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.

Kathryn Fagan, SkyAngel and Superwoman

by Kathryn Fagan, SkyAngel “There are moments in this job where I sit back and think, ‘I can’t believe I just made that happen.’ I am a chef, a waitress, a bartender, a maid, a personal assistant, a driver and so much more to my guests. I have to make magic happen. Whatever my guests want, they are going to […]

Roberta Naas on Concept Watches

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Taking a cue from the luxury automobile industry, top watch brands are building and introducing concept watches. In the automotive world, carmakers have long introduced concept cars to explore new ideas and materials. When it comes to watchmaking, the idea of a concept watch is relatively new. The new-millenium […]

Michael Crompton on the Insights of Luxury Travel Intelligence

By Lauren Hill

Earlier this fall, Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) revealed the findings of its annual survey into the world’s best luxury hotel brands. Based on an algorithm covering 118 touch points with weighted scores, each brand is given an accumulative result and ranked alongside one another. The 2018 results placed Aman at the top of a list of 12, followed by Oetker […]

Mark Hehir on making Small Maldives Island Co different

By Lauren Hill

Encompassing three distinctly unique island resorts—romantic Huvafen Fushi, family-oriented Amilla Fushi and the lively retro-chic resort Finolhu—Small Maldives Island Co places the focus firmly on giving each place a clear identity and curating the experiences you have there. With the recent relaunch of Huvafen Fushi, we talk to the CEO, Mark Hehir, to find out what it is that makes […]

Alberto Galassi on Manning the Helm at Ferretti Group

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.  Keeping up with the changing trends of yacht ownership is no easy task. Alberto Galassi draws on his years of experience as a yacht owner to ensure Ferretti Group stays ahead of the curve. Though I was 10 years old, I clearly remember when my father brought home our […]

Aurel Bacs on the Romance of Vintage Watches

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Responsible for many recent record-breaking auctions, Aurel Bacs, senior consultant to Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo, tells Elite Traveler why he thinks watch collecting is undergoing a Renaissance. Dear watch collectors — quo vadis? If I knew where you were going, I wouldn’t be writing these lines, […]

Radha Arora of Rosewood Hotels on True Luxury Today

By Lauren Hill

Since becoming president of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in 2011, Radha Arora has focused on developing the presence of this collection of luxury properties on a global scale, but throughout this gradual expansion the emphasis has always remained the same, staying true to the brand’s Sense of Place philosophy. In an interview with Elite Traveler, Arora gives insight into what’s […]

Will Bolsover of Natural World Safaris on Nature’s Value

By Lauren Hill

Founding his own company out of a passion for the natural world, Will Bolsover has proven his commitment to the celebration and protection of wildlife and the environment it’s in. We talk to the dedicated conservationist, traveler and company founder about the principles that drive Natural World Safaris forward. How did you first go about setting up Natural World Safaris? […]

Ian Callum on the Discipline of Design

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. As director of design for Jaguar, IanCallum is the first in and last out of every vehicle the manufacturer creates. Shaping the brand’s aesthetic for the last two decades earned Callum five honorary doctorates, aswell as recognizable status as a titan of design in the motoring world. On the […]

Nick Newbury of Original Travel on Life-Changing Journeys

By Lauren Hill

As the London-based luxury travel company Original Travel expands into the United States, launching hundreds of adventurous new itineraries, we talk to the company’s co-founder Nick Newbury about transformative travel experiences and how he himself went from working in investing banking to curating these life-changing journeys. How did you go from investment banking to starting a travel company? Through my […]