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SEPTEMBER 2023 THE GIST The World Tourism Day was just around the corner, and tourist season has officially begun. The tourism industry is similar to going to the theatre. While the audience (tourists in this case) enjoy their holiday, there are so many pieces of the puzzle that need to fit perfectly for someone to enjoy their vacation. Our travel special issue focuses on all the actors and directors of the Great Tourism Opera, the luxury hotels, experience directors, concierges, airplanes and travel services and planners who make every trip live up to its ideal dream. Let us take you on a tour of all that the world has on offer, one destination and page at a time, Payel Majumdar Upreti —Editor The great tourism orchestra S O C I A L M E D I A ADVERTISING SALES Mumbai (022 - 6846 8500) Regional Manager (West) — Katty Gia (+91 98705 32295) • Senior Manager — Lamont Dias (+91 91674 14988) Delhi (011 - 4562 5810) Sr. General Mgr. (North) — Asha Augustine (+91 98182 80431) Kerala (+91 94140 69321) — Sanjai Krishnan Manager Mktg. Services — Salim B • Client Servicing Manager — Reshma Malvankar Founders — Marzban Patel / Anita Patel • Director Publishing — Indu Joshi • Chief Marketing Officer — Apeksha Mehta Editor — Payel Majumdar Upreti • Writers — Arushi Sakhuja, Schenelle Dsouza, Jade Crasto Creative Director — Muhammad Jaan Faruqui This magazine is printed by and produced by Mediascope Representation (India) LLP. Opinions herein are the writers’ and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mediascope. Editorial enquiries concerning the reproduction of articles, advertising and circulation should be addressed to: LuxeBook, Mediascope Representation (India) LLP., 51, Doli Chamber, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005, India. Email: Material in this publication may not be reproduced, whether in part or in whole, without the consent of the publisher. Mumbai - Palladium Mall, Lower Parel - Art of Time, Waterfield Road, Bandra New Delhi - DLF Chanakya Mall, Chanakyapuri - Kapoor Watch Co, Emporio Mall - Ethos Summit, Select City Mall, Saket Chennai - Ethos Summit, Palladium Mall I Bangalore - Ethos Summit, UB City Mall Gurgaon - Kapoor Watch Co, Ambience Mall, NH8 I Hyderabad - Ethos Summit, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills Kolkata - Ethos Summit, Shakespeare Sarani Road extend your international limited warranty for up to 8 years on

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BY SCHENELLE DSOUZA From portable steamers and coffee makers to AirTags and spy detectors, innovative tech-inspired travel essentials for your next trip Wired wanderlust Packing for a trip is always a daunting task. Choosing what to take and just how much to take with you often seems like a tough round of Sophie’s Choice. Now the term ‘essentials’ was initially limited to garments and toiletries, but as of today, its so much more than that. Tech gadgets for example have become a crucial part of packing for any trip, be it business or leisure. From smartwatches to wireless earphones and dongles, the number of tech essentials has significantly increased, going well beyond just chargers and power banks. But simply stocking up all your smart gadgets into your carry-on isn’t the smartest idea. While packing tech essentials for a trip, be sure to categorise your items based on their purpose and practicality. It is best to go with items that relate to safety, health, and functionality only, to save space and weight. And if you’re still struggling with your choices, here are some travel friendly tech essentials that are worth taking with you. 1. Apple AirTag Whether you’re a careful traveller or just someone who easily forgets where they packed small essentials, the Apple AirTag is perfect for keeping track of your belongings. The tiny pucklike device can be attached to small items like your keys, wallet, or other valuables, and can be geo-tracked with the Find My app on your Apple devices. For a more personalised touch, users can also get their AirTags engraved with initials, numbers and/or emojis. Buy Here 2. Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger Packing multiple Apple devices? Then the Belkin Boost Charger is for you.The 3-in-1 wireless charger is conveniently designed to charge the Apple Watch, iPhone and AirPods simultaneously. The 15-watt magnetic charging module safely provides the fastest possible charge for the iPhone 12, 13 and 14 series, allowing you to charge in both portrait and landscape orientations. Buy Here 3. Jepwco G4 Pro Anti Spy Detector Regardless of your choice of accommodation during a trip, safety is a concern for many given the surge of hidden cameras, microphones and other recording devices found in various accommodations. A seemingly ordinary looking device, the Jepwco G4 Pro comes with 25-hour battery lifer and a detection range of 1Mhz - 6.5Ghz which can easily detect eavesdropping devices, wired and wireless cameras and GPS locators.. Buy Here 4. LARQ PureVis Self-Cleaning Water Bottle A self-cleaning water bottle is your best friend during a trek or a camping trip in the woods.The first of its kind, the LARQ Bottle has a built-in purification system that uses PureVis technology to eliminate up to 99 per cent of bio-contaminants such a E. Coli. At the press of a button, the bottle will safely purify your water every two hours. Buy Here 5. Steamery Cirrus 3 Iron Steamer The bane of travelling with creased clothing is real and packing a steam iron for every trip is not exactly plausible. But a portable steamer is a great alternative. Compact and convenient, the hybrid Cirrus 3 iron steamer has a voltage of 110-120V and heats up to the same temperature as level 1 on a standard iron. The hot steam also reduces bad smells and kills bacteria, making it a great alternative to washing. Keeping safety in mind, the steamer will automatically shut off after 30-minutes of inactivity. Buy Here 6. Wacaco Minipresso If you enjoy coffee on-the-go, then the Wacao Minipresso is a worthy investment. A lightweight, portable coffee maker, the Wacao Minipresso allows you to grind coffee beans and make your own coffee from scratch, just the way you like it. The device also comes with an espresso cup and a scoop for a steaming cup of coffee anytime, anywhere. Buy Here 1 2 4 6 5 3 4|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|5 TRENDING

The best airport lounges in the world AIRPORT LOUNGES T ravelling inevitably involves a lot of waiting around for flights. However, these uber-luxe airport lounges will make arriving early at the airport more than worth it. Premium airport lounges are redefining luxury, offering plenty of world-class services and amenities that will leave you impressed. Today, first- and business-class airport lounges are more than a place to catch a buffet and work with a great Wi-Fi connection. From spas to exclusive menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs, cigar rooms, and yoga studios to grand decor, luxury airport lounges are being designed to cater to the crème de la crème of travellers. As travel surges, airlines and credit card companies are competing for customer loyalty, adding perks for frequent flyers. The flourishing industry (with a vast market) is on the rise. Lounges are working hard to bring extreme comfort and luxury to frequent fliers. Air France La Première Lounge, Paris Air France’s La Première cabin is one of the most stylish and luxurious first-class flying experiences in the world. It offers top-notch services like a chauffeur, Michelin-star quality cuisine, and a luxurious experience from the moment you leave for the airport until you arrive at your destination. After a major renovation, the airline has reopened its flagship firstclass lounge at Charles de Gaulle, featuring a refreshed bar, semi-private relaxation spaces and new artwork. The dining room still serves cuisine crafted by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Access: If you are fortunate enough to be flying in Air France’s La Première cabin departing from or connecting through Paris, you are in for a treat. Alternatively, if you are travelling on a lengthy Air France or Delta flight that lacks La Première cabins, you can purchase access to the lounge for 500 euros ($600) or 75,000 of the airline’s Flying Blue frequent flier miles per person. The lounge is intended to provide an exclusive experience and is accessible for free to Air France first-class passengers. Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong Premium cabin flight bookings and airline elite status can provide access to exclusive airline lounges at airports around the world, which many points and miles enthusiasts aspire to visit. Cathay Pacific operates two first-class lounges at Hong Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai Al Mourjan Lounge, The Garden, Hamad International Airport, Qatar From Paris to Sydney and Doha, these are the most luxurious airport lounges to travel in style. BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA 6|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|7

Kong International Airport - The Wing in Terminal 1’s south departures hall and The Pier in the north departure hall. The latter features eight private day suites with fully equipped shower suites, an à la carte restaurant, and The Retreat, an in-house spa with complimentary massages. Designed by London-based Studioilse, the space replicates the ambience of a contemporary apartment with the use of walnut, bronze, and brass warmth, leather and mohair-upholstered furniture for tactility, and honed green onyx for its rich colour. For aviation enthusiasts, there are elegant sitting areas with floor-to-ceiling windows providing gorgeous views, and a distinctive, horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar with a pale green onyx top for the see-and-be-seen scenesters. The mid-century-inspired restaurant serves classy continental fare, including the airline’s signature spicy dan dan noodles. For those seeking peace, there are eight-day rooms and shower suites in The Retreat portion, as well as a small spa offering complimentary mini treatments like facials and foot massages. Access: Entry to the first-class lounges is available to firstclass passengers flying on Cathay Pacific or other Oneworld alliance first-class flights, as well as Cathay Gold members and Oneworld Sapphire members flying a Oneworld airline. Oneworld Sapphire members may access the lounges regardless of the class of ticket they are travelling on. Cathay elite members may also earn Cathay Pacific lounge passes for themselves or to gift to friends and family members. Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai The Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport is at its terminal. The Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport spans a floor to include many seating areas, shower suites, and semi-private quiet rooms for napping, as well as a wine cellar, two cigar lounges, and an in-house spa. Once you enter, you can treat yourself to a wine tasting in the lounge’s cellar or relax with a spa treatment at Timeless Spa. If you need a quick pick-me-up, grab an espresso at the coffee bar or enjoy a cigar in the cigar lounge. Additionally, there is a vast selection of duty-free shops within the lounge’s arcade. The dining room provides an extensive buffet with a variety of dishes from sushi to pastries, as well as à la carte options. You can order food and drinks from any of the seating areas available. The dining room boasts an array of international cuisine, including Mediterranean dishes and a Moët & Chandon Champagne lounge. If you need to unwind, there are shower suites and semi-private quiet rooms available for napping. Access: If you want to spend some time here, you’ll need to have Emirates Skywards Platinum elite status or be departing in first class on an Emirates flight. Al Mourjan Lounge, The Garden, Hamad International Airport, Qatar The Hamad International Airport in Doha has recently introduced a new lounge called The Garden, which is an extension of the Al Mourjan Business Lounge. It is located at the northern end of the terminal, while the Al Mourjan Lounge is located at the southern end. The highlight of The Garden is the Louis Vuitton Lounge, which is the first of its kind in the world. The lounge provides a stunning view of the airport’s indoor tropical garden, The Orchard. The Louis Vuitton Lounge, designed by Yannick Alleno, features a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Alleno. The lounge is adorned with the iconic Louis Vuitton logo on the floor and even on the food. The lounge also boasts designer furniture, including low tables designed by India Mahdavi and Costela armchairs by Martin Eisler. It is important to note that the restaurant is not complimentary, unlike the food served at The Garden’s dining area. Access: The Garden is exclusively available to passengers flying with Qatar Airways and other Oneworld member airlines in its premium cabins. The new airport lounge has seating for up to 707 guests and 24 quiet rooms and is open for travellers 24/7. Delta Sky Club, JFK At JFK’s Terminal 4, the new Delta Sky Club opened in July. It’s a large 14,000-square-foot area with a beautiful 360-degree marble bar, offering seasonal cocktails, beer, and wine. There are four soundproof booths available for phone calls or relaxation, a covered patio that overlooks the airfield, and an electric outlet for every seat in the lounge, which totals 250. The local chefs are featured on the menu, and currently, until September, Jewish deli favourites like vegetarian latkes, brisket hash sandwiches, and labneh parfait by Elyssa Heller, the founder and CEO of Edith’s Eatery & Grocery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, are being highlighted. Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge, Ataturk International Airport This lounge is one of the largest in the world, spanning over 60,000 square feet and accommodating up to 765 people. Turkish Airlines offers a two-story space with various Delta Sky Club, JFK Oman Air’s First-Class Lounge, Muscat Qantas First Loung, Sydney Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa, Abu Dhabi Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa, Abu Dhabi entrance Louis Vuitton Lounge, The Garden, Hamad International Airport, Qatar 8|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|9

amenities for all ages. Adults can enjoy golf simulators, private suites and massages, while children can engage themselves in a playroom filled with legos and toys. There are comfortable seating areas throughout the lounge, including individual cabins for those who prefer a quiet space to work or nap. The multimedia room boasts a wall of televisions for entertainment, and the business centre is equipped with iMacs. For those who are hungry, there are several food stations offering buffet and made-to-order specialties like pide, gözleme, and baklava. If the lounge is crowded, private shower suites are available. Flyers can also browse through an exhibition showcasing football memorabilia from the UEFA Champions League dating back to 2005. Top-tier passengers can indulge in traditional delicacies such as baklava, revani, tulumba, Turkish coffee, and other Turkish delights while listening to live piano music in the background. Access: The Business Lounge is available to business-class passengers flying Turkish Airlines or its Star Alliance partners, and Star Alliance Gold status holders flying in economy. Elite and Elite Plus members of the Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles program and Star Alliance Gold travellers can enjoy the Miles & Smiles Lounge. You can also purchase lounge access. Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport is the hub of Etihad Airways, and it boasts the airline’s top-notch lounge. This lounge provides travellers with exceptional experiences, including access to a spa and a cigar room. The lounge, which is open 24/7 and spans 1,700 sq m, is designed to cater to passengers of The Residence (a three-room suite) and First-Class suites, as well as Etihad Platinum members and eligible guests from partner airlines. The lounge is spacious and has 16 different zones, including a gym, a Six Senses Spa, a style and shave barbershop, and a nail salon. Visitors can enjoy Arabic coffee and dates in the open foyer, followed by a luxurious smoke session in the cigar lounge or a glass of bubbly at the Champagne bar. Shower suites are available on request, and they feature a marble vanity, a private toilet with a bidet, and Acqua di Parma products. Access: The First-Class Lounge is open 24/7 and is accessible to those arriving in or departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport with Etihad Airway’s First Class or The Residence, travellers with Etihad Guest Platinum status, or by paying a fee. Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London Virgin Atlantic singlehandedly made flying fun again when it debuted back in the 1980s. Virgin Atlantic’s flagship London Clubhouse is a great reflection of its unique ethos. The key highlight is its 45-foot cocktail bar, as well as a brasserie serving and dining room with à la carte selections (like the classic Clubhouse cheeseburger), where you can also linger over a leisurely afternoon tea. The best feature, though, is the Clubhouse’s open-air rooftop, from which you can relax and watch planes take off. Travellers can get their heart rate up on one of the lounge’s Peloton bikes before grabbing a shower or heading to the Clubhouse’s outdoor terrace with a drink to get fresh air. Your first stop, however, should be the salon and spa desk to book a first-come, first-served complimentary hair or spa treatment, so you look your best for your flight. Access: To get in, you need to be flying Virgin Atlantic Upper Class or Delta One, or some combination of high-end elite status with Virgin Atlantic or one of its airline partners. Qantas First Lounge, Sydney Qantas’ First Lounge in Sydney is arguably the best in the country. The sprawling space is segmented by dramatic European oak frames that add visual intrigue to the otherwise minimalistic decor. Spanning over 21,000 square feet, the lounge boasts seasonal menus curated by renowned Australian chef Neil Perry, an impressive collection of awardwinning wines, barista-made coffee, marble-clad showers, and private business suites and conference rooms. However, what sets this lounge apart from others is its day spa featuring LaGaia products. Another iconic postmark of the lounge is its vast and unexpected greenery designed by tropical botanist Patrick Blanc. There’s a large vertical garden at the lounge entrance and plant-lined walls in the spa’s treatment rooms. Additionally, frequent flyers can rejuvenate their skin with a facial to counteract the effects of changing elevations. Access: Available to first-class fliers on Qantas, Emirates, or Oneworld partner flights. Certain Qantas, Emirates, and Oneworld elites departing on Qantas, Emirates, or Oneworld partner airline flights can also enter. If you’re not flying first, you can purchase access to the lounge or use airline miles. Oman Air First-Class Lounge, Muscat The Oman Air’s First-Class Lounge at MCT is undeniably one of the most striking lounges on the list. The lounge is adorned with wavy golden walls and ceiling details that add to its luxurious appeal. Unlike other lounges that can be quite crowded, this lounge is usually calm and serene due to the limited number of first-class flights available. There is only one first-class flight each day to London Heathrow, and the only other destination that offers first-class flights is Salalah. The golden accents are visible throughout the lounge, including the shower suite, restaurant, and cocktail bar. You can enjoy a personalized meal or a relaxing spa treatment before your flight. Hours and access: The First-Class Lounge is open 24/7 and available to those flying first class on Oman Air. If you are not one of the few flying first class, try Business Class Lounge, which is accessible to business- and first-class passengers, as Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge, Ataturk International Airport Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong 10|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|11

A friend when you travel... in style From wellness trips to impact travel to private rentals, concierge services are adapting to a new era of luxury travel. BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA Traditionally,a concierge was a person at a hotel who handled guests’ travel arrangements or purchased tickets for events they wished to attend. Fast forward to 2023, and the meaning of concierge has transformed significantly. Today, a concierge is much more like a luxury lifestyle manager who ensures complete guest satisfaction. Luxury concierge services promise to fulfil their client’s every whim. Whether it be access to exclusive experiences or the most elusive of products. Want to make your way into the most exclusive of nightclubs? Want to get your hands on the latest IT bag? Or dine at an almost-impossible-to-get-into restaurant? You got it all! Luxury concierge services extend far beyond. Today, personalisation is a key driver of growth in the luxury concierge industry with services tailored to meet unique preference and requirements of each client, ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction, said Yeishan Goel, Group CEO, THRS (Travel and Hospitality Representation Services). Mr Hemant Mediratta, Founder and CEO HMC Enterprise – a strategic advisory for global tourism and hospitality brands – agrees with the statement that the concept of luxury travel and concierge services has undergone a remarkable evolution over time. He believes this transformation has shifted the focus from traditional luxury to highly personalized and experiential journeys. “Luxury concierge travel services aim is to elevate every aspect of the traveller’s journey, ensuring that every moment is a cherished memory in the making,” expressed Mr Hemant Mediratta. From a contemporary viewpoint, a concierge is a personal assistant, who provides a wide range of services to affluent clients. This can include booking spa services, securing last-minute restaurant reservations even at exclusive restaurants and organizing unique experiences, such as private helicopter tours. Ultimately, the concierge’s objective is to ensure guests’ desires are met, and they have a seamless and unforgettable experience. The luxury concierge service is adapting to a new era. “Today, travelers seek unique, tailor-made experiences that go beyond plush accommodations, emphasizing exclusive access and unforgettable moments. Luxury is the freedom to get what I want, how I want, and when I want it, and luxury travel and concierge service commitment make this freedom a reality for their discerning clientele,” added Mediratta. Yeishan Goel, Group CEO, THRS (Travel and Hospitality Representation Services) The Grand Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam 12|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|13 IN ATTENDANCE

Travel concierge services The world of luxury travel has undergone significant changes in recent years, with 2023 seeing a surge in demand for personalized experiences, exclusive access, and unique offers. Many consumers are now willing to pay extra for bespoke and luxury services, with a focus on authentic and culturally-enriching experiences rather than mass tourism. This makes luxury travel concierge services an essential aspect of travel planning. While other concierge services can assist with your travel needs, a dedicated travel concierge is better equipped to provide tailored recommendations and insider knowledge. Your travel concierge acts as your personal travel assistant, whether you’re pressed for time or seeking the most luxurious experiences, albeit at a cost. They can handle everything from travel arrangements to recommending the best local dining spots and even assisting with last-minute shopping. “Travel concierge services differentiate themselves by offering a level of personalization and exclusivity that transcends traditional travel agencies,” Mediratta told LuxeBook. He perfectly summarized travel concierge services as “the architects of unforgettable journeys, ensuring every detail reflects the traveler’s individuality.” However, for Goel, the line between luxury concierge services and travel concierges have been blurred. He attributes this to the rising demand for luxe travel and exclusive, personalised experiences continues to rise. “ Today, most companies in luxury concierge segment are setting up their own holiday curation divisions by hiring personnel from similar backgrounds or have even partnered with reputed travel agencies to offer these services to their customers.” He futher says, the luxury market in India has expanded many folds, encompassing not only traditional luxury goods but also luxury experiences and services. Luxury travel concierges cater to this expanding market by providing customised, high-end experiences amongst other services. However, India remains to be a heterogenous market where there’s sizeable consumer diversity specially in paths to purchase. Many discerning travellers for instance, still curate their own holidays even if takes more time and effort since they derive a sense of value in “doing it yourself”. At the start of the century, AmEx introduced concierge services to India. Since then, other companies have entered this industry. While American Express has been the biggest in the segment with their black card, the Centurion and their platinum charge card, Goel pointed out a key fact saying that when you look at deeply customised premium and experiential vacations, boutique travel designers are extremely capable and sought after. While the exact size of India’s luxury concierge services industry is unknown, industry leaders estimate it to be around Rs 500 crore. “The Indian luxury travel market is at its most virile time at the moment and luxury concierge service industry has experienced significant growth and transformation in the recent years with 1314% compounded growth (CAGR), year on year. From boutique holiday designers to concierge companies opting to offer these services, several factors have contributed to this expansion making it a prominent and competitive sector within the luxury travel space at large,” said Goel. The worldwide luxury concierge service market is expected to exceed US$731.4 million in revenue by 2030, with a CAG growth rate of 5.5% during the forecast period from 2022 to 2030. Speaking on the growing The Farm Big Lagoon Mr Hemant Mediratta, Founder and CEO HMC Enterprise 14|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|15

demand Mediratta shared that as travelers increasingly seek unique and exclusive experiences, the market continues to expand, presenting vast opportunities for growth and innovation. “India, a land of rich traditions and diverse cultures, is also a high-touch and highservice market. The essence of the Indian traveler lies in the art of outsourcing services, seeking the utmost convenience and excellence in every aspect of the journey. This presents a phenomenal opportunity in India for top-notch luxury travel concierge services to flourish and cater to the discerning needs of travelers who aspire for nothing but the very best. Indian travellers, in their quest for distinct and transformative experiences, are setting new standards in luxury travel. They are not just tourists; they are explorers of the extraordinary.” Some of the top tourist destinations for Indians continue to Southeast Asia and Middle East for short -haul destinations and Europe and America for longer vacations, shares Goel. “India has seen a surge in both domestic and international tourism with travellers seeking premium services to enhance their travel experiences including assistance with itinerary planning, luxury accommodation and unique experiences at the destinations.” The rising market It is now evident that the demand for luxury travel and concierge services is growing rapidly. In post pandemic times, consumer lifestyles have significantly evolved – there is a shift towards valuing authentic experiences over material possessions Goel told LuxeBook. “We are seeing more individuals opting for luxury travel as it is perceived to be more comfortable, reliable and there is a sense of predictability in the quality of services. Given the macro-economic growth that our country is witnessing, there is a natural increment in the number of high-net-worth individuals and affluent consumers that’s creating a strong demand for personalised and premium services.” The reason behind this trend could be attributed to various factors such as the increase in disposable income of consumers globally, the competition to experience the most luxurious events in a city, or simply a new way of exploring a city. “Travel aspirations have evolved significantly, with individuals now seeking destinations that offer not just unique and immersive experiences but also transformational ones. Picture a golf game with the legendary Tiger Woods, a personal coaching lesson by Roger Federer, or perhaps the thrill of drifting cars in the bustling streets of Tokyo. These are the kinds of extraordinary experiences that capture the imagination of today’s travelers, believes Mediratta. In recent times, consumer spending on luxury items and services has surged, and this is expected to drive the growth of the luxury concierge service market. Moreover, the collaboration of multiple players in the industry, including hospitality partners, food and beverage experts, and travel service providers, is making travel more convenient. However, the most significant driver of the global luxury concierge service market growth is the demand for personalized and customized travel experiences. According to a survey by ARC, the global luxury travel market is projected to reach $8,460 million by the end of 2024. Another survey by Resonance reveals that the wealthiest 5% take an average of 14.3 trips per year for business and pleasure, highlighting the need for bespoke luxury experiences. This trend is a boon for toptier services to attract and retain luxury travelers. The rise in demand for luxury travel concierge services is a reflection of the evolving hotel industry and consumer behavior. “We are seeing more individuals opting for luxury travel as it is perceived to be more comfortable, reliable and there is a sense of predictability in the quality of services.” — Yeishan Goel 16|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 ekaya. in

BY SHIBANI BAWA The Läderach history goes back to 1970, when Rudolf Läderach Jr. created an innovative method of making chocolate truffle shells that could be sold to hotels and other chocolatiers who then finished the products with their own filling to sell them under their own brand name.The decades-long family business has come a long way since early days and carved a niche for itself amongst the highest echelons of fine confections. Today, these luscious chocolates, truffles, pralines and tablets that are hand-crafted and made exclusively in Switzerland are shipped to various countries across the globe. After making a mark in the USA, Canada, UK, China, the Middle East and Singapore, Läderach has made a foray into India in partnership with DS Foods Ltd, a part of one of India’s leading FMCG conglomerates, Dharampal Satyapal Group (DS Group). The hype around the much-loved Swiss chocolate brand was palpable even before the official launch at New Delhi’s glitzy DLF Emporio. Social media was abuzz with many luxury influencers narrating stories about enjoying these gourmet chocolates during memorable holidays in Switzerland, or their loved ones carrying back these delicious treats for them from the beautiful alpine country. It is this love and appreciation for Läderach that prompted the family to venture into the Indian market. The signature offerings of the brand are the large handcrafted slabs of Frischschoggi or fresh chocolate. So, it was only appropriate for the talented confectioner and member of the Läderach family responsible for innovation and production, Elias Läderach, to conduct a masterclass during the launch in Delhi where guests could make customized slabs of Läderach with their favourite mix of ingredients. We caught up with Elias Läderach, winner of World Chocolate Masters 2018, the world’s largest competition dedicated to creativity with chocolate, on all things chocolate as well as their plans for the Indian market. Following are some excerpts from our conversation. Indians love Läderach! What makes Läderach so special? If we talk specifically about our chocolate, what makes us stand out is the freshness. Many people associate freshness with fruits, vegetables and salads, but not necessarily with chocolate. Fresh chocolate is much richer in flavour and quality than a chocolate that is several months or a year old. And freshness is really the secret behind our quality because we are one of the few After a successful unveiling of the Swiss craft chocolate brand, Läderach’s first store in New Delhi’s swanky DLF Emporio, LuxeBook caught up for an exclusive tete-e-tete with the scion of this chocolatier family, Elias Läderach, on their plans for the India market. Luscious indulgence: Läderach launches in India 18|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|19 CHOCOLATE & MORE

conditions for the staff. For instance, in Ghana we source from four villages that produce cocoa exclusively for us. Since they had insufficient water, we built wells in each of the four villages. We also help some of our suppliers to have an additional income besides growing cocoa, so invest in people by teaching them skills like baking that can supplement income, especially if a cocoa crop fails. What are the current trends in the world of craft chocolate? There are various trends such as vegan chocolate,healthy chocolate that is low in sugar and so on, but I must add here that we don’t compromise on the quality or taste profile just to create a product that is trendy. While most dark chocolate is vegan since it does not contain milk, last year we introduced a vegan milk chocolate that we developed over some time. Another trend that I am noticing in food, in general, is that we’re going back to very easy to understand and simple recipes, made with very good ingredients. Our Frischschoggi is a wonderful example of this. In keeping with ‘conscious consumption’, I want people to enjoy and indulge in our chocolate that is truly good quality - ours is not a mass product that people buy just to fill their stomach. Did you get any special words of advice from your mentors? My father always told us that while we must stick to the values of the family and the company, we must also change or rethink the business model every few years. He really encourages us to be bold in trying new things and changing business models. What advice would you give to young chocolate makers embarking on this journey? It is very important to dream big and don’t give up! Be ambitious, push for it and learn from the best. Also, don’t get discouraged when someone criticizes you – if you can take it in a good way you can really learn from criticism and even profit from it. How would you like people to enjoy Läderach? I encourage people to enjoy Läderach chocolate very consciously. You should indulge with all five senses – look at it, touch it, when you break it you should hear the snap, smell it and when you bite it, let it melt on your tongue. Also, enjoying our chocolates with the right people and in a nice ambience makes all the difference. companies that source the cocoa beans ourselves and manage the whole supply chain up to our own stores – for every bag of cocoa we know the partners in the origin countries, and even the farmer from whom it is sourced. Why is now the right time to make your foray into India? We began to venture into international markets in response to the many tourists from various countries claiming they loved our products and wanted them to be available in their countries. That’s how we spread our footprint in the United States, the UK, and now in India. We already had a lot of tourists buying our chocolates, as well as wealthy families that wanted to gift our products at weddings. That’s when we realized that Indians appreciate good chocolate and they’re willing to spend adequately for quality chocolate. So that’s why we think it’s a good time for us to be in India now. What are your plans for the Indian market? The first step was to find the right partner because if we franchise, we take a lot of time and are very picky about working with a partner that really fits our values in terms of quality, as well as the retail experience that we like to offer. We are happy to partner with the DS Group, which is also a family-owned business. After Delhi, we plan to open five to seven stores in the next few years; we are evaluating various cities for the same. Are you planning to introduce all your products in India? All the main categories are available in India, but not in all the flavours. Our iconic product is the Frischschoggi – we have about 12 flavours of it in India currently but overall we have about 24 flavours in Switzerland. Even in pralines, we have about 15 varieties here but overall we have about 35-40. It is quite a challenge with the customs and labelling, but we are working on it. What are your thoughts on sustainability in the world of luxury chocolates? We are very particular about sustainability, and that is one of the primary reasons for us to partner with the DS Group in India. Sustainability was also one of the main reasons that prompted us to source cocoa on our own. While we do like to have the top quality cocoa produced to our high standards, we also ensure the right social 20|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|21

Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort A pristine spa to unwind and recover, perched atop a hill, Moksha offers awe-inspiring views of Shivalik hill ranges, setting the stage for an unforgettable stay. Nestled amidst the breathtaking Himalayas, the Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort offers an unparalleled escape into nature’s embrace. It’s a place where luxury seamlessly blends with the serenity of the majestic mountains, creating a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Spanning an impressive 75,000 square feet, the in-house Moksha Spa is a sensory sanctuary and has been designed by Februar Image from Bangkok. With a interiors brought to life by P49 Design and Associates. Moksha Spa is housed in a state-of-the-art building inspired by a Thai Temple, creating an ambiance that enriches physical, and spiritual health, inner peace, and well-being. It’s a sensory space that awakens the senses of smell, touch, taste, and sight. Unlike spas that lack a view, upon drawing the curtain here, you can take in the stunning view of the mountain ranges. Services at the spa include a BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA For those looking for a true getaway, these are the best destinations for pampering, rest, and relaxation Destination Spas from around the globe diverse range of wellness treatments, from Ayurveda to international treatments, one of the standout experiences is the Turkish Hammam ritual, a 120-minute journey of purification and detoxification for the mind, body, and soul. It includes herbal steam, a coffee scrub, an aromatherapy massage with rose oil, rose clay pastes, and a soothing head massage. The resort is conveniently accessible via Chandigarh Airport and Kalka Railway Station. Spa Arbour on the Edge Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman Located on the edge of Jabal Akhdar, the Spa Arbour at Alila Jabal Akhdar offers a breathtaking view of the Omani mountains. It provides guests with the opportunity to reconnect with their inner selves while immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Rustic, earthy and calming, this spot celebrates the extraordinary and showcases the perfect balance between nature and wellness. For those who seek a unique experience, the outdoor cabanas offer a special treat. Nestled amidst It is now more important than ever to take a break, recharge, and disconnect. The world’s top spas are more than just places for luxurious treatments. These peaceful sanctuaries offer a unique sense of location, regional charm, local traditions, and much more. The best spas in the world range from tropical retreats in Southeast Asia to Switzerland, each providing a distinct approach to rejuvenation based on their natural setting and wellness philosophy. These resort spas offer a variety of wellness experiences, tailored to create a personalized experience for restoring balance and indulging your senses. Whether you’re looking to relax, reconnect with a special someone, or simply escape from it all, we have curated a list of some of the most renowned destinations worldwide. Below are the top destination hotel spas to include in your travel plans. Spa Arbour on the Edge Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman; Facing page: Moksha In the Himalayas LUXURY AND LEISURE 22|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|23

the mountain’s natural splendor, these cabanas provide an unparalleled sense of being at the edge of the world where tranquility and beauty meet. Alila Jabal Akhdar’s spa experiences use ingredients harvested from their own gardens, such as juniper, rose, and frankincense, to infuse treatments with the pure essence of the mountains. This approach not only enhances the authenticity of the spa experience but also ensures its effectiveness, leaving guests feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island The Over Water Spa If you’re looking for a spa experience in the Maldives, you can expect stunning views of the underwater world and crystal-clear blue waters here. The Over Water Spa at Conrad Maldives, located on Rangali Island, is perfect for anyone seeking a truly immersive wellness experience. You’ll be able to gaze at the mesmerizing coral below through the glass floors of the treatment rooms, creating a serene environment for personalized holistic treatments. There are 17 rituals available, each one designed to nourish, rejuvenate, and heal using the properties of living water, essential oils, and precious gemstones. Skilled therapists will guide you through a quantum healing experience that promises to elevate your overall well-being. Immerse yourself in the soothing world underwater and let yourself be transported to a dreamy paradise Talise Spa at Jumeirah Bali Located in Jumeirah Bali, Talise Spa offers a unique spa experience that takes relaxation to the next level. The spa provides a serene setting with sweeping views of a traditional Balinese healing garden, creating a verdant sanctuary to indulge in soul-healing therapies. Drawing on the Hindu-Javanese concept of ‘Satyam, Siwam, Sundaram’ (Truth, Consciousness, Bliss), the spa promotes the idea of living a balanced and harmonious life to achieve true beauty and spiritual purity. The team at Talise Spa believe that the needs of the body and spirit depend on the individual dominant chakras and birth elements, resulting in bespoke experiences, journeys and therapies that incorporate a local touch and Balinese spirituality. Let the aura of pristine white marble and a dimly illuminated space allow you to enter a regal world. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island The Over Water Spa Six Senses Zighy Bay Oman Talise Spa at Jumeirah Bali 24|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|25

Inside the spa, guests can enjoy an opulent Turkish hammam that pays tribute to Princess Campa. Talise Spa is the first spa in Bali to feature a Royal Hammam, offering decadent cleansing rituals, including the signature Royal Campa and Royal Dwara hammam experiences.These experiences promise deep relaxation and detoxification. Guests can lie down and rest amid regal splendour and twilight on a heated marble slab, transported to Princess Campa’s court where spirituality, self-care and appreciation of Bali’s natural beauty were essential to living a balanced life. Six Senses Zighy Bay Oman Nestled in Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula, where rugged mountains dive into vibrant emerald waters, across a powdery sand beach, the village-inspired resort gives the feeling of exotic remoteness, yet offers every comfort, easy accessibility and barefoot luxury beyond imagination. The award-winning spa offering a plethora of unique experiences is a key highlight. The Six Senses spa at Zighy Bay is a sanctuary of wellness surrounded by date palm trees and lime bushes. Past the luxurious welcome lounge and boutique retail area lie a steam room, a sauna, an ice cave and two Arabian-style hammams where traditional exfoliating rituals are held. Nine treatment rooms offer a menu of skin-purifying and soul soothing treatments. Highlights include: a cleansing Arabian Facial using natural ingredients such as figs, almond powder and warm honey; the Wonders of Oman body rasul and massage; and a full-body Jet Lag Recovery massage ritual to reset your internal clock. Euphoria Retreat, Greece The resort is located in the breathtaking mountain village of Mystras. This charming hill village provides a cooler retreat from the plains of Greece’s inner Peloponnese region and serves as a gateway to the ancient wonders of the Byzantine fortress that overlooks it. Drawing inspiration from age-old Chinese and Hellenic healing traditions, the spa offers a variety of sensual treatments, including Thai massages, multisensory experiences, and Euphoria-inspiring facials. Unwind with Ayurvedic treatments, an ancient Indian life science, followed by a refreshing dip in the infinity pool or waterwell. The impeccable design of the waterwell momentarily lets you break away from the rush of daily life. It offers a range of holistic therapies, designed to balance your psychological, emotional, and physical well-being, wellness programs include the popular Relax and DeStress option. Enhance your experience with treks and nature walks, a restorative journey through the magnificent mountains surrounding you. Euphoria Retreat’s Relax and De-Stress program, situated amongst the mystical Greek mountains, provides the perfect setting to take some well-deserved time off. The Banjaran Cave Treatment, Malyasia Experience tranquility amidst the towering Paleozoic limestone hills of Malaysia, at a lavish wellness spa retreat that utilizes its natural surroundings to revitalize you. Enjoy a range of unique deluxe features, such as geothermal hot springs dipping pools, an ice bath, and a meditation cave. The retreat draws inspiration from the ancient traditions of Malay Ramuan, Chinese Medicine, and Indian Ayurveda, offering over 40 healing treatments to choose from, including Reiki, Chakra Energy Balancing, and colon or antioxidant restorative hydrotherapy. One treatment that you must try at The Banjara is the Cave Treatment. The retreat is located in the midst of mystical caves hidden between limestone mountains, where some of these caverns have been thoughtfully adopted to enhance well-being while minimizing impact on the environment. Take refuge and rejuvenate in the Thermal Steam Cave, which features a natural sauna and ice bath, meditate in the silence of the Meditation Cave, or rebalance your energy in the Crystal Cave with a reiki session. Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre, Sweden Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Åre is a place that captivates everyone who visits. Positioned right in the heart of the ski slopes and boasting an elegant spa that blends seamlessly into the surrounding mountains, Copperhill Mountain Lodge is a sight to behold. Located on the top of Förberget mountain, Copperhill is a haven for skiers, offering breathtaking views of the snow-covered landscape. The spa, with its panoramic windows facing the majestic mountains, is a serene retreat within a serene retreat. You can relax in our two indoor pools or take a dip in the outdoor pool Euphoria Retreat, Greece The Banjaran Cave Treatment, Malyasia 26|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|27

overlooking Åreskutan that is a sight that leaves one in awe. The resort also offers a private spa area where you can indulge in a few hours of luxury with friends, family, or colleagues. Japanese luxury at Yasuragi Discover the ultimate in tranquility at a serene Japanese bath house, offering traditional baths, treatments, and dining. Yasuragi is a spa hotel in Stockholm that embodies the concept of inner peace and harmony, which is reflected in their Japanese bath experience. Immerse yourself in an ancient ritual that takes place in a calm and soothing environment where all your stress melts away. The Japanese culture considers cleansing and bathing crucial for one’s well-being. Begin your journey at Yasuragi in the Japanese ablution rooms, where you can sit on a wooden stool and wash yourself. Allow yourself to fully relax and find inner harmony. Then, continue unwinding in the hot springs surrounded by pine trees and the sauna. Experience how the ancient bathing tradition from Japan can re-energize you and leave you feeling refreshed. Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre Japanese luxury at Yasuragi 28|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 Mumbai | Delhi | Chennai | Bangaluru | | T +91 22 68468500 Taking India to the world! Since 1979. DIGITAL | PRINT | TV | EVENTS | CONTENT | LUXURY | PUBLISHING | EXPOSITION India’s leading international media services & content creation company.

This would be one of the most recurring images of anyone’s happy place or the picture of paradise that anyone could conjure up, only this time, it is the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. A 45-minute seaplane ride away from Male, at Maldives’ first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, spread over 44 acres, the island of Landaa Giravaaru has bright blue skies, shades of aquamarine, teal and blue waters, pristine white sands interspersed with the brightest corals, and other sea treasures hidden underneath the calm waters of the atoll. With thila and channel diving, underwater coral gardens, warm waters and great visibility all year round, Maldives is one of the best diving destinations. Located in the central western part of the Maldives, the Baa Atoll is an extremely ecosensitive region, with over 30 unspoilt coral gardens,and one of the largest populations of whale sharks and manta rays in Hanifaru Bay. The resort’s marine biology and conservation centre at the Four Seasons Maldives has consistently been lauded for its conservation efforts, from conserving turtles, an activity that guests can donate for, to coral restoration, to regular observation of larger marine creatures. If you’re a conservation enthusiast, a day spent shadowing the marine biologists on an excursion is a new kind of adventure, with rewards such as spotting rare species of pilot whales or mantas. The surfing patch around the island is good enough for world-class competitions, A bit of everything amongst the corals Swimming amidst the sharks inside the protected area of the unexplored Baa Atoll Maldives Sand Bank at Landaa Giraavaru DEEP DIVE 30|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|31