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Meet our Luxury Travel Advisors

Shane Lewis

Founder and Luxury Culinary Travel Specialist

“Creating luxury journeys and expeditions to some of the last untouched corners of globe is both a passion and privilege.”

 

Shane has vast experience in the luxury destination travel industry with an impressive career that has spanned the globe, from award-winning restaurants to 5-star resorts and hotels. His love for exploring remote lands, diverse cultures and traditional cuisine is the driving force behind Flagship Luxury Expeditions.

 

Shane has held highly coveted positions at the prestigious Aman Group, ranging from Executive Assistant Manager at Amankila, to Corporate Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director of Aman Indonesia – including overseeing the brand’s luxury yachts, Amandira and Amanikan. In 2018, he traveled to the Kingdom of Bhutan to lead the concept direction for the brand’s five Amankora lodges. Offering the ultimate in tailored luxury voyages and private jet journeys, Shane has established strong partnerships with the world’s best global luxury advisors.

 

As a highly acclaimed chef, Shane believes that cuisine has a vital role to play in luxury travel experiences and is excited to collaborate with prospective clients to create dedicated culinary expeditions, and to customize gourmet dining experiences as a memorable component of every Flagship Luxury Expedition.

Justin Troiano

Indonesian Luxury Expedition Advisor

“As a luxury experience advisor, I am fuelled by my love for the sea, culture, food and remote beauty.”  

 

Justin is an explorer, film maker, captain and luxury expedition advisor, with vast experience managing and curating bespoke expeditions for some of the world’s top travel brands.

 

Growing up on the east coast of the United States, Justin started scuba diving with his father at the age of 13. Since then his passion has taken him around the world, exploring the depths of the sea almost every day for the last decade. He has worked onboard ships in the Caribbean, Africa and Indonesia as a PADI instructor, and has been awarded many specialty certifications which he teaches to his students.

As a US Certified Captain, safety and weather are always at the forefront of his mind when planning expeditions. With years of experience exploring the Indonesian archipelago (both in and out of the water,) Justin is dedicated to sharing his unique insider knowledge and to providing the best possible experiences for his Flagship clients.  

Tshewang Norbu

Managing Partner, Bhutan

“Watching the growth of the luxury tourism sector in Bhutan has been incredibly rewarding and I am delighted to showcase my knowledge and passion for the kingdom in my partnership with Flagship Luxury Expeditions.”

 

One of the most experienced luxury hotel and destination managers in Bhutan, Tshewang has been involved in the travel industry for many years. As a highly regarded expert in the luxury hospitality and tourism sector, he was part of the founding team at renowned Amankora Bhutan, which has five luxury lodges spread across the kingdom. Playing a valuable role in recruitment, training and development during the pre opening phases at each of the lodges, he went on to hold an impressive array of senior management positions, from human resources to sales and marketing to overseeing daily operations at all five of the Amankora lodges for more than 18 years.  

 

During this time, Tshewang fostered strong relationships with agents, ground handlers and guides in Bhutan, and is passionate about sharing the beauty, the culture and the hidden gems of his kingdom’s home, through the creation and customization of one-of-a-kind luxury expeditions for Flagship’s exclusive clientele. 

Ira Sukma Utami

Luxury Concierge Manager

“I am passionate about using my skills and experience in the luxury sector to promote the benefits of travel while limiting its impact on the planet.”

 

A dedicated luxury travel advisor, Ira has enjoyed the privilege of working with high profile and VIP clients since 2010. As a travel manager, travel designer and dive consultant, she specialises in creating unique, hand-crafted tours in Asia and beyond. Working with top end agencies, Ira has applied her specialist knowledge, personal connections and first-hand experience to craft exceptional bespoke travel experiences for Virtuoso clients across the world. With a client first attitude, she has a thorough understanding of the luxury travel sector and is committed to ensuring that Flagship guest experiences exceed even the highest of expectations. As well as her expertise in creating tailor-made itineraries, Ira brings a deep love for the underwater world and the natural beauty of her native Indonesia to Flagship Luxury Expeditions.