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Frederic Bardin

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Hello, I am Frederic.

I have been living in Dubai since 1990 and I have had the privilege to indulge in my passion of travel ever since my early 20s, when I started working in the holiday business.

I always tremendously enjoyed tailoring itineraries for my friends’ or my relatives’ holidays, listening to others’ amazing experiences, or indeed talking about my own. And now, with the backing of 37 years’ experience, I have decided to do just that for a living.

Holidays mean different things to different people. They even conjure up different dreams at different times for the same individual, don’t they?

So, what does your next dream escape feel like today? Discovering another culture? Visiting ancient monuments? Admiring awesome landscapes? Pacing a big city? Exploring new cuisines? Meeting different people? Indulging in your favourite sports? Relaxing on a tropical beach? Or maybe cruising from one of those to another?

If you would like to dream about it aloud, exchange ideas or get innovative suggestions, feel free to contact me.

I am here, first to listen to you and to understand your needs and your wishes; and then, if you so wish, to tailor a bespoke itinerary down to the last detail, to suggest the airline and the hotels that will best match your individual requirements for this particular holiday, from a week-end break to an extended vacation, taking the worries and the hassle of planning and booking away from you.

Two words of advice, if I may:

• Don’t leave it until the last minute: you risk being disappointed by a lack of availability, either on your preferred airline or in your selected property, or both.
• And don’t hesitate to contact me: a conversation is not a commitment!

Just drop me a note on or call me on +971 50 100 8680.

I very much look forward to being of service to you and to assisting you in organising your next dream holidays.


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I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.

St. Tropez

16 October 2016

Thanks to a century-old family property, I spent a large part of my holidays in close proximity to St-Tropez since my early childhood. Having just enjoyed one more sojourn there, I cannot resist sharing my thoughts and possibly debunking some myths about that world-famous French Riviera resort. The very name of Saint-Tropez often evokes a glitzy resort, a playground for the rich and famous, an overpriced heaven for mega-yachts and luxury mansions hidden away beyond guarded gates. In fact, this small coastal settlement has retained all the charm of the Provence villages, with its narrow streets, markets and gardens. Most typical of St-Tropez in particular are the colourful houses that line the semi-circular harbour; the unique red and yellow church bell tower that surges above the beige and ochre-tiled roofs; and the Citadel that overlooks it all since the 17th century. My favourite daily jaunt around St-Tropez consists of an early breakfast, preferably on the narrow balcony of the Sube Hotel, just above Bailiff Suffren’s statue and the whole harbour. For more than 4 or 5 persons, you’ll be better off seeking a table on one of the numerous café terraces. Other popular spots are ‘La Ponche’, the former fishermen’s diminutive and most charming harbour; and the ‘Place des Lices’, a real temple for the game of ‘pétanque’. Early mornings are also the best time to wander around the pedestrian streets among the locals going about their daily business or just sitting there, enjoying the sounds of chipping birds. I usually complete my excursion with the daily fish market for the morning’s catch and the provençal market on the ‘Place des Lices’ (Tuesdays and Saturdays) for anything else. I head out of town before 10am, either home or toward the Plage des Salins and its eponymous restaurant. The peace and the greenery of the countryside along the 3 kilometres between the heart of St-Tropez and the beach are amazing, just outside one of the world’s most famous resorts. Pre-book at least a day earlier for a table with feet in the sand and also if you want the very local ‘aïoli’ for lunch (Fridays only). I prefer their outstanding grilled ‘loup’ (seabass). St-Tropez’s museums are worth a visit. The ‘Musée de l’Annonciade’ houses works by famous painters who once visited or lived here; it is a true testimony to the age-old charm of the place, which they each captured in their own way, yet with one common point: their use of vibrant colours. This little museum’s home is a disaffected church right on the harbour and a full tour will take less than an hour. In the ‘Citadelle’, which has been protecting the town since the early 17th century, the recently completed Maritime History museum covers the history of St-Tropez and its inhabitants, showcasing period exhibits whilst using the latest audio and digital enhancements; good for kids, too! There is also a ‘Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma’, which I suppose may appeal mostly to the French speakers, and a Butterfly museum. From April to September, St-Tropez and its surroundings host a vast number of events appealing to a wide variety of audiences. To name just a few: a traditional Mediterranean boat festival; numerous vintage car, motorbike and even vintage Vespa scooters events; St-Tropez’s own spectacular three-day ‘Bravade’ (458th annual edition!) celebrating its history in music and colourful parades with period uniforms and costumes; numerous art exhibitions and concerts; the Giraglia Rolex Cup regatta; an international ‘pétanque’ competition; and the world-famous, week-long ‘Voiles de Saint Tropez’ (formerly ‘La Nioulargue’), mixing avant-garde Wally boats, racing 15MJIs and superb vintage ships. Cruises aboard motor launches are available during ‘Les Voiles’ at a very reasonable price to get out on the water and admire the vessels up close and in action, with excellent commentaries about the ships, their history and their crews. With that and a number of fine sand beaches and small creeks lining the peninsula, here is your invitation to discover or rediscover St Tropez! Note: a great number of restaurants and shops close during the low season, from October to Easter. For more information and to book your own experience, do not hesitate to contact me on

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Sent by Brigitte Leviez

Frederic a eu a notre egard, pour l’organisation de notre voyage en Birmanie, le souci constant que ce voyage corresponde a nos desirs, tant au niveau de la decouverte qu'au niveau financier. C'est un excellent compagnon de route avec lequel on est assure de voyager en toute securite. Bien sur, nous n'hesiterons pas a le recommander a des amis. C'est d'ailleurs par ce biais que nous avons eu ses coordonnees. Un grand merci a lui! Brigitte Leviez In organising our trip to Myanmar, Frederic relentlessly worked to ensure he was adhering to our exacting requirements and also meeting our budget. We feel very confident and safe travelling under his guidance. We will not hesitate recommending is services to friends and relatives – in fact, that’s how we met him in the first place. Heartfelt thanks to him! Brigitte Leviez

Sent by Ghislaine Bovy

Frederic is an excellent communicator, he submitted interesting proposals to me to visit different places and eventually created the prefect programme, matching my dreams & ideas.

Sent by Thibault de Montgolfier

Frederic took the time to understand our request and wishes for our trip to Namibia. He advised us perfectly explaining why some of our wishes were unrealistic or not wise. During our first talk, Frederic asked about our budget. It has been perfectly respected. I would definitely recommend Frederic to my family and friends.

Sent by Daniela Wagner

Frederic is a real professional. No booking is too large or small for him and his customer service before, during and after my trip made me feel reassured and very well looked after. I would highly recommend his services for both leisure and business requirements.

Sent by Christine Godard-Meier

I will recommend Mr Bardin to my friends. He was quick in his answers, was able to give me some good feedback on hotels. He worked closely in consideration to my budget. I will use Frederic for my next trips.

Sent by Farouk Hemraj

Frederic is the ultimate example of a travel advisor. He has a real passion for his work and truly endeavours to match your requirements and your budget. Because he has travelled so much, he also thinks out of the box and surprises you with uncommon places, visits or tips you can't find in a guide book or on the internet, and that’s what you are really looking for when you want to travel differently.

Sent by Pierre Brunswick

Frederic Bardin is incredibly talented, has an outstanding knowledge and listens carefully to match and remember all your wishes, habits and preferences. He certainly is the best travel counsellor we've had so far. It is a real pleasure to talk to him about our trips as he has been there, gives excellent advice and does a perfect follow-up, like a Swiss watch.

Sent by Lise Anenn

The entire process from our original request to booking was very smooth, including a comprehensive proposal with several options, impeccable attention to details and faultless service delivery. Mrs Lise Anenn, MediaVest, corporate event in Dubai