About Sun-hat Villas & Resorts
At Sun-hat Villas & Resorts we know a thing or two about luxury. As a leading ABTA luxury rental agency we have let romantic boltholes, exclusive villas and spectacular modern properties to our customers over the years. And, we’re obviously doing something right because you keep coming back.
Sun-hat was founded in 2001 by experienced travel professional, Peter Jenkins, who sought to make customers’ holidays truly memorable. Along with his dedicated team, the aim was to put the customer’s needs and desires at the very heart of the business, focusing on individual needs and requirements. This became a reality, and with an eclectic range of luxurious villas on offer, Sun-hat soon became the first choice for superior private accommodation in The Algarve. Building on their success they are now delighted to include Tuscany, Barbados and Mallorca amongst their collection.
Passionate about Portugal
Sun-hat’s story began in Portugal, when Peter worked for First Choice Holidays. Spending many weekends during the 1990s relaxing in the delightful Vale do Lobo, he realised the potential of the region. With breath-taking scenery, consistent wonderful weather and a collection of resorts and villas with first-rate facilities to rival anywhere in the world, Peter wanted to spread the word.
Since then the dedicated team at Sun-hat Villas & Resorts have passionately pursued luxury villas in the area, developing special relationships with the owners, who now come to them.
Although this is where Sun-hat’s journey began, the team have used all of their expertise to cultivate other territories, where their reputation is growing fast.
What makes us special?
Apart from our ability to hand-pick luxury villas with excellent facilities, we offer a first-class tailored service. Using our extensive knowledge of the area with personal experience of our properties we help you find a villa that’s just right for you.
Based in the UK, the Sun-hat team has a combined experience of over 200 years in the travel industry. We strongly believe in professionalism, priding ourselves on acting with integrity and honesty at all times. We want to help create a luxury experience from the very first moment you talk to us through to the moment you leave your stylish villa, bursting with memories that will last a lifetime. Let us be part of your experience. We look forward to hearing from you.
Peter Jenkins - Villa Specialist
Peter started his travel career in Ibiza, holding a number of management positions across Europe for the likes of Sovereign, which later re-branded as First Choice. During his years in travel Peter has developed a passion for helping customers and loves creating a dream holiday for those who seek his help. Due to an ongoing love-affair with Portugal and Spain, having lived there and learned the language, his knowledge of the area is unsurpassed.
Ann Evison - Villa Specialist
With 33 years of travel experience to her name, Ann offers a level of expertise in sales and customer service, which comes highly recommended by her loyal customers. Having worked in senior management positions across retail and business travel sectors, her expertise and love for the job with its everyday challenges make her a highly valued member of the team.
Charlotte Pugh - Villa Specialist
Starting out as an apprentice with Going Places, Charlotte progressed her career with a number of independent travel specialists, becoming Assistant Manager at the Co-Operative Travel Group. Charlotte’s real talent lies in her attention to detail, whether that’s organising kid’s club places, restaurant reservations or a round of golf – anything that ensures her customers have a stress-free enjoyable holiday.
Claudia Mansi - Villa Specialist
Claudia joined Sun-hat Villas & Resorts in 2016, bringing with her 5 years of expert travel knowledge. Having started her career as an apprentice at Thomas Cook, she soon worked her way up to being a valuable member of their senior team. Relishing the fast pace of the ever-changing travel industry, Claudia thoroughly enjoys planning her clients' holidays. Believing it's the small touches that make all the difference, she looks for the attention to detail to make a holiday truly wonderful.
Michelle Cunnington - Villa Specialist
Starting out her travel career with a high street agent, Michelle has certainly learnt her trade. Progressing to Assistant Manager in just five years, she brings travel expertise, professionalism and a love for the industry to Sun-hat Villas & Resorts. Passionate about providing excellent customer service, Michelle will always go the extra mile to ensure her clients' experience is stress-free and their holiday is the perfect one for them.
Rob Knox - Product Manager
Working in the luxury family holiday industry since 1999 for Virgin Holidays and then Thomas Cook, Rob brings a wealth of experience to the team. Using his expertise and product knowledge, he loves to source the very best quality and value-for-money villas that are perfect for Sun-hat’s clients. Many of these properties are exclusive to Sun-hat Villas & Resorts.
Jo Knox - Holiday Care Specialist
Jo is a communicator. Having worked in the travel industry since the age of 19, she has worked at Thomas Cook and Style Holidays, delivering first-class customer experiences. Jo enjoys meeting new people (especially Sun-hat clients) and understands the true value of listening to what the customer wants.
Sam Demetriou - Holiday Care Specialist
Tourism is a passion for Sam. Having studied tourism at university in Portugal, she then spent 12 years working in the industry. This included customer-facing roles at Faro airport, where she realised her talent at interacting with others. With a passion for meeting people and a wealth of experience in the holiday sector, she is a well-respected member of the Sun-hat in-resort representative team.
Lucian Andries - Holiday Care Specialist
Since joining the team in 2013, Lucian has looked after Sun-hat Villas & Resorts customers every summer season. As an experienced and dedicated member of the in-resort representative team, he is well-versed in assisting clients and helping in making their dream holiday become a reality. Fortunately, Lucian also has a degree in Computer Science Engineering, and is always on hand to help our customers with any questions of a more technical nature. Very handy...
Dave Hodges - Accounts Manager
Canadian-born Dave moved to the UK in the 1970s. Joining Sun-hat Villas as Finance Director in 2004, he has taken control of all the company’s accounting functions and all financial transactions, which he combines with his love of the travel industry.
Richard Robinson - IT and Digital Marketing Manager
With many years of network support and web programming under his belt, Richard’s role at Sun-hat now includes development of the in-house reservation system, the web-site and ensuring all systems run smoothly for the team and its customers.
Lynne Jenkins - Marketing Assistant
On completing her degree in marketing and fashion, Lynne held positions with MTV and EMI before leaving to run her own marketing business. When she sold this in 2009 Lynne moved to Sun-hat where her marketing skills became a real asset to the business.
Freddie Jenkins - Picture Library and Database
Freddie joined Sun-hat Villas as an apprentice in 2009 and likes to get involved in as much as he can. This often sees him on photographic shoots, maintaining the picture library and even managing the company’s database.