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Elite Traveler Summer 2021 – 20th Anniversary Issue

This special edition showcases the most ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly brands.

By Elite Traveler |  June 2 2021


To commemorate this anniversary issue, we looked back through our archives and created this compilation of some of our front covers from the past two decades. When the very first issue of Elite Traveler was published in 2001, the world was a vastly different place. In the Summer 2021 issue, we delve into the brands, concepts and innovations that have shaped these pages and changed our lives.

Click here to read the 20th Anniversary Guide to Responsible Luxury

Contents

Motoring

Tesla, Lamborghini, Porsche… Alexandra Cheney looks at the big names making big waves in the auto world in the last twenty years, as well as an electric performance hybrid concept.

Yachts

Superyachts and sustainability don’t usually mix. But this expertly curated selection of the greenest beasts of the ocean are as innovative as they are magnificent.

Jets

Doug Gollan describes picking the most impactful business jet launches of the past two decades as “tricky” but certainly succeeds in highlighting the significant breakthroughs and exciting innovations on the horizon.

Jet charters

Changing the way we fly privately, these jet charterers changed the industry by offering buy-the-seat flights and other inventive services.

Cruises

Becca Hensley compiles this master selection of environmentally conscious cruises as well as two eco-friendly yachts.

Men’s watches

Watches can take anywhere from three to six years to create from concept to fruition. Roberta Naas looks at the brands using space-age design and the race for complications.

Women’s watches

No longer ‘shrink and pink’ versions of men’s watches, brands are paying attention to the demands of the discerning collector. Roberta Naas examines the top brands that are trailblazing the way.

Jewelry

Orla Pentelow considers the role that heritage plays on creating timeless classics, as well as how the pandemic has caused a ripple effect for future trends.

Fashion accessories

The rise of the e-tailer, sustainably sourced materials and kitsch accessories, Orla Pentelow looks at emerging trends as well as the storied houses that produce the timeless wardrobe must-haves.

Technology

Perhaps the biggest advances in the world have been through technology. We examine the brands that broke the mould and changed the way we live.

Homewares

Sophie Killip looks at the pioneering homeware brands that tread lightly on the environment, while packing a punch aesthetically.

Spirits

The fine spirits we enjoy today are the result of centuries of experimentation and shared knowledge. Alex Martin studies the art of distillation and the bounty it produces.

Wine

Many winemakers recognize they have to nurture the whole environment of their estates, including the animals and people that work on it. Elin McCoy examines those making a huge difference.

Top Restaurants

We catch up with the restaurants that you consistently voted your favorites, and shine a spotlight on the restaurants that are paving the way for future green practices.

Private Islands

Escape from it all with these secluded, incredible private islands, from Lizard Island off the coast of Australia to David Copperfield’s Musha Cay in the Bahamas.

Hotels

LEED-certified, clever architecture and innovative power systems, these hotels are the highest of luxury while maintaining a ‘leave no trace’ philosophy.

Golf courses

Choosing the world’s best golf courses would be an almost impossible task. Instead, Shaun Tolson looks at the most significant layouts of the last twenty years.

Travel operators

These outfits not only create the most astounding itineraries on planet Earth, but also have stellar initiatives behind the scenes to protect the world around us.

Spas

More than just a place to indulge, spas can offer restorative benefits and increase wellness — something many of us will be seeking more than ever. Becca Hensley looks at the best out there.

Real estate

This issue’s real estate listings focus on exceptional abodes in the US, Americas and the Caribbean, including an iconic landmark and island living at its finest.

Flight of Fancy

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to get better acquainted with the elusive jaguar, courtesy of conservation superhero Kristine Tompkins.

Click here to read the 20th Anniversary Guide to Responsible Luxury

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