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Thailand’s Turn! Beach holidays from £555

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Malaysia Airlines & Ethos Travel Present..
A One Week Only Thailand Flash Sale from only £555 per person
And they genuinely are only here until Saturday


Of course these are just a small sample of what IS possible… as long as you book by Saturday!

And did we mention that you can upgrade any of these to Business Class Return for a mere £799 per person

Paradise Koh Yao – Stunning Sea Vistas – save £444 p.p – 7 nights including breakfast & transfers – Travel Sep-Oct 16 & May-15 June 2017 – From £555 per person

Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi – Boutique Pranburi Bliss – 7 nights from only £625 per person
Upgrade to a Pool Residence for £50 – valid for travel September & October 2016

Outrigger Koh Samui – Luxury Pool Villa at this Samui Gem – Just 52 stunning rooms – from £899 per person
Travel from Sep-05 Dec & May-15 Jun 17

Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga – 7 nights Grand Deluxe Pool Villa – from only £825 per person
This is an amazing deal for travel in September & October 2016!

These incredible offers are only available until August 6th
But will sell out quicker – so give us a call on 020 7284 1888 to book now!*
If you prefer to e-mail – reach us on

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– The number 5 is pronounced as ‘ha’ in Thai, which is why you often see ‘555’ written down in Thailand – which sounds like ‘hahaha’ or ‘lol’ if you prefer! We also think the £555 offer is our greatest ever Thailand deal – no laughing matter though!
– Valid for travel as per stated – but if you want to travel outside of these dates, let us know as fundamentally amazing prices are available (except Christmas & New Year – but that is really peak time in Thailand!)
– Availability is currently *really good* even for the £555 offer! But is dependent on airline & hotel availability which will change, so call soon to book
– The best deal in our opinion is the upgrade to Business Class for an extra £799 per person return for any of these offers.
– Offers based on 2 travelling, including taxes and private transfers (except for The Paradise Koh Yao – as you’re limited to scheduled boat departures, so you may well find yourself sharing)
– Of course we are THE South East experts, and happy to tailor make any trip for you – why not call us!

Incredible Bali Offers from £499!

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Malaysia Airlines, Lifestyle Retreats & Ethos Travel Present..
The Best of Bali, from only £499 per person (Yes £499 per person!)
These stunning offers are exclusive to Ethos Travel

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There are so many amazing offers – contact us today (or at least before August 5th!) to get your hands on these!

Ize Seminyak – Chic hotel in Sophisticated Seminyak – 7 nights including breakfast & transfers – From £499 per person

Bali Tour: Beach, Jungle & Ubud – 2 nights in The Amala, Seminyak, 3 in The Menjangan in West Bali Barat National Park, finishing with 2 nights at Puri Gangga, Ubud – 7 nights from only £799 per person!

The Balé – Luxury 5* Pool Villa – 7 nights at this Nusa Dua gem from £999 – Upgrade to Business Class for £799

Family Holidays at The Santai – 7 nights Pool Villa from £625 per person – Choose between a 2 or 3 bedroom Villa.
2 adults & 2 children get a 2 Bed Pool Villa with flights, transfers & breakfast for just £2,499 TOTAL!
4 adults & 2 children in a 3 Bed Pool Villa – is just £3,999 (or £666 per person!)

The Amala – 7 nights including flights, transfers, breakfast, 7 nights in a Spa Villa with a complimentary 60 minute Spa Treatment – for only £849 per person!

These incredible offers are only available until August 6th
But will sell out quicker – so give us a call on 020 7284 1888 to book now!
If you prefer to e-mail – reach us on

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– Valid for travel 01 Sep – 10 Dec 16, 06 Jan-10 Apr 17 & 22 Apr-24 Jun
– Availability is currently *really good* even for the £499 offer! But is dependent on airline & hotel availability which will change, so call soon to book
– The best deal in our opinion is the upgrade to Business Class for an extra £799 per person return for any of these offers.
– Offers (except The Santai) based on 2 travelling, including taxes and private transfers
– Of course we are THE Indonesia experts, and happy to tailor make any trip for you – why not call us!

Ethos Travel Relaunches Christmas Island!

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According to our google analytics expert, Christmas Island remains one of most perused destinations – after all it’s a destination most people have heard of – for many reasons, yet may struggle to find it on a map. We’ve been working closely with the Christmas Island Tourism Association (CITA) to re-launch Christmas Island (and neighbouring Cocos (Keeling) Island) for everyone who has considered travelling from the UK. So we’ve put together some facts and figures and mythbusters in case you’d ever put Christmas Island on your bucket list!

– Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean – 2600km from Perth, yet a mere 360km from Java
– There are currently 2 flights a week from Perth to Christmas Island – with one that flies via neighbouring Cocos (Keeling) Island making this one of the world’s most unique 2 centre holidays
– Occasional flights operate from Asia, however the most reliable flights are from Perth – and you pay far less than Australian’s when buying in conjunction with international flights from the U.K!
– Christmas Island used to be marketed as ‘Australia’s own Galapagos’ for it’s wildlife viewing – with the world famous red crab migration, endemic birdlife, whale shark migration, coconut crabs and world class snorkelling and diving – we’d tend to agree. Or is the Galapagos ‘Ecuador’s own Christmas Island’?
– There are limited hotel rooms and cars on the island – which makes early booking essential. Driving is the easiest way to get around – we provide 4×4 vehicles, which are waiting for you outside the airport terminal with the keys in the engine. That’s how Christmas Island rolls. There is only 1 roundabout on the island, the islanders are very proud of it, and where you’ll find chalkboards full of the weeks activities (and restaurant opening hours).
– The snorkelling and diving is world class. Just head to Flying Fish Cove to witness the abundant coral and sealife just metres from the shore
– David Attenborough did indeed call the crab migration one of his Top 10 Television Moments

– There has never been any nuclear testing on Christmas Island – this was on the other Christmas Island – now known as Kiritimati many thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean
– There are no scary Australian critters on Christmas Island – no snakes, deadly spiders. There are in fact no predators (except the red ant) so it’s easy to get up and close to the islands wildlife such as the Coconut Crabs, or the birds
– Christmas is actually not a great time to be on Christmas Island. It’s the rainy season. And, many shops and restaurants are closed (it’s a holiday after all!). But if you’re determined, it is possible, and of course you may well catch the crab migration. Just give us plenty of time to plan it for you!

There are some activities that see the island creaking with visitors – so it’s worth planning for:
30th August 2016: Christmas Island Bird’n’Nature Week
15th October 2016: Christmas Island Marathon (one of the world’s toughest!)
26 October – 25 January: Possible Spawning Dates for the Red Crabs
November – April: Typical Whaleshark season

So, tempted? Birds? Crabs? Diving? Bucket List? Or a heady mix of everything?

Give us a call on 020 7284 1888 or e-mail and speak to someone who has been to Christmas Island and can talk you through this amazing destination!

Christmas Island Above & Below

Christmas Island Red Crab

Christmas Island Abbott's Booby

Proud to finally launch the Philippines!

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The joke in the office is that it has taken 2 years because that’s how long it has taken to learn how to spell Philippines. But after numerous trips, we’ve finally taken the big step and launched the Philippines!

We’ll be adding a few tours in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, have a flick through some of the beautiful hotels that the Philippines has to offer!

Then, pick up the phone / mouse, drop us a line, and start to plan your honeymoon / holiday / unexpected last minute alternative to Skegness!


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Paradise Beckons – Or Does It?

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We’ve kept a copy of this postcard on our office wall since we launched. We thought it peculiar choice to be sent as a Tour Operator that specialised in smaller, stylish hotels throughout South East Asia.

Paradise Beckons

But like many hotels we view, this property quite simply wasn’t for us. We tend to veer away from the larger, concrete hotels that we think could be anywhere in the world, and instead focus on the properties that we believe will make your holidays. The hotels where the staff have genuine smiles, quickly learn your name, and would happily make recommendations for restaurants that they take their families too.

And we believe it’s a formula that works well. We want to deliver your perfect honeymoon or holiday – and we think we’re succeeding. Have a look at our reviews to get some genuine feedback!

So if you’d like to speak to an expert in Asia who will resolve to pair you with your perfect hotel, get in touch today – 020 7284 1888 or

But if you’re after a bland, concrete, identikit hotel we may not be able to help!

You voted Gili Meno Indonesia’s best beach; we mostly agree with you!

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We appreciate that The Jakarta Post may not be on your reading list, but it very much is for us. But here’s a little article that we could have predicted – that the island of Gili Meno has one of Indonesia’s most beautiful beaches!

See: Gili Meno Indonesia’s best beach

Obviously this story has cherry picked feedback from Trip Advisor, but what it fails to mention is that the gloriously traffic island has a lovely little 11 room hotel that’s very much one of our favourites – Mahamaya.

See: Mahamaya, Gili Meno

Mahamaya Beach View

What the article also fails to mention (but excited us in a geeky, travel way that probably doesn’t excite you) is that Singapore Airlines new timings mean you can have seamless connections to and from Lombok for the first time ever (based on you flying on a Tuesday or Thursday, and retuning on a Sunday or Monday!).

So for the small outlay of £1,349 per person (presuming there are two of you) we’ll fly you to Lombok, pick you up for your drive up the cost of Lombok till you jump in your speedboat for a 10 minute crossing that will typically pull up at the beach in front of the Mahamaya. And you will spend 9 glorious, relaxing nights there before dragging yourself back to reality!

This is of course reliant on you booking before March 2nd, and travelling in certain months (not during the rainy season though).

Call us for a chat about the details – 020 7284 1888

Reviews – and why they are important – even 4 years late!

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This letter tickled us this morning – received alongside one of our Post Trip Questionnaires from 2012 and was very relevant as we are in the process of updating our review process.

“Hello, we recently found this during a clearout and although it’s old, thought you might like it still! We still talk so fondly of our honeymoon and of your company and very much hope to come back to you to arrange another holiday of a lifetime”. S&TH

If you’ve travelled with us before you would have received a welcome back letter with a post trip questionnaire on your return. We found this very personal and a lovely touch, whilst enabling us to get accurate feedback on your experiences. All comments (positive, and the very occasionally less positive) were acted on, and ensured that we knew our representatives and hotels were maintaining the same high standards as when we last inspected them.

However the reality is that more ‘ impersonal’ online reviews actually get our message out better as comments can be shared amongst those searching for honeymoons and holidays, and act as a wonderful way of extending our ‘word of mouth’ recommendations – even amongst those who you might not know! So we have teamed up with and all our clients will receive an e-mail on their return requesting feedback. This will then appear online, and also affect the star rating google gives us online, which is turn will affect how many people visit our website, enquire, and subsequently book with us, so it is very important to us to deliver a 5* experience to everyone that travels with us!

You can see our reviews here:

If you’ve travelled with us but not commented you can of course add a review! Over the next month we’ll be expanding this to add your hotel reviews as well.
We hope this explains the changes, and any confusion if you’re used to receiving a Post Trip Questionnaire through the post!

If you’re wondering what the 2012 feedback we received today was, here it is:

“We loved Bali, the perfect choice for our honeymoon. [Your representatives] Destination Asia were fantastic; the transfers were smooth, easy and educational. We were never short of things to do in Bali; it was romantic, exciting, beautiful and inspiring all in one. The Menjangan was like being in a holiday brochure and we loved every second, and the Tugu Lombok was amazing! Thank you for all your help!”

Indonesia – the Ring of Fire & Land of Opportunity!

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Traditionally Ethos Travel’s top selling destination has been Indonesia. It’s a destination that has fascinated and enthralled us in equal measure! In the office we have a combined 50 visits, and over 600 hotel inspections (less than 100 have passed the Ethos Travel cut though!).

2015 was a tough year for the country – with confusion over the new visa rules (fortunately now clarified, and we’re excited to see completely free visa on arrival for tourists arriving into Bali or Jakarta), and a stream of volcanic eruptions causing our clients delays, re-routings, and last minute changes.

Yet – this is the way with Indonesia – it’s a rugged country that lacks infrastructure once you get off the beaten track (as we like to encourage you to), and of course, over 120 active volcanoes! This ‘Ring of Fire’ caused multiple issues in 2015 with eruptions from Mount Rinjani (Lombok), Mount Sinabung (Sumatra) and particularly Mount Raeng (Java) causing issues with flights who cannot pass through volcanic dust which is spewed out in eruptions. We always say that Indonesia is a country that requires flexibility, but a country that will reward you with utmost beauty and a wonderful people. This was reminded to us by last weeks Guardian’s Images from the Mentawai Islands off the West Coast of Sumatra. It’s also somewhere we’ve been, but not somewhere we will be launching tours to (it’s a destination so isolated that it can only support very small scale eco-tourism, and a handful of Australian surfers).

The life of the Mentawai tribe – in pictures

However, 2016 will be bringing our largest expansion to our Indonesia portfolio to date. In 2015 we travelled to Mount Bromo (the most photogenic place in Indonesia?), and Flores to see new island resorts (with world class snorkelling & diving 20 metres in front of the hotel) and of course the Komodo Dragons, with 20 inspections of the boats that will take you there (from the speedboats that will take you on day trips, to the uber-luxurious Tiger Blue. We’ve been working on new programs to Kalimantan (or, Indonesian Borneo to most of you), Sulawesi (let us know if you fancy trying mud-diving, we’ve got just the resort!), West Papua (trekking, jungles, tribes, adventure, and reasonable prices), Komodo & Flores and exclusively trips to Bukit Lawang in Sumatra to see Orang Utans – surrounded by a tiny fraction of the tourists that visit the Orang Utans in Malaysia – yet – it’s easier to reach! And this is just a small snippet of our new Indonesia tours!

So it’s exciting times for this wonderful country, and next week 5* airline Garuda Indonesia are expected to launch 5 x weekly flights from London Heathrow, so getting there will be quicker, easier, cheaper and more luxurious than ever! (If you think that’s an over-ambitious statement – we urge you to try their brand new long haul planes!).

Time to Get Away!

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How is your diary looking?? 

Did January get you down? Is February becoming too much too bear? Is that overbooked diary starting to get you down? 

Maybe it is actually trying to tell you something?

Time to get away with Ethos Travel, introducing our new advertising campaign! 

New Website Launches

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Welcome to our shiny new website!!

Ethos Travel continues to bring you the best that South East Asia has to offer, whether it be the sun drenched beaches of Thailand, historical gems of Indochina or the culture & splendour of Indonesia. But now it is all wrapped up in our user friendly, sparkling new website.

Dive in and find you perfect holiday or honeymoon and let us put together the itinerary of your dreams.