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    Double Digits

    The family-owned and operated Myconian Collection in Mykonos has a strong reputation when it comes to five-star luxury. There are currently nine hotels within the collection, spanning three main locations in Mykonos – Elia Beach, Mykonos Town and Platis Gialos. It has recently been revealed that in 2019, these nine properties will become ten with the addition of the newest hotel in the collection.

    Panoptis, as it will be known, is currently being transformed from an abandoned fisherman’s home into a luxury nine-bedroom villa near its five sister properties in Elia Beach. It will offer 360-degree views of Mykonos and each bedroom will have its own private pool. This boutique hotel will be available to rent either as a whole or as individual rooms, depending on guest needs.

    The Myconian Collection hotels are part of a global hotel collective that has affiliations with Design Hotels, Relais & Chateaux, Preferred Hotel Group and Leading Hotels of the World. President and CEO, Vangelis Daktylidis, has stated that the newest addition to the collection will follow the same path as its sister hotels in joining this global hotel collective.

    Image courtesy of Myconian Ambassador

    A Billionaire’s Hideaway

    Nestled at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, you’ll find a little slice of chalet heaven. The land was fortuitously snapped up six years ago, and after having more than $100 million dollars spent on its development, Caldera House is now the ultimate luxury chalet for the ultra-wealthy.

    The person behind the project is Wesley Edens, co-founder of the Fortress Investment group, co-owner of the Milwaukee Buck and a fan of Jackson Hole.  For Edens, Caldera House is not only a practical project, investment-wise.  It also serves as a passion project: he has his own winter paradise to which he can escape.

    The suites are decadent, to say the least. There are eight in total, each the perfect blend of Scandinavian flair and classic American craftsmanship. Whilst the suites share a great deal of similarities, the interiors were designed by different companies to create a unique experience. Half the suites measure 1,500 square feet, with two bedrooms, and the others are more than double the size at 5,000 square feet with four bedrooms each. Every suite has its own kitchen, living and dining areas with all the accoutrements.

    The hotel opened last year with a soft launch, making this the first official winter season that Caldera House will be open, and people are certainly catching on: almost as soon as the hotel’s Alpine Club was announced, memberships flew out the window.

    With celebrated chef, Paulie O’Connor, in charge of the kitchen and guided experiences by a National Geographic photographer on the cards, Caldera House is ticking all the boxes in design, luxury and premium experience.

    Image courtesy of Caldera House

    Image courtesy of Caldera House

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book these experiences, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here

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