Hand Picked Hotels

Julia Hands, chairman and chief executive of Hand Picked Hotels, founded the collection in 1999

Julia Hands: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

A former lawyer, Julia Hands founded Hand Picked Hotels in 1999 with her private equity financier husband - Guy Hands. Her hands-on approach has helped the collection grow to 17 purposefully individual hotels which will soon be joined by two recent acquisitions.