The Question on everyone’s lips is, can Team Europe win back the Cup? Unless you’re American of course, whereby you’ll be thinking, can Team USA retain it?
I’m already imagining who will be representing Team Europe. Who will qualify, the last minute ’Captain’s picks’ and the different pairings. I am sure England’s Georgia Hall, winner of the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open will play a vital role, along with Charley Hull. Hall ‘n Hull definitely has a ring to it. Plus, it’s a given that newly publicly, out and proud, Mel Reid will be fighting hard to secure her place on Team Europe. Reid, six-time Ladies European Tour winner and three-time Solheim Cup player, is one of those professional golfers who simply thrives on the camaraderie and passion that match play enables. The fact that she’s now openly batting for ‘our’ team is a fabulous bonus for our community. I was delighted to see her win her 2019 LPGA card and look forward to watching her progress throughout the season. A Solheim Cup without Mel Reid? Unthinkable.
If you’ve never been to a golf tournament before, unlike other sporting events, golf allows you to see the players up close and personal. You can watch them on the practise ground and putting green before they tee off and along the fairways during their rounds. This close-proximity to the players, really makes you feel a part of the action. My buddy Sam and I were up at Royal Lytham over those momentous few days last summer when Georgia Hall won her first Major. On the last few holes, Sam was so nervous at the prospect of Georgia winning, she could hardly watch. I reassured Sam ‘she’s got this.’ We felt very lucky to be in the crowd and share that moment together as we witnessed Georgia making golfing history.
Having said that, I must admit, although I have supported many professional tournaments over the years, I have never actually attended the Solheim Cup! Ridiculous, I know! Watched on TV of course, but never stood in the crowd and felt the tension that match play golf produces in shed loads. The Ryder Cup last year in France was an absolute triumph. The Solheim Cup showdown at Gleneagles in Scotland this year is expected to attract record crowds, many of them likely to be women who, like me, have never been before. I am confident the Solheim Cup will produce an equally exciting atmosphere and result and am absolutely thrilled to be hosting a trip up to Scotland to watch the drama unfold.
Working with LGBT Holiday specialist Diva Destinations, and Golf Holiday Specialist, Golf Escapes with their newly launched website The Ladies Collection, will ensure a perfect experience. Great company, stunning views and some of the best female golfers in the world. Come and make memories with me at this momentous event. I literally cannot wait.
Join me, Caron Morton – email email@example.com for further information about our Solheim Cup trip.
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Our hosted lesbian group holiday goes down under in 2020!!
2020 is a big year for us. Not only is it the start of a new decade but Diva Destinations is going Down Under. Yes we are hosting a lesbian group tour to the stunning East Coast of Australia taking in everything we possibly can so our women get the best from their 3 weeks in the land of Oz! One of the big attractions of the tour happens the moment we land as we coincide our arrival in the midst of the 42nd Sydney Mardi Gras and just in time for the famous Parade on Saturday 7th March. Excitement is already mounting.
So what will you find on our travels? Well it’s the only country occupying a whole continent - extending north and south from the Tropic of Capricorn with visitors often amazed at the range of experiences available and how easy it is to try something new. We have put together a wonderful trip exploring the key destinations and attractions on Australia’s east coast between cosmopolitan Sydney and the resort of Port Douglas in the Tropical North. We will experience the stunning scenery of the Blue Mountains, the frothy waves of Byron Bay and the charming township of Port Douglas. And of course, Australia is famous for its sunshine and beautiful sandy beaches so we have built in a relaxing, chilled week in Byron Bay along the way!
Here are just some of the main highlights of our tour:
• Day trip on Sydney harbour to The Gap, Rose Bay & Watson's Bay
• Soaking up the sun on Sydney’s Bondi Beach
• Walking in the stunning Blue Mountains
• Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge
• Partying at Mardi Gras Parade night
• Surfing on Byron Bay
• Lighthouse walk at Byron Bay & Aussie BBQ
• Minyon Falls in the Byron Hinterland – a stunning plunge waterfall that drops more
than 100 metres into a deep gorge
• Visit to a Koala Care centre in Lismore
• Lesbian dance at historic village hall
• The Great Barrier Reef -home to some of the world’s most beautiful marine life, the Great Barrier Reef supports incredible diversity, making it a unique experience for everyone. A true wonder of the World!
• A stunning ride on the Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas Reef Marina to Agincourt reef
• Daintree River Cruise
• Cape Tribulation beach and boardwalk
• Mossman Gorge: Indigenous presentation, afternoon tea and guided walk
Far from it in fact!!
Join us for a "Taste of Bloomsbury in Brighton" on our first Women's Weekend Getaway. Step back in time as you visit Monks House, home to literary icon Virginia Woolf and Charleston House, home of Virginia's sister, Vanessa Bell plus we'll be taking you to the breathtaking Seven Sisters country park, all nestled deep in the heart of Sussex.
You will stay in a 4* centrally located hotel with group breakfasts and hosted group dinners on Friday and Saturday night. Don't worry you'll have a chance to explore the beautiful quirky lanes of Brighton before we whisk you off on your visits. On Sunday it's time for a trundle through the Sussex countryside once again to enjoy the vistas as we take you along the coast to the Seven Sisters country park, followed by a good 'ole Sunday roast.
Now, a little intro to Charleston House, where we have our own guided tour on Saturday afternoon. It was in 1916, on Virginia Woolf’s recommendation that her sister & artist Vanessa Bell and painters Duncan Grant & his friend and lover David Garnett, move into Charleston. It was then occupied and brought to life (in more ways than one) by the family and their friends for the next 64 years. Can you imagine, if walls could talk what stories that house would have to tell! Before your visit why not watch the fact-based film, Carrington about the painter Dora Carrington played by the brilliant Emma Thompson who has an intimate but extremely complex bond with writer Lytton Strachey. This all unfolds and take place at Charleston House.
Also, an EXCLUSIVE.... Watch out for the new film now in production, Vita & Virginia. It's the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and author Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. During your visit to Monks House you will literally step back in time and almost feel the women in the room where they would sit and talk for hours and hours planning their next literary masterpiece or maybe their next clandestine meeting.
So what do you get when you cross a beautiful Greek island with a drag king competition, the amazing McChicks, heaps of sunshine, shimmering clear blue waters and almost a thousand women? The International Eressos Women's Festival of course.
This year Diva Destinations took a group of 65 women to the International Eressos Women's Festival on the Greek island of Lesvos. Here we stayed for what turned out to be one of the best 2 week lesbian holiday we've ever experienced. After a little blurry eyed from our 6.40am departure from Gatwick we arrived at Neilson's Beach Resort in Skala Eressos mid-afternoon on Saturday 9th September. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left the fun, laughter and frivolity never stopped. We stay at Neilson's for some good reasons ... 1) You are staying in a fantastic 4* resort with it's own private beach, pool and bars to go with both 2) Free watersports, mountain biking, tennis, fitness classes and kayaking 3) Club board accommodation which includes an extensive buffet breakfast and lunch daily with 4 evening meals each week. Then you only have a short walk into the village for all the Festival events. Like our Facebook page or our Lesvos Holiday page DivaDestinations
So read on to find out what to expect when you join us on our hosted group lesbian holiday to the Lesvos Women's Festival. Well definitely a whole lot of fun, merriment, hilarity and entertainment and lasting friendships. Diva Destinations run their own group activities during the day including kayak safaris, bike rides, group paddle boarding, walks into the village and countryside, social tennis, pool and beach games and walking the dogs at the local rescue centre. BUT don't worry if you're not sporty; one of our reps is always on the beach during the day ready for a chat and swim. A good number of our women spent many a happy hour chilling and-a-chatting with a book or drink in hand hanging out with our beach rep. The great thing is, not only do you have our daily activities but you also have the festival workshops that take place each day. And if you like swimming there is the Women's swim to the rock each morning from one of the beach bars. It's a lovely social meeting where you can swim (or watch) followed by a drink and chat.
What to expect from the International Eressos Women's Festival .... We had the best time at the Lesvos Women's Festival with its many varied and fun entertainment both day and night. From the daytime workshops and art exhibitions to the fantastic McChicks who played to a packed audience at their evening concert then wooed the women for a more intimate lunch time performance. There are film screenings with this year's hit being Wonder Woman, quiz nights and karaoke evenings. Then we have the famous Festival Fashion shows Part I & II and the fabulous play Deep In The Heart of Me and of course Diva Destinations own Drag Kings of Eressos competition. One thing for sure is you will never get bored!
We can't say enough about the holiday. So the only thing left to do is join us next year and experience this amazing trip for yourself. e:firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our reps, Jen, Sophie and Zoe who will be doing it all over again in 2018.
On Sunday 18th June 2017 a group of 20 women, many never having met before set sail on a lesbian group cruise holiday, organised and hosted by Diva Destinations. From the moment we landed in Venice and started a group song on the local bus into Venice centre I think everyone knew it was going to be a fantastic week. Each day the group would meet for breakfast under the clear blue skies on the top deck restaurant. From there we would either head into port or on a planned excursion. Some preferred to just chill out and sunbathe on board or relax with a spa treatment which was available for a surprisingly reasonable price. Once we had all returned later in the afternoon it was usually time for a catch up and a dip in the pool before we met for our group dinner in the ship's main restaurant which we found relaxed and casual with excellent choice and quality of food. The evenings would be spent either at one of the planned social events hosted by Diva Destinations and exclusive to our group or we would check out the ship's entertainment for the night. A favourite haunt was the Karaoke bar but we also took in one of the many West End style shows put on by the NCL entertainment staff. If you fancied a flutter there was always the Casino or if it was a quiet drink there was one of the many bars to choose from one. We usually ended up on the top deck open air bar where we would thoroughly entertain each other into the early hours of the morning. There were a few late risers the next morning, needless to say! During our holiday we visited some breath-taking ancient cities including Dubrovnik, Olympia and Split plus the quaint and enchanting fishing port of Kotor in Montenegro. Along with these incredible locations, many cherished memories are firmly etched in our minds as we look back on what for many was one of the best weeks of their life. For 1 or 2 it was a life-changing week. You become caught up in a cruise bubble which, for 1 week a year is a truly incredible experience. You forget the stresses of everyday life, instead you are surrounded by new found friends, sharing some fantastic experiences together and relaxing aboard a beautiful floating hotel. It was a holiday where we arrived as strangers but left as lifelong friends. What a week that was. We're ready to do it all over again next year!!
After a year of trading as Focus Diva our loyal customers told us that the one thing they missed was our old name - Diva Destinations.
Focus Diva just didn't trip off the tongue quite as well.... Focus Diva, Diva Focus, Diva Travel, we were being called everything except the correct name. So we have returned to our original name which we launched with back in 2012. Watch out for our new video showing you how far we have come in 5 years. We now specialise in hosted group holidays and cruises for the LGBT community. Nothing else has changed, we have the same staff, the same high level of personal service and most importantly your holiday arrangements are 100% financially protected through our ATOL bonding.
You may remember the logo, the plane heading up to the skies, taking you to wherever you want to go. That's what a holiday is all about. Taking off and doing what YOU want. Well we are here to help you do just that. Our hosted group holidays are the perfect way to meet and mix with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment. Take a look at what we offer. If you don't fancy a group holiday then we can provide you with a tailor-made quotation for a holiday that suits your budget and requirements.
Join our hosted group lesbian cruise, June 18th - 25th 2017
A hosted lesbian group on a beautiful Mediterranean Cruise. That’s just what is happening this June. I love cruising, it is one of the best holidays.... if not the best holiday you can take. On what other holiday can you wake up in a different place every day, explore a new town or city, uncover the different culture and history of that place, all the time relaxing and indulging on the ship’s on-board facilities and entertainment? There is nothing quite like it.
Diva Destinations is taking a hosted lesbian group on NCL’s ship, the Norwegian Star, departing Venice in June. From there we will be stopping at Dubrovnik in Croatia then a day at sea to relax with our group up on deck by the pool. We usually have a few deck and pool games, then a group lunch where you get to choose from an array of different foods in the buffet restaurant, before heading back on deck for the afternoon. You can also take part in one of the ship’s workshops or presentations. Our next stop is the historic city of Athens, then onto the beautiful island of Santorini then another relaxing day at sea before stopping at the little known port of Ravenna in Northern Italy. This is our last port of call before heading back to Venice for your flight home.
Your Diva Destinations representative will look after you from the moment you arrive at Venice cruise terminal to the moment you depart the ship with our hosted welcome drinks and farewell party, a great chance to meet and get to know our guests and to say your fond farewells on the final night! We have not chartered the entire ship; instead we are taking a group of women on a beautiful Mediterranean Cruise. A holiday where gay women can meet new friends, share a fantastic cruise experience and have a wonderfully relaxing holiday whilst visiting some of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Our group will meet each day for breakfast and dinner; with evenings spent at one of our hosted events or if you prefer you have all the on-board entertainment and facilities aboard ship at your disposal.
During the full days at sea you can join our representative for some great activities on deck. For the remainder of your voyage the days will be taken up going ashore to explore the many sites on offer. You can take off on your own or join our group on one of the many organised excursions at each location. Please feel free to dip in and out of our events and dining times, whatever fits in best with your day.
PLAY GOLF ON A WONDERFUL MEDITERRANEEAN CRUISE
Can this really be available?
What an amazing combination - women playing & learning golf AND holidaying on a cruise ship. Well, Diva Destinations have done it - they have launched the 1st Women's Golf Cruise Holiday. We know that when playing golf women prefer to play with like-minded women. And after much research by Diva Destinations it soon became evident there wasn't a golf holiday specifically for women.
Diva Destinations in association with Women & Golf Magazine have carefully crafted an alternative golfing experience. As well as enjoying a fantastic trip around the Mediterranean aboard NCL's Norwegian Star, our guests will receive top class coaching from our on-board celebrity host & Solheim Cup winner, Lora Fairclough and play 9-hole social golf in Venice, Athens & Ravenna with fun competitions and prizes. Plus on-board Golf Clinic and Swing Analysis Sessions with Lora and her insightful ‘Life on Tour’ talk with a personal Q & A session.
As well as the golf, women can have a fantastic cruise experience, visiting some of the most beautiful cities in Europe for a wonderfully relaxing holiday. Onboard, our group will meet each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the days where we go ashore and play golf, lunch will be included at the golf club.
This cruise is ideal for women wishing to improve their golf or those just starting out. Golfers will have the opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded women in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Diva Destinations have partnered with 3 super golf courses, offering good facilities to learn and enjoy your golf.