As much as she’d like to, founder Sii can’t physically visit every single property in the ever-growing collection featured on LuxuryHunt.com. As such, she has selected a team of trusted guest curators to be her eyes and hands to pick out authentic travel experiences, as well as brand ambassadors to represent the spirit of LuxuryHunt across the world. These curators and ambassadors are like-minded people but otherwise from different walks of life, with varied backgrounds and careers including furniture designer, magazine editor, seasoned hotelier, Michelin star chef, artist, and celebrity singer.
Two years since the inaugural publication, we’re back with a bigger and better 2nd edition of
Launched in April 2019, the second edition of 100 Best coffee table book highlights LuxuryHunt’s latest travel experiences in 26 countries across the globe, including in new destinations from Cuba to Kenya. The expanded 744-page publication now comes in two sizes and features the same gorgeous photography which has captured the essence of the journey since 2014. For the first time, the 2019/2020 edition of 100 BEST also features people, experiences and brands.
A series of launch events during 2019 brings the 2019/2020 100 BEST to Phuket, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bali, Zürich, London, Chengdu and New York.
She heads up international sales, spreading the word of Swire Hotels around the world. He is a rising star, keeping the machine well-oiled at The Upper House and Pacific Place Apartments as general manager. Together, they are Swire’s power couple that’s set to take on the world of hospitality.
Nick’s down-to-earth attitude make him an approachable person, while his passion for travel and new adventures give the former VP of Per Aquum (and Minor VP Operations, Indian Ocean) plenty to say. His attention to detail makes him ideal for his current post as general manager at The Siam, a hotel that’s all about the details.
The long-standing general manager of Storchen Zurich does much more than keeping the hotel at the top of its game. A steadfast supporter of the LuxuryHunt cause and 100 Best, the Swiss tourism board member has opened the doors to Sprüngli, pointed Sii to Pilatus mountains, and gone out of his way to showcase his country.
The early internet investor got in early and cashed out early, retiring at the tender age of 35 to sail around the world. At the age of 50, opportunity came knocking, so he started working again, retiring for the second time 15 years later. You won’t find an individual more well travelled than him – as long as there is good food and wine he is happy.
Shane is walking encyclopedia of art and literature and, like LuxuryHunt, a supporter of print culture. He’s a publisher of art books, owner of galleries in New York and Bangkok, and the man to thank for the beautiful selection of books at Open House bookstore-slash-co-living-space at Central Embassy Bangkok.
Kerry sparkles, and not just because she works at Baccarat Hotel New York, where she is senior director of leisure sales. Herself a gem of a personality, she is an amazing face of luxury and also passionate about hospitality, thanks to her upbringing in New York where her father owned several restaurants.
This Swiss born German national was born with hospitality written in her stars. Prior to her current post as managing director of Epic Morocco, the third generation hotelier was general manager for the multi-award-winning Nihiwatu. Though her team size has shrunk exponentially, her ability to sift out authentic adventures continues to shine.
Some may know Mariano as Daily Dandy from his namesake travel blog, or during his time at Mont Cervin Palace Zermatt, Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois Basel, Faena Hotel Miami Beach or The Dolder Grand Zurich. Armed with an engaging personality and a multicultural mindset, the Swiss-Argentine is now embarking on his own business endeavors in the bespoke travel and art industry.
The former hospitality sales and marketing professional earned her stripes in hospitality with Chiva-Som Thailand, and now she is preaching what she knows, and is passionate about. The founder of Heavens Portfolio is a Sales and Marketing communications powerhouse whose enviable list of partner clients includes some of the biggest luxury brands.
In Rene, Sii recognizes a like-minded individual with the same passion for great hotels. The travel guru draws from his experience with flight services to head up The Passionist hospitality training and coaching to share the knowledge of what distinguishes the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Don’t let the suit and tie fool you – the VPO for Kempinski and NUO Hotels Asia is an adrenaline junkie. The Swiss national has over 30 years of luxury hospitality experience with the likes of Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula hotel groups, but he satisfies his appetite for adventure with skydiving, mountain climbing, and skiing.
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, Alila Villas Uluwatu and currently Head of Operations Alila Asia Pacific; 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.
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 graduate, the world has always been his oyster.
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 Fusion Resort Nha Trang 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.
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.