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Ridiculously expensive London flats for ultra wealthy students

With the start of the new school term in London a new trend among the ultra-wealthy is becoming more and more apparent. Residences in some of the most prestigious burrows with master bedrooms, walk-in closets and balconies with spectacular views are marketed for up to £21,000 a month to the growing ranks of rich overseas students.

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Potential tenants will be treated to a variety of luxuries that the infamous Fountain House is known for. Located in the posh residence that is adjacent to Hyde Park most apartments range in size from 1,600 sqft to over 2,000 sqft. Two-bedroom apartments in the same building can cost upwards of £4.5million to buy.

The exclusive location and posh interior of the pads has generated serious interest amongst the offspring of the global super-rich. All apartments have been recently refurbished by Alexander James Interior Design and exhibit spacious living and dining rooms, fitted with wood-strip floors and mood lighting. The open-plan kitchens and breakfast rooms have stone worktops, integrated German appliances and frosted glass splash-backs.

expensive london flats

expensive london flats

Beautifully furnished to an exceptional level of elegance and contemporary design, the residences provide plenty of space for quiet relaxation as well as socializing. The master bedrooms are fitted with deep carpets, walk-in closets and en-suit bathrooms complete with marble floors, twin basins, vanity tops, free-standing bathtub and walk-in double shower.

expensive london flatsSome come with their own private balconies with stunning views of Hyde Park and are spread across two floors. The building itself has a 24-hour CCTV and porter service as well as entertainment areas and cosy lounge rooms.

expensive london flatsThe nine-storey Fountain House is an exquisite piece of architecture from the distant past that has been perfectly preserved and refurbished to meet the exacting standards for comfort and luxury of the ultra-wealthy as part of Mayfair’s residential revival.

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Mukul, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Top Boutique Hotels

When it comes to luxury hotels and resorts – bigger does not necessarily mean better. A wave of smaller, so-called ‘boutique hotels have been the preferred choice of the elite in the past decade because of the unmatched level of privacy, executive service and personal attention they can provide to their guests. Their charm and intimate ambiance is the epitome of tailored service whose focus is solely on the clients’ comfort and pleasure.

Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

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With prices starting from £1195 for a night of blissful relaxation, this Parisian jewel is just a 5-minute walk from Avenue Champs Elysées and exhibits elegant accommodation and a number of amenities – Dior Institute spa, 5-restaurant and a cocktail bar. Guests can choose from 80 drinks for the personalised minibar and 5 pillow types to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible.

Blantyre, Lenox, MA

Blantyre, Lenox, MA

The secluded mansion offers a total of 21 rooms and completely redefined the meaning behind a simple country Inn or Bed & Breakfast. Guests are able to enjoy candlelight dinner under the accompaniment of a live pianist while being treated to sublimely-prepared meals. Some of the offered amenities include gold, hiking and an exquisite SPA. The Relais & Chateaux member deserves its status as a Forbes 5-Star award winner and one of the most acclaimed small luxury hotels.

Mukul, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

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Located on a piece of pristine coastline, the dream resort offers 37 accommodations in the form of freestanding casitas, with private plunge pools on the decks, walk-in double rain showers and mini bars. Plenty of amenities provide diverse entertainment for guests.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

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With less than 30 accommodations, most of them include stunning infinity pools to marvel the surrounding scenery. Different combinations of living spaces combine excellent service with views of the Caribbean and St. Lucia’s famous twin mountain peaks for an unforgettable experience.

St James’s Hotel and Club, London

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Starting at £1,200 a night, the member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a sophisticated retreat close to popular burrows Mayfair and Piccadilly. 60 beautifully designed rooms offer complete exclusivity with Murano glass chandeliers, silk wallpapers and with glossy, black lacquered furniture.

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The new Apple Watch Hermès collection

The newest Apple Watch Hermès line is the result of the highly-successful partnership between two brands that symbolize cutting-badge thinking, uncompromising quality and seamless design. The range of unique timepieces s designed with functionality and contemporary design in mind to bring out the best in Apple’s bold innovation and Hermés traditions of elegance.

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Standing out with simplicity and beautiful design, each of the models come with a stainless steel case that features an etching of the brand’s signature and boast exclusive dial designs. The three models – Clipper, Cape Cod, and Espace – sport the iconic Hermés leather bands and Apple’s love for architectural minimalism.
The “Single Tour” starts at $1,100 and exhibits an elegant nod to Hermés equestrian roots through its buckle that mirrors the straps of a horse’s saddle. Available in 38mm and 42mm stainless steel cases, the model comes with leather bands in Fauve and Noir.

Hermès apple watch

The “Double Tour” comes with an extra-long band that wraps twice around the wrist elegantly. It comes in a 38mm stainless steel case and the Hermés leather band is available in four distinctive colours: fauve, étain, capucine, and bleu jean. The price of this model starts at $1,250.
The third model of the series “Cuff” comes with an interesting feature that allows for the constant monitoring of the wearer’s heart rate. The leather band is designed in a way that permits the heart rate sensor to stay in contact with the wrist at all times. This model comes in a 42mm stainless steel case with a Hermès leather band in fauve and its price is $1,500.

Hermès apple watchAlthough the two companies have seemingly nothing in common at first glance and operate in very different industries, their unusual partnership has produced products of striking elegance, utility and comfort. Both brands are motivated by creating products of outstanding quality and cutting-edge elegance.

Magnises Card Club

Magnises – the ultimate members-only club for millennials

A new social phenomenon is rising on the Lower East Side and more and more people want to be a part of it – Magnises, a kind of social club for the aspiring entrepreneurial class. Of course, there is a catch. Not just ‘anyone’ can join. Using the infamous black American Express Card as an inspiration and model, Magnises transfers the same approach to attract aspirational 20-somethings who want the cachet of the real thing, but can’t afford it.

event-1The original idea behind Magnises is to provide millennials with a more accessible (but still costly) version of the invite-only American Express Centurion card—or the “black card”—that carries a five-thousand-dollar initiation fee, twenty-five hundred dollars in annual dues, and a reported quarter-million-dollar annual spending limit.  And in a way it is working as the alternative has become “the hot new way to spend money among NYC’s young elite”.

Magnises Card Club

Technically, it is not so much a credit card, but rather a payment method since is simply takes the credit or debit card the member already uses and activates it to the metal Magnises card through the data on the magnetic strip. At the time of its launch the service was only intended for and aimed at New Yorkers, trying to make the most of life in the city. However, the start-up does plan to venture into other cities in the near future.

Magnises Card ClubWith an annual fee of $250, the card achieves its goal of being more attainable for 21-to-29 yearolds. The perks of the card are constantly increasing with Magnises currently having 50 memberships with the end goal of enhancing the members’ social life in general.  There is a wide variety of services to choose from – from private trainers in big gyms like David Barton to exclusive treatment in restaurants like La Esquina, Arlington Club, Omar’s, bars and nightclubs.

The clubhouse on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village serves as a home base for members, and provides a secluded and convenient place for discussions, casual conversations and meetings.

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7 exquisite vacation spots for a billionaire

When every corner of the world is an available option and money is no issue, there are quite a few places that are worth visiting. Private tropical retreats, wild safaris, lush condominium or ocean exploration – you name it, it’s all just a charter flight away.

The Hamptons’ Billionaire Lane

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A convenient drive-away from New York, the Hamptons has long been favoured amongst the rich as a quick getaway from the bustling city. There is something very appealing about a second holiday home surrounded by other lush estates in a never-ending demonstration of wealth and stature.

Croatia

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Beautiful coastal line and ancient structures give this place an irresistible allure that draws billionaires from all over the world. The unique combination of modern luxury and well-preserved history and nature makes it ideal for people who can afford it.

Bermuda

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The notoriously private islands may scare away the general public with stories of unexplained disappearances and strange occurrences, but for the rich – this is just an added benefit to the tropical flora and beautiful scenery.

Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp’s is as good as any safari experience can get. The exclusive resort in Kenya boasts open-plan cottages that let man and nature live as one and achieve pure harmony. Spectacular sights and top-notch service make this an unforgettable experience.

Musha Cay

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The small private island boasts a number of attractions, such as a drive-in movie theatre, an arcade, a laser tag arena, and a pirate’s treasure hunt with an actual treasure. Of course, it will send guests back $20,000, but given the retreat’s exclusivity – it is something definitely worth it.

Rural Ireland

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Its untamed, derelict beauty has inspired many folk tales and movies, so it’s not surprising that so many billionaires flock to rural Ireland in search of pristine tranquillity and relaxation. Remote harbour villages add a certain poetic charm to the trip with poet David Wythe being your personal guide, if you can afford it.

Superyacht Nirvana

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Superyachts have long been favoured by the rich for the privacy they provide and this one exceeds all expectations. The ultimate in relaxation and privacy as it travels the open ocean; it comes with a 3D-theater, a stage and dance floor. Summer charter rates start at €900,000 per week.

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Inside Britain’s most expensive hotel

Starting at £720 a night, The Lanesborough is an opulent recreation of the regal glamour of 18th-century Regency London. Overlooking the quiet and pristine Hyde Park Corner, it is truly no ordinary hotel in terms of ambiance, luxury and provided services to its distinct guests.

lanesborough hotelThe hotel in itself comprises of 93 guest rooms and suits with the Royal Suit alone consisting of seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two living rooms and a dining room – all superbly furnished to an unparalleled standard of luxury and elegance. It is unmatched in privacy and comfort, but it comes at £31,200 a night.

lanesborough hotelPaintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds grace the limestone corridor and the staff is ever-present without being intruding on the guests’ privacy and quality time. Apart from its exquisite standard of accommodation, the hotel is famous for possessing the most prominent 18th-century painting collection in the world outside any gallery.

lanesborough hotelBuilt as a private house by Viscount Lanesborough in 1719, in present day the hotel embodies a world of wealth and wonder with a décor that will surely satisfy the most discriminating of tastes. Recently undergoing a 18-month refurbishment, the classic allure of the antiquities and furnishings has been beautifully preserved and enhanced. Embroiderers, stencillers, trompe l’oeil experts and specialists in working with 23¼ carat gold leaf came together to reimagine the decadent beauty of the building and spared no effort in ensuring every element is of the highest quality.

lanesborough hotelEvery guest has three staff persons to guarantee service is impeccable. The rooms come with a set of two plasma TVs and two tablets that control the light, temperature, the curtains and call the staff. Apart from that, all other furnishings are lovely anitique-y with giant canopied beds, marble bathrooms, huge chandelier, chintz sofa and lacquered chairs.

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The restaurant is Michelin-quality and there is a £65 Royal breakfast adorned with pieces of edible gold leaves.

Various Info:

The Lanesborough

Hyde Park Corner

London

SW1X 7TA

020 7259 5599

lanesborough.com

Double rooms from £720, room only

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Russian billionaire splashes out on £292 million superyacht he designed himself

Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko is theproud owner of one of the world’s most expensive custom-made yachts for the hefty price of €400 million (£292 million/$450million). With eight decks, a glass observation area, measures a total space of 468 feet – it will require a crew of around 54 people.

The sailing enthusiasts will enjoy the stunning creation with his Serbian model wife Aleksandra, but the upkeep of the super-yacht won’t be an inconvenience for the businessman who’s currently ranked 97th in the Forbes World’s billionaires list.

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Weighing 14,224 tons, the ‘Sailing Yacht A’ boasts the latest technology and sailing engineering, including a high-tech digital control system operated via a touch sensitive sheet of black glass in the bridge. As confirmed by the billionaire’s spokesperson – “it truly pushes the boundaries in sailing technology”.

The impressive project saw the light of day in one of the largest shipyards in the world in Nobiskrug in Germany. Renowned company Magma Structures built the masts from carbon fibre. There are special booms to hold the enormous sails and the entire structures in itself is amongst the most highly loaded composite freestanding constructions in the world.

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A small room fits inside the main mast and the glass hull can withstand water pressure up to 393 feet (120m).

Andrey and his wife are known for frequently hosting A-list parties on their fleet of yachts, so the newest addition will fit nicely with their aquatic lifestyle. The eccentric businessman is known for his love for customizations, which includes a specially-built mirrored disco room for entertaining guests on one of his yachts.

russian billionaire yacht

Described as a “man of exceptional vision”, Mr. Menichenko’s newest toy pushes the boundaries of design, creativity and technology to make a statement of wealth and style. A helicopter pad on the sixth deck, bomb proof glass and 40 CCTV cameras, rooms decorated with Baccarat crystal and mirrored surfaces complete the luxurious experience of the ‘Sailing Yacht A’.

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Four Seasons To Unveil New Hotel In Seoul In October 2015

The luxurious hotel chain Four Seasons has announced plans to open a new location in the exotic destination of Seoul. The new 5-star paradise will be located in the heart of the faraway county, in the bustling city of Gwanghwamun. The brand new building will combine clean, modern aesthetic with traditional Korean motifs for a unique experience in style and comfort.

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Contemporary in design, the architecture of the new location will captivate with a blend of Asian motifs and modern luxury, and will feature 317 superbly furnished rooms with spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. Accent in every room will be the brand’s customizable bed, which is available with a plush, signature, or firm mattress topper. In addition to the lavish design guests will be treated to an array of services that offer complete relaxation and unparalleled comfort – soothing Korean SPA procedures with sauna and massage, an executive club lounge, indoor golf facilities, indoor swimming pools, state-of-the-art gym and exquisite restaurants that serves local and international delicacies.

All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, large flat-screen TVs, and can even be fitted with a Playstation or Xbox upon request. The seven restaurants and bars cover a wide array of cuisines – Italian, Japanese, Korean and more.

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The indoor golf experience boasts simulators with realistic 3-D renditions of some of the world’s best-known courses for superb entertainment. State-of-the-art Korean SPA provides comfort and relaxation through traditional massage techniques and an authentic Korean sauna.

The timing of the opening of the new Four Seasons can’t be better with the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang expected to attract around 2 million tourists to the neighbouring city. Gwanghwamun provides plenty of amenities as well as a bustling nightlife for those who wish to experience the vibe of Korean culture in its true form.

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To make the experience even more special, guests can opt for the private jet service offered by the brand that will make the journey every bit as enjoyable as it should be.

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World’s most expensive beverages – part 2

Continuing last week’s post World’s most expensive beverages – part 1, we are going to explore the world of sublime and ultra-expensive drinks that the real of rich people has to offer. Most of these spirits are limited editions and very hard to obtain, which makes them all the more valuable as a liquor’s quality is not dependent only on its taste and texture, but rather attainability.

Dalmore 62 – $215,000

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With only 12 bottles having been produces, this exclusive liquor is truly a treat for the super-rich. Of course, the basis for the whiskey’s staggering price is its rarity, albeit the taste and quality of texture are still pretty impressive. Rightfully called “pure liquid gold”, the liquor is poured in a hand-blown crystal decanter with the iconic, 12-pointed platinum stag head. What’s even more – Dalmore is a “fantastic investment” since its value has risen tenfold to £100,000 from the time it was first released in 2002.

Diva Vodka – $1,000,000

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A fantastic experiment in creativity has produced this bold and one-of-a-kind vodka – triple filtered, through ice, Nordic birch charcoal, and finally through sand containing precious gems. And coming in contact with precious stones skyrockets the value of a beverage always. The bottle that holds the unique spirit is equally fascinating and decorated with real Swarovski crystals. It’s truly the world’s most extravagant and glamorous vodka with unique taste and qualities – the result of a meticulous distilling process.

Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne – $2,000,000

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Cognac fit for nobility – this is the most fitting description for Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne. Aged for 100 years, the liquor comes in a bottle that has been dipped in 24-carat gold and sterling platinum and embellished with 6,500 diamonds.

Tequila Ley .925 – $3,500,000 (featured picture above)

The unique production process employs specific distilling techniques that make this tequila into a true nectar of the gods.  Produced by the same company behind Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne, it comes in its own fabulous bottle decorated with diamonds.

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World’s most expensive beverages – part 1

Alcohol is a delight that marks the heyday of material splendour and, if the proper refined tastes and production techniques are used, can turn into a real treat for the senses. Naturally, the landscape of the modern alcohol industry has undergone some changes and a few beverages tower above the rest with quality, unparalleled texture and taste – a true indulgence reserved for the ultra-wealthy.

Vieille Bon Secours Ale – $1,200

The 10-yearold Belgian beer is produced by la Brasserie Caulier in a family-owned and operated brewery that safeguards religiously its traditions in ale-making. The hefty price tag is for 12 litres of the savoury beer that’s been aged for 10 years to accomplish that anise and toffee favour. The alcohol percentage is 8%, which is pretty strong for ale.

Vieille Bon Secours AleThe Winston Cocktail – $14,000

A single cocktail so spectacular it combines some of the world’s most exclusive and expensive blends of liquor for sublime taste and texture – Cognac Croizet 1858 Cuvee Leonie, Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Viellissement Exceptionellement Prolongé, and a hint of Angostura Bitters. It is elegant, refined and subtly delicious – a true drink for executives.

Winston CocktailLegacy by Angostura – $25,000

The rum mixture is so special mainly for its political significance – it was crafted specifically to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence. Each rum comes in a case and crystal decanter, designed specifically by Asprey’s of London to complement the rich and delicate mixture of several rums all aged for at least 17 years.

Legacy by AngosturaChâteau d’Yquem – $130,000

With a history of over 300 years in wine production, the wine producer in the Bordeaux region of France has developed certain techniques that take wine-making one step beyond the stuff that dreams are made of. This incredibly rare vintage is often described as ‘drinking liquified crème brûlée’.

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