1-on-1 with EMEA's Top Luxury Hotel Designers

March 27-30, 2025

1-on-1 Meetings and Networking with EMEA's Top Luxury Hotel Designers

Reserve Your Spot – Last Year Sold Out!

Once a year, EMEA’s busiest and best luxury hotel designers head to Five Star EMEA.

These are the people behind the luxury hotel projects you’d love to be a part of and the clout to decide who gets specified and who doesn’t.

Now, think about the time, effort and expense of trying to get in front of this number and quality of luxury hotel project leaders under your own steam.

Is it even possible?

This is your chance to sit down, one-on-one with the people behind EMEA’s biggest and most interesting luxury hotel projects. 3 days and nights away from deadlines and distractions means time and space get to know each other properly. And that’s where the most meaningful, long term business happens. Always.

Who Attends
EMEA's Top Luxury Hotel Designers. Guaranteed.

EMEA’s busiest and best luxury hotel designers are giving us 3 days of their time to come and meet manufacturers who have interesting things to show them and who can help them deliver what their clients want.

If luxury hotel projects are important to your business, these are the people you need in your life and you won’t meet them anywhere else.

Get the attendee list

Five Star EMEA regular attendees include:

Anne Becker-Olins

SVP Design & Technical Services - LUXURY Europe

Accor Hotels

Paul Bevis

Senior Director of Design
and Construction

Four Seasons Hotels
& Resorts

Chris Webb

VP Architecture & Design EMEA

Hilton Worldwide

Jaime Nadal

Director of Technical
Services & Design

Six Senses Resorts & Spas

Geraldine Dohogne

Interior Designer

Zannier Hotels

Francis Pereira

Senior Design Architect

Wimberly Interiors (WATG)

Joanne Teoh

Global Head of Interior Design

Millennium Hotels
and Resorts

Thomas Ito, FAIA, LEEP AP

Principal & Global Head of Hospitality


The organising team at BOND have successfully managed to evolve and create a new generation of unique networking experiences, setting a new community standard. Thoroughly enjoyable, attentively organised, and the staff wonderfully accommodating. This event is truly unique and I highly recommend it.

Mehmet Aktash

Managing Director

Bishop Design

How it works
This is NOT a trade show

You know who’s going to be here before you arrive and you will have a guaranteed number of 1-to-1 meetings with the ‘buyers’ of your choice. And this is just the start:

You are all together for 3 days and 3 nights at a luxury resort, so there’s time and space to meet everybody and it’s this abundance of natural networking that opens up a whole world of possibilities. Because there’s a real community feel here and everyone’s more relaxed and open and any number of conversations can light up the luxury hotel project trail right in front of you – you’ll see!


> 18 pre-arranged 1:1 meetings
+ 72 hours of networking in a luxury resort
= a proven formula for success.

We will deliver EMEA’s true luxury hotel project influencers with time and space to get to know each other properly.

You just need to show up!

Save your place

“It was my first BOND Five Star, and I loved the format, seminars were excellent, and all happening in the perfect location. Great organization! Well done BOND Team!”


Olga Mitrovic-Mihajlovic

Design Director

M Atelier


PLEASE NOTE: This is last year’s program. Check back soon for the 2025 schedule.
Seminar timings and/or content may vary at our discretion.

4:00 pm

Delegate Registration

6:00 pm


Charles Leon | Managing Director, Leon Black

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Most of what we think about thinking is wrong. We think that thinking is stringing words together in a meaningful way. We favour numbers and data because they are easier to quantify, test and analyse. Most often, visual thinking gets relegated to the back burner. Designers, however, see the world differently.

Designers assemble and associate meaningless materials and make marks in such a way that they have meaning and tell a story.

This talk is about how we transform meaningless information into stories that have meaning and how and why we tap into a basic human instinct, not to make beautiful objects but to tell a better story.


Charles Leon is a designer, published author, illustrator, speaker and past president of the BIID.

Charles initially trained as a theatre designer, working with the National Theatre and the English National Opera, leading to designing for films and hotels.

Charles also lectures internationally on the interface between creativity, design-thinking, neuroscience, economics, politics, philosophy, sociology, innovation, emotion, and how creative minds work.

7:00 pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:30 pm

Welcome Dinner

6:30 am

Breakfast at your leisure

7:00 am In-App & by E-Mail

Receive Final Meeting Schedule from Russell Ford

7:00 am

Meditation with Craig Goldblatt

8:00 am

Seminar - Living on Purpose

Craig Goldblatt | Inspirational Coach and Speaker, Craig Goldblatt

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Are you living your purpose at the deepest level?

Are you committed to deliver an inspired and impactful life? 

Do you believe you can fulfil your potential in this lifetime?

In order to be truly motivated we need to know and understand the following: There is only one thing human beings want in our lives and that is to experience our deepest feelings, to feel a strong sense of security, excitement, self-worth, connection, growth and giving to others. To live with clarity and power, it is important to realise our emotions; what Is missing for us and what we have in abundance.

Purpose led exercises help both us and others to experience more of what we want. 

• Clarify who you are at your very best 

• Gain a real understanding of yourself, your purpose and what’s most important to you right now 

• Uncover your strengths so you create the massive impact you’ve always imagined 


Passionate about Living on Purpose, Craig connects people, to the impact they want to make through keynotes, personal coaching, purpose workshops and experiences.

700 keynote presentations. 5 continents. 100,000 people worldwide. For over 2 decades, Craig has been changing lives with his powerful message. With his ability to challenge rather than tell, he rouses audiences to take action and become their best selves.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Craig has travelled the globe, working in the private sector and with charity enterprises and non-profit organizations. Experiencing some of the most diverse cultures on the planet, he has developed an enhanced awareness of purpose, intention, motivation and human identity.

Empowering people to make a real difference, Craig connects each individual and organization to the heart of their true purpose and creates an actionable blueprint to make it happen.

9:05 am

One-to-One Meetings

12:00 pm

Group Photograph

12:10 pm


1:15 pm

One-to-One Meetings

4:30 pm

Free Time

5:15 pm

Meeting for Transport to Port 22 Restaurant

5:30 pm

Boat Departure to Dubrovnik

6:15 pm

Free Time: Explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town

7:30 pm

Drinks & Dinner

6:30 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:30 am

Seminar - The Top 10 Luxury Travel Trends Shaping the International Hotel Industry in 2023

Suze Renner | Founder & CEO, Luxury Columnist

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The hospitality industry is constantly evolving, with hotels adapting to the ever-changing needs of their guests. Understanding the latest trends in luxury travel is essential for developing and renovating accommodation that stands out from the crowd. From eco-friendly initiatives to cutting-edge technology, Suze will elaborate on the groundbreaking trends transforming the way people travel in 2023 and beyond.


Suze Renner is an experienced luxury branding expert and website owner. Based in London, UK, she has established herself as a prominent figure in the luxury industry. 

As the founder of Luxury Columnist, a business she started in 2014, Suze has built one of the top luxury websites, attracting a substantial number of monthly unique views.

With over 500,000 social media followers, Suze has successfully leveraged her online presence to provide optimal ROI for the brands she collaborates with. She offers consultancy and training services in luxury branding and marketing, travel trends, and social media.

Suze is an experienced luxury panel moderator, leading lively discussions on the latest industry trends. Her ability to conduct extensive research on panellists and discussion topics ensures engaging and informative debates.

Additionally, Suze specializes in photography and videography, providing captivating visual content for luxury brands. Suze's accomplishments have been recognized in the industry, earning her the distinction of being a finalist for Social Media Photographer of the Year by TravMedia. Suze is also the Founder of Chocolate Cherry Kisses, a website focused on food and drink that she established in 2020.

Suze's career journey began in France, after completing the first ever honours business degree taught in French in the UK. Upon graduation, she marketed computer games at Ubi Soft, and subsequently advised local companies on export regulations and commercial practice at a French Chamber of Commerce.

Suze has an eye for detail and a knack for creative storytelling, making her an invaluable asset to the luxury industry. Her expertise has helped numerous individuals gain a better understanding of how to create meaningful brand experiences that last.

For more information and to connect with Suze, visit her website,, or reach out to her via email at

9:35 am

One-to-One Meetings

1:05 pm


2:10 pm

Seminar - Eat the elephant one bite at a time

Tim Harris | Executive Coach and Speaker, Tim Harris Consulting

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Fatigue dominates the lives of those without direction or dreams. But without goals dreams are simply dreams. Without processes though, goals are simply goals. If you enjoy the process then you enjoy both the journey and the goal. How does one set lofty motivational goals without causing overwhelm? The percentage play in life is to reduce goals so they are more attainable but the easy way is a trap, it denies you growth. Not aspiring to more carries with it the burden of unfulfilled ambition. To grow you must breach your comfort zone. Stumbling is essential in becoming a great leader. Do you have the guts to fail? Do you have the resilience? What if you don’t? Does adversity reveal character or build it? How do you behave in the face of seemingly insurmountable pressure? 

All the above went through my mind. Let me tell you about the decisions made, the mistakes, the uncertainty, the lessons and the outcomes.


Tim is now an expert in mental resilience, having turned his own struggles with burnout, severe arthritis and a reconstructed shoulder into triumph by rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic—a feat as rare as going to space. For 8 gruelling weeks, he faced the ocean's might on minimal sleep, turning his ordeal into powerful lessons on resilience, overcoming toxic ambition, and setting bold goals. His captivating journey from a global high-stakes business leader to an inspirational speaker and burnout coach has motivated individuals and elite teams worldwide. Discover how Tim's unique insights can transform challenges into unparalleled strength and purpose.

3:15 pm

One-to-One Meetings

5:55 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm

Farewell Drinks Reception

7:30 pm

Farewell Dinner

10:00 pm

Dance the Night Away

6:30 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am

Delegate departures


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