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Katrin Hume

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Hi! I am Katrin and welcome to my page. Over the past 18 years I have been working in the travel industry - in both hotels and online agents before I chose to become a Travel Counsellor. I arrived in the UAE in 2006 leaving Germany to pursuit my dream to work in a foreign country. Here I worked across several luxury hotels brands and for the last 8 years in one of the biggest online travel and technology agencies, giving me the opportunity to deliver exclusive and customized experiences for hotel guests and gain expert destination knowledge within the MEA region and further afield.

I have always been a passionate traveler, especially when it comes to gaining an experience and delving into the culture of the destination. Whether on leisure or on a business trip I always made sure to immerse myself in my surroundings. I’m now a mum of two gorgeous young children, which although means priorities include kids clubs, babysitting services and free ice cream is now on the checklist, we are still striving for that unforgettable travel experience.

For me travel is about escaping and searching for new cultures, food, nature and most importantly to have fun. For some that might mean an escape to a luxury Maldivian island, a Safari in Tanzania, hiking a mountain in Scotland or picking tea in Sri Lanka. What I want to do is make sure your trip is tailored to what you want and as hassle free as possible.

I get such joy out of hearing about your journeys and I look forward to getting to know you!

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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.

Maldivian Idylic Family Fun

26 February 2020

Now living within a four hour flight from the Maldives has meant my husband has endured years of requests for us to got there. In the past we have decided to go further afield to Greece, Thailand, Tanzania etc.. but last year finally I got my wish and we jumped onto a plane and headed for the crystal blue watered islands of the Maldives. The first great part of the Maldives is the proximity to Dubai. A four hour flight and you arrive into Maldives capital city Male. The airport is small as fast to get through, even with two toddler children in tow. Once we exited arrivals we were met by cold towels, drinks and an espresso at the Anantara Airport Lounge. Immediately you are hit with the fresh salty air of the sea transporting you already far from the hot and dusty Dubai June weather. Within 15 minutes we had walked out of the hotel to the connecting harbor and we jumped on our large speed boat transfer. You can get a sea plane or a speed boat. It really depends on which island resort you choose. We found the 40 minutes speedboat pretty comfortable, if a little hot. The kids loved it!! In true island style we were greeted by the resorts staff singing and drums beating on the island jetty as we approached. Within no time we were walking into our stunning beach villa, peering through the French doors at a lush rainforest pathway inviting us to run down and jump into the turquoise waters...dreamy. The villa we booked was one large bedroom with a sofa bed for our 4 year old and a baby cot for our 1 year old girl. Plenty of space for the usual mass of toys, books, nappies and endless stuff. The outside bath and shower section was stunning and even more exciting when the kids bathed together with the rain pouring down one evening. We decided to go for a beach villa over a water villa as we didn’t want to worry about the kids deciding to jump into the sea and I to be honest think the beach villa is the best set up. More privacy and easier accessibility to the island amenities etc.. The resort had a beautiful pool, which we all loved. Only challenge was there was no kids pool as such, but it didn’t seem to bother us. Attached to the pool is a bar, serving fantastic cocktails and serving food for the kids all day until 6pm. We chose the half board package so we had breakfast included and dinner at any of the three restaurants on our island and another restaurant on the adults only island next door. Kids ate free whenever they wanted, which really made our life easy. The food in the restaurants was really superb. My only tip would be to book and plan all of your evening meals when you check in at the start of the week. This may sound a bit crazy but we had a couple of situations where we got stuck with no reservation at the restaurant we wanted to go to. The staff in the hotel were fabulous and always there to help. My husband and son went out on a kayak round the island. You can kite surf, sail windsurf etc.. this is all extra cost but for those daring the winds it looked lots of fun. The resort provides guests with snorkel gear, which came in very handy when we spotted a large turtle swimming in the sea outside our villa. Just beautiful and a definite highlight for the whole family. Another highlight was the spa, which I went to twice and my husband once. Lying down hearing the water splash against the wooden stilts and looking straight down through a window in the floor at tropical fish swimming round the coral was bliss and oh yes the massage was one of the best of my life!!! The resort has a fab kids club with lots of activities for the littlest. Only challenge for us was that our 4 year decided he didn’t want to go, typical. But the kids that did attend seemed to be loving it. Weather permitting you can go on a boat to see turtles and dolphins. We went out on a glass bottom boat which we loved. Very easy for the kids and plenty to see. Overall we had such a lovely week escape and it looks like we will be back soon. The Maldives is becoming more accessible for different budgets offering more competitive rates. The Maldives is so special and they really are catering for families now and not just for the traditional honeymooners.

A Scottish Road Trip

05 October 2019

With my husband being a Scotsman I have been back to the land of kilts, bagpipes, mountains, lochs and seafood to die for, several times but this trip we decided to go for a proper island hopping road trip. We took three weeks and set off on a journey to discover the west coast of Scotland. Scotland is stunning and even more stunning if the sun shines. Luckily for us we only had a couple of days when the rain set in and was a bit dreich as the scots say. The journey started from Glasgow airport. We headed an hour North from Glasgow airport into the Trossachs to a stunning lake called Loch Ard. One of the true charms of Scotland is that you don’t need to drive far out of Glasgow or Edinburgh and suddenly you are in a highland escape. We stayed in a traditional country B&B sitting on the banks of the Loch (a millennium miles away from our busy Dubai lives). Walking or running (husband) through the forests really was a perfect start to the holiday. After the relaxed start we jumped in the car for a long days drive up to Oban on the West Coast so we could get a ferry over to the island of Mull. Of course we couldn’t jump on the ferry before we had a poke (bag) of chips with a side of mussels!! My dream. On Mull we headed north to our next stop in Tobermory. Tobermory is a small harbour town on the North coast. The complete bay is end to end with restaurants, pubs and little stores to take you back in time. The gastronomy highlight has to be a little restaurant called Cafefish, where you must have the daily changing seafood platter. The drive down the West coast of Mull is just magic.The sun shone as we meandered our way south along the coast taking in Calgary bay, watching sea Eagles dive for their lunch and sneaking into a local cafe for some freshly baked cake. From Mull we set our GPS to the Isle of Skye. Even though I was pregnant on this trip and therefore taking multiple naps, the scenery was amazing and kept me awake (most of the time). Skye has become quite famous as several blockbuster movies have been filmed there in recent years. With its new found fame I would suggest to avoid visiting the island in peak season otherwise you will be met with a traffic jam of camper vans. As it was we were visiting in June and we could navigate our way without too much trouble. The weather wasn’t quite as kind but we still managed to get to the Fairy Pools and go for some memorable meals in ‘The School House’ and brisk walks along the breathtaking coastline. The next destination was further North to Ullapool. Even for my husband this was undiscovered territory so we were really excited. Ullapool itself is a port that still today serves as a castoff for boats to the isle of Harris. The town has some fab restaurants and if you have packed your hiking boots then head up to Achiltibuie. The area is called the Summer Isles and if you are lucky enough to have a clear sunny day the landscape will be one you will not forget. White beaches go on for miles, water as clear as the Maldives (although not as warm!!) and grazing highland cows and sheep breaking up the mountainous backdrop. After a couple of days in the Summer Isles we drove East to Moray and Speyside to visit some friends. The Spey river runs through a gorgeous part of Scottish countryside and host to over half the whisky distilleries in Scotland. My husband definitely enjoyed the Macallan distrilliery more than me as the hops smell was not ideal for a pregnant wife. We did have time to drop into our 10th castle of the trip. Ballindalloch castle and gardens showcase a step into the centuries old architect and history. What a perfect way to finish our Scottish escape.

A Greek Adventure

05 October 2019

Is there a better sunset than one looking over the Aegean Sea from the perfectly white rooftops on a Greek island sipping a cold drink? Well everyone has their favorite and for me the sunsets I experienced in Greece will be hard to beat. Myself and my husband set off for Greece in September with a plan to discover the rich history of Athens by foot and then set off for some island hopping. We found this lovely modern hotel very close to Syntagma Square and an easy stroll up to the acropolis. Every street you turn into seems to have a new historic gem or a little bar and cafe to sip on a local drink and enjoy the start of your Greek food journey. After we had pounded the streets of Athens we jumped on an early ferry destined for Naxos. We chose the slow ferry, but if you do want to get there faster you can spend a bit more money and go on the fast boat. Naxos surpassed our estimations. We had decided not to stay in the main town but rather park ourselves on the 20 minutes out of town on the beach just south. We stayed at a gorgeous boutique art hotel that sat right on the beach and was simply perfect for us. Days were spent relaxing on the beach, jumping on quad bikes to discover the island and of course eating far too much Saganaki (Pan Seared Greek Cheese) and washing it down with some lovely glasses of Retsina. Time seemed to stop in Naxos and that is exactly how holidays should feel. The next stop was to the famous party island of Mykonos. Now we weren’t going really for the Nightclubs but more for the rooftop bars and an infinity pool that made it feel like the Aegean Sea started with you and never stopped. I mean the sunset from our hotel was spectacular.. Mykonos has the picture postcard white wash Greek dream you would expect but bear in mind that it gets busy in July and August which makes it difficult to wander through the narrow, white washed streets. Our trip to Greece was magical and one we can’t wait to repeat although with kids now!! My travel tip is to avoid Greece in July and August and rather go off season May till June and September till early October. The sun is still hot enough for a tan and the crowds have dispersed if like us you want to discover more than just the bottom of your Souvlaki.

Kerala Curry Escape

09 October 2019

On the back of a colleagues invitation to his wedding in Kerala myself and my husband decided we would use it as an excuse to go for our first India holiday together. The first thing we loved about the trip was that the flight from Dubai to Trivandrum was only 4 hours!! We arrived around 3am and after a swift immigration process we were out in no time and into our hotel transfer. Being the middle of the night the roads were clear and we really had no clue of our surroundings. The taxi suddenly pulled down a tiny pot hole filled road up to a large wooden gate. We looked at each other and asked him if he has taken a wrong turning. Suddenly the wooden gates opened and we were embraced by the sound of waves crashing against steep cliffs and a driveway into tranquility. The retreat we stayed in is called Niraamaya Retreats Surat Samudra. The resort is made up of individual cottages set on the cliff top overlooking a gorgeous private beach accessible by a steep set of stairs. The next few days were spent eating the freshest and most gorgeous curries, drinking coconut cocktails and lazing by the dreamy infinity pool. We did escape the resort on a tuk tuk to explore the local area where you will find some small Hindu gems. We absolutely loved our stay. The next stop was in Trivandrum for the wedding. We stayed in the Taj Hotel, which was a lovely city hotel with a nice regal feel to it. After a fabulous wedding we headed north to our third destination of Kollam to stay at the Raviz Hotel. The Raviz Hotel is a step back into a colonial style Hotel with beautiful grounds set on the backwaters of Kerala. Lazing by the pool reading out books listening to the birds catch fish from the backwaters was bliss. Of course the curry was again delicious and even the evening local dance routines were very impressive, especially the contortionist!! We did venture out on one day onto the backwaters to try our hand at fishing (not much caught) and to explore the jungle encroaching landscape. Overall we had a wonderful 10 days in Kerala and would highly recommend you visit. One area that did test my nerve was the 4 hour drive from Trivandrum to Kollam. Sometimes it will be a bus, elephant or a horse and cart coming flying towards you on the wrong side of the road. Either way I was very happy when we reached our destination!! If you like colour, beach, curry and some piece of mind a trip like this should be on your bucket list

My customer stories

Sent by Chris Browning

We went with Katrin through a recommendation, to arrange a once-in-a-lifetime 50th birthday holiday. It's only fair to pass it on! From helping us select a destination and resort within our budget, to arrive back in Dubai, Katrin could not have been more helpful. With the additional pain of navigating travel during COVID, Katrin kept us fully informed at all times, ensured we had the correct paperwork and completed all the online Maldives Health Declarations for us on arrival and departure. She was one step ahead of us all the way. The resort selected, OBLU Select at Sangeli was truly amazing, really ticked all of the boxes we presented to Katrin, and at a fantastic price. A last-minute request for a villa close to the action was miraculously waiting for us on our arrival. All in all - I can't recommend Katrin enough - she takes all the stress out of holiday planning.

Sent by David Bell

Katrin organised a fantastic break for us, listening to our requirements and giving us a few options to pick and choose from. She was always quick to respond to questions via e-mail/WhatsApp and sent helpful reminders to check-in for flights, ensure documents were completed etc. Overall, a great service, thanks!

Sent by Elissa Turrini

Katrin has been amazing! No task is ever too much trouble and Katrin has been amazing sorting out all our Covid-related travel dramas! I can't recommend her highly enough!! Thank you for everything!!

Sent by D. Moodley

Dear Katrin, Thanks so much for all your assistance and patience with me for arranging our trip to Rak (3 families with small kids). It was so great having your advice and guidance for this trip. We had a lovely time away and the kids had a ball away. We will definitely be using your services again in the future. Kind regards, D. Moodley

Sent by Mark Bonfil

From the moment we contacted Katrin she made everything much easier than the usual stress of searching online to find deals and accommodation for a weekend break! Most importantly we felt listened to and when we were presented with options for our break each one was tailored to our requests and within budget. During our stay on the Palm, Katrin was available to answer any questions and check in and follow up with us to make sure we were happy. The room and facilities were exactly as described and suited our families needs perfectly, this was the experience and advice we needed the most. Thanks again for all your help and we would recommend using this service as a stress free way of organizing a holiday! Thanks

Sent by Andrew Scanlan

I was recently introduced to the services of Katrin Hume at Travel Counsellors. She managed to pull out all stops and arranged the perfect staycation for myself and my wife. It was stress free and we did not have to worry about anything. The price was less that we could have secured ourselves. Looking forward to hiring Katrin to organise our next getaway.

Sent by Liz Williamson

Katrin has helped us plan and book several family holidays and she has been brilliant. She’s incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated and responsive. She anticipates the needs of all the family members, really listens to what we’re looking for and goes the extra mile to ensure our holidays were fabulous - calling hotels in advance to ensure we have everything we might need. She’s also a complete pleasure to deal with - she has a huge passion for travel and enthusiasm and I couldn’t recommend her more highly. I used to think that I could easily do all the holiday booking myself online but Katrin adds extra value and magic and takes away the painful logistics!

Sent by Judi Ashcroft

A first class service with a very successful outcome. We had a wonderful 3 day Christmas break at the Ananatara in the Liwa and much appreciated the fact that you chose our room to be convenient for all our needs in the large sprawling hotel. As apparently one can not book activities in advance (the hotel policy) perhaps wise to tell potential guests to go to the activity desk as soon as they have checked in to avoid disappointment. Our falcon display was excellent, so too the dune drive.... both strongly recommended ... so too you Katrin for your excellent help in us making up our mind as to what hotel to stay in over Christmas. A BIG thank you indeed!

Sent by Carolin & Max .

Katrin was recommended by a work colleague and we booked parts of our honey moon with her and I can say everything was absolutely perfect! From the start when Katrin learned what we were looking for till the absolute perfect stay at our hotel in Dubai. She kept checking on us and made sure we got exactly what we we’re hoping for and even better. Thanks again so much!

Sent by Nadia Zumbühl

We booked already two trips with Katrin and they were really good organized and she was always here for us when we had questions. The prices are really good comparing to others. I love to just call her and book through her without any hassle to look up everything myself. It makes life easier and I save a lot of time. Don‘t wait and book your next adventure with her. Regards Nadia

Sent by Zoe Cairns

Kat helped us to book our trip to Maldives for our child-free 10th wedding anniversary. I had already short-listed a load of places that I thought looked super and Kat helped me sort through these and also to consider a few different options that I wouldn’t have usually considered. We chose Oblu Select as we wanted the all-inclusive, it was in our price range and travel was easy for such a short visit (4nights). Was a super holiday. The pina coladas were out of this world, the service was slightly lack luster... but we had a blast. We went for a beach villa with private pool. Kat had called ahead and made extra arrangements for us knowing it was a bit of a celebration for us. She was also at the end of the phone when we had a question about our booking mid holiday.