Knowing what to give someone for a birthday is always a challenge. How do you find something that no-one’s done before? Spa weekend, cookery class? It’s not easy finding something that’s practical and unique, that also has a bit of luxury about it.

We had already agreed on a city break to Copenhagen, but I wanted to add something to make it a really special occasion. So I was delighted when I came up with the idea of a luxury mini coach transfer to take us from Oxford to Gatwick airport. There were 7 seats which meant we could all fit in comfortably and it couldn’t have been easier to organise over the phone. One quick call and all the details were arranged.

So, there we were, seven old friends all excited for our weekend trip away. I had kept the coach transfer as a surprise, so inevitably I was nervous that it would be late or disappointing. But I needn’t have worried. When the coach turned up at our door 10 minutes early everyone was blown away.

We had never seen such a luxurious interior. The birthday girl was particularly chuffed as she’d always wanted to be able to help herself to a well-stocked cool box! A bottle of champagne was quickly popped, a great way to kick start our trip.

The comfortable reclining seats and fitted tables were very much appreciated, giving us that luxury holiday feel. There was even free Wi-Fi, so we were able to track our flight and charge our phones. We arrived at Gatwick’s North Terminal in plenty of time, relaxed and ready to check-in, all thanks to the smooth running of the mini coach.

Copenhagen Gardens

Once in Copenhagen, we were able to immerse ourselves in the food-obsessed and design savvy capital, dipping in and out of boutique shops and stopping for that all-important artisan Danish pastry. We visited the beautiful Tivoli Gardens and rode around the city on bikes like the locals.

Before we knew it, it was time to head home, but at least we knew we were going to be looked after, with a luxury mini coach waiting for us at the airport.

As we came through customs with our hand luggage, our coach driver was ready waiting for us, holding a sign with our name on it, which is just what you want to see when travelling back from holiday. It made returning to a cold, wet UK a lot more bearable. Another winter storm was on its way, so we were grateful to be back on solid ground.

We were on our way within minutes. The return journey in the mini coach was just as comfortable as on the way there. This time it was hot drinks rather than chilled champagne that we indulged ourselves in, but it was just as welcome. The Freeview Television came in to its own too with a calming dose of daytime TV.

The coach dropped us off right at our door. What a great end to a special birthday celebration. It was as luxurious as we had hoped for and raised the bar for next year’s event.