Edition meets Cambridge Luxury Travel, the local company that takes the hassle out of holiday planning
Arranging once-in-a-lifetime experiences is all in a day’s work for Lauren Marques, the founder of Cambridge Luxury Travel. From spectacular proposals on secluded beaches to traditional tea ceremonies in Japan – she dedicates her life to making sure her clients have the time of theirs; taking care of every last detail behind the scenes.
The business was born out of Lauren’s lifelong passion for travel and her desire to share her enthusiasm with others, helping them unearth hidden gems, sensational scenery, incredible food and memory making experiences.
“I went on holiday to Majorca with my mum when I was 19, and made friends with the holiday reps there. They encouraged me to stay and get a job – which I did. My mum was quite bemused and assumed I’d be home soon, but I ended up doing it for six years!” laughs Lauren. From there, she had a successful stint as a wedding coordinator around Europe, worked on a luxury cruise ship, as well as in the ski sector, and spent several years in Lisbon, visiting over 100 destinations in total.
With a bursting book of contacts, an ear to the ground of the hottest new openings and two decades of industry experience, Lauren realised she was perfectly placed to launch her own travel consultancy. “I specialise in more complicated itineraries – honeymoons, weddings and tailor-made experiences – things you can’t organise online and wouldn’t be confident doing yourself. I also have a lot of experience in the hire of private villas.”
Lauren’s service removes the need to trawl the internet for deals, liaising directly with different suppliers and contacts to find the best package at the best rate – using her own travel background to find the finest locations and activities. You can travel with complete peace of mind in the knowledge that the company is a member of ABTA and part of the Midcounties Cooperative Travel Consortium.
“I put a lot into what I do,” Lauren assures. “My clients get 100% of my time, knowledge and expertise. I’m almost a travel PA. There’s a lot of trust – and it’s based on getting to know clients and their tastes; from how they like their beds made to what style of interiors they prefer.”
Some customers have a very specific idea for Lauren to bring to life, while many others want her to inspire them. “By asking where they’ve been before, what they really liked, and finding out more about them as individuals, I can build a picture to understand what will work for them.
“Going the extra mile and exceeding expectations is what I enjoy most,” she concludes. “I always leave a gift for my clients on arrival, and give them lots of little extra touches to make the experience extra special. And the service doesn’t end when the plans are booked – I’m available 24 hours a day if my clients need me while they’re away.”
Whether you dream of a luxurious family getaway, celebratory cruise, tropical wedding or stunning city break, Cambridge Luxury Travel has both the knowledge and experience to help you bring it to life.