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We've worked together now for over 15 years.  Our travels have taken us to all four corners of the globe, we've shared laughter and tears and enough experiences to last a life time.  The memories we have created will last us a lifetime and the Expeditions that we have designed are a reflection of the passion and experience that can only result from lifetimes of travel. 

We personally oversee every aspect of the creation of our Journey's to ensure that you too can create a treasure chest of memories.

Neil and Marco




Meet The Founders

Neil Baines

Chief Executive Officer

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Neil has over 20 years experience in Aviation & Travel. Neil graduated from University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Adminstration with a specialization
in tourism.


After 4 years with Comair & British Airways in Ground Services & Public Relations, Neil became a partner in a leading Corporate Travel Agency.  Neil later went on to establish his own tourism company working with a number of top international travel brands in publishing, destination management and retail travel before selling the business in 2010.


Neil retained ownership of his second company,  a commercial air charter brokerage handling government, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals as well as operating events and group tours on behalf of DStv, Africa’s leading broadcaster.


Neil continues to own a luxury Country House Hotel in Wales in partnership with Marco.

Marco-David Soares

Creative Director

Marco was born in the former Portuguese colony of Angola. A former refugee from the Angolan conflict, Marco grew up in the former homeland of the Transkei
where he attended the first multi-racial school in South Africa prior to 1994.


An accomplished sportsman, Marco obtained Provincial & National colours
in gymnastics and show-jumping. Marco went on to study fine-art, fashion design and then qualified in the veterinary medicine field where he developed a
particular talent for reconstructive surgery.


Upon meeting Neil in 2009, Marco assisted with a number of tourism related projects before joining Neil full-time in their aviation business. Marco gained extensive experience during this time in Event Management & Co-Ordination personally handling a number of large charter and incentive groups during his time at Jet Express and DStv.

Marco is a co-owner of a luxury country house hotel in Wales and is responsible for the guest experience collatoral at Cocoon as well as the LGBTQ+ component of the Company.

Cocoon Travel Group is a trading name of Cocoon Retreats Limited, a Company Registered in England and Wales


UK Tel: +44 (0) 1565 756 198   |  USA Toll Free Tel:  +1 (833) 339 6842

HEAD OFFICE:  Booths Hall, Booths Park, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8GS, UNITED KINGDOM
NEW YORK OFFICE:  JourneysbyExotic, 535 Fifth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017, UNITED STATES

REGISTERED OFFICE:  Adeilad St David's Building, Stryd Lombard Street, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9AP   

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