BeautifulPlaces, a luxury villa hospitality management company, has acquired McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas, based in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
"By acquiring a premier villa portfolio, and an iconic company and recognized authority of our industry, we have vaulted BeautifulPlaces into a leading position in the luxury villa segment," said Patrick Smith, founder and CEO. "Having more destinations and products to offer high-end travelers will allow us to leverage our core strengths in hospitality and on-the-ground guest services for the benefit of all our stakeholders. Going forward we intend to be at the forefront of our exponentially growing segment of luxury villa travel.”
McLaughlin Anderson was launched in 1985 by co-founder, Nancy Anderson. She spearheaded development of the villa rental business in the Caribbean and built a reputation for its products and operations.
“We are thrilled to become part of a company that has both an in-depth understanding of our evolving industry and a vision for the future,” said Anderson. “The resources BeautifulPlaces brings – from sales and marketing expertise to specialization in unique guest services – will significantly expand our opportunities for growth and greater success.”
BeautifulPlaces will continue to manage the company as McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas, and Anderson will remain on staff as advisor to the vice president and general manager and a member of the Board of Directors.