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Floyd Mayweather’s masterpiece of a house

Floyd Mayweather is known as an extravagant man who doesn’t settle for anything else than spectacular. His 22,000-square-foot five-bedroom, seven-bath custom-built mansion in Las Vegas redefines the standard for wealth and luxury.

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With ceilings high over 24 feet high, wood panelling and tone fireplaces – the house is adorned with crystal chandeliers, red silk and textured glass. The house sits on a golf course, giving its owner quick access to the manicured fields for a game.

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When it comes to technology, the mansion has quite a few features to enjoy. The kitchen, for example, has touch-screen video game consoles on the kitchen counter. An outside area provides plenty of space for lounging with a sofa, decking and a sun-drenched swimming pool. A custom-built sauna and massage area ensure that Floyd and his guests can get treated to relaxing SPA procedures any time they please.

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One of the most impressive scenes is in the garage of the mansion, where countless cars valued at over $15 million are neatly tucked away. Floyd Mayweather owns over 16 Rolls Royce and has purchased over 100 cars from a single dealership. Other of his gems include Ferraris, three Bugattis, a Lamborghini, and a McLaren.

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The custom-built 600-square-foot walk-in closet holds his personal jewellery collection and designer clothes that he can’t possibly wear in his lifetime. A collection of diamond-encrusted gold watches from Piquet, Hublot, Chopard and more seat neatly in drawers and are polished to perfection by the numerous staff.

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Purchased for about $9 million, the house has been further customized and now has a wine cellar loaded with Moët & Chandon and Cristal champagne. There is even a glass cabinet to display his most valuable possessions – his boxing belts.

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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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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.

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$75 Million Estate in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has long been a top destination for billionaires looking for a gated real estate havens in the United States. Now, one lucky buyer can snap the ultimate lakefront property for the staggering sum of $75 million. Marketed as the most expensive estate in Lake Tahoe, the grand property is listed by Chase International, Crystal Pointe.

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It is perched on the cliffs of Lake Tahoe’s north shore and sits on 525 feet of valuable lakefront land. The property covers a total of 5.14 acres (on two parcels). It comprises the main residence, guesthouse, caretaker’s apartment and beach house with 16,232 square feet of living space. There are eight spacious bedrooms, ten full and one-half bathrooms and 13 fireplaces. Stone, wood and plush furnishings create a warm, modern and welcoming ambiance – ideal for a family home.

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The home even includes two dramatic outdoor glass funiculars and two elevators, which reveal sweeping views over the lake. A ten-seat movie theatre, and a 1,687-bottle wine cellar are just two of the amenities that can be used to entertain guests. The entry pavilion sits at the end of the private driveway where one of the glass funiculars is located next to the oversized four car garage.  The current owner of the lavish property is Stuart Yount, CEO of Fortifiber.

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Clearly, a lot of quality craftsmanship and detail have gone into this spectacular custom home to set it apart from other lakefront estates. Construction of this scale, combined with coveted lakefront amenities of a large plot of land are a rare combination in modern estate.

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This Lake Tahoe property is well worth its high price. It sets a new standard amongst the next generation of lakefront estates with its original and innovative design and amenities. It is ideal for 21st century living that blends seamlessly with the magnificent surroundings.

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Miami High-Rise Development Designed by Zaha Hadid

June 2017 will see ground breaking on one of Miami’s most luxurious condominium towers –the One Thousand Museum. The 62-story, 83-unit, super-luxury development on Biscayne Boulevard opposite Museum Park, will have sweeping views across Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach.

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The project has been designed by late Zaha Hadid and boasts her signature fluid architectural expression. A concrete exoskeleton encased in a web of flowing lines creates a continuous liquid frame. On the lower floors, terraces occupy the corners; on the upper floors, the terraces are tucked in from the edges.

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There is a duplex penthouse on the last two residential floors. The residence has been listed for $7 million. The final floor will feature an aquatic center, leisure area, and event space for residents. Other amenities will include thirty thousand square feet of communal areas, including a two-story aquatic center, a sky lounge, a multimedia theater, a wellness spa, gym facilities, and a private event space as well as a “bank quality” vault for the priceless possessions of residents.

There is commercial space at the base, in addition to eight stories of parking. At grade, the tower is ringed by pools and gardens.

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The emphasis of the new residential development is an expressing the dynamism of the structure in an integrated whole that avoids the frequent typology of a tower resting on a base. A total of 83 units will present superior living space for wealthy tenants with open-plan living rooms and well-proportioned bedrooms. In addition to the last floor penthouse, there are eight full-floor apartments and 70 half-floor units.

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Phillips’ Record Breaking 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale

May 18th is fast approaching with one of this year’s most highly anticipated art auctions in the face of Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York. There is a number of sought-after pieces that are sure to generate a lot of interest amongst wealthy buyers.

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One of the more notable pieces is Rosedale, a 1991 oil on canvas by the Scottish painter Peter Doig. The artist has participated previously in another auction, where his 1990–1991 work, White Canoe, sold in 2007 for $11.3 million. Rosedale is estimated to fetch close to $25 million, a sum that easily approaches the $25.9 million paid in May 2015 for the current Doig record-holder, Swamped. Quality Doig pieces are a great rarity on the market according to Jean-Paul Engelen, worldwide cohead of 20th Century and Contemporary Art for Phillips.

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Also on offer will be Willem de Kooning’s Untitled II from 1980, which is estimated between $12 million to $18 million. De Kooning painted fewer than 10 pieces that year, but his untitled abstract expressionist canvases with Roman numerals consistently attracts the attention of bidders. Other highlights at the May 18 auction will feature David Hammon’s 1990 African-American Flag. The artist’s top 10 results all fetched above $1 million at recent auctions—and eight of those 10 recorded between 2013 and 2016. Phillips anticipates African-American Flag to go for $700,000 to $1 million. The auction house will also offer Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight, which is a rare limited-edition 1996 sculpture made by Roy Lichtenstein the year before he died. This exceptional piece may set a medium record for the artist s it is estimated in excess of $10 million.

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Fiji’s New $100,000-Per-Night Private-Island Resort

Since it opened its doors in April – Kokomo is every traveller’s dream realized. Fiji’s newest resort is the epitome of paradise with the Great Astrolabe Reef surrounding the island, located in one of Fiji’s least developed areas. Naturally, the price for staying in this Garden of Eden doesn’t come cheap at $100,000 per night, but it is well worth it.

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Exotic wildlife and mouth-watering local dishes complete the low-key luxury and relaxing SPA treatments. Guests will be treated to a number of exclusive services at the five-star dive resort, outfitted for water play of all sorts, from stand-up paddleboarding and outer-reef surfing to deep-sea fishing and laser sailing.

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To further enhance the feeling of privacy and exclusivity, the island is only accessible via private Twin Otter seaplane or helicopter. A total of 140 acres house five hilltop residences ranging in size from three to six bedrooms, a beachfront residence with six bedrooms, and 21 beachfront villas, with one to three bedrooms. Designed by Sydney-based Philip Garner – they boast bright and neutral interiors that blend with the surrounding ocean and rainforest views. Abstract artworks in each room are the result of a nine-month commission by Christopher Kenyon. Meals can be served individually in-villa, or guests can dine at three restaurants.

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There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring therapies that draw from Fiji’s natural elements. Kokomo caters to the traveller looking for absolute privacy without foregoing the luxuries of modern life in utter serenity.

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The Ultimate travel spots for 2017

As the summer is drawing near, the ultra-wealthy are already lining up their private jets and yachts to jet or sail off to the world’s most exclusive destinations. Travel sites like Booking.com and Kayak have already released their top picks for having a blast in 2017, so let’s look at the best places to kick back and relax – if you can afford it.

Cuba and Abu Dhabi continue to top the list with a plethora of exclusive hotels and private villas that offer unimaginable luxury. Tourists can choose between Havana’s New Kempinski – Cuba’s First True Five-Star Hotel at $500 a night or the Atlantic Penthouse North ($1,000 per night), a four-bedroom apartment with a rooftop pool overlooking the Malecón.

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Tanzania is also a desired location to vacation at as it offers pristine landscapes, amazing wildlife and bespoke luxury. Known for its signature campsites that blend the freedom of open spaces with top-of-the-class service, Lamai Serengeti has 12 tents, split between two separate camps, each with its own veranda (but it will set you back $740 per person per night sharing accommodation; $600 per person in low season, November to December).

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Those, who enjoy opulent luxury, are advised to head to Abu Dhabi and enjoy the stellar service at he newly-opened St. Regis. The the 283-room hotel features two outdoor swimming pools, a Remède Spa, and a restaurant ran by the British chef Gary Rhodes. The London-based firm HBA designed the contemporary-arabesque guest rooms and public spaces, including a palace-like lobby with towering marble columns and the walnut-paneled St. Regis bar, where large paintings depicting Arabian sporting scenes are on display. Rooms start at $300 a night per person.

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A new wave of luxury in Bora Bora

French Polynesia has a new gem on the turquoise waters of the ocean –Conrad’s Bora Bora Nui. Opened April 3, the resort is Bora Bora’s first five-star luxury opening in a decade and certainly one that will draw a flock of wealthy travellers looking for exceptional service and privacy.

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The sprawling property—Conrad’s only one in French Polynesia—is just a short boat ride from the mainland in a private cove on Motu To’opua. It consists of 114 rooms, three restaurants, a private islet and a long stretch of a pristine white-sand beach. Two of the rooms are the first multi-story overwater bungalows ever built in the archipelago. A total of 28 garden villas and 86 overwater bungalows complete the compound.

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Their décor is light and airy, elegantly blending modern luxury with Bora Bora’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Two standout presidential villas are the most luxuriously appointed accommodations. Each features two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two separate dressing rooms. The suites also benefit from upgraded amenities like a whirlpool, a sauna, and a rooftop sundeck with panoramic views over the ocean.

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A whole host of culturally focused activities is part of Conrad’s 1/3/5 program. The initiative works to entertain guests as well as bring local lore to life through itineraries that include activities like ukulele lessons with local musicians or a traditional Polynesian tattooing experience. The Hina Spa offers indulgent therapies in treatment rooms that overlook the calm waters of a sparkling lagoon in the ultimate relaxation package. Rates start at around $20,000 a night for two for the King Garden Villa.