Meet The Luxury Locations Team

   

Sam Dyson – CEO

From working as a start-up business consultant to providing training in martial arts and hostile environment close protection, Sam’s professional background is as diverse as the countries he’s called home. He moved to Antigua from the UK five years ago. When he’s not working, he’s often found underwater pursuing his passion for free-diving.

• What’s your all-time favourite song?
‘St Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)’ by John Parr.

• Favourite Antiguan dish?
Conch soup. Or pepperpot.

• Do you have a preferred spot in Antigua?
Around 150ft below sea level, just south of Cades Reef. It’s where I most like to free-dive.

• What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“One of the most important things to learn in life is the art of willpower / self-discipline,” – Adachi Sensei 8th Dan blackbelt. If you do that, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

  Samnew

Nadia Dyson – Founder

Nadia left her native Britain at the age of 18 and spent the next six years managing a restaurant in Majorca before moving to the Caribbean. She has lived in Antigua, working in the local property market, since 2004. A former sales agent for JHR, she founded Luxury Locations in 2009. Today the company exclusively represents some of the twin island nation’s most exclusive properties and developments.

• What’s your all-time favourite song?
‘Glory of Love’ by Peter Cetera.

• Favourite Antiguan dish?
Definitely our local rum cake.

• Do you have a preferred spot in Antigua?
I would have to say Pinching Bay because it’s beautiful and so quiet. It’s just off Pearns Point and is only accessible by boat.

• What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to yourself. Karma will always come back around!

   Nadia

Gemma Handy – Editor

A professionally trained British journalist, Gemma worked for one of the UK’s largest daily newspapers before swapping the grey skies of England for the Caribbean in 2006. She spent six years in the Turks & Caicos Islands and moved to Antigua two years ago, where she’d been a happy visitor for almost a decade.

• What’s your all-time favourite song?
‘So glad I’m living’ by Muddy Waters.

• Favourite Antiguan dish?
I have a very sweet tooth and can’t get enough sugar cake!

• Do you have a preferred spot in Antigua?
Too many to name. One scene that always blows me away is the view over English Harbour from Horsford Hill.

• What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
My grandmother encouraged us to always consider the other person’s point of view in a dispute. She also believed that every word, every deed, affects the world as a whole – keep them sweet.

  gemma-handy
     

Alex Andre Rhodes – Photographer

For talented Antigua-born photographer Alex, capturing the island’s stunning scenery on camera has long been a passion and a mode of relaxation. Alex joined the Luxury Locations team in spring 2013 and is the man behind the lens in much of the magazine’s spectacular imagery. His professional life also includes his computer repairs and services business.

• What’s your all-time favourite song?
‘Sail me away’ by Elton John.

• Favourite Antiguan dish?
Fungee with saltfish. The funny thing is, it’s a dish I never used to eat until a few years ago. Now I can’t go a week without it. There’s a cook shop in Liberta that makes it the best.

• Do you have a preferred spot in Antigua?
Galleon Beach. In summertime especially it’s so peaceful and quiet and the beach seems more beautiful than ever.

• What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A fellow photographer once told me, no matter what, family comes first – but your clients are of utmost importance too.
  Alex
     

Pascale Nunes – Chief operating officer

Born and raised in Africa, Pascale moved to Antigua in October 1998. A stint in bar work was followed by an administrative position at the Big Banana group where she rose through the ranks to become executive assistant. Pascale joined the helm of our team in October 2014. Her favourite Antiguan escape is Green Island.

• If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I would love to relive the birth of my two kids as meeting them for the first time and looking into their eyes was simply magic.

• If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
My family would probably say cook – hey you can’t be good at everything! So I would say cook!

• How would your friends describe you?
I would hope true, honest and caring – oh, and fun!

• What’s your favourite quote?
'Carpe diem.’ Life is not a rehearsal; enjoy every day as if it was your last one.

• How do you exercise your creative gene?
I cannot draw to save my life, I frighten myself singing in the shower, however when I have time I am pretty good at crocheting – believe it or not!

• What’s top on your bucket list?
To be 90 years old surrounded by my kids and step-kids and their kids, listening to their accomplishments in life – whilst sipping a glass of French wine.

• When are you happiest?
When my loved ones are happy.

  Pascale Nunes
     

Faye Abbott – Guest services agent

Fresh from finishing a degree in education and early childhood studies in London, Faye joined our team in autumn 2015. She plans to eventually open her own daycare centre here in Antigua but in the meantime she’s turned her caring nature to looking after our holiday guests and helping vacation dreams come true (along with rescuing furry stray animals who occasionally appear around our offices).

• If you could be any fictional character who would you choose?
Merida from the movie ‘Brave’. She lives in a forest and she’s a lot like me in regular life with long curly hair and freckles, plus she’s a bit of a tomboy.

• If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
The day racism is non-existent.

• How would your friends describe you?
Wild, outspoken and always happy.

• What’s your favourite quote?
‘Let life happen.’ I have it tattooed on my back.

• How do you exercise your creative gene?
I draw imaginary animals. One was an elephant mixed with a butterfly because I liked the ideas they both symbolised. Another was a seahorse mixed with a dragon for a friend’s dad who has cancer. Right now I am working on a porcupine/lion.

• What’s top on your bucket list?
To have my own family one day. Ideally I’d like four or five children.

• When are you happiest?
I feel like I am always happy.
  Faye Abbott
     

Bancroft James – Maintenance contractor

With 25 years’ experience in the maintenance field, we were delighted to add Bancroft James to our team in January 2015. His warm personality has already made him a popular figure with our guests. Originally from Jamaica, Bancroft has lived in Antigua more than two decades and loves the challenge and resourcefulness his job entails. When he’s not at work, he’s often found in the kitchen cooking up Jamaican national dish ackee and saltfish.

• If you could be any fictional character who would you choose?
Fred Flintstone because he has a lot of energy and he’s very humorous.

• If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
The day the entire world lives in peace and harmony.

• If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
Become an astronaut.

• How would your friends describe you?
Cool. Pleasant. Just me.

• What’s your favourite quote?
Every day when I get up I say, be the best you can be. And make it happen.

• How do you exercise your creative gene?
Improvising and fabricating parts to make things work.

• What’s top on your bucket list?
To see my two sons grow up, get a good education and become men.

• When are you happiest?
When I’m at home in my garden. I love planting flowers, smelling their aroma and talking to them.

  Bancroft