Seychelles

Seychelles as Your Next Luxury Vacation Destination

There is a new star on the pristine horizon of the Seychelles and it is the newly-opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort.  Twenty-eight luxurious two-bedroom villas with individual pools and an airy, bohemian style invite guests to the private isle of Félicité in the Indian Ocean.  The tropical-chic retreat is an ideal way to explore the island’s world-class, water-based activities—with diving and sport fishing being the top choices of tourists. Other activities are also available – there is hiking in the lush Coco de Mer Valley, sunbathing, or golf on nearby Praslin Island’s 18-hole championship course.

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Balance your core and relax with one of the resort’s more grounding experiences like the restorative treatments at the on-site Six Senses Spa (which is due to open in January). Its dramatic location on rock formations signature to the Seychelles allows guests to enjoy breath-taking views of the tropical paradise while they enjoy some much-needed pampering.

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The lavish living areas exhibit casual elegance with a sense of space and place defined by vaulted ceilings, vast windows, and expansive sundecks. The dining selections are equally inviting, which range from the interactive Chef’s Kitchen (including meals prepared to personal taste in front of the guest) to the Ocean Kitchen (freshly caught seafood complemented by locally sourced, organic ingredients), and the Wine Vault (where the chef and sommelier partner for a customized culinary experience). Guests can choose from a selection of additional amenities, such as cooking classes, a full-service gym (with personal trainer), a library, and an outdoor cinema. In keeping with the resort’s ethos for environmentalism, the resort has its own reverse-osmosis refinery for potable water, a chicken farm, and an organic garden for a fully sustainable experience.

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Availability rates can be checked through Six Senses Zil Pasyon’s website and rates for the villas start from EUR 2,170 / Night.

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Jackie O’s Childhood Summer Home

The 11-acre East Hampton, NY estate – Lasata  - where Jackie Kennedy spent her summers as a child, is on the market. Its current owner, fashion designer Reed Krakoff, has listed the property for more than $50 million, split into two parcels: $38.995 million for the eight-bedroom main house, built around 1917, pool, and poolhouse spread across 7.2 acres and $14.995 million for an adjacent four-acre parcel with a grass tennis court.

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The previous owner has gone to great lengths to extensively renovate the estate and the result is a lavish colonial home with a laid-back, modern vibe. Beautiful original hardwood floors and fireplaces add a certain charm to the sun-filled rooms with tapestry and large windows. The house is surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns with hedges.

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The main house was built in 1917 and designed by architect Arthur C. Jackson. A total of 8,500 square feet comprises of 10 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms. The entry consists of herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring. There is a spacious white kitchen that has been fitted with stainless-steel counters and wood plank floors. The modern formal dining room seats 12 if you count the breakfast nook by the windows and is flanked by a massive library of books and magazines. There is also a sunroom, where guests can converse under the vaulted ceilings with French doors leading to an outdoor patio.

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The property is located near the ocean and includes a one-bedroom guesthouse, two-bedroom pool house, formal English gardens, and a three-car garage. An outdoor pool and grass tennis court provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun.

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Restored 17th Century French Chateau for $3 Million

A beautifully restored 17th century French chateau is now on the market for $3 million. Elegantly situated on 42 acres of sprawling verdant gardens, the lavish 6,400-square-foot histric Normandy residence is located just 56 miles outside of Paris, France in the tranquil and picturesque French countryside.

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The gated compound features lush gardens and manicured lawns as well as the main house with 16 bedrooms (eight with en-suite bathrooms) and three self-contained studios, each complete with a kitchenette. Intricate detailing, hardwood floors, plush drapes and luxurious furnishings help the historic property retain its regal glamour. There are three other structures on the well-manicured grounds: a 1,100-square-foot caretaker’s house, 3,200-square-foot outbuilding, and a 13th century chapel that is beautifully decorated. The outdoor gardens are spacious enough to play host to parties and al fresco dining. Guests who like to stay fit will find the full-size tennis court to be a nice treat.

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Over the last five years, the castle (including the facade and the roof) has been meticulously restored to its former glory. This includes full refurbishment of the paint and ground floor. The main residence houses features a vast array of spacious rooms with immaculate furnishings, original fireplaces, French glass-panelled windows, high ceilings, and luxurious parquet flooring. All of the details of the chateau tell the tale of majestic elegance, expertly preserved in time. The main kitchen has been renovated and upgraded to meet the needs of any respectable food critic and there is a separate wine cellar for the true sommelier.
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300-year-old castle minutes from central London for £2.75 million

A historic property built in 1718 by Sir John Vanbrugh – the architect behind Blenheim Palace, can be bought for £2.75 million. The castle is located by Maze Hill over-ground station, which is just minutes away from London Bridge.

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Unfortunately, buyers will not get full rein of the castle as the price includes a single wing of the building. However, it features everything for a luxurious lifestyle, including four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 27ft roof terrace with views of the Shard. Although there is no moat, the castle is situated on 2.5 acres of manicured communal ground.

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Two separate spaces are available for parking – one for a motor vehicle and on for a horse and carriage. Vanbrugh Castle is set over four storeys as it restored and transformed into four separate apartments by the Blackheath Preservation Trust in 1977. The abode is on the doorstep of Greenwich Park, which boasts many local attractions including a child-friendly boating lake, tennis courts, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.

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The wing is ideal for a family that wants the comforts of living in the city with the added peace and seclusion of a property from a closed type as well as the appeal of living in a historic 18th century castle. It is furnished in keeping with its yesteryear appeal with heavy plush drapes, wooden king-size beds with carvings and original stone fireplaces. Some of the original flooring motifs have also been preserved. The roof boasts an ample terrace that overlooks the London skyline and part of the garden features a hedge maze.

Cartier's Legendary NYC Mansion

Cartier’s Legendary NYC Mansion

As far as luxury stores go, it doesn’t get better than Cartier’s massive mansion on New York’s Fifth Avenue. And after an extensive two-and-a-half-year renovation, the retail world’s most glamorous boutique has opened bigger and better than ever.

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Buyers can browse the new selling salons and marvel a fine selection of luxurious antiques that are illuminated by 30 new chandeliers and many replicas of the mansion’s originals. Some of the rooms are named after Cartier’s most famous clients: the Princess Grace Salon is named after icon Grace Kelly, and another named after beloved celebrity Elizabeth Taylor. There is a separate floor for Cartier’s timepieces for men, where the latest models including the Drive de Cartier (priced at £5,000.00) are exhibited. There are salons named after Gary Cooper, Andy Warhol and Santos Dumont, the Brazilian aviator who inspired Louis Cartier to create the world’s first wristwatch.

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Exceptional accessories, fragrances and leather goods are on display and clients can bring their unique Cartier pieces for expert restoration. The state-of-the-art salon houses eponymous collections Love, Just un Clou and Trinity de Cartier retailing at $1400 per ring. Designed at the request of famous French artist, writer, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau who was known for stacking two Trinity rings on his left pinkie, the exotic and colourful pieces achieved an iconic status overnight.

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After the renovation the walls are the same material as the Cartier boxes for a unique experience of luxury. The fifth floor has a terrace that overlooks Fifth Avenue and is ideal for entertaining guests. Buyers are welcomed by master craftsmen and assistants who are well-versed in the Cartier universe of splendour and luxury.

Jackson Hole Estate

The $18 Million Jackson Hole Estate

Designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding Teton mountains, Aspensong is a 7,300-square-foot contemporary estate located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The $18 million estate is a beautiful blend of modern aesthetics and bucolic wonder. It stretches on 35 sprawling acres and is surrounded by stacked-stone walls.

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The estate itself boasts polished rooflines and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls that open onto impressive panoramic views (which include a northward view of the Grand Teton), as well as a floating white oak–clad ceiling that is mimicked by exterior overhangs. The central living space cleverly acts as a bridge between the two wings of the property. The north wing consists of a guest suite, a master suite, and a conservatory, while the west wing houses two guest suites and a media room.

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Buyers who are interested in having an estate fitted with the latest technology for comfortable, modern living as well as pursuing an outdoors lifestyle will find Aspensong well-suited to their needs. The residence has access to scenic hiking and cross-country ski trails, streams for fishing, and plenty of wildlife sightings. It is currently listed for $18 million and the firm that handles the sale is Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates with worldwide marketing by Christie’s International Real Estate.

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Form and function come together in the contemporary residence, where open space is cleverly incorporated into the main structure. Wood, stone and glass are the main materials that accentuate the natural appeal of the property and give it an elegant and minimalistic vibe. Furnished to exceptional standards of comfort and luxury, Aspensong is the place, where modern utility and outdoor space meet to create an ambiance of smart, sophisticated living.

World’s Most Expensive Home

World’s Most Expensive Home Hits Market for €1 Billion

A historic French chateau once owned by King Leopold II has been put on the market by a Grand Marnier heiress for an eye-watering €1BILLION. The opulent address in the billionaire’s playground of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the south of France is a 10-bedroom property with an Olympic size swimming pool in a glamorous coastal enclave close to Nice.

Villa Les Cedres boasts one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe with 35 acres of manicured lawns, 15000 plants, and 20 greenhouses with rare tropical vegetation. Another spectacular feature is the outdoor swimming pool, which is carved directly in the rocks below. The palatial home also has a ballroom and stables for up to 30 horses.

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The opulent estate has been in the Grand Marnier liquor dynasty since 1924 and has immeasurable historic value. Its location gives it exclusivity as Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has a population of just over 2000 and is the home of many celebrities and royalty who seek privacy and unspoilt natural scenery.

 Villa Les Cedres comes with its original fittings that include wooden beams, fireplaces and hardwood floors. The kitchen has been renovated and fitted with the latest appliances and the living room boasts panoramic French windows overlooking the patio and luxurious, plush drapes.  All rooms are furnished in the same flamboyant style of regal splendour – typical of such estates from the 1900s. Private balconies from the second floor overlook the manicured lawns and the beautiful French Riviera.

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The impressive property has already attracted interest from prospective buyers in Monaco despite the harsh economic climate in France and will go down in real estate history as the most expensive sale to date.

Taohuayuan

The colossal $150 million Chinese estate

A 72,000-square foot architectural masterpiece sitting on a total of 1,633 acres is the biggest estate to be put on the market for the whooping $150 million. Named, it is a striking blend of Eastern tradition and modern decadence for a new brand of elegant interiors. With a total of 32 bedrooms, all rooms strategically face southward for optimal sunshine.

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Situated on the shore of a pristine lake, the estate reveals panoramic views over Beijing and is surrounded by a perfectly manicured Japanese dzen garden of pace and serenity. The garden itself is a replica of the famous Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and several lounge areas for ultimate relaxation.

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The sale is handled by renowned auction house Sotheby’s and the property looks more like a high-end resort rather than a modest family home. It has 32 full bathrooms and a grand wine cellar. It is located on a private island on the south shore of Suzhou’s Dushu Lake, which is China’s biggest lake by surface area.

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The bran new estate was constructed by Sunac China a little over three years with all bricks and plants having been hand-crafted. The end result is an estate that is the hallmark of the essence of East Asian balance and serenity with a touch of contemporary style and minimalism. The architectural aesthetic perfectly fits with the name Taohuayuan, which roughly translates to Utopia or Peach Blossom Land. It is reported that several oversees customers have already expressed interest in the property.

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The “Diamonds Are Forever” Mansion on sale for £6 million

Most men are smitten with James Bond’s state-of-the-art gadgets, luxurious sports cars, cutting-edge watches or fast speedboats but imagine the pride in owning one of 007′s famous bachelor pads. Now, a lavish mansion that was the setting to 1971 Sean Connery’s Diamonds are Forever has hit the market for just £6 million. It seems as too small a price to pay for such piece of movie history. And if the Bond franchise enigma is not enough – the spectacular mansion has also been the setting of photo shoots for Playboy magazine, which is fitting since it is being marketed as “the ultimate bachelor pad”.

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Designed by John Lautner, the flamboyant property is often rented by celebrities of the ranks of Beyonce and Jay-Z for high-profile parties for its panoramic views and many spoils. It consists of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large gym, and a swimming pool and has a distinctive architectural appeal with its round rooms, large open spaces, wooden floors and the infamous cone-shaped roof of the living room, where the Bond scene was filmed. The living room also incorporates rocks as it opens onto to an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace with panoramic view of Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Peak.

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The futuristic house is often described as a “residential sculpture” due to its architectural aesthetics as well as cinematic location on a craggy ridge at the south end of Palm Springs, allowing it to incorporate huge, natural boulders as walls and room dividers.

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The central accent is, undoubtedly, the circular living room – 60 feet in diameter that is situated under a vaulted, conical dome ceiling with nine angled concrete petals between nine wedge-shaped clerestory windows that flood the room with natural light. A vast, curved wall of smoked glass opens at the touch of a button and converts the house into a gigantic open-air patio with panoramic desert, city, and mountain views.

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A Marvelous historic villa in Stresa

A Marvelous historic villa in Stresa

Italy has always been a place of interest of millionaires for its sunny, inviting climate, lush scenery, award-winning wines and top destinations for peace and relaxation. And Stresa is the ultimate representation of the dolce far niente that perfectly epitomizes the Italian spirit. Now, a unique opportunity to own a piece of that serenity has emerged in the form of a marvellous villa with rich history that has become available for € 4,500,000.

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Dating back to the end of the 19th century, the pristine estate is located in the city centre of Stresa. However, it provides its owner with sufficient privacy away from prying eyes thanks to a high fence and dense hedges that are perfectly maintained. Manicured lawns with lush greenery create a true haven and a sculpted fountain is nestled inside the large yard. However, that is not everything that the beautiful garden has to offer as there is also an outdoor swimming pool, a barbecue zone and a spacious garage.

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The property was recently renovated in keeping with its original architectural and all details have been perfectly preserved. With a total of 6997 square feet of living area, the villa offers enough space to entertain guests or simply run away on an exclusive retreat. The property opens into a spacious entrance with stairs and a large sun-filled living room with a stone fireplace. There are also a spacious dining room overlooking an elegant oriel-window, a separate breakfast nook and kitchen, a sunny veranda and one guest bathroom.

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The First floor consists of a spacious access room with corridor and 4 large bedrooms with three bathrooms. The second floor houses the remaining three bedrooms with three bathrooms, a loggia and the access to a fantastic tower with stunning views. There is also a semi-basement, where the spacious frescoed tavern, large sitting room overlooking the service kitchen, access room, laundry, gym with sauna and bathroom are situated.

Beautiful frescos and wooden beams and cabinets can be found throughout the villa, adding to its authentic charm.