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Elite Traveler Winter 2020/21

The first searchable database we are launching coincides with our featured ranking – the Top 100 Suites.

By Theodora Halstead |  December 22 2020


Well, what an annus horribilis that was. But, as we wind down ahead of the much-needed holiday season and look to the year ahead, I’m allowing optimism and hope to creep in. The New Year brings new perspectives, and I have (as I’m sure many of you have) begun to view life through a different lens, focusing on the really important things. For me, that is time and energy well spent.

And that is the theme we had in mind when we created our series of new luxury databases: How to save you time and energy. You already rely on Elite Traveler to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information on the finer things in life, be they hotel suites, yachts, jets or cars. But how we present this information has perhaps been slightly old-fashioned. So we have revamped how you access this information digitally. The first searchable database we are launching coincides with our featured ranking — the Top 100 Suites.

Everyone has a different idea of the perfect stay; for me it’s a king-sized bed to myself with no baby in sight and lying in that bed past 7:01am. For you, it might be a Michelin-starred restaurant on-site, your own butler or far-reaching ocean views. So, in order to make life easier, our new database allows you to plug in your criteria and then out pop the results for all the relevant suites. Whether you’re planning a multigenerational family getaway to South Africa, or a romantic visit for two to Paris, we’ll help you find the top accommodations.

Our efforts to save you time don’t stop there — later on in the issue we’re saving time with our top fast jets. These are the jets to jump on when you’re in a rush; they can transport you to your destination in a hair’s breadth of the speed of sound. And our Men’s Watches pages focus on world time watches. You can glance at your wrist and see exactly what time it is for a loved one in Florida when you’re in London for business. In a world that suddenly seems very large, very far away and very disconnected, these marvels bring us all a bit closer. We’re also focusing on craftsmanship and innovation. And that’s something that we can all appreciate — the wonderful uniqueness that human hands can create.

Our Object of Desire is a sculpture adorning a bottle of champagne; our Design feature focuses on the gift of giving art; and our Motoring pages take you as far away as you can imagine from a factory assembly line, to the workshops of Ferrari and Bentley. They are ingrained in deep tradition and the magic of human touch — these are the finer details that go into elevating something from the mundane to the truly extraordinary. And that is what our Top 100 Suites do. They take a relatively simple concept of a place to rest your head, and elevate it to something truly exceptional. These suites aren’t just about a night in a hotel; they are an experience in themselves, designed to fulfill your every whim and fantasy.

This edition’s Explore section starts with the top hotel buyouts — ideal for the post Covid-19 world, since you can hire these hotels out in their entirety for your friends, family or employees. Whether you’re experiencing a Caribbean island or a chalet in the French Alps, do so in style…and in total, splendid isolation. If the thought of boarding a plane still seems like a world away, jump in your car instead and explore the wilds of Utah with our road trip guide. Wind your way through national parks and desert wilderness, stopping to sample the delights of Sundance’s Park City along the way. Finally, we finish off sipping a glass of champagne in an infinity pool overlooking the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne… And breathe…

Thea Halstead
Head of Luxury, Editor
thea.halstead@elitetraveler.com

Click here to read Elite Traveler Winter 2020/21

Discover

Object of Desire

Yayoi Kusama collaborates with Veuve Clicquot

Motoring

Bespoke creations from Ferrari and Bentley

Yachts

Travel to New Zealand to watch the America’s Cup in style

Aviation

The ACJ320neo has enough space for a home cinema

Design

The expert curators at Saatchi Art solve all your gift-giving issues

Wine and spirits

Bowmore Whisky and Aston Martin come together to create the Black Bowmore DB5 1964

Men’s watches

World time watches that show the time in the world’s 24 different zones
at a glance

Women’s watches

Romantic moonphase complications conjure mystery and intrigue

Jewelry

Celestial bodies inspire these fine jewelry creations

Destination style

Chamonix isn’t just about exceptional skiing — the hotels, spas and restaurant scene are all out of this world

Influence

The interview

Adam Brown, founder of upscale resort clothier Orlebar Brown, on starting over

The voyager

Meryanne Loum-Martin lauds Marrakech as the ultimate bohemian-cosmopolitan destination

The voyager

Yiqing Yin discovers an authentic way of life in Tinos

Inspire

Top suites

Synonymous with luxury, the 20th edition of our Top 100 Suites list showcases accommodations that are jam-packed with extravagant amenities, incredible features and standout service

Top jets

The business jets pushing the boundaries of speed, and the developmental aircraft that will be achieving supersonic flight in the near future

Explore

Top hotel buyouts

The epitome of privacy and luxury, our selection of the most impressive hotel buyout options

Destination guides

Whether you’re road-tripping through Utah or lapping up culture in snowy Prague, look no further than our guides

The hot list

A three-day golf immersion program at Scottsdale National, teeing off in Uruguay and a jewelry master class in one of England’s finest hotels

Escape the winter with these beach houses, or embrace it in all its alpine snowy glory in these mountain retreats

Flight of fancy

Raise a glass in an infinity pool above the clouds in Switzerland

Click here to read Elite Traveler Winter 2020/21

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