What is the next big luxury travel trend?
I think TIME! In our noisy world this is a commodity that will be valued even more. People are in need of time: time for themself, time to share, time to discover... and travel is the perfect place for this.
What is your own personal litmus test for whether a hotel is worthy of the 'luxury' tag?
Service and competence! Keep your gold taps, plasmas and all the latest gadgets... in our world today finding excellent service is not easy. The challenge faced by so many hotels is to be able to accommodate the needs of so many different customers. Perfect services are true luxury for me.
What are your favourite hotels/resorts? (and why)
Six Senses Resorts & Spas
simplicity, conscience and beauty... I love our planet and being able to enjoy a great break with my kids whilst also being able to preserve and give back means a lot to me. All their resorts are a perfect place to teach our kids about ecology.
The Stafford Hotel London by Kempinski: my good friend Stuart is one of the best GM's I have met in my life. His team makes you feel like you are at home every single visit. Having lived in London for over 7 years and still having family there, I never miss the chance of staying with Stuart! A real joy!
Villa Kazanooto: a small island near Hiroshima with only four unique villas, this is my sanctuary. The perfect hideaway to catch up with TIME! Onishi san and his team have you feel omotenashi - Japanese true hospitality - to perfection.
What is your favourite city to visit?
I am a passionate traveller so this is the worst question to ask me. Every place on earth leaves a footstep on the beaches of my life. The list is too long and I still have so many places I still want to see.