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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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Swiss castle

$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.

Patrón's Tequila

Patrón’s Best and Rarest Tequila Yet

Less than 3000 thousand bottled of Patrón’s Best and Rarest Tequila Yet are available worldwide for purchase and interested buyers are already lining up to own one.

Patrón $7,500 en Lalique Serie 2 offers a fresh perspective on the design and the tequila. Instead of sticking to the classic bottle shape, the Serie 2 bottle draws its inspiration from the agave plant the tequila is made from. The end result is a tall, elegant decanter with an Art Deco feel, which is capped with an amber-hued crystal stopper to match the delectable tequila inside.

Patrón has long been revered as a brand everyone knows, responsible for elevating the reputation of tequila to a sipping spirit as respected as the finest whiskies and Cognacs. Patrón’s squat glass bottle even came be synonymous with quality tequila. So the brand’s daring attempt at creating a special limited-edition package comes as no surprise. Through a painstaking collaboration with Lalique, the premiere French design house for fine crystal. Patrón en Lalique Serie 1, was released in 2015. It was a stunning, handmade crystal take on the classic Patrón bottle containing a bespoke extra añejo tequila created by master distiller Francisco Alcaraz.

Now, the series 2 boasts a new look, as well as taste with the tequila blended especially for the Serie 2 release. The blend, is different from anything tequilero Alcaraz has produced so far. It has been aged up to 7 years, where a typical extra añejo is aged only 4 years. Aging has occurred in French and American oak with additional aging time in Spanish ex-sherry casks. The end result is a rich and fruity tequila with a noticeable sherry influence of orange and raisins. Notes of agave, vanilla, and honey accompany the main streaks. Dry sherry nuances show up again along with hints of oak on the long, smooth finish. Only 299 hand-numbered bottles of the Serie 2 were hand-made at the Lalique workshop in Alsace, France, although a total of 3000 bottles of the Serie 2 are available for purchase.

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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.