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Royal Salute Whiskey Tasting: Flight of Five Excellence

Royal Salute Whiskey has been described as the King of whiskeys. Created for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation on 2nd June 1952, thus the name ‘Royal Salute’. The exquisite blend is a 21-year-old whiskey that is fit for a King and Queen! This premium whiskey has gone on to inspire other brands to launch ‘royal’ and exclusive, premium blends connected to the monarchy.

The Global VIP Relationships Director for Chivas Bros. Peter Prentice recently conducted a private tasting at the prestigious Polo Bar of the St. Regis Al Habtoor Resort & Polo Club, Dubai. This unique occasion was the tenth anniversary of the British Polo Club and the Royal Salute Cup.

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The flight of five began with the famous 21 gun-maritime salute; the Royal Salute 21 Year Old. With a unique flavour, this retails at $283 a bottle. Next in line was the Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition, which was introduced in 2017. Endorsed by Royal Salute Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick, this blend, which is 80 proof, retails at $140. Things started heating up with the Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union Of The Crowns. This beauty was launched in 2016. It was released to commemorate the birth of the modern British monarchy in 1603. A bottle costs $380. The Royal Salute 38 Year Old Stone Of Destiny is next. The rarest of the lot, and with a hefty price tag of $874 a bottle. This blend impressed all present. The last in line is the Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, which is the strongest at 86 proof! The name is influenced by events that acknowledge the Tower of London as a royal fortress. A third 21-gun salute is fired during this commemoration, totally 62 shots in total. Extremely rare, with just 1,500 one litre, 24 carats gold-decorated Dartington Crystal decanters being produced in 2011. The price of this ultra-rare whiskey is $4,326!

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New on the Market: £25 Million Notting Hill James Bond Style Mansion

Havona House in Notting Hill, London is the most vast and expansive property to be contracted in the area! With 8,700 feet of internal floor area, this palatial home is the epitome of luxury living in the city centre. With an asking price more than £25 million, the lavish property has every imaginable luxury and convenience. With extensive bright areas ideal for entertaining, Havona House is a dream come true.

James Bond Style Mansion

The mansion is located in a historical area of architectural value and importance. Havona House stands at the entrance to the famous Portobello Road, and the name Havona, which is carved over the entrance archway, comes from Ancient Greek and means ‘Plato’s world of perfection’.

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The internal areas of the house are furnished with the highest quality of bespoke and handmade furniture along with the most exceptional smart house technology and features. There are three upper floors, a ground floor, lower ground, a basement and sub-basement. The bespoke lighting was designed by the renowned glass artist Esther Patterson and cascades down from the upper deck down the staircase. The property includes a three-car garage, accessed via an internal lift. The lower levels house a fully equipped Spa, 21-meter swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna and showers. The pool can be covered to create a massive ballroom or banqueting area, and the swimming pool has an adjustable depth. The bedrooms are on the upper levels which afford beautiful vistas and bright open spaces. The flooring has been finished using the best quality timber, and the place is wired for the state of the art Control 4 home automation and entertainment system.

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With the location gaining importance and becoming a rival to areas such as Kensington, Mayfair and Belgravia, Havona House is situated in a prestigious and exclusive location. The price tag of £25 million plus offers real value for money, with prices in the area continually on the increase. This beautiful creation is set to become a modern day, residential landmark.

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Private Airbus A340: Unimaginable Luxury thematics Reaches for the Sky!

The Airbus A340 is a magnificent flying machine in its own right. Add to that an exclusive and luxurious interior that would suit royalty, and such is the incredibly high standard of interior design by British interior designer Celia Sawyer. With a touch of glamour that Celia is well known for, there has never been anything like this project before.

The owner of this Airbus A340 wanted a ‘floating palace in the clouds’. He requested grand spacious, areas with multiple entertainment options to keep guests entertained while cruising around the world in the sky. The client is a member of a royal family in the Middle East, and Celia clicked with him immediately.

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With a team of artisans working on the beautiful project, the salon and lounge areas boast individual, gold-plated sections. They trace the curves of the aircraft creating a ‘wow’ look to those sections of the interior, which blends well with the unique and made to order, linear furniture that is decorated with hand-stitched Tuscan leather and elegant velvet. Two crystal chandeliers with 24-karat-gold accents adorn the lounge, while the bar area is impressively lit from beneath to create a magnificent visual effect. In the main bathroom, there is a Swarovski-crystal-and-glass washbasin, and the bathroom has midnight blue marble, and a fully integrated mirror faced TV screen.

The experimental project is a glamorous and glossy one, somewhat reminiscent of hotel or restaurant basking in high-quality leather interior furnishings. The interior does not resemble that of a plane, instead offers relaxed and pleasurable surroundings that will make passengers forget they are in the sky in a plane. Celia Sawyer’s career as an interior designer with a flair for the unexpected and brilliant! Her next project is with the Royal Navy, designing the Officers’ Mess on the HMS Queen Elizabeth warship, another prestigious and historical project.

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Zaha Hadid $140 Million Luxury Futuristic Fortress Residence

The only residence ever designed by the late, great Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned architect. Hidden in the Barvikha Forest, close to Moscow in Russia, the house was commissioned by the Russian James Bond; Vladislav Doronin, as described by Hadid. Named the Capital Hill Residence, the ideal project includes a master suite bedroom elevated 36 meters into the sky, towering above the surrounding forest. The cost of this unique and superlative dwelling is a cool USD 140 million! The concept was born over a decade ago, with the design first drawn on a napkin! Doronin requested that he wake up with blue skies and no neighbours, free of distractions.

Zaha Hadid luxury residence

The house has several levels, some of them underground. There are three floors on the forested terrain rising to 22 meters which are artfully sheltered by angled glass facades and extensive, broad roofs. There is an impressive and expansive 65-foot-long swimming pool, a massage parlour, a hammam, a beautiful Japanese garden and even a nightclub!

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There are beautiful geometric shapes and angles overhanging the walls, creating an elegant and aesthetic feel. The lower level contains a grand library, children’s bedrooms, kitchen and lounge areas. All the latest electronic security features and every conceivable luxury is built into the house, which is to be expected with such a hefty price tag! The project is a masterpiece and an absolute testament to Zaha’s genius, and his signature features are carved all over this marvellous creation. It features all the organic intricacy, complexity and a feeling of bright, open space. Since this is Zaha Hadid’s only residence, the exclusivity of the building is even more accentuated. It is one of a kind and a Kind of Magic! Although the house is a fortress, it looks like a palace!

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Legendary Cruise Ship QE2 Becomes Floating Hotel in Dubai with $100 million investment

The legendary cruise ship becomes a luxury floating hotel in Dubai! Opening in 2018, the Dubai based hotel company, PCFC Hotels will be investing up to $100 million to transform the ship into a unique and superb hotel complex. The project will see the last of the great 20th century Atlantic liners, the QE2  which weighs 70,000 tons, turned into luxury accommodation and a museum centre at the prestigious, Mina Rashid on the Dubai waterfront.

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The QE2 II was retired in 2008, after four decades of service and was sold to Dubai World for conversion into a luxury floating hotel. The accommodation will include a selection of restored staterooms and luxury suites. There are thirteen restaurants and bars. Restaurants will consist of the Chart Room, which is a historic lounge and bar, a traditional English pub, all-day restaurants, a cabaret lounge, and a new version of the ship’s old Yacht Club. The museum is housed on the adjacent peer and details the colourful history of the much loved liner, which carried over 2.5 million passengers, sailed on 1,400 sea voyages, and 25 world tours with 6 million nautical miles travelled!

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The QE2 cost US$80 million and was built at the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland. It was launched in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II and was a showcase to British engineering and innovative design at the time. With a soft launch in April, the new QE2 hotel will make its grand launch in October 2018, and it promises to be an epic event! The lovely lady will continue to make history, but this time she will rest her engines, and pamper her guests with a timeless and glorious experience of true British style class and elegance.

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Graff: The Hallucination $55 million

Since inception just a few years ago, Graff has crafted one of the most expensive watches in the world, the striking Hallucination watch. It comes with an incredible price tag of $55 million! Encrusted with multicoloured and rare diamonds, the Hallucination contains 110 carats worth of diamonds, which have been painstakingly inserted, one by one, by master craftsmen to create this colourful and impressive masterpiece. Graff Luxury House has to be taken seriously after the introduction of this unique and beautiful, handmade, diamond encrusted timepiece.

Graff The Hallucination

The Graff Hallucination was first presented at Baselworld, where the public has the chance of seeing it for the first time.  Little did they realise that The Hallucination was the most expensive item ever displayed at the Baselworld exhibition. It is rumoured that Mr Graff spent several years amassing the stones that were eventually used for the watch. Each stone was chosen individually. He described the Hallucination as ‘a sculptural masterpiece and celebration of coloured diamonds. He further commented, “For many years now, I have thought about creating a remarkable watch that illustrates our all-consuming passion for diamonds,” he says. “The Hallucination watch has made my dream a reality.”

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The Graff Luxury house showed the world the unique, ladies’ jewellery watch in the world. The dial and face are entirely encrusted with bright and fancy diamonds. The diamonds are of the very highest quality and come in the following colours, red, pink, violet, yellow, cognac, blue, and green olive. Graff must have realised how incredible the watch would be, thus the name Hallucination, yet is it a beautiful reality! The lucky woman who wears this immaculate timepiece would most certainly be treated like royalty!

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Most Expensive Hotel Room of 2018 Burj Al- Arab UAE $28,000 a night

The Burj Al- Arab Hotel in the United Arab Emirates is the most expensive hotel in the world, for 2018. Nothing at all comes close to it regarding price and pure luxury. Its unique characteristics, ultra luxury and futuristic design, make it a magnet for the rich and wealthy.

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The Burj Al- Arab is the most recognisable landmarks in the UAE.  Designed to resemble the shape of a raised sail, it towers majestically to a height of 321 meters above sea level. The hotel is part of the Jumeirah Beach Resort, and about half an hour’s drive away from Dubai International Airport.

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The Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah has a massive reception on every floor, with a personal host. The views are unsurpassable, and the service is out of this world. Incredibly, there is an underwater restaurant which is accessible by a miniature submarine. Categorised as a 7-Star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah charges $28,000 for a night’s stay.

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The hotel statistics are equally impressive. There are 202 luxurious duplex suites with magnificent vistas, nine world-class bars, a Talise Spa and Fitness centre, five swimming pools, the Sinbad’s Kids Club, as well as a private beach. Furthermore, the hotel offers guests complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for the duration of their stay.

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The Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah is as impressive as its price tag suggests, as guests are treated like royalty! Blending the top-notch service with the hotel’s unique qualities and decor creates an overnight stay like never before! Of course, staying a week will set you back a fortune. With Dubai being a popular stopover and the crossroads of world air traffic, the hotel is never short of guests! Wouldn’t you like to stay there? Once.

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Ferrari Dino 1974 246 GTS Spyder For Sale $449,865

The Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was produced in limited numbers in 1974, in fact, only 313 models were produced. The GTS Spyder is even more rare, as only about 1,200 were produced since the Dino started production, eventually ceasing in the 1970s. The car is a fine example of Italian design and performance. It has consistently placed among the best sports cars of the 1970’s, and the top ten Ferraris of all time. The Ferrari Dino is renowned for its beautiful curves and groundbreaking design.

Ferrari Dino 1974 246 GTS Spyder

The motor is a 2418 cc engine, with a 65-degree, dual-overhead-camshaft design. This features a 9.0:1 compression ratio, and three Weber 2 barrel downdraft carburetors. The Dino’s 2.4 L V6 has since been utilised in other sports cars after initially being used in the Dino. The engine weighs 2,426 lb (1,100 kg), and the body is made of steel. This car was ordered in the extremely rare, Viola Metallizzato, and delivered near the end of production. Every nut, bolt and part of this car has been meticulously restored to its original glory, so the car will run like it is just off the production line! The car is rear wheel drive, the exterior colour is metallic purple, while the interior is jet black. The gearbox has a five-speed manual transmission which is a pleasure to use, as the gear changes are smooth, and give full control to the driver.

Ferrari Dino 1974 246 GTS Spyder

Few sports cars can lay claim to such a noble heritage. The Ferrari Dino is a beautiful example of a classic 1970s sports car, created by one of the most renowned car brands in the world. The asking price is $449,865, and there has been nothing like it in production since the mid seventies. Owning this classic car would be a dream come true, and a slice of Ferrari history. The value can only increase!

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Exceptionally Rare 102-Carat White Diamond is Now for Sale

International auction house Sotheby’s has presented the world’s rarest and most valuable white diamond in London. The flawless gem is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats with the highest cut, color and clarity grades from the Gemological Institute of America.

In addition to the high number of carats, the stone is also flawless in colour, clarity and cut – something that even by the standards of the Gemological Institute Of America (G.I.A.) is considered truly exceptional. The auction house has made the spectacular gem available for private purchase through the Sotheby’s Diamonds salon on New Bond Street. As a final sale price, the auction house expects figures to top $30 million-which is the current auction record for a white diamond, set back in 2013 at a sale by Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

Back then, the 163-carat flawless emerald stone part of a De Grisogono necklace sold for $33.7 million in Geneva. The emerald is now on display at Sotheby’s London showroom, and about 61 carats smaller than the one which now holds the title of the world’s most expensive D-Flawless diamond.

With its outstanding weight, its ideal colour, clarity and cut, it is a masterpiece of nature brought to life by human hand. It far surpasses the gems the famous auction house has sold before, most notably, the ones exhibited at the Magnificent Jewels auction in New York, where the standout piece was a spectacular 34-carat emerald ring by Harry Winston called the Stotesbury Emerald (which sold for close to $1.2 million). The unique object d’art once belonged to American socialite and jewelry enthusiast, Eva Stotesbury.

Originally part of a 425-carat rough sourced from a mine in Botswana by De Beers, the exceptional 102.34 carat white diamond—it is considered the largest and purest example ever unearthed, and the rarest white diamond ever to come to market.

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Wilderness Safari’s Iconic Mombo and Little Mombo Camps

Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta has been on the safari map for over 30 years later. Now, the fourth generation of the Wilderness Safaris camp has been unveiled with exciting addition like Qorokwe Camp (also a Wilderness Safaris property) and Natural Selection’s Sable Alley are to the increasingly popular region.

Wilderness Safari's Iconic Mombo

Opened earlier this year, the nine-suite Mombo and three-suite sister camp Little Mombo offer an exclusive peek into Botswana’s finest. Built and designed by Nick Plewman Architects and Associates and Caline Williams-Wynn from Artichoke, the camps present plush, new tented suites equipped with glistening private plunge pools. Inside, the tents feature an eclectic combination of classic safari details—raw woods, canvas and burlap accents, and worn-in leather furniture—and decidedly luxe elements like brass chandeliers, hand-painted and embroidered bedding, and copper-clad fireplaces. An extra-indulgent touch are the deep freestanding copper baths that overlook the sweeping floodplains.

Wilderness Safari's Iconic Mombo

The Mombo experience offers a number of activities for guests to enjoy. During the day, tours in 4×4 Land Rovers throughout the Moremi Game Reserve present a unique opportunity to spot lions, leopards, giraffes, and seemingly endless herds of buffalo as they wind their way through the lush delta. At camp, guests can sit in on rhino conservation talks or enjoy an open-air massage or swim in the all-new lap pool overlooking the floodplain.

Wilderness Safari's Iconic Mombo

The camps’ tented suites house gleaming copper bars are stocked with all the essentials for a pre-dinner cocktail on the deck. Then, guests can either enjoy dinner with the rest of the group back at the communal living room or alfresco on their private terraces as they listen to the nighttime sounds of the floodplains. Booking enquiries can be sent through a form on the camps’ site and prices per night start at $2,200 per person.