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Overblue 44 – the world’s most luxurious houseboat!

A floating house that boats the finest in al fresco entertainment and luxurious living is the newest design marketed for £240,000 under the name Overblue 44. With spacious lounges, a state-of-the-art kitchen with built-in appliances and a spectacular roof terrace – it is marital equivalent of a penthouse apartment.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

The world’s most luxurious houseboat is designed for a comfortable experience in the open sea. It features two hulls for increased stability, comfort and speed. Manufacturer Raffaele Grotti has announced two models – a 44ft standard boat and a larger at 54ft. Every boat can be further customized according to the buyer’s specifications and displays a modern, light-flooded interior with natural materials, king-size beds and spectacular technology that features an integrated system to monitor all elements from a single screen.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

An on-board jacuzzi, bar and a decked roof terrace provide plenty of space for guest entertaining. The best feature of the Overblue 44 is its functionality – it can be used as an apartment at sea, a charter boat or weekend escape and is viewed as the future of houseboats. The versatile yacht provides a new standard of luxury living at sea. It can reach speeds of 16mph.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Two twin 75hp engines power the houseboat and are very economical. It is constructed of fiberglass and the flybridge provides plenty of space in the surprisingly symmetrical construction. All the comforts of a modern home can be found within and there are plans for a deluxe 64ft version.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

The living space is fully customizable and buyers can add options, such as solar panels, crane for marine equipment, etc. There is also an open-plan kitchen. With the smallest model – the 44ft Overblue – comes with three cabins, including a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. There is ample storage throughout the boat with walk-in closets and options for further customization.

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Best boutique hotels revealed

They are so exclusive and secluded that most people haven’t even heard of them. But for true connoisseurs – finding the ultimate spot for peaceful and luxurious relaxation – these boutique hotels truly have it all.

The Pig on the Beach, Studland, England

The Pig on the Beach, Studland, EnglandEnjoy the English countryside in all its pristine glory in this 18th-century Gothic residence located in sunny Dorset. 23 rooms offer delightful bliss with their opulent rural style and there is even a greenhouse restaurant and two dovecotes on one of the buildings. The unique ambiance of the place is enhanced by the original mullioned windows and turrets as well as the massage room in the shepherd’s hut in the grounds. Rates vary depending on season, but you can’t find anything lower than £300 a night.

Huka Lodge, New Zealand

huka lodge new zealandSometimes you have to travel half the world for the best service and Huka Lodge proves it. The £1,000-a night hotel treats guests to peace and tranquillity like no other. Overlooking the beautiful Waikato River, the 1920s-style hunting lodge provides plenty of activities, such as skydiving and golf.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodiasong saa campodia

This spectacular retreat is nested in the remote Gulf of Thailand – home to the first marine reserve. For £2,265 a night guests can explore a rainforest or simply enjoy the rainbow-coloured tropical fish swimming in their natural habitat through holes in the floors of the wooden villas. Service is exemplary and there is no other place that brings together the allure of nature with the comforts of modern living so well.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

jean michel cousteau fijiLovers of South-Pacific getaways will enjoy this tropical piece of paradise. A popular destination for honeymoons, weddings and other special occasions – the £800-a night retreat offers a wide range of services and amenities to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Family pools, babysitting services and plenty of water sports are available to choose from.

Check also our previous post on top boutique hotels.

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America’s most expensive home – $159 million Florida estate

Modelled after the opulent Palace of Versailles in France, a Hillsboro Beach, Florida mansion has hit the market for the whopping $159 million price tag. Nicknamed Le Palais Royal, it covers 60,500 square feet and features mind-blowing amenities, such as a go-kart track, bowling alley, nightclub, ice-skating rink and six waterfalls.

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The main residence is 95% complete, although finishing work is still being carried out on other structures. There is a subterranean garage with a capacity for 30 cars and a spectacular marble staircase that leads to the entrance of the main house. Other striking features that add to the extravagant price is the generously used gold leaf used throughout the estate as well as the wine cellar with a 3,000-bottle capacity, the IMAX 18-seat home theatre and the ,300-gallon built-in aquarium.

florida estate

florida estate

Taking nearly 7 years in design and planning, the luxurious waterfront estate consists of a main house with 11 rooms, two guesthouses and a subterranean entertainment complex. The main residence has a master suite with a heated plunge pool on the balcony. A 4,500-square-foot infinity pool can be found outside, beautifully complemented by the six cascading waterfalls – the tallest of which is 25 feet in height. There is also a swim-up bar as well as a water slide apart from a modern outdoor kitchen with a stone pizza oven.

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florida estateThe property itself rests between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway and has two private docks. Natural light is abundant in the mansion thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful materials used. All rooms exhibit custom plaster moldings. There are several kitchens and ample storage space throughout the residence.

estate floridaThe smaller guesthouses share a pool and total 3,000 square feet combined, but the real gem is the underground entertainment complex. Still in construction, it is like nothing you would expect to see in a modern American home with a nightclub, an ice-skating ring, a bowling alley and a go-kart race track being planned.

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Symmetry – the incredible 590ft floating palace

The world of luxurious super-yachts is about to witness a phenomenal addition to the ranks of floating palaces – the state-of-the-art 590 foot long bi-directional manoeuvrable concept yacht. Symmetry was debuted at the 2015 September Monaco Yacht Show and is the work of Norwegian custom designer Sander J. Sinot. Spanning across a total of 10,700 feet of space, it is intended to feature a home cinema, private SPA and an infinity pool alongside plenty of deck space.

symmetry yacht sinotAn unusual and attractive feature is the so-called Owner Exclusive Deck, which consists of a library, sky lounge, state room, office and outdoor area with plenty of space for relaxation. The interior is beautifully designed and boasts contemporary minimalistic and architecturally clean aesthetics that make the most of the available space and light. A total of six decks display an array of features for the ultimate in luxurious cruising and are named according to the theme and feature they exhibit.

symmetry yacht sinotThe Beach Deck features a stunning beach lounge with a bar, jacuzzi and seawater pool. The Guest Deck boasts ample guest accommodation with en-suit bathrooms and large balconies as well as another mid-ship pool with a glass bottom. The Hotel Deck holds the entertainment portion of the mega-yacht with lounges, bars, garden, gym, dining areas and an exterior pool. The Wheelhouse Deck exhibits dual steering arrangements, which allow for bi-directional manoeuvrability.

symmetry yacht sinotOther on-board features include a children’s play room, library, office and spacious outdoor deck wit lounges. The entire design of Symmetry is defined by the new and revolutionary layout that is symmetrically stemming from the centre rather than the popular linear set-up.

symmetry yacht sinot

symmetry yacht sinotThe design provides a beautiful synergy between innovative engineering, contemporary architecture, functionality and beautiful aesthetic. With a total capacity of 34 guests and 48 crew, Symmetry resembles a custom-designed private estate of unparalleled comfort and luxury. Initial price estimate is reported to be $4,650,000.

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London penthouse on sale, walk-in wardrobe with designer clothes included!

A new trend amongst luxurious property developments is gaining popularity in London – state-of-the-art penthouses complete with walk-in wardrobes that are filled with designer clothing. Rich buyers have never had it easier to change homes and simply move in and start enjoying the best that life has to offer.
A new tower built near Albert Embankment and Blackfriars Road offers spectacular views of London as well as unique features. The modern triplex at the top of the Parliament House is furnished to exceptional standards of elegance and contemporary design, boasting state-of-the-art fixtures, wooden floors, designer furnishings and high-tech Gaggenau and Miele appliances in the kitchen.london penthouse

london penthouse In fact, the most striking feature of this penthouse is that every single item carries the name of a world-class designer: the bathroom candles are by Jo Malone; the luxury linen towels are by Paul Smith; the kitchen cabinets are filled with sparkling water from Harrods and snacks from Harvey Nichols; the cellar is stacked with vintage Burgundy and Claret.

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london penthouseThe apartment itself comprises several bedrooms with walk-in closets, marble bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and a spacious lounge with balcony, where owners and guests will be able to enjoy a hot tub, barbecue and outdoor TV. All rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, which reveal striking panoramic views of the city. The price tag of £6 million includes everything from the bed linen to the décor items and it is an extra effort that rich buyers will appreciate as the apartment truly pays attention to the minor of details.

london penthouse

london penthouse

london penthouseOf course, the most spectacular feature remains the designer walk-in wardrobe, which boasts male and female clothes and accessories, such as: £350 LK Bennet diamond shoes, £295 Church’s brogues, a £815 Stella McCartney evening dress, a £1,500 Thom Sweeney tuxedo and other designer treats that will make you feel like you’re at a high-fashion show.

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Watches and Wonders exhibition 2015

The second edition of the Watches & Wonders fair took place in the international hub of Hong Kong from September the 30th to October the 3rd. it brought together the most celebrated watch-making brands in the world, which could exhibit their models by invitation only. The event, organized by Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, took a step forward in becoming one of the most anticipated annual events in the fine-watchmaking calendar.

Amongst some of the more renowned brands to participate were established jewellery and watch-making houses Cartier, Piaget, Montblanc and Jaeger-LeCoultre –these being the epitome of French Maisons of international standing. IWC – the Swiss manufacturer owned by Richemon – was also featured in an effort to expand into the Asian market and establish itself as an innovative and cutting-edge haute horlogerie company. This event was viewed as an ideal opportunity for the socially-responsible and creative brand to demonstrate its bespoke engineering ingenuity and sustainable production commitment once again.

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French Maison Cartier unveiled one of the best models at the event – the Clé de Cartier watch, which exhibits two of the brand’s most recognizable elements: the flying tourbillon and the mysterious movement. Three exquisite timepieces for $45,200 each, featuring diamond-set cases, intricate technical characteristics and black lacquered mahogany boxes were introduced.

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The Montblanc Metamorphosis II watch comes in a limited edition of 18 pieces that completely transform the aesthetic and function of the watch’s dial. An ingenious mechanism splits open like a curtain the hours and date subdials to reveal the chronograph indices underneath. Asking price for this model is €270,000.

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Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated their craft skills with the Oiseaux Enchantés Extraordinary Dials collection that features stunning feather art by Nelly Saunier. Colour variations and exquisite ornaments create three-dimensional figures of enchanting overtones, density and texture.

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French designer Pierre Cardin puts his Bubble Palace for sale – $455 million

French designer Pierre Cardin has put his eccentric Riviera estate on the market for $455 million. Built on a rocky cliff on Massif de L’Esterel, the futuristic cluster of semi-spherical residences is nicknamed “Palais Bulles” and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.

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The entire complex comprises 13,000 square feet divided between ten interconnected domes or 28 spherical rooms, three swimming pools, a 500-seat amphitheatre and several gardens. Asking price for the extravagant terracotta-coloured bubble estate is £300 as it features many improvements after the designer bought it at auction in the early 90s.

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Some of Hollywood’s hottest starts and even certain European royalty are known to have attended Cardin’s infamous parties and fashion shows. The interior is just as bizarre and fashion-forward as the exterior, having been designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who claims his source of inspiration were the ‘ancestral homes’ such as pre-historic caves of humans.

pierre cardin villa 4The eccentric property is situated on six undulating levels of the Massif de L’Esterel, allowing guests to enjoy some of the best views on the Cote d’Azur. All rooms are decorated differently in keeping with the sensual round forms of the estate that the designer claims are ‘reminiscent of the female form’. Modern art, vivid colours and avant-garde wall paintings turn this residential property into a bespoke work of art.

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Circular doorways and odd brass sculptures add to the unusual feel of the residence. The creative property is also available for rent at $13,300 per day if the sale price seems too steep.

pierre cardin villa

It is a house that has become emblematic of Cardin’s aesthetic both on the catwalk and off it with no straight lines present in the interior, exterior or furniture. His love for sensual, natural and curvy lines shines through in the way the estate as been put together, making it truly a sight to marvel.
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Danish tycoon’s strong vintage car sale

Just a few weeks ago,

the Danish tycoon Henrik Frederiksen held a very exclusive garage sale that featured models of an age long gone and a class of their own. A total of immaculately restored 48 vintage cars – some of them prewar -were auctioned by Bonhams.

SiO5GIBThe event took place in the businessman’s historical 16-century estate located in Denmark and attracted the crème of the European aristocracy and corporate world. Vintage car enthusiasts flocked to see the rare and spectacular models Frederiksen had taken more than 30 years to accumulate. What began as a hobby at the age of 18 soon turned into one of the most complete and outstanding collections of Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Maybach and Rolls-Royce models – some dating from a century ago.

Franz_Prahl-built_1935_MERCEDES-BENZ_500K__SPECIAL_ROADSTERA regular at classic-car events at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este, Henrik decided to part with some of his beloved collection. Some of the rare models carry with them political and cultural significance as well, such as the 1933 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin, which was gifted by the German government to the Maharajah of Patiala. This particular vehicle has an asking price of $3.6 million as it features intricate and one-of-a-kind coachwork. The 1931 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” – a made-to-order treat for Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson cost its new owner $3.2 million.

w2T7Uq9Several Maybach models relay Frederiksen’s love for the brand, among which a $1.5m-prewar vehicle discovered in a Moscow lock-up. Another spectacular offering is the wooden-bodied Mercedes-Benz Phaeton auctioned for $2 million. The car is in excellent condition and features the original canvas seat covers, 90-horsepower aircraft engine and Louis Vuitton luggage.maybach

Five Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost models were auctioned for $640,000-$1,400,000; a 1905 US-built Woods electric car ($80,000-$100,000) and a 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead for $640,000 have earned Frederiksen’s collection the well-deserved title of “the finest in Denmark and Europe”.

See more here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23234/

expensive london flats

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.

expensive london flats

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.