Ritz-Carlton hotel

Inside the swanky Berlin hotel beloved by artists and A-listers

Berlin’s Ritz-Carlton hotel has long been a favourite for some of the most demanding celebrities and socialites. One look at the venue’s exemplary reputation, signature a ‘fragrance bar’, brasserie restaurant and a club lounge leaves no doubt as to why the 5-star hotel is preceded by its fame. With a concierge desk headed up by Thomas Munko, none other than the president of the German International Concierge Association, guests can expect royal treatments every minute of their stay.

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One of the more extravagant features of the hotel is, undoubtedly, the Ritz-Carlton Berlin’s Club Lounge available to guests staying on floors 10 and 11, which is effectively a mini-hotel inside the larger one. It offers bespoke opportunities for socialization away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, which makes it very popular amongst celebrities and models.

Naturally, every 5-star hotel is accompanied by its own stylish restaurant and in this case this is the Ritz-Carlton’s Brasserie Desbrosses – known for serving high-end comfort food such as veal escalope, corn-fed chicken and tuna ceviche in a 1930s’ French brasserie environment that inspires class and a delightful bohemian feel.

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After enjoying a fine meal at the Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant, guests can take a dip in the basement’s in small but beautifully formed swimming pool, which is tiled and illuminated and features a whirlpool and sauna. There is also a state-of-the-art gym for those who are feeling particularly sporty.

A late night is definitely something to consider given the reputation of the unique Fragrances Bar, a dimly lit temple led Arnd Heissen – Mixology Bar Awards Mixologist of 2014 – who is famous for his sensational concoctions. Scented by exotic perfumes, the ambiance of this place is made all the more interesting given the exceptionally original way each drink is served.

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A plush Curtain Club and a more serene tea lounge are amongst the other alternatives available to guests. All bedrooms at the Ritz-Carlton are wonderfully elegant and luxurious with rates starting from £200 per person per night for the Grand Suite.

TheGateVegetarianRestaurant-London

The Gate – London’s newest vegetarian restaurant

Vegetarian restaurants are often not given the credit they deserve in the culinary world. Luckily, this is about to change with the Gate – London’s newest venue, where people can enjoy a savoury meal and bustling atmosphere. All, at a hefty price, of course.

The interior is airy and casual, which works surprisingly well for this type of venue.  The high-ceilinged room with low-hanging filament lighting over the tables and bar creates an intimate and social atmosphere, where clients feel welcomed. Service is fast, friendly and knowledgeable of all the items on and off the menu, which is a combination we rarely see in trendy restaurants these days.

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One thing that stands out in the Gate is their choice of wine selection, which is unusual and very experimental. The wines and beers on offer are organic and bustling with flavour, sourced from local and globally-renowned wineries and breweries, providing a complementing finish to the eating experience.

The flavour in the menu is a result from the Middle Eastern heritage of The Gate’s founders, brothers Michael and Adrian Daniel, whose Indo-Iraqi lineage results in a tantalising array of dishes.  The starters include a savoury selection of delicacies, such as miso glazed aubergine with crushed cashews, coriander and a ponzu sauce and rich buffalo mozzarella with grilled courgettes, marjoram oil and candied lemon. Grilled halloumi in chermula is another popular choice to start off your meal.

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Moving on to the main course- there are plenty of options for people who don’t shy away from trying new things. The aubergine schnitzels sit atop roasted red peppers, plum tomatoes and dauphinoise potatoes and create a surprisingly balanced dish of complementing tastes and textures.

The dessert menu has plenty of vegetarian options of popular delicacies, such as crème brûlée and vegan vanilla cheesecake.  It provides a sumptuous end to a lovely meal.

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Mumm Champagne No1 Jeroboam

The Limited Edition Mumm Champagne No1 Jeroboam

The ultimate icon of stature and luck at the Formula E series is a three-litre bottle of crisp Cordon Rouge champagne. After it began being handed out to winners of the pioneering series, the exquisite blend became emblematic of international sporting triumph. Cased in a stylish wooden crate, the bottle features a laurel crown, red sash and the number 1 – these are all traditional symbols associated with victory.

Retailing for £373.00 per bottle, it’s made from a blend of 50 different wines. This is the secret behind the champagnes’ bursting citrus taste. It has a fresh golden yellow with jade tints nuance, an elegant stream of bubbles that form a rich, lively foam and refreshing aromas of lemon and grapefruit. Underlying richer nut and caramel notes follow to give the wine structured and powerful finish. The complex fresh fruit bouquet incudes white peach, apricot and acidulous apple notes as well as lingering notes of vanilla, dried fruit and honey that blend in one luxurious taste with a touch of acidity and consistently delightful finish.

Mumm Champagne No1 Jeroboam

The label of the champagne bears the recognizable red ribbon that is a symbol of the highest of French honours of the Order Royal et Militaire de Saint Louis. Mumm wasfounded in the distant 1827 by an ancient lineage of barons, and is an official Royal Warrant holder. In line with Mumm’s official tagline is Dare Win Celebrate, the limited edition sparkling wine has been awarded to Formula 1 winners around the world for fourteen years prior to Formula E’s conception.

The bubbles of the signature champagne are rich on the palate, but never overwhelming and the perfect balance is combined with a rounded, full vinosity. The light and fresh taste is a good match for lighter foods, hard cheeses, risotto and light fish and shellfish dishes. It also goes really well with fish and chips as the acidity helps cut through the oiliness of the batter.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

А monumental piece has been created by Four distinguished French luxury houses and is made available under the name of L’Odyssée d’Un Roi. This is a worthy tribute to the cognac’s historic journeys through the ages, as the collaboration features Louis XIII, renowned fashion house Hermès, cristallerie Saint-Louis and silversmiths Puiforcat. To create an object of unparalleled quality and originality to honour the luxury travel heritage of Louis XIII, each house has relied on its own centuries-old savoir-faire.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

The end result is several objects of art that will be presented as part of traveling exhibition in the course of one year that will visit the capitals of several countries. The composition is made of elements that each of the four maisons has created – a leather trunk hand-stitched by Hermès (sfour glasses and a crystal decanter mouth-blown and decorated with 19th-century maps by Saint-Louis artisans and a white-gold pipette by Puiforcat to complement the rare blend of Louis XIII. The liquor is the effort of more than 50 artisans who have spent over 1,000 hours on every piece of L’Odyssée d’Un Roi to achieve a truly phenomenal taste and texture. The exceptional blend is the result of the collaboration of Baptiste Loiseau and Remy Martin Cellar Master since 2014, alongside Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet and is an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from Grande champagne.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

Sotheby’s is expected to be auctioning all three Louis XIII Unveils L’Odyssée d’Un Roi with all proceeds benefiting The Film Foundation. It is a non- profit organization founded by famous Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and other leading filmmakers with the intent to preserve and restore classic films. Reserve price to take part in the auction is announced to start at €350,000. The elegant collaboration between the famous houses has produced a collection of fine leather, delicate crystal and rich blend of Louis XIII.

Luxury safari camp

Luxury safari camp Singita Lebombo

Since its opening in 2003, Singita Lebombo has remained one of the top destinations for lovers of pristine and untouched wilderness and luxurious accommodation. Located on a 33,000-acre exclusive concession in South Africa the community has now extended to Lamai and Grumeti (Tanzania), Pamushana (Zimbabwe) and Sabi Sand (South Africa).  Traditional African antiques, layered weaved rugs and Blixen/Finch Hatton overtones decorate the luxurious glass-and-steel boxes amidst planes of freely roaming elephants, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests, lions and cheetas.

Luxury safari camp

Starting at £1,104 for a stay at the lodge and £3,000 for a double room at the hotel – guests are treated to impeccable service and breath-taking views of unspoilt environment. Several one-bedroom suites, as well as private family villas with its own pool are available to choose from.  One of South Africa’s most remote and wilderness-rich experiences offers a delightful alternative to traditional hotel accommodation for people who love the unspoilt beauty of nature coupled with uncompromising service.

Luxury safari camp

An important part of the Singita experience is connecting people to nature as well as themselves. Relaxing SPA facilities are available and guests are treated to rejuvenating procedures that align body and mind with holistic and healing treatments. Full body massages, a state-of-the-art gym, trekking and running are some of the other possibilities for guests to get in shape while enjoying panoramic views of the unspoilt wilderness.

Luxury safari camp

Whether staying at the modern Singita Lebombo hotel located on a cliff top and overlooking the picturesque N’wanetsi river or the Singita Boulders (in Sabi Sand) – guests will enjoy a personal and very attentive service by the highly-trained staff. The local African culinary delicacies are prepared to look as spectacular as they taste and inspired by Western traditions.

Luxury safari camp

The rooms are spacious and provide beautiful panoramic view of the reserve, where migration routes of many prey species cross. Sightings of majestic and rare animals are common at the Singita, making it a truly one-of-a-kind luxurious safari experience.

Expensive new restaurants

The world’s most expensive new restaurants

People who enjoy dining in exclusivity and treating themselves to exotic cuisines prepared to exemplary standards of quality and presentation – will surely appreciate the following eateries that have made headlines around the globe since their opening. Expensive and expansive menus, celebrity-status chefs and service fit for a royal – these are the hallmarks of the world’s most expensive new restaurants that serve billionaires their money’s worth.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives)

The underwater pear was rightfully selected by New York Daily News as “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” in 2014. It’s exotic, it’s unique and, we have to admit, it’s pretty expensive. A one-person six-course dinner will come to about $500 and that is without drinks or tips. The palatable European-style cuisine is complemented by the 180-panoramic views of the crystal clear Maldivian waters.

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Smyth

Downtown Chicago has added a trendy, fine-dining star to its diverse walk of famous eateries, courtesy of John Shields and Karen Urie Shields. With an ambitious menu and fascinating dualistic concept (it’s a two-in-one restaurant, where the first floor houses The Loyalist, which is much more casual) – guests will be able to enjoy a whole variety of options. For the right price, of course.

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Eggslut

Las Vegas welcomes a fresh new concept in the face of Eggslut, which at a $9 a burger is far ahead of the value dollar chains most people are accustomed to. The restaurant’s signature wobbly eggs with mashed potatoes and crisp bread are definitely worth the trip to Sin City.

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Linton’s in the Garden

A delightful addition to the ranks of high-end restaurants – chef Linton Hopkins has picked the Atlanta Botanical Garden as the location for his latest venue. And if that’s not exclusive enough – guests will be able to marvel Dale Chihuly’s art and plenty of panoramic views into the garden from the open-air rooftop.

Expensive new restaurants

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

Fendi’s new Boutique Hotel

Italian luxury fashion house Fendi, known for its superb designs in furs, leathers and furniture, is now opening its own Palazzo Fend boutique in the eternal city of Rome. The jewel-box-size hotel—complete with the brand’s largest store ever—is strategically located on the site of its historic Palazzo Fendi, on Rome’s famous Via Condotti.

Clients can enjoy the house’s signature opulence, which includes red Lepanto marble walls and Gio Ponti designer furniture. The historically-rich building underwent extensive renovation before it was revealed for the architectural marvel that it truly is. An exhibition of the first-floor galleries was held for the public for the first time, displaying the story behind the building’s past in interspersed with photographs by Karl Lagerfeld and celebrates Italian artist Franco Fontana. There are many eye-catching accents in the interior – including the glass-and-bronze central elevator designed by Gwenael Nicholas.

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At street level there is a massive Fendi store with Lepanto marble staircase and the said elevator. Right above it is a spectacular apartment designed exclusively for VIP clients to use for private fittings and high-profile events. The rest of the boutique hotel dubbed Fendi Private Suites was designed by Costanzi. The roof of the building houses renowned London-based Japanese restaurant Zuma. The entire space is distributed in line with the latest in architectural aesthetics while in keeping with the city’s centuries-old traditions.

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

The hotel is intimate and has only seven rooms – each uniquely designed from the Fendi Casa furniture line. Beautiful artwork and design pieces create an art deco ambiance. Room rates range from $770 to $1,900 per night depending on the view and size of the accommodation and all suites overlook the historic Via Condotti. The spirit of Rome is beautifully incorporated throughout the boutique hotel and blends well with its contemporary luxury. Fendi’s definition of aesthetic can be found in the lavish three-room apartment designed by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Dimore Studio.

RockStar penthouse

A $2,995,000 Las Vegas RockStar penthouse

Live it up in the city that has it all– staying in Las Vegas has never been more stylish than in this $2,995,000 modern penthouse. The ultimate bachelor pad is ideal for large parties or just kicking it back in a laid-back ambiance and enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Sin City.

RockStar penthouse

Decorated and designed with exquisite attention to detail by renowned designer Michael Czysz, this masterpiece is fully furnished and fitted with designer art, furniture and accessories. A private elevator opens up into the living room and three outdoor balconies overlook the Strip. Located on the 14th floor – the apartment is a perfect combination of urban comfort and contemporary luxury with panoramic views, modern furnishings and 24-hour concierge services. It is minutes away from the trendiest clubs and restaurants in town and some of the most exclusive casinos.

RockStar penthouse

RockStar penthouse

The penthouse consists of a total of 3,515 square feet of impeccably-finished space with such features as an open bar, pass-through living room and surround sound.  A smart design accent is provided by the floor-to-ceiling sliding walls, which can be used to rearrange space. There are two large bedrooms, three bathrooms, a media room, bar and a spacious living room in total.

RockStar penthouse

RockStar penthouse

The master bedroom is leather-bound – perfect for a darker and more masculine appeal. There is a soaking tub in its en-suite bathroom with spectacular views of the surrounding city. And if that’s not enough – there is an oversized see-thru shower. Other striking features include the automated walls, designer fixtures and integrated surround sound systems.

RockStar penthouse

The 20-storey building benefits from a 24-hour concierge and valet service, private lounge, cabana and spa, fitness and gym, business centre, library and beauty salons. It is surrounded by perfectly landscaped grounds and provides the necessary distance from the vibrancy of the Strip so guests can enjoy their privacy while remaining connected to all amenities downtown.

RockStar penthouse

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat in Reynolds Plantation

A superb waterfront estate with access to a private golf course is currently on the market for $3,400,000. Located between Atlanta and Augusta on a premier estate lot, it is impeccably finished takes 3 acres of the coveted Reynolds Plantation.

There is a multitude of recreational and leisure activities in the area for a high-end lifestyle for residents. This golf and lake community comprises over 374 miles of Lake Oconee’s pristine shoreline. The estate is located just 15 minutes from a private jet port and a mere 90 minutes from the city of Atlanta.

Private Lakefront Retreat

The house itself was built in 2004 and exhibits classic colonial architecture with casual lakeside living for a laid-back ambiance. There is plenty of outdoor area for games and lounging. An outdoor pool and hot tub are ideal for entertaining guests.  A spacious deck surrounds the house and there is a stone fireplace surrounded by ample seating area.

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat

All rooms have a wonderful view of the surrounding forest and tranquil lake through the floor-to-ceiling French windows. The first floor consists of a grand entrance with marble floor that leads to the sunlit living room, an open-plan kitchen and traditional dining area, and a laundry room. The bedrooms are on the second floor and all of them come with marble en-suite bathrooms with plenty of closet and storage space. Free-standing baths and gigantic wall mirrors complete the elegant interior.

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat

The gourmet kitchen is the dream of every culinary enthusiast as it is designed with maximum functionality in mind and can accommodate multiple chefs and large dinner parties. Additional features include a cooled wine cellar, large walk-in pantry and a service elevator.

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat

This luxurious estate has access to a private deep water dock that is protected on wide cove with views to the open channel. There are just two properties on the street, which guarantees owners peace and privacy. On the opposite side of the street is a private golf course voted  “Best of the Best” Golf Community by the Robb Report.

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Omega Speedmaster watch

“First Omega In Space” Omega Speedmaster

International watch brand OMEGA is making headlines with the introduction of a remake of its original “First Omega in Space” Speedmaster model. This watch was worn by none other than Walter ‘Wally’ Schirra on October 3rd 1962 during the flight of Sigma 7. This was a few years before the OMEGA Speedmaster range became the official choice by NASA on their missions. The new remake of this Speedmaster ‘1962’ was introduced at BaselWorld and lives up to the understated elegance and robust design of its predecessors in every sense.

The dial no longer sports the ‘Professional’ wording and instead has the OMEGA logo reintroduced. The dial hands are the same as the original 1962 Speedmaster with the exception of the use of the chronograph second hand. Fortunately, a large deal of the purist experience has been kept with the sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel that accentuate the traditional-looking design. The two-tone black dial complements the 18k gold used on the bezel and case. Everything about this model is wonderfully symmetrical and enhances the watch’s historic, sporty flair. The striking combination of cutting-edge technology, high-quality materials and classic charm proves to be effective and successful with the new model retailing for $18,000.

Omega Speedmaster watch

Its diameter is 39.7mm, making it smaller than the original Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’, which makes it easy to wear and comfortable. The straight lugs of this Speedmaster correspond to the original of the CK2998 model.  It presents a wonderful addition to the Omega Speedmaster family and is guaranteed to become a collector’s favourite in due time. It doesn’t have the original manually wound chronograph movement of the 1861 calibre, but it has retained the traditional arrow-style hands that complete the modern feel of the vintage look. The newly-released model is expected to be soon available in a steel version as well.