Amanda Matthews, Author at Designer Travel

About Me

I’m Amanda and I live in Saddleworth in the North with my family. I am married with two lovely children and a dog. I have been in travel for over 25 years and I can honestly say travel is my life.

We set up Designer Travel in 2008 to offer great advice and experience to ensure that our clients get the very best holiday for their needs. There is nothing worse than paying a lot for a holiday, taking the time out only to get there and be disappointed.

Our team know where to look, often will have first-hand experience of your chosen resort and will search to find you the best offers. I won’t say we are the cheapest but we care and look after every client and it’s sometimes those small extras that can save you more than you think.

As for my holidays, my favourite place is Florida, it’s a magical place for having family fun with memories that will last until the next time! I have a soft spot for St Lucia too, as we got married there. My worst holiday has to be Jamaica and not because of the place which I loved but we stayed in a not so nice hotel and got eaten alive. (needless to say this isn’t on our site!)

Get in contact with me if you would like any help in planning your holiday, I specialise in family holidays and also offer a full concierge service.

My Reviews

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

This has to be my favourite hotel in the world so far and I have been to lots! Our journey started with a short seaplane from the sister property the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. Within 30 minutes we had landed and been welcomed by the management and staff of the Four Seasons

LUX* Maldives

We travelled on our family holiday to Lux Maldives in August 2013. This hotel is amazing and has to be one of the best we have stayed in so far. Let me tell you all about it: Location Lux Maldives is located in the Southern Atoll of the Maldives and is

My Articles

Short Break Offers for 2017 from £500 per person
Posted On:  28/06/2016

The Vine Hotel, Funchal   We have special packages for this amazing hotel which include flights, transfers and bags. Prices are based on two adults sharing with flights from Manchester. For other airports, dates and durations just contact us. 30th June 2017 for 3 nights from  £520 per person 29th May...

Nightlife in Maderia
Posted On:  28/06/2016

Madeira Nightlife During the week you will find nightlife is fairly quiet in Madeira, however Funchal comes to life at the weekends with lots of things to do to enjoy a night out. Here are just a few suggestions and staying at The Vine Hotel in Funchal means you are...

Why travel to China and Southeast Asia during winter?
Posted On:  11/03/2014

Here are just a few of the reasons why you would travel to China and South East Asia during winter: - Avoid the crowds in China that you may encounter at other times of the year - In China, enjoy crisp and clear weather – perfect to capture the breath-taking...

My Testimonials

50th Birthday Surprise
Posted On:  17/05/2015

  Normally visit the high street for my Holidays but wanted to surprise my wife with a special trip to a 5 star hotel without the children so chose to use Designer Travel. Am I glad I did! Having laid out what I thought I wanted the advisors gave me loads of options...

Great holiday in Florida
Posted On:  11/03/2014

Amanda planned our Florida holiday for us and gave us so many hints and tips that saved us time and money. An amazing trip, thank you Amanda. Pippa Meredith

Having someone I can trust makes all the difference
Posted On:  11/03/2014

I have been booking my holidays with Amanda for 6 years and I totally trust the recommendations she makes, she knows what we are looking for and always comes up with suitable suggestions.   Mr and Mrs McGhee