Elite Traveler November-December 2017

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Welcome Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be fraught with stress, indecision andworry. Especially when expectations, as well as stakes, are high. So you’ll be delighted to know that we have put together the definitive list of the 50 best gifts to buy your loved ones. And it gets better. For those of you that are shaking your heads, picturing the teenage son that already has every gadget, the friend you know returns every gift, every year, or the mother-in-law that can’t be charmed, we have put together a selection of some of the most imaginative and exclusive giftable experiences on the planet. If these pages of stunning itineraries and never-before-seen trips don’t at the very least inspire some sort of adventure in 2018, then we don’t know what will. Elsewhere in this issue we have a hot list that rounds off the year with the fantastical. The Great Game uses bespoke apps, computer games, augmented reality, traditional board games and role playing to develop completely individual adventures that can take you anywhere in the world. Or for a bit of culture closer to home, Louis Vuitton dives deep into its archives and presents a stunning collection that traces its history in an exhibit in New York, where it showcases its craftsmanship and innovative spirit. While we’re in an innovative spirit, discover our guide to pairing fine food with vodka, tequila and champagne. With Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at the helm, you don’t have to just take our word for it. Talking of fine pairings, on our design page we look at the collaboration between two British icons, Kate Moss and de Gournay, who have joined forces to create a resplendent wallpaper design. Happy holidays, and as always, to share any comments on this issue drop us a note at editorial@elitetraveler.com

Cartier High Jewelry bracelet in platinum with 11.83 carats sapphires, 13.46 carats diamonds, price on request, available by appointment, +1 800 227 8437, cartier.com; Van Cleef & Arpels Folie des Près necklace in 18K white gold with 23.64 carats sapphire and 6.90 carats diamonds, price on request, available at Van Cleef & Arpels in New York, +1 877 826 2533, vancleefarpels.com; Harry Winston Cluster ring in platinum with 7.20-carat cushion-cut aquamarine and 1.5 carats pear-shaped diamonds, price on request, available by appointment, +1 800 988 4110, harrywinston.com; The One and Only One Argyle Blue bracelet in platinum with 3.67 carats Argyle blue and violet diamonds and 6.58 carats white diamonds, price on request, available by appointment, info@theoneandonlyone.com, theoneandonlyone.com

@ELITETRAVELER AROUND THE WORLD To get you into the holiday spirit we have searched high and low for the best gifts and experiences for the elite traveler.

Cover Shoot Photographer Paul McLean at LGA Stylist Kenny Ho Model Nadine Martin at Elite Model Management London Photography Assistant Archi Scott Hair Jamie McCormick Makeup Jose Bass Manicure Jessica Thompson at Frank Agency using Artistic Colour Gloss Stylist Assistant Kate Oakley Production Vanessa Darling and Benjamin Deamer at LGA Creative Direction Kristen Shirley Shot on location in London

Kristen Shirley heads on a trip

Behind the scenes at our cover shoot in London

with NetJets to test out its new owner experience

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