THE LUXURY EXPERIENCE

    

THIERRY NAIDU, PHOENIX HOTELS – INTERVIEW

Imagine this : a Young lad of 10 from Mauritius, his mother was chef in a Relais & Châteaux.  There, he had first-hand experience of the hard work and also got the passion of  luxurious hotel life ! After a worldwide career, he now provides his passion and experience through his company “Phoenix hotels...

THIERRY BOUTSEN – FROM F1 TO THE BOARD ROOM

In the lobby of Boutsen Aviation, the monoplace stands out proudly on the wall; the Williams-Renault that led Thierry Boutsen to his first victory in Formula 1. It was on the wet asphalt of the Canadian Grand Prix in June 1989. Nostalgia? Not an ounce;  “just a wink,” he says.  Since many years, the...

PLANET EARTH… AU NATUREL

  In GENESIS, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen. Sebastião Salgado   In 1970, a 26-year-old  Brazilian Sebastião Salgado took hold of a camera for the first time, and looking through the viewfinder, suddenly life made sense to him. From that day onward, the camera...

BONHAMS, THE STORY FACTORY

The international fine art auction house, Bonhams (1793), is one of the last surviving British auction houses from the Georgian period. Today it is one of the three largest auction houses in the world.   This meteoric rise in the company’s fortunes started in 2000 when the current management led by chairman, Robert Brooks,...

CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON, MAGNIFICO!

If I had to choose one word to describe my experience in this hotel it would have to be “Magic”!   Rated among London’s finest 5-star luxury hotels, Corinthia Hotel is clearly an establishment that pushes the existing standards of luxury hotels in the English capital, if not the world, today.  It perfectly reflects...

MARCEL RAVIN, the chef who privilegies the melting pot

Since 2005, this native of Martinique is Top Chef of the kitchens of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, drawing on his past from his favorite lady – his grandmother. He is soft-spoken (more non-spoken) as he prefers to let his cooking do the talking; however when he does speak, you listen! Breaking all...

JUDE LAW – PEACE ONE DAY

His good looks are enough to send all the planet’s females wreaking havoc in any autograph line, but this fortunate handicap has not deter him from becoming the outstanding actor he is today. Jude Lawn as an actor, has received two Oscar nominations; Golden Globe awards, Laurence Olivier Award, Tony Award (yes, he is...

PININFARINA WITH PAOLO PININFARINA

There are no coincidences! Battista was nicknamed “Pinin” because he was the baby of the family. He survived the great wars (I and II) and forged a company whose name is synonymous with elegance, purity and quality. His son, Sergio carried the name to the top of the world despite the social crises facing...

THE EDITOR’S VISION OF BRIAN FINKE

It was about a decade ago that I began my observation of a photographer like none other that I ever come across. Following him through the years, I recognized an undefined power that produced a magnetic grip on the viewer. He portrays life and people in synonyms that make even the tiniest element in...

GEOFFREY KENT – INTERVIEW

Founder and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, Geoffrey Kent, was inducted into the prestigious British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2012, the year of the company’s fiftieth anniversary.  Ex-captain of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales’ polo team (1987 – 1991), he hovered between life and death after a nasty fall. His mild-mannered...

SPIRITED TUIGA

The beautiful giraffe of the seas glides into the shores of Monaco, and although she has lived more than a century, her coveted elegance still outshines any sailing vessel in her class. Her history began in 1909 in Spain, whose king Alfonse XIII decided to create a fleet of yachts. Entrusting his desire to...

ESPEN ØINO – INTERVIEW

In the June 2008 issue of Superyacht Business, Bransom Bean quoted Espen Øino: “It is always important to evolve in life. When it comes to yacht design,  however, the fundamentals really remain the same.”  The man who “never does any marketing,” is heralded as perhaps the world’s greatest yacht designer. F.1.M. : We are here...