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New Zealand’s First Beachfront Luxury Lodge

New Zealand has always been a favourite spot for relaxation for the ultra-rich with its idyllic scenery and luxury resorts. Now, an addition to high-end tourist accommodation reveals a new pearl in the land of the Maori. Helena Bay (helenabay.com) is a boutique retreat that offers exclusive access to more than 800 private acres of North Island headlands, farmland, and coastline.

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The high-luxury lodge is framed by lush kauri forest on a pristine stretch of the estate’s 2 miles of private beachfront. Two separate villa suites with sprawling terraces spill out onto the sand and are complemented by three junior suites. The grand main lodge provides a dining area and private wine cellar for guests to enjoy. Outside, an infinity-edge pool surrounded by manicured gardens makes for a pleasant spot to glimpse rare wildlife.

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One of Helena Bay’s main attractions is an AgustaWestland AW109 helicopter that can treat guests to private tours over the stunning scenery of the island. Depending on the time of the year when you want to visit the exotic paradise, rates start from $1750 for a single guest and $2100 for two. But for that sum guests are treated to pre-dinner drinks, dinner (the menu changes nightly), breakfast and use of all of the Lodge facilities.

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A number of recreational activities, such as diving, hiking, fishing and massage therapy are available on demand.

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The Best Villa Rentals

The ultimate Coachella Valley experience includes staying at the best villa rentals available to wealthy clients.  Here are a few suggestions for sprawling private homes that offer privacy, stunning pools, and expansive views of all the fun and action of April’s music festivals.

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On the Rocks Estate is built directly into the mountainside in the exclusive Mesa neighborhood. The original 1959 design by architect Hugh Kaptur includes a stunning infinity pool and eclectic contemporary art and decor. Three separate bedrooms including a master suite, make the home ideal for large groups. There is a large patio between the two buildings with a bar area, fire pit, and a projector for outdoor movie screenings. Staying at the On the Rocks Estate costs $3,000 per night plus taxes and fees.

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Another popular choice is the Polo Villa House 6 – a five-bedroom, four-bathroom contemporary estate only less than a mile from the Empire Polo Field. It can be booked as part of the Coachella Platinum Package ($110,000 for a minimum six-night stay), which indulges guests to eight VIP passes to Coachella, luxury transportation to and from the music festival, access to the festival’s Safari Tent campground and lounge, and dinner for eight during a night of their choice at the festival.

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The newly built El Dorado Estate oozes Mediterranean appeal and tranquillity. Located in secluded Indian Wells on more than 2 acres, the El Dorado estate has a private tennis court, a saltwater pool, and a 200-foot slip-n-slide. There are four bedrooms plus a loft and six bathrooms that can easily sleep up to 10 guests. Throughout the month of April, rates are $50,000 for an all-inclusive week.

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Thailand’s New Dream Getaway

The luxurious new Aquila villa in Phuket, Thailand, presents an idyllic location for a tranquil retreat on 2.5 acres of verdant landscape. This secluded slice of paradise boasts four modern Thai-style pavilions (Arrival, Main, Guest, and Master) – each complete with wall-to-wall windows, high ceilings, direct access to the ocean, and a grand total of seven bedrooms.

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The Arrival Pavilion is home to the villa’s spa—perfect for relaxing and destressing—while also playing host to a master bedroom, en-suite bath, contemporary living area, and a kids bunk room. At just over 11,800 square feet the three-story Main Pavilion is the center of the compound with its massive living area equipped with a library, gym, a main and western kitchen, a dining area that sits up to 16, a wine cellar, recreation room (complete with wet-bar, pool table and movie theatre), a 98-foot infinity pool and an outside deck.

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Located next to the Main Pavilion is the Guest Pavilion where the sleeping quarters are housed. The two-story residence consists of two master bedrooms, two double bedrooms, and two twin-rooms. The en-suite bathrooms are furnished with Japanese fixtures and waterfall showers, while the master bathrooms are completed with lavish plunge baths.

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The luxury villa offers complete privacy as it is located in the gated community of ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ in Kamala—only a short 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport—and includes a villa manger, full-time chef and around-the-clock security. Prices start from $2,750 to $7,500 per night.

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The Midas Mansion Luxurious Beverly Hills mansion hits the market for $100 million

Designer and developer Michael Palumbo presented his latest project – a jaw-dropping $100 million estate that will be built in Beverly Hills, Calif. Described as the pinnacle of his career, the minimalistic residence is inspired by a floating estate in Singapore. What is going to be a compound-style home that revolves around water, the grandiose residence will feature seven bedrooms (including a 3,100-square-foot master suite with private access to a rooftop garden); 14 bathrooms; a great room with a hidden bar; and an 18-seat dining room—all surrounded by eye-catching water features.

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Outside guests will be able to enjoy a 1.5-inch-deep reflecting pool that will lead to an acrylic pool in the foyer, which seamlessly connects to a lap pool and then to a vanishing-edge pool around the entire property.  This creates a never-ending composition of water and matter that come together in one architectural marvel.

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The see-through pool in the foyer lets light flood into the lower level of the home, where all of the amenities will be houses. The lower level will house a nightclub, a full bar and lounge (with the pool as its ceiling), a 20-seat theater room, a two-lane bowling alley, a professional catering kitchen, a hair and nail salon, a wellness center, an eight-car garage. Other extravagant entertaining amenities complete the vibe of a fully-functioning socializing hot spot.

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The lot and plans are available for preconstruction acquisition for $35 million or for final turnkey purchase for $100 million. Construction is expected to last 24 to 26 months, and interested buyers can contact the Coldwell Banker team to inquire about the water-ringed oasis in Beverly Hills.

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Christie’s New Multipurpose Masterpiece in Beverly Hills

A new Lox Angeles complex in Southern California will give discerning collectors a new point of purchase from reputable auction house Christie’s when it opens in April. Located over two stories, the 5,400-square-foot facility is planned on North Camden Drive in Beverly Hills and will provide the same cross-section of services the auction house is known for.

From exclusive art to unique collectibles – the convenient location for clients will fit well in the upscale community.  Wealthy buyers will be able to stop by for a selection of luxury offerings of watches, jewelry, wine, and handbags. The site will cater to individual customers and those representing institutions (such as museums) thanks to a skilled in-house appraisal and investment team. Private offices for consultations, a vault-like room for presenting exquisite jewels and other one-of-a-kind pieces, and extensive exhibition space are planned in the design. The second floor also features a 1,400-square-foot entertainment venue with an outdoor patio. Interactive live-streams from Christie’s sales taking place elsewhere will tie the whole place together.

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Beverly Hills is the logical choice for Christie’s new haven for wealthy buyers as it complements its current California locations in Century City and San Francisco. The auction house, headquartered in London, has been a premier conduit for the finest artistry and craftsmanship since founded by James Christie in 1766.

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Guinness Family’s 1700s 5,000-Acre Irish Estate

Ireland is a magical place of rolling green hills and silvery blue lakes with slate-gray castles that match the skies above. And there is no better way to enjoy those long rainy days, pints of Guinness, and sheep-dotted mountains than the picturesque estate of Luggala in County Wicklow. Set on 5,000 acres, it has been in the Guinness family since the 1930s and overlooks the scenic Lough Tay and steep Djouce Mountains.

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Built in 1787, Luggala Lodge is a Gothic-style white castle with beautiful arched windows, decorative battlements and quatrefoil designs. The 7,438-square-foot historic hideaway comprises seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three living rooms—each one boasting dramatic arched windows, Irish paintings, period-specific furniture, antique fireplaces, and ornate chandeliers. The architectural masterpiece includes the Cloghoge House situated nearby. It is a two-story Georgian residence that features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two living rooms—for a warm and welcoming guest house. If that is not enough, there are seven additional lodges and cottages sprinkled across the estate.

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Outside, 18th-century landscape gardens, centuries-old Irish oak trees, and majestic cliffs surround the residences, giving it privacy and seclusion from prying eyes. Luggala has enjoyed a host of famous celebrity guests throughout the years, including Michael Jackson, Bono, Robert Graves, Dennis Hopper, and a many other well-known artists and actors. It has been used to film memorably scenes from classics Braveheart, Animal Farm, and Becoming Jane.

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The property is currently listed on the market for around $30 million.

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New York’s New $19,000-Per-Night Suite

$19,000 is the price to pay to spend a night in New York City’s trendiest, most luxuries new suite in Manhattan. Unveiled last fall at the legendary Peninsula New York, the Fifth Avenue haven is more similar to a grand apartment than hotel accommodation. Guests are treated to sweeping views of the New York skyline while enjoying a total of 2,500 square feet at their disposal on the 17th-floor of the central skyscraper. A sprawling living room and elegant dining room are available for entertaining in addition to a gourmet kitchen, an impressive collection of commissioned art.

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Furnished to a high standard of modern austerity and comfort, the apartment boasts polished wood, floor-to-ceiling windows that let natural light flood in, marble details and plush furnishings for a laid-back, business-style ambiance. The Fifth Avenue residence manages to remain both crisp and elegant. There’s a separate room for work and play, an oversize tub in the master bedroom, a private study and a powder room.

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One of the focal points of the apartment is the kitchen – stocked with Gaggenau appliances and a 50-bottle wine refrigerator. Commissioned works of art tie the entire place together and include an impressive hand-painted mural by the Hong Kong artist David Qian as well as a custom-made headboard of embossed leather by Londoner Helen Amy Murray in the bedroom.

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The strategic location of the real estate jewel gives immediate proximity to all delights of Manhattan’s famous shopping avenue. The Museum of Modern Art, its Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly masterpieces alongside the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden are all within walking distance.

An even more striking feature is the proprietary tablet technology that allows guests to control everything from lighting to temperature, as well as communicate 24/7 with a team of highly-skilled hotel concierges—this is just a small fraction of the benefits that the Fifth Avenue Suite offers for its exclusive guests at the price of $19,000 a night.

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A One-of-a-Kind Miami Beach Home

Florida has always attracted wealthy buyers with its splendid real estate offers and the latest high-concept residence to hit the market is a testament to how much the finer things in life are valued down there. The state-of-the-art mansion located at 6480 Allison Road in Miami Beach is an architectural masterpiece that will set its new owner back around $20 million. Designed and completed in 2016, the 11,270-square-foot waterfront wonder is an urban haven of outdoor and indoor style, bliss and lavish comfort.

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Characterized by open spaces and rectangular shapes, the one-of-a-kind mansion exhibits a natural theme with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of the ocean and smooth transition to outdoor patios. Giant sliding doors and dark Ipe wood make the home warm and inviting.

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The two-story residence comprises seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and two powder rooms. There are direct views of the water from almost every room and the 2,400-square-foot master suite boasts his-and-her walk-in closets and master bathrooms, a shoe and handbag closet, and a vanity. The second story also has a smaller master suite and additional bedrooms and bathrooms. Enormous glass windows reveal views towards the waterway.

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The Italian–style kitchen with white oak cabinets made by Dolce Vita and top-of-the-line appliances is a dream-come-true for any culinary enthusiast. A plush cinema room delivers a supreme movie-going experience, and a refrigerated wine display safeguards rare vintages. There is also a three-car garage with plenty of room for SUVs and sport cars.

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The lush backyard is situated on 110 feet of water frontage, and is beautifully landscaped with Florida’s world-famous palm trees. A 55-foot infinity pool with floating blocks suspended over it lead the way to an outdoor cabana and summer kitchen with a covered pavilion.

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America’s new most expensive “Billionaire” mansion lists for $250 million

A new over-the-top development is on the market from developer Bruce Makowsky the likes of which have been seen in the high end of the Los Angeles real estate market. The Luxury home builder and handbag tycoon is previously been known to have sold a property for $70m in 2015, and has now listed a new home for the spectacular price of $250 million.

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The 38,000-square-foot property, located in the wealthy enclave of Bel Air, is known as the most expensive home ever listed for sale in the U.S. It consists of 21 bathrooms and three whole gourmet kitchens along with two spacious master suites and 10 additional guest suites. The property also includes a 17,000 square-foot entertainment deck, 6 bars, a bowling alley lounge, 2 wine-champagne cellars, a private fitness center, home theatre, and a glass tile infinity swimming pool.

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Bel Air’s new estate for the ultra-affluent comes completely furnished. A unique twist is added by the fact that aside from the high-end furniture, this includes a collection of 12 super rare, vintage cars in the “auto gallery,” estimated at $30 million as well as 100 art installations, including a larger-than-life Leica camera.

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The price also includes a service team of 7 full-time staff members (including a chef, chauffeur, and masseuse), paid-for for two years and the helicopter featured in the 1980s TV show Airwolf.

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With sweeping 270-degree view of the L.A. skyline, ocean, and mountains, the home is expected to attract the interest of about 3,000 buyers, who are able to afford the wildly over-the-top home.

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Bel Air Mansion

35,000-Square-Foot Bel Air Mansion for $85 Million

A luxurious 35,000-Square-Foot Bel Air Mansion hit the market for $85 Million. Surrounded by a labyrinth of eight rose gardens with exquisite fountains and sculptures, Le Belvédère is revered as one of the most memorable estates in Bel Air. The Southern California mansion is inspired by a French chateau and decorated generously throughout with ornate chandeliers, 14 elaborately carved fireplaces, and painted ceilings. It is a residence that is the very epitome of old-world opulence.

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The main level boasts a grand entrance with a curved staircase and chandelier, both formal and informal living and dining rooms, a kitchen, powder rooms, and an office with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace. The lower level was designed as the ultimate entertaining zone and comprises a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, a Turkish hammam, a gym, a game room, a movie theater, and even a grand ballroom with room for up to 250 guests. The upper levels house a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms and dressing rooms, an office, and an outdoor terrace.

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On the outside grounds guests can lounge by the 70-foot infinity pool, dine in the 100-person courtyard, or stroll by a private swan pond located near the motor court entrance. Other amenities include a 12-person spa, an alfresco dining area, and a kitchen with a pizza oven in the pool pavilion.

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The home last sold in 2010 for $50 million, becoming the most expensive sale in the United States at the time is now on the market for $85 million, making it the ultimate interest for the wealthy buyer who is looking for a blend of superb design, comfort and old-world opulence.