Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang is one of the most luxurious (and expensive) hotel in Laos. Until 2014 Belmond was called Orient Express and still runs the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, as well places like Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice (where I have had dinner) and the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town (where I have had tea). I stayed at the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio again last year and had coffee with their General Manager, Andrea Natal.
Si Frew has lived in the UK, Bermuda, Qatar, Cyprus & the Cayman Islands. During this time he met Whoopi Goldberg (in Claridge's), Mike Tyson (in the Concorde Lounge at JFK) , Gordon Ramsay (in the Doha Four Seasons), Chris Eubanks (in The Dorchester), Cherie Blair (in Bermuda & again in the Doha Four Seasons) etc. There are funny stories attached to all these interactions, feel free to ask Si about them when you meet him.