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Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice California Fam - Hotel site inspections and electric bike tour of Newport Beach

1st November 2017 - 11:30am

Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) relaxes on the ferry

Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) relaxes on the ferry

After a site inspection of the Island Hotel -our host hotel, we walked to the nearby Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa for breakfast al fresco on the outdoor terrace with coastal views, followed by a site inspection of the facilities including the spa, fitness centre, spacious rooms and conference venues. Then we travelled to Corona del Mar where we each picked up an electric bike for a three hour guided tour which took in the historic Balboa Island with its quant shops and restaurants. We took the 10 minute ferry ride across Newport Harbour for a leisurely ride to the tip of the peninsula passing some of the most beautiful homes in Newport Beach. Our ride took us through the million dollar neighbourhoods of Corona del Mar Village and along Ocean Boulevard where the beaches and panoramic views are stunning. We all agreed it was one of the main highlights of our very enjoyable visit to Newport Beach and well worth recommending to your clients. Afterwards we left Newport Beach for the one hour 15 minute drive to Los Angeles for the next part of our California tour.


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Thomas McNally (Bedsonline), Heather Dwyer (Island Hotel), Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic).
Colleen Costello (Marketing Manager Newport Beach & Co) and Flora Nguyen (Destination Sales Manager Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa) who hosted our group at breakfast.
A view of the golf course and ocean from the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic) and Regina Curran (Club Travel).
Thomas McNally (Bedsonline), Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice).
Our electric bikes all lined up and ready to go.
Pedego electric bikes poster.
All suited and booted. Have wheels, will travel.
A typical palm tree lined street.
Michelle Lyons ((Fahy Travel), Lorraine Crowley (Shandon Travel), Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic), Kristyna Cesalova (Navan Travel), Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice), Avril Murgatroyd (Travel Leaders), Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz), Catriona Dempsey (Dempsey Travel), Thomas McNally (Bedsonline), Samantha Gavigan (Kanes Travel), Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel) and Regina Curran (Club Travel).
All aboard the ferry to Balboa Island.
Michelle Lyons ((Fahy Travel), Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel), Kristyna Cesalova (Navan Travel) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice).
Samantha Gavigan (Kanes Travel) and Catriona Dempsey (Dempsey Travel).
The lifeguard station.
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice).
Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic) taking a selfie with Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice).
Enjoying a picnic break.
Thomas McNally (Bedsonline), Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice), Colleen Costello (Marketing Manager Newport Beach & Co) and Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic).
Lorraine Crowley (Shandon Travel), Samantha Gavigan (Kanes Travel), Michelle Lyons ((Fahy Travel), Kristyna Cesalova (Navan Travel), Catriona Dempsey (Dempsey Travel), Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz), Holly Best (Virgin Atlantic), Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice), Thomas McNally (Bedsonline), Regina Curran (Club Travel) and Avril Murgatroyd (Travel Leaders).
Onboard the ferry across Newport Harbour.
Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) relaxes on the ferry

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