Introducing specialist tour operator ‘The Discerning Collection’
The Discerning Collection is a privately owned, specialist tour operator offering an exclusive, hand-picked selection of hotels, villas, riads and gulets across Europe. The company officially launched back in 2011 with founder & CEO Nick Wrightman wanting to build the UK’s most successful boutique tour operation. Discerning Collection’s destinations include Turkey (they are experts on some of the idyllic, lesser known resorts such as Kas and Kalkan), the Greek Islands of Crete, Kefalonia and Lemnos, Mallorca, Sardinia, Morocco, Croatia & Montenegro.
With a collection of around 100 properties within Discerning Collection’s portfolio, the team cater to numerous markets including family travel, adult only getaways, luxury villa escapes, sailing trips, romantic honeymoons, Spa and wellness retreats and city breaks. As well as organising numerous conventional holidays for clients, they’re also able to pull together more complex tailor-made itineraries and bespoke tours to Turkey & Morocco with transfers and guides included.
Nick has lived and breathed travel his entire life, starting out as a graduate trainee at Thomson Holidays before setting up the renowned Tapestry Holidays. On what sets The Discerning Collection apart, Nick comments, ‘we pride ourselves on our professional, friendly service and although all specialist travel companies wax lyrical about this, we truly believe that we offer an exceptional, dedicated personal approach to booking our clients holidays. We care greatly about our guests and receive a large amount of business via word-of-mouth which we hope is a solid reflection on service levels provided’. ‘We have the flexibility to offer regional departures, book specific hotel rooms and we know our product inside out, with all properties having been visited by our staff. As well as being ATOL protected, we’re very proud to have gone one step further to offer our guests a ‘Trust Account’ which gives even more protection when booking their holiday’ he added.
NEW for 2017, The Discerning Collection will be launching around 12 new villas in Turkey and a number of new gulets – details of which will be released in October. They have also recently added two brand new hotels to their portfolio:
The Meis Exclusive Hotel
The Meis Exclusive Hotel officially opened August 2016 and can be found perched on the dramatic Cukurbag Peninsula in Kas. It is a contemporary boutique hotel with 20 spacious rooms & suites decorated in cool whites and blues. Splashes of colour have been bought in via the modern artwork dotted around the property and each room is home to a luxurious marble bathroom and balcony, the majority of which boast views out to sea and across to the Greek island of Meis.
The Discerning Collection (www.discerningcollection.com) offer 7 nights at the Meis Exclusive Hotel, Kas, Turkey from £1,040pp on a B&B basis staying in a Superior Room including flights & transfers.
The Minister Hotel
The Minister Hotel also officially opened in August 2016 and is located in the picturesque town of Puerto de Soller on the North East coast of Mallorca, moments from Repic Beach. This is a truly charming hotel with just 23 rooms and suites, all with balconies and stunning views over the bay or across to the verdant Tramuntana Mountains. The Sky Bar (located on the roof terrace) is the perfect spot for a sundowner and the hotel boasts two restaurants; Sa Gavina, offering sumptuous local seafood, right on the beachfront whilst De Buey Restaurant serves succulent meats straight from the BBQ or wood-fired oven.
The Discerning Collection (www.discerningcollection.com) offer 7 nights at the Minister Hotel, Mallorca from £835pp on a B&B basis staying in a Superior Room including flights and transfers.