Here at Maxwell Scott, we believe that each journey, holiday or tour should be as individual as the person booking the trip. That’s why we create unique programmes, including specific places and hotels, excursions and experiences with hand-picked guides and drivers – taking into account your interests, timeframes and budget. As a small, family-run business we know that it’s the personal touch that our travellers appreciate and we like to work with you to plan memorable visits to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bhutan.
The range of accommodation across our destination countries is fabulous and we recommend and suggest places we think each of you will particularly enjoy. We offer everything from five-star luxury to traditional homestays with warm-hearted hospitality.
There’s also a range of more unusual dwelling places, from luxury eco-lodges to treetop villas. Rest your head at Diphlu River Lodge at the edge of Kaziranga National Park in Eastern India (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed here in 2016) or sleep amongst the trees at Tranquil Resort in northern Kerala, where your treehouse is built into the branches of a Gul Mohar tree overlooking the estate’s coffee plantation. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of the Indian dignitaries of yesteryear with a stay in luxury tented accommodation at Chhatra Sagar and enjoy a sundowner overlooking the lake.
Earlier this year we organised a wellness break for a mother and daughter, looking to re-charge and spend some time together in Sri Lanka. It’s always heart-warming when our travellers take the time to let us know that the visit exceeded their expectations.
“The Santani Resort (near Kandy, Sri Lanka) was exceptional. The staff, the food, the Spa and the Naturalists all really lovely.”
As an interesting alternative, a homestay – lodging with a local family – offers an insight into a community and its way of life and our travellers who opt for a homestay option as part of their holiday relish the opportunity to get to know the local people, sample delicious home cooking and gain an insight into their culture.
“We loved our hosts at Gitanjali Homestay in Mysore. Delightful conversationalists and we spoke about India, music, religion and food. The grounds and rooms were lovely and the food was excellent.”
We realise that holiday groups come in many different shapes and sizes and we will happily accommodate the diverse wishes of your group, planning ahead and also adapting to needs and wishes when you are there.
Recently we arranged a first visit to India for three American visitors – including two yoga teachers – who loved exploring yoga and meditation retreats as well as visiting temples and ashrams, with some carefully chosen local guides.
“We loved the hotels you chose. Rajakkad Estate is amazing. The setting was beyond belief. Our driver, Ravi, was fantastic. Thank you so much for your help. Hopefully we return to see another part of India in the not too distant future.”
Their feedback reflects the experiences of many of our guests who explore one part of India and then are keen to return to discover more. India really is a country that fascinates and enthrals and beckons people back.
“So many thanks for producing an experience that exceeded our very high expectations. I think it was the most exciting and stimulating trip that I have ever done. We will be back for more.”
A number of families are keen to venture further afield and enjoy some adventure, especially with teenagers and older children.
One such family recently enjoyed a visit to Sri Lanka, visiting tea gardens and spice plantations, wildlife spotting in a national park and relaxing on sun-drenched beaches, as well as visits to monuments and temples, vibrant markets and delicious curries and spice (as well as a range of continental and international cuisines).
The family reflected that, “the highlights of our visit to Sri Lanka were the elephants in Kadulla National Park and the birds in Kumana; scuba diving and water sports at Passikudah; the tea plantations and Maalu Maalu Resort.”
We were delighted that the varied elements of the holiday appealed to all ages.
Planning a special occasion
We know that if you’re planning a milestone trip – whether for a significant birthday, anniversary or perhaps a honeymoon – that’s when our unique local knowledge makes a difference.
We know the amazingly-located hotels (specific rooms even), the boutique guesthouses and the tucked-away local restaurants serving the most fabulous cuisine.
This year we organised a 50th birthday tour of Eastern India. Planned as a surprise birthday present, the trip included spending time in Kolkata, Darjeeling and Glenburn Tea Estate and touring the State of Odisha (currently holding the World Cup Hockey Championships).
Accommodation included luxury hotels including the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata – a hotel we have long and close ties with – and fondly known as the Grande Dame of Chowringhee.
“The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata was the best hotel of our visit (probably ever!) Outside the hotel was the chaos of the New Market, street vendors, the ridiculously busy road and inside you’d never know…. It was an oasis of calm. The staff were outstanding, everything seemed effortless, they were professional, attentive and friendly without being over-bearing. And amazingly they all knew who we were and which room we were in. Fabulous!”
We pride ourselves on working with knowledgeable local guides who delight in showing you the behind-the-scenes life of their city. It’s rewarding to hear what a positive impact the knowledge and attitudes of local guides can add to a trip.
“Nayana was a fantastic guide. She had a plan but asked us what we wanted and adapted it as we went along. She is extremely knowledgeable and well-connected in Kolkata which opened doors to places other tourists wouldn’t normally get access to. We had a fab time with her during Kolkata’s biggest festival, the Durga Puja.”
The extra mile
With the transport, transfers and accommodation taken care of, we endeavour to go the extra mile to provide those memory-of-a-lifetime moments, whether that is a hot air balloon ride over Rajasthan, a daybreak tour of Mumbai, including the incredible fish markets, or scuba diving in the Pigeon Island National Park in Sri Lanka.
One of the most memorable activities we organised recently was for a family visiting Bhutan and were keen to learn more about this tiny kingdom:
“The expert we met in Bhutan on Gross National Happiness was so interesting, thanks so much for arranging that. Definitely the highlight of the trip so far.”
As much or as little involvement
Whilst some adventures benefit from our in-depth planning we realise that sometimes you may just want a helping hand with the logistics. We can simply take care of the transportation, leaving you free to plan the details of your stay. Or if you’re visiting the area on business, we can arrange a short add-on visit with hotel bookings and transportation. The choice is yours.
If you are looking to plan a trip to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar or Bhutan in 2019, we are on hand to offer advice and guidance For more information please visit www.travelmaxwellscott.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org