Shan Joseph, Author at Designer Travel

About Me

Welcome to Designer Travel, my name is Shan I am based in the beautiful village of Mumbles on the Gower Peninsular where I visit the beach daily, if I ever needed inspiration this is the place to be.


I started my travel journey in 1979, making many friends throughout the industry. Over the years been lucky to travel around the world, to such places as Rio where I sipped cocktails on the Copa Cabana beach to the stunning scenery of the Italian Lakes.

From house swapping in South Carolina to the race track in Monaco my time travelling has left me and my family with many happy memories.

Most recently I have worked closely with the Portuguese market, where I have discovered some true Jewels such as the largely unknown area of Sintra and the pretty town of Cascais, both of which provided me with the motivation to begin this new chapter with my colleagues here at Designer Travel.

In a time driven by technology, I believe that there is still room for old fashioned values, whether holidaying as a family, a couple or taking some well-earned time for yourself, I will take the time to find you the prefect break. Call me and let`s begin planning your next adventure together.

My Reviews

Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel, Madeira

The Pestana Promenade Ocean & Spa Resort one of the more contemporary hotels in Madeira and is set in tropical gardens with fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean. Guests have direct access to the Promenade which is scattered with local restaurants and bars or you can take a short walk

Pestana Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District

Pestana Cidadela Cascais Located in the traditional fishing town of Cascais with stunning views, this five-star hotel so close to Lisbon exceeded all expectations. Sitting within the fortress walls and boasting its own art district, this unique hotel is a truly special place, successfully combining old with new, the fresh contemporary

Blau Privilege PortoPetro Beach Resort & Spa

Just a couple of hours flying from across UK, the Blau Hotel in Porto Petro is one of my favourite family resort hotels. It manages to combine the best of two worlds, one of relaxation and peace and another with an array of activities and sports to keep the most energetic

My Testimonials

Invaluable knowledge
Posted On:  14/06/2017

Shan Joseph has put together 2 trips in the last 12 months - a short family city break to Porto & a five night “girls” trip to Madeira. The hotel & flight package were ideally suited to the holidays and, as both these destinations were new to us, Shan’s recommendations...

Outstanding service as always
Posted On:  08/06/2017

I have recently returned from a fabulous holiday in Tenerife with my family and would like to share our experience of booking holidays through your expert Shan Joseph in Swansea. Each year we generally have 2 holidays away, 1 with our extended family which consisted of 17 people this year...

Would book again!
Posted On:  08/06/2017

We just wanted to tell you how pleased we have been with all the arrangements you have made for our holiday in Madeira. Thank you for your pleasant and efficient service. We were especially impressed with the pack of final travel documents you provided (flight details, boarding passes, seat reservations,...