Intrepid travellers, curious minds and explorers with a zest for life are just a handful of ways to describe our Destination Experts. Real specialists in their fields and decades of experience, they're among the best in the business. They know their destination(s) back to front and inside out; always sniffing out the next villa, chateaux and holiday home to add to our portfolios. With a no-nonsense approach, they only list homes that they would happily stay in themselves.
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Working exclusively with specialist travel companies, I’ve been contracting and working with villas for over 20 years now, seeking out those ‘out of the ordinary’ places and making them available to holidaymakers who don’t want to follow the crowds.
When I was a child, I had a desk with a map of the world on it. Instead of doing my homework I’d study the map and painstakingly circle all the places I wanted to visit when I grew up. Interestingly, France was always covered in pen marks and barely visible.
When I look at all the faded black and white photos of my parents on road trips in vintage cars, standing next to road signs in foreign languages, I’m not surprised that travel has always been my life. Travelling awakens old memories and creates new ones. It's a break from what we know, and an embracing of what we don’t, so that we can be part of the bigger world and become more inspired and more complete human beings.
What I look for in France
I’ve been seeking out special places around Europe for years, but my heart remains in France and all the extraordinary things it has to offer.
You can’t explain in words what makes you say ‘wow’ or makes you feel like a place could be your home away from home. In essence, holidays should be special and transport you somewhere else…even if just for a while.
Having studied art and design, I love discovering unique homes with dynamic architecture and creative interiors. Working with our lovely team at Oliver’s Travels I have learnt that the perfect holiday home is so much more than just luxury accommodation.
Being a Londoner, I’m always yearning on rainy days to sail off on a glamorous yacht or escape to the Amazon Rainforest and never look back! I’m after an adventure, whether there is lots of laughter or it’s a total disaster, nothing is more exhilarating and inspiring than travel.
I believe that you don’t have to travel far to discover new and engaging experiences, delicious food or striking scenery. There is so much to uncover and explore across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I’m not a fan of painstakingly planning a summer holiday once a year. Instead, I’d much rather avoid airports and enjoy a stress-free road trip, accompanied by a killer playlist in the UK.
What I look for in the UK & Ireland
With famous lakes, moors, beaches and extraordinary wildlife to be found all over the UK & Ireland, there’s enough eye candy to capture anyone's imagination. I love discovering homes rich in history and with a story to tell, but for me, a local pub is always essential!
I’m always on the hunt for inspiring homes that combine outstanding interiors, breath-taking locations and have that unique WOW factor! Individuality, character and style are at the heart of the houses I've handpicked for Oliver’s Travels over the past 6 years.
I have been travelling to Spain all my life as I have family in Andalucía and Catalonia so Spain runs through my veins, so to speak. I’ve been working with villas for over 20 years and I am based in North Mallorca which makes it very easy for me to nip over to contract our stunning properties on the mainland.I am constantly surprised by the beauty of Spain and its equally fabulous and diverse culture and gastronomy, as well as the culture differences between the different regions. The beauty of Spain is it has something for everyone whether you’re a golfer, sun worshipper, foody, the list is endless.
What I look for in Spain
For me what makes a villa stand out from the crowd is a villa with real heart and soul. I absolutely love to meet the owners and listen to their stories, it kind of brings the villas alive and, apart from their obvious beauty, makes them shine that little bit more. Stunning views, gorgeous interiors and fabulous facilities are always top of the list but a villa with a story wins me over every time. Viva España!
I have worked in the travel industry for over 15 years and I live on one of the most popular holiday destinations of the Mediterranean, Mallorca. I am passionate about travel and just love exploring different cultures and having unique experiences. Travel takes me out of my comfort zone and inspires me to see new places, taste different food and try new things. These experiences have equipped me with the skills and knowledge to find perfect holiday villas in Portugal, Madeira & the Spanish Islands. My main objective is to find properties that offer diversity, giving our clients a real choice as I fully recognise that one size doesn’t fit all.
What I look for in Portugal
What can I say, Portugal has it all and offers something for everyone. I handpick villas in rural towns, close to golden sandy beaches, adjacent to golf courses and in modern cities. These include the opportunity for beach holidays in the Algarve and Lisbon Coast, wine tasting in the Douro Valley, a golfers paradise in Quinto da Lago or exploring the rich history and natural heritage of Lisbon (a perfect all year round destination due to the 300 days of sunshine per year).
What I look for in Maderia
With a springtime temperature all year round, stunning scenery and dramatic coastline, this island offers a relaxing environment for visitors. I carefully select villas in Madeira to offer you a wide range of accommodation that suits all tastes and budgets, whether it is rustic, modern or uniqueness you are looking for, I have it covered.
What I look for in the Canary Islands & Balearic Islands
Having spent many years living in the islands I have managed to build good relationships with the villa owners and I know the areas thoroughly. All properties are selected with individuality, comfort and location in mind. The scenery of all the islands is spellbinding, from Lanzarote's volcanic rocky mountains to long stretches of pristine beaches in the north of Mallorca. I can help you chose the right island for you!
As a native Italian, I love to seek out beautiful villas that showcase the culture, richness and uniqueness of the country, delivering a luxury experience filled with charm. Having worked at Oliver's Travels for six years, my local knowledge allows me to find properties that ooze quintessential Italian soul, making you feel at home in the country that has everything to offer.
What I look for in Italy
Our Italy collection takes you on a breathtaking journey. Every region is notably unique thanks to the individuality and brilliance of each area – you’ll almost feel as though you are travelling through different countries! I look for Tuscan retreats where the focus is on incredible art and wine, as well as opulent period mansions by the iconic Lakes. From the traditional trulli of Puglia to stunning sea-front villas on the Amalfi Coast, the diversity of Italy knows no bounds.
I came to travel quite late! Having first trained as a chef I thought I’d try a season as a rep. That was the start of a love for Turkey & the Mediterranean, and since then, I’ve worked for many years overseas, working for many boutique tour operators.
As a child, we often travelled, mainly in the UK but the annual holiday always included an adventure that was spoken about for years to come. In Bulgaria, we spent many days in a mineral swimming pool only to read at the end of the holiday that time in it was to be limited to 20 minutes. Then there was the journey to France in the family VW Beetle, during the wettest June France had experienced for decades. It was so wet even frogs came into the tent for shelter!
Travelling is a huge part of my life; you meet different people and of course taste new foods. There are also the enriching customs, which gives you such insight into local life.
What I look for in Greece
For me, Greece is about the beautifully-bewitching island scenery, moreish Ouzo and knock-out beaches. I spent nearly 20 years in the Med, so my eyes are trained to look out for places off-the-beaten-track. Luxury is key, however the villas still need to be homely and comfortable to holiday in. I also look for owners that take extra care of their guests so that they can just relax and have a perfect time.
What I look for in Turkey
After a 17-year stint in Turkey, I can honestly say that I've fallen head over heels with the country, the people and the food. As a chef, I know the best places to eat and it's not always the gourmet places as sometimes street food can be the best-kept secrets. I look for a bit of everything, from villas with impressive views, luxury pools but also a little quirk about them. If the villa has character, then it's usually a yes from me.
What I look for in Cyprus
After many years spent exploring the Mediterranean, I must say that Cyprus should be on everyone's radar. It's arguably the best choice for winter sun without the hassle of long-haul travel. Most properties in Cyprus are newer, but I look for ones with lots of services, facilities and their own character. In the winter months pool heating is a must.
What I look for in Croatia
I’ve been locating villas in Croatia for 18 years and I've seen the number of villas multiply tenfold, and the quality is insanely good. In Istria, I look for villas with extensive gardens and preferably within a short drive of charming villages. Along the Dalmatian Coast, it's all about the super modern villas with outstanding waterfront locations.
What I look for in Montenegro
For such a small country, Montenegro boasts more than its share of stunning scenery. Whichever property you chose, you’ll never be far from stunning beaches, or picturesque mountains. In the words of the poet Byron,
‘At the birth of the planet the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast.'
Be it in Budva, Kotor or the southern coast, either local stone or modern properties, with turquoise pools, they all enjoy stunning vistas. When you visit, you must indulge in the food; grilled seafood, garlic, olive oil and Italian-style dishes, washed down with local wine. What could be better?
I was always fascinated with travel and as a kid avidly watched ‘Holiday’ and ‘Wish you were here’. I studied Photography and my first proper (ish) job was on Disney cruise line as a photographer. From then on I always wanted to travel and after spending all that time sailing around the Caribbean, I was a total beach snob. Subsequently I worked as Cabin Crew for Virgin before deciding to stay put and settling into office-based roles in the travel industry. I can now bore anyone with options on where to find the most perfect beaches and what the difference is between white sand and golden sand!I have worked mainly in luxury travel looking after long haul and beach destinations, I love exploring different cultures, landscapes, foods, art and meeting new people. My favourite thing about working with villas is that they give you a chance to connect more closely with the destination you are in and offer space to relax. I also love that you can stay in luxury with the freedom to eat breakfast in your slippers (a luxury hotel once told me this was not ok)…
What I look for in the Caribbean
I look for villas that have a ‘wow’ factor and makes you excited to step inside them. Whether they offer the last word in luxury or a rustic charm I try to find something for everyone. They should be somewhere that makes you feel special and where you can just relax.
What I look for in the Mexico
I adore Mexico because it offers fantastic diversity for every type of traveller with uber-lux Cabo, boho-chic Tulum and family-friendly Puerto Vallarta. With friendly locals, first-class service and insanely good food, a holiday to remember is guaranteed in our Mexico villas.
What I look for in Bali
There are over 17,500 islands in Indonesia but there is no other quite like Bali. Whether you are soul searching on an Eat, Pray, Love-style adventure or looking to party the nights away at one of Bali’s trendy beach clubs, our handpicked Bali villas are close to all the action. I have an eye for first-class service and luxury accommodation and Bali has that in buckets!
What I look for in Florida
Centrally located villas with easy access to all the Orlando attractions, have a ‘wow’ factor and make you excited to step inside. Most villas have private pools and are located within resorts to offer a wide range of facilities.
What I look for in ski
Something for everyone, whether you are a seasonaire or this will be your first time on the slopes, our handpicked ski chalets have been selected due to their proximity to ski lifts, the variety of slopes and the quality of the resort both in terms of atmosphere and amenities.
What I look for in Morocco
I'm always on the hunt for riads and homes that capture the flavour of Marrakesh. Traditional architecture, bright colours, and central locations.