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.

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 […]

Jean-Claude Biver on Steering Swiss Watch Brands with Passion

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. A true visionary in the watch world, a sought-after speaker on global economic and business conference circuits, and the leader of three top Swiss watch brands, Jean-Claude Biver tirelessly pursues—and regularly achieves success,writes Roberta Naas. At 68 years old, Jean-Claude Biver has built an impressive legacy in the […]

Inkaterra Founder José Koechlin on Pioneering Ecotourism in Peru

By Lauren Jade Hill Founder of Inkaterra José Koechlin has been on an extraordinary journey in his efforts to establish ecotourism in Peru. We talk to the conservationist, filmmaker and entrepreneur about his first impressions of the Peruvian wilderness as a child and the difference Inkaterra has now made, as well as what guests can experience when they stay at […]

Linda Pinto on the Luxury Interiors of Alberto Pinto Design

By Emily Wadsworth Linda Pinto has been crafting beautiful designs since she was a teenager; it’s in her blood. Her brother, Alberto Pinto, was one of the most successful and world-renowned interior designers of all time. Known for his eclectic yet refined opulent style, Alberto founded his company, Alberto Pinto Interior Design, back in the 1970s. He was the designer […]

Krug CEO Margareth Henriquez on Pairing Music with Champagne

By Lauren Jade Hill Since becoming CEO and president of Krug Champagne, Venezuela-born trailblazer Margareth Henriquez has made her mark on the luxury brand by introducing technology and innovations which fully embrace the champagne house’s heritage and wealth of stories. By following in the footsteps of the founder Joseph Krug, Henriquez has succeeded in placing emphasis on Krug’s original vision of linking luxury […]

Interview: Emily Freeman of 45 Park Lane

By Lauren Jade Hill Director of operations for Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, Emily Freeman, gives us an insight into what distinguishes this luxury hotel and what we can expect to experience there in the coming months, from art showcases to an exclusive pop-up at CUT at 45 Park Lane by chef Wolfgang Puck. What makes 45 […]

Leaders in Luxury: Keren Eldad

By Kristen Shirley In the past, hearing the words “life coach” might have sent you running in the other direction or conjured images of New Age hippies. Not any more. Today’s global community is more focused on achievement, fulfillment, wellness and balance than ever before. Many of today’s top companies bring in coaches to work with their business executives and […]

CEO Simone Gibertoni on Taking Clinique La Prairie Forward

By Lauren Jade Hill Overlooking the shores of Lake Geneva in the mountain town of Montreux, the pioneering medical retreat Clinique La Prairie has found great success in bringing together the science of cell therapy and holistic wellness with the luxury of a five-star hotel and spa. We speak to Clinique La Prairie’s CEO Simone Gibertoni to find out what the future […]

Interview: Founder of Universal Whisky Experience, Mahesh Patel

Since its launch seven years ago, Universal Whisky Experience has won plaudits for hosting exclusive events in which the world’s most coveted whiskies are opened and tasted under the guidance of celebrity distillers, blenders and whisky brand owners. Taking place over three or four days, these exclusive events unfold in locations around the USA and beyond, with epicurean dinners and whisky […]