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Interview with Claes Bohlin of Bohline Exclusive Villas

My name is Claes Bohlin and I am the owner and founder of Bohline Exclusive Villas which are a luxury villa rental company.  I run this company together with my girlfriend Cecilia Lilja and we both have a burning desire for travels. Our main goal with the company is to offer our clients the best vacation ever while staying at a villa on a special destination. We have chosen to keep this company small because we like to offer the client a very personal service. What is it that  you do exactly?
I run the company Bohline Exclusive Villas and offer my clients the right villa for the right occasion. I also sell luxury services to the client as a supplement to the villa stay. When a client contacts me, I will take the time to listen to my client’s needs. Every client has very different needs and it’s very important to understand the client and what he wants during his vacation. Every little detail has to be right; the stay at the villa is important but it’s very important that the client will enjoy the activities and restaurants which he could visit on the destination.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Travel, travel, travel. To be able to travel very often in this job is a benefit which I love the most. I think my girlfriend agrees with that. I also like to arrange these amazing vacations for my clients and to see the results of a satisfied traveller when the client is back home and very pleased with everything. When the client says that the vacation was a memory for life, I’ll say mission completed.
What would you say are the 3 best places you’ve ever stayed?
This question is very hard because every destination is so different from one another. But first of all I have to say the Maldives. The Maldives was like a dream; I couldn’t imagine it could be so wonderful like it was when me and my girlfriend got off the little seaplane and got welcomed by the staff of the resort. The water had an amazing colour – it’s almost hard to desribe. The feeling of being so alone in the world and yet totally relaxed was great! If you like to relax and enjoy diving, this is the place for you to visit. My second favourite place has to be St. Martin in the Caribbean. It was here I rented my first villa ever. This place has it all. If you love to go out for dinner to a gastronomic restaurant you will not be disappointed. The island has so many restaurants to choose from. Here you will find French and Italian cuisine. The island is also very famous for the low-flying aircraft which can be seen at Maho beach. My third destination of choice has to be Bali because it has a wonderful nature if you visit the whole island. I would not recommend staying at the touristy parts like the big Kuta beach for example, but I recommend taking a cab and going for a visit around the whole island to see the small villages and local theatres. You are also able to watch the dophins in the sunrise at Lovina beach in the north. There is something magical about Bali.
What’s been your most memorable dining experience to date?
This was an easy question for me. The restaurant was called La Gaiac and it was located on the island of St. Martin. Me and my family got seated on a rooftop which had about five different dinner tables. They played some classical music on the roof while we decided to have their tasting menu. The menu consisted of dishes like foie gras, lobster and many more delicious dishes. The service was excellent from the staff and the feeling of being seated on this rooftop and having this superb food together with your family was a memorable visit.
Have you rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, either through your work or your travels?
Most of our clients are rich but maybe not famous. They are often well educated, earn a good salary and love to travel to explore the world. If we have any celebrities as a client, we will do our best to keep their vacation with us as discrete as possible. This is very important for us. The celebrity wouldn’t have to think about whether the press will find out where they are going to vacation. By renting a villa you always seek privacy and a secluded destination to be sure that you could be relaxed during your vacation.
What currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist?
I often travel to ordinary places to enjoy the sun but I love to visit places like Tibet, the Inca Trail and Antarctica. These special destinations have something to offer me. To go there with my camera and take some wonderful footage would be my next goal. Every destination has something very special to offer – that’s why I love to travel and have the chance to provide my clients with the perfect tailormade vacation!
Thank you, Claes. We wish you continued success at Bohline Exclusive Villas.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. This sounds amazing!
    I have always wanted to visit a destination while I stay i a villa.


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