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Shanghai’s newest hotel is a work of art

Now, wealthy travellers have another reason to hop on their private jet and visit Shanghai- its newest luxurious hotel tucked away in the city’s historic district. Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li is fast becoming the city’s most luxurious hotel.

The tiny wining lanes of the historic Xuhui District are in sharp contrast to Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers and futuristic architecture. Travellers who want to be transported to a different era but still enjoy the luxury and comfort of modern life can do so in the Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li. The newest member of the Leading Hotels of the World luxury group makes the most of its strategic yet tranquil location — tucked away in the city’s cultural preservation zone. The hotel treats guests to a much-needed reprieve from the bustling city outside—and a chance to connect to its rich heritage and history.

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The compound consists of 55 villas and 40 luxe residences immaculately furnished in a combination of minimalistic Chinese style and contemporary architectural austerity. It is spread across 22 shikumen (or stone gate) lanes that connect over 200 two-story townhouses that date back to the 1930s. It was originally built by a French real estate company and each of the buildings has been meticulously restored by Jaya International Design’s team. This ensures the hotel is able to showcase the unique blend of Eastern and Western architecture—a rarity in the cosmopolitan metropolis. This cultural fusion continues can be found throughout the compound with elegantly decorated villas, which range in size from one to three bedrooms. The residences come in layouts from nearly 1,200 square feet to a palatial 2,700 square feet.

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Apart from ultra-luxurious touches like Aqua di Parma bath products and a dedicated Capella personal assistant, guests of Capella Shanghai enjoy access to the property’s Auriga Spa, with unique treatments based on the cycles of the moon.

The city’s best shopping and must-see sights, like the iconic arts galleries of Tianzifang, are just steps away from the hotel. Guests can then dine at the property’s le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire restaurant, enjoying the multi-Michelin-starred chef’s signature take on French cuisine.

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Stellar Jewelry in Time for the Eclipse

August’s eclipse is an event – much anticipated and celebrated in the wealthy circles. What better way to shine than with these exquisite offerings by some of the best jewelry designers in the world? These cosmically inspired designs are a symphony of stars, crescent moons, and planets recreated thanks to sparkling gems and gold.

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A $6,800 offering comes from renowned designer David Yurman in the form of the Supernova necklace. The beaming 18-karat-gold Supernova ear climbers (priced at $7,800) complete the collection and offer a fiery modern design for the cosmopolitan woman.

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Bibi van der Velden comes with a delightfully fresh and perfectly mismatched star and crescent moon earrings. The Galaxy Planet drop earrings are priced at $9,750 and are adorned with a pair of green-gray Tahitian pearls orbited by a ring of 18-karat rose gold. The Dutch designer’s Big Galaxy opal ring from the same collection captures planets, stars, and bejeweled orbit routes and can be purchased for the sum of $17,110.

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Frozen mid-swirl, Mindi Mond has found a new way of presenting the classic combination of sparkling diamond and platinum in a set of earrings with otherworldly galactic energy. The delicate Art Deco–inspired filigree setting hold more than 12 carats of white rose-cut and old mine-cut diamonds. Naturally, such perfection doesn’t come cheap at $36,960 for the luxurious set.

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Even renowned Maison Chanel is not indifferent to the stargazing trend. The brand debuted its Nuit de Diamants 18-karat white-gold ring. It centers on a crisp diamond star that seems to have spun around the wearer’s finger with a trail of black-spinel stardust in its wake. Price for this spectacular piece is available upon request.

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Top New Beach Resorts to Book This Fall

Summer is winding down and it’s time to start planning that perfect fall getaway. If you can afford it, you can spend the cold winter in some of the world’s best new beach resorts. From a Malibu holiday with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to an island retreat in a secret corner of Indonesia, these are the beach holiday destinations to book this season.

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Celebrities and oligarchs flock to Nobu Malibu when they want to vacation away from the prying eyes of the press. The 16-room ryokan opened just this spring up the beach from the wildly popular restaurant, and is modeled after Japanese inns. It has a boho Southern California vibe with rooms nearly on top of the Pacific Ocean, a courtyard filled with native plants, and friendly staff to welcome guests with green tea.

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It’s been 10 years since the opening of Indonesia’s celebrated Nikoi Island eco-resort. Now, Andrew and Julia Dixon have unveiled their sophomore property, Cempedak Island. It sits within the same Riau archipelago and features 20 thatch-roofed villas arranged over 42 acres and surrounded by tropical foliage. The accommodations are immersive with design that blends with the surrounding nature. Constructed of sustainable bamboo and native alang-alang grass – they are completely open to the elements. Organic linens, private saltwater swimming pools, and sprawling terraces that spill out onto a white-sand beach complete the idyllic experience.

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Loren at Pink Beach

Opened in April, Loren at Pink Beach resort is Bermuda’s first all-new hotel in decades. It is a fresh move from the island’s trademark colonial style towards a sleek and elegant ambience with floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings, and muted nuances. A total of 45 rooms and suites (all with breezy verandas) are modern and filled with light. The cuisine is modern and eclectic, delivering farm-to-table goodness with dishes like beet ravioli with goat-cheese bonbons. Just outside is a Bermudan trademark that never goes out of style: the Loren’s picturesque stretch of pastel-pink sand lined with tranquil water.

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A New Yacht Model for Wider

The Wider 130 is an eye-catching addition to the 150 and 165 yacht models with its sleek, modern design. The innovative, fuel-efficient super yachts comes with lots of usable deck space – perfect for soaking up the sun during those long trips to the French Riviera and the Mediterranean.

Renowned yacht builder Wider launched the 150-foot Bartali several years ago, no one expected the Italian will be able to outdo itself. Now, the recently revealed 130 proves motor yachts can be designed around function, form and luxury. Building on its fuel-efficient predecessor, the new model boasts an unbelievable amount of usable deck space for owners and guests, and wide-open saloons and staterooms.

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Similar to its sisterships, the Wider 130 is a technological wonder with a 27-foot 7-inch beam that helped the designers create more than 2,300 square feet of deck space. Such square footage is typically reserved for larger yachts. The yacht is divided into three zones: a wide-open foredeck for sunning and privacy, an aft bridge deck for dining and social gatherings, and the transom beach club, which opens to the sea.

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Wider’s diesel-electric propulsion is positioned amidships, which is different than at the stern like most other yachts. The lack of engines in the back let the designers expand the beach club, essentially turning it into a serious relaxation space on the water.  The 130’s garage is forward-facing, rather than at the stern, able to accommodate a 16-foot tender and two jet skis. The diesel-electric engines demonstrate 20% more fuel efficiency than conventional diesels. Fuel consumption has been reduced to a mere 22 gallons per hour at 10 knots. At the same speed, the 130 has a range of 3,400 nautical miles. The Wider can also run on battery power for up to six hours. Owners won’t be bothered by any engine vibration or diesel fumes, emulating the feeling of being aboard a 19th-century sailing yacht, but with access to all modern conveniences.

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All cabins have gained extra space aft thanks to engine placement. The full-beam master suite forward is palatial for a 130-foot yacht, with an opening terrace that overlooks the surrounding scenery. Evert detail of the layout is the result of symbiosis between function, form and comfort.

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Beverly Hillbillies Mansion is The Most Expensive Property on the Market in the U.S

America’s priciest mansion has hit the market in Bel Air for the staggering sum of $350 million. The expensive residential listing is a 38,000-square-foot mansion. After another mansion was sold for $250 million in the same neighbourhood, this marks a new first for the US real estate market.

Known as Chartwell, the 10.3-acre estate consists of a 25,000-square-foot main residence, built by architect Sumner Spaulding in 1933. The mansion draws inspiration from 18th-century French neoclassical architecture. The chateau-style abode was featured as the Clampett family’s mansion in the 1960s hit television series The Beverly Hillbillies.

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In 1986, it was purchased by Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio. He contracted Henri Samuel to redesign and modernize the home during a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Built for entertaining, the residence has everything to host parties as well as serve as a comfortable family home. It features a wine cellar, salon, ballroom, and period-paneled dining room. Outside, there’s a tennis court, manicured gardens, covered parking for 40 cars, and a 75-foot swimming pool with ample decking.

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Over the subsequent 30 years of Perenchio’s ownership, adjacent properties were added to expand the spectacular estate. These include a Wallace Neff guest house and a long private driveway.

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The main house has 10 bedrooms and the property comes with beautifully landscaped grounds, a 22m pool and pool house. The interior has been completely renovated and modernized with a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Luxurious plush carpeting, wood panelling and period fireplaces retain the grandeur of its original design.

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2017′s Best Double Tourbillon Watches

Quite a few luxury watch brands turned heads at Geneva this year. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) horology exhibition is an event every wealthy gentleman has marked in his calendar for a chance to pinpoint his next wrist toy.  Double tourbillons were particularly prominent at the exhibition and a few models stood out from the sea of luxury and exquisite craftsmanship.

Jaeger-LeCoultre moved into a new and daring direction with the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time. A platinum watch is hardly understated, but it’s a peculiar move from a brand known so well for its bling. It has completely stripped it down to a classic-looking dial, which hides a complicated tourbillon movement within a tourbillon.

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Another strong statement comes from Audemars Piguet in the form of their Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. The Maison debuted a monochrome perpetual calendar in the watch world’s material of the moment: ceramic. No gold. No platinum. No diamonds. Just one minimalistic case of the world’s most fragile material with a price available on request.

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IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is the latest tourbillon model from the brand and it’s a step up from its predecessor. Its gold-cased design lets wearers precisely set the time to the very second. For a price of about $110,000 the buyer receives a balanced combination of the 3 complications on the clean, silver plated dial with applied Arabic numerals.

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Panerai developed the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days 49mm in search of lightness and architectural austerity. The used carbotech material has been utilized a high point. This makes the latest LAB-ID Luminor the brand’s most functional dive watch yet. Plus, it features a dial made from the world’s ‘blackest black’.

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The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotier Celestial Astronominal Grand Complication 3600 is a novelty option that will surely impress. With an eye-watering price tag, the Les Cabinotier offers a sunrise and sunset complication; moonphase; and a Zodiac, equinox and solstice display – all housed in a white gold case.

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The $2.5 million Pagani Huayra

The modern fleet of supercars has grown with one more worthy model, courtesy of Pagani. The gorgeous Huayra BC is dedicated to the late Benny Caiola, the car-loving developer who was Pagani’s first customer (the “BC” stands for his initials). The exotic Italian company has gone to great lengths to make this dedication known, even featuring a personal note from the brand’s founder on their website.

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This is a car inspired by one man that will appeal to many. With its many performance-boosting tweaks typically done to a track-only editions and a street legal status, it is considerably more savage than the standard Huayra. The more muscular 789-hp Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter V-12 engine gives the new Huayra new levels of performance.

This is the world’s lightest $2.5 million supercar, which is also fast, fun and comfortable. A drop from 2,976 lbs to 2,680 lbs. makes the Pagani Huayra light and maneuverable. Its innovative 7-speed automated manual transmission is 40% lighter than a typical dual-clutch transmission. The custom transmission is designed by race supplier Xtrac, and uses carbon fiber synchronizers to save weight.

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An additional electro-hydraulic clutch system provides light clutch pedal pressure despite the need for the clutch to transmit the engine’s considerable power.

Low-drag racing-style tripod axle joints are installed in place of the conventional constant velocity joints normally used. The car’s suspension components are forged aluminum, making the Brembo carbon ceramic matrix brakes lighter than cast iron stoppers.

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A Bosch electronic stability control system gives drivers a choice of three modes; comfort, sport and track, which permit ever-increasing levels of freedom to apply the Mercedes-AMG engine’s power to the road without restraint.

The car won’t debut until next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Despite its hefty $2.5 million price tag all 20 examples of the Huayra BC are already sold out.

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Russia’s Most Expensive Diamond

Dynasty – potentially the most expensive diamond manufactured in the history of Russia – is about to go on sale. It is hard to say how much the keenest buyer will have to shed to own this flawless piece, but the starting price is announced at the staggering $10 million.

Russian miner Alrosa announced the November auction of its rare collection of polished diamonds produced domestically, including the giant 51.38-carat gem. The large, traditional round-cut diamond, has a 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter, making it equal in size to the visible part of a human eye. This makes it the first of such size and quality in the history of Russian jewelry.

The Dynasty Collection took a year and a half for Alrosa’s specialists to create. It consists of five polished diamonds from a 179-carat Romanovs rough diamond, extracted at one of the company’s mines in Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region in 2015.

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The collection pays homage to the Tsar Peter the Great, who built the city of St Petersburg, and the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia for 300 years. The name was chosen in line with Alrosa’s intention to revive the traditions and memory of renowned Russian jewelers famous for their craftsmanship and filigree since Russia’s first cutting and polishing factory founded by Peter I (the Great) early in the 18th century.

Alrosa and Anglo American’s De Beers unit auction for the first time auctioned polished stones this year, produce about half of the world’s rough diamonds.

Dynasty is the collection’s main 51.38-carat diamond with a 57-facet traditional round brilliant cut with triple excellent cut, D color and VVS1 clarity. No other diamond manufactured in Russia has come close to this size and quality and is expected to attract a lot of interest from potential buyers.

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The Van der Valk BeachClub 600 yacht

Lots of windows and large social spaces make the new Van der Valk BeachClub 600 into a virtual glass home on water. Wealthy buyers can enjoy a new standard of comfort for on-board living in the small-yacht category.

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Van der Valk’s new BeachClub 600 yacht brings the exterior into the saloon, while creating a record amount of volume, inside and out. With the launch of the aluminium 60-footer, the Dutch builder essentially created a new category of mid-sized yachts. 

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The patent-pending engine room sits under the swim platform, allowed designer Cor D. Rover to designate an unusual percentage of volume, both inside and out, to social spaces. The foredeck boasts a total of 270 square feet for lounges, tables, and even a Jacuzzi. The 150-sqare-foot aft beach club is enormous for a yacht this size.

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But buyers should peek inside for a taste of the most striking innovations, where they’ll find the two-tiered saloons and a large master suite. The upper saloon area has lounges around the helm. The lower area includes a full galley and dining area with direct access to the swim platform via curved, sliding doors. Van der Valk’s generous use of glazing across the back half of the yacht makes it feel more like a glass house than a boat. The lower saloon boasts some of the best water views of any yacht in its class. The master suite also has longitudinal glass panels that stretch the full length of the hull to the bow, providing unmatched water view ever in a bow stateroom.

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The BeachClub 600 is powered by twin Volvo Penta 950 IPS drives for a top speed of 25 knots. The captain can also drive from the upper station, attached to an exterior deck with about 200 square feet of more social space. Van der Valk asserts the boat should be launched on schedule later this year.

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An exclusive travel destination in the heart of Vietnam

Since April, Vietnam will reveal a new luxury destination for travellers looking to get away from it all. The spectacular complex Anam will bring a whole new level of luxury to Cam Ranh’s northern peninsula. Nestled in the middle of a 3,000 palm tree plantation, the verdant Vietnamese property is sited on 12 acres near white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and sweeping headlands.

Guests will be treated to an off-the-beaten path adventure far away from the bustling lights of Hanoi. A wide assortment of activities are available, including kayaking, snorkeling, motorbiking, and fishing in authentic Vietnamese coracles. This is topped off with sumptuous accommodation at the five-star beachfront property.

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In total, there are 117 capacious villas and 96 well-appointed rooms and suites at The Anam (from $175 per night). Lanterns, mosaic tiles, stone pathways, imperial-style roofs, timber accents, and big-bellied water vases create a casual and traditionally Vietnamese ambiance to evoke the spirit of the exotic country’s bygone Indochine era. Vietnamese artwork and photography adorn the walls, giving visitors intimate glimpses into the nation’s history and culture.

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The airy accommodations boast with king-size beds and bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, rain showers, and slate-gray stone tiles. The villas have ample private gardens as well as terraces or balconies, and 27 include personal swimming pools. There are also two private pool villas, each equipped with steam rooms and sunken granite Jacuzzis to allow guests to indulge without leaving their villas.

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The resort has its own restaurant, which serves Vietnamese, Western, and European dishes such as lobster chowder and bay scallops wrapped in Italian pancetta with green peppercorn papaya salsa. The Beach Club offers casual weekly seafood barbecues at the oceanfront Beach Club. Three swimming pools, a fitness center, a tennis court, and a pool bar provide plenty of entertainment opportunities for much-needed R&R. The Balinese SPA has 10 treatment rooms, where guests can treat themselves to Nepalese-style tea exfoliation treatments, Bourbon tea body wraps.