Judging by the slickness of The Thinking Traveller’s website, and the wow-factor of the properties found there, you’d have wagered that the company’s co-founders, Rossella and Huw Beaugié, shared a background in either digital comms, high-end interior design or prime international real estate. Perhaps a mix of all three.
What you wouldn’t have guessed, given the portfolio of art-strewn apartments and sea-view infinity pools they’ve spent the past two decades curating, was that prior to their paths crossing in Paris in 1998, Rossella had been a cell biologist and Huw an engineer.
Two years after they’d met in France, Rossella and Huw, now married, found themselves racing the rising sun down the side of a volcano on Stromboli, an active island off the coast of Rossella’s native Sicily. It was as they dived into the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, that the Beaugiés realised that cell biology and engineering might not be for them.
The Thinking Traveller was formed in 2002 with the aim of providing island-leading villa accommodation in Sicily – a concept the company subsequently rolled out to Puglia, Corsica and a smattering of Greek Islands.
All of the villas in The Thinking Traveller portfolio – which currently includes around 220 properties – are offered exclusively, meaning that you won’t find them on the website of any other tour operator.
Today, Rossella and her husband live in London with…
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