Turkey Holidays

This is why you should always book early morning flights

You should always book the earliest flight possible to avoid delays, according to a flight attendant. The blogger and cabin crew revealed delays usually have a knock on effect throughout the day, and so in order to...

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...

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...

Activities and the Discerning Collection Client

A recent survey by Silver Travel Advisor, with albeit a fairly small sample of 500 all over the age of 50 found the following: Less than a third of over 50s use a travel agent to book holidays, with just 15% visiting in...

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...

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...

Little things that mean a lot at the Hillside Beach Club

Last night I stayed at The Hillside Beach Club for the first time. I’d visited it before, of course, but there’s nothing like staying in one of our hotels to really see how good (or indeed bad) the property...

A little trumpet blowing!

We are usually quite humble when it comes to the service we provide to our guests and although this is of utmost importance to us, we try not to brag!  However, occasionally we like to share feedback received from...

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...

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...

Our Genuine Feedback from our Guests

Following a number of reports last week of dubious feedback companies that are currently operating out there, I am thrilled to announce that we are proud to be using Feefo, a truly GENUINE feedback forum where only our...

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’...

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...

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...

More improvements at the Asfiya Sea View and more delightful product.

I’ve recently returned from a very brief but ultimately very busy trip to Kalkan in Turkey. Out on Sunday 15th Feb and back on Tuesday 17th Feb. My schedule was arranged to visit some new product in Gocek and to see...

Great News from the Telegraph…

Turkish holidays a third cheaper. Resurgent pound means Britons heading to Turkey can get far more for their money Comments Britons heading to Turkey this summer can expect to get 35 per cent more for their money...

Your money goes so much further in Turkey!

The Turkish Lira is now at an exchange rate of 3.9 to the Pound!……a massive drop of 40% from last summer’s rates when it hovered around the 2.8 mark to the pound. This means that your hard earned sterling is going...

Great time to book your Holiday to Kalkan

With all the rain, wind and general nonsense that’s happening with our weather at the moment there has never been a better time to book your well-deserved holiday to Kalkan in Turkey. Not only will you be guaranteed...

Kalkan Prize Winners Trip

“I was lucky to be picked to go on a Travel Counsellors prize winners trip to Kalkan in Turkey.” We have team events several times a year, when everyone at Travel Counsellors around the world come together....

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...

Transiting through Istanbul Airport

On my way to Dalaman recently I had the dubious pleasure of transiting through Istanbul Airport. Given that we have a number of guests that do Two centres with Istanbul and the South Coast and or Cappadocia, I thought...

Holidays to Kalkan Turkey

Holidays to Kalkan started back in the 70’s with backpackers from Europe stopping off at this pretty harbour for one or two nights staying in tiny pensions. In the 80’s an innovating tour operator called Tapestry...

Boutique Hotels in Kalkan

The phrase ‘boutique’ when used in reference to hotels has now come to be so overused that in many cases it simply serves as a phrase on loads of unscrupulous tour operators websites simply to try and give their...

Contracting off the beaten track in Mallorca

We’ve just started a ‘Discerning’ programme in Mallorca, in 2012, and featured some stunning properties in Cala San Vincente, rural spots like Orient and the old town within Palma. Now whilst I was very pleased...