Leaders in Luxury

Leaders in Luxury will introduce some of the visionaries with a knack for anticipating the needs and wants of today’s elite travelers.

An interview with Propriétés & Co Founder Miguel Espada

By Lauren Jade Hill It was out of the idea to transform France’s heritage-rich chateaux, abbeys and monasteries into luxury coastal and vineyard estates that Miguel Espada founded Propriétés & Co. Now considered a leading luxury real estate and resort developer, Propriétés & Co have an impressive portfolio encompassing the canal-side vineyard resort and spa Château de la Redorte, the […]

Designer Victoria Hagan on the Launch of Dream Spaces

By Lauren Jade Hill With a client roster encompassing famous names such as Vice President Joe Biden, Ronald Perelman, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Bob Iger, Rick Yorn and Conan O’Brien, the interior designer Victoria Hagan has become one of the most sought after designers in the United States. From a ranch in Montana to a Hamptons beach house, the designer has taken […]

Nayla Hayek on Guiding History into the Future

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. The legendary house of Harry Winston has been known as a leader in diamonds and jewelry ever since its founding in New York City in 1932. However Roberta Naas finds, under its current ownership, this luxury brand has also carved a strong leadership position for itself in the watch […]

Interior Designer Florent Duperrin on Successful Hotel Design

As the interior designer and associate of Gensler, Florent Duperrin, prepares to take his place on the judging panel of the European Hospitality Awards 2017, we find out about the part he has played in high profile projects in London and the Middle East, his design philosophy and the key to successful hotel design. What experience can you bring to […]

Adare Manor CEO Colm Hannon on the Hotel’s Transformation

By Lauren Jade Hill As the CEO of the soon to be unveiled newly-renovated Adare Manor in Count Limerick, Ireland, the attention is undoubtedly on the work of Colm Hannon. But this isn’t the first time he’s been at the heart of a place that’s thrown into the spotlight, having also been the CEO of Lutrellstown Castle in Dublin for […]

Nikki Beach Founder Jack Penrod on Facing Adversity

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. From working at McDonald’s to establishing a globally respected brand, the founder and owner of Nikki Beach Worldwide shares his business ethos and explains how facing adversity has changed his life. Adversity, hardship,misfortune and difficulty — I stepped into it all at birth. As one of four kids, I […]

Fiona Thompson of Richmond International on Exceptional Hotel Design

By Lauren Jade Hill As we launch the Elite Collection, Top 100 Suites 2017, we speak to Fiona Thompson, principal of hospitality design consultancy Richmond International. Having designed the interiors of five star hotels such as The Langham in London and Chicago, and a number of Four Seasons properties, the interiors specialist is a verifiable authority in successful luxury hotel […]

Tina Edmundson of Marriott on the Evolving Hotel Brands

By Lauren Jade Hill As the global brand officer of Marriott International, Tina Edmundson works with 30 of the group’s diverse hotel brands, including Ritz Carlton, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels Worldwide, playing an integral role in their development and sustainability. In an interview with Elite Traveler, Edmundson gives an insight into the evolution of these brands and the […]

CEO Howard Hastings on History Beating Modernity in Luxury Travel

Luxury travel has come so far, but sometimes authentic and decadent heritage is just the thing you are after. This family-run luxury travel company offers five star hotels and resorts with strong historical elements. You can even stay in one of the oldest castles in the world.  We spoke to Howard Hastings, the CEO of Hastings Hotels, about how his […]

Interview: HVS Chairman Russell Kett

By Lauren Jade Hill Ahead of the European Hospitality Awards 2017, we speak to one of the judging panel’s participating experts, chairman of the global hospitality consultancy HVS Russell Kett, to find out what makes a luxury hotel stand out and how people’s expectations in luxury travel are changing. What experience can you bring to the table as a judge of the […]