The Experts
Those in the know when it comes to matters of quality share their insights & recommendations on all things luxurious

NEW Liz Biden

Liz Biden has had an eclectic career. In 1997 she turned her hands to luxury travel, building the impressive The Royal Portfolio of hotels which include Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park, La Residence in Franschhoek and Birkenhead House in Hermanus. Her latest project The Silo Hotel Cape Town has caused worldwide waves.



Christopher E. Stafford

Christopher E. Stafford, has more than 34 years’ experience in hospitality, travel and event management, Swedish national / world traveller Chris Stafford is what you call ‘a seasoned industry professional. Now Stafford is COO of the newly launched 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts. 



Frank Marrenbach

The innovative and inspirational Frank Marrenbach became CEO of the Oetker Collection in 2008.  The Oetker  Collection has a portfolio of legendary hotels including the recently acquired and renovated The Lanesborough London. Over the next decade Marrenbach  will supervise the Oetker Collection's acquisition of additional masterpiece hotels. 



Filip Boyen

Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s new catch phrase – 'independently minded' - suits the organisations new CEO down to the ground.  Filip Boyen cis bringing a fresh approach for the company’s 25th anniversary year. We caught up with him at ILTM in Cannes.


  Anchalika Kijkanakorn

The visionary founder and Managing Director of Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) is the woman who brought the concept of ‘boutique’ hotels  to Thailand. Kijkanakorn is also the first female, and the first Asian, Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) which represents more than 570 independent properties around the world. 



Sonia Cheng

Forbes has described Sonia Cheng as one of Asia’s most powerful businesswomen, we’d venture to suggest that she is in fact one of the world’s most powerful businesswomen. Here she talks to TLTB about the latest luxury travel news.


Jacqui Loon from Sabi Sabi in The Luxury Travel Bible

The 'First Lady' of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in South Africa and its co-owner, Jacqui Loon is a quietly powerful woman who has been the vision and drive behind the lodges for almost 35 years and shaped Sabi Sabi into the international award winning destination that it is today.'
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