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Joanna Spruce

It's Nice To Meet You

Hello and very warm welcome to my website!

My website is packed with information on offers, destinations and blogs, please have a look and see what inspires and interests you! There is also a video from me outlining what it is I do as a Travel Counsellor, my services and how you can benefit from them, do have a look!

As a Travel Counsellor, I am both an independent travel consultant and a tour operator with a passion for both customer care and travel.

I specialise in getting to know you and being able to make your holidays and trips specifically to you. I will create them to fit your needs, making sure they create special memories for you and no one else. What matters to you, matters to me.
Whether it is for a City Break, a Family Holiday, Adults Only, Solo Trip, Wellness, Ski, Cruise, Luxury, Adventure, Relaxation, a Wedding, Honeymoon or a Business Trip, I will save you time, take care of all of the details, ensure you get the best value possible for your money and give you a stress-free experience.

My trusted and personalized service will provide you with peace of mind and a satisfaction guarantee, every time.

Before we begin our journey together, here is a little bit of my background:

Prior to becoming a Travel Counsellor, my career to date has been focused on customer service; the last 12 years of which have been in Dubai.

Originally from the UK, my passion for travel has stemmed from a childhood of living in Nigeria, Bahrain and Singapore which enabled me to experience different cultures and places from a young age. After graduation I worked Ski Seasons in France, Summer Seasons in Greece and Sardinia; taking the opportunity to travel around the respective countries in between. Later on, I took a gap year and undertook a solo round the world trip encompassing Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, Bolivia, Peru (Inca Trail and Machu Pichu), Argentina, Chile, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Since moving to Dubai, I have traveled to Oman, Georgia, Jordan, South Africa, Maldives, Mauritius and New York. One thing is for sure, the list of places to visit never gets any shorter!

‘I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list' - Susan Sontag. I am here to help you go everywhere and achieve your list, your way.

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My Videos

A brief introduction

1/24/2021

A hello from me, an overview of my services as a Travel Counsellor and the benefits these have to offer you. Please get in touch to know more.

My Blog

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.

Amazing Mauritius

09 October 2019

My husband and I went to Mauritius for 7 nights in July 2019, our holiday was based around kite-surfing as during the winter months the south west corner of the island, Le Morne, is world famous for its wind and its Lagoon. A perfect spot to either hone your skills (my husband) or like me, to learn. We stayed at the 4*star all-inclusive Riu hotel as it is situated a few minutes’ walk along the beach to the kite surf center. The hotel offers both adult only and family options with numerous daily activities, evening entertainment, spa and themed restaurants to enjoy. We stayed in the adult only area of the resort, which had two pools, one with a bar and all-day dining, the other providing peace and tranquility. In the family section, there are three pools to choose from including a dedicated children’s pool. The daily activities on offer ranged from beach volleyball to aqua aerobics to table tennis to non-motorized water sports including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing with the evening entertainment ranging from pre-dinner cultural shows and talented singers to a nightly extravaganza in the dedicated theater located in the family part of the resort. The three themed restaurants were a la carte, Asian and Indian all offering a wide variety of dishes and specialties; the Indian restaurant provided a true flavor of some Mauritian curries (hot!). The main restaurants in both the adult only and family areas of the resort provided international cuisine and plenty of choice. The resort itself is large with plenty of garden space and a wide, long beach to enjoy meaning it is easy to be in the middle of everything or find a quiet spot to relax. However, the one thing you can’t control is the weather! For the week we were there, the wind took its own holiday! Apart from the last afternoon of our trip, not enough time to learn to kitesurf! We managed to keep ourselves busy with some stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling in between mealtimes for the first few days, as the wind was predicted to arrive at any moment! Eventually we decided to go exploring and hired a car, venturing up to the capital Port Louis. Mauritius has the eclectic mix of the old and the new, new in the sense of motorways and buildings, old in the sense that in some parts time has stood still. It has a laid-back charm. Warm friendly people, tasty cuisine, beautiful scenery and plenty of exploring to do, it really is a place that will leave you with special memories. We will back, with the wind hopefully on our side next time! If you are interested in finding out more about Mauritius and or have an interest in kite-surfing and want to know more, please get in touch.

Pleasing Tbilisi

16 October 2019

My husband arranged for us to go to Tbilisi for our wedding anniversary over 4 nights, it is a 3.5-hour flight from Dubai, with no time difference to factor in and visa on arrival making it a very accessible destination for a city break. We stayed at the 4*star Courtyard by Marriott centrally located on Freedom Square and within walking distance of the Old City and many of Tbilisi’s attractions including the Georgian National Museum, Rustaveli Theatre and the State Opera House. Our first experience of Tbilisi was a rookie error – the taxi ride from the airport to the hotel, we didn’t check for a meter (there isn’t one!) or agree the price before we set off! Ah! In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t expensive, but it was nearly three times what we should have paid! Lesson learnt! On the first morning we utilized the ‘hop on, hop off’ sightseeing bus to give us a sense of where we were, the layout of the City and the places and areas we would walk back to and explore in more detail. The open top bus tour took us to the iconic old town and surrounding wall, Meidan Square, the Sulphur Bath District, Mtkvari River, Metekhi Wall, the Dry Bridge, the Flea Market, Rike Park, Peace Bridge, Freedom Square, Rustaveli Avenue, Heroes Square, Agmashenebeli Avenue and everywhere in between! Being able to see the City in this way, really gave a visual sense of its history; the old blended with the new, the Soviet period married with the Persian and modern day. Once we had our sense of direction, we spent time over the next few days meandering through Tbilisi and its Old Town. Each narrow street had something different to see, either gravity defying angles of older buildings which are in a state of disrepair, but somehow still occupied as homes and businesses or an upscale new building housing a restaurant and an art gallery. We explored most of Tbilisi itself on foot, visiting the Metekhi Church, the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi with its gold dome visible from most vantage points in the City, Rikhe Park with its unique sculptures, took the cable car over the river and up to Narikala Citadel; the walk back down affording the iconic multi colored roof top views of the Old Town and the Botanical Gardens. Mtatsminda Park is the highest point of the City, originally founded by the Soviet government in the 1930’s it has a range of rides and attractions, including a giant Ferris wheel and an air of dilapidation about it. The highlight here is the Funicular Restaurant with its authentic Georgian cuisine, its large terrace and the views across the City, I thoroughly recommend a long leisurely lunch here! The Funicular itself is worth the experience. The Sulphur bathhouses are a huge part of the Georgian way of life, renowned for their health benefits, so when in Tbilisi it would be worth the experience or so we thought! Let’s just say, don’t expect high standards or any level of luxury and do your research as to which baths are the ‘higher end’! The difference between the pictures and description on the internet and the actual reality can be huge, our experience was short lived, but an experience nonetheless! No trip to Tbilisi would be complete without sampling its wine and food, both of which are plentiful, tasty and cheap! There are wine shops almost on every corner of Tbilisi with many wine bars to sample Georgian wines, there is also a growing trend for Chacha bars in the City and across the country. Chacha is the national spirit made from leftover grape skins and pips, it is known as firewater and tastes just like it too!! Worth a try, but don’t say I didn’t warn you! Georgian food is quite heavy, dominated by meat, cheese and bread. The must try dish is Khachapuri, literally cheese bread, which is the national dish. It is very tasty and accompanies a glass or two of red wine very well! Overall, Tbilisi is well worth a visit and we will certainly be back to explore more of Georgia itself.

Our Honeymoon

25 August 2022

Our holiday to South Africa in February 2018 was for our belated Honeymoon and 2nd Wedding Anniversary; due to several family commitments in the year or so after our wedding, we decided to wait and arrange our Honeymoon later! Our trip was nearly 3 weeks in total, with an itinerary to try to capture as much as we could. We started our trip in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, flying from Dubai via Johannesburg and stayed at the wonderful Victoria Falls Hotel for 2 nights. The hotel is colonial in style and as you walk through the lobby into its lush grounds, your breath is taken away by the stunning views, in the near distance, of the Victoria Falls bridge and the Falls themselves. We took a helicopter trip over the Falls during our stay and did the Cliff Walk to take in the sound, sights, and sheer scale of the Falls. They are very loud, mesmerizing and yes, you do get wet! From Victoria Falls, we took the enchanting Rovos Rail to Pretoria in South Africa. Leaving from just behind the Victoria Falls Hotel, the train was our home for the next three nights. The journey took us through the Hwange National Park, where we enjoyed a game drive on the first morning spotting an array of wildlife including Lion cubs! To the border at Beitbridge and onto Pretoria, covering over 1,400km. The train itself is South Africa’s Orient Express; refined, elegant, five-star and a fantastic way to enjoy the scenery! After a short transfer to Johannesburg Airport, we flew down to Port Elizabeth where we picked up a hire car to make our way up the Garden Route to Cape Town. First on our itinerary, however, was a two-night stay at the gorgeous Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge, located a couple of hours' drive east of Port Elizabeth. The early morning and late afternoon game drives did not disappoint! We were lucky to see such a diverse variety of wildlife, from Lions to Giraffes to rhinos (at one point our vehicle was charged by a baby Rhino trying out his intimidation techniques!). Hippos, Elephants, Gazelle, the list is long; it was wonderful to see so many in their natural habitat and get close to them. Along the Garden Route, we had opted to stay in Plettenberg Bay, at the glorious Plettenberg Bay hotel, then go inland to Swellendam which gave us the opportunity to explore the Langeberg Mountain range as well as the historic town, from Swellendam we continued towards Cape Town along the Garden Route, spending two nights in Stellenbosch exploring its pretty town and tasting a lot of wine! Our final stop was beautiful Cape Town. We stayed at the lovely Table Bay Hotel, situated on the Victoria & Albert waterfront, with views of Table Mountain. We explored Cape Town using the open top Hop on Hop off bus and were able to visit Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Sea Point as well as several historical sites in the city. A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a trip up Table Mountain. The cable car is an experience with its revolving floor enabling you to take in the view while on your way up and down, certainly a unique feeling! At the top, we were blessed with clear blue skies and views across Lions Head Mountain, Cape Town, and the Bays on either side. A definite highlight of our time in South Africa. Having the opportunity to see Victoria Falls, Table Mountain, and the wildlife and experience Rovos Rail, game drives and the Garden Route has left us with a lifetime of wonderful memories. South Africa is a wonderful country to explore, the food, the wine (of course!) the scenery, the wildlife, the people, and the experiences will leave you making a promise that you will return, we did!

My customer stories

Sent by Ishita Joshi

We booked our honeymoon in Seychelles through Joanna and it was one of the best decisions we made! She took care of EVERYTHING which meant that I could focus entirely on the wedding. She was extremely knowledgeable about the hotels on the island, places to see and transportation options and we trusted her completely. We chose one of the hotels recommended by her, which totally exceeded our expectations. Communication across all touchpoints was flawless and Joanna took care of all the major and minor details. She arranged for handwritten notes and beautiful honeymoon amenities in the room which made our stay extra special. We had some last-minute glitches with Govt. approvals related to Covid protocols just before the flight, but Joanna jumped to our rescue and got it all sorted very quickly. Having Jo as your Travel Counsellor means you can sit back and relax and let design you a holiday experience you will forever cherish!

Sent by SARA-LISE HARRIS

We started using Joanna's services last year in 2020, honestly given all the uncertainties around travel and all the finicky paperwork.. it's the only way to go for us now! Hassle free, we don't have to worry about any thing and if there are any international travel policy changes she is so quick to let you know! I would only travel now booking through Joanna - and I know that I am getting the best deal too.

Sent by Michelle Masters

We had an amazing holiday at a great price with Joanna. Previously we have always done our own booking so using a travel counsellor was a new experience, Joanna was able to find us great deals based on what we had asked for really quickly and provide a range of quotes and links so we could see exactly what was included. Joanna was in touch regularly to help with our decision, checking on reviews and contacting properties. We had a fantastic time and found using the travel counsellor app easy to use.

Sent by Helen Fee

I have booked two holidays through Joanna and each time she has provided us with options and suggestions based on our very vague requirements! Jo also provided choices that were a little bit different, opening us up to thinking of places we may not have considered had we made our own booking. From the beginning, everything was easy with Jo, especially as we were nervous about going away during Covid, but she found us two amazing deals in fantastic hotels and was able to get us a free upgrade on our last stay! Within a day or two of our enquiry, we were given options, confirmed, and booked! I would highly recommend Joanna, she is thorough, friendly, and honest.

Sent by Emma Black

We have recently had a baby and Joanna helped organise our first family holiday. She was so informative and thorough considering all of my criteria which led us to have the most perfect holiday. I couldn’t recommend Joanna enough and would like to thank her for all her help. I will be using Joanna’s expertise in the future.

Sent by Lauren Collins

We contacted Joanna to help us with booking a first-time trip to Seychelles, everything was seamless from start to finish! This was our first time using a Travel Counsellor and wasn't sure what to expect, however, Joanna was a huge help in providing insights to the Seychelles, hotel recommendations as well as transfers and things to do! I would highly recommend Joanna for planning trips to a new destination and even more so during the pandemic, we were clueless at first, but with Joanna's help had an amazing trip.

Sent by Nicola Tate

We were looking for a special getaway to the Maldives and we needed help with resort recommendations. We reached out to Joanna as she was recommended to us by a friend. We are so glad we did, as Joanna was SO helpful, explained everything, nothing seemed an issue to her, and she also ticked all the boxes when it came to my husband's list of demands ;) We had the best holiday, at a stunning resort, and we would without hesitation reach out to Joanna again for our next trip.

Sent by Jennifer Swallow

Booking our Maldives holiday through Joanna was a fantastic experience. The ease and efficiency with which she sourced options based on our personal preferences and priorities made the process wonderfully straightforward. She was available to answer my questions along the way and was proactive in providing up to date travel information. I wouldn't hesitate to book with Joanna again.

Sent by Kim Box

I found Joanna on a Facebook group after I see many ladies referring her for her support when booking holidays to the Maldives. From the moment we connected I knew instantly this was the woman to assist me. Joanna has a big heart and caring nature. She will listen to you and try her best to open your eyes to more to ensure you have the most amazing holiday. There were many things new to me when planning my holiday, but Joanna was there to guide me the whole way. She makes you feel very comfortable in being vulnerable so if you need additional help, she is always open to listen, guide and help. She is well worth the investment. I know if I tried to organise my holiday alone, I would waste time, overspend and end up in a destination not fit for purpose. I am also unaware of all the changes since the pandemic. But with Joanna, I don’t have to worry as she will make sure I’m prepared to meet all standards and remain safe throughout my trip. I’m very excited to plan my next holiday with Joanna. She is an absolute diamond and beautiful woman inside out. I highly recommend Joanna if you're looking to book your dream holiday.

Sent by Scott Finch

Joanna… well what can I say? First and most of all her patience was outstanding. My quick decision-making ability faded into the infinity when booking my last minute trip to the Maldives for my parents and I. Joanna was nothing but supportive and honest in her opinions when it came to the finer details. My needs were probably quite different to the normal expectation for the Maldives, but she understood, planned, perfected and executed a most spectacular time for us at Atmosphere Kanifushi. This amazing travel counsellor managed to find us the very accommodation we wanted when no other booking agent or site showed it as available. She was fast and efficient and it seemed that no matter the time of day, Joanna was ready to respond. Nothing was ever too much trouble. She took time to get to know me a little bit with a general conversation by ZOOM video call and with that, it was down to business. We were amazed that the services of travel counsellors did not stop there… So much support at the airport both arriving and departing. Also to note, that during this time of PCR testing and additional health declarations/documentation, it was a breeze since Joanna did all of this for us….. just impressive! We all had a wonderful time and that started the very moment we first made contact. Thank you so very much. I can confidently say that anyone that should use your services, will not be disappointed….

Sent by Lydia Espin

If you are booking a holiday than I 100% would recommend you book through Joana. This was the first time we booked through Joanna and from the exceptional service we received from start to finish, I will now only book my future holidays with her again. When booking we gave her our preferred requirements, which she not only found us exactly what we were looking for but also found the holiday and flights within our budget. We had a personal issue at the airport which meant we could not fly, we called Joanna at 1 am (she answered!) and she sorted everything for us, changed our flight, changed the hotel dates, arranged all the documents we required for travel and even kept us calm through the entire procedure. It really does pay to book through an agent as if we booked the holiday on our own we would have most probably lost the hotel let alone all the stress trying to sort it all out. Hand on my heart, we can’t thank Joanna enough for what she did for us. Customer service was beyond 5 stars and words can not express, 10 stars are still not enough. Thank you so much, Joanna!! I will go above and beyond now to share our amazing experience booked by you with anyone looking to book a holiday. Exceptional!

Sent by Adam Lyle

Just the most perfect service. Joanna. Took time to listen to our needs and built the package perfectly. Everything went amazingly Seriously. Can’t recommend enough. I would go so far to say as the perfect travel agent experience that I have ever had. Thanks Joanna xx

Sent by Karen Whitham

We booked to go to the Ritz Carlton al Wadi through Joanna and she was absolutely amazing! She managed to get us an amazing deal for the two nights in a lovely villa with private plunge pool. From start to finish she was on hand to make sure we had an amazing time sending all of the activities and menu choices before our stay and assisting in booking things to make the stay so much more memorable. She managed to arrange an early check in with the hotel and some lovely birthday celebrations including a fantastic cake and chocolates! I can highly recommend Joanna for any of your travel needs, I will definitely be using her again for any travel in the future as she makes the holiday even more enjoyable right from the time of booking.

Sent by Leon Wright

Jo was excellent, very attentive and was able to answer all of my queries. Jo's approach is very friendly and automatically had my trust, I could tell that her advice was always honest & transparent. Will be using Jo's services again for sure! Thank you.

Sent by Andrea Giles

Joanna’s service arranging our recent staycation was AMAZING! She took care of every detail, making it so easy and effortless for us. Within just a couple of days of our enquiry, she’d presented us with some brilliant options, confirmed our chosen hotel and sorted all of the details to make sure we had the best possible stay. She took the time to call us before and after our stay to ensure everything was as it should be. With Joanna you get the personal touch and can be assured that she has everything covered to help you have the best, hassle-free holiday.

Sent by Steve Darley

Joanna always provides a great service. Friendly and professional, i have found nothing is too much trouble for her. Joanna cares very much that you have the best stay or vacation possible; is always quick to assist with any questions or requests, as well as following up ensure all has gone as planned. I wholehearted recommend Joanna for all of your travel plans

Sent by Lindsay Mellum

Jo was brilliant with planning my holiday - she thought of loads of little things I never would have thought of. She was incredibly patient and considerate with walking me through everything, as well as putting together alternate options. 10/10!

Sent by Ben Edwards

Planes, trains & automobiles! Joanna sorted a very complex family holiday for us through 5 European countries in 7 days. All types of travel were used and all linkedup flawlessly. With 2 kids (12 and 10) in tow we needed to ensure it went smoothly and even when we had bad weather cause a flight diversion, she adjusted the transit company to ensure we were still met at the correct airport at correct time. We all immensely enjoyed it and Joanna's efforts were huge and directly related to less stress for us on the holiday. Highly recommended!

Sent by Jo Wake

Having worked with Joanna years ago I knew how detail orientated and customer focussed she is. I didn’t make it easy, not having a clue where in the world to go, we had a great initial chat where she drew out our likes/dislikes and from there she quickly sent over a small curated selection of holiday options. There was a clear winner which we’d never have found if we’d have looked for ourselves. Highly recommended and excited for our hols!

Sent by Mick Dalton

Joanna did a marvelous job in putting together a great itinery for a holiday in Italy I was so impressed at the speed, attention to detail and itinery she produced

Sent by Lizy Strydom

Joanna was absolutely amazing. She asked all the right questions , addresses all my concerns and helped me so much. She was quick to respond and followed up all the way. I would totally recommend her for any travel advice and booking that fabulous trip you have always thought of doing.

Sent by Susan Sutherland

Got a recommendation on here to use Travel Counsellor Joanna Spruce. She literally put together a total holiday package with flights, hotel accommodation, transfers to & from airport, travel insurance with different options for 4 or 5 nights. This would have taken me endless nights of scrolling on my iPad which she did in a matter of a few hours. Unfortunately due to ill health the holiday has been postponed but I would definitely use her again as the time and hassle she saved me was invaluable. She’s also added me to her mailing list with great special offers which travel agents get for getaway deals here in the UAE.

Sent by Neil Blakey

Thank you Joanna for all your help, support and insights regarding our trip to South Africa. Your professionalism, enthusiasm and timely updates has been fantastic. Very impressive service.