Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 84
From shores to skyscrapers, Philippe Zuber
wants to see it all.
Your job? President and COO, One&Only Resorts.
City you call home? Dubai (1).
One&Only announced a major brand evolution in 2017, splitting its portfolio into beach,
nature, and urban resorts, plus private homes.
What locations are on your radar for expansion? We would love to get into Asia and are
bullish on Europe, having recently announced new
properties in Greece and Montenegro.
Where would we most likely find you vacationing - a beach, city, or nature resort?
I need them all! At a nature resort I connect
with an undiscovered location and have oncein-a-lifetime experiences; the beach - at a place
like the Maldives' One&Only Reethi Rah (2) - is a
yearly must to recharge the batteries and spend
time with family; and urban resorts give me the
chance to check out the soul of a city.
"My three essential Dubai experiences:
a Burj Khalifa visit, lunch at One&Only
The Palm's 101 Dining Lounge and
Marina, and a sunset drive into the desert."
The first thing you do when you check into
a hotel room ... I always open the curtains and
windows and check out the view.
... and your must-have hotel amenities? A
display of red berries, plenty of water, and organic
toiletries. Also, please mute the television.
A favorite souvenir you've acquired on your
travels? I enjoy collecting art, especially statues,
so I try to buy some whenever I can. My latest
purchase is from Bangkok: It's a seventeenthcentury wooden dragon (4).
Your dream in-flight meal? A tuna poke bowl
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(PHILIPPE ZUBER) KEVIN J. MIYAZAKI/GROOMING BY SONG LOPEZ,
(TOKYO) XAVIER ARNAU/GETTY IMAGES, (DUBAI) TOBIASJO/GETTY IMAGES
A city you have yet to visit that's on your
list? I can't wait to experience Tokyo (3) with my
wife and two boys. We're all foodies, and it's the
city to be in for that.