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Elegant Resorts

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Industry  Travel
Website  ElegantResorts.co.uk
Services  Luxury travel
Headquarters  Chester, United Kingdom
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Type  Wholly owned subsidiary
Founded  1988, Chester, United Kingdom
Founders  Geoff Moss, Barbara Catchpole
Parent organizations  Thomas Cook Group, Al Tayyar Travel & Tourism

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Elegant Resorts is a luxury travel retailer based in Chester, UK. The company was founded in 1988 by Geoff Moss and Barbara Catchpole.


The company was sold to Al Tayyar, a global travel group, in 2014 for a reported £14.3 million.


Elegant Resorts is located in Cheshire, with its main focus on luxury getaways to the Caribbean. In 2003, Elegant Resorts became the first UK based travel company to publish its own travel magazine, which was titled Elegant Traveller and was later re-launched in 2013.

Since its foundation, the company has received recognition in the travel industry in a number of fields. In 2010, Elegant Resorts was recognised by The Sunday Times as the Favourite Luxury Tour Operator in their Travel Reader Awards. In 2011, the company won the Best Small Tour Operator in the UK as part of The Ultratravel 100. Elegant Resorts focus on luxury was also recognised in the Caribbean, when they were credited for more Concorde arrivals in Barbados than any other travel company. In 2013, the company was again recognized as they won various awards, including the 2013 Virgin Atlantic Airways Gold Achievement and Runner-up for Best Luxury Tour Operator at The Times Travel Magazine 2013 Travel Awards.

In February 2014, Elegant Resorts was sold by the Thomas Cook Group for £14.3 million to Al Tayyar, a global travel group based in Saudi Arabia.

Space Travel

Elegant Resorts was selected by Virgin Galactic in 2007 to sell its space experience, which led to the company becoming the Accredited Space agent for the UK.


Elegant Resorts Wikipedia

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