Originally launched as a luxury travel flash sales website in 2o12, The Luxe Nomad has since expanded to become Asia-Pacific’s leading luxury villa and hotel booking portal.
Now, the dedicated, multi-tasking guru travels the world to personally hand-pick the very best properties.
Read on as she talks about what it takes to launch a start-up, travel the world for a living and stay healthy with a busy schedule.
Initially when we launched TheLuxeNomad.com, it was a flash sales site with luxury hotels at up to 70% off; an idea sent to me by a friend in the start-up scene as it was ‘on trend’ at the time. However, as we grew (and as the whole group dealing flurry died down), we found that the villa market was working really well for us. Thus, we relaunched the site last June with a focus on villas.
My family, my friends, the world around me. In terms of people in the public eye, successful entrepreneurs such as Natalie Massenet (pictured above and founder of NET-A-PORTER) show you that a dream can start anywhere – she launched her business out of her bedroom, which is something I did as well…the living room of my apartment to be exact!
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
We’ve worked with Tash Oakley and Devin Brugman from A Bikini A Day, which inspired my whole team to work out and get in shape! I also like @whereintheworldisparadise – they have most amazing photos of Greece!
Holidays 🌴 @mondayswimwear A photo posted by Natasha Oakley (@tashoakley) on
In 2016, I’ll be spending a lot of time in Hong Kong!
I try to minimise meat intake and buy organic whenever I can.
I wake up. Check my phone. Go back to sleep. Wake up again, check emails and then get out of bed and straight to my laptop. It’s either a day at the office with a few meetings here and there or traveling to Bali or one of our destinations to meet up with partners. Last year I was in Bali for August, Philippines in September and then Hong Kong in October. Sounds great in theory and I know I shouldn’t complain, but in all honestly too much travel can be a bit tiring and lonely at times – so hopefully will be a little less nomadic this year.
My laptop. I’m actually on a flight right now, answering these questions
Spotify! Love it. I’m terrible at looking for new music so what a fantastic app this has been.
I would pick the Philippines. There are 7000+ islands there and it’s not a destination that has been top of everyone’s lists. Notably because you usually need to take two flights and then at times, a boat or car to get to where you need to go. But with turquoise water and white sand, I’m certain that it will be an up and coming destination.
Checked my phone.
I have a fear of getting on escalators (when they are going down). I had a nightmare as a child that I got stuck in the escalator and came out a flattened pancake. Till today I have to pause at the top of the escalator a few seconds before stepping on it…
Tennis and cycling.
My phone. But I have forgotten my wallet a few times…luckily there’s Uber!
Italy. Wine and cheese…yes please!
The ghost…does anyone else use it? Apparently not according to my friends! LOL.