Leaders in Luxury 2022

Leaders in Luxury 2022 2022’s Leaders in Luxury Awards Bloomsbury Flowers is a dazzling florist with a breathtaking talent. Its’ bespoke bouquets and luscious arrangements come from years of experience in the realm of floristry. Always keeping on top of its game, Bloomsbury Flowers has become a multi-award-winning florist that is extremely passionate and, ultimately, unstoppable. Here we find out more about Bloomsbury Flowers as it wins Wedding Florist of the Year – London. Gorgeous Flowers Your Way

Rebecca Scotland, Editor Phone: +44 (0) 203 970 0037 Website: www.lux-review.com Editor’s Letter Leaders in Luxury 2022 Hello and welcome to the Leaders in Luxury Awards 2022 issue of LUXlife! The Leaders in Luxury Awards were launched by LUXlife Magazine to recognise the companies and individuals who are excelling within the ever-growing luxury product and services industry - those who illustrate specialist expertise and an innovative approach to remain at the forefront of their field. This award is judged purely on merit by our inhouse team with all potential winners assessed against multiple relevant criteria, including company performance over a given period of time with the individual at the helm, expertise and experience within the industry, sector or region, previous accolades won, and client testimonials or recommendations. LUXlife Magazine is a premium lifestyle publication which focuses on a range of topics including; fashion, beauty, fine dining, travel, luxury real estate and much more. In addition to providing our readers with regular news and updates on all elements of luxury lifestyle, we also provide luxury firms with the perfect media platform to showcase their business to our readership comprised of high net worth individuals. As such, we publish only the most cutting edge of products, services, attractions and events that will appeal to our audience and we are proud to announce the successful candidates in the 2022 Leaders in Luxury Awards. SPA of ICELAND: your spa at home

Contents 4. Gorgeous Flowers Your Way 5. Best Luxury Ski Lodge Accommodation 2023 - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 6. An Abundance of Luxury in an Austrian Town 7. Turning Architecture Into Art 8. Bold Beautiful Boutique 9. A Unique Design From Dubaiica 10. SPA of ICELAND: your spa at home 12. Exclusivity in the Alps 14. Thailand’s Best Kept Holidaymaking Secret 16. BUSHTEC Creations 17. The World’s Best Seafood 18. Contemporary, Classic Gin 19. Swedish Skincare Innovation 20. A Little Drop of Paradise by The Ocean 21. Excellence In All Things 22. Connecting People and Homes around the World 23. Over a Decade of Dedicated Design 24. Discover Every Corner of Italy 25. Events Driven by Storytelling 26. Where the Dunes Meet the Shore 27. 1920s Glamour Packaged in a Contemporary Hotel 28. Let Your Love Flourish 29. Changing the World, One Step At a Time 30. Skincare In Its Most Pure Form 31. Best Luxury Hotel & Lodge Operator for Africa - 2022 32. Celebrating the Artistry of Interior Design 34. The Best Kept Secret of the Rich and Famous 36. Sustainable Luxury Tented Solutions 38. Better Skin, Better Planet 39. Love at First Sight 40. The Luxury in Sustainability 41. Planning Your Dream Wedding 42. 2022'S MOST OUTSTANDING LUXURY REAL ESTATE COMPANY, SWITZERLAND 43. Health and Harmony 44. Best Luxury Hotel & Spa - South Africa 45. Thailand's Best Luxury Getaway, 2022 46. Best Luxury Health & Wellbeing Retreat 2022 47. Best High-End Interior Design Firm, 2022 – Riyadh 48. Leading Artisan Bathroom Manufacturer, 2022 49. Most Innovative Contemporary Furniture Designer, 2022 – Saudi Arabia 50. Love At First Sight Contents 38. 40. 5.

4 Oct22464 9 Gorgeous Flowers Your Way Bloomsbury Flowers is a dazzling florist with a breathtaking talent. Its’ bespoke bouquets and luscious arrangements come from years of experience in the realm of floristry. Always keeping on top of its game, Bloomsbury Flowers has become a multi-award-winning florist that is extremely passionate and, ultimately, unstoppable. Here we find out more about Bloomsbury Flowers as it wins Wedding Florist of the Year – London. Bloomsbury Flowers was started 28 years ago in the heart of Covent Garden by two former ballet dancers and over this time it developed a loyal following and established itself as one of London’s foremost florists, setting standards for others to reach. Anoma Radkevitch took over ownership of this lovely shop earlier this year and the long established business is continuing to flourish under her guiding hands. She has always had a huge love for flowers and all things natural. She gathered her many years of experience working with flowers slowly as she started out in the industry in a small way whilst still an university student helping out with event floristry in prestigious London venues & overseas. However, this carried on very part time for more than 20 years, even whilst she pursued other ambitions & brought up a family too. Firstly she followed a career in international development, working for various charities, think tanks, the UN & the Commonwealth Secretariat with a focus on sustainable development & gender. And then she discovered her own entrepreneurial streak during a period of more than decade of running her own tea room in Windsor and bringing up four children. With the confidence gleaned from many years in business, in 2016 she took over a florist local to her, and rebranded it to be “Lady Flora”. It thrived throughout the periods of restrictions surrounding the pandemic and won the Prestige Award, Florist of the Year Award – twice! And then in early 2022 Anoma’s varied background & her depth of experience all came together perfectly and she completed the purchase of Bloomsbury Flowers. As Director of both floristry firms now, Anoma says she will always keep the two brand names, Bloomsbury Flowers and Lady Flora, as separate entities but they influence each other’s brilliance. By getting both their names out there, Anoma is slowly building a legacy that will last her lifetime – and beyond. Bloomsbury Flowers is an exquisite example of a florist that goes above and beyond for each of its customers, no matter their budget, occasion, or taste. It is particularly famous for the extravagant & splendid on-stage bouquets it creates for the special occasions and prestigious shows put on by The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera House & other London theatres. It strives to produce the best of the best as it is now able to present male dancers – as well as female dancers – with lavish gifts of lush flowers that burst with colour and elegance, as thanks for their magnificent performances. However, not only this, it also works with firms, hotels, and other businesses to decorate their venues and breathe an air of elegance into them & it has a thriving wedding side too. So much so, that with the years of experience that Bloomsbury Flowers has, it is no surprise that it has been crowned the Wedding Florist of the Year - London. It works as a preferred supplier to many of London’s most stylish wedding venues and is able to create arrangements that truly represent the union between people, the love that is shared, and the passion of their unity as they embark on one of the biggest journeys of their lives. Setting the scene for an enchanting day or evening, Bloomsbury Flowers creates bouquets and boutonnieres to match, suit any style or theme. The future of Bloomsbury Flowers is bright and beautiful indeed. Its’ success knows no bounds as it continues to reach out to a wider variety of customers. The team of five is expanding. It is developing cutting gardens outside of London and plans to offer floristry classes in different locations and perhaps move to providing a full event service too. Visit its Covent Garden store, or call, to discuss how it can translate your dreams into a reality, no matter the occasion. Contact: Anoma Radkevitch Company: Bloomsbury Flowers Web Address: https://www.bloomsburyflowers.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloomsburyflowerslondon/

5 Jan23031 Best Luxury Ski Lodge Accommodation 2023 - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Ultima Courchevel Belvédère is a high-end ski and wellness resort in the heart of Europe’s largest ski region, Les Trois Vallées. It offers the experience of an ultra- luxury 5-star hotel while having complete privacy, as it has 13 privatised, four- and five-bedroom residences that sleep up to eight to ten guests. The chalets are an experience of their own. The large living areas with beautiful interiors and breath-taking views of the frosted mountains are perfect for families or a group of friends looking to enjoy some quality time together. Whether it is inside relaxation, outside exploring, or activities such as skiing, Ultima Courchevel Belvédère provides those who visit with a memorable experience. If you’re in the mood to socialise, enjoy cocktails in the welcoming lobby, or gather with friends in the golden lit private dining room. But if you’d rather have quiet time in the privacy of your residence, Ultima Courchevel Belvédère’s services come with butlers, chauffeurs and personal chefs that take care of everything so you can enjoy every minute of your stay. They are ready to handle any requests, even the most spontaneous of all. Your day will start with the Ultima Signature Breakfast, served by your butler, and end with your private chef creating delicious dishes made especially for you. Its great location allows for easy access to the slope. Ultima ski guides and instructors are there to lead you to the hidden beauties of The Three Valleys and more. Who better to show you around than someone who knows, what google can’t tell you? When the night sets in, your chauffeur will be happy to assist in taking you to the 1850’s bars and restaurants, that are as little as a 7-minute journey away from the chalets. It truly is a VIP experience all around. Ultima Courchevel Belvédère focuses on wellness therefore it offers the perfect balance between skiing and relaxation with mind soothing treatments in its spa. The spa’s therapists and masseuses are there to provide innovative treatments and personalised wellness experiences designed for you. Depending on which chalet you are staying in, you will have access to one of two spas that include sensual saunas, hammams, fitness rooms, heated pools, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Post-ski body massages and morning or evening dips in its outdoor heated pool as snow falls are the reality you get to experience when staying at this 5-star, luxury resort. It comes as no surprise that Ultima Courchevel Belvédère now holds the title of the Best Luxury Ski Lodge Accommodation 2023 - AuvergneRhône-Alpes. We look forward to seeing how the resort grows with the years and for it to continue to be an amazing, beautiful location for people to visit and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation and rejuvenation. Contact: Annabel Hunter Company: Ultima Gstaad Web Address: https://www.ultimacollection.com/en

6 Oct22096 8 Nov21192 An Abundance of Luxury in an Austrian Town Tucked away in the Austrian town of Zell am See, Hotel Stadt Wien offers an opulent and relaxing retreat from daily life. The family-owned business is built on love and devotion, and this influences its entire team, who supply a high-quality, professional service. From glaciers to petting farms, the winners of ‘2022’s Best Luxury Alpine Hotel – Austria’ provide an unforgettable holiday experience to please all ages. In between work, home-life, and the mass consumption of technology, people often lose their connection with the natural world and instead find themselves consumed by stress and worry. However, situated just south of Salzburg, in the quaint town of Zell am See, there stands the Hotel Stadt Wien. Nestled between Lake Zell and the ski slopes of the magnificent Schmittenhöhe mountain, the four-star hotel supplies luxury in abundance. Offering the perfect escape from daily life, Hotel Stadt Wien’s quality service, beautiful views, and convenient location is sure to aid in that necessary decompression from daily life. Perhaps contributing to Hotel Stadt Wien’s homely ambiance is the fact that it is family-owned. For many years the hotel has been run by married couple Christine and Klaus Kerbl, who both have a deep passion for the hospitality industry. Vowing to run the hotel with love, dedication, and commitment, the pair provide a guest-oriented, attentive service, and have consistently received glowing feedback. In equal measure, the team display their devotion to both the hotel and customer service. The Kerbl’s believe that their staff are the backbone of the business and treat them accordingly, which, in turn, cultivates a positive working environment and loyal workforce. They believe that their closeness to their guests and the team’s willingness to provide quality service has provided them with the opportunity to grow. Both old and new guests have nothing but positive words to say about their stays at Hotel Stadt Wien. Families flock to the hotel, impressed by the wide range of local activities available and by the amenities the hotel offers. Whether it’s the desire to ski straight to the hotel, or relaxing in the private saunas, Hotel Stadt Wien has it all. During the summer months its petting zoo, home to a pony lovingly named Puppy and a donkey named Carlos, is perfect for young children. Whilst the ski-lift station, based only 300 metres away, is ideal for the adrenaline seeking types. The guests’ enjoyment, after all, is its number one priority. Prioritizing sustainability, Hotel Stadt Wien is aware of its responsibility in taking care of the environment. It is with this in mind that it has placed emphasis on regionality and seasonality within its cuisine. Without using any unnatural flavour enhancers or convenience products, its in-house chef creates outstanding, gourmet meals, that are both nutritionally balanced and delicious. In addition, the organic eggs that are used are sourced from the chickens living on the petting farm, drastically reducing the Hotel’s food miles. Further reducing its carbon emissions, each guest is provided with a mobility card that allows them to use public transport for free. This ensures the curtailment of traffic within the local area and the reduction of cars onsite. However, with success comes a great number of challenges. The pandemic hit the hospitality industry hard, and Hotel Stadt Wien was no exception. Forced to close its doors, the hotel was left with very little information and a sense of foreboding for eight turbulent months. Post-lockdown, the hotel has struggled to regain its stability ¬– travel warnings, restrictions, and vaccination requirements are constantly changing, often without much warning. However, as time has passed, Hotel Stadt Wien has begun to recoup its losses. As more people gather in the scenic Austrian over the winter months, Hotel Stadt Wien is sure to see an increase in business and can return to providing the quality service it’s well known for. Contact: Christine & Klaus Kerbl Company: Hotel Stadt Wien Web Address: www.hotel-stadt-wien.com/en/

7 Oct22011 17 Nov21237 Turning Architecture Into Art Architectural excellence is never easy to come by, but it lies at the heart of the work completed by the team at Architect Ante Vrban Ltd. With numerous projects to showcase their work around the world, it’s little wonder the team has won the title of Croatia's Most Innovative Architecture Practice – 2022 in 2022’s Leaders in Luxury Awards. We thought it high time to dig a little deeper into the secrets of their success. The heart of the work completed by the team at Architect Ante Vrban can be located with its founder, Ante Vrban. Having designed his first project at the age of 19, he has since gone on to develop numerous ideas that have captured the imagination of his clients. With a passion for design that cannot be matched, his work instils a love and desire to make the world a better place into all who see it. Humble beginnings as a student at the University of Architecture in Ante’s hometown of Zagreb, Croatia have laid the foundations for this internationally renowned firm. Clients from the worlds of business, art and digital have all come to recognise what is being offered to them, in terms of a clear and unique vision as well as the epitome of luxury. Instead of focusing on the challenges of the competition, the team have thrived through respect of other people’s work and a determination to concentrate on the needs of their clients. When looking at the design techniques used by the team at Architect Ante Vrban, it’s clear that each is carefully matched to the needs of their surroundings. Through embracing a contemporary style alongside an approach which is always at one with nature, his team’s projects balance practical need and aesthetic elegance. Clean lines with a healthy attitude are no small part of why the firm is considered a beacon of luxury throughout the world. One of Ante’s most recent successes has been his work on the Expo Dubai 2020 Croatian pavilion. This is one of the most visited non self built pavilions in the mobility district, despite being completed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The success of the project, however, is not just down to his talented work but the work of his staff. Every project aims to better the work of the previous, with team members given the freedom to experience and explore new concepts without fear. This environment has allowed the generation of the exciting ideas that keep Architect Ante Vrban at the forefront of the industry. The success of Architect Ante Vrban is such that the team are fully booked until Spring 2023, with amazing projects that will dazzle those who see them. Alongside a wealth of private residences, the team have taken on many five and six star hotels that will redefine what luxury really means. Of course, while this work continues, it’s worth considering what has inspired the team at Architect Ante Vrban to push the limits of what can be done. Through architecture and art, he and his team have achieved remarkable things. We celebrate his incredible success and look forward to the triumphs that are yet to come. Company: Architect Ante Vrban Ltd Name: Ante Vrban Web Address: www.antevrban.com Email: [email protected]

8 Oct22096 25 Nov21242 Bold Beautiful Boutique The Wheatbaker is a luxury boutique hotel in Ikoyi, Nigeria, that has endless charm and magnificence in all its glory. For incredible facilities and pristine service, The Wheatbaker is the place to visit. As of late, The Wheatbaker has won itself 2022's Most Outstanding Luxury Business Hotel – Lagos. The Wheatbaker ‘offers the corporate traveller all the comfort and convenience of a luxury boutique hotel.’ It is a magical and seasoned hotel that is comprised of many facilities that create the best environment for guests to relax, unwind, and experience opulence. Nestled nearby the Lagos business districts of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, The Wheatbaker hotel is in the best position for travellers looking for luxury and a place to make many indulgent memories. 35 km away from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, this excellent hotel has secured itself the position of a top lifestyle boutique accommodation hub. With its new title, 2022's Most Outstanding Luxury Business Hotel – Lagos, The Wheatbaker has quickly become one to watch in the industry. The Wheatbaker garners a 24-hour in-room dining service that offers guests the chance to experience its delectable food and drinks around the clock. It boasts a Saraya Deli, Eko Bar, The Grill Room, and complete fine dining. Not only does it give guests delicious taste experiences but it allows them to experience its gymnasium, spa, pools, and other amenities of the hotel and local area. These things include transport and easy access Wi-Fi that allows endless access to the surrounding areas for travel, experiences, research, and connection. By ‘rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit by indulging in high quality body and facial therapy treatments performed by dedicated and highly trained therapists.’ The Wheatbaker offers a ‘complete range of services to ensure that valued guests experience the balance they can get only at The Wheatbaker Spa.’ Tripadvisor contains a plethora of positive reviews from happy customers around the world. In December 2021 Carole A wrote, “The hotel compares very favourably with some of the best 5-star hotels we have stayed in worldwide. We would certainly to choose to stay again.” Another review The Wheatbaker has gathered comes from Naomi Ruth in September 2021, she says, “Wheatbaker hotel is always a great place to spend some time away from home. The food is amazing, the staff are so attentive to your needs it’s just incredible. Looking forward to my next visit. Good job!” For the rest of 2022, The Wheatbaker is doing everything it can to keep guests safe from Covid-19 and keep them feeling calm and balanced through its many brilliant services. For relaxation and adventure, or whatever your wishes, The Wheatbaker has something for everyone. Contact: Salome Danjuma Company: The Wheatbaker Web Address: http://thewheatbakerlagos.com/

9 Oct22011 11 Nov21523 A Unique Design From Dubai Set within the ever-expanding, ultra-modern city, Dubai, WORLDESIGNTEAM is a luxury residential and commercial interior design Studio. It’s a multicultural, multidisciplined company, offering services from interior architecture to window display designs. Winners of ‘2022’s Most Innovative High-End Interior Design Studio ¬– Dubai’, WORLDESIGNTEAM launched during the height of the pandemic, and is poised for further success. Based in the sprawling, extravagant city of Dubai, WORLDESIGNTEAM is a multi-cultural, highly skilled interior design studio. Typically working in the private sector, it has expanded its talents to collaborating with companies on commercial and hospitality projects. WORLDESIGNTEAM create bespoke designs, incorporating opulent features and the client’s desires in order to provide a high-quality final product. WORLDESIGNTEAM works internationally, having previously worked on projects within the UAE, Europe, UK and Thailand . Both in-house and remotely, WORLDESIGNTEAM have cultivated a highly talented team, that aim to provide an innovative, detail-oriented service. While it specialises in luxury interior design, it offers a variety of services, such as interior architecture, decoration, landscaping, and window display design. Taking a meticulous approach to each project, WORLDESIGNTEAM follows a set method for creating designs. Beginning with the client’s brief, the customer is invited to an open, one-on-one conversation with one of the team, where they endeavour to get to know the client and understand the brief. The team then creates an initial sketch layout of the room or building and begin to utilise mood boards and reference pictures in order to create a pre-concept. Preparing two options for the client, they are then presented during a meeting. After gaining the customer’s approval, the team creates a final Concept and render, which then completes the project. As the name indicates, WORLDESIGNTEAM, are a team of international talents. It prides itself on its culture of creativity, quality, and efficiency. There is a push towards effective teamwork and communication, and WORLDESIGNTEAM believes that this is the foundation of their success. Within its team, it hopes to promote openness, and inspire a hotbed of ideas and inventiveness. A key part of its ethos is sustainability and accountability, aiming to produce projects that cause as little environmental harm as possible. Using quality materials, they source their resources from ethical providers whilst taking cost effectiveness into account. Founded during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and launching post-lockdown, WORLDESIGNTEAM were established during an unstable, difficult time. It found itself developing within a great period of healing around the globe. During this time, people found themselves spending a significant amount of time at home and had the time to indulge in decorating their spaces. WORLDESIGNTEAM saw an influx of potential customers from around the globe. Many businesses planned to reopen and were undertaking large renovation projects or revamping their displays, benefitting WORLDESIGNTEAM’s workflow. Finding that the remoteness of their team was a positive, WORLDESIGNTEAM was able to increase its productivity during a time where much of the world was shut down working remotely . Going forward, WORLDESIGNTEAM hope to continue their professional growth, increasing their services and further their global reach. It also wants to expand its international team in the hopes that it will increase international interest in the company and take them to the next level. Proving themselves to be deserving winners of ‘2022’s Most Innovative High-End Interior Design Studio – Dubai’, WORLDESIGNTEAM have pushed their way to the forefront of Dubai’s design industry. Focusing on quality and sustainability, WORLDESIGNTEAM have consistently created detailed, luxurious projects, and continue to impress clients around the world. Contact: Guillermo Blanco Company: WORLDESIGNTEAM LLC Web Address: www.worldesignteam.com

10 Nov22256 20 Oct21666 Having made itself ‘2022's Most Outstanding Vegan Beauty Brand’, the Icelandic brand SPA of ICELAND is a diligent and creative producer of exemplary personal care products. Fostering naturally emboldened wellness amongst its clientele, who are honored to be able to share its environmentally conscientious, fresh, and untamed cosmetic products with its end consumers. SPA of ICELAND: your spa at home

LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 11 Leaders in Luxury 2022 21 New Year 2022 SPA of ICELAND is an Icelandic spa and Life style brand. Fundamentally, this establishment has worked hard to make itself the number one Nordic spa and high-quality cosmetics product developer, selling products that have been created by the loving hands of founders Fjóla G. Fridriksdóttir and Haraldur Jóhannsson. Right from the year 1990, the duo cut their teeth working with luxury personal care brands. This gave them the incredible basis of understanding and enthusiasm that they currently ply in order to make SPA of ICELAND a crowning jewel in the Life style and cosmetics markets, with SPA of ICELAND beginning ideation in 2016 with the creating and developing products out of their workshop in the island nation, launching in 2018 with an exemplary line of products with which to wow the market. Proclaiming itself as ‘a story of love’, this cosmetics company quickly flourished into the fruition of a dream for the founders. Ever since finding their love for the personal care industry and the products therein, they dedicated themselves to finding ways to make these products better and better, fitting more people’s skin needs and to higher levels of quality every year. Through SPA of ICELAND, they have been able to find a new means through which to do this, their 45-year marriage serving as a rock-solid basis upon which the enterprise has been growing and developing, with a wide range of high-quality vegan cosmetics within its range that are each inspired by the breath-taking natural world of Iceland. It uses Natural ingredients and its products are earth-friendly, vegan certified, and cruelty-free. SPA of ICELAND contains pure sea salt that comes from a sustainable Icelandic sea salt producer. The salt contains a large amount of magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. In the production of Icelandic Salt, only geothermal energy is used. It thinks about our environment, to be sustainable for you and the earth, it needs to think of the entire production from selecting the natural ingredients, choosing the right packaging, and the whole production. All of its skincare packaging is either recycled or recyclable. It has its eyes open for new material in suitable environmentally friendly packeting. It would like customers to experience the Icelandic lifestyle and experience their own Spa at Home. Intrinsically, it wishes to operate in such a way that draws a customer’s eye to how its care for its customers also manifests in caring for the environment. Iceland, being one of the most beautiful natural places on Earth, is also home to some of the most fragile ecological and geological formations that are being threatened by carbonenhanced climate change. This is something that SPA of ICELAND wishes to do their part to mitigate, and so it draws inspiration from the crystal clean air and untamed hot springs in order to bring the beauty and power of the natural world to the forefront of the modern consumer’s mind, reminding them of what needs protecting. The two founders are also incredibly strict when it comes to who they partner with in a corporate and product development sense. This is another fragment of how it shows its care for its customers, only working with the most diligent and heavily vetted professionals and specialists in the personal care industry. This has allowed SPA of ICELAND to set itself at the centre of a vast web of industry connections. In addition, it is able to hold itself to strict levels of oversight, and therefore customers can trust in that its pride in its products is earned and maintained to the highest levels of detail at every turn. Today we catch up with co-founder Fjóla to dig a little deeper into the founding ideas behind SPA of ICELAND. Fjóla herself has had an illustrious career, taking her from distribution for Guerlain and Chanel to great Perfumery houses, and working in the background on the idea for SPA of ICELAND that herself and her husband had in progress all the while. Critically, her background allowed her to approach setting up the business with an existing roster of contacts and an in-depth level of crucial insight into how the industry works, how to reach her market segment, and how to clearly define the purpose and concept of a cosmetic business after selling an existing one they already had under their belt. Fjóla and Haraldur are incredibly proud to say that their hard work and tenacity has paid off. Consumers can now find their products in Iceland as well as other places all over the world, with a launch in the UK soon. However, their proudest moment is hearing how many customers have made their products a mainstay in their homes and personal care routines, happy to receive feedback and reviews from their loyal customer base as they continually refine and develop their current stock and create new products. Making full use of naturally attained and utilised ingredients, its full line of 3 bath salts, 3 fragrant candles, 3 diffusers, 2 body scrubs, shower gel, body souffle, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, and lotion, form the perfect repertoire. A collection of everything that a well-stocked bathroom needs in order to allow the denizens to take great care of their skin. Being an educated beautician, Fjóla goes on to share her own skincare routine, encouraging the recognition of how important it is to exfoliate and moisturise regularly, drawing attention to the usefulness of body scrubs – her favourite being the White Sea Salt Body Scrub Soothing and Moisturiser. Fjóla looks forward to introducing SPA of ICELAND to the US and the UK and moves forward with what promises to be an exciting year of additional products for you to enjoy in our own Spa at Home. Now available through www.spaoficeland.com. Company: SPA of ICELAND – ICT Reykjavík Contact: [email protected] Website: spaoficeland.com

12 Nov22256 50 Apr22358 Luxury 778, as ‘2022's Most Outstanding Luxury Real Estate Company’ for Switzerland, has gained a reputation for being one of the most exemplary companies in luxury real estate. Its clients can always expect the most incredible service as standard, with minimum demand on a client’s time and maximum returns on their investments, allowing even the most specific and complex needs to be met with its off-the-market and private listings that are viewable by becoming part of its highly exclusive buyer’s club. Exclusivity in the Alps

LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 13 Leaders in Luxury 2022 51 Holiday 2022 nature of each of these services, allowing them access to the latest and greatest of real estate innovations. This, recently, has grown to include the Real Estate Avatar. After resolving to do better than the industry standard typically does for his clients – primarily after undergoing property searches of nationwide real estate agencies that bore no fruit – his dedication to successfully providing better than the best has resulted in a technology that works by way of a detailed and time saving search profile. Producing faster and better results, this exemplary search function is highly tailorable to a client’s most specific of needs, allowing them to search through its properties in order to be presented with only the ones that are truly relevant to them. Thus, the process is speedier and more effective, ensuring that Luxury 778’s clients can achieve their perfect property after only a few viewings. It can secure these properties for the client with ease and excellence, becoming a favourite brokerage even amongst those with the most specific of needs: whether it’s property with a swimming pool, expansive grounds, access to the slopes of the mountains, or any number of other things, Luxury 778 promises that it will help them find the listing that’s right for them. Its team, each of whom are specialists with extensive experience, pride themselves on the sale of luxury real estate with true competence at every turn, approaching each task with an upright zeal in order to ensure that all elements are considered carefully. Thus, each staff member involved in Luxury 778 has earned personal acclaim in the service of the industry’s highest profile clients. Handling the housing requests of the most distinguished individuals, each staff As bespoke services for buyers in luxury real estate in the nation of Switzerland, leading company Luxury 778 has become a cornerstone of highly exclusive real estate. Nominally, it has become internationally renowned in this small and highly lucrative market as one of the best for finding a place for oneself in the majestic Swiss Alps, able to find clients the best home for them. Its properties range in price from 10 to 100 million Swiss francs, and since 2012, the family-owned boutique broker has exclusively served ultra-high-net-worth individuals worth US$30 million of more with diligence, tenacity, and the utmost commitment. Moreover, it takes great pride in its discretion. Luxury 778 has become famous in the UHNWI service market for the confidentiality and highly private service that it delivers, ensuring that each person it works for has access to listings that cannot be found anywhere else and that the process of turning these listings into their new homes is easily engaged and efficient. It accomplishes this by way of its incredible staff and their commitment to client satisfaction, as well as though its UHNWI Buyer’s Club. This exclusive and highly sought-after club membership allows a client to gain access to the most prestigious real estate club in Switzerland complete with a bespoke concierge service that is always ready to take care of a client’s every need. This ensures that not only do clients have access to the best of the best when it comes to properties, but that they also have access to the knowledge, expertise, and connections that Luxury 778 boasts, helping clients get settled by giving them access to a variety of services that are only available through this club. Fundamentally, these span from the option to contract the best English landscape gardeners to the option to work with its world-renowned master perfumers in order to create a signature fragrance for the house; it even offers swimming instructors for children, motorsport professional tutors, and so much more. Daniel Ittig as the CEO has gained renown for the comprehensive and problem-solving member has a deep dedication to customer satisfaction that allows them to never be daunted by a challenge. This is because they hold an integral believe that every challenge is an opportunity for further excellence, and creates an internal culture of tenacity that has allowed Luxury 778 to maintain its reputation to absolutely unblemished excellence. Led by the Ittig family, co-founders Daniel and Stefan have formed a cohesive unit that combines the skills and experience that they have both accumulated, as well as the talents of other members of the family who have joined the company. Daniel brings his architectural office abilities, having worked in such environments for 14 years – 8 of which have been in service of luxury clients – whilst Stefan applies his 40 years of knowledge in the building, rebuilding, and development of houses in order to ensure his listings are of the most impeccable standards. Luxury 778’s work ensures that its clients are comfortable and well looked after when they visit prospective homes. With a team that has extensively worked in luxury hotels for several years, Luxury 778 guarantees a top-quality stay. The range of experience from the team promises exquisite culinary and entirely comfortable – yet highly lavish – experiences. Luxury 778 takes care of everything – from the largest to the tiniest details – in order to ensure everything about a client’s stay is consistent. With its deeply exemplary off-market portfolio, it promises an average of 1-3 viewings before a client’s perfect home is found and is excited to bring many more clients into the fold in the future. Company: Luxury 778 Contact: Daniel Ittig Website: Luxury778.com

14 Nov22256 10 Apr22499 The Resort Villa, ‘Thailand's Best Luxury Getaway’ for 2022, promises to give its clients an experience of true exclusive luxury. Tucked away in the heart of the Rayong region of Thailand, this venue is open to up to parties of up to 16 guests at any one time, with its villas, pools, and perfectly manicured grounds ready to welcome them into the arms of luxury for the duration of their stay. With activities both inside and outside of the resort, and a staff that are dedicated to discretion and satisfaction in equal measure, a client can always expect to walk away having made lifelong memories. Thailand’s Best Kept Holidaymaking Secret

LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 15 Leaders in Luxury 2022 11 Holiday 2022 will be able to find it at this venue, and looks forward to welcoming clients old and new back through its doors once more as the holidaymaking industry recovers after the tumult of the pandemic. Critically, this award-winning venue boasts accreditation for its luxury and eco-friendly villas, its immaculate hospitality and lifestyle prowess, and the excellence of the villa’s design in and of itself. Partnered with My Private Villas, IVH Luxury, Icon, and GY Luxury Yachts, The Resort Villa has earned the many friends it has made in its industry with hard work and tenacity, consistently allowing its guests to relax and unwind in a space that becomes totally theirs. Therefore, part of the magic of The Resort Villa is adaptability. Right from the very first conversation with a client, The Resort Villa will be thinking up ways to make itself a memorable experience. After all, it knows that planning a holiday should be just as much a part of it as the holiday itself, and thus it works hard to take the stress off a clients’ shoulders and do all the heavy lifting itself, simply working with them to find out what their perfect getaway Boasting over 14,000 square metres of tropical property, 70 full-time staff, and location that puts it at a 5-minute walk from the beach, The Resort Villa has made itself the perfect holiday getaway for the discerning client. Found in the picturesque Rayong region of Thailand, this ‘secret paradise’ is a beautifully maintained and incredibly well-run establishment giving guests the experience of a lifetime, whether it’s their first visit or their tenth. Fundamentally, despite Rayong’s identity as somewhat of a commercial region, The Resort Villa has set itself up far away from such places; after all, it is here that its clientele can leave the hustle and bustle of commercial life behind in order to embrace luxury, relaxation, and rejuvenation, enabled by the expert staff and beautifully designed accommodation. Its pools, each of which are perfectly maintained and regularly cleaned, total 1000 square metres of space, found at the heart of an 8-villa complex. With 11 dining areas, 4 bars, a gym, spa, home cinema, aquarium, and more, this property is a haven for its guests, and can house up to 16 people in a party, allowing them full run of the place for the duration of their stay and excited to let them experience this tranquil slice of uninterrupted Thai luxury. Moreover, the villas are very well spaced. This is to ensure that each resident has access to the utmost discretion and privacy, giving the place the feel of an incredibly well-kept secret known only to the staff and the guests. However, despite the ultimate tranquillity of this remote hideaway, a guest needn’t fear missing out on the wider experiences that Thailand has to offer. Whilst it is indeed far enough away from the rest of the population to allow the guest to enjoy only having the morning chorus as their alarm clock, it is close enough that access to a myriad of activities is also open to them should they wish to partake. Of course, should they wish it, there is also plenty to keep a person entertained at the villa itself. Within The Resort Villa proper, guests can explore the landscaped gardens, spotting the exotic creatures that make their home there. They can also take a swim in the wraparound infinity pools, stroll the grand aquarium, and be pampered at the spa, all things that will allow a guest to leave The Resort Villa feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and revitalised, ready to get back into the challenges life has to offer. Externally to the Villa, guests are within a stone’s throw from experiencing outdoor water sports and exclusive boat trips, allowing clients to go island hopping in order to explore the bounties of the vibrant natural beauty that Thailand has to offer. All in all, The Resort Villa takes great pride in the ‘family like’ hospitality it offers. Its guests can expect to be well taken care of, whether that means being appropriately pampered or left with as much space as they need to achieve the best relaxation for them. No matter what the best holiday looks like for a client, The Resort Villa promises that they entails. Then, when it has this information, its empathic and knowledgeable staff can begin to make appropriate arrangements, and the experience can begin in earnest. It looks forward to serving its clients in a comprehensive and holistic manner in this way, always going above and beyond to ensure their happiness; after all, this is all part of fulfilling a core principle for The Resort Villa in that it will not be fully satisfied with its work until the client is. Its mission statement does an excellent job of boiling this down. ‘A secret paradise, dedicated to you in its entirety’. This phrase is something that a client can feel the benefit of every day of their stay at the Villa, and with this in mind, The Resort Villa’s staff are excited to show many more clients in the future the true magic of staying in your own exclusive tropical paradise in the future. Company: The Resort Villa Contact: Patty Sa Website: theresortvilla.com

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17 Aug22379 32 Nov22228 The World’s Best Seafood Hailed as the number one restaurant in Kenya and the world’s finest luxury seafood restaurant, Mawimbi Seafood Restaurant and Café serves exquisite meals in a breath-taking ambience. In light of it being named Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant, 2022, we learn more about its finedining experience. Nairobi is a city with hundreds of restaurant choices, yet eating out can often be a disappointing experience. But not when dining with Mawimbi Restaurant and Café. Located in the heart of the city, Mawimbi is a fine-dining venue that truly blows any competition out of the water with its offering of the finest seafood and the most celestial setting in which to enjoy it. Its modern interior is designed to simulate a tropical vacation to create an atmosphere of total relaxation, and this is enhanced by its music playlist made up of 70% African diaspora folk soul, 20% hip hop soul, and 10% afro reggae soul. This makes Mawimbi the ultimate location to create life-changing connections and unforgettable memories. Seafood is the focal point of the Mawimbi kitchen, with the aroma in the air being undeniably delicious. The preparation is a fine balance between craftmanship and art, with its chefs endeavouring to ferry each guest’s pallet through an experiential wave. It’s unmistakably Mawimbi. Notably, the chefs love fish so much they decided to prepare them in a different way. The Fish Carpaccio Duo is thinly sliced smoked sailfish and blue marlin topped with creams, crisps, and fresh rucola cherry tomato salad. With the restaurant and café open daily between 6am and 11pm, guests can tuck into a mouth-watering dish any time of the day. They could start the day on a high note by opting for the apple and orange crepe for breakfast, served with a sweet drizzle from the fruits’ own syrups, a pinch of sweet spices, and a scoop of house-made gelato of the diner’s choice (vanilla is recommended). It’s a dish with an emotional story behind it that stems from the chef’s own childhood, inspired by their grandpa’s garden where the harvesting of apples and oranges every Saturday morning became a family tradition. There is also the deluxe salmon benedict which consists of two poached eggs, smoked salmon, tartar sauce, hollandaise espuma, and sourdough toast, with leeks on top. Then Mawimbi offers an extensive variety of freshly baked breads, too, which are the perfect breakfast companion. For lunch, the ahi poke bowl will hit the spot. Highly popular with guests, it offers the freshest tuna fish with a mouth-watering blend of flavours and textures. The Indian Ocean tuna marinated in ponzu, the housemade kimchi to bring the kick, the crispness of the veggies, and the gohan rice will no doubt make this dish a firm favourite. The signature fish tacos make the perfect lunch, as well, bringing a blend of flavours that can’t disappoint. Three chia and maize tortillas are filled with poached tuna mixed with umami ingredients, pickled veggies, avocado cream, soyannaise, coriander, and crunchy leaks. It’s a delightful and healthy dish to feed the soul. Perhaps for dinner, the classic glazed pork ribs would tickle guests’ fancy. Slow cooked, tender, and full of flavour, the pork ribs are dipped in the house sesame BBQ, and served alongside roasted corn on the cobs and wasabi coleslaw. Hoisin drumsticks are also an option, infused overnight with lemongrass ginger, then bacon wrapped and glazed in a sweet hoisin sauce, and Josper grilled for that final kick. Every bite brings an explosion of flavour. Finally, dessert might consist of the non-baked light and silky cheesecake with hazelnut biscuit base, passionfruit coulis and pearls, served with fresh red berries and mint leaves. There is also the dreamy chocolate fondant made of chocolate souffle cake and almond crumble with roasted pistachio gelato. Meanwhile, Mawimbi even has a pool where guests can take a cooling dip, bask in the sun, and dine by the water. The poolside bar serves the most divine and refreshing range of beverages, whether the gin of the week, a whiskey cocktail on the rocks, or a glass of Moët Impérial. Ultimately, guests can’t get enough Mawimbi, with Jeff delightedly commenting, “I would like to recommend this restaurant for its exquisite food and timely service. The food served by Moseti was absolutely delicious and I thank him for his hospitality. He made me feel welcome and gave me an amazing experience. I would like to come back again and again.” Jenta M was overjoyed too as she shares, “The seafood was exceptional. Loved every bit of my experience. The ambience was amazing, as usual. Coming back with more friends and family. The food was well served and good.” Also elated, Lilian O says, “Big shout out to the Mawimbi family. You guys nailed it. It was my friend’s birthday and we really enjoyed all the food, cocktails, music, and the top-notch service. Very attentive staff who gave good guidance about the menu. You guys lead the park. Will definitely recommend it to my friends.” Company: Mawimbi Seafood Restaurant and Cafe Email: [email protected] Website: www.mawimbirestaurant.com

18 Sep22522 39 Oct22219 Contemporary, Classic Gin Dartmouth Distillery Co was founded in 2017 on the Calancombe Estate Vineyard near Dartmouth, Devon, the location of the Whitehead family home and business, initially to make Dartmouth English Gin. It was an immediate success and won ‘Craft Gin of the Year’ in 2018 against 120 other distilleries across Europe, and now the company enjoys an enthusiastic following of gin lovers that reach right across the world. Bestowed with the title of ‘Best Contemporary Gin Distillery – England’, we got in touch with founder and head distiller, Lance Whitehead to find out more. Lance Whitehead is a perfectionist, with his pursuit of excellence being relentless. In the years since he established his gin distillery, it has branched out from being a gin rectifier to a fully-fledged distillery, setting it apart from most craft gin producers. Critical to its success are its extraordinary, small team, including a terrific young winemaker and apprentice who works closely with Caroline Whitehead, a lifelong wine afficionado. The distillery has also gone on to produce other spirits, making cassis from blackcurrants and calvados-method brandy from cider apples. Lance tells us, “With the long five-year barrel ageing, this is still workin-progress, but the young apple spirit also makes lovely, ultra-smooth apple eau de vie, which we are bringing to the market this winter.” The philosophy for the team has always been to make the best possible spirits they can, without compromise. Lance states, “Being a small distillery, we do everything the best we can, and, so far, this has proved to be the recipe for success.” Selling to many of its customers directly, as well as via a wide range of retail and on-trade outlets and several national distributors, Dartmouth Distillery Co is able to reach more broadly across the UK. Many of its customers visit the distillery in person and are greeted by enthusiastic visitor centre staff, and they enjoy its Gin School, where they can learn the art of gin. This is in addition to being able to explore the vineyards and winery and taste the full range of still and sparkling wines and ciders that are made on the Calancombe Estate. Visitors are also welcome to its award-winning café and restaurant that is staffed by outstanding chefs. Meanwhile, Dartmouth Distillery Co’s unique and award-winning attributes go beyond the high quality of its products to its branding and packaging, all of which are aimed at the ultra-luxury market, and everything it does is achieved sustainably. Utilising solar power for production and planting around 30,000 vines, fruit trees, and bushes contribute to its carbon-negative status. However, while the distillery is massively successful, that’s not to say that this hasn’t come without its challenges. Lance explains, “Clearly, the lockdown and today’s recessionary environment have had an impact on the development of the business, but we are well-funded and have no external shareholder pressure or debt to worry about, so we are resilient. We have absorbed cost increases, and our prices remain the same as in 2018, in a market where gin prices are rising fast.” Ultimately, it’s easy to how Dartmouth Distillery Co has come to achieve such success within the Leaders in Luxury Awards 2022, and Lance is understandably elated. He says, “We would like to thank all our customers and supporters for everything they have done to help our business thrive over the past few years, and here’s to the future!” And that future is looking undeniably bright – so gin drinkers can get excited. The distillery has two new gin products in development, which use fruit grown on the Estate, and it will have other distilled spirits to offer soon, too. In addition, the visitor centre has much to offer, with it proving to be a popular destination for locals and visitors to Devon. Company: Dartmouth Distillery Co Contact: Lance Whitehead, Founder and Head Distiller Email: [email protected] Website: www.dartmouth-gin.com / www.calancombe-estate.com