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OUR FAMILY2020-09-09T09:15:20+00:00

MEET THE SANTORINI FAMILY

At Santorini, we are more than just a team.We are a family of talented, diverse individuals.

We believe that every part of our team is as important as the next. Each person with their own history, their own unique qualities and their dreams. We would like to share our wonderful family with you.

WYNAND & HEIDI

General Management

WYNAND & HEIDI

Wynand and Heidi joined the Santorini Family in 2016 . They met in 2013 in Madikwe Game Reserve, and enjoyed their first holiday together in Mozambique, a place that has become so close to their hearts. Wynand is a chef by trade and has a passion for fishing. He loves the available fresh produce in the area, and enjoys dusting off his apron every now and again to get in the kitchen with the excellent local chefs.  Heidi is from England, and is passionate about travel and cultural experiences. After travelling several countries in her twenties she has fallen in love with the wonder and wilderness of Africa. Heidi most enjoys staff interaction and development, and dedicates a lot of her time to the Santorini upliftment programs.

JASON & STEEGAN SMITH

Our very own “Casal de Ouro”

JASON & STEEGAN

Both Jason and Steegan were born and raised in South Africa. They married in 2017 and have been traveling and working together all over the world ever since.
They love an adventure and often spend their down time exploring the magic of Mozambique. Some of their favorite activities include horse riding, paddle boarding, fishing and snorkeling.
Steegs loves photography and documents their every adventure together. They both really enjoy sharing travel stories with guests and consider themselves masters at 30 seconds.

CHRISTI PATTERSON

Reservations Manager

CHRISTI

Christi joined the Santorini family back in 2013 when she and her husband were appointed as management couple, for what was a much smaller Villa back then with only 5 suites. She managed the Villa for 2 years before returning to South Africa to take over the reservations on a full time basis.
She visits the Villa often and is euphoric by the constant upgrades that the Villas has received the last 7 years. She now lives in Hoedspruit-South Africa- with her husband and son and although she loves the bush her heart will always be in Vilanculos with sand between her toes.

NELA - SPA MANAGER

Magic hands to help you relax and rejuvenate

NELA

Helena Maria Joao was born in Beira and grew up and went to school in Maputo, the Capital of Mozambique. She met her husband in 2003 and was invited to Benguerra where she trained and became a Spa therapist. Within 3 months, she managed to master the English language from her Portuguese background. She has two kids, Diogo and Rafia who are 11 and 9. Nela enjoys travelling, listening to good music. As a young girl, she dreamt of being an air stewardess. She now loves to do Spa treatments. She really enjoys cooking local dishes, especially for her husband, and spends most of her free time working on new local foods and flavours. Her favourite dish is Feijoada.

ZULMIRA - SPA THERAPIST

Her smile and laugh is simply infectious

ZULMIRA

Zulmira, otherwise known as Mira was born in Vilanculos but grew up in Maputo where she got most of her education. She completed her High school in Vilanculos.
She has always wanted to work in the Hospitality industry and so she started working on the islands as a waitress, She then managed to work her way up to become the housekeeping supervisor at one of the main island Lodges.
Mira enjoys people, she is outgoing and loves dancing, music, being with friends and spending time with her two boys. She attends the local Catholic Church in Vilanculos. Her dream is to become one of the best Spa Therapists.

PAULINO - ACTIVITIES MANAGER & SKIPPER

Affectionaly known as 'Mr P'

PAULINO

Paulino grew up in Vilanculos. He was born into a large family of  ten – five brothers and five sisters.
His favourite sport is fishing and he also enjoys watching music videos, his favourite artist being Brian Adams.
The best moment of his life was when his daughter was born.
He says he wants to work hard so that he can buy himself a car and he has recently just passed his drivers licence !!! His dream journey is to travel to South Africa. (This dream came true in 2016)

JOAO - HEAD CHEF

Rules the kitchen with his spatula

JOAO

Born in Vilankulos, the first of his 4 sisters and 4 brothers. He is married with two children aged 16 and 4.
Joao learned to cook at a resort on one of the islands where he worked for 8 years developing his skills. His dream is to become one of the best chefs.
He enjoys reading culinary books and listening to rock music. He also enjoys watching football and basketball. His bucket list includes travelling to other countries someday. His moto: “be respectful, responsible and improve daily to become a better person.”

IZIDINE - CHEF

Our big friendly giant!

IZIDINE

Izidine was born and raised in Maxixe. He’s always happy and has such a beautiful, sweet nature. He started out in 2016 as a sculler in Santorini’s kitchen. He would often wash the dishes while singing and dancing. He has always had an inquisitive mind and loved watching the chefs cook.
This is how he learnt his skill and in 2018 has since been promoted to chef. He constantly wants to learn and often can be found reading a recipe book.
Izidine lives in town and is married and has 3 children.

ALBERTINA - HOUSEKEEPING

Coolest grandmother we know

ALBERTINA

Albertina was born in one of the villages in Vilanculos in 1976. She is one of the longest serving staff member at Santorini having joined Santorini in 2011.
She always beams with pride as she recounts her journey to become what she is today. From humble beginnings to one of the best Housekeepers. She loves her job and she says she would never swop it for anything different.
She holds a certificate in Housekeeping Ethics from a college in Inhambane. She is working hard so that she can be able to send her children to university – her life goal. She is a dedicated Christian and is a big fan and patron of the Santorini Football Club.

CALISTRO - DUTY MANAGER

Knows what you want before you do

CALISTRO

Calistro was born on the 11th of May 1990. He is married and has 3 boys with the oldest one being 7 years old. He has lived in Vilanculos all his life.
One day he wants to travel around Mozambique and also to other Southern Africa countries too. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorbike, he says he is an adrenalin junky.
Calistro started working for Santorini in 2015. He is a peoples person and he enjoys to serve. He gets his satisfaction when his guests are happy. He has a passion for the hospitality industry and he dreams of one day running his very own restaurant.

SERGIO - HOST

Best Tsua Teacher

SERGIO

Sergio comes from Vilanculos. He went to school there until Grade 10 and then he moved to Inhambane to finish his schooling. He has worked at Aguia Negra in the restaurant and also as a driver.
His dream was to become an accountant. He loves to play football and to go to church. He also loves music and love to play the guitar. His favourite food is steak.

PEDRO - HOST

Has the biggest heart...

PEDRO

Pedro was born and raised in Vilanculos, started out back of house as a staff cook in 2017, hardly knowing a word of English!
After a few months we thought that he needs to be seen by our guests would make an amazing host. He has been thriving for a few years and we are so pleased that he is reaching his full potential, front of house!
Pedro enjoys music and can often be heard singing from anywhere in the villa. He lives in town with his Fiancé.

TATENDA - DRIVER

Also known as Tats or T1

TATENDA

Tatenda was born in Mutare – the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. He is married with two children. His first child is in the 2nd year of Primary School.
He joined us in 2015 as the company driver. He really enjoys showing our guests the best of Vilanculos on town trips and doing cultural tours. He is a dedicated Christian and enjoys reading, watching television and fishing.
In his spare time, he enjoys being active. His favourite exercise is weight lifting. He has made some weights out of old engine parts and some weights made of cement and uses these to work out with daily !!!

OBADIAS - HEAD GARDENER

Jack of all trades

OBADIAS

Obadias is never without a smile. He is our Activities Coordinator who is always ready at the beach with a paddle in hand to get you out on a kayak or paddle-board. He also loves nothing more than to play a game of volleyball with our guests! Obadias is from Vilanculos and lives with his family.

IZIDINE - MAINTENANCE

Our handyman

IZIDINE

Izidine was born and raised in Vilanculos. He started at Santorini as a painter in 2016. In 2019 he was moved permanently into the Maintenance department after showing his potential over the years.
He is a Christian and attends the 12 Apostles Church in town. He enjoys reading, gospel music and traveling.
Izidine lives in town with his fiancé and two children.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

-Phil Jackson