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Meet the Team

Huw

Huw

As Owner and Managing Director of the company I have a passion for travel. I have been working in the travel industry for over 30 years, at first in the Alps and the Med and now in our head office in Bournemouth. When you work in the travel industry, every day is different, with new challenges and adventures arising all the time.

I love the island of Corsica and St Florent has special memories for me, this is where I first worked as a windsurfing instructor many years ago. The food and wine compliment the natural beauty of the island. Corsica is great for walking and cycling and just recently I cycled from top to bottom - I’m still recovering…

 


Alison

 

Alison

After founding the company with my husband Huw in 2000, I found myself naturally marketing the company through my love and in depth knowledge of Sardinia and Corsica. This stemmed from living in Sardinia for a couple of years and visiting Corsica many times and wanting to expand the English market to these stunning Mediterranean islands which we have successfully done with hotels, villas, apartments and rural retreats throughout the islands and finding new properties every year!

I am involved in writing our brochures and websites, PR and developing our brands which now also includes Just Sicily.

 


Martin

 

Martin

I joined Just Sardinia as Financial Controller in 2015 after spending nearly thirty years in similar positions in the Catering and Hospitality sector.

As a long-time admirer of the Italian culture and way of life and regular visitor to the mainland I am now enjoying discovering the beauty and laid back charm of Sardinia and Sicily and look I forward to getting to know Corsica.

 


Mandy

 

Mandy

I joined the team at Just Sardinia almost 10 years ago working in the Accounts Department.  I had previously worked in the banking industry for 22 years so enjoyed working with figures, I also love travelling abroad so working in the Accounts Department for a Tour Operator is the ideal job for me!

A couple of years ago we ventured into Corsica. Corsica is very close to Sardinia and is well known for its amazing coastline, mountains and pretty villages on the hillsides.  I am very much looking forward to visiting Corsica in the next year with my husband.


Debbie

 

Debbie

My time here began with me 'helping out' for 2 weeks, which was 15 years ago now. Over the years I have been lucky enough to see the company grow, meet some wonderful people, make some lifelong friends and visit Sardinia more times than I can remember.

My job role has evolved so much, from Administration and Reservations to my current and longest role as Operations Manager. I love dealing directly with our lovely suppliers in Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily as well as my involvement in the product development, our brochures, websites and marketing.

I am so pleased we have added Corsica and Sicily as destinations, they are both beautiful islands and a fantastic contrast to Sardinia. I am looking forward to getting to know these two islands better and I love that they are so completely different from each other in landscape, culture, food and wine but all have so much to offer their visitors.

 


Lucy

 

Lucy

I started here helping out over the summer 12 years ago, since then I have worked in Administration and Reservations and now am busy in our Marketing and Operations department which varies day to day, keeping in contact with our suppliers overseas, putting together our brochures and ensuring our websites are up to date.

I enjoy travelling with my family; my children are often, through their play, found to be in Sardinia or France on holiday!

Corsica is a beautiful island with stunning scenery, great food and lovely people.

 


Emma

 

Emma

I’ve been at Just Sardinia for the past 13 years and currently manage our Administration Department. When we announced we were to introduce Corsica to our collection I was very excited having heard how beautiful the island is and having now visited Corsica it did not disappoint!

What surprised me most was how many coastal towns there are with stunning town beaches, often a very difficult combination! The food in the restaurants is also very impressive. Based on this my favourite area of Corsica has to be L’Île Rousse which would be a very easy holiday base with a tourist train to access Calvi and a pretty town beach.

 


Elaine

 

Elaine

I’ve been involved in the travel industry for the past 15 years and in the Reservations Department here for the last 10 years. I really value the in-depth knowledge of Corsica that I’ve acquired over the years and enjoy sharing this with anyone that will listen.

I really love the whole island and struggle to pinpoint a favourite part but if pushed, I guess I would say L’Ile Rousse and the surrounding area in northern Corsica.  The scenery here is stunning with dramatic mountain ranges, many turquoise sea / white sand beaches and interesting old towns.  I love staying in the town of L’Île Rousse because you have all of this on your doorstep and you don’t have to rely on having a car. The town beach is perfect with white sand gently shelving into crystal clear water and has a small selection of beach bars / restaurants behind it. For more restaurants, bars and shops, the town is just a few steps away and always has a buzzing atmosphere during the season. There is a small railway station in L’Île Rousse making it possible to get the little train that runs along the coast to many different beaches and to the interesting coastal town and citadel of Calvi.

I have recently been on holiday to Chez Dorothee in L’Île Rousse old town. It’s a traditional one-bedroom apartment in a lovely old building and up some pretty steep steps but it suited me very well.  I really enjoyed popping down to the local boulangerie to pick up a fresh baguette and croissants for breakfast each morning and trying out the different restaurants in the town in the evenings. I would really like to stay in one of the well-appointed apartments in Résidence Dary which is located near the beach but still within walking distance of the town. My favourite hotel on the island however is U Capu Biancu located in the south between Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio. This is a really special, quirky hide-away hotel. The design and décor is beautiful, thoughtful and creative everywhere you look and the standard of service meets this high standard.

I love being near the sea in Corsica, swimming or trying out different watersports. When I’m not in the sea I like exploring to find stunning scenery or interesting towns. I love long drawn-out meals in the warm evenings with lots of simple delicious food (fresh bread and croissants, tasty goats cheese salads and local honey) and a glass or two of the local vino.

 


Ash-Lee

 

Ash-Lee

I’ve been working in the travel industry for about 9 years. I work in the reservations team and am probably the chattiest of the bunch! I love food and wine and enjoy visiting new countries to sample the local cuisine not to mention fitting in a bit of sunshine. In my spare time I love dancing and spending time with my family.

Corsica is an interesting unspoilt island with lots of history, good wine and charming traditional villages. L’Île Rousse is an ideal spot to stay if you are looking for a holiday without car hire, easy access to both town and beach. There is also the infamous train which runs through most of the island and is an experience within itself. 

For great atmosphere Porto Vecchio has a great selection of bars and restaurants and nightlife. You will find some of the best sandy, family friendly beaches in the south east such as Palombaggia and Santa Giulia. If staying in the south of Corsica it is very simple to go by ferry to Sardinia for a day trip or twin centre holiday.

 


Aurora

 

Aurora

I am from Italy and, more specifically, from Sicily. I started to work at Just Corsica in April 2015, thinking that it would have been just a summer internship but now I know that those first 6 months were just the beginning. I started working in the Administration department before moving in to the Reservations department in September, ready to help and inspire you in choosing a holiday to Corsica.

I like to call Corsica the "green pearl": if you decide to go and explore this surprising island, hire a car and enjoy the trip surrounded by green pathways and hills, dramatic cliffs and blue gulfs. After a short but intense visit to Corsica, I fell in love with the Hotel La Solenzara, an extremely typical and relaxing resort in a XVIII century building with a lovely infinity pool; the romantic Hotel Mariosa, with its modern style and views over the gulf of Porto Vecchio and the Résidence Santa Giulia Palace, spread out and surrounded by nature, where I particularly enjoyed the panoramic views. I really enjoyed walking around Calvi, with its fascinating old town overlooking the marina, and Porto Vecchio, so stylish but so typical at the same time.

I can't wait to return there very soon and discover more about this charming island.

 


Our Reps

 

Our Resort Representatives 

Our resort staff have been chosen for their wealth of local knowledge, expertise and love of the islands where they work and every year we get together for our annual training weekend when we can catch up with feedback from the summer and improve our service to our customers.
From top row left to right: Luca, Rob; Bottom row left to right: Margaret, Bonita, Colleen and Gianna

Rob: Joined the team 3 years ago, he lives in Corsica and has recently taken on the new role of Islands Product Manager as well as acting as our Rep in Corsica.

Margaret: Has lived and worked in Sardinia for over 20 years and looks after customers arriving into Olbia airport as well as our hotels on the north east coast of Sardinia.

Luca: Has been with Just Sardinia for over 12 years and as well as looking after our transfers on the north east coast of Sardinia, Luca looks after our accommodations and villas.

Bonita: After returning from living in New York several years ago, Bonitia joined Just Sardinia and looks after the south of Sardinia and is always available for a chat about the local area.

Colleen: Looks after all our guests arriving into Alghero and as well as being the Rep for the accommodation in the north west of Sardinia, she is also our Wedding Co-ordinator.

Gianna: Lives in Ragusa in Sicily and is a valuable addition to the team bringing her vast knowledge and passion of the island of Sicily to the company. She is looking forward to welcoming more customers to her beautiful island.


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