At Fleewinter we think that staying in a villa or a small boutique hotel on holiday is by far the best way to enjoy your time away. Compared to the traditional vacation solution of a soulless room in a large hotel you get much more space, better privacy, but probably most important of all you get to live in and experience the community you are staying in.
With this vision of the way to travel, Fleewinter was set up in 2003 by Alisdair Luxmoore
with Cape Town as the first destination. Alisdair had been a regular visitor to South Africa for over 10 years and was fed up with the hassle and trauma of booking villas and apartments remotely and never really knowing what to expect when you arrive. Turning up at an apartment after a 12 hour flight with two young children and fist full of Rands and praying that; a) the property exists and b) it fulfils expectations, was no way to start a holiday. This gave birth to the Fleewinter concept of an impartial advice service to find the best property for you, arrange payment and contractually bind the owner of the property.
The second destination was Tobago in the Caribbean run by Simon Gill
who has since added Barbados and then St Lucia to the portfolio.
2004 saw the launch two new destinations, the Garden Route to the east of Cape Town and Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean . Both hit our criteria of being highly accessible winter destinations with amazing climates but also much more to do than just lie on the beach. Vicki Luxmoore
runs the Garden Route operation and Sri Lanka is operated by Kate Glover
2005 saw the launch of Morocco which is run by Alisdair
, and whilst one of our newer destination, it has rapidly become our number 1. Our focus here is on the stunning riads – small boutique hotels with between 2 and 10 bedrooms – you can have them all to yourself or just take a room for your stay but there is no better way to immerse yourself into an extraordinary culture.
More recent additions to the offering Thailand (run by Kate
) and expanding our South Africa presence to provide a touring service to cover all southern Africa including Mozambique, Victoria Falls, Kruger, Botswana and Namibia . In reality we have arranging these tours for some years for our Cape Town clients but now with its own website and the vast experience of Anthea Myburgh
behind it, it is getting the attention it deserves. And newest of all is Bali run by Barbara
and Zanzibar run by Caroline
who rejoined us in 2010 having originally set up our Morocco op.
And of course most important of all is Gosia
our Director of Operations without whom we would cease to function. For more team news check our Facebook
Anyone for Cuba, Australia, Costa Rica? For the future there are many other destinations planned and if you have somewhere you are passionate about and would like to be part of the Fleewinter team, give us a call.