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About Us

"Limited Edition" usually implies something extraordinary and rare which offers something better, more exclusive and more desirable... well, that's exactly what we do!

Virgin Limited Edition is Sir Richard Branson's collection of stunning retreats. We have a private island, mountain retreat, game reserve, lodge, tented camp, vineyard and luxury villas. Eclectic, yes, but all are unique and operate with the sole aim of creating amazing experiences.

Virgin people are Virgin's greatest asset. That's why we believe in treating our people with respect, looking after them and allowing them the freedom to be themselves and flourish.

In 1970 when Richard Branson started in business, he put together a set of principles to define what Virgin should be all about. We believe these brand values are intrinsic to our goals and do whatever we can to bring these to life and deliver on our promises: caring for our guests, providing the very best friendly service, going the extra mile when it comes to those all-important extra touches, listening to our guests and offering much more than just a place to rest your head.

Meet the Team

Sales

Lynne Ireland

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Director Sales - Australia

Lynne manages the tour operators in Australia representing the Virgin Limited Edition collection in the southern hemisphere. If you'd like to get in touch and find out more about Sir Richard Branson's portfolio, Lynne will be happy to help.

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Vanessa Rothery

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Regional Director of Sales

Vanessa has swapped her native South Africa and moved her family to London, joining our head office as Director of Sales, where she manages the tour operators in the UK, Africa and Asia, and oversees Europe. With a total of 13 years’ experience at Virgin Limited Edition, before coming to London she was Regional Director of Sales in South Africa and prior to that worked on property at Ulusaba. You might not know but Vanessa joined Virgin Galactic as a ‘space agent’ many moons ago!

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Betty Kinoti

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Sales Executive - Mahali Mzuri

Based in Nairobi, with plenty of experience in the hospitality industry, Betty is your go-to person for all things Mahali Mzuri. If you want to find out more information just give Betty a buzz and she'll be happy to help!

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Anisha Kishore

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Sales Executive

Anisha joined the team in mid-2017 with a previous background in hospitality and events, after studying International Hospitality Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. Anisha loves to socialise in and around London, but also when feeling lucky, getting glammed up for a day at the races! Get in touch with Anisha about the collection, or of course, some racing tips (!)

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Katrina Gomez

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Regional Director of Sales – the Americas

If you've met Katrina you'll know that she works a room like no other! Katrina has been based in our Virgin Limited Edition USA office in New York since 2007. Katrina is often seen flagging a cab, rushing to airports or on the subway as she takes care of our key USA, Latin America and Canada accounts and friends. If you're looking to speak to someone locally, please email or call her:

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Lai Jarasa

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Associate Director of Sales, USA Western Region

Based in Los Angeles, Lai looks after the Sales activities in the US West Coast and Canada. Prior to joining our team she worked at Aman Resorts, and her background in luxury hotels spans One & Only, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, The Leading Hotels of the World, Belmond and The Peninsula. When she’s not working you’ll find Lai checking out the latest restaurant openings, at a musical or taking her newly adopted dog, Chicago, for a walk!

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Lyndsey Balog

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Regional Sales Executive, USA

Prior to joining our USA office in New York, as Regional Sales Executive, Lyndsey started her career in the travel industry with a background in product management, sales and marketing. When she’s not talking about our collection of hotels and retreats, you’ll find Lyndsey planning her next adventure or unwinding at the yoga studio. If you're based in Midwest, Northeast, Texas and the Carolinas, or simply have questions regarding our stunning retreats, Lyndsey is more than happy to assist.

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Grace Park

  • Department:
  • Sales

  • Position:
  • Sales and Reservations Executive USA

Grace is the Sales and Reservations Executive in our Virgin Limited Edition USA office in New York. She loves roaming around New York City to try new trendy restaurants and visit exhibits in museums. If you have any questions regarding any of Sir Richard Branson’s amazing collection of retreats, Grace will be more than happy to assist you

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Press Office

Naomi Moreno-Melgar

  • Department:
  • Press Office

  • Position:
  • Head of PR

Naomi is a long-standing member of the Virgin family, she kicked-off her PR career with 10 years at Virgin Holidays which fuelled her passion for travel and PR. Her next role was Director of Communications for London’s InterContinental Park Lane before heading up PR & Social Media for Travelopia. More recently Naomi was PR-ing world-famous brands such as Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Asahi Super Dry, before joining Virgin Limited Edition as Head of PR.

20 years on Naomi balances her love of travel with being a taxi service for her daughter and son, while spreading the Virgin Limited Edition love!

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Marketing

Victoria Gibbs

  • Department:
  • Marketing

  • Position:
  • Group Head of Marketing

Victoria has a love for luxury travel and is always exploring new places. She brings with her a sense of curiosity, adventure and experience in the luxury sector to her role at Virgin Limited Edition. A keen sportswoman, she loves to play golf with the boys and netball with the girls - a team player.

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Ilse Van Steen

  • Department:
  • Marketing

  • Position:
  • Group Head of Marketing

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Annabelle D’Silva

  • Department:
  • Marketing

  • Position:
  • Marketing Executive

A Londoner born and raised, Annabelle loves to travel and experience new food and cultures. With a marketing background in both the luxury smart home industry and charity sector, she finds the social impact element of VLE’s collection particularly appealing. On weekends you can find her getting creative at workshops – from luxury chocolate making to building terrariums - or working on her BodyCombat moves!

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Fiona Mackay

  • Department:
  • Marketing

  • Position:
  • Digital Marketing Manager

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Executive Team

Jon Brown

  • Department:
  • Executive Team

  • Position:
  • Managing Director

Jon joined Virgin Hotels in August 1998 and was Operations Director for two years. He was MD of La Residencia in Mallorca before returning as MD for Virgin Hotels in late 2001. Jon has a wide range of experience within the hospitality industry, including positions in general and area management and group roles within Arcadian and Friendly Hotels. His current focus is on the development and expansion of the group. He’s also an avid supporter and season ticket-holder of Manchester United.

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Vanessa Neal

  • Department:
  • Executive Team

  • Position:
  • Group Sales & Marketing Director

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Enrique Sanchez

  • Department:
  • Executive Team

  • Position:
  • Group Finance Director

Enrique Sanchez is Group Finance Director at Virgin Limited Edition, with responsibility and overall control for all financial aspects of company strategy and day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Virgin Limited Edition, Enrique was a Director of Asset Management in Aina Hospitality Investment Fund (Edmond de Rothschild Group), where he worked on managing the hotel real estate across Europe. He also worked at Starwood Capital Group overseeing the commercial, financial and repositioning strategy of the Meliá Hotels International's joint venture. Enrique holds an MBA from IE Business School and a dual B.S. degree in accounting and law.

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Lizzie Bullen

  • Department:
  • Executive Team

  • Position:
  • Group People & Development Director

Lizzie joined in 2017 from Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant Group. She has over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, with a proven track record of developing people & teams through effective Leadership Development, Coaching & Talent Management. A passionate and driven People Director, Lizzie shares the desire to create exceptional guest experiences, and recognises that it’s our People who are our true asset, working alongside the People Managers around the globe to support, encourage and develop our VLE employees. She’s also never too far from her trusty Nespresso machine!

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Tristin Swales

  • Department:
  • Executive Team

  • Position:
  • Group Operations Director

Tristin is the Group Operations Director for Virgin Limited Edition and is responsible for managing operations across the entire collection, as well as supporting new developments globally. Along with juggling his role at Virgin Limited Edition he also speaks Afrikaans and German, loves scuba diving and although he is South African he supports England in football.

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Reservations

Zivile Du Plessis

  • Department:
  • Reservations

  • Position:
  • Group Reservations Manager

Zivile’s love of travelling stems from her international background, born in Lithuania, she moved to the UK 11 years ago. She can speak Lithuanian, English and Russian languages. Zivile has been part of the Virgin Limited Edition family since 2010, so if you have any questions about any of our properties just give her a call!

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Kevin Kunz

  • Department:
  • Reservations

  • Position:
  • Sales & Reservations Team Leader

Kevin was born and raised in Germany, but has lived in London for the past 10 years after studying Travel and Tourism Management at UWL. After graduating, Kevin worked for a number of luxury hotels in London including Maybourne, Firmdale and Dorchester Collection. When he’s not busy answering your questions about our lovely properties, Kevin is most likely to be found zipping around the capital on his bicycle or heading off on a spontaneous weekend trip to Europe.

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Barbra Grundy

  • Department:
  • Reservations

  • Position:
  • Sales and Reservations Executive

Barbra was born and raised in the Philippines and speaks her native tongue, Tagalog fluently in addition to English. She came to the UK to study Masters of Arts in International Business but ended up working in the luxury hotel industry. Barbra worked for Virgin Limited Edition 5 years ago until she had to move to New York to follow the love of her life. She is now back and loving being in London with her team.

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Katthy Mandarin

  • Department:
  • Reservations

  • Position:
  • Sales and Reservations Executive

Born and raised in Mauritius, Katthy lived in London for almost 10 years before returning to her Island roots to study Hospitality Management. Having spent 3 wonderful years at University in paradise, she
eventually came back to London with a husband and worked for Dorchester Collection as a Sales Coordinator and then Reservations Specialist. Katthy speaks fluent French and loves cooking, as well as going on road trips to explore new places.

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Latest from the Virgin Limited Edition blog


Our History

Much of our history is yet to be written, but since 2000 our collection has grown and grown – but it’s not always been plain sailing…

2000 Limited Edition by Virgin is officially launched with Ulusaba, Necker Island and The Roof Gardens
2001 June Babylon Restaurant opens at the Roof Gardens
2003 January Community initiative Pride n’ Purpose is set up at Ulusaba
2005 March Kasbah Tamadot opens in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains
2005 May The Eve Branson Foundation is formed at Kasbah Tamadot
2005 June Limited Edition by Virgin becomes Virgin Limited Edition
2007 July A USA sales office opens in New York
2007 December The Roof Gardens features on BBC’s ‘Masterchef’ programme
2007 December The Lodge opens in Verbier, Switzerland
2008 January The first Virgin Limited Edition duck makes an appearance
2008 June The Treehouse Suite opens at Ulusaba
2008 July Christian Slater stars in a Pride ‘n Purpose short video shown on board Virgin Atlantic flights
2008 August Launch of Berber Tented Suites at Kasbah Tamadot
2008 December The Roof Gardens welcomes two new additional resident flamingos
2009 January Kasbah Tamadot appears on the BBC’s ‘Celebrity Masterchef’
2009 April Launch of Cliff Lodge at Ulusaba
2009 October Necker Belle takes to the waters for sea trials
2010 April Necker Island appears on Oprah Winfrey
2010 September 'Best Travel Websites' – Virgin Limited Edition places 4th in the Condé Nast 2010 Readers' Travel Awards
2011 June Babylon Restaurant’s 10th birthday
2011 June Roof Gardens 30th birthday party
2011 August A fire on Necker Island destroys the Great House
2011 October Four additional Berber Tented Suites open at Kasbah Tamadot
2012 June An Australian sales representative is appointed
2013 January Kasbah Tamadot receives the Virgin Holidays Gold Award for ‘Best Hip Hotel’ 2013
2013 February Babylon is awarded 2-stars from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and won ‘Most Improved Restaurant’
2013 August Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp, opens in Kenya
2013 October The rebuilt Necker Island Great House reopens
2014 May The Roof Gardens exhibits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
2014 September Mont Rochelle opens after an extensive refurbishment
2015 January Necker Island features on BBC2 documentary 'Billionaire's Paradise'
2015 December Virgin Limited Edition announces the purchase of Son Bunyola in Mallorca
2016 April Son Bunyola opens
2017 September Necker Island is hit by Hurricane Irma
2018 January The Roof Gardens closes its doors
2018 August Necker Belle sets sail to new shores
2018 October Necker Island reopens

Sustainability

Our commitment to sustainability includes responsible supply chain management, fair trade policies, ethical dealings with our employees as well as the local community, and of course the environment.

We know that some changes can be made immediately and that others may take a little more time, but we’re proud to have taken steps at all our properties to reduce any negative environmental impact.