CNN presenter Hannah Vaughan Jones booked her honeymoon with Out Of Office. Her and husband Lewis Vaughan Jones, an ITV News political correspondent, went to Thailand for their ten day trip.
It was the holiday to end all holidays. That's not to say we won't go on holiday again, or that the next one won't be any good. But there was something special about this trip, our honeymoon, and that's no bad thing given that the hope is neither of us need to book a repeat ritual any time soon. It wasn't just special because of the ten days spent in Thailand itself, the run up was also incredibly efficient and exciting - a process I so often find stressful when contemplating long flights and the unknown quality of the looming destination.
Enter OutOfOffice.com - a fantastic start-up founded by our friend Darren Burn. I gave Darren the unenviable task of finding us a dream honeymoon, within budget, with one week's notice. He may have cursed me at the time (in fact I'm sure he did) but my goodness did they deliver. OutOfOffice.com specialises in tailor-made travel for all, with the added benefit that everything they do is gay-friendly which no other company can say. Ok, so it helps if you're friends with the CEO. But, his staff (nod to sales assistant Luke here) were brilliantly professional and tireless in seeking out the very best deal to match our specific criteria - top of the list being a private pool, which I've since learned is a MUST for any naked Welshman and his (slightly disturbed) spouse.
There's another good reason for booking through OutOfOffice.com with its inherent drive to find tolerant and safe holiday destinations for its customers. We had the luxury of being able to pick any global (hot) destination. You could say that the world was our oyster. And, Thailand turned out to be one of the most tolerant, accepting and respectful oysters out there (ooh oysters... possibly the only seafood I didn't eat during my meat-free vaca!)
The travel specifics of our trip were further enhanced by the wonderful team at Thai Airways London, led by the ever charming marketing manager, Arthorn. The warm welcomes at the Soho office, ear-to-ear smiles and professionalism were matched every step of the way - at Heathrow T2, the United Airlines lounge and the Thai Airways crew from London to Bangkok and back again. I could go on and on about the magic of every aspect of the trip. But, I think it's more straightforward to simply list recommendations. From personal experience of trawling blogs and online reviews, this seems the most helpful format. So, here goes"¦
If you’re looking for an idyllic honeymoon combining a relaxing time on the beach with a good dose of culture then this is the one.
Head to beautiful Thailand where you’ll take part in a symbolic Lanna traditional Thai wedding ceremony that is open to all. You’ll ride elephants, explore the bustling Bangkok and spend time on Lanta Island relaxing all whilst receiving exclusive honeymoon benefits.