Luxury Hotels

Think big, says Girlahead

On 15th September, American Express hosts a ’round-the-world’ river cruise in Moscow. The 100 lucky guests, all obviously good Amex customers, will disembark for presentations that include an Italian wine tasting, and events highlighting Dubai, the Maldives and Switzerland. Main sponsor is Jetex private aviation – see that company’s new staff gear, above. designed by the top Milan-based company Maurel, whose golden book also includes Armani Hotel Milano,  Cheval Blanc Courchevel 1850, Four Seasons Milano, The Peninsula Paris, and Villa d’Este.

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Giants know collaboration, partnerships, benefit both parties.  When it comes to highest-level outbound travel, from Brazil the key name in Teresa Perez. From New York it is increasingly Jack Ezon and his Embark Beyond cohorts, Julie Danziger and Eli Ashear (Embark Events). Now it looks as if, on 20th November in São Paulo, Embark Beyond and Teresa Perez Tours will officially launch Embark Brazil. This will replicate Embark Beyond’s business model, which has so far resulted in individual business growth of 400 – 500% for North America agents, who now have an online booking tool to book air and hotel without learning the complicated GDS.

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, has cleverly done a deal whereby travellers needing to quarantine can choose to do it in style.  The Cambodian government oversees the operations at arrival at the airport, though applicable arrivals must pay for two C-19 PCR tests, medical and security fees, and the cost of a subsequent 14-day hotel stay – if someone chooses Raffles Hotel Le Royal, the bill starts at $2,426, which includes a menu-with-choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner, served to the room (choices always include Western and Asian, vegetarian and gluten-free options and a kids’ menu, and if you deviate outside what is offered you get 15% discount on à la carte). You can rent gym equipment, you cannot swim.

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Oh well, think WELLness.  Let us hear, here, visionary Sue Harmsworth: