Meet our very own “Super” Mário, a professional luxury ambassador born and raised in Faro in Portugal’s famed Algarve coastline. For the last 11 years, he has been busy making visitors’ dreams come true in the Algarve. His goal: “to give guests the best holidays ever!”
He has provided luxury services for several big personalities including US senators, a UK Prime Minister, famous footballers and football teams, politicians and important businessmen and women from all around the world.
Take a look at what he had to share with us about his role with Tripwix.
What makes you the perfect match for the ambassador role in the Algarve?
I was born and raised in the Algarve, so I know all those special places that only locals know. Plus, I have a degree in Tourism and Marketing from Algarve University and an MA in European Tourism Management from Bournemouth University accredited by the Tourism Management Institute. I don’t see it as a job, I have lots of fun doing what I do.
What are your passions?
I’m a sports addict. I played volleyball for 17 years, and — as a true Portuguese — I’m a big football (soccer) fan. I also love music, meeting new people and creating YouTube vlogs about my work and adventures. My biggest passion, however, is my home region in Portugal’s Algarve.
Why do you love the Algarve so much?
I like to say that the Algarve is where the sun spends its winter. It enjoys more than 300 sunny days per year. I love going to the beach, and the Algarve boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. It is a privilege to live in a place where you can head to the beach at the end of the day — when it’s almost empty of people and the ocean is warmer — to watch the sunset. Sunset is my favourite colour. I also enjoy a day out on a yacht or going to the best local restaurants.
What activities would you recommend to guests?
What do you want guests to remember from their vacations with you?
My goal is that they never forget their holidays in the Algarve. The colours of the sky, the smell of the ocean, and the texture of our sand. The warm breeze while having an amazing dinner.
What souvenirs should guests look out for?
Wine, handcrafts, Aguardente de Medronhos spirit, porcelains, sweets (figs, almonds), lace and gifts made from cork.
Are there any interesting facts that people are surprised to know about you?
I’m an expert in body language; I just love it. I am regularly invited to give lectures and talks at the university, sharing my knowledge with thousands of people.
Ganz Family, Zürich, Switzerland: “Mario is effective and efficient. Excellent interpersonal skills. We felt very comfortable under his guide. We felt really welcomed.”
Duijndam Family, Netherlands: “We had a wonderful stay […] Mario supported us very well. Good team ‘Super Mario’ and ‘Power Melanie’.”
Wohltmann Family from Hannover: “We can recommend Tripwix with Mário!!”
O’Dowd Family from Dublin, Ireland: “Mario and Luis were very friendly and helpful to everyone.”
Boeckmann Family from Dallas, TX, USA: “Amazing team. We already knew Super Mario but now we love super Luis too… [they] went above and beyond all of our requests needs and desires. Luis organized golf, lunches, dinners, drivers, airport rides and day trips. Fantastic.”
Arencibia Family from New York, USA: “Luis & Mario were super nice to the whole family and were fantastic resources during our trip. Recommendations were great and they were highly efficient in responding to issues/requests.”
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