Our philosophy is simple: ordinary is not in our vocabulary. Be seduced by the finest things in life.
Originally from the Gold Coast, Michelle has been living in Sydney for 16 years. As a passionate traveller herself, she firmly believes in the magic of an experience, not just a destination visited.
Her world touring experiences range from NYC to Barcelona and Montenegro to Alaska, but she adores Japan and Japanese culture. This love of travel brought Michelle to Splendour, she has the passion to match the Splendour Style!
With a background in HR, Michelle really knows how to read her crowd and loves sharing the hidden gems and magic of Sydney. Her favourite spots around town are Rushcutters Bay, Gordons’ Bay, the Botanical Gardens and the cool Inner West.
On the weekend you can find Michelle spending time with family or doing yoga before catch up with friends over dirty martini’s. Pocket rocket by title, and by nature!
Dave Phillips is Sydney’s most respected, knowledgeable and charismatic Craft Beer Artisans.
With the ever increasing passion for craft beer around the world, our guests love behind the scenes access to some of the country’s best brewery’s with Dave himself.
Whilst Sydney has brewery tours that anyone can hop on, Dave himself looks after Splendour guests taking them on a private VIP craft brewery journey like no other.
Zoe loves being active in the outdoors and exploring places of untouched beauty. She feels the most alive when she’s hunting for more trails and lookouts.
Zoe is also an ultra endurance athlete competing in numerous 100km trail runs and revels in the challenge that it entails.
Zoe loves to share her passion with others.
German by birth, Australian by choice, Monika is fun, charismatic, interesting and so intelligent.
Monika specialises in all things art, history, culture, beach and harbour.
Her passion is hosting discerning travellers who have an appreciation for the finer things in Australia.
This is Andy – charming, charismatic, fun and oh so cute.
Andy has always loved the great outdoors. He enjoys spending time with people from all walks of life and from all over the world.
His love is for Sydney’s local secrets, and in particular the Royal National Park and South Coast. Spend some time with him and his passion will no doubt rub off on you.
Andy is our go-to host for anything outdoorsy. Our guests love him and are always pleasantly surprised by his captivating combination of knowledge and charm.
Josephine Eve is one of Sydney’s leading fashion stylists, with extensive training in personal styling, celebrity styling and wardrobe styling as well as an impressive portfolio of fashion editorials and photographic collaborations with leading Australian brands.
Josephine will introduce you to exclusive Australian labels and boutiques that suit your style, body shape, lifestyle and give a background on the boutique/designers story and history.
Steven is an incredibly experienced and well-regarded tour leader.
His career in the travel industry spans more than 30 years, and he has personally led more than 300 tours in over fifty countries.
Steve loves travelling Australia and even after many years is still always thrilled to discover new experiences and sights.
He has a particular interest in colonial history and the convict era, and is able to relate a seemingly never-ending stream of anecdotes from the early European colonisation of Australia.
Julia has lived in the heart of Bondi Beach for over 20 years and has worked as a tour guide since 2000. She graduated from Moscow University with a degree in Geology.
Her love for Australia and its people is deep and it’s abundantly apparent when she hosts international guests.
Not only is she charming and spunky, she is an absolute wealth of knowledge on Sydney and surrounds.
History, geology, arts, culture and beach life are topics she can talk endlessly on.
Emilya has an extensive background in the visual arts having completed a degree in Art History from SOAS & UCL in London. She’s worked for some of the top art galleries and institutions in the world, including Lisson Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, The British Museum and Eskenazi.
Mother of 2 and a total urban hipster at heart, Emilya delights every guest she hosts!
This is Ben – he’s a country boy at heart and a true gentleman thru and thru.
He’s an outdoors man having grown up in a sleepy Australian village nestled amongst sheep paddocks and apple orchards.
Surrounded by spectacular mountains, beaches or bushland is where this man likes to be.
He’s travelled more to than 50 countries – some of the highlights along the way being climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, paragliding in Turkey and sailing down the Nile in a felucca in Egypt.
Born at sunset on the bend along the Macleay River and raised at Burnt Bridge in Dunghutti Country, “Muughi” (meaning Margret) is one special lady to get to know.
Now known as Aunty Marg, she was schooled from the age of 5 onwards in her traditional custodianship, the Baranbyatti Mirra Buuka or Dreamtime Southern Cross.
Spending time with Aunty Marg, one of Syndey’s most respected Aboriginal women, will give a great understanding of both the inherent living wisdom and practical relevancy of her Ancestor’s Dreamtime Blueprint in Aboriginal culture.
She’s also a lot of fun!
Having chef’ed all over the world…and all over Sydney, Michelle has unique insider knowledge of the food scene across Australia.
She knows practically everyone in town, she is charming, funny and great with Splendour guests.
With an unquestionably deep love for Australia, launching Splendour and hosting discerning international guests was an absolute no brainer.
Canadian by birth, Aussie by choice and hungry for uniquely fabulous Australian experiences – my goal is to give Splendour guests the right combination of familiarity, locality, luxury and pleasant surprise.
I’ve searched NSW high and low to find new experiences, unique connections and unforgettable slow roasted lamb sandwiches.
A Sydney boy, born and bred – Benjamin has always had a connection to both the natural and man-made world – textures, leaves, stones, trees, as well as creatures. He is an avid gardener and quite often finds himself at home outside collecting, observing and absorbing how things function.
Although he has a Masters degree in Architecture, he most often describes himself as being an ‘urbanist’ – having a keen interest in how cities grow, function and provide for us all. From the macro set-out and alignments of city structure to the quality and pattern of the paving on a footpath, he’s obsessed with it all.