The tennis coach and mother of former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray on family holidays, dancing and a love of New York

Pompeii was inspirational. I loved Latin and ancient history at school and the ruins have been wonderfully reconstructed to allow a real insight into life so long ago. It’s incredible to think that everything was built without the help of modern machinery.

My most recent cruise was on P&O’s Azura last July. It had a Strictly Come Dancing theme. I embarked at Gibraltar with the dancer Anton Du Beke. The ship stopped at Corsica, near Rome and Monte Carlo, before heading back to Southampton. At sea, we judged a dance competition among the passengers, took a waltz masterclass and participated in a few Q&A sessions, which were fun. The weather was glorious.

I would love to go skiing in Courchevel, France again. I went in March with some friends for a week, but was floored by flu for five days and missed out on almost all the snow and lunches in the mountains. I love the scenery and the fresh air,
and, of course, the après ski.

Ruins of Pompei

When I’m travelling for work, Melbourne is one of my favourite destinations. I love its relaxed vibe. I really like New York, too. It buzzes all day and night, and is so different from where I live in Dunblane, Scotland. I enjoy eating at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. The servers are aspiring actors, singers and dancers.

It’s so tranquil being on a cruise — sitting on deck and watching the ocean. Cruising makes it easy to visit different countries, while there’s so much choice of entertainment on board.

A perfect holiday would involve a cruise around the Scottish islands with my whole family: my parents, brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and, of course, my boys, their wives and my grandchildren. Scotland’s scenery is spectacular, and spending time with all the family is a rare treat given our busy lives.

A view from the top of Saulire 2738m, Courchevel
A view from the top of Saulire 2738m, Courchevel

I never travel without my hair straighteners. My hair goes wavy very easily, especially in heat and humidity. That drives me nuts.

I rarely listen to very much music on holiday, but when I do, I would go for something from the 1970s and 80s: anything by Don McLean, Blondie or Bruce Springsteen. I love listening to songs from musicals, too.

Val Mcdermid’s Splinter the Silence was the last book I read on holiday. I love psychological thrillers. I really like her Hill/Jordon series, which led to the TV series Wire in the Blood

Andy and Jamie playing beach swingball

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