Q&As

Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza came by her lengthy last name following a move from Manhattan to Budapest. There, while working for the U.S. ambassador to Hungary she met and married her half-British, half-Hungarian husband Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza. Inspired by the changes she was seeing in her skin after visits to Rácz, the luxurious 16th century spa owned by Stephen’s family, the couple launched a luxury skincare line under the name, Omorovicza. Between her former diplomatic duties and her present ones, she’s well travelled, making her supremely well qualified to take our travel questionnaire.

Q Which in-flight film do you hope for?
A

Quirky humour such as Bullets over Broadway or a great series such as Billions. I also love political dramas based on books—Game Change or Too Big to Fail, for example.

Q What's the last book you took on holiday?
A

Personal History by Katherine Graham.

I am far too comfortable sitting in a charming little café with a lovely view and reading.
Q You tend to pack too many...
A

Lotions and potions.

Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza
Q What's your idea of travel happiness?
A

My family, a hammock from which to watch them, a good book and a glass of wine!

Q What's your idea of travel misery?
A

Bad food. Most other things can be overcome with a positive attitude.

Q What's your favorite quality in a hotel?
A

Character and attention to small details.

Q What do you appreciate most in a travel partner?
A

Curiosity.

Q What is your greatest extravagance while abroad?
A

A luxury hotel.

Q What is your favorite journey to take?
A

This has been the subject of much discussion around our kitchen table. We think it’s anywhere where there’s a bit of an adventure involved. Some favourites have been the North Pole, Yellowstone National Park, Japan and Africa.

Q What is your greatest fear abroad?
A

Something happening to my family.

Q Which historical world traveler do you most identify with?
A

I’m a big fan of William Dalrymple. Loved his book, From the Holy Mountain.

Q What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself?
A

Laziness. I am far too comfortable sitting in a charming little café with a lovely view and reading instead of hitting the pavement and exploring.

Q What is the travel habit you most deplore in others?
A

Anyone with a sour attitude lasting more than 15 minutes.

Q In what travel situations do you lie?
A

If I am in danger or at risk of offending.

Q When and where were you last happiest?
A

Last weekend, watching the children play in the garden together.

Q What is your most treasured take-along?
A

Photos of my family.

Q What is your travel motto?
A

I’ll borrow from JRR Tolkien: ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’

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