News

Happy New Year and Thank You to All of Our Guests

Thank you to all our guests and welcome to all our new ones. The 2018 season was by all accounts a good one for sales to Turkey and Greece, both to the mass market resorts and also to the more ‘discerning’ hideaways...

Great Value Flights to Turkey

At Discerning Collection we’ve always held the belief that its imperative that the holidays that we provide our guests have to be as flexible as possible. No longer can specialist tour operators like ourselves offer...

Summer 2017 and well done Turkey!  

With the summer season coming to a close its time to reflect on the summer of 2017 and how the Discerning Collection performed in terms of sales and service. Overall, we sold as many holidays as we did in 2016 but with...

Discerning Villa Collection

At Discerning Collection Villas we have chosen some of the best located villas in this area. We ensure that all our villas give you the maximum detail in order to enhance your choice. Distances to the nearest...

Turkey Holidays 2017

Great news for all of our guests who have booked their holiday to Turkey In the last week the value of pound has risen against number of major currencies, says a source from the Post Office. The non- effect of the...

Happy Birthday Feefo

Just last Friday our office was the recipient of a lovely surprise….a massive Birthday Cake from Feefo, our friendly, genuine review platform. It was to celebrate their ‘Magnificent Seventh’ birthday. Since 2010...

Favourite sayings

With the recent atrocity that took place in Istanbul, Turkey this week I am reminded of, as an owner of a small family business, some of my favourite sayings that are especially poignant given that our main holiday...

Some fun to end our season

Every December, for twenty-four years now, Viv and Nick Wrightman have been arranging and hosting the Alternative Travel Awards in London. The event, which raises money for various charities, was started in 1992 and was...

A big thank you to all our guests

So the summer season has now come to an end and it’s been quite a turbulent year for the travel industry with some clear winners and losers. Brexit, terror threats and the weakening pound have all had significant...

A letter from our guest

Dear Discerning Collection Having just returned from yet another fabulous holiday with the Discerning Collection I wanted to write and say a heartfelt thank you for another fantastic holiday to Turkey. Many people were...

The Discerning Collection buys failed operator Elixir Holidays

The Discerning Collection has bought failed Turkey specialist Elixir Holidays from its administrators. The Turkey specialist operator has taken on Elixir’s 309 forward bookings, some assets, its database,...

The Demise of Elixir Holidays

The sad demise of Elixir Holidays shows, once again, how tour operators need to operate with Trust Accounts. It also shows that committed accommodation and flights, where the hotels and flights are guaranteed, must be a...

The Demise of Exclusive Escapes – Trust Accounts

When I set up our Trust Account last year it was with some trepidation as fundamentally it meant that we could only trade with the money that we invested into the business. It was going to be tough in that we could not...

Greece … How it really is!

With so many of our guests calling for up to date information with regards to the situation in Greece below is a unedited report from Barbara, our host in Crete, who looks after all our arrivals on this lovely island.:...

Why reviews are so important?

Last week I was on a panel of so called experts and the subject of the presentations was the relevance of reviews and feedback from customers. Two review platforms, Feefo and Reevoo were present and I was speaking on...

New Logo for a New Season

Now that The Discerning Collection is completely owned by us I thought it would be a good time to redesign our logo to reflect the new optimism and feeling of wellbeing within our lovely, small but perfectly formed...

Strong Pound sends Turkey resort costs tumbling

As we enter the Summer season there is more good news for all travellers to Turkey. For those who have already booked your holidays to our lovely resorts of Kalkan, Gocek, the Bozburun Peninsula, Islamlar and Istanbul...

Amazing value for your money and the sun’s out!

This time last year the Turkish Lira was 3.4 to the pound. Today it’s an amazing 4.14 to the pound, the highest it’s been for decades! This means that your hard earned cash is going to go miles further in Turkey...

Sampling our new Poseidon hotel in Selimiye.

Here we sit in the evening sun, sipping an ice cold gin and tonic looking across to the pretty Turkish bay of Selimiye  http://www.discerningcollection.com/destinations/kumlubuk-and-the-bozburun-peninsula/,...

A truly quality addition in chic Gocek

Ever since our Tapestry days we’ve always had a soft spot for the lovely little resort of Gocek. Only 30 minutes from Dalaman airport this chic marina town has always attracted not only the well healed ‘yachting’...

Sardinia. A new classy destination

In our relentless pursuit to discover new and delightful destinations for our growing number of loyal guests I am pleased to announce the inclusion of the lovely island of Sardinia. Newly launched on to our website you...

Our Transfers in Turkey…quality guaranteed.

The problem with most transfers in Turkey is that they can be a little on the long side. Transfers to the Asfiya Sea View or Likya Residence and Spa in Kalkan from Dalaman, for example, are about 1 hour and 30 minutes...

Turkish Evisa… We’re happy to help!

We’ve recently had a few calls for guests who have already booked their holidays with us asking if we could help them with getting their evisa to Turkey. The answer, of course, is….of course we can! It takes no time...

Free Wi Fi in Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Italy and Spain.

Reading an article in the Sunday Times last week about how a lot of 4 and 5 star hotels across the UK charge for WF FI access in their properties got me wondering about all the hotels that we currently offer in Turkey,...

Another great reason to visit Kalkan in Turkey

Blowing my own trumpet with some suppliers this morning I was banging on about how close to 80% of our guests rebook their holidays with us. It’s an amazingly high number and if I’m totally honest it’s down to the...

A lovely article from the Mail on Sunday

By any standards it was a tough decision. Should I swim in the private pool on the terrace outside my hotel bedroom, or should I plunge into the pool by the bar? I chose the latter, only to find myself with another...

Even more security for our guests

The boring bit: As a Tour Operator we are required by law to have an ATOL Licence (an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence). This ATOL means that your holiday and any pipeline money that you have paid for that holiday is...

Feefo launches Trusted Merchant Awards

Feefo launches Trusted Merchant Awards… Discerning Collection are one of the first recipients, achieving Gold Trusted Merchant. Feefo, the global feedback engine and Google Licensed Content Partner, has introduced...

Book All Your Holidays With Us!

Being a true specialist we are extremely proud to have in-depth knowledge of all our hand-picked accommodations, even down to the exact rooms you will be staying in, how much sunshine to expect on your balcony during...

Another Award….Inaugural Trusted Merchant Certificate and Gold Trusted Merchant Status!

Discerning Collection is proud to announce that we have received yet another award from Feefo, the independent feedback system that gives only genuine reviews. This new award relates directly to our levels of service...

NO MORE QUEUES … New EVisa forall visitors to Turkey this summer.

I thought it might be useful to copy an article that appeared in the Daily mail today re the introductions of Online Visas for travel to Turkey. Given that Turkey is our most popular destination, many of our guests will...

Highly Commended

It’s only our second full year of operating and already we are seeing some lovely feedback and incredible loyalty from our guests. Our average repeat guest percentage is currently running at 62% (that’s 62% of all...

A terribly short history of hotels in Turkey

When we first sent guests to Turkey, way back in 1988, the accommodation that we provided tended to be located in the more unspoilt resorts of Olu Deniz, Kalkan, and Kas. The accommodation consisted of very simple...

Some Useful Background Information

Our Holidays and some background as to how we can be as flexible as you want. How we find the best holiday for you and how we price the holidays so that you get the best possible price combined with the best possible...

Weather in Kalkan Turkey

Kalkan is extremely fortunate in that it is situated at the foothills of the Taurus Mountains which have an influence on its weather giving it the climate that is typical of the Southern Med…..just lovely! May tends...

Baklava at the Airport

For those of you who have had fresh Baklava in Turkey and have forgotten to buy some in the local shop or market to bring home as presents….here’s a little tip for really good quality stuff available at Dalaman...

FEEFO: Genuine Reviews from our Discerning Collection guests.

When we were at Tapestry I instigated a ‘Client Satisfaction Questionnaire’ form for all of our guests to fill in to gauge how well our service levels were doing both in the UK and Overseas. It was quite a detailed...