La Nostra Storia was born in Sorrento, Italy. This beautiful city in the Amalfi coast ignited our romanticism and lead to dozens of adventure journeys to discover the famous Mediterranean life of "La Dolce Vita". We will always remember the place where we stopped at the edge of the cliff as we entered the Amalfi Coast, where we saw huge lemons, the so-called land of the "Lemoncello" and "Prosecco".
Two Puerto Ricans with a passion for traveling had only their first night hotel reservation, a convertible car, a pair of sunglasses, a GPS and the adventure switch ON. This was our formula to discovering the new, the old, and the unforgettable.
Our destination wedding in Sorrento turned out to be so memorable. It changed our lives. Elsie Herger, "la tía", at the rehearsal dinner on Torre Saracena-Amalfi gave a toast. And what a toast! "I want to let the family know that I want to retire and I've decided to give Loisse and Fernando my beloved 30-year business"... a beautiful beachfront guest house in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From this point, as a new passion for entrepreneurship was born, we emerged as hoteliers managing our first guest house.
Spain is a very special country to Fernando because he was born in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia-Spain. A little carpe diem drove us to discover one of the places that inspired O:live Boutique Hotel, a quaint town called Vejer de la Frontera in Cadiz. We stayed at the charming boutique hotel, which featured inspiring photos and an impressive artifact collection, including a Moroccan suite key tassel matching the color of the tassel hanging on the door knobs of the suite, and antique pieces that you find stranded in Moroccan soccos, and of course, the dessert like restaurant, El Califa. Magical!
The Mediterranean discovery was like spinning the globe and picking a spot at random. A business card of a tour guide called Mustafa drove us to meet Morocco. Mustafa made a world difference; with his happy hippie mayor of town attitude, he showed us the real culture of the country, the one that comes alive at midnight when tourists leave. The mint tea, the puffs, the lamps, the throws, the craftsmanship... a friend! Contrary to how we travel, we were fully packed of items and memorabilia for O:live Boutique Hotel after leaving Morocco.
A few more stops on the way and Bonjour St. Tropez, Cannes, Monaco. We discover the so called Côte d'Azur, the land of Provence and it's amazing olive trees, the little artisan town of Eze and the Tiara Yaktsa. We could already taste the Mediterranean flair.
After this trip, O:live was born, a boutique hotel inspired by what changed and transformed our lives, the Mediterranean. O:live is how we lived and what we wanted our guests to experience while enjoying the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.
Behind every detail in O:live lies a story of our travelling to Morocco, Spagna, Italia, and France. Details that draw inspiration from each country are evident throughout. The artwork in the hallways is from our own private collection of photographs taken during our travels. We put together a timeless look using Old Provençal and Tuscan style furniture. All wood furniture is made with over 100 year-old restored woods, purchased from curators of the finest historical design the world has to offer.
New chapters are written as we continue our travels, always striving to bring new experiences to the O:live brand. Stay on point for the next endeavor, as a new boutique hotel will soon open...