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The most expensive wines in the world

The most expensive wines in the world

Whilst more than $100,000 has been known to be paid for a bottle of wine at auction (Chateau Lafite 1787 was sold at Christie’s in London in 1985 for $160,000), here’s a round-up of the most expensive red and white wines readily available on the conventional  market.   Most expensive red wines Domaine de la […]

Car hire for  £10,000 a day

Car hire for £10,000 a day

Holiday Autos has begun a luxury arm to its car hire business. Prestige Cars offers upmarket vehicles such as Bentleys and Ferraris for prices of up to £10,000 a day. Yes, you really did read that right; that  sum is commanded by the Bentley GTC Convertible.   At the other end of the price  spectrum, […]

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, a 218-room hotel in a 21-story Regency-style building on the  historic McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas opens today. Sumptuous hotel guest rooms and suites have flat-panel HDTV, high-speed and wireless Internet, in-room safes with built-in laptop rechargers, Frette bed and bath linens, and high-end furnishings. The club level will have private secured […]

World's Best Luxury Hotels 2007 from Five Star Alliance

World’s Best Luxury Hotels 2007 from Five Star Alliance

Our friends over at Five Star Alliance have devised their own ‘best hotels’ list for the second year running. Their World’s Best Luxury Hotels 2007 sees the spectacular Four Seasons Punta Mita recognised as one of the  World’s Best Golf Resorts, and Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands as one of the World’s […]

Fancy a penthouse on the Four Seasons Ocean Residences? $39m and its yours!

Fancy a penthouse on the Four Seasons Ocean Residences? $39m and its yours!

A limited showing of 30 of the 112 residences aboard the Four Seasons Ocean Residences ship took place in London yesterday. The private 719-foot vessel  circumnavigates the globe and spends more than 250 nights a year in unique ports from Antartica to the Amazon. Each year’s itinerary will include major world events like the Rio […]

Get lost in Wales

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The world's most expensive water

The world’s most expensive water

Talk about expensive water! If you thought Bling H20 – at $24 for a 750ml bottle – was expensive, then think again.   Kona Nigari water from Hawaii  is apparently selling at $33.50 for a mere 2 ounce bottle.   Yes, you read that right… that’s seawater at more than $2,000 per gallon.   The […]

Silversea all-suite ships to sail to 116 countries in 2008

Silversea all-suite ships to sail to 116 countries in 2008

Silversea Cruises has just published a 172-page 2007-2008 Voyage Atlas detailing the sailings through to the end of  2008.   Four ships will cover more than 140 itineraries in 2008, visiting almost 340 different ports. The all-suite ships will cover 116 countries on a schedule of itineraries ranging from six to 110 days. 27 new […]

Suite of the week: Dalem Jiwo Suite at Amanjiwo, Central Java

Suite of the week: Dalem Jiwo Suite at Amanjiwo, Central Java

Suite name: Dalem Jiwo Suite Resort: Amanjiwo, Central Java Size of accommodation: 1,300 sq m Cost per night:   £1,278 per night (Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 11% government tax. Rates include airport transfer.) What makes it special?  Amanjiwo is set in the countryside of Central Java with clear views of Borobudur, […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Low priced private jet travel from Jump Jet Enjoy the culinary sensation that is Oud Sluis Discover the warmth of Barcelona at Hotel Majestic On an island off Mombasa, The Funzi Keys

Hyatt Regency Kiev - St. Sophia

Hyatt Regency Kiev – St. Sophia

Hyatt is the second international hotel brand to enter Ukraine’s capital of  Kiev with the opening of the five-star Hyatt Regency Kiev  - St. Sophia – ahead of schedule. (The first was Radisson SAS back in 2005.) The hotel is well-located in the centre of the city, close to St. Sophia Square and the cathedral.

Dosh all-polymer wallets

Dosh all-polymer wallets

Sydney-based Blue Sky Design Group have come out with some futuristic-looking wallets made of a semi-flexible, water-resistant polymer called Desmopan. These durable and stylish Dosh wallets  are also wear-resistant and chemical-resistant, and available in four distinct colours, including ‘charcoal’ and ‘red’.   Can be purchased online for AUD$49, excluding delivery and GST.

Scotland's first castle of the 21st Century

Scotland’s first castle of the 21st Century

The first castle to have been built in Scotland in the 21st Century is a luxury hotel. Glenskirlie House & Castle is set in lush gardens in the village of Banknock, Stirlingshire. Owned by the Macaloney family, it caters well for wedding parties and has two sumptuous turreted honeymoon suites with four poster beds, separate […]

 £105,805.28 bar bill

£105,805.28 bar bill

Media reports claim that a businessman’s bar bill at a London West End club totalled no less than £105,805.28. The man and his circle of friends polished off some 80 bottles of Champagne, including a six-litre methuselah of Cristal worth £30,000 and a £9,600, three-litre jeroboam. The celebration took place at Crystal in Marylebone, a […]

Recipe of the week: Luxury nut and seed loaf with cranberry, apple and brandy sauce

Ingredients: • 225g/8oz bulgar wheat • 330ml/11fl oz boiling water • 3 tbsp soya sauce • 175g/6oz pistachio nuts • 175g/6oz pine nuts • 225g/8oz blanched almonds • 175g/6oz cashew nuts • 110g/4oz hazel nuts • 110g/4oz sunflower seeds • 110g/4oz poppy seeds • 250g/9oz onion, finely chopped • 4 tbsp fresh and finely chopped […]

Gaylord Palms Resort commits to serving locally grown produce

Gaylord Palms Resort commits to serving locally grown produce

Since opening in 2002, the chefs at Orlando’s Gaylord Palms Resort have had a “market inspired” philosophy in menu planning. This year, these culinary professionals have taken the philosophy one step further, by committing to supporting local, organic and sustainable farming in an effort to enhance and grow our local economy. To prepare for this […]

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