Money can’t buy an incredible host; the person or people who make your holiday utterly unforgettable. It’s not an obsequious demeanour or a constant presence. It’s natural hospitality – real warmth, a heartfelt interest in you, and the genuine desire to make your holiday perfect. They may dine with you, advise on day trips, or simply be smiling and helpful when you need them and invisible when you don’t. Hundreds of our hoteliers are great hosts but these 3 go the extra mile…
The 3 Nominees for Incredible Hosts
Johnny and Sarah – Caserio del Mirador, near Jalón, Spain
Parents themselves, Johnny and Sarah have created the perfect retreat for families with children under 5. They are seamlessly in tune with the needs of mums, dads and little ones, providing everything from pushchairs to bouncers, cooking up kids’ teas and relaxed adult meals, and making sure the vino flows. Feedback includes: ‘Sarah and Johnny are so kind and welcoming and really have thought of everything’ and ‘the owners were very relaxed, were fantastic with our daughter and really made us feel at home’.
Chris and Amanda – Hidden House, Hvar, Croatia
Chris and Amanda have a background in hospitality (former ventures include Blanch House in Brighton and Hidden Bar on Ibiza), and their enthusiasm and experience shine through. They create an atmosphere that’s informal but intimate, refined but fun, and guests rave about their warm service. They’ll happily offer advice and lifts, and cocktail guru Chris whips up wonderful evening tipples. One guest said: ‘If it wasn’t Chris and Amanda’s livelihood, I’d keep Hidden House a secret!’
Amélie – Metairie Montplaisir, Languedoc, France
Owner Amélie has poured love and passion into renovating this old farmhouse, and her happiness is infectious. She provides invaluable insight into the area, and her attention to detail is exceptional (picnics for days out, sarongs for the pool). She’s joined by mother Françoise, who cooks up delicious meals. Guests describe her as ‘a treasure’, ‘the perfect host’ and ‘welcoming, hospitable and helpful’.