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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

Cartier’s love bracelets are always a safe choice for a Valentine’s Day present, but this year we bring you a selection of jewelry that truly speaks the language of love. Of course, like all finer things in life – these dazzling pieces don’t come cheap, but they are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the woman you love.

Taffin presents a surprisingly versatile collection of black ceramic bangles with gold inscription, which spells out ‘Te Amo’. It’s also available in “Je t’aime” and can even be customized for that extra-special touch (price available upon request).

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Alison Lou celebrates the emoji culture with a cheeky sense of humour and a $2,550 cocktail ring. The cute piece is emblazoned with cherry-red enamel lips—a luxurious take on everyone’s favorite emoji.

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The minimalistic and symbolic lock from Marla Aaron is the kind every woman would love to receive for Valentine’s Day. Finished in yellow gold with a heart-shaped pendant and ruby baguette-studded clasp, it retails for $1,472.

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For those who enjoy their jewelry as simple and austere – Eva Fehren’s white-gold and diamond XX studs—an understated “kiss, kiss”—strike the perfect balance between sentimental and sleek. They can make your loved one happy for $2,575.

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Jemma Wynne has her own representation of the holiday of love with a two-stoned ring – a style traditionally known as a “toi et moi”—a representation of coupledom rendered in precious materials. Finished with an emerald-cut diamond and a ruby, it is available at materialgoodny.com.

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London-based jeweler Stephen Webster collaborated with artist Tracey Emin to produce a collection of romantically inclined designs. One of the pieces is a statement pendant with a spinning disc engraved with Emin’s handwriting that, when spun, spells out “I promise to love you”, available for $2,200.

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Zaha Hadid’s ME Dubai Hotel Opens in 2018

The Opus – Zaha Hadid’s first project in Dubai – is due to open in 2018. The architectural marvel will be the only hotel in the world the late architect designed inside and out. Siting in the heart of the upcoming Burj Khalifa district, it will comprise two separate towers that coalesce into a 300-foot-high cube with a free-flowing curved central void. 

The hotel will be part of the Spanish-based Melia Hotels International and have 93 lavish rooms and suites, including the ultra-luxe Suite ME. There will be 98 serviced apartments on the upper floors, and four penthouses with private roof terraces.

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The hotel’s extravagant lobby lounge and art gallery, vertical café, and reception area will all showcase furniture that is either custom-designed or hand-selected by Hadid. Pushing the boundaries of imagination, the dramatic public spaces will also include a sprawling 260,000-square-foot entertainment zone and nightclub, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of Dubai’s vibrant skyline.

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The Opus will offer outstanding dining experiences to its guests with a collection of 15 restaurants, including an outpost of London’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant, Roka. Among the host of new uxury experiences and first-rate service is the ME, where a dedicated “aura manager” will enhance each guest’s visit by sharing the best the city has to offer. ME Dubai’s facilities and Aura service will also be available to the owners of the Opus’s residences.

Of course, the biggest advantage to Opus and the ME Dubai will be the legacy of its creator. One of Hadid’s first projects to be realized posthumously, the structure will serve as a testament to the achievements of one of modern architecture’s greatest minds.

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Bowmore’s 1966 Single Malt

Wealthy connoisseurs still have a chance to snatch a bottle of the 74 remaining ones from Bowmore’s last cask of 1966 whisky available for sale. Recognized as the oldest surviving distillery on the rocky, remote Scottish island of Islay, Bowmore goes as further as 1779. As with almost all Scotch whiskies, it used to be distilled exclusively for use in blends. It became commercially available to the general public only in 1966, which coincidentally was the same year a young man named Eddie MacAffer began working at the distillery. In 2016, as MacAffer — who’d gone on to become the Bowmore distillery manager — celebrated his 50th anniversary there – commemorating the occasion with the bottling of the very last cask of 1966 Bowmore still aging in their famed No. 1 Vault.

Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old (priced at $30,000) is now being released as part of the ongoing 50 Years Old Vault Legends Collection. It isn’t as famous as the legendary 1964 Black Bowmore, the last cask of which was bottled and released earlier this year. However, with only 74 bottles available worldwide, it’s even rarer, and just as rich in taste. Aged entirely in ex-bourbon American oak hogsheads and bottled at a cask strength of 83 proof, it has prominent notes of pineapple, followed by gentle smokiness and a very smooth, dry finish. The ideal aging conditions found in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vault have kept it from becoming overly tannic, despite the 50 years spent in oak.

The elegant packaging complements the whisky perfectly. Handmade crystal bottles adorned with silver flourishes and housed in a cabinet made of Scottish oak contain the precious liquor. The design of the oak cabinet accentuates its natural idiosyncrasies so no two will be exactly alike. At the center of each cabinet are five hand-laid silver rings, which replicate the tree rings that symbolize the whisky’s five decades in oak.

Bowmore has announced two more 1960s-vintage whiskies, although release dates are not yet confirmed. That will certainly give wealthy buyers something to look forward to after all 74 bottles of the exclusive batch sell out.

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Sotheby’s Unveiled Jaguar D-Type

RM Sotheby’s third Manhattan ICONS “A Life of Luxury” exhibit became available to the public on Nov 30 at Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters ahead of the auction held on Dec 6. A large showcase of thirty-two cars and a selection of high-value collectibles will go on public sale. The inaugural Life of Luxury Week ICONS sale is part of Sotheby’s, offering that offers clients and enthusiasts an unparalleled experience as well as the very best in jewellery, watches, wine, fashion and limited edition cars.

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Next year, RM Sotheby’s legendary sterling Moss’ Le Mans 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works (OKV 2) will make an appearance for the company’s 2018 Arizona sale. The specially-curated exhibits ICONS consist of 31 iconic automobiles from around the world’s most admired marques, from the Classic Era through today’s newest hypercars. Among the selected automotive collectibles and art, these vintage cars made up a huge part of the auction:

- an alloy-bodied 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione which claimed 5th overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans (Est. $14/17 million);

- the very first Jaguar C-Type imported to the United States and raced to victory by Phil Hill (Est. $5.5/7 million);

- the 1952 Chrysler d’Elegance “idea car” with Italian coachwork by Ghia, an influential landmark in transatlantic design (Est. $900k/1.1 million);

- an unmistakable 1960 Volkswagen Deluxe ‘23-Window’ Microbus, an iconic favorite of young and old (Est. $150/225,000, without reserve);

- a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, both the final prototype and first production Daytona (Est. $1.4/1.7 million);

- a wild 1990 Lamborghini LM002, one of 60 U.S.-delivery examples of the high performance SUV known as the “Rambo Lambo” (Est. $400/500,000);

- a 2000 BMW Z8 originally owned by the late visionary Apple founder, Steve Jobs (Est. $300/$400,000, without reserve);

- a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a 53-mile example of the most advanced street Ferrari ever built (Est. $3.25/3.75 million); and,

- a 2018 Bugatti Chiron (estimate $3.5/4 million), the very first example ordered for the U.S. market (Est. $3.5/4 million).

The D-Type went on public viewing alongside 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano as part of the A Century of Sports Cars Collection (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,750,000).

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The Jaguar D-Type raced by the factory team at Le Mans, chassis no. XKD 403 (registration mark OKV 2), will be the first of the featured cars to lead both RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix and the entire Arizona car week.

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Audemars Piguet Previews Three New Women’s Millenary Watches

The women’s version of one of the most iconic men’s collections of all time, the Audemars Piguet Millenary certainly has a lot to offer. All dressed up in diamonds, enamel, marquetry, engraving, and other materials, the Royal Oak is the first luxury sports watch for the fairer sex. The Millenary, by way of differentiation, is the opposite of sporty. It has become emblematic for watchmaking’s decorative arts, while at the same time exuding a technical flair with its partially openwork dial.

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) next month, Audemars Piguet has announced the launch of three new models in the Millenary lineup. Two all-gold versions set with diamonds and a version with a “frosted gold” finish will come out just in time for the holiday season. The 18-karat white- or pink-gold versions have the same allure of fine jewelry, with diamonds set into the lugs and bezel with a handcrafted bracelet that can be used on its own. 

A variation on the Milanese mesh style sees the bracelet braded from gold threads in a right-over-left pattern rather than in the same direction, just like a traditional Milanese bracelet is made. The result is a flexible piece of jewelry that comfortably hugs the wrist. The adjustable links can be removed or added in 5-mm sections for an even closer fit. The cases on the new models are scaled down to 39.5 mm, which makes them even more wearable.

The third new Millenary is characterized by a technique from the jeweler’s bench: a signature hammered finish that Audemars Piguet calls frosted gold. It is achieved by using a gold-hammering technique known as the Florentine method that results in tiny indentations giving the surface a shimmering sparkle, like frost on a windowpane. 

Pricing for all three models will be made available in mid-January of next year.

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Iconic Jewelry Designs for Every Collector

Exceptional jewelry designs never go out of style, and some get more valuable with age. This is particularly true with those iconic creations that started new trends in the high-end jewelry industry or were owned by nobility and royalty and passed down as family heirlooms from one generation to the next. Some jewelry pieces are not only stylish, and timeless, but also investment-worthy.

The Verdura’s Maltese Cross Cuff came to light in the 1930s, when Duke Fulco di Verdura pioneered a new concept in precious jewelry with his bold and colorful, Byzantine-inspired Maltese cross brooches. The aristocratic designer gave them to the famous fashion editor Diana Vreeland. However, his true success came when he took a pair of slightly mismatched Maltese cross brooches with multicolored gems and placed them on two large, white enamel cuffs. He then gave these cuffs to his friend and muse Coco Chanel, who incorporated them into her signature style. 

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The Maltese Cross Cuffs remain Verdura’s most significant creation and part of Coco Chanel’s signature style. They come in many design variations and are frequently worn by celebrities and today’s style icons, including Sofia Coppola, Naomi Watts, and Sarah Jessica Parker. There are subtler everyday styles as well as glamorous diamond-encrusted models—that are recreated in limited numbers today.

The Maltese cross has come to represent differing degrees of boldness, and for the brand’s 75th anniversary 2 years ago, they went back to the original Byzantine inspiration—the 6th-century mosaic of Empress Theodora—for the motif. Available in several combinations of gold and precious materials – the Chrome tourmaline, amethyst, diamond and gold version sells for $49,500 while the darker Black jade, black and white diamonds, pearl and gold will set you back $56,500. The Maltese Cross Midas Bracelet retails for $52,000 and the Iconic Maltese Cross motif in amethyst, peridot, pearl, diamond and 18k hammered yellow gold, hinged costs $58,500.