About Me

Hi, I’m Ava Coffin,

Thank you for visiting my page –  I’d like to tell you a bit about myself…

I was first bitten by the travel bug 45 years ago, working as a holiday rep on the Costa Brava! It was at the beginning of the package tour industry…which has certainly grown and changed since then! Many holidays and adventures later, I returned to the travel business over 16 years ago, working for a leading tour operator, as a Travel Advisor and Cruise Consultant. For the past 10 years I have worked from my home in Southampton, as a Personal Holiday Advisor, and am now an associate of Designer Travel, an exciting and innovative company, who really understand the importance of customer care, and share my passion to deliver a friendly, honest, unbiased and reliable travel service. We are fully ABTA bonded and ATOL protected, so your money is safe!..

…Working from home, this role gives me a unique opportunity to dedicate my time to you, during and outside office hours. Whether it’s a family/friends holiday, wedding or honeymoon, ocean or river cruise, city break or a round-the-world itinerary, I know your holiday time is precious. Tell me what is important to you, your likes, dislikes and budget, and I will do my very best to match your requirements and attend to all those little ‘extra details. ‘Flight only? Accommodation only? Car Hire? Airport Hotels and Parking? Travel insurance? I can arrange all those too.

I’ve been privileged to travel extensively, primarily in Europe, the Caribbean, the USA and Africa, and so can offer personal advice and input, on many destinations. We enjoyed many wonderful family holidays over the years, mainly in the Mediterranean….but now our daughters are grown my husband Clive and I tend to travel further afield. We do love the Caribbean…each island is entirely unique, both in its culture and its people…there is so much to explore and learn. We also really enjoy cruising…there is now such a diversity of cruise lines to choose from, to suit everyone’s taste…I would love to try them all!

So, where would you like to go? Please email or telephone me today, so we can start planning your next holiday together. I look forward to hearing from you!


My Reviews

Kasbah Tamadot

The brass plate at the entrance states 'Kasbah Tamadot Richard Branson's Moroccan Retreat' and a retreat it certainly is. Situated in Asni, a little village and marketplace in the foothills of the stunning Atlas Mountains, this is the most perfect place for rest and relaxation. Opened in 2005 the Kasbah

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My Articles

A First For Sandals!…A First...

  It is rarely exciting when you find building and construction work going on at your holiday resort!...but this is an exception! Here at our much loved Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica, work is well under way to create 5 exclusive, luxurious and innovative Over-The-Water Suites. Located just off Royal...

Take Me To The Church!

So it's Sunday...and if you were at home in the UK you'd be going to your usual church..but you're on holiday and making do with the Gideon Bible and maybe your Every Day with Jesus notes! Can I encourage you to seek out the local places of worship...you will be...

Before You Go!..You Should Know!…

For some, the idea of spending 3 hours at an airport prior to departure is thrilling!...the perfect opportunity to shop-till-you-drop, cover yourself in every fragrance known to man,  hope that there are lots of free samples of the latest tipples to try... and finally, take up the challenge of finding...


My Testimonials

From the very first phone...

We came upon Ava Coffin via a recommendation from a friend. We had two other travel agents we use regularly each year and thought that we would just get a third opinion on a travel break, to make sure our existing long term agents were still giving us a good...

5 star customer service.

Having met Ava at the 2012 Southampton Boat Show, we finally booked a Sandals holiday to St Lucia La Toc, probably much to Ava¹s relief as we are not the easiest people to please. Undeterred though, Ava made sure that we had the best time, taking time to get to...

…An absolute gem of a...

Ava is an absolute gem of a travel agent - a rare commodity these days. She is someone who really does ‘go the extra mile’ to give a professional and expert personal service. Ava has worked in the travel industry for a long time and this shows – she is...

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