In 1999, after having worked for a Fortune 500 company in an international sales capacity, I joined my mother in the family business. I would have to say I share my mom’s desire to explore the many corners of the world.
Although I was born in Madrid, my main childhood memories are from the many years in Venezuela and Peru and South Africa. After college I resided in Milan, so being a specialist in Italy is natural but I also enjoy counseling travelers seeking experiences in other European countries, South America, and Africa.
I explored China last year, having been invited by Virtuoso Chairman’s committee. This trip was amazing as I never expected to witness a new world on the other side of the globe grow so fast! I visited South Africa once again in January, exploring quite a few new properties (Mateya Safari Lodge) and breathtaking landscapes, and enjoying culinary venues such as in the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. And most importantly, I relish in meeting the locals be it in Capetown or in the bush country. And just recently, I experienced the Thai lifestyles in Bangkok, bike rode in the country side of Chiang Mai to meet the locals of the hill tribes, and trained to be a mahout at the Elephant Camp at the Four Seasons outside of Chiang Rai. And to surpass this experience, I also celebrated with the legendary Mandarin Oriental’s Hong Kong its 50th anniversary of its opening!
One new life goal is to pass on my passion for travel to my toddlers, Sofia and Gabriela – as soon as they are old enough to appreciate flight travel!