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The Crown Penthouse, 5th Avenue, New York – US$78.8 million

There must be something about 5th Avenue, and this majestic penthouse is the epitome of luxurious living in one of the best neighborhoods in New York. The penthouse is at the top of the famous Crown building close to Madison Square Park. A historical masterpiece, the Crown Penthouse is a magnificent trophy residence second to none.

The triplex penthouse was meticulously designed by Pembrooke and Ives. With an internal living area of over 10,000 square feet, and exterior terraces measuring 5,730 square feet, this 5-bedroom penthouse is majestically proportioned just like a palace. The spectacular vistas from 56-foot exposures take in downtown Manhattan with its coveted architecture.

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The interior majesty matches the iconic views with elegant arched windows and a breathtaking bronze staircase as the centerpiece. High ceilings and gallery-sized walls along with marble flooring mean the penthouse is an art collector’s paradise. The marble foyer has its own private elevator going up to the grand ballroom and library with marble and glass fireplace. The lavish master suite has no less than seven rooms with every conceivable luxury and attention to detail considered.

212 5th Avenue view

212 5th Avenue view

212 5th Avenue view

212 5th Avenue view

The second level houses a unique sky-lit entertaining space with a vast outdoor oasis that extends along the full length of the building. The terraces are kept private with copper barriers, and the painstakingly constructed parapet provides unmatched privacy. Once you reach the third floor, the observatory offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and beyond. With amenities including 24-hour doorman and concierge service, a state-of-the-art fitness room, a golf simulator, a screening room and even a children’s playroom, the Crown Penthouse signifies the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Hermes Foosball Table – Luxury Table Soccer – US$67,600

Hermes has taken a step into football. The exclusive foosball table soccer game is covered in lush Maple and Swift calfskin, giving it a fabulous appearance fit for a king. If you fancy a game of table soccer in style, then the Hermes Foosball Table is for you, that is, if you wish to cough up US$67,600 for this unique collectible. You can watch the elegant soccer players in vivid silken jerseys play on a luxurious leather soccer field. The intricate leather work and hand-made stitching have been refined to highlight the exceptional qualities of the materials. The table measures 65.94 inches long, by 43.54 wide and 37.28 inches high.

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The ultra-cool collectible is created around the classic table soccer game but with added touches of luxury and opulence. The fast-paced, wrist twisting football adventure by Hermes is one unusual yet innovative item. The game is an elegant and unique table set up to fuse the three noble sports of football, foosball and horse racing. The game is full of identical rows of uniformed Jockeys, a yellow base that is really striking and beautifully crafted handles and trims living up to its Hermes namesake.

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The intricate and vivid details of the silk painted jerseys along with a helmet and goggles are ready to go, and it’s game on! You can even see them smiling with a glimmer in their eyes! With a maple wood crafted table, it is meant to last many chaotic battles and competitions. Calfskin leather is the field of play and no shirt pulling or fouling is allowed in this aesthetically refined Hermes Foosball Table.

This is an item which truly showcases the polished skills of Hermes craft makers.

Hermes has always stood for luxury and opulence, and the Foosball Table game solidifies that stellar reputation. An unusual, yet highly desirable work of art, luxury never comes cheap, and the price tag of US$67,600 is admittedly high; nevertheless, there will undoubtedly be no shortage of takers.

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Aurora Space Station Orbiting Hotel – 200 Miles High at $9.5 Million for 12 Days

There was never any doubt that it would happen sooner or later. A holiday aboard a Space Station! Aurora Station will be the very first luxury hotel in space. Orion Span Inc. based in Houston, USA plans to launch the modular space station in 2021, with guests arriving the next year. There will be two crew members accompanying each excursion into space, and the platform will be in orbit 200 miles above the Earth. The station accommodates six guests comfortably, the trip will last twelve days, and the space station will race around planet Earth at spectacular speeds, taking in 384 sunsets and sunrises!

The final frontier awaits those brave enough to experience the holiday of a lifetime in an orbiting hotel. The twelve-day trip will cost $9.5 million per person, working out at about US$792,000 per night. The Aurora Station will measure 10.7 by 4.3 metres, which is about the size of the interior of a Gulfstream G550 jet. The station can accommodate four guests and two crew members. For anyone considering the trip, a refundable deposit of $80,000 is required to book a seat on the first trip.

The chief architect at Orion Span along with the operating and chief technical officers are all former Nasa employees, with a wealth of experience in the field. The company also plans to partner with a government space agency, to add a measure of security and safety. Orion Span is able to target a somewhat reasonable price of under $10 million per person is partly due to lower launch prices.

These are exciting times! The ultimate holiday is already on offer since deposits are being accepted. It is no longer in the realms of science fiction but grounded in science, technology and luxury of today. If you have $9.5 million to spare on the holiday of a lifetime, the Aurora Space Station offers precisely that!

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Royal Salute Whiskey Tasting: Flight of Five Excellence

Royal Salute Whiskey has been described as the King of whiskeys. Created for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation on 2nd June 1952, thus the name ‘Royal Salute’. The exquisite blend is a 21-year-old whiskey that is fit for a King and Queen! This premium whiskey has gone on to inspire other brands to launch ‘royal’ and exclusive, premium blends connected to the monarchy.

The Global VIP Relationships Director for Chivas Bros. Peter Prentice recently conducted a private tasting at the prestigious Polo Bar of the St. Regis Al Habtoor Resort & Polo Club, Dubai. This unique occasion was the tenth anniversary of the British Polo Club and the Royal Salute Cup.

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The flight of five began with the famous 21 gun-maritime salute; the Royal Salute 21 Year Old. With a unique flavour, this retails at $283 a bottle. Next in line was the Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition, which was introduced in 2017. Endorsed by Royal Salute Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick, this blend, which is 80 proof, retails at $140. Things started heating up with the Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union Of The Crowns. This beauty was launched in 2016. It was released to commemorate the birth of the modern British monarchy in 1603. A bottle costs $380. The Royal Salute 38 Year Old Stone Of Destiny is next. The rarest of the lot, and with a hefty price tag of $874 a bottle. This blend impressed all present. The last in line is the Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, which is the strongest at 86 proof! The name is influenced by events that acknowledge the Tower of London as a royal fortress. A third 21-gun salute is fired during this commemoration, totally 62 shots in total. Extremely rare, with just 1,500 one litre, 24 carats gold-decorated Dartington Crystal decanters being produced in 2011. The price of this ultra-rare whiskey is $4,326!

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Most Expensive Hotel Room of 2018 Burj Al- Arab UAE $28,000 a night

The Burj Al- Arab Hotel in the United Arab Emirates is the most expensive hotel in the world, for 2018. Nothing at all comes close to it regarding price and pure luxury. Its unique characteristics, ultra luxury and futuristic design, make it a magnet for the rich and wealthy.

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The Burj Al- Arab is the most recognisable landmarks in the UAE.  Designed to resemble the shape of a raised sail, it towers majestically to a height of 321 meters above sea level. The hotel is part of the Jumeirah Beach Resort, and about half an hour’s drive away from Dubai International Airport.

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The Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah has a massive reception on every floor, with a personal host. The views are unsurpassable, and the service is out of this world. Incredibly, there is an underwater restaurant which is accessible by a miniature submarine. Categorised as a 7-Star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah charges $28,000 for a night’s stay.

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The hotel statistics are equally impressive. There are 202 luxurious duplex suites with magnificent vistas, nine world-class bars, a Talise Spa and Fitness centre, five swimming pools, the Sinbad’s Kids Club, as well as a private beach. Furthermore, the hotel offers guests complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for the duration of their stay.

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The Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah is as impressive as its price tag suggests, as guests are treated like royalty! Blending the top-notch service with the hotel’s unique qualities and decor creates an overnight stay like never before! Of course, staying a week will set you back a fortune. With Dubai being a popular stopover and the crossroads of world air traffic, the hotel is never short of guests! Wouldn’t you like to stay there? Once.

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The best boutique hotels in Venice

Venice is known for its unique charm, attracting millions of tourists each year. But if you want to experience its authenticity, here are the best boutique hotels to make your stay unforgettable.

Ca Maria Adele

Ca Maria Adele

This hotel, near the Peggy Guggenheim collection, is the epitome of Venetian charm. Textured golden damask wallpaper, dark wood furniture and finishing touches like gilding or glass vases create the atmosphere in every room. Guests receive fluffy robes, slippers and a mini bar with complimentary soft drinks during their stay. Themed rooms, such as the ornate Hall of the Doge, are available as well and come with its own golden cherubs and framed oil paintings.

Al Ponte Antico

Al Ponte Antico

A second century palace is the setting for the Al Ponte Antico. This historical building on the Grand Canal has been restored to its former glory and is now a hotel, which is classically Venetian with gilding, Damask wallpapers, tapestries, drapes and ornate lighting. Some of the rooms overlook the gondola-topped waters of the canal.

Hotel Moresco

Hotel Moresco

All the rooms at Hotel Moresco are named after Venetian tradespeople. There’s The Weaver, The Blacksmith, The Chestnut Vendor and the Gondolier to choose from, as well as 19 others. While some rooms come with views of the Grand Canal, each space here is different. Most rooms boast extras like Jacuzzis, chromotherapy showers and Nespresso makers. The hotel is known for its spacious garden, where guests can eat breakfast in the summer or spend a few hours sipping drinks from the terrace bar.

Corte di Gabriella

Corte di Gabriella

Corte di Gabriella sits closely to St Mark’s Square. It’s located inside a 19th century palace but it has been modernized. Venetian-style wallpapers and gold frames create. In-room tablets, flatscreen TVs and mini bars are present in all rooms. The breakfast served at the hotel is one of the best qualities of this hotel with everything from mini pizzas and savoury strudels to meatballs and amaretti cake as part of the spread. The cherry on top of the hotel is its courtyard where guests are served a free aperitif between in the summer evenings.

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Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

Cartier’s love bracelets are always a safe choice for a Valentine’s Day present, but this year we bring you a selection of jewelry that truly speaks the language of love. Of course, like all finer things in life – these dazzling pieces don’t come cheap, but they are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the woman you love.

Taffin presents a surprisingly versatile collection of black ceramic bangles with gold inscription, which spells out ‘Te Amo’. It’s also available in “Je t’aime” and can even be customized for that extra-special touch (price available upon request).

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Alison Lou celebrates the emoji culture with a cheeky sense of humour and a $2,550 cocktail ring. The cute piece is emblazoned with cherry-red enamel lips—a luxurious take on everyone’s favorite emoji.

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The minimalistic and symbolic lock from Marla Aaron is the kind every woman would love to receive for Valentine’s Day. Finished in yellow gold with a heart-shaped pendant and ruby baguette-studded clasp, it retails for $1,472.

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For those who enjoy their jewelry as simple and austere – Eva Fehren’s white-gold and diamond XX studs—an understated “kiss, kiss”—strike the perfect balance between sentimental and sleek. They can make your loved one happy for $2,575.

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Jemma Wynne has her own representation of the holiday of love with a two-stoned ring – a style traditionally known as a “toi et moi”—a representation of coupledom rendered in precious materials. Finished with an emerald-cut diamond and a ruby, it is available at materialgoodny.com.

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London-based jeweler Stephen Webster collaborated with artist Tracey Emin to produce a collection of romantically inclined designs. One of the pieces is a statement pendant with a spinning disc engraved with Emin’s handwriting that, when spun, spells out “I promise to love you”, available for $2,200.

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$185 Million Swiss Castle Hits the Market in St. Moritz

The most expensive estate in Switzerland has hit the market for a staggering $185 million. The architectural marvel features a ceiling with floating candles that rivals Hogwarts’ Great Hall and is perched on snow-capped mountains in the Engadin alpine valley region.

At a little over 43,000 square feet, Lonsdaleite is a combination of sharp geometric lines and neutral tones that ensure unrivalled elegance throughout the property. A dramatic entryway leads to the grand reception, where 35-foot floor-to-ceiling windows reveal sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Rectangular strips of mink cover an entire wall opposite the dual-arched fireplaces. On the side of the grand reception is a crushed-red-velvet-encased library, complete with a secret office hidden behind one of the scarlet walls.

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The breakfast nook introduces a whole new level of decadent luxury with its 24-karat gold-leaf wall and $145,000 bespoke egg sculpture that adorns the ceiling. The nook’s shape resembles that of a cracked egg, a unique architectural choice that ties the theme together. The result is a warm and inviting atmosphere, which is ideal for a relaxed morning before hitting Switzerland’s world-class ski slopes.

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A set of glass stairs lead underground to five en suite bedrooms. Each room boasts buttery-soft Loro Piana-cashmere-covered walls and stunning bathrooms dressed in rare stone. There is also an entertainment lounge designed specifically for guests with a gold-covered ceiling and a chandelier with 178 floating Swarovski-crystal candles. An elevator takes guests to a private level reserved for the master suite, which showcases a white Scandinavian fox-fur rug and an enormous white-onyx master bath with a 360-degree glass shower.

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As part of its underground lair, the estate has a wine cellar, state-of-the-art cinema, spa (with a pink Himalayan salt room, hammam, sauna, subzero ice chamber, and private massage area), and subterranean pool and Jacuzzi.

In addition to the staggering number of amenities, there is a six-car garage with a convenient turntable for ultimate comfort.

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A Private Jet-Journey Through India

Silversea brings a new 8-day itinerary titled the Path of the Powerful Titans. Guests will be treated to once-in-a-lifetime tour of India’s most breath-taking sites in a private plane at a hefty cost, of course. This trip is exclusively available to guests traveling aboard the Silver Muse’s cruise from Athens to Muscat, Oman. After navigating through the Mediterranean, crossing through the Suez Canal, and passing through the Red Sea over a total of 15 days aboard the luxurious cruise liner, guests will make the journey to Delhi to start their exclusive tour of India by land and sky.

Once they land, they will spend a day touring the historic mosques, palaces, and forts of the country’s capital with expert lecturers by their side. Naturally, these tours will be far away from the crowds and offer an unmatched experience and comfort. Guests will be given exclusive access into Ranthambore National Park and spend days spotting tigers and trekking through the former royal hunting ground in specially-designed 4x4s. The Sher Bagh Tented Camp (a Relais & Chateaux property) will offer a spot for relaxation and a sunset cocktail.

After a few days out in the vast countryside, guests will head to Jodhpur and experience a taste of the opulent maharajah lifestyle. Upon arrival, guests will be transferred via vintage car to the exuberant Umaid Bhawan Palace—a sweeping royal private residence, which is now a five-star hotel. They will spend a day exploring the Old City with an expert historian as well be treated to a rare private tour and dinner at the sprawling Mehrangarh Fort. The trip will wrap up with a trip back out to the bush as guests fly to the desert city of Jaisalmer.

The Silversea Couture Collection Path of Powerful Titans itinerary starts on October 23, 2018, and is available for booking now.

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Miami’s New $20,000-Per-Night Penthouse

Lavish Sunny Isles Beach is one of Miami’s most luxurious and sought-after neighborhoods, offering white sandy beaches, world-renowned restaurants, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Recently, a frenzy of modern residential towers and opulent hotel accommodations have been redefining its skyline. Ahead of other developments is Acqualina Resort & Spa, known for its sold-out Mansions at Acqualina, its Karl Lagerfeld–designed Estates at Acqualina, and, its brand new 7,725-square-foot hotel Penthouse 46.

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Located on the 46th floor of Acqualina’s 51-story resort tower, the bespoke penthouse is built around its 360-degree ocean and Intercoastal views. It boasts a modern and superbly elegant décor throughout that effortlessly channels the tranquillity of the sea below. The spacious oceanfront terrace is fitted with plush lounge furniture, a saltwater swimming pool, a living wall, a TV, a summer kitchen, and a dining table for a party of eight.

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The spectacular views follow guests inside with floor-to-ceiling windows and a simple color palette of neutrals and dark grays. A strong Miami vibe can be seen in the interior with playful touches in every room. A 10-person wooden dining table rests atop a coral pony-hair rug. The bar is fitted with a striking agate countertop backlit with LED bulbs, and the extravagant entrance sprawls off a private foyer and sparkles with a silver-leaf ceiling.

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The price of Miami’s newest accommodation starts at $20,000 per night and is well worth every cent. The five-bedroom suite includes a poolside cabana guest house for a truly VIP experience. It is one suite that outshines all others in comfort, style and exclusivity.