To travel is more than embarking on a journey… It is to be engaged in meaningful ways, and to be enriched through adventure.
LuxuryHunt is an online luxury travel and lifestyle portal featuring a carefully curated selection of ongoing exceptional travel adventures. We are re-interpreting luxury based on today's lifestyle, with the kind of knowledge that can only be gained from first-hand experiences, and showcasing the small touches that make a world of difference.
Our accommodation collections comprise only the very best hotels and resorts in a particular location. These recommendations are tried and tested from a shortlist based on our personal experiences and from a like-minded network of world travelers. Beyond hotels and resorts, Luxury Hunt provides rare insights into a location, from fine dining and shopping to leisure activities and cultural experiences that continue to stir the embers of wanderlust.
Every place, and everyone you meet along the way, has a story to tell. This is the LuxuryHunt story, captured with stunning images and retold through our own eyes.
To LIVE a meaningful life through enriching experiences.
To LOVE with an unrelenting passion – the things, places, cultures and people we encounter along the way.
To TRAVEL and be a collector of inspiring adventures that fuel our growth on all levels.
Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the online travel business in Asia, Sii co-founded and later led Asia Web Direct (AWD) as company CEO in the early 1990s. The group's stable of high-profile travel sites includes Bangkok.com, Phuket.com and LateStays.com, which were acquired by Australia-based Wotif.com Holdings Limited (later acquired by Expedia Inc. in 2014). Sii stayed on as executive general manager of the Asian business unit until her departure to pursue new ventures in 2010.
Unsurprisingly, Sii has a serious case of the travel bug despite her fear of flying! Whether it’s plugging into an exotic new destination to experience its culture, cuisine and meet the local people; or chilling out under the tropical sun, she believes that no plan is the best plan when it comes to embarking on a journey.
From getting lost on a remote island in the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia to finding herself at a thermal resort in the Swiss Alps, Sii’s addiction to the road is guided by the passionate belief that “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
A Phuket girl by birth, Sii stays connected to her island roots and beyond her hometown, can often be found at a beach club where she enjoys sand, sea, and socializing. When she is not counting her lucky stars that she's doing what she loves, Sii is “home” – either in Phuket, Bangkok, or Zurich– and counting down the days to her next adventure where she can become just another nameless experience-seeker on the hunt for inspirations.
Much like the CERVO mountain boutique resort he owns, Daniel is all soul and no alpine kitsch. His roots may be in Switzerland, but his heart seeks high and low for worldly inspirations. This man of little words may seem reserved, but when he talks, we listen.
The “H” in GHC Asia, Paul is the founding partner of one of the region’s leading communications agencies. If it’s something – anything – worth noting anywhere he is in the world, he’s there spreading the good word. Lifestyle PR may be his trade, but we dare say dining and wining may be his true loves.
Blaise’s resume – MD of AmanResorts South & North Asia, and general manager extraordinaire, currently with Four Seasons Marrakech – is spectacular, but not as impressive as his palpable lust for life. He may be based in Morocco now, but he’s left a massive piece of his heart in Asia. If there’s one guy that lives and breathes travel with a passion, he’s it.
Big personality, even bigger heart, and with a positively contagious energy that will make you feel as bubbly as her preferred tipple. This hotels-and-cruises guru flits from land to sea, waving her magic wand to make the world a more connected and happier place.
Travelers may know Marco as the omnipresent general manager of Six Senses Yao Noi, Soneva Gili Maldives, and currently Alila Villas Uluwatu, but he is also our go-to guy when it comes to Indonesia. The master connector and source of insider tips is coincidentally LuxuryHunt founder Sii’s “Come with me to ....” travel companion.
“Seek and you will find,” seems to be the motto the general manager of Andara Resort & Villas seems to live by. Always on the lookout for the new and noteworthy, the hotelier may be Swiss by birth, but his hospitality passion is Asian by nature. He’s spent the last two decades heading up hotels across the region, along the way amassing a network of friendships that run deep.
LuxuryHunt’s content all-rounder is a multi-tasker par excellence. Her professional experience in marketing, journalism and copywriting have prepared her for the gargantuan task of coordinating everything and anything to do with LuxuryHunt.com and 100 Best, where she is behind the scenes, ever ready with an email or excel file. Need something? Just ask Rachel.
There may be Aman-junkies (a brand Jason has worked with, along with Four Seasons and Raffles), but this man singlehandedly inspires a following of "Friedman-iacs". With Best General/Hotel Manager awards to his name and countless luxury travel expeditions in his game, everything he touches turns to hospitality gold.
On the surface, she is a Thai-American celebrity with hit singles in the region and he is an ex-banker. She is also an experience seeker forever on the lookout for the extraordinary, and he is a lover of music. Together they are a globetrotting couple and parents to a future world traveler.
Many a traveler has been seduced by glam, but no amount of glitz can bribe the Swiss artist and designer of BuBuCollection.com. This soul searcher is perpetually on the hunt for authentic experiences with real heart.
David is the go-to person (if you’re in the know) for creating private luxury experiences in far-flung locations, from a traditional bathhouse in Bhutan to a private boat on the Amazon. While playing matchmaker for lucky individuals looking for customized meaningful luxury, David is also quick to share the gems he encounters on his journey.
Once an F&B person, always an F&B person, regardless of how many fancy general manager titles to your name. The founder of Laos Hospitality Consulting and owner’s rep of The Luang Say Residence is also passionate about photography and art, and knows absolutely everyone in Luang Prabang from artists to antique collectors.
Through his post as managing editor of Prestige (Thailand) magazine, Francois has been privy to some of the most luxurious experiences money cannot buy the world over. Through his years helming numerous luxury lifestyle magazine titles, nothing in the upper echelons of the style world slips under his radar.
After a stint in Asia helming Phulay Bay, the original co-founder of LuxuryHunt is now back home in South America at The Ritz- Carlton, Santiago as general manager. She can recite luxury with her eyes closed, but it’s with her eyes wide open that she likes her “leisure” pursuits the likes of throwing herself off planes.
As the former general manager of the Aman Resorts' first and flagship property, Anthony knows a thing or two about luxury. Now vice president of one of the region's top hospitality group, he is always ready with a recommendation and in his downtime, he still manages to make time for traveling and surfing on his adopted island home of Phuket.
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to knowing lux from not, and Jimmy punches way above his weight. Born into a family of travelers, his lifestyle was written in the stars. He's not shy to say it as it is, backed up by a treasure trove of jet-setting experiences. For this London-based fashion management student, the world has always been his oyster.
Having been charged with untangling the LuxuryHunt founder’s thoughts and putting them into words, Tina now has the inside track on seeing the world through Sii’s eyes. The writer and former hotel PR director doubles up as both contributor to 100 Best and curator to the LuxuryHunt collection.
All of the original photography on the website and in 100 Best can be credited to Zuphachai – or Thum as he's known to friends - a skilled artisan of expressing a thousand words in one inspired image. In addition to all the through-his-eyes image captures, he ensures that everything you see reflects what LuxuryHunt is all about.
A man of many hats, including head honcho of a respected hotel and residential consulting firm, Bill has his ear to the ground on anything to do with resorts and developments of note in the region. He is the Luxury Hunt go-to guy for insights, information, intelligence, and a good 'ol fashioned chat.
The South African hospitality personality may be a high flying hotelier now, but the general manager of Paresa Resort got his start in F&B (think manager at The Ivy and Les Trois Garçons restaurants in London), a passion that still burns brightly. Why else would you get certified as a sake sommelier in Japan? Hotels, food, and beverage – Dawid knows, eats, and drinks it all.
What started as Phuket’s first wedding planner is now Thailand’s – if not the region’s – most sought after wedding and event organizers. To deliver their signature wow factor, founder Jeanette makes no excuses, keeping her eagle eye on every small detail to ensure the impact is as big as they come.
One man's font is another man's wand, and Thom, as he's known, is a seasoned graphic designer, brander, and an expert at translating the intangible into typography, shapes and colors. When not staring at the screen or making noice with white space, he's peering through lenses in pursuit of yet more visual aesthetics with photography.
First a professional chef, then a banker, but despite whichever hat David is wearing, one thing is constant – the love of travel. When the Swissman hits the road, alone or with companion, it’s the best or nothing, and the destination must make the journey worth it.
Banana by nickname and bananas when she lets her hair down, the founder of Touchable is dead serious when it comes to adorning spaces with furniture that brings rooms to life. What do Azerai Luang Prabang, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, The Way Dhaka, La Maison de Suite in Himeji, Japan, have in common? That’s right, hers truly, the artist with the LuxuryHunt eye for aesthetics.
Defying the perceived gray lining of luxury, Sophana injects a sense of renewed wonder through her youth-tinted glasses. Through her day job as digital editor for Elle Thailand (and formerly full-time huntress with LuxuryHunt), she trawls for all things fab and honing her radar to seek out the needle in the haystack.
The third-generation wine merchant and purveyor of refined lifestyles opened Sii’s eyes – and palate – to the world of oenology when they met over 20 years ago, and since then, they’ve embarked on parallel visits to the world’s best resorts in the pursuit of perfection.
It was while working at a resort in the Maldives that Susan and Gerhard found their respective one and onlies, and since then Mr and Mrs von Rooyen have explored the world together from their adopted UAE home base.
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