16th Street Baptist Church, where people of Wales donated a stain glass window, if you are lucky to get in on a service experience Gospel singing at its best.

Tupelo Mississippi birthplace of Elvis. Ate at Johnnie’s Drive In Elvis’s favourite haunt before experiencing his family home and the church where he worshipped.

Memphis Tennessee home of “blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Graceland is a must visit for all Elvis fans. Stay at Guest House at Graceland and walk to Graceland. They provide a shuttle to Beale Street for fantastic food and music. B.B Kings is the place to start enjoying the party atmosphere


Nashville Tennessee “Music City” 24 hours non-stop live entertainment. Broadway the heart of the music scene with bands switching venues. A city tour on the hop-on-hop-off bus is well worthwhile stopping at venues like Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnnie Cash Museum plus many more. Check out the Goo Goo Cluster shop!

Athens – Visited by Stam – USA Product Manager

Returning home to Athens is my idea of heaven and taking my two teenagers to familiar childhood haunts is something very special. Arriving in Athens we hop on the train which takes us directly into the city in just 40 minutes costing only 10 euros each, hungry as usual we head to our favourite taverna ‘Bairaktaris’ which has been family-run since 1879, a popular haunt with many celebrities and politicians photos of which are displayed throughout, for our fix of souvlaki, Greek salad and Tzatziki washed down with a cool beer followed by a wander through the many streets and alleyways of Plaka. There are so many things to see and do in the city from experiencing the historical sights to top end shopping and visiting some of the best restaurants and trendy bars in the country, it’s really is a city for everyone. From Acropolis; with the iconic Parthenon to the flea market in Monastiraki, the new Acropolis museum, Ermou; the commercial face of Athens, Syntagma square; where history is made, to the Panathenaic Stadium. This famous ‘historic triangle’ of Athens is just full of surprises. The only decision to make is shall we pick up a hire car and drive to the Peloponnese region crossing the Corinth canal for a relaxing stay in a luxury resort or villa and explore the wine routes of Nemea, all the way to the south full of timeless villages, ancient monuments, medieval castles, natural beauty and spectacular beaches or just take a taxi to the port of Piraeus and hop on a ferry to embark on an Island hopping adventure... until next time.

Costa Rica – Visited by Bev - Aviation & Ticketing Manager

Last year I was lucky enough to participate in an organised trip to explore the beautiful sights of Costa Rica. We had a British Airways flight direct from London Gatwick to San Jose. This city took me by surprise. When you look surpassed their millions of concrete buildings and its endless honking traffic, it is evident how charming this city can be with its cultural clusters and its enormous gastronomic scene.

We then took a road transfer to the Montverde region where the land is split down the centre by volcanos. We kicked off our Montverde tour by zipping through their exotic rainforests on some pretty FAST zip lines. We then conquered even more fears by walking over their famous hanging bridges which really gave a unique birds eye point of perspective of the rainforest.

We lastly travelled to the Guanacaste area. The coastal landscape of this area is truly exceptional. While we were here, we explored their beautiful marine life by having a snorkelling tour of their rugged reefs. I was lucky enough to swim along-side sea turtles, clown fish and even an octopus. We later visited one of central America’s most incredible coastal destinations, Flamingo Beach. It’s pristine blue waters and gleaming white sands really did blow me away. The area is also rich in natural beauty. Mangroves are abundant in the area, and Salinas Point offers a stunning view of both the Potrero and Brasilito Bays.

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