Local Gems has been created by a Bournemouth based team passionate about creating unique, authentic experiences.
In 2003, Sara and her husband, Bernard, quit the rat race and bought a hotel in Bournemouth. They spent the next 15 years developing their business into two hotels, various hospitality initiatives and a tour operator firm. Their success was a result of their focus on developing packages and experiences. Sara is passionate about tourism and she loves working with other local businesses. She is a natural at encouraging collaboration and finding unique local experiences. Sara is on the board of the Dorset Tourism Association, National Coastal Tourism Academy and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.
As hotel owners, Sara and Bernard encouraged their guests to try different activities during their stay. They created ideas, itineraries and packages to give visitors the chance to experience exciting new things in the local area. Sara’s ideal experiences are fossil hunting along the Jurassic coast and enjoying a local gin tasting with friends.