"Paul Lister woke me up to the urgency of conservation over a decade ago. A driven philanthropist, he is creating a blueprint for how hospitality can support conservation. I am so proud our work for Alladale has accelerated exposing the challenges and spotlighting the solutions."
"When I dream of India, I am transported to the foothills of the Himalayas and Ananda. We launched this ground-breaking spa over 20 years ago and it is a place I hold dear to my heart. I have witnessed first-hand the transformative impact of what they offer."
"Founder Christine’s love of all things Portuguese has led her to create one of the most inventive yoga brands that we have come across. The products should be on every yogi's Christmas list. Her Portuguese retreat which brings together some of the most sought after teachers in the world, will be something to look forward to in 2021."
"Marina’s vision for Euphoria was a revelation to me. How amazing to learn about ancient wisdoms, Spartan fitness and metabolic health all in one place. And what a place - the views, the forest, Byzantine churches, mythical history…I hadn’t realised how beautiful the Peloponnese is."
"We first engaged with Four Seasons Maldives with the opening of Kuda Huraa in 1998 and dialled it up in 2006 when Landaa Giraavaru joined the family. I am tickled by the success of the Night Spa and the Surfing Champions Trophy - now in its 10th year - both of which we helped create. But it is the lows that bring you closest. The 2004 Tsunami and now Covid-19 have tested the leadership and strengthened the partnership on which we continue to build."
"Rarely is the term 'unique’ justifiable but with Malabar Retreats it really is. There is only one Dominique and Bibi; it’s incredibly rare to find Lu Jong (Tibetan Healing yoga) as a practice, and all set in such extraordinary locations. This combination makes these retreats utterly unique."
"I've loved watching Zena's business evolve. It launched at the best and worst of times, but through her ability to adapt, MasterPeace has continued to flourish. The At Home Art kits were my go-to gifts for family and friends during 2020 lockdowns and are always a source of creative respite for me."
"To dedicate your time, energy and money to improving the planet and the lives of future generations is to be admired. Which is why it's such a pleasure to work with Alexa and her team at NOW. What she doesn't know about the battle against climate change is barely worth knowing."
"I have known and respected Caroline’s ability to seek, select and robustly test the world’s best retreats for over a decade. We believe the ability to retreat with a group of likeminded people will be one of the things we will most crave when the world starts moving again. The IndigoEight team is looking forward to promoting the best of the best via Queen of Retreats."
"Every so often, a client comes along and knocks you sideways - not just with a physical product but in this case, a genuinely transformational worldview. If there was ever a moment of serendipity in my career, it was finding myself in China in early 2019. Enter Fred Tsao and SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute. Being on the team for this game changing project feels like an important responsibility."
"If we need proof that you can combine sophistication and sustainability, look no further than The Alpina Gstaad. With much of the hotel industry on its knees in 2020, this hotel is on track for its most successful year since its opening in 2012. I love their relevance to the new era of luxury travel."
"I spent a large part of my travels going to Africa in search of wildlife and wilderness and never considered Europe. I’ve now discovered that the bears and wolves of Romania can be just as exciting. This feels like the right time to stay closer to home and support people on the ground doing incredible things around conservation and tourism."
"If there is a single concept of which I am most proud of launching in the UK - it is the term Mayr. I first went to Austria 24 years ago when no one had heard of Mayr and they had no British guests. Now there are Mayr replicates around the world, but still only one pure Mayr and that is The Original. We have been partners through many iterations, and now, under Gabriella Schnitzler and her team, are confident it has never been better or stronger."
"It's exciting when you come on board with a brand at such an early stage. We love to help shape the storytelling, messaging and positioning of exciting and relevant newcomers. This is a design-led hotel which ticks all our boxes by prioritising nature, connection and healing."
"This is a brand with a cult following and I confess - I’m one of them. The SOS Body Balm has become an obsession and I’ve lost count of the number of people who stop to ask me what the fragrance is. How clever too that they’ve created a range called Beat The Blues at a time when we need it most."