Founder of PK’s List and avid traveler, Philippe Kjellgren (or PK as he’s most commonly known), has deservedly earnt the title of having one of the most respected opinions in the travel world, thanks to his extensive connections with luxury hoteliers worldwide, his eye for detail, experience working with likeminded people and his accomplishments in life thus far. Author of 7 travel books and founder of the Kiwi Collection, Philippe set about creating one of the world’s most trusted travel clubs a few years ago – PK’s List, whose ‘Elite Membership’ includes royal families, dignitaries, HNWI, VIP’s and celebrities. Now in May 2018, PK’s List launches their smart phone app, which offers members exclusive insights into the world’s best hotels, with hotel contact details to hand, a ‘quick book’ option and benefits including upgrades, spa credits, gift vouchers and late check out at select hotels.
For time poor, discerning travelers wanting inspiration and insight into the world’s finest hotels, Philippe has created this app to appease all tastes. From independent boutique hotels to grand dame hotels, members can trust that the suggestions being offered have undergone a vigorous vetting process and that Philippe has personally visited and arranged for the very best perks for his members. Helpful lists have been compiled on the app to help make booking the perfect holiday an easy and enjoyable task, from hotels with the largest bedrooms, to the most stunning infinity pools, best for children or quintessentially British boltholes, the app details everything you need to know prior to booking.
In 2007, Forbes magazine hailed Philippe’s books and hotel knowledge as ‘to luxury hotels, what the Michelin Guide is to restaurants’. To honour this and continue to only offer his members the very best hotel recommendations worldwide, Philippe has embarked on an 800 day trip around the world, to personally vet each and every hotel which appears on PK’s List and to determine the ‘money can’t buy’ services that he can offer his members. Philippe is populating the app as he travels, only listing the very best hotels. He is also documenting his trip on his Instagram feed (@pkslist) so that members can track his travels and build their own bespoke trips from this.
Why PK’s List?
PK’s List offers three tiers of membership, the Elite Membership (by invitation only), the Travel Club and the new App. PK’s List comprises a team of expertly appointed travel advisors, located in several major cities around the world and members who are part of the travel club are assigned their own dedicated advisor, in their time zone. Who, with Philippe’s guidance, will organize all facets of trip planning, whether it’s a business trip to Hong Kong, a marriage proposal on the South African plains, or to eat the finest steak in Argentina.
What are the perks of being a member of PK’s List?
Philippe’s extensive ‘little black book’ of the world’s leading hoteliers, has granted him access to the finest hotels. Each hotel partner recognizes a PK’s List booking and guests will receive additional perks on arrival, such as upgrades, breakfast included, spa credits, gift vouchers, late check out and discounted services, to name a few. PKs List – Subjective Travel Intelligence™, which is affiliated with SmartFlyer, is a member of Dorchester Collection ‘Diamond Club’, the Belmond ‘Bellini Club’, the Mandarin Oriental ‘Fan Club’, the Four Seasons ‘Preferred Partner’, Jumeirah ‘Passport to Luxury’, Rosewood ‘Elite’ and many more.
Philippe says “being fortunate enough to call this my job and having visited 139 countries and most of the world’s most stunning hotels has allowed me to really hone in on what makes a truly exceptional hotel. Sometimes it can be the heritage and architecture of a hotel, other times the service and experiences they offer, whilst another could simply be the barefoot luxury elements. As a result of my travels, I would say that the following hotels are some of my personal favorites:
• Upper House, Hong Kong (pictured) – for the ultimate service experience
• NIHI Sumba, Bali – visit here to learn to surf at one of the best barefoot luxury resorts in the world
• Miavana, Madagascar – the new frontier of luxury in Madagascar
• Ett Hem, Stockholm – one of the world’s most spectacular boutique hotels
• Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa, New York – a discrete elegant address in New York
• Post Ranch Inn Big Sur, California – views don’t get more dramatic
• Esencia, Mexico – a stylish retreat close enough to the fun in Tulum, yet far enough away to relax and unwind
• Uxua, Brazil – the ultimate beach paradise found
(by invitation only) $10,000 (approx. £7,400) US annual fee
(by referral only) $500 (approx. £370) annual fee
5+ members – $400 (approx. £295) annual fee
10+ members – $350 (approx. £260) annual fee
30+ members – $250 (approx. £185) annual fee
$100 (approx. £74) annual fee