Imagine having direct access to an exclusive private island resort in Madagascar or a luxury forest villa in Rwanda surrounded by majestic volcanoes and rare mountain gorillas? Travel enthusiasts know there is no richer life experience than those attained through such journeys and long for a trusted resource to help them find these bucket-list spots. Enter Philippe Kjellgren, or PK, as he is commonly known. The author of seven travel books, founder of the luxury travel website Kiwi Collection and PKs List – Subjective Travel Intelligence™, PK recently finalised an 800-day trip around the world with the main objective of personally vetting properties for his latest accomplishment, a smart phone hotel app called PK’s List.
PK’s List’s app, which launched in 2018, removes the worry, uncertainty and time consumption that comes with the daunting task of organising a trip. Instead customers have access to a succinct, user-friendly application where every hotel featured has received a personal stamp of approval by Kjellgren, who stayed at each location throughout his two-plus year search.
“It’s not about ultra luxury, it’s about great hotels wherever they may be,” Kjellgren offers when explaining why accommodations listed range from grande dame properties like the palatial Four Seasons Grand-Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera to hidden gems like Casa Palopó, a 12-room boutique villa overlooking Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.
In addition to being personally vetted by Kjellgren, PK’s List stands out among other travel apps by being the only one that allows subscribers to interact directly with each hotel, taking out any middleman and making the process seamless and simple. For a nominal fee of US$7.99 per month users have access to over 2,100 properties that cover the travel gamut, with the unique guarantee that Kjellgren has personally visited each one. Those who upgrade to a PKs List – Travel Club membership have access to exclusive perks like free room upgrades, free breakfasts, spa credits, gift vouchers, late check out, discounted services and more. 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. The app, available for iPhones and any-day-to-be launched in Android, offers multiple categories (hotels with the most stunning infinity pools or child-friendly destinations are a couple of examples), all with the goal of individually tailoring the user’s holiday for an unforgettable getaway trip.
What truly makes this app the gold standard above all others is that no other travel app on the market carries such a reputable and hands-on endorsement from a leading travel expert. A Swede raised in Africa, Kjellgren has always had the exploring bug and has gone on to become a go-to name in the travel industry. In fact Forbes magazine has accredited his travel expertise “is to luxury hotels what the Michelin Guide is to restaurants.” His exclusive PK’s List – Travel Club counts royal families, dignitaries, VIPs and celebrities among its invitation-only top tier “Elite Membership”. Throughout his 20-plus years of experience, Kjellgren has maintained a discerning eye and laser sharp focus on excellence, having built an extensive little black book of the world’s leading hoteliers, now available to all travel enthusiasts through the app.
“Being fortunate enough to call this my job and having visited 147 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,” he says, before listing a few of his own personal favourite spots ranging from a beach paradise in a relaxed Bahian seaside village in Brazil to a discreet, boutique hotel in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York.
With this game-changing app in your pocket, you’ll be sure to have your own favourites to share as well.
Go to pks-list.com for more information and download instructions to claim your one month free trial.
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