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SBtravelEven though they are celebrating their 70th year, Santa Barbara Travel is no set-in-their-ways, run-of-the-mill travel agency. They are travel planners extraordinaire; you could call them “travel designers”—who do far more than simply book trips. They manage the travel portfolios of their lucky clients with great care and efficiency. They are ENTREE’s top rated travel agency. We recommend no one else because we feel no one gives as much thought to research and mapping out a schedule quite like they do. Be it mother-daughter weekends in the Caribbean, father-son heli-skiing, a romantic husband-and-wife weekend getaway, an elaborate summer trip for the whole family or simply a business jaunt, every detail is dealt with at Santa Barbara Travel with precision. Led by Charles and David de L’Arbre, they carefully get a read on personal and family dynamics and make suggestions about possible destinations—often places that aren’t even on their clients’ radar. They also do reconnaissance, the better to make recommendations on lodging, tour guides and special excursions. This level of planning and involvement is at the cutting edge of today’s superior travel agency. The de L’Arbres initial meetings with new clients amount to an intake. They aren’t interested solely in where clients would like to go, but in where they have been, their “style” (large hotel or boutique? adventurous or not so much? sedentary or active?), the ages of their children, the length of time they are willing to spend on a plane, the number of days they have available, is cruising on their list and the money they want to allot to travel annually. It’s all about setting people up for travel success, according to Charles de L’Arbre: “There are no do-overs in travel, we have to get it right the first time.”

The men and women of Santa Barbara Travel deal in solutions. They have a wealth of good ideas and can easily eliminate the bad ones. Imagine having the opportunity to work with a globetrotter whose profession is wanderlust: Santa Barbara Travel people are these people. They respect the fact that your time is valuable and you need an insider’s edge. They can deliver the unexpected. And personalize your trip focused on your special needs. Their association with the prestigious Virtuoso group yields incomparable perks and privileges for clients including a hotel program of benefits that we feel is superior to what American Express offers, a valuable and unbeatable amenity program and exclusive use of Virtuoso on-site suppliers and destination specialists located in foreign locations. Experience the countless benefits of a superior travel agent with unique connections and enjoy stress-free travel and total peace of mind by contacting the experts at Santa Barbara Travel/Virtuoso, 1485 E. Valley Road, Suite 9, Montecito, CA 93108, (805) 969-7746, www.sbtravel.com, e-mail mfletcher@sbtravel.com. They also maintain a very convenient office in downtown Santa Barbara at 1028 State Street, (805) 966-3116, contact Erin Zetter (ezetter@sbtravel.com) and an office in Ventura at 3140 Telegraph Road, (805) 650-6999, contact Kathy Reimer (kreimer@sbtravel.com). The Virtuoso program, as well as Santa Barbara Travel's recent membership in Four Seasons Hotels’ Preferred Partner Program creates a direct pipeline to the hotel and allows each stay to be crafted according to the guests’ needs. Santa Barbara Travel Bureau has also a created a dedicated Cruise Concierge position to assist their cruise clients in making reservations for shore excursions, spa treatments and dining reservations.

Happy traveling,
WILLIAM TOMICKI,
Publisher, ENTREE

 

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