Testimonials 2013 & 2014

“I need a holiday after the cruise as we must have done about 30 locks in 3 days but loved every minute of it!!!!!!!! The welcome on board was professionally exceptional, the catering was outstanding and the standard of the boat exceeds anything we have experienced on a Mediterranean cruise. We will be re-booking for a short break before the end of the year. Congratulations to Dorenda and Gordon for looking after us so well and look forward to seeing you in October”.

– Pete & Margaret Kirkham and Uncle Robert May 2013 –

“Congratulations to you both on a fantastic boating experience, your standard of service and boat are truly exceptional. We have had a wonderful time and wish you every success in the future”.

– George and Andrea Lennon June 2013 –

“For 3 days we have been spoilt and pampered with excellent standards of service. Good luck to the both of you, you deserve every success. See you again next spring”.

– Barry & Mavis Durose June 2013 –

“From the bustle of Kingston to the peace of Clivedon, good food, good company and four days of delightful doing nothing! Here to next time (And it was my 35th hotel boat cruise)”.

– Alan Sanders August 2013 –

“We didn’t know what to expect, it being our first hotel boat cruise. We were not disappointed! With our fellow passenger Alan we had a lovely time. A Thames River Cruise with some beautiful weather, good company, delicious food on a fabulous new boat takes some beating. Here’s to next time!”.

– Reg and Marlene Dixon August 2013 –

“From the moment we arrived at the door by taxi in Windsor, (an hour to soon), until our eventual egress at Godstow, my 97 year old mother and I have been superbly accommodated …… nothing has been too much trouble for our hosts, Dorenda and Gordon. We have been vastly entertained by the disappearing table and chairs, the delightful tobogganing Bonnie the dog, stunning Thames towns and countryside and friendly boats passing by. Each day our appetites were whetted by the recitation of the day’s unusual and interesting menus, some sampled sitting at the bow. We have never ceased to marvel at the superb craftsmanship, materials and design used to fit out Kailani. Another wonderful thing has been the en-suite cabin with fully flushing toilet and hot shower. The beauty of this mode of travel, as opposed to coach or train, is that my mother was not stressed to get ready for travel in the morning. She could enter and emerge from our cabin completely independently, while Kailani completed her daily schedule. Everything was on hand and was completely relaxing and enjoyable for us both. A superb week”.

– Marie Tattersall and Penny Terry August 2013 –

“Thanks to Dorenda and Gordon for their warm welcome and a relaxing weekend. Aboard Kailani you can expect 5 star comfort and catering, together with very enjoyable company. We look forward to returning next year”.

– Philippa and Dennis August 2013 –

“I had hesitated over a canal boat holiday for more years than I can remember as I was worried about the physical toil of locks etc. So to stumble on you and the stunning Hotel Boat Kailani at the IWA Festival in Watford was a stroke of luck as we could enjoy the canals in full luxury! Absolutely everything about the weekend has exceeded my expectations – you are both lovely people who have thought of every little detail to pamper and to spoil us on our 3 day trip from Stoke Bruerne to Linslade – from the welcome surprise to the great flavoursome cooking, from the outstanding craftsmanship of the boat to the great stops we made en-route, to your enjoyable company and the peace, tranquility and relaxed pace of the canal itself.  Thank you so much. I cannot think of a better way of spending a weekend and look forward to being a regular guest and exploring all of your routes. Of course, an absolutely huge thank you too to Bonnie, who was the cherry on the cake and who let us cuddle her to our hearts content! (and never once complained), I cannot wait to visit you and Hotel Boat Kailani again. I wish you every ounce of luck for your quality visit and accreditation – you truly are a top quality luxury experience and I hope you get the five stars you deserve!”

– Michaela, Rob and Kay September 2013 –

Testimonial from Alan Sanders

Alan Sanders Testimonial


Spring hath come!  Cherry blossom, lambs, bright green fields, milkmaids – AND the first cruise of the season: down the Grand Union Canal.  Thank you for such a splendid comfortable and luxurious five days on board Kailani.

-Alan Saunders April 2014 –

Testimonial from Pete and Margaret Horry

Testimonial from Pete and Margaret Horry


This is our second trip and like the first my husband and I enjoyed being pampered and the luxury of sitting outside and watching the world go by.  Everything on board Kailani was just class, the food was exceptional and the hosts, Dorenda and Gordon where excellent company.  Nothing was to much trouble.  Hope to make a return trip.

–          Margaret & Pete April 2014 –

Testimonial from Singapore and Malaysia

Testimonial from Lee Eng Han and Low Wei Xuan


With the wise Gordon and the fervent Dorenda  (best cook ever) and Bonnie during Easter weekend 2014, cruising along the Grand Union Canal is like a fairy tale come true!  From the 1st Asian on board.  YOU SHOULD BE HERE!

–          Lee Eng Han & Low Wei Xuan April 2014 –

Testimonial from Sukanya and Deepika

Testimonial from Sukanya and Deepika

Dearest Dorenda and Gordon,  I wish we were as artistic as your previous guests from Singapore/Malaysia, but our sentiments are the same!  We have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with the two of you and Bonnie.  It was just the perfect getaway – so serene and peaceful (despite our two brats and Ginger)

Thank you ever so much and we look forward to being back before too long!

Best wishes

–          LN Sukanya & Deepika May 2014 –

Testimonials from New Zealand and UK

Testimonials from The Gribbles and Brewers

A perfect holiday for three generations.  Leon at just two, loved Bonnie, we all relaxed and enjoyed the beauty and blissful silence of our journey.

Everything was positive, the delicious food, the scenery, the friendly welcome, the great beds, full shower.

We enjoyed the sunshine and the opportunities to explore away from Kailani.

Thank you for a lovely time

– The N.Z Gribbles and UK Brewers  19 May 2014 –

Testimonial from Australia

Testimonial from Phil &Robyn Edwards

A wonderful holiday from the time we started to the time we left Kailani.

Everything was perfect and more than we expected, however what makes a wonderful holiday is people.

Gordon and Dorenda (and Bonnie the dog) you made it a wonderful holiday we will always remember, thanks you so very much.

Warm Regards

–     Phil & Robyn Edwards – Australia  May 2014 –

Testimonial from the UK

Testimonial from Philippa and Dennis

5 Star Cruise, first class boat with first class hosts not forgetting the top dog! Another enjoyable relaxing weekend. All you would expect from a boutique hotel complete with fluffy gowns and slippers in our en-suite cabin. See you again next year

– Philippa & Dennis  May 2014 –



Testimonial form Taiwan

Testimonial from Sally Hu & Cheng Hui Lan

This has been a wonderful trip for my mother and I, thanks to:

1. Dorenda – for being such a thoughtful and caring hostess

2. Gordon – for being such a conscientious skipper and still never hurrying us.

3. Colin – for being such an easy-going fellow traveller

4. Bonnie – for being a lovely well behaved dog

5. The Thames – the river itself and the people who keep it so beautiful

It’s been a trip of a lifetime and I hope to be able to sail with you again!

–     Sally Hu & Chenny Hui Lan (Taiwan)  19th June 2014 –

Testimonial from Singapore

Testimonial from Colin Cheney

Dear Dorenda and Gordon

Thank you for a wonderful trip!  This is a lovely five star boat from the cosy cabin, luxurious bedding & bath, the AWESOME meals, the lovely saloon to the way the boat just runs so smoothly and quietly.

You’ve been wonderful hosts and I’ll be telling all my friends and family about this trip. I think this is one of those experiences where it’s more about the journey, not the destinations.  It’s been an excellent rest for me – thanking you for a truly, truly restful experience.

Apart from getting my own narrowboat, I reckon the best way to experience the Thames by boat is sailing with you on Kailani! I hope to do it again someday.

All the best!

–    Colin Cheney (Singapore)  19th June 2014 –

Testimonial form the UK

Testimonial from Barry & Mavis

Thank you Dorenda and Gordon for a wonderful trip.  We are so pleased we chose the Thames this time: the places we saw, the wildlife, the beautiful weather.  We had it all.

Kailani just gets better!

–   Barry & Mavis    June 2014

Ps next time?…….

Testimonial from UK

Testimonial fom Richard, Pam & Freddie Littlechild

Dear Dorenda & Gordon

What a wonderful trip from Kingston to Caversham aboard Kailani!!

You have spoilt us rotten with fine dining from breakfast to dinner accompanied by good wine, catering to our every need aboard your lovely 5* hotel boat.  Just as well there were bikes on board to keep our thickening wastelines in check!!

We had fantastic weather.  A highlight has to be sipping Pims whilst cruising through Henley Regatta.

It looks as though we shall be joining the increasing number of returning guests in 2015 if you will have us!!

We appreciate all you have done for us during our cruise and see it as a fitting end to our narrowboating days.

–  Richard, Pam & Freddie (Fred to his friends)   3rd July 2014 –

Testimonial from UK

Testimonials fom Alan, Dorothy, Kay, Bertie and Michaela

Dear Dorenda, Gordon, Michael & Bonnie,

It’s a pleasure reading the comments in this book (especially jealous of those with artistic abilities) – all those comments are thoroughly deserved. This is our 2nd visit and we will be back again and I reiterate all our positive comments from Sept 13th ’13 – you have yet again given us a perfect (if somewhat indulgent!) weekend.

All of us agree that it has been truly wonderful weekend (high praise indeed from Yorkshire folk).

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the service, the tarty food, the good company, the beautiful boat, the still, the amazing + impressive everything!  See you soon.

Lots of love + all the best for the rest of the year.

–   Alan, Dorothy, Kay, Bertie + Michaela xxxxxxx  7/7/14

P.S. Huge congrats for your 5* award – well deserved.

Testimonial from the UK

Testimonial fom Eve and Pete

To all the wonderful crew of the good ship KAILANI

Thanks for a very memorable and relaxing 3 days.  The whole trip was really enjoyable and we would reiterate all the comments that have been made by all the previous satisfied travellers.

We hope to come again sometime in the near future – if thats OK!

Thanks again for everything

–   Eve and Pete xx   12 July 2014 –

Testimonial from the UK

Testimonial from David and Janet

Dear Dorenda, Gordon & Michael,

Thanks very much for a superb holiday.  Your boat is so comfortable & so roomy, ample storage space in our cabin.  Food was great, and just the right size portions.

We were so fortunate in where you were able to moor.  My late father again was looking after me, so weather was really good.

We do hope to have a holiday again with you.

–   Love David & Janet 28th July 2014  –

Testimonial from the UK

Testimonial from Andy and Elaine Hopkins

What a fantastic 14 days aboard Holiday Boat Kailani.  From Reading to Bath.  The crew were great, the hard working Dorenda who ensured we were fed and watered and kept the cabins immaculate, Gordon the helmsman + Bonnie the dog who gave so much pleasure.  It was an education to meet Michael, Gordons son who lives in Malta, who helped and kept us entertained.

The cabins were spacious, with plenty of storage, beds and pillows were very comfortable.  Food excellent.

All in all probably the best boating holiday.

Look forward to coming again.

–    Andy & Elaine Hopkins  28th July 2014  –

Testimonial from Italy

Testimonials from Koen and Manu

Great trip, very relaxing.

We especially enjoyed the land-scapes, the great meals, the comfortable boat and Gordon’s and Dorenda’s hospitality. Very well organised trip, all the details are taken care of.  We recommend it to anyone as an anti-stress therapy.


 –    Koen and Manu  2nd August  –

Testimonial form Australia

Testimonial from Susie and Roger

Thank you Dorenda and Gordon for five very relaxing days on Kailani.

Beautiful weather, excellent company and you looked after us very well. Delicious food and a very restful time.

Great fun

 –   Susie & Roger   2nd August  –

Testimonial from UK

Testimonial from Linda and Neil Monk

Dear Dorenda and Gordon

Thank you for a wonderful holiday from Kingston to Caversham.  You have been wonderful hosts and everything about the boat is 5*, the food has been superb and Dorenda thank you for coping so wonderfully with my dietary requirements.

You have been wonderful company and we are already planning our next trip to be with you and Bonnie the dog in the very near future.

–   Linda & Neil    28th August-

Testimonial from UK

Testimonial from Jo, Vee and Elliot

Dear Gordon & Dorenda (& Bonnie!)

Thank you so much for the warm welcome on board Kailani!  We have all had a very enjoyable & relaxing time.  We especially appreciated your fantastic home cooking Dorenda, and will be trying your asparagus / filo recipe out at home!

We hope to see you again, but in the meantime, best of luck with everything & we hope things continue to go well for you.

Best wishes

–   Jo, Vee & Elliot xxx    3rd September 2014 –

Testimonial from UK

Testimonial from Pam and Roy Cruickshank

It was our first time on a boating break, and I especially was a liitle apprehensive.  To my relief my apprehension was to disperse once on board. We both found the whole experience so peaceful and relaxing and were kicking ourselves that we hadn’t tried this years ago.

Dorenda and Gordon were excellent hosts and extremely welcoming and attentive.  The food was both beautifully cooked and plentiful, we wanted for nothing.  The boat itself was an absolute dream and very luxurious not what we had expected for a canal boating trip. We cannot recommend this to others highly enough.  Our only hope is that at the age of 75 that our health remains so that we may venture on another trip on the hotel Kailani in the years to come.

With great thanks to you both for making our trip so special, we hope you are all well.


–   Pam & Roy Cruickshank   September 2014 –

Testimonial from UK

Testimonial from Miriam Ellis

Had 6 beautiful peaceful days on board Kailani.  Thank you to you both…  Looking forward to our 2015 tip

–  Fred, Jean, Ben & Miriam    Sept 2014  –


Testimonial from UK

Testimonial from Gill and Spence Pritchard


The Hotel Boat Kailani is the most luxurioys hotel boat we have been on.  It exceeded all expectations.

Many thanks to Dorenda and Gordon for looking after our every need.  We will be returning.

–   Gill & Spence Pritchard   18/9/2014 –

Testimonial from Denmark

Testimonial from Margaretha, David, Ulla and Sten

Dear Dorenda and Gordon!

“Four Vikings from westcoast of Sweden embarked a wideboat to meet freedom with most lovely crew.

The boat was brand New

We thought we had come to new Eden”

  • Warm Hospitality
  • First class food
  • Excellent design
  • Lovely dog
  • Total relaxation
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Highly recommended

–  Margaretha and David & Ulla and Sten   25 – 29th Sept 2014 –

Hotel Boat Kailani