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.

Private Lakefront Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

London apartment

A £7 million London apartment with views over Regent’s Park

The Manhattan-style penthouse emulates a contemporary urban pad and boasts beautiful open-plan living quarters and a minimalist architectural style and design. Its current owner – beloved Friends actor Mathew Perry has put it on the market for the sum of £7 million. He stayed in the property during his appearance in The End Of Longing on the London theatre stage.

London apartment

London apartment

There is a large duple terrace with wonderful views of Regent’s Park and the apartment takes up the sixth and seventh floors of a newly developed building. It has a master suite with a private bathroom as well as two smaller bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. A spacious kitchen is furnished with white high-gloss, state-of-the- art appliances and elegant wood finishes with over-sized wall tiles. An ample island separates the kitchen from the living area. An eclectic mixture of marble, wood, high-gloss and designer fabrics make for a dynamic and modern ambiance.

London apartment

All bathrooms are designed with marble and beautiful over-sized tiles. Free-standing baths complete the modern interior. A sleek, contemporary design scheme is displayed throughout the apartment and the colour palette is mostly grey, blue and mustard. Some of the corridor walls are decked entirely in wood and there is a definite urban cool factor in all spaces. Funky touches in blues and mustard add to the Avant garde feel of the home, which would make a perfect billionaire’s bachelor pad.

An open-tread wooden staircase leads to the master bedroom, which is designed in soothing greys and blues. There is plenty of space with walk-in closets and a panoramic terrace just outside it.

London apartment

London apartment

The premier-spot building comes with a 24-hour concierge service and within walking distance of Primrose Hill and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Direct views of one of London’s best-known royal parks – Regent’s Park – can be enjoyed from the private terrace of the property.

 

 

 

donald trump hotel washington

Donald Trump’s new $200 million hotel to open in Washington before election

Known for his bold extravagance and visionary ideas, Donald Trump is making headlines with the announced revealing of his newest $200 million hotel that will be opened in Washington, D.C. weeks before 2016’s presidential election. Trump International Hotel will be located just blocks away from The White House and will take up the building of the Old Post Office Pavilion.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

The exclusive five-star hotel will feature three premium presidential suites as well as a 6,300-square feet two-bedroom Trump Townhouse apartment with wood furnishings and crystal chandeliers. The spectacular suite is expected to be the largest I Washington and one of the largest in the US, providing a staying experience fit for billionaires. A 20-seat dining room, 600 square foot living room, six-fixture bath and a gym will be other features that guests of the premium apartment will be able to enjoy.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Trump international Hotel will be accessible via a private entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue and guests will be able to enjoy panoramic views if the Washington Monument.  Other striking amenities include a 13,200 square foot Presidential Ballroom, restaurants, private bars, a spa and fitness centre, and a lounge area. The spacious Presidential Ballroom is ideal for VIP gatherings, such as galas and formal functions.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

14 foot-wide corridors and high ceilings create unique and light-filled ambiance throughout the 19th-century building. The original solid wood floors have been retained and restored to perfection together with the wainscoting and wall panelling. The traditional American design aesthetic is displayed in everything – from the 14 to 16ft ceilings, wood furnishings and large windows to the crystal sconces and chandeliers with soft gold accents.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Guests will be able to enjoy an exclusive library named for President Abraham Lincoln with ornate columns, hardwood floors, 25ft ceiling, high arched windows, and glass-front bookcases. Still under development, the hotel is rumoured to be amongst Washington’s most luxurious and prestigious venues once opened.

vintage Porsche 356s

The allure of a vintage Porsche 356s

Many find the allure of a vintage car irresistible, but when it’s a vintage Porshe 356 that has been restored by the infamous genius Rod Emory – it’s hard not be impressed beyond belief. It would be difficult to think of a better combination of the unique combination of a historic automotive piece with contemporary technology and convenience. Because that is just what he does – bringing old glamorous rides into the 21st century.

Vintage Porsche 356s

A waiting period of weeks or even months marks all of Emory’s signature creations for those who can afford them. Every detail of the customized rides is given weeks of consideration and execution – from the particulars of the interior design to the hue of the case paint. Other original additions to the classic beauty include disc brakes (that replace the drum), a 4-cylinder engine sourced from the 911 range, overhead cams, lowered suspension and modern amenities like seat belts for safety as well as comfort.

Vintage Porsche 356s

Vintage Porsche 356s

Emory’s customized and modernized 365s are in high demand with clients signing up years in advance for one. Of course, privilege of ownership doesn’t come cheap and depending on personal preferences and customization – a car from the range can cost anything between $250,000 and $500,000. An ivory 356 convertible or a black couple – there is no limit to the combinations and design remodels that Emory can make for his clients. These cars may retain their old appeal, but on the road they behave as a modern beast of unparalleled performance and reliability. Underneath the retro body the latest cutting-edge technology is deployed to give owners a powerful new experience with their classic machines. All hardware is installed based on the client’s specifications, so no two models are alike with each one taking between 18 months and two years to complete.

Vintage Porsche 356s

Vintage Porsche 356s

The off-brand Porsche line is a beautiful and popular tribute to the company’s quest for harmonious lines and powerful experiences that has seen the classic beloved Porsche car evolve throughout the years, retaining its classic shape.

Weycroft Hall, near Axminster, Devon

£1.5 million historic mansion with its own concert hall and a minstrel’s gallery

A historic estate that dates back to the 15th century and is currently used as a religious retreat is marketed for £1.5 million. It comes with 80 acres of pristine land and consists of a seven-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom annexe, a one-bedroom cottage and a three-bedroom lodge, which can also be sold separately or in different configurations.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall is a Grade I-listed property near Axminster in Devon built on a site of a fortified Roman camp with great historical significance. The spectacular estate even comes with its own concert hall with the capacity to seat an audience of 100 guests for those who have a penchant for hosting lavish parties and entertainment nights. The minstrel’s gallery is another feature you won’t find in your typical English country home.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Well-preserved, the estate retains the character, ambiance and architectural features expected in a period property. It is nestled amongst manicured gardens and surrounded by its own land, which gives the owners some much-needed privacy. The ground floor comprises of an entrance hall with stairs and a flag stone floor. An inner hall leads to a drawing room with oak panelled walls, wooden beams and a fireplace. The great hall is a beautiful room with a double height ceiling, exposed roof trusses and flag stone floor. There are also servers and preparation rooms, modern kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor. Four of the bedrooms and two of the bathrooms are located on the first floor and a further three bedrooms together with the family bathroom are on the second floor.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

The outbuildings and the annexe can be accessed from the courtyard and have bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, a gaming room, separate bathrooms and an office between them. All properties are surrounded by the private woodland of the property and Weycroft Hall is just on the outskirts of Axminster.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

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Romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day in Japan for billionaires

With Valentine’s Day upon us there is quite a bit of pressure to outdo whatever romantic experience you had last year. But if money is no object, there are a few things that can make this holiday really special. When we mention Japan we instantly think of their luxurious kaiseki cuisine, relaxing hot springs and private skyscraper hotels. It’s a magical place that brings together traditional ryokan charm and rural seclusion with spectacular Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy cocktail bars with plenty of romance to suit all comers. Here are just a few of the places that billionaires like to frequent:

Kinosaki Onsen

Hot spring bathing is a cultural tradition in Japan and not just a much-loved pastime in Japan. The serenity and tranquility of Kinosaki Onsen has long attracted tourists with the town’s willow-lined riverside looking like a picture straight out of a novel and ideal for romantic moonlit walks. Plenty of 5-star hotels are located nearby with Kojinmari, Mikuniya Ryokan and Mitsuwa Ryokan offering contemporary elegance and comfort to complete the ideal vacation at prices, starting from $750 a night.

Kinosaki Onsen, Mikuniya Ryokan

Kyoto

Considered ‘the gatekeeper of Japanese culture and history’ Kyoto attracts with its unique blend of tradition and modernity. The urban oasis provides plenty of fun activities for couples like cozy rickshaw rides or traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies and the famous ‘love stones’ fortune telling at Kiyomizu Temple. Spend a night at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton for $1000 a night or the charming Hyatt Regency for $500 a night.

kyotoTokyo

Everyone knows about Tokyo and crowds of international tourists are constantly flocking to the Japanese capital, but if you can truly afford it – you’ll want to stay away from the mainstream places of interest. Why not rent the suite at The Peninsula for $8,500 and dine at some of the trendiest, most exclusive restaurants Akasaka Kikunoi, Tofuya Ukai or Narisawa – all rated by the Guardian as having taken the Japanese culinary art to new heights.

Akasaka Kikunoi restaurant

Tofuya Ukai restaurant

Narisawa restaurant

The Peninsula suite, Tokyo

Arianna Yacht

The $45,900,000 Delta Arianna yacht

The newest sea pearl by Delta Design Group is a 7,500-square feet yacht Arianna is a true marvel of contemporary mechanic and design. The all-feature superyacht is a floating retreat that provides quick getaway with tropical ambiance for those who can afford it. At $45,900,000 the vessel doesn’t come cheap, but given the luxury – the price is completely justified.

Arianna Yacht

Arianna Yacht

Arianna makes the most of the available space in a way that permits for many amenities to be included on board – there is a bridge deck with ample space, cedar-lines sauna with changing rooms, master suite with en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, lounge area, dining area and even a gym. All rooms are spacious and furnished to perfection with a strong Balinese-inspired atmosphere with prominent bamboo and wooden panels and fixtures. African mahogany, Khaya and Makassar ebony make for a contemporary yet organic ambiance.

Arianna Yacht

Arianna Yacht

The galley is fitted with the latest in commercial-grade appliances for food preparation, cooking and serving. There is a walk-in cooler and crew mess that are convenient for prolonged voyages. Comfortable sofas are arranged around a coffee table in the lounge area for a laid-back atmosphere, where guests can relax and enjoy the ocean views. The overall impression of the room is completed with Makassar ebony, textured fabric liners, rattan and inlaid silk carpets.

Arianna Yacht

ARIANNA yacht boasts a stylish office built around a 17th Century German safe, sourced by the owner. The large hull-side windows allow for spectacular panoramic views from the custom-built desk.  There is a gym situated on the port side of the bridge deck for a full on-board fitness experience.

Arianna Yacht

Interesting grain patterns and exotic tropical hardwood is combined effortlessly in the master suite for a unique atmosphere of luxury and comfort. The sought island aesthetic is complemented by the beautiful spa bath and rain shower.

Just enjoy it!

Arianna Yacht

wayne gretzky mansion

Wayne Gretzky’s California mansion on sale for $8.2million

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzsky’s Los Angeles estate Thousand Oaks has hit the market for $8.2million. the 8,711-square-foot mansion with spectacular architecture and interior design features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and can be further customized.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Located only 45 minutes away from the city, the hilltop property stretches across one acre of land with plenty of open floor planning. It is situated on a single floor behind the gates of Sherwood Country Club. Surrounded by the abundant greenery of Topanga State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains, the estate benefits from excellent privacy, peace and tranquility – ideal for a family home.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

The dramatic entrance carved from stone boasts a tri-level fountain with wrought iron benches and perfectly manicured shrubs and bushes. The outdoor pool is illuminated and perfect for night dips and entertaining guests. There is generous seating area around it with lounges and decks, including an open living room, kitchen and dining area.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Beautiful English-style crown moldings and wainscoting on the ceilings adorn the interior of the house for a perfect balance between contemporary aesthetics and 19th century style. Lush lawns surround the pool on either side. The al fresco kitchen, dining and living areas have stand-coloured walls and a laid-back rustic ambiance. The kitchen is fitted with quality stainless steel appliances.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

All rooms feature unique chandeliers with beautiful designs, classic recessed ceiling moldings and stone or hardwood floors. The house has ample closet space and most of the bedrooms have fireplaces. All six bedrooms overlook the pool and surrounding greenery, and have ample space and light.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

There is an indoor gym, pre-wired with Surround Sound like the rest of the rooms, and a wood-paneled sauna inside the bathroom of the master bedroom. The sitting room has a classy, old world feel with its woodpaneling and waitscoting.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

harmony of the seas

Inside the best new cruise ships of 2016

Three spectacular beauties will grace the seas in 2016, including the world’s largest cruise ship the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. The all-suite vessels will feature a whole array of luxurious amenities, such as Spas with snow rooms, helicopter pods and the first IMAX theatre at sea to name a few.

The newest ultra-luxury ship, Encore, courtesy of Seabourn will boast 300 suites and plenty of space for 600 guests. It is scheduled to make first cruise from Greece with a number of itinerary options, including a 60-day journey to Sydney, Australia. What is unique about the smaller cruise ship is the highly personalized service that has been promised. There is nearly one service person per passenger, which means the staff will be able to maintain exemplary service.

encore seabourn

encore seabourn

Harmony of the Seas is already making headlines for being the largest passenger ship. It will feature a 10-storey thrill ride, called the Ultimate Abyss, which will be the largest slide at sea at 150ft above sea level. In addition to the slide the on-board water park will have plenty of other amenities for gests to enjoy. Spanning across 16 decks, Harmony of the Seas will have the capacity to carry 5,497 passengers.

harmony of the seas

harmony of the seas cruise

harmony of the seas cruise

Another pearl is the much-anticipated Koningsdam that is scheduled to launch in May and will be the largest vessel in Holland America Line’s fleet. With a capacity of 2,650 passengers its luxurious interior will feature a two-tiered nightclub dubbed The Queen’s Lounge.

Koningsdam cruises

Koningsdam

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is a cruise that many people are anxiously anticipating for its futuristic features and mind-blowing amenities. Guests will be able to enjoy a skydiving simulator as well as robotic bartenders that mix drinks on demand. Another striking service will be the North Star – a pod that is attached to an arm for 360-degree views of the ocean.

Ready for that luxurious cruise now?