Worldwide sales of Champagne have grown from 287 million bottles in 2002 to 321 million last year; and, with 2007 sales expected to exceed 330 million – the maximum that the Champagne region around Reims can produce – land in 40 villages in northeastern France is under consideration for use as vineyards by the Appellation […]
A luxury travel site which has caught the attention of a number of bloggers in recent weeks officially launched today. Having been in beta, Extravigator is now open to the public and is billed as a place “where sophisticated travelers exchange tips, advice and experiences”. It’s a little lacking in content at the moment […]
I expect many of you reading have probably experienced a Jacuzzi in an exotic location before, but I doubt many of you can top this… a Jacuzzi on the top of Mont Blanc. These crazy people last month ascended Mont Blanc at night, assembled their ‘Jaccuzzi’ at the summit, melted some fresh snow and […]
We’re already well aware of Dubai’s antics when it comes to making luxury islands, but did you know that similar plans are afoot in Russia? An ambitious artificial island 10 miles off the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, is in the pipeline. Designed by Dutch architect Erik […]
An Taisce and Dublin traditionalists such as the Irish Georgian Society are expressing grave concerns about co-owner Bono‘s plans to transform The Clarence hotel. Hardly surprising, perhaps, when the proposal is for ”a dramatic structure with a spaceship-shaped glass dome at the summit of an extraordinary atrium extending from the basement to the rooftop”. […]
Not only was Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant at The London NYC announced as ‘Best Newcomer’ in the city’s newly published Zagat guide last week, but it also debuted with two Michelin stars just days earlier. This means that Ramsay, across all his restaurants, now has the same number of Michelin stars as Alain Ducasse.
Donald Trump has been in Toronto this week to break ground on his first luxury hotel and condominium development in Canada. In the heart of the city’s financial district, at the corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets, he unveiled that 70% of the units had already been sold. The 57-storey tower will be Canada’s […]
Do you aspire to a Hugh Hefner lifestyle? If so, you might be interested to hear about the Playboy Passport concierge service that was launched earlier this year. With a $10,000 annual membership fee, you get access to private jet and yacht services, upgrades at hotels and resorts, and discounted car rental. […]
An oceanfront property that Donald Trump bought for $41.25 million in 2004 is up for sale with Sotheby’s International Realty for a handsome $125 million – the highest ever for a single family home in the US. Situated in Palm Beach, FL the 7-acre residence enjoys 474 feet of ocean frontage and was extensively renovated […]
Hawaii’s third largest island, Oahu, is to get a luxury Walt Disney family resort. Having spent $144m to acquire 21 acres of oceanfront land on the southwestern corner of the island, Disney will build a luxury hotel complex, as well as timeshare units. The resort will form part of the already popular Ko Olina Resort […]
News has it that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are splashing out on another private jet which, from next month, will be able to take off from the NASA-operated Moffett Airfield just 4 miles from their Mountain View, CA headquarters. This will be their fourth such jet with this privilege – something […]
The Jicoo floating bar is Japan’s answer to futuristic travel in Tokyo Bay. Once on board you’ll find the floor of the vessel changes colour, apparently enhancing your mood and perception of the journey. Failing that, head for the bar and unwind somewhere away from the psychadelic lights. If sharing this experience with strangers is […]
Tel Aviv’s reputation as a destination for foodies has been growing in recent times. If you’re visiting the city, as well as trying out local dishes (blintzes, gelfite fish, hummus, etc.), you might like to make your way down to Alma Beach to sample the South African cuisine – in particular, the delicious steaks […]
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I’ve seen a similar promotion from Malmaison before: book for a stay between 19th and 28th October 2007, and you’ll get your age as a percentage taken from your room rate. For example, if you’re 65, you’ll receive 65% off your room only price. Not such a great offer if you’re in your […]
A luxury hotel in New York is so determined that its guests are assured a good night’s sleep that they’ve appointed a sleep concierge. Anya Orlanska and her team at The Benjamin in midtown Manhattan offer everything form a menu of over a dozen different pillows to pre-bedtime massages and snacks that are believed […]