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Champagne increasing in popularity

Champagne increasing in popularity

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 […]

Extravigator now officially launched

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 áis now open to the public and is billed as a place “where sophisticated travelers exchange tips, advice and experiences”. á It’s a little lacking in content at the moment […]

Bubbles with a view

Bubbles with a view

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. á These crazy people last month ascended Mont Blanc at night, assembled their ‘Jaccuzzi’ at the summit, melted some fresh snow and […]

Federation Island: an island for Russia's super-rich

Federation Island: an island for Russia’s super-rich

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? á 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 […]

U2's Bono upsetting people in Dublin

U2′s Bono upsetting people in Dublin

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 áproposal is for á”a dramatic structure with a spaceship-shaped glass dome at the summit of an extraordinary atrium extending from the basement to the rooftop”. á […]

Gordon Ramsay now has as many Michelin stars as Alain Ducasse

Gordon Ramsay now has as many Michelin stars as Alain Ducasse

Not only áwas 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 áwith two Michelin stars just days earlier. This means that Ramsay, across all his restaurants, ánow has the same number of Michelin stars as Alain Ducasse.

Trump's first luxury hotel and condominium development in Canada

Trump’s first luxury hotel and condominium development in Canada

Donald Trump has been in Toronto this week to break ground on his first luxury hotel and condominium development in Canada. á 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 […]

Playboy Passport

Playboy Passport

Do you aspire to a Hugh Hefner lifestyle? á If so, you might be interested to hear about the Playboy Passport concierge service that was launched earlier this year. á 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. á […]

A Donald Trump home for sale

A Donald Trump home for sale

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 […]

Disney heads for Hawaii

Disney heads for Hawaii

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 áon 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 áKo Olina Resort […]

Google founders get themselves another private jet

Google founders get themselves another private jet

News has it that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are splashing out on another private jet which, from next month, áwill be able to take off from the NASA-operated Moffett Airfield ájust 4 miles from their Mountain View, CA headquarters. á This will be their fourth such jet with this privilege – something […]

Floating bar in Tokyo

Floating bar in Tokyo

The Jicoo floating bar is áJapan’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. áFailing that, head for the bar and unwind somewhere away from the psychadelic lights. If sharing this experience with strangers is […]

Poyke, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv’s reputation as a destination for foodies has been growing in recent times. á If you’re visiting the city, as well as trying out local dishes (blintzes, gelfite fish, hummus, etc.), áyou might like to make your way down to Alma Beach to sample áthe South African ácuisine – in particular, the delicious steaks […]

Santuary Villas & Apartments

Santuary Villas & Apartments

Santuary Villas & Apartments believe that villa holidays should be about privacy, choice and independence. á Take a look at their hand-picked portfolio of properties managed by their own staff, using a formula that provides the right kind of support and gives guests the assurance that they need.

One for the oldies reading

One for the oldies reading

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. á For example, if you’re 65, you’ll receive 65% off your room only price. á Not such a great áoffer if you’re in your […]

A good night's sleep in New York, guaranteed

A good night’s sleep in New York, guaranteed

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. á 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 […]

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