Sarah Foden

Multimedia Travel Journalist

Select Collection: Take the stress out of planning your dream holiday

I believe that planning a holiday should be fun. Full stop.

The wish list, the research and even waiting for that ridiculously early taxi to the airport.

But with airline strikes, dubious hotel reviews AND even clouds of ash getting in the way of a stress free holiday experience – sometimes it’s ok to ask for a little help with the planning.

Help is at hand

Earlier this week I met the lovely Select Collection team at the launch of their new haute couture brochure, at their chic Gallery Boutique, in Mayfair.

When it comes to luxury and providing the complete holiday experience from the word go, then these guys certainly know what they are talking about.

With 20 years experience of planning personalised luxury holiday itineraries, you really will be spoilt for choice – with over 400 luxury properties in more than 50 destinations worldwide to choose from.

From the moment you step into this tranquil environment to talk about your holiday plans, I guarantee you will feel instantly relaxed and reassured that you’re in safe hands.

If you want to find out more..

Watch a video filmed at the launch of the new brochure: 6th March 2012

Visit the Select Collection website

Order a brochure

Filming at Flemings Hotel, Mayfair: Sodashi shoot January 2012

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of filming with the inspirational founder of Sodashi Megan Larsen, and the fantastic ‘Spa Whisperer’, Nigel Franklyn.

Following some recent filming with Megan in Paris, this shoot aimed to film and produce some brand new Sodashi videos.

These new videos look a little further into what makes Sodashi so different to other skin care companies, they will reveal some of Megan’s top tips and will also introduce Sodashi’s ‘Spa Whisperer’.

We decided the ideal London location for this shoot would be at Flemings Hotel, Mayfair.

Having filmed and stayed here before, I knew their fantastic team would do all they could to assist with our filming – and the whole team were indeed wonderful throughout the whole day.

The hotel’s ideal location in Mayfair, cool décor and chic yet cosy bar made it a great place to both film and unwind once we’d wrapped.

So, if you want to find out more about Sodashi, then please watch this space for the new and exciting videos coming soon.

Discover Sodashi, on YouTube

Find out more about Flemings Hotel, Mayfair

Read about my stay at Flemings

Read about my film shoot at Flemings

Find out more about the Spa Whisperer

Filming at the Annabelle, Almyra and Anassa: Thanos Hotels, Cyprus

Thanos Hotels in Cyprus

One of my recent projects involved filming videos for Thanos Hotels’ brand new blog,  the Thanos Diaries.

My main aim on the shoot was to get to know and interview the staff from the Annabelle, Almyra and Anassa hotels.

Fun filming

As well as the hotels being rather fabulous, the teams who worked here were some of the nicest people I have ever met.

It was an absolute pleasure both filming here and meeting such fantastic teams.

I loved my stay with Thanos Hotels and I really want to return to Cyprus to explore further, soon.

Read more about my stay at the Annabelle…


Meet the teams:

See behind the scenes photos:

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The Thanos Diaries 

To find out more about these amazing hotels, visit their brand new blog the Thanos Diaries now!

Thanos Hotels on Twitter

You can also follow Thanos Hotels on Twitter

Think you know about Madeira? Think again.

I’m currently VERY excited.

The videos I filmed in Madeira in June this year are now live!

It really was a trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to share the new videos with you on the brand new microsite ‘Your Madeira’.

I’d love to find out what you think of the videos – and if you have any questions about Madeira, I’d love to hear from you.


See behind the scenes photos here:

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Sardinia: A beach and city break in one

I have always found it difficult to choose between a beach or a city break.

I LOVE to explore new cities, but I also love to spend time on the beach… reading, daydreaming, sunbathing and playing bat and ball!

Sardinia is a place I’ve always wanted to visit as I have read so much about it and seen so many gorgeous pictures. I had been excited about this trip for, months.

As this was my first holiday (with the boyf) this year it was really important to me to make the most out of our time away, and we did just that.

We stayed for a couple of days on the small island of Sant’Antioco – around an hour and a half from Cagliari airport, just off the south west coast. We then headed back to Cagliari for a mini city break.

What we liked so much about the trip was that firstly Sant’Antioco is so unspoilt by tourists. Great beaches and crystal clear waters.

We loved the fact that almost no one spoke English, and I definitely improved my Italian during our stay. We also found food and drink to be very reasonably priced, and we were expecting to spend much more during our trip.

We loved exploring Sardinia’s capital, Cagliari. The narrow streets and alleys are bursting with charming trattorias, rustic taverns, and shops both old and new.

The Castello district, the oldest part of the city is where we spent most of our time exploring.

Our favourite sights not to be missed are Bastione San Remy and Torre di San Pancrazio. The views are incredible.

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UK spa breaks: Filming at Grayshott Spa, Surrey

Watch before you book

Spa breaks for some mean relaxation, pampering and calm.

But, for others this may be the perfect way to kick-start a new healthy living regime or weight loss programme.

Whatever the reason for booking a spa break, it’s often difficult to know what to expect before you get there.

One way to find out more about a spa is to ‘watch before you book’.

Spa break inspiration

I recently spent a couple of days filming with @AndyPRCo, investigating just what kind of spa experience to expect at Grayshott Spa, in Surrey.

So if you’re looking for some spa break inspiration, you can take a look at what we found, here:

NEW BLOG: Grayshott Spa Life

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Videos coming soon: There’s more to Madeira than you might think…

What do you know about Madeira?

You may know it has a mild climate, it’s a popular cruise ship port of call AND that it has lots of flowers, right?

Ok, so this tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean does indeed have a fantastic climate all year round, the subtropical conditions result in some amazing flowers popping up everywhere you look….. but there is SO much more to Madeira than just this.

I recently spent a fun packed, adrenaline filled and honestly one of the best weeks of my life so far exploring and filming what this place has to offer as an amazing holiday destination.

So if you’re looking for adventure – watch this space for six brand new exciting videos coming soon.

In the meantime follow @YourMadeira on Twitter for reasons why there is more to Madeira than you might think..

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