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CONTENTS


WHAT’S INSIDE DECEMBER 2016


EDITOR’S LETTER


ALWAYS INNOVATING 47 COVER STORY


NO PAIN, NO GAIN: CLIMB BALI’S MOUNT BATUR THEN REVIVE IN LUXURY AT RITZ-CARLTON HOTELS


6 THE CLUB


DISCOVER Learn about our new tool to help you sell; plus, we want your feedback


8 NEWS


LATEST Minor Hotels, Raffles, Conrad, Six Senses, Seabourn and more


23 EDDIE REDMAYNE


INTERVIEW Oscar-winning Brit tells us he loves Italy, skiing and pizza!


37 CRUISE


IN FOCUS As the luxury sector grows, can demand meet expectations?


COVER PICTURE: SHUTTERSTOCK aspire december 2016 — 3 ELSEWHERE IN ASPIRE


EDITOR’S PICK (P20) Naked ambitions at new


luxury hotel Hoshinoya Tokyo SPA GODDESS (P28)


The latest news in the wellness sector, plus a fam report


BRUNCH CLUB (P32) Our quarterly debate focuses on bucket-list experiences


UTAH (P52)


Discover the luxury side of America’s 11th-largest state


VIP GUIDES (P59)


Lucy Huxley samples Florida’s theme parks in luxury


REVIEWS (P77)


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Daios Cove, Rue Bergere II, Grand Hotel Fasano and more


HOLLIE-RAE BRADER EDITOR, ASPIRE


At Aspire we pride ourselves on delivering tools that make your job as an agent easier. Whether it’s the Aspire club, our Luxury Forums, Brunch Club panel debates, or the quarterly magazine – all have been created with you in mind. That’s why I’m delighted to show off not only this beautiful new issue of Aspire, my first as editor, but also to launch a new agent tool. Discover is a quarterly digital publication which can be white-labelled for every Aspire member agent who wants to send it to their database. That’s right – a consumer-style publication branded solely with your agency’s contact details. We’re confident that it will help you boost your bookings. Find out more on page 6. In this issue of Aspire we also analyse the cruise sector, an area close to my heart after four years as Travel Weekly’s cruise reporter. Luxury cruise line bosses are hoping a spike in capacity this year will drive growth. With more ships plotted, some question whether it may be too much, too fast for high-end cruising. But that could lead to some competitive pricing for a product with amazing earning potential. Check out our special feature starting on page 37.


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