November 30, 2013

Ice Hotel the Glace that Last Just 3 Months a Year

This gorgeous masterpiece of unusual art design is located just by the city of Quebec in Canada. Because of its construction material – snow and ice blocks the capacity of lasting the hotel is just from the beginning of January to the end of March. The experience of staying in ice surroundings is probably the most exciting way to spend some days of your holiday vacation. 

Moët & Chandon Champagne Vending Machine

Oxford Street. Just in time for Christmas, Moët & Chandon’s mini bottle vending machine offers sparkling stocking stuffers. Simply press the red Moët & Chandon button and watch as the golden arm carefully selects your bottle and elegantly delivers it via a glowing cylindrical window. Each 200ml bottle, costing $29, is wrapped in gold and features 350 art deco-inspired Swarovski crystals.

Johnnie Walker Blue Collection Trunk by Alfred Dunhill

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has teamed with Alfred Dunhill to launch a limited edition collection trunk. The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Collection was designed in conjunction with the premiere of “Celebrating a Journey Shared”, a film which portrays a memorable journey of two exceptional men – John Walker and Alfred Dunhill – from the bustling city of London to the highlands of Scotland.

Traditional Charm Blended With Modern Luxury: Almyra Villa in Paros, Greece

Located a few hours away by ferry from Athenes, the Greek island of Paros is worth the trip if you are after a genuine escape. In today’s post we will present one of the many elegant villas around the area mixing traditional charm and contemporary opulence. Almyra borrows its name from the many tamarisk trees grown here and is idyllically situated in the quaint fishing village of Ambellas, just 150 meters from the beach.

November 29, 2013

Piper-Heidsieck and Baccarat unveil One-Of-A-Kind Champagne Gift Box

This one’s going straight on our Christmas wish-list. It’s the best of two worlds, when Piper-Heidsieck and Baccarat team up to create a stunning $650, limited edition red-varnished wood case that holds two bottles of Piper-Heidsieck (a 1996 and a 2006 Vintage Brut) and two Château Baccarat flutes. The vintages, harvested a decade apart, offer a nice array of flavors must most definitely be served in the gorgeous glass flutes, designed with the help of renowned Oenologist Bruno Queniou.

The Champagne gift box is available at most high-end wine stores across the US, including Winfield Flynn in New York, Gulf Liquors in Florida, and K&L Wines in California.

Louis Vuitton’s Red Square Trunk To Be Removed

Louis Vuitton thought a two-story designer suitcase plonked in the middle of Red Square was a way to celebrate its more than century-old ties to Russia. Turns out not so much. The massive trunk measures 100 feet long and 30 feet high. It’s actually a pavilion set up, in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum to host an exhibition of the company’s luggage for the next six weeks.

Luxury Mayfair Residence

London-based design studio, Intarya, have designed the Mayfair Residence project. Renovated by London-based developer Northacre, the luxury apartment can be found in Hyde Park, London. This apartment is within a magnificent Grade II listed building in the heart of Mayfair. Intarya were asked to design a show apartment with an interior of ‘Ambassadorial Splendour’, suitable for its discerning potential buyer.

Velaa Private Island in the Maldives - a new meaning to ‘private moments

Privacy, luxury and glamour meet the sublime waters of the Indian Ocean. Velaa Private Island is an exclusive new resort opening in the Maldives bringing a new meaning to ‘private moments’. Located on the unspoilt – and secluded – Noonu Atoll, in the north of the Maldives, the opening of Velaa Private Island is one of the most hotly anticipated events of 2014.

The 8 best places to hide from winter

Autumn is well underway – and if the chill in the air is making you reach for the thermals – here are 8 of the best escapes where you can continue sun worshiping to your heart’s desire. here is not better time to book a autumn/winter escape – so without further ado here’s our favourite luxury escapes this month…

Delicious $1,000 Cocktail

The hotel in Philadelphia has exclusively launched a $1,000 cocktail to raise a toast to the oncoming holidays. Le Méridien Philadelphia has teamed up with Swarovski to concoct The Getaway drink in connection with “Get Caught in Your Swarovski” campaign currently running throughout Philly.

Plush Residence in Saint George, Utah

A true work of art, this magnificent home in Saint George, Utah, was built by Steve Dockstader. All ceilings are custom made and all floors are heated, but that’s just the beginning of it. The entire residence is a gem, with state-of-the-art amenities and expensive materials throughout.

Grey Goose and Baccarat Martini Kit - For true cocktail lovers

This month marks the first collaboration between Grey Goose and Baccarat: the “Always Stirred, Never Shaken” martini kit. As the name suggests, it contains the tools needed to craft a flawless martini — by means of stirring, not shaking the ingredients. As it turns out, Grey Goose’s exceptionally smooth tasting vodka and Baccarat’s world-class crystal glassware are quite compatible. Not to mention, they both have French roots. 

November 28, 2013

Top 5 Must Do Luxury Experiences In Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE needs no introduction in the luxury market. Catering to a healthy market demand for high-end products, Abu Dhabi today is en par with cities like New York and Paris. The city which has seen a recent surge in the number of luxury and five-star properties is also positioning itself as one of the largest luxury retail capitals of the world. 

St Regis Mauritius unveils new Luxury Villa

Located on the south-western tip of the island, the new property marks the St. Regis brand’s debut into Africa. Following its opening, the resort unveiled its most expensive accommodation, the lavish The St. Regis Villa. Spread over 1,659 sq m, The St. Regis Villa is the largest and most exclusive full-service private residence in Mauritius.

Mercedes & Airstream Luxury Motor Home

The 2014 Airstream Interstate made a public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show. The newest offering features substantial upgrades from the 2013 model and now comes with a collision warning system, lane-keeping alert and parking sensors.The newest offering features substantial upgrades from the 2013 model and now comes with a collision warning system, lane-keeping alert and parking sensors.

November 27, 2013

Laguna Hills - Elegant house with a taste for Chic details

This gated property in Laguna Hills, California, hides a spectacular 11,000 sq ft house. It was built in 1989 but got a make-over in 1996 turning this 43,560 sq ft property in a $6,495,000 worth property. On the inside, the house has 6 bedrooms and 7 full bathrooms, but also includes a private gym, a formal dining and living, a conservatory, a home office, and a complete kitchen. 

Spectacular Whitby Estates Residence in Vancouver, Canada

This stunning residence by architect Geoffrey Lee is situated on a private gated lot of the exclusive Whitby Estates in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. High performance construction is mixed with luxury amenities and total comfort, resulting in one exquisite home with 220-degree ocean views.

Yummy Chocolate Boutique Hotel in UK

The Chocolate Boutique Hotel located in Dorset, United Kingdom, is the perfect place for those who like to pamper themselves with a sweet treat. It is the world’s first chocolate themed hotel, where you can sip decadent chocolate Martinis in the Chocolate Bar and dip fresh strawberries and marshmallows into cascading chocolate fountains. Here, you will learn about the fascinating history of chocolate and you will be taught how to make delicious chocolate truffles by hand from raw ingredients at a special Chocolate Delight workshop.

November 26, 2013

$58 Million "Le Palais" - A Timeless Estate of Grandeur and Radiance

Exquisite design, master craftsmanship and opulent finishes blend seamlessly to create an international masterpiece within the luxurious enclave of Beverly Hills, California, just steps from the historic Beverly Hills Hotel. Envisioned and realized by renowned developer Mohamed Hadid, "Le Palais" combines romantic beauty and majesty with the security and convenience of today`s most up-to-date technology. Generous in scale and intimate in comfort, this is an estate designed foremost as a home: inviting, warm, private and spectacularly beautiful.

‘SkyRise’ building - Miami’s Eiffel Tower

If ‘Miami’ to you meant ‘beaches’, you may have to rethink your definition. Miami is set to become the city of the ‘SkyRise’. Well, almost. A local developer, Jeff Berkowitz has designed what looks like a vertical hairpin with features such as fine dining, bungee jumping, a “drop ride” and an amphitheater. And if things go as planned (by Berkowitz) the structure would be the tallest building in Miami, sitting on a tiny sliver of land behind Downtown’s Bayside development.

A Gigantic Louis Vuitton Trunk in Red Square, Moscow

A giant Louis Vuitton trunk has been assembled in Moscow's Red Square ahead of the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the famous fashion brand. The “Red Square trunk” is a colossal replica of monogrammed luggage owned by Russian Prince Vladimir Orlov, who was part of the Imperial Family.

"Jar Of Bees” Perfume in 24-Carat Gold - originally created for the Empress Eugenie (wife of Napoleon III)

The 24 carat gold bottle was originally created for the Empress Eugenie (wife of Napoleon III) and immediately became synonyous with Guerlain. The bee, a symbol of the French empire, was bestowed upon the Maison by Napoleon to announce Guerlain as the royal perfumer. The emblematic bottle has now been revived in all its golden glory to celebrate its 160th anniversary.

November 25, 2013

Tschuggen Grand Hotel – Arosa, Switzerland

A hotel inspired by the majesty of its dramatic surrounds. Steps from Alpine skiing, Tschuggen Grand Hotel and its modish spa overlook the town of Arosa, Switzerland. Travellers get a quiet thrill when they arrive at Tschuggen Grand Hotel. Elegance and taste are imbued in every detail, from the contemporary rooms and suites to the prestigious concierge service. 

November 24, 2013

Davidoff Unveils First Nicaraguan Cigar Lin

Davidoff Cigars launched its first ever Nicaraguan cigar line called the Davidoff Nicaragua. Inspired by the adventure-seeking spirit of Zino Davidoff, the Davidoff Nicaraguan cigar line is on a mission to deliver an out-of-this-world pleasure to all cigar aficionados. Created by Davidoff masterblenders led by Hendrik Kelner, the team went on a mission to uncover the unique blend of cigar that would tickle the senses. The team scoured the world’s most renowned tobacco regions and ended in the rich land of Nicaragua.

Macalister Mansion in Malaysia– a contemporary hotel with historical dimensions and hidden elegance!

Malaysia Island, called Penang or Penang Island, lies in the Strait of Malacca on the northwest coast of the peninsula Malaysia. The UNESCO World Heritage Site city of George Town is the capital of the state Penang Island and is one of the largest cities in Malaysia. The city was named after Britain’s King George III and was found 1786. Macalister Road is a main road in Penang, around 5 minutes by car to the heart of George Town. 

We invite you to check it out!

Author: Betty M.

Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, Luxury Boutique Hotels in Ibiza

Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, is a private enclave for your dream holidays. A white washed Ibiza style property, suspended on the coastal frontline, 180m high over the sea level, in the heart of a preserved natural park. A unique and magic frame, only 20 minutes drive from Ibiza's frenetic life, where everything can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. 

Paris - The City of Light

Paris has many nicknames, like "The City of Love", but its most famous is "La Ville-Lumière" ("The City of Light"). In 1828, Paris started lighting the Champs De Elysees with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to start lighting, and so earned the nickname La ville Lumiere - The City of Light.

November 23, 2013

London’s Best-Designed Bars

London have great bars, great cocktail bars, vintage bars... however today we will present you the best of them. We will talk not about just great service and cocktails, but about the best interior designed bars. Are you curious about that? And you know that we never disappoint you, we always try to give you the best options. If you disagree with us... well, tell us your favorite! In a meanwhile here are our best of:

Ushuaïa Beach Hotel in Ibiza - the sexiest island in the world!

Can you imagine watching top international DJs perform from the comfort of your own room balcony on the sexiest island in the world? Well, you can do just that at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel. A new concept that has changed Ibiza forever.

Luxury Beachfront Home – Albatross, Australia

This luxury home in Queensland adjoins an extensive park to the south and absolute beachfront to the east. The residence successfully achieves its own oasis, by capturing beachfront vista and access whilst maintaining a private yet expansive pool and entertaining core. The contemporary Australian property is designed to accommodate a growing family, multiple guests and frequent entertaining.

This Villa in Miami is One Sweet Place with a Fine and Comfortable Indoor Space

Miami is definitely one of the most world’s destinations for fun, luxury life, life filled with style and parties. Many famous stars and wealthy people buy their homes or villas in one of the most attractive places that is also known for the very cool beach areas and exotic parts. It’s really hard to make the right choice for the best home in Miami because owners engage the best world’s designers to plan and design their homes. The houses in Miami are popular for their stylish design in which the comfort and the desire for a home with a big capacity are always first.

Author: Betty M.

November 22, 2013

Cartier - Winter Tale

Celebrating the magic of the holiday season, Cartier presents us the fourth installment of the Winter Tale film series. A magical walk through Paris featuring an enchanting baby panther and Cartier pages will take you on a nostalgic journey to the 1920s. Complete with snow and Christmas lights, the video captures all the magic of the holidays. To direct this video, Cartier called upon Bibo Bergeron, the director behind “Shark Tale” and “A Monster in Paris.”

November 21, 2013

Add some sparkle to your home with Swavoski’s Christmas Tree

This the Swarovski Season as the Austrian crystal maker is all over, lending its dazzling touch to almost everything related to Christmas. We have already seen Swarovski Star Shining Atop The 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Now you can add some sparkle to your own home with Swavoski’s Christmas Tree Shining Star and 2013 Christmas Star.

The Essence Of Luxury: The Monaco Life Club Floating Beach Bar

The very essence of luxury, Monaco is the ultimate summer vacation destination. It fascinates the rich and famous with its unique sophistication and exclusive affluent lifestyle. This piece of heaven, located on the French Riviera, boasts a variety of high class clubs, restaurants and hotels, that offer high quality services, which, as expected, don’t come cheap. The glitz and the nightlife of Monaco targets people who like living on the edge of hedonism.

Swarovski studded Perrier-Jouët bottles for charity event in NYC

Cimon and his Swarovski encrusted Lego may be making creative waves world over. But the artist is already set to see yet another release, that too of charitable quality. Cimon Art has joined hands with champagne house Perrier-Jouët to support Make-A-Wish Metro and Western New York. And the Australian artist has created four unique Swarovski enhanced bottles of champagne specifically for this year’s A Toast to Wishes event.

Cristiano Ronaldo Is The New Face Of Jacob & Co

Football player Cristiano Ronaldo was seen flashing a jewel encrusted timepiece. The watch he wore is a Jacob and Company limited edition H24 with a total diamond weight of 15.25 cts and a retail price of nearly £100,000.

Luxury Swarovski Milkshake Comes To Hollywood

Milkshakes have always been an indulgence. But the new Powder Room in Hollywood is taking that idea to to new level with their Velvet Goldmine milkshake – a $500 concoction created by mixologist Adrianne Bigg. The milkshake features premium spirits, edible gold, Belgian chocolate and is topped with a Swarovski crystal ring (which you get to take with you) valued at $190.

The $500 Velvet Goldmine milkshake will make its debut on November 22 when the Powder Room opens for business. Mixologist Biggs is still working out the final recipe of The Velvet Goldmine, but she says it will be “real lush and over-the-top” and will contain premium spirits, top-of-the-line Belgian chocolate and edible gold. Delicious.

November 20, 2013

Luxury Niyama Retreat, Maldives

Niyama is as an edgy, modern resort that offer guests more than a romantic Maldivian escape, balancing tranquillity with a sense of discovery, stimulation and fun. Located in the south western Atoll of Dhaalu, Niyama is a short seaplane flight from Male airport and is situated over two idyllic islands, Embudhufushi and Olhuveli.

Ananda - An opulent destination spa in the Himalayas is an oasis of restoration, rejuvenation and peace!

Once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal. An opulent destination spa in the Himalayas, the Ananda is an oasis of restoration, rejuvenation, and peace. For a centered day, start off with early yoga in the outdoor theatre. This is the Himalayas as experienced by the gods. Go on a journey of self-discovery in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, and partake in Indian and International wellness regimes to bring about the union of mind, body, and soul.

Tingalayo Luxury Caribbean Villa with an jaw dropping views

Imagine yourself sitting high on a mountain, a place of peace and tranquility, looking down onto the world below. Skimming the tops of the Virgin Islands, each one a luscious green hill, dipped in glistening turquoise seas… Imagine being able to see far and wide across the islands of St John, Jost Van Dyke, St Thomas and Puerto Rico, and down onto the dramatic beaches of Long Bay and Smugglers Cove.

Imagine all of this and more, and you have the luxurious Tingalayo.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

A Moroccan-inspired desert oasis welcomes guests to a more relaxing version of the typical Vegas getaway… at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Do Vegas differently this time. Away from the lights, the hustle and bustle, and the never-ending energy of The Strip is a calm, relaxing lakeside retreat: The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. 

Gold and Diamond Christmas Tree By Steve Quick Jeweler

After the $1.8 million tree that was splashed across the papers recently, we have a diamond Christmas tree making heads turn, standing at a little lesser $500,000. It is the work of Steve Quick Jeweler, created out of five pounds of solid 18K gold, with a 4.52 carat stone set in a platinum star that adorns its top. The glitzy tree flaunts diamond-briolette ornaments and a layer of 200 carats of diamond, which form a shiny covering of snow. 

The Quick tree will soon be unveiled at the Steve Quick store in Chicago, on the 7th of December and will be there for all to view the entire season. From December 17th onwards the tree will be put up for auction on eBay, and 100 percent profits from its sale will go to the American Cancer Society. If you can’t spend that much cash but still want some bling to glitter this Christmas, then you can settle for the mini versions of the tree in sterling silver or gold-plated for $25 or the one in 14K gold, for $195.

Samsung launches Galaxy S III Swarovski crystal edition

Samsung has teamed up with Swarovski to breathe new life and elegance into its SIII Mini handset. The revamped handset, currently exclusive to Germany, is decorated with over 100 crystals. In all, the smartphone features 166 crystals in a curving wave pattern across the back panel. Other than that, the phone remains untouched, no crystals replacing the homekey or running along the display’s sides. And behind the back panel it’s the same story.

An Egyptian Style Home Settled in the Heart of the State of Washington!

This project presented in this text started as an idea for a cozy, intimate and private place intended for a couple. Later on, the concept has been changed into a grand project that explicitly represents the ancient style of the Eastern culture. The house is spread at 22,770 square foot and was estimated at around $ 35 million. The very cool fact is that it has a pool that has salt water. 

Author: Betty M.

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, Australia

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is a five-star business and leisure hotel, overlooking Hyde Park, in the heart of Sydney’s central business district. The Hotel is close to many world-class natural beauties and man made icons, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and is also a short walk from boutiques in Surry Hills and Paddington and the vibrant nightlife on Oxford Street and in Darlinghurst. There is definitely a little something surrounding the hotel that will suit your curiosities and tastes, during your stay at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park. 

November 19, 2013

Swarovski Christmas Star

With everything and everybody around gearing up for the festive season, this large Christmas tree placed annually in Rockefeller Center in mid-town Manhattan is also set to be crowned with the Swarovski Star.

The iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for 2013 spells Christmas in a grand way in New York.

Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR with Crocodile and Gold Interior

In an industry where tuning programs happen far more often than we can count, there are still some projects that are bound to surprise. Like, say, this Porsche Panamera Turbo S whose interior has been dressed up unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Moscow-based tuner TopCar has recently unveiled the amazing Panamera Stingray GTR Crocodile model for luxury lovers. They did their magic on a Porsche Panamera Turbo S and will create a very exclusive limited edition run of the luxurious sedan.

 Panamera Stingray GTR Crocodile by TopCar

Stuning & Glamorous Shoe Shaped Bathtubs

What can be better for any girl obsessed by the shoes after a busy day of shopping? Of course to take a cozy warm bath! This is apparently what the Italian guys from SICIS have thought about when they designed and manufactured a mosaic shoe-shaped bathtub. The shoe bathtub is the symbol of extravagance, femininity and luxury.

Villa Egerton, French Riviera

On the coast at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the Villa Egerton might be the hottest newcomer on the Côte d'Azur for this season - it opens on 1 May 2013 - but it's got a long, rich history. Built during the Belle Epoque, the villa had its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, when it hosted guests including Coco Chanel and Greta Garbo, Dalí and Man Ray, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, who snoozed away summers in the shady gardens and partied, well, all over the place.


Apartment No. One by Ralph Lauren Home - Royalty as inspiration

Ralph Lauren Home is celebrating its 30th year in the designer interior decorating department. The designer brand is set to release a collection in its honor, a classic furniture collection. The collection is a variety of classic furniture pieces that are nostalgic of a noble era.  The Duke of Windsor was the inspiration behind Ralph Lauren's glamorous "Apartment No. One collection", which is named after William and Kate's Kensington Palace home. A modern take on heritage interiors, this lavish collection combines country house style and Art Deco elements.

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