The American Express Luxury Summit

Posted by Timbers Resorts on April 17, 2013

Imagine a weekend where the world’s elite tastemakers gather to rub elbows, trade secrets and discuss trends all while enjoying cocktail parties, breathtaking beach front views and luxury shopping trips.

Fantasy? Or reality?
For experts in luxury goods and services this “too good to be true” gathering is a yearly event: the American Express Luxury Summit. Now in its 14th year, the summit gathers senior level executives from the world’s leading luxury brands to examine and reassess the needs of the affluent customer.

Timbers Resorts has been a part of this annual gathering for several years, sending marketing executives to join as delegates.
is year’s summit takes place April 21-23 at the beautiful St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California. The who’s who of luxury living left no stone unturned.  Speakers range from CNBC reporter and editor Robert Frank to President and CEO of The Corcoran Group, Pamela Liebman.

Panels included topics like “What Do Travelers Want Now?” a discussion on how to deliver high end services in a high tech world, “The Return of High Dollar Real Estate,” an examination of where the multi-million dollar housing market is headed and “A Special Report: Africa…The Next New Hot Spot” a conversation with Sophy Roberts, editor of Departures on future travel trends.

There are even a few celebrities in the mix. Actor Kyle MacLachlan will be there to discuss the wine business on behalf of his label Pursued by Bear & Baby Bear. And Sir Richard Branson will provide the audience with a dose of his world renown business expertise while in conversation with CNBC reporter Jane Wells on “Building the Consumer Experience.”
Don’t be mistaken though, the American Express Luxury Summit is hardly all work and no play. Attendees get the opportunity to do a little indulging of their own.

The summit kicks off with a golf tournament on the the lush Monarch Beach Golf Course, followed by a champagne brunch and luxury shopping experience at South Coast Plaza — Southern California’s mecca for high end goods. Surfing, bicycle tours and riding on a vintage schooner are also on the docket. While those executives looking for a little more R&R in between cocktail parties and panels, can take time out for a soothing antioxidant wrap or a wellness massage.

To learn more about Timbers Resorts and the luxurious life, contact us via email at or by phone, 888.366.6641.