About 25 years ago my husband, David, still young, single and fancy-free, went to Bali as part of a whistlestop tour of South-East Asia, but paused long enough on the island to realise that he needed to go back again – soon and for longer!
So began his love affair with Bali, which then saw us visit together for the first time on our honeymoon - and I (luckily!) fell in love with it in the same way he had.
Once we had our two boys, Adam and Jed, we started staying in villas rather than hotels, and immediately realised that villas are the ideal way for families, friends and groups to holiday. That set us dreaming about owning our own villa on Bali and, in 2010, after extensive (and I mean extensive!) research, we settled on Villa Sagitta in Pejeng, just outside Ubud. We subsequently purchased Villa Cocoa Maya in Candidasa, and Villa Bebek in Seminyak.
Our boys have grown up with Bali as their second home. Over the years we have brought family and friends on holiday (it’s amazing how your social group grows when you suggest a holiday in paradise!), and our boys are now at an age that their friends are joining us too.
Back home in South Africa, David was involved with selling the Whale Cove apartment development in De Kelders in the Western Cape. He went to look at it while it was still being constructed and came back to Johannesburg excited at the prospect of buying there.
At the time I'd never even heard of De Kelders so I was more than a bit skeptical! We flew down to take a look and, as they say in the classics, the rest is history! I instantly fell in love with De Kelders and the Overberg. I cherish the sunsets from the balcony, the sheer magnificence of the surroundings and, clearly, the whales in season!
Yet, sadly, one of the tragedies of life is that one can't holiday year round(!), so we also rent out the properties to guests. We've developed a bit of a bug for vacation rentals so, together with our family's villa at San Lameer in South Africa, we now run the five properties as Global Villas Ltd.
We really enjoy the experience of being long-distance hosts, and we are very serious about making sure that our guests’ hard-earned holiday goes well on our watch! It’s always fun to read the reviews in our guestbook, and on the various listing sites, and our staff get a huge kick out of it too. There’s something very satisfying about knowing that our guests get as much enjoyment out of our homes as we do!