What does a typical morning look like in your household?
Mornings I try to keep fairly routine and fun. My husband has an early start at work, and the kids are usually up for cuddles around 6.30am so I have a cup of tea in bed and they have their milk and giggle as they play hide and seek under the blankets. I then get them breakfast and ready for the day, and then they have a play for an hour at home while I get ready and do some work catching up emails from the night before. Then I drop my son at pre-school, while my daughter (19 months) heads off to the park, zoo or library with our lovely nanny.
Did your work or career shift since becoming a mother?
Yes, it was when I fell pregnant with Angus (now 3) that I decided I was ready to start my own company. I spent most of the pregnancy working as a consultant to some luxury travel brands i.e Luxe City Guides, while building and creating the website, product and platform that runs Luxuosa. I absolutely love what I do, but I’m someone who wants to do it all and tends to burn the candle at both ends, so it took time to get into a rhythm of juggling being a new mum, and founding a company.
How do you make the juggle work in your family?
We have a fairly structured week Monday-Friday which means I have full days in the office, and other times can work remotely to fit around the kids’ activities. My husband is also incredibly supportive and helps when I’m working into the night speaking with clients and suppliers in the UK & Europe. I’m also an early riser and manage the get at least half an hour in the mornings to myself which is a huge help in getting on top of things for the day, so no matter how the day unfolds, I’m ahead.
Can you tell us a bit about Luxuosa?
Luxuosa is a hybrid of luxury holiday villas around the world, and bespoke travel design.
Every one of the bookings is personally curated, and bookings are by enquiry only – we don’t offer an online booking channel so it allows us to get to know each client very well.
We take incredible care in helping the client find the ultimate villa/estate or in some cases castles, for their holiday and then tie all the ends together whether it be boat, car, jet transfers, private experiences right down to personally selecting babysitters and chefs.
Each one of the villas we work with is vetted and hand-picked and all villas have a quality which makes them special; whether it be its location, interiors, gardens or history. Currently at over 500+ villas, we are constantly expanding and growing with the goal of being the “go-to” for every holiday-maker looking for a holiday home and experience designed specifically for them.
Our clients are scattered all over the world and we take bookings any time of the day – regardless of where the clients are based. We also offer a very wide range of villas so there are lots of options as every client has a different budget, style of villa they like, and specific needs i.e. expansive lawns for kids to run around, in-house hammam, beachfront location, remote island; the list is endless.
Could you name a favourite property?
Such a hard question! I love all of them.
If I had to choose one for me and my family now I would probably book two weeks at Domaine d’Ares in Saint Rémy de Provence. It’s a magical estate with over 8 acres of gardens including a huge heated swimming pool and tennis court. On the other side of the house past the vegetable gardens, is a children’s house and garden; a paradise entirely dedicated to the kids to play in. It sleeps up to 18 guests across 10 bedrooms so is a great summer home for a few families sharing.
I also love Casa Juliette in Ibiza, and its location close to Es Cubells and Sant Josep means there is an endless number of white sand beaches on your doorstep which are perfectly kid-friendly. It has two pools, lots of outdoor space including a children’s playground and the bedrooms are large and bright. For family holidays in Ibiza, June or September are ideally the best times to go to avoid the crowds, and the weather is perfect. Plus the rates can drop by up to 50% outside of July/ August, which is always a plus!
In Asia, Villa Analaya is an incredible 6 bedroom beach-front villa with a huge outdoor living area and edge infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea. It has 3 separate sleeping quarters (each with two bedrooms) so if you’re sharing with friends or family you have your own private space. It’s located on the West Coast of the island so it’s great if you want a few dinners out as well. We recommend Catch Beach Club & Amanpuri’s Thai Restaurant.
And lastly, in Byron Bay, Orana Beach House is a fabulously chic beach house walking distance to Clarkes Beach and town. It generally books out well in advance, but if you’re organised to book at least 6 months out, you’ll be very happy with a week or two here. Top Shop is around the corner for morning coffee and egg rolls and it’s perfect if you want to share with another family as there’s great privacy between the bedrooms.