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Elite Traveler Magazine November/December 2012

Elite Traveler Magazine December 2012

COVER STORY: GIFTS OF THE SEASON

BY DREW TAYLOR

From shiny baubles, boots and bags, to bold watches and manly bling, lavish the ones you love with a little extra glitz and glam this festive season.

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BEST SUITES OF THE MALDIVES

BY TOVA SYROWICZ

The natural appeal of these idyllic Indian Ocean isles is just the beginning; sprawling and deliciously private villa suites make for an out-of-this-world stay.

TOP SUITES OF INDIA’S CITIES

BY MAYA VANDENBERG

When you reach the point of sensory overload, take respite in these luxe retreats, some ornate and others sleek, but all sublime—with service to match.

14 DAYS IN JAPAN

By SAHAR KHAN

Delve deep into Japan’s mystical traditions, mega-modern cities and cool cultural idiosyncrasies on our two-week luxury jaunt across this profoundly fascinating country.

HIGH LIFE

NEWS & PREVIEWS

The latest updates in luxury travel, services and style, plus Glitterati on the Go, Confidante and a special elite shopping section.

Elite Access

By TOVA SYROWICZ

Your guide to the season’s most exclusive events around the world, from Art Basel Miami Beach to the 152nd Melbourne Cup in Australia.

Flash

Elite Traveler is on the scene at Pebble Beach, the US Open, Thailand and beyond.

HIGH STYLE

LIMITED TIME

By ELIZABETH DOERR

Cutting-edge doesn’t have to be jarring: Innovative pieces from Rudis Sylva and Badollet make a case for harmony.

HOROLOGY

By NATE BORGELT

Ring in the new year with one of these annual calendar beauts, all notable for their distinguished dials.

WATCH TRENDS

By JESSICA MICHAULT

Timepieces enlivened by hued stones add a splash of color (and whimsy) to your White Christmas.

RUNWAY REPORT

By JESSICA MICHAULT

Ladies look regal with baroque-style ornamentation, and reimagined shearling shields gents from the cold.

DEPARTMENTS

FINANCE

By RUSS ALAN PRINCE

The right asset protection plan could be the best defense against frivolous lawsuits.

JET FOCUS

By MIKE ESPINDLE

With a sleek, wide cabin and enviable fuel economy, Dassault’s Falcon 2000S ups the super mid-size ante.

AT SEA

By MIKE ESPINDLET

Head south to warm climes (and waters) this winter, where three stunning vessels offer next-gen charters.

TEST DRIVE

By MIKE DALY AND MIKE ESPINDLE

Beneath the Jaguar XKR-S’s mild demeanor, you’ll discover enthralling power, plus Cadillac’s compact luxury ATS and Ford’s ever-cool Mustang.

PURE DECADENCE

By MIKE ESPINDLE

Hotel Bel-Air, fresh from a perfectly executed overhaul, charms clientele both old and new with a contemporary look that does justice to its Hollywood glory days.