Taha Bouqdib, pres­i­dent, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and co-founder, TWG Tea

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Travel & Fine Dinning - Pho­tos V. Ler­oux

Game- chang­ing gad­get I never leave with­out my phone. ev­ery­thing is on my iphone, from my ap­point­ments, events, work trips, flight de­tails – and of course ev­ery­thing TWG Tea, from the e-bou­tique to my work emails.

favourite carry- on bag

A Ber­luti carry-on. rou­tine when fly­ing for busi­ness I carry a rich lip balm in my pocket when I fly be­cause air-con­di­tion­ing dries your skin out ter­ri­bly. To sleep well in the plane, I pack a 100-per-cent cot­ton track­suit, warm cardi­gan and slip­pers. I also try to bring my own head­phones since the ones the air­lines pro­vide are not al­ways com­fort­able. I find that Bose noise-can­celling head­phones work per­fectly!

Most in­ter­est­ing per­son you have met on a plane

re­cently, I met an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness­man who later be­came a busi­ness as­so­ciate and good friend. favourite air­line Sin­ga­pore Air­lines is sim­ply the best air­line in the world for its ser­vice, equip­ment and fleet. Best ho­tel for busi­ness The ritz Paris is one of the most beau­ti­ful ho­tels in the world and I had a chance to stay there at the oc­ca­sion of the launch of the exclusive TWG Tea col­lec­tion we cre­ated for this iconic ho­tel. The ritz Paris re­opened its doors in 2016 af­ter four years of ren­o­va­tions. Best place to seal deals our very first TWG Tea Salon at repub­lic Plaza, at the heart of Sin­ga­pore’s busi­ness dis­trict opened its doors in Au­gust 2008, and al­most 10 years on, it is still one of my favourite lo­ca­tions to wel­come busi­ness part­ners and dis­cuss col­lab­o­ra­tions. It is also a very sen­ti­men­tal lo­ca­tion as it is where the TWG Tea ad­ven­ture started!

Best over­seas restau­rant for a cel­e­bra­tory meal

When in Morocco, one of my favourite places to go is Le Pav­il­ion’s sump­tu­ous Sun­day Brunch at La Mamou­nia Ho­tel. It’s pos­si­bly one of the best I have ever tried, with end­less dis­plays of the most gor­geous dishes. Don’t for­get to try the Moroc­can desserts, es­pe­cially the Gazelle Horns filled with rich al­mond paste! Its mag­nif­i­cent gar­den, where brunch is served, is also one of the rea­sons why I choose this restau­rant most of the time. Most in­spir­ing desti­na­tion My favourite dis­cov­ery and tea desti­na­tion is Dar­jeel­ing in In­dia be­cause my travel ex­pe­ri­ences there have been all-en­com­pass­ing. Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the Cal­cutta in­ter­na­tional air­port, you need to take a small toy of a plane to Bag­do­gra, where the jour­ney by jeep or 4WD be­gins. As you climb the in­nu­mer­able moun­tain­ous slopes, weav­ing around on un­paved roads, you slowly pen­e­trate into a land of fog and mist, where you and your driver can barely see a few me­tres ahead. The tea route tra­versed to ar­rive there, with its many per­ils and ad­ven­tures, is made all worth it when you reach the fi­nal desti­na­tion at the plan­ta­tions them­selves, in all their magic and un­world­li­ness. ≠

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