We work with innovative luxury accommodation, spa and wellness brands of all shapes and sizes
Pioneering companies driven by individuals and teams with a vision, who are innovative, forward thinking and eager to share their passion with the world. Individuals with soul and integrity looking to evolve and expand business as we know it. Who courageously traverse international boundaries, discover emerging destinations, boldly challenge the status quo to make a difference in the world.
These are brands that truly inspire us, that we are grateful to be bestowed the privilege to tell their story online. We've done so many different hotel websites over the years and am always grateful for the opportunity to help as many people as we have.
My success has been achieved over many years of diligent work, attention to detail, being passionate with what I do, being open minded and always learning
and taking on challenges to grow and evolve. Every experience is one to cherish and either relish in the joy or learn from the hardship and
there has been plenty of that. I have been put down all my life by so many different people and have learned through the school of 'hard knocks' to
learn and grow stronger.
- We are voted top 10 best hotel web designers in the world.
- We have achieved a number 1 Google ranking for Hotel Website Designers.
- We've worked for clients all over the world.
- We've created 400+ quality websites and growing.
- We've worked for so many of the major national chains of hotels around the world. Accor Hotels, Starwood, Rendezvous, Rydges, Ramada and so many amazing boutique luxury properties and some...
Discovering a passion for hotels
What it has lead us too is really discovering a passion for working with small, boutique, passionate hotel property owners. We love working with innovative
luxury accommodation, spa and wellness brands of all shapes and sizes. These are brands that truly inspire us, that we are grateful to be bestowed
the privilege to tell their story online. We love creating beautiful websites online that showcase their passion, their gorgeous, beautiful properties
and showcase the experiences that their clientele can come and experience.
We are passionate about designing websites which not only please the eye but also touch the heart. Everyone has a beautiful story to tell. And all good stories deserve to be shared. So let us tell yours.
I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have many fond childhood memories and was very loved, but we weren't the wealthiest of families and to be honest I'd never experienced what a hotel actually was. The limit of what I had experienced as a hotel was on a trip from Johannesburg down to Cape Town. You go through the middle of South Africa, which is a very hot area and I remember having to spend a night on the floor of a motel and that was my first and only hotel experience in South Africa as a kid. I remember how stifling hot it was, sleeping on the floor and at the time I thought 'that was pretty special to be able to stay in a motel.'
It was not until I left South Africa and came to Australia at the age of 18 I funnily enough ended up working as a banquets waiter in many of the best hotels in Sydney. I worked in The Regent Hotel, The Hilton Hotel, InterContinental Hotel as well as many other restaurants and hospitality organisations in Sydney. I did a lot of glamorous and A list parties, parliamentary dinners, extravagant functions that really opened my eyes. My experience then of hotels was mainly of the back corridors, dark and dingy, full of tables and chairs piled up everywhere. I remember the chaos behind the scenes but then you walk through those doors into a big beautiful banquet with all the glamour. There would be musicians on stage, everyone would be beautifully dressed, there was gorgeous food, amazing atmosphere and lighting... so that was my experience of hotels as a young person in my 20's.
I never got to experience what the hotel rooms were like, but I was lucky enough to eat in the canteen. I loved that I could eat in the canteen at The Regent Hotel because apparently the food we were eating was the same food that guests perhaps ate the day before in one of their functions. I thought 'Wow, this is really fancy food!'
That was my introduction to hotels in Australia. It was then through my studies of computer engineering, design at design college and sound engineering that life started to open up and my mind started to grasp what else life had in store for me.
Many of my life journey experiences were intertwined with hospitality and a natural passion for hotels grew right from the beginning. It was not until I ended up working as a graphic designer at an agency in Sydney (I was doing really well in that company because I'd found something that I was even more passionate about). I had my first 5 star hotel experience. I remember telling my boss at the time that I was going on a 4 week photography holiday to Bali and he said 'As a treat I'd like to buy you two nights at a hotel of your choice in Bali. I thought, 'Wow this is great', because my whole holiday was on the cheap backpacking through Bali taking photos every day, exploring and soaking up the amazing culture.
I had been reading Condé Nast Traveler and it was showcasing the top 10 hotels in the world and the Amandari Ubud (which is one of the Aman Hotels) was one of them so I ended up spending two nights there. To be honest I was so blown away and overwhelmed at how amazing the experience was. I had this entire pavilion... it was massive. It was bigger than any flat that I had lived in and it was all for me. I had my own pagoda outside, fish pond, view over the rice paddies, baskets of fruits everywhere that got replenished everyday... I remember running a bath which I think took 3 hours to fill because it was so big. I can honestly say I did not sleep for two days... I was so excited.
It was such a life changing experience and for me at the time, I realized what I was supposed to do. I realized that there was this incredible aspect of life - staying in beautiful hotels... that I was not even aware of. Around that time I made a commitment to myself to show and share with the rest of the world, the beauty and experience of what hotels offer.
Where Pebble Design began
That's where my quest began... What do I need to learn? Who do I need to be? What can I do? What's my role? What's my part? How can I share the beauty that the hotel experience offers? It's from that place that I have built Pebble Design with integrity and a clear passion for what we do and why we do it.
I'm deeply passionate about hotels, I love traveling, I love staying in hotels, I love the experience of hotels, I love photographing hotels, I love taking videos of hotels. For me it's all an opportunity to share what's really there, to share the beauty, to find the detail and share that through the art form, we have created our company.
We weren't always a web design agency. We started in graphic design with a focus on communication and we are still communicating a story, it just happens to be mostly digital now. My very first job for Accor Hotels was designing a post card. Then it was two, three and then it was a brochure and then it was a website. So that journey has progressed. It's gone from a print experience (and we still do a lot of print) to a digital experience. I love digital because it appeals to all the senses, it moves and is interactive. It's a very powerful medium and getting more powerful. I believe that the internet is part of the evolution of us as a society and human race.
Some of my training accelerated learning and the psychology of learning, colour and design helps me to understand what motivates people and what they engage with.
When we combine the energy and essence of the story online, that's when we can really share information and create a memorable impression. I forecast that the demand from consumers in the future is going to be one of having a much higher expectation from businesses. They want to be immersed in the product experience not just be drowned in information overload. The better a business can articulate and share their own authentic story with the world, the more those that align with it, will.
It comes down to being willing to share your business, your vision, your unique story and then being willing to put the energy, time and money to broadcasting to as many people as you can about what you offer. When you have this alignment and commitment, the rest of the world joins you, gets onside and you are well supported. After all, we get out of life, what we put in.
Pebble Design's Vision
My vision for Pebble Design is to connect with clarity, beauty, elegance and simplicity with both our clients and our clients customers with products on an emotional and energetic level.
I am inspired to share in the beauty, splendor and sheer amazingness that exists in the world and hopefully can inspire people to live big, rich, full lives and to love life to its fullest. I believe having holidays and traveling is part of our makeup of what makes our lives beautiful. it's where we get to experience time with our loved ones. it's where we get to experience, reflect and spend time with ourselves. It's where we get to experience different cultures in the world when we travel. It's when we celebrate those moments in life that stay with us forever.
For me the whole hotel experience is one filled with curiosity, awe, adventure and I am continually grateful for the opportunity to do what we do every day. It is humbling and I am honored to be on this journey with so many amazing talented people both clients and in our team. We are attracting more and more people all the time and I am so grateful to work with the many amazing clients who are all successful, amazing people in their own right and I look forward to doing this work on and on. Another key aspect is that we are continually learning both at a skill level and on a human level, emotional, spiritual and mental. I will never stop doing this so hopefully our paths will meet and we will get to do your work soon.