Describe your ideal hotel room.
With Six Senses we really design from the inside out. For me, with our resorts, the indoor outdoor flow is all-important; so landscape architects and lighting design can make or break the guest experience. My ideal room has space, but not so much that you lose intimacy. Is organic but not rustic. Design driven, but not at the expense of the people in it.
What are some examples of Six Senses' outside-the-box thinking?
When we think about giving our guests a good night's sleep we don't just mean the mattress (although the ones we are developing are organic, made in Devon and pretty special). Our new personalised sleep programs have been developed through research from doctors and academics and include everything from white noise, to lighting and how your day effects your night.
I also road- tested a new massage with meat-cleavers as a local Taipei option but my colleagues gave that the thumbs down!
Apart from your own, what are your favourite hotels/resorts? (and why)
Hotel Bourg Tibourg.
Le Marais Paris, cool, great location, quirky B & B with huge style up the street from Mariage Freres.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. I was based as GM for close to 4 years.
Katikies, Santorini Greece. Sublime in every way.
Peninsula House, the Dominican Republic, like being at home. Very odd and unexpected.
What is your favourite city to visit?
New York, the buzz & energy.
Paris, the sheer beauty.
Beijing, the scale and the mystery behind closed doors.
LA, the best weather in the world.
What is your best overseas restaurant experience?
Has to be El Bulli before it closed. Amazing experience but not really dinner. Ferran Adria - holy grail.
La Boqueria , the market in Barcelona.
Restaurant Helene Darroze in Paris. New breed. Delightful.
Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza on Melrose in L.A. Nancy Silverton still makes the best dough anywhere.
Singapore. Fish ball soup and otak otak at Newton, durian and mangosteen on the street in Geylang.
What is your favourite airline for business or first class? Why?
Singapore Airlines. Non intensive service with huge grace.
What three things do you never travel without?
iPad, Vanity Fair, James Perse T's and track pants.