Clare Hughes

Clare Hughes | Manager

Phone Clare: 01600 715736

Email Clare: clare.hughes@milesmorgantravel.co.uk

Visit Clare: 39 Monnow Street, Monmouth, NP25 3EF

All about Clare

Having been a Travel Specialist for 26 years, I am sure to have visited a country that is on your “must see” list.

One of my favourite countries’ to visit is undoubtedly South Africa. The Mount Nelson Hotel in Capetown or “Nellie” as it’s famously and lovingly known is a sight to be seen. As soon as you walk through the grand entrance you are awe struck by its timeless traditional style. With the waterfront only five minutes drive away and situated at the foot of Table Mountain, what else could you ask for? Just make sure you take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain to view this cosmopolitan and lively city or if you’re as lucky as I was, jump in a helicopter for the view of your life. A few years ago I was fortunate to visit Kenya on a familiarisation trip. The views from the Mara Bushtops luxurious camp were just as I imagined; untamed nature at its best. Early morning was my favourite time, watching the morning dew lift slowly to reveal a huge herd of wildebeest. I saw many lodges on the trip each offering its own style, but how could you top being guarded by a masai warrior whilst you sleep?

Barbados, with its sophisticated west coast hotels is a fantastic destination for relaxing, luxurious holidays. A personal favourite is the Tamarind Cove, a stones throw away from the gorgeous St. James Beach. Or travel south to the chic bars and glittering nightlife of St Lawrence. With its large variety of hotels and self-catering properties, all needs are catered for.

After a short city break to Toronto & Niagara Falls, I fell in love with Canada. The locals can not do enough for you and so recently I decided to return to see what else was on offer. A self-drive trip over the Rockies, from Calgary to Vancouver was an incredible way to explore this vast country. From the 5 star Fairmont in Whistler to the Lobstick Lodge in Jasper you will not be disappointed, the accommodation and cuisine in Canada is second to none. I was even lucky enough to see a pod of 80 Orcas off Vancouver Island, a sight that will stay with me forever. Follow in my footsteps through the stunning scenery and create a memory that you can recall time after time.

Another destination I must tell you about has to be Australia and in particular Tasmania – what a contrast! See my destination blog for information that you really shouldn’t ignore if planning to visit this amazing continent.

Customer reviews of Clare

As promised, here are a few thoughts about our recent holiday to Sicily. Taormina is an excellent base for those wanting a combination of sun, sea, shopping and culture. If of average fitness, organise a trek up Etna with one of the many specialist day tour companies. It was a brilliant experience to get that close to the volcano. The Excelcior Palace is a grand old hotel in a stunning position overlooking Etna and the bay. The staff are friendly and cannot do enough for you. Nothing was too much trouble. Our room was adequate for 3 people, especially as we didn't spend too much time in there! It certainly had everything we needed and a fantastic view of Etna to watch the nightly lava flows and explosions. The food is good. Plenty of choice but don't expect British dishes. Lots of pasta, risotto, veal, fruit and veg etc. Continental breakfast with a small selection of hot eggs and bacon. More than adequate. The pool area is stunning. So much so that the trek to the beach, even when organised by the hotel by car, seems unnecessary! It is a large pool, surrounded by trees and gardens and with a wonderful view along the coast. The pool bar is good and manned all day. The representative, Rita, was lovely and not at all pushy! She was easily contactable by mobile when we needed her. We did one excursion, The Godfather half day tour but although the first half was interesting, the second half was far too long with little to see and a poor choice of restaurants for lunch. It would have been better to finish before lunch and make it an actual half day as opposed to 9.30-2.45. I can't think of anything else Clare but if you need clarification on anything, let me know. Thank you again for organising such a brilliant holiday.

– Karen

Thank you Clare. We had a great time at The Grand Pineapple Beach Hotel in Antigua. A lovely choice of restaurants from Buffet, Italian, Grill and Authentic Caribbean. We were spoilt for choice . We would certainly recommend the hotel to friends and family. And thanks again for looking after us so well

– Mr & Mrs M

We have just returned back from a holiday we book with you last September. we came to Miles Morgan Monmouth branch for advice on cruises, my friend and I was celebrating our 50th birthdays and wanted something special. We have had a fantastic 7 day cruise on board P&O Ventura, we both wanted to say a special thank you for all the advice you and your team gave us on choosing our holiday destination. Thank you Claire for booking our reservations and keeping us up to date with information prior to our departure. You have a very friendly team of staff at Monmouth and people rely on your services - you have done an excellent job and we will treasure the memories of our 50th birthday celebrations for years to come. We look forward to booking our next cruise with you soon

– Wendy & Moira

It was an unspoilt, traditional and rustic – a real find ! Ocakkoy in a natural setting for complete relaxation surpassed our expectations. Our individually furnished cottage had all we needed including a small fully fitted kitchen. Olu Deniz Beach just a 15 minute drive and Fethiye just ten. What more could you want. Highly recommended for a truly Turkish holiday. Thank you Anatolian Sky for finding this beauty and of course to Clare for recommending following her visit.

– Mr & Mrs K

Grand Pineapple. Hotel a little tired, but room very good. Best rooms in the 900's block. Staff very attentive, food and restaurant very good, beach fabulous, pool again a bit tired. sandals have plans to purchase the rest of the beach area and to modernize the whole resort. I would go again, facilities and staff make up for the again slightly oldish feel. 8 out 10. Booked with Funway and Thank you Clare for recommending this special offer to us.

– Mr & Mrs T

My wife and I have just returned from a one week's winter sun break in Gran Canaria. The holiday was at the Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras Resort . This was an excellent venue with comfortable well furnished rooms and good sea views. The extensive hotel grounds were well maintained very attractive with two large pools. There were also plenty of sunbeds with daily supply of fresh towels to lie on. There were two options for meal times: buffet style or restaurant a- la carte style. The food was of excellent quality with plenty of variety each mealtime. The hotel staff were courteous and very helpful and the only criticism I would make is that the standard of evening entertainment was of very poor quality. However the convenient location of the hotel meant that there were ample bars and restaurants nearby which we could use alternatively. Finally a nice relaxing pleasant break in a hotel and area my wife and I would gladly return to!

– Mr H

Thank You to Clare Hughes of Miles Morgan (Monmouth branch) for helping us to book a wonderful tour with Travelsphere which enabled us to realise a long held dream to see the beautiful scenery of New Zealand. On our arrival at Auckland Airport we were met by a friendly and efficient tour manager and an extremely knowledgeable coach driver who was proud to give an interesting commentary about his homeland. These two people worked together to provide every opportunity for us and the rest of the group to experience the excitement and the tranquillity which both the North and South Islands of New Zealand have to offer. All the hotels were good and everyone we met was friendly and helpful. We booked optional excursions and all of these were excellent value because they provided us with such memorable highlights. The party travelled many miles in a comfortable coach and there were regular stops for photo opportunities and comfort breaks. We selected this tour because the itinerary included travelling north from Auckland to visit the Ninety Mile Beach and the tip of the country at Cape Reinga and also because the price was favourable compared with other travel companies.

– Heather and Keith Hunt

Dear Clare, What a lovely holiday we had with Travelsphere to The Historic Towns of the Rhine & Moselle this September. We cruised on the MS Serenade 1 Mozart and were thoroughly delighted with the whole River Cruising experience. Having cruised on much larger ships we weren't quite sure what to expect when we saw how much smaller the Serenade was but we weren't disappointed as everything went to plan. We saw some beautiful places and would recommend this holiday.

- Mrs Fox & Mrs Brown

Clare’s personal knowledge of the East coast of Australia was instrumental in helping us plan our once in a lifetime trip. With such a large number of places to visit, it was vital that we spoke to someone who had been there and could advise accordingly. We ended up spending three wonderful days in Byron Bay, due to Clare’s personal recommendation, which we had not considered at the start.

- Anon

When I was planning my trip to Canada, Clare at Miles Morgan Travel in Monmouth was an immense help. Her knowledge of British Columbia and the driving distances between the towns and attractions I wanted to visit, made planning our trip really easy. She also suggested some fantastic off the beaten track hotels that we would never have known about otherwise! I just wanted to say what a star you have there at your Monmouth shop.

- Jane T

Hi Clare

Just to say we are having a fantastic time. All hotels have been superb and everything has gone like clockwork. You cannot be held responsible for the weather, which was like home in Sydney with not a glimpse of the sun and visibility in the Blue Mountains reduced to 20 yards. Despite that we still enjoyed Sydney. Will send further updates. Thanks for all your hard work in making this happen.

- Diane and Geoff

We have just returned from an excellent holiday that we booked through you with Kirker Holidays. We stayed at the Hotel Chateaubriand in Saint Malo which was excellent. The location, service, character and comfort exceeded all our expectations. We will definately be booking with you and Kirker Holidays again in the near future. Thank you again.

- Dr and Mrs J.

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Countries Clare has visited

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  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cyprus - Paphos and Protaras
  • Egypt - Sharm El Sheik
  • Greece - Crete and Corfu
  • Kenya
  • Lanzarote
  • Majorca
  • Mexico - Cancun
  • Portugal - Alberfeira
  • South Africa - Capetown and Sun City
  • Spain - Lanzarote and Majorca
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
Cruise destinations Clare has visited
  • Canary Islands
  • The Norwegian Fjords