Inclusive Retreats was founded by Laurence Hicks, after travelling extensively around the world, professionally for over 30 years holding a number of high profile senior positions with well-known tour operators, and as an individual looking for relaxation with a chance to unwind. Having experienced many adventures both as a (seemingly) heterosexual man and as a gay man, travelling as a gay couple presented itself with many challenges, often from the point of arrival at a hotel reception desk. Laurence found himself seeking out hotels and destinations where he knew championed diversity and inclusion. Upon struggling to find a reliable, trustworthy website as a reference point that handpicked LGBT-owned, friendly and inclusive properties from around the world, Inclusive Retreats was born!
Specialising in tailor made journeys, stunning bespoke trips range from immersing yourself in the dazzling landscapes in southern Italy to soaking up the sun on one of Thailand’s tropical white sand beaches.
Laurence anticipates that through the launch of Inclusive Retreats others can now effortlessly and swiftly discover places and properties around the world that they can book, knowing their experience will be an inclusive and positive one!
New to 2018! Laurence Hicks and his partner, Sam Stanley, ex-professional rugby player will host the launch of a series of Inclusive Retreats escorted tours, where the holiday experience is ‘inclusive’ and LGBT friendly. Equipped with an experienced, knowledgeable guide, 4* accommodation, and a fantastic itinerary, their Escorted Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia is not one to miss!