Meet the team
Hopefully, the unique locations and high standards of our villas are evident. But we think that what really makes Simply Salema stand out is our customer service – before, during and after your holiday. We care about what we do. Our mission is to offer the very best villa holidays imaginable. Our teams in the UK and Portugal work tirelessly to achieve this – making your stay with us not only enjoyable, but as hassle-free as possible.
We think villa holidays should be easy, so we’re here to help prior to your holiday, whilst a warm, detailed welcome awaits your arrival in Salema, when our Resort Manager will explain about your villa, before elaborating on Salema and the wider local area as required. If needed, he’s then on hand throughout your holiday to offer insightful local advice, for example to make restaurant and activity bookings etc. A welcome grocery pack is provided on arrival, with the compliments of Simply Salema. Here’s a little about the people behind Simply Salema.
Running Simply Salema is a dream job for Ben and that’s probably why we’re so successful. Ben’s brings the business to life. He loves spending time in Salema, whiling away the hours by the sea with his young family. And when he’s not in Salema, Ben’s passion is to spread the word about this special place - and the special villas we have available for our guests to choose. So for Ben, being in charge of Simply Salema is a way of life and much more than ‘just a job’. Ben’s proud to manage our small, niche holiday rental business and constantly strives to make things as good as they can be - and to improve year on year. Ben’s a friendly chap who’s always happy to chat on the phone about all things Algarve - and will hopefully be able to guide you towards a memorable holiday with us. Ben’s background lies in the world of BBC Radio, where he spent 10 successful years on the airwaves before taking charge of Simply Salema. He’s guided us to become perhaps the finest luxury villa rental agency in the Algarve. Away from the excitement of running the business, Ben’s other passions are keeping fit and following sport. But more than anything else, his true joy is bringing up his twin daughters, Bonnie and Darcey.
Managing Director Simply Morzine
We are a genuine family business. Ben’s brother Gareth oversees Simply Salema’s sister company in the French Alps, Simply Morzine. Both companies are located in adjoining UK offices in rural Leicetershire, which means they work closely together. Lots of Simply guests enjoying holidays with us in both Salema and Morzine. Ben and Gareth’s varying skillsets complement each other, both focusing on their own area of the Simply brand. Like Ben, Gareth’s also a busy dad, to two boys, Joseph and Edward. Gareth’s a fanatical cyclist and bikes to HQ almost daily all year round in whatever weather. Thankfully we have shower facilities!
Founder of Simply Salema and Simply Morzine
Mike is Chairman of both Simply Salema and Simply Morzine. He’s now ‘retired’, but often pops in to our Simply office to help out and pass on the benefit of his vast experience of the luxury travel industry. Nowadays, Mike mainly enjoys conjuring up and working on exciting new projects and helping to progress the long-term goals of both our businesses. His hobbies include skiing (obviously) keeping fit by road cycling, watching rugby and spending time relaxing in both Salema and Morzine. He also enjoys adventure and exploration – and recently honoured his late hero - Sir Earnest Shackleton - by taking part in an expedition marking the centenary of Shackleton’s famous Endurance Voyage in the Antarctic, when he miraculously led his crew to safety in the face of great adversity. Despite Mike’s packed diary, we’re reliably informed that his favourite pastime is enjoying the company of his 6 grandchildren - and watching them grow up, all too quickly.
Head Resort Representative
Ollie is a past guest of Simply Salema and his family are still regulars to this day. After graduating with a First-class honours in mathematics and computer science in 2014, Ollie came to work for Simply Salema as a representative and has now been with us for 2 summer and 2 winter seasons. Over the busy autumn inter-season Ollie works in the UK office where he was nicknamed ‘Schweinsteiger’ by Ben and Gareth for the German efficiency and creative genius he brings to the team.
Ollie's main passions and hobbies are skiing and football. He loves nothing more than skiing some big back country lines on a powder day and is a lifelong Manchester United fan.
He is a bright, quietly charming and funny character who one day hopes to escape the clutches of Simply Salema and utilise his degree to its full potential and not just for calculating children’s’ discounts.
UK Sales & Marketing
Lewis is our Sales, Marketing and Operations Executive. After successfully completing his apprenticeship in the 2016/17 season Lewis signed his contract extension in May 2017. He has made a great addition to the UK office team (although strangely he doesn't drink hot drinks), where he combines his work interests with his passion for travel.
With his wide range of computing skills and social media experience he is helping to move Simply Salema forwards. Lewis spent some time in Salema during 2017 where he got a real understanding of the holidays we provide.
Away from the UK office, Lewis is a keen sportsman and enjoys playing golf & football. He can also be found 'up north' in Manchester where he watches his favourite team Manchester City play.
UK Sales & Office support
Lauren is the newest member of our UK office team and has been a ray of sunshine from the off!
She’s currently working through her apprenticeship in business admin - doing a great job helping across the board with sales, admin, marketing, social media, holiday logistics, you name it! It’s fair to say she’s a natural! If you call our office and Lauren answers, we’re sure you’ll find her charming, helpful, and knowledgeable.
Lauren’s ambition is to, one day, become cabin crew for a major airline. But until then, she’s eager to learn, gain experience, and expand her horizons within the travel industry. Away from work, Lauren’s very sociable, enjoys travelling and is always on the lookout for somewhere new. Whether she’s spending time with her younger siblings or friends, there’s never a dull moment. After dark, Lauren can often be found at a music concert, or out in Leicester town on a Saturday night!
UK Office Administrator
Often the first voice you often hear at the end of the telephone, the lovely, quirky Jenny is our trusted and loyal administrator, who has worked in the Simply Salema UK office since 2012. Efficient and hard working with a keen eye for detail, Jenny is in charge of all things admin and runs a tight ship to make the office tick. Jenny’s also in charge of keeping Ben and Gareth in line, whilst displaying great patience in helping Mike by switching his calculator on.
Although Jenny doesn’t ski, she offers a good knowledge of Salema and is most at home enjoying a glass of wine after a walk on the beach in the evening Salema sunshine.
A keen reader, Jenny boasts a wide vocabulary and is arguably is the most proficient speller we’ve ever seen! She does come out with wordage that we haven’t heard since time began owing to her love of all things historical and interest in diverse subjects. Music is her life along with supporting her local cinema and keen interest in films - you wouldn’t go wrong to have her in your quiz team!
Where do we start and where would we be without him? Paulo’s been with Simply Salema since day one and has become a firm friend of the family. Alongside Ben, Paulo IS Mr Simply Salema. He’s ultra-reliable, honest, hardworking and can turn his hand to almost anything! Nothing’s too much trouble for Paulo and he’s a credit to us. Paulo’s responsible for all things Simply Salema IN Salema and knows the western Algarve area better than anyone. Working closely with our UK office, Paulo makes sure the villas are always in the very best condition and spotlessly clean. He’s always there to meet guests on arrival, then, after a tour of the property, he’s on hand to offer help and advice whenever needed. Away from his Simply Salema duties, Paulo’s a family man. His 3 children keep him busy and when he does find time for himself, Paulo loves to explore the wild national park and coastline around Salema on his mountain bike.
Vanda, Maria and Angela
Vanda, Maria and Angela
We’re privileged to have an excellent small team of maids. They live locally and work tirelessly to maintain our impeccable standards of cleanliness across our villas. The Simply Salema maids will leave the villa immaculately clean for your arrival, ensuring the perfect home from home in the warm Algarve sunshine. Alongside the busy changeover days, our maids will visit your villa once per week for a mid holiday clean and towel change. Bed linen is changed weekly.