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Elite Traveler Winter 2019

You had to wait a few more months than usual, but we think the wait is well worth it. No matter what type of trip you are planning, you’ll find the perfect place here. There are spaces large enough to host an entire delegation at the UN in high style; epic mansions and suites with a host of toys and amenities, and just two bedrooms; actual royal residences; and even an underwater bedroom.

The amenities are growing more incredible by the year, ranging from an on-call chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom to a custom fireworks show that you can control from an iPad, and charming touches like afternoon milk and cookies for kids. Everywhere you go, you can be assured of expert pampering and perfect service, with every need and whim swiftly and discreetly attended to.

Hotels are also leveraging their extremely well-connected networks to offer exclusive experiences, available only by booking select rooms or to their best guests. And how to visit all of these suites? With our guide to the different ways to fly privately and recommended providers for each, you’ll never doubt that you have chosen the most luxurious and efficient way to get there.

We also present our annual gift guide, an opulent selection of incredible jewelry, timepieces, fashion, spirits, champagne and fun. You will certainly dazzle your beloved with any of the pieces in our pages. The rest of our style coverage is just as special, showcasing watches with hand-painted, mosaic or enamel animal-inspired dials; and incredible high-jewelry masterpieces that also tell the time. Continuing the jewelry theme, Francois Graff gives us an exclusive interview where he discusses the legacy of Graff’s diamonds.

The rest of the Influence section takes us to the ocean’s depths and to outer space with a profile on Dr Sylvia Earle and an opinion piece from Michael Suffredini, whose company is launching the first significant private endeavor in space at the International Space Station. And Tim Trenker, CEO of luxury superyacht consultancy BehneMar, gives his insight into the future of yachting. In the Explore section, we give the best of sun and snow with guides to Antigua and Gstaad.

So whether you’re lazing on the beach or tearing up the slopes, you can be sure to know the chicest places to stay and the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail or mountainside fondue. There are also sensational new hotels in Los Cabos and the French countryside, a heli-skiing adventure in the Alps and Cunard’s return to Alaska’s wilderness.

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Discover

Object of Desire

Artist Anthony James’ latest sculpture plays with light and space

Motoring

These fun toys are inspired by their automotive counterparts 40 Cruises New ships encourage exploration in remote lands

Yachts

Hybrid yacht Home breaks boundaries in the yacht world

Aviation

The future of electric aviation and safety technology is here 46 Design Juniper Books delivers a personal touch to your home library

Design

Juniper Books delivers a personal touch to your home library

Style

Men’s Fashion

English countryside-inspired fashion and navy blue are eternally chic

Men’s Watches

Artistic dials inspired by the animal kingdom

Women’s Fashion

Western-style and feminine bows are the season’s hottest trends

Women’s Watches

High-jewelry watches with beautiful sapphires, emeralds and diamonds

Jewelry

All-diamond treasures and multicolored gems shine bright this season

Destination Style

The streets of Seoul, South Korea are buzzing with talent

The Voyager

Model and philanthropist Liya Kebede heads to Mexico City

Craftsmanship

Van Cleef & Arpels takes us behind the scenes at their atelier

The Ultimate Gift Guide

Decadent timepieces, jewelry, wine and spirits for your loved ones

Influence

Francois Graff – Roberta Naas talks to the CEO of Graff about his family’s legacy

Sylvia Earle – One woman’s mission to save our precious oceans

Tim Trenker – CEO of luxury yacht consultant BehneMar on the future of yachting

Michael Suffredini – Axiom Space co-founder explains how space exploration can save our planet

Inspire

Top 100 Suites

The definitive list of this year’s top 100 suites in the world

Top Jets

The best private-jet service providers to suit every mission

Explore

Destination Guides

We head to the snowy slopes in Gstaad, Switzerland and the sandy beaches of Antigua in the Caribbean

The Hot List

Adventurous itineraries around the world, from Switzerland and Scotland to South Africa and Alaska

New Hotels

Four Seasons heads to Los Cabos, and Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in France is steeped in history

Elite Luxury Homes

The perfect places for the ski-obsessed to call home and two gorgeous properties in Spain

Flight of Fancy

A unique chance to sleep among — and help protect — endangered wildlife

View the Elite Traveler Winter 2019/20 Issue