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Liz Hobley - Villa Specialist
Favourite holiday destination
Long haul, I absolutely love Canada with its wonderful unspoilt wide open spaces, magnificent scenery and super friendly locals. Short haul, it has to be France every time - in particular Provence. Who can ever tire of the quaint villages, beautiful landscapes and the food - well, say no more!
The first villa you saw
La Madonnina, a charming villa with wonderful views near to Lucca in Tuscany, I don't know if it was love at first sight, but this villa is still among my favourites two years after I first saw it.
A few of my favourite villas
Le Mas St Laurent (Provence) - A real home away from home, beautifully decorated and furnished and within walking distance of the charming village of Eygalieres, slightly off the usual tourist track but with a vibrant village scene. La Bastide St Remy (Provence) - This amazing villa has wonderful outdoor spaces, picturesque and vast gardens full of the scents of Provençal plants and flowers, several outdoor sitting areas - perfect for a quiet afternoon with a book and a chilled glass of rosé or a long lazy dinner al freso with friends or family listening to the chirping of cicadas as the sun goes down. A great destination for art lovers as it is close to the former psychiatric hospital where Van Gogh spent time at the end of his life and where he painted such masterpieces as The Starry Night and Bedroom in Arles.
The best thing about working in travel is...
All the amazing places you get to visit and the different characters you meet.
My first ever holiday was to...
North Wales, where my Grandparents lived - every school holiday was spent in Snowdonia, a great time of freedom and exploration of the beautiful countryside. First foreign holiday was skiing in the Dolomites when I was 10 years old - those were the days when the phrase 'ski in, ski out' was unheard of - I remember long walks to the lifts while lugging our skis and long (cold) chair lift rides - on the plus side, a glass of warm goats milk at the end of the day certainly reached all the cold extremities.
Best local dish/Best restaurant I've been to whilst away
Truffle oil mash, in a small restaurant in Goult (Provence) - looked unassuming, but it sent my taste buds singing!
What's your idea of a perfect holiday?
Travelling with my teenage boys always creates a challenge between what we and they like to do. My first choice would always to be somewhere by the sea - there is nothing more relaxing than the sound of waves hitting the shore - and a good balance of outdoor activities (whether it be quad biking, high wiring or surfing for the boys, or long walks for my husband and I) and some cultural and shopping activities too.
Who would be your dream villa guests and why?
My dream villa guests would be my best friends and their children - for me there is nothing better than the joy of spending time and sharing laughter with your closest friends.
If you could own a villa anywhere where would you choose to own one and why?
If I could I would have several villas all over the world! - first choices would be the heart of Provence, a Caribbean island, the wilds of North-Western Vancouver island and beach house in North Devon.
Top three travel essentials
Smart phone with wifi, sunglasses, guidebook.
Alice Paisley - Product Manager Ski Chalets & Hotels
What age did you learn to ski and were you a natural?
Aged 10 and I certainly wasn't a natural. When referring to my technique, my ski instructor kindly phrased it as being "more suited to off-piste". On hindsight, what he really meant was that I stuck my 'derriere' out too much!
What makes the perfect ski holiday for you?
Snow! And my nearest and dearest friends. You just can't beat that first coffee of the morning out on the balcony, hoping for the sight of fresh powder from the night before. I think the air smells different the morning after a heavy snowfall. Instantly clears the cobwebs away!
What's your most memorable ski trip?
The ones that tend to have not involved much après ski! Or, and not necessarily memorable for the rights reasons, the few days I had in New Zealand. Typical Kiwi sense of humour means they don't mark out the pistes nearly as well (read at all) as they do in Europe. So a gentle blue quickly turns into a black mogul run. Not the best place for my friend who was a first time skier - but (and I realise how cruel this makes me sound) it did provide for the funniest moment of my travels; that Bridget Jones on the chair lift moment everyone dreads! Bless him though, he got up, brushed himself off and carried on down the blue run…straight onto that mogul field! His luck just wasn't in. But I am pleased to report that today this friend of mine has subsequently 3 seasons under his belt in Val d'Isere and is one of the most accomplished skiers I know.
You've recently visited the Dolomites and this is a new destination for A&K, why did this destination and the properties make it into the collection?
The Dolomites are unlike any other ski destination I've been to before. It's all too easy to compare it with its Swiss and Austrian neighbours but personally I think they are incomparable. The food, the people, the scenery are just breath-taking. But it's the elegance and sophistication combined with the laid back nature of the locals that really appeals to me. The Austrian charm, the Germanic attention to detail and the Italian elegance - you can't beat it. There's something magical about being sat in a traditional mountain hut, sipping a glass of red wine, with the sounds of "Mamma Mia" and "Prego, prego" being branded about. It's chaotic, it's loud but it's heart-warming. You instantly feel part of an extended family. I love it.
Favourite après ski?
Farinet in Verbier.
Favourite food from the Alps?
On principle, I never touch a cheese fondue unless I'm in the Alps.
Best restaurant you've been to in the Alps?
Very tricky to pick just one. If I was forced to pick just 3 then they would be Zum See in Zermatt, Hotel Guarda Golf in Crans Montana (best brunch I've ever had) and St Hubertus in Rosa Alpina Hotel in San Cassiano.
Tell us one thing that most people won't know about you…
I drove from London to Mongolia in 2009. 9,000 miles in 3 months. Although, thinking about it, most people do would know this…I'm still waxing lyrical to anyone who will listen! So I suppose my OCD with odd numbers may be a more appropriate answer.
Ideal/dream ski partner
My twin sister. We learnt together so it seems fitting that we always ski together - and there's nothing better than healthy sibling rivalry to keep the momentum going! Or Jeremy Clarkson.
Where else would you be if you weren't on the slopes?
Sitting in a Piazza in Italy, sipping on a cappuccino, watching the world go by - shamelessly people watching!
Charlotte Morgan - Villa Specialist
Favourite holiday destination
Best thing about working in travel
The perks of training. It is never a chore to enjoy and familiarise myself with the luxury and culture of the destinations we offer! The experiences are a far cry from work trips hidden away in meeting rooms; we meet the most interesting people and experience some of the most beautiful places.
And the worst...
Never having enough funds or annual leave to explore the world to the extent I would wish to.
My first ever holiday was to
Polzeath, Cornwall with a group of families. I have such fond memories of larking about with all the kids, and our parents were able to laugh and relax with their best friends. I never managed to master the surf, even with many return trips.
Rebecca Proietti - Villa Specialist
Yasmin Woracker - Villa Specialist
Michelle Carroll - Villa Specialist
Claire Cooper Fox - Villa Specialist
Emily McDonald - Villa Specialist
Matthew Barber - Ski Specialist
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