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Nepal’s Most Luxurious Jungle Safari Escape

Wealthy guests can experience the magic of the Himalayas with an exclusive 14 day Nepal Trek through the heart of the Annapurna foothills for the price of $2,598 per person. Virgin scenery and outstanding service are just two of the bespoke features of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the mystical land of the winds.

The unique journey combines 4.5 star accommodations with trekking and camping across the incredible regions of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan with guests staying in beautiful mountain villages, with private transport in between. While receiving top-notch catering, they will be able to enjoy breath-taking mountain regions, charming villages, rushing rivers and lush forests with exotic wildlife. The highlights of the journey include a jungle safari with exotic bird-watching in Chitwan National Park, white water rafting in the Trisuli River as well as a visit to an elephant breeding centre and a night of traditional cultural song and dance in Tharu Village, which is performed by the locals.

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Guests will be accompanied by a host of staff members to ensure everything is up to the luxurious standard they are accustomed to. The package includes a choice of breakfast, three lunches and four dinners including a farewell dinner with a cultural program of traditional dancing and singing in Kathmandu.

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An English-speaking guide and an experienced porter to carry your luggage and help out along the way are also part of the team during the trek. Guests who wish to become one with the surrounding pristine scenery can opt for two morning yoga classes with a professional instructor to help relax their mind, body and soul in traditional Nepalese style.

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An optional concierge service can arrange all transportation from and to the airport at the guest’s convenience as well.

Premium Napa Cabernets

Premium Napa Cabernets

The summer is nearing its end and the renowned sommelier Erik Johnson has decided to mark the end of the season with his favourite picks at this year’s most note-worthy Napa cabernets for the wine cellar of the French Laundry in Napa Valley as part of the restaurant’s extensive renovation (due to be completed this fall). Over 1,000 wines were added to a list that he subsequently dwindled to roughly 1,500 and deepened the focus on the sun-soaked Napa Valley. His most exciting discoveries include:

1. Larkmead Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo

Larkmead Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. OlmoRetailing at $175 per bottle, the Larkmead Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo is named after Dr. Harold P. Olmo and will be out for consumer use in October.  It is an intense wine, courtesy of the gravel soil and the special blend of older vines (15+ years) with a classic, fresh style, elevated aroma profile and medium body with great structure.

2. Tusk Estates 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tusk Estates 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tusk Estates 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is due in September and will be sold for $450 per bottle of “one of the prettiest, silkiest, most amazing Cabernets,”. Fresh and juice, it blends in a charismatic way that is precise and intense while retaining its delicacy.

3. Realm Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Realm Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

The Realm Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is quickly selling out despite its staggering price of $460. Its emblematic “elegant, floral” flavour blends perfectly with its minerality, complexity, excellent fruit definition, and good tannin structure.

4. Mayacamas Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

Mayacamas Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

The first release from the historic vinery since it was purchased by Charles Banks is the delectable Mayacamas Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, estimated at $125, which will debut in the fall of 2017. It is an old-world style wine with crisp acidity and little oak.

Fiji’s Jean-Míchel Cousteau Resort

Fiji’s Jean-Míchel Cousteau Resort

The serene and tranquil resort reminiscent of a Fijian village has recently re-opened following thorough renovations. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort consists of 25 individual bures (Fijian thatched-roof bungalows) located just steps from the beach. It boasts a unique and environmentally friendly style, with a warm ambience with tropical elegance.

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The bures offer panoramic Oceanfront or Garden views and all exhibit contemporary décor, including luxurious King beds with custom made mattresses, single day beds, overhead fans, standing fan, writing desks, bath robes and mini-bars stocked with complimentary non- alcoholic bottled beverages, tropical juices, ‘French press’ coffee maker, specialty coffee and teas, robes, safe, hairdryer, organic “Pure Fiji” toiletries, fresh flowers and complimentary Wi -fi reception.

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The multi award winning eco-friendly, boutique resort is situated alongside Savusavu Bay. Guests enjoy authentic luxury; a journey into unspoiled Fijian culture and the opportunity to engage with the surrounding pristine environment, including famous reefs and exotic marine life. Prices start at $3,300 per night per guest and include SPA packages and an oceanfront Infinity pool and dining area.

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Guests are treated to an authentic Fijian with experience for travellers of all ages that combines culture, wellbeing, nature and local environment, relaxation and exceptional cuisine. The resort has a resident marine biologist and an exceptional variety of complimentary activities that will make any stay as exciting and fun as possible. A top destination for romance, honeymoons and weddings, as well as family holidays, where guests can enjoy scuba diving surfing, mountain biking and many other activities.

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The custom Golf Cart You can Fly

Golf enthusiasts have another reason to look forward to another round of their favourite pastime – all thanks to Oakley and Bubba Watson—a two-time Masters champion and one of the top five golfers in the world. When the two aficionados joined creative forced with the team behind Martin Aircraft Company the end result was a spectacular golf cart hovercraft that can travel over fairways, greens, water and sand traps with equal ease. All for the humble price of $200,000.

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A recent upgrade saw the initial design improved by improving the capacity from hovering a few feet off the ground to flying up to a few thousand feet above it. This is the world’s first flying golf cart jet pack and although it may seem as something right out of a sci-fi movie – the BW-Air is quite real. It makes every golf game a true adventure, allowing its passenger to obtain a bird’s eye view of the golf course. This is a significant advantage, especially when planning a tough shot and it can very well be said that players who get to buy one of these will certainly have the upper hand in any game. There is plenty of carriage space to fit all golf clubs, sand bottles, and other equipment and transport it with ease.

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The BW-Air has a 210 hp engine, which allows it to climb to the spectacular 3,000 feet, and fly at up to 46 mph. It is expected that the jet pack receives FAA approval any moment now, after which golfers will be able to purchase the futuristic golf cart jet pack for a starting price of $200,000. Of course, to operate it – proper flight training and certification will be required.

Hotel du Palais in Biarritz

A hotel fit for a king

If it is fit for the discerning tastes of European royalty then it is good enough for millionaires as well. At least this is the popular opinion when it comes to the exclusive Hotel du Palais in Biarritz, used by none other than Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie de Montijo as a summer palace in 19th century.

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Described as ‘rich in memories, style and history’, the lavish retreat doesn’t come cheat and can cost up to £3,300 a night but it is well worth it. The five star seafront hotel is known for its signature style, which according to their website is ‘neither passe nor pompous but profoundly elegant, that makes the hotel such a jewel in a seaside resort smiled upon by fortune and fashion.

There are two restaurants a- La Villa  and La Rotonde – and their resident chef is Jean-Marie Gautier, who has a Michelin star. He has crafted a menu of contemporary, classic cuisine favouring seasonal ingredients and regional products in a wonderfully eclectic version of high-end dining. The SPA includes a 15-metre outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, Turkish bath and a solarium with gorgeous ocean views for complete peace and relaxation.

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One of the most spectacular features of the estate is the way it channels its grand heritage. The rooms are lavishly decorated with high ceilings and lots of plush furnishings to create a breezy, destination-appropriate vibe. The beautiful location right  on the beaches of Biarritz gives Hôtel du Palais panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, situating with within driving distance from the Spanish towns of San Sebastian and Bilbao.

With a total of 22 suites – A-list guests can enjoy plenty of privacy and have all of their wishes catered to by the 5-star staff. Close proximity to lavish boutiques is amongst the many benefits of the exclusive retreat.

The best Whiskeys

The best Whiskeys to Drink This Summer

There is nothing more enjoyable than a glass of sophisticated, barrel-proof bourbon to offset the palette after a savoury meat at a Michelin-starred restaurant. For a selection of the finest whiskeys to drink this summer, turn your eye to the list below:

1. Bruichladdich Octomore 7.4 Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The world’s most heavily peated whisk is the first release in the tenure of new head distiller Adam Hannett. Priced at $250 per bottle, it’s aged in virgin French oak and laid down as an experiment, which has proved incredibly successful. The final product is a layered whisky with citrus and honey notes complementing cinnamon and clove from the wood and, of course, an ashy barbecue undertaste of the peat.

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2. Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish

Aged for 4 years in char barrels and eight weeks in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, the Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish the takes concepts of “artisanal” and “craft” to another level. With rye, barley and corn grown locally on the property of the distillery, the barley is malted in-house, producing an experimental whiskey bursting with ripe dark fruit with a drier sherry notes and strong undertones of cinnamon and allspice. It sells for $100 a bottle.

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3. Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend

The first of a series of limited-edition whiskeys, the Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend is a lighter bourbon-style whisky aged in new charred American oak. The $60-dollar beverage boasts a wining combo of equal parts sweet/fruity (notably cherry) and spicy/grainy, smooth tones without going bland. It’s an excellent example of Canadian whisky and tradition.

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4. Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The $130 Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in oloroso-sherry casks; and bottled at a mild 80 proof. With a raisin, dark-cherry, and dried-apricot notes as well as cinnamon, toffee, and baking spices, the whiskey makes its presence known with a long, dry finish.

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Luxurious Resort

Mozambique’s Spirit in a New Luxurious Resort

Just a quick helicopter ride away, nestled in the lush landscape of Mozambique, is the idyllic and serene andBeyond Benguerra Island and andBeyond Vamizi with partner lodges that are the epitome of luxury and comfort. Carefully selected guests get to enjoy the very best experience.

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The exclusive resort reopened in June after a multimillion-dollar renovation by the renowned safari company andBeyond and now offers spectacular accommodation in a place of unparalleled views. More than 140 avian species range from kingfishers to flamingos and pristine beaches are just part of the picturesque Nature one can expect to find there. The property consists of 13 thatched cabanas and casinhas with features, such as swinging daybeds, infinity-edge pools, and outdoor rain showers so guests can truly become one with the Nature around.

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The wildlife at Benguerra is definitely the highlight of this experience, but the resort provides the necessary basic luxuries that the ultra-rich are used to.  A dhow turned bar offers guests the unique opportunity to marvel at the dusk as they enjoy a signature cocktail.

Rates start from $1 195 per guest, per night and make sure that give access to either of the two lodges, ten casinos and a number of other amenities. Snorkelling and wildcat watching are amongst the choices of passing time and there are also the options of private safaris and spending a night under the starlit Mozambican sky.

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The property boasts an incredible natural-inspired design and is constructed entirely of natural materials, such as wood and tile with a wonderful rustic appeal. It is fitted with the latest in modern technologies so guests can enjoy a wireless connection and flat-screen TVs. 24/7 service personnel is available to cater to your every whim and organize private tours of the island, diving expeditions and wild animal tracking adventures.

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The Ultimate Olympic Games Itinerary

The Ultimate Olympic Games Itinerary

In the light of the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics, London-based travel company Black Tomato has rolled out a package that will allow guests to bring together sports watching with a bespoke travel experience in the ultimate luxurious package. The incredible trip can be booked from August 5 through 21 and it is priced from $34,000 per person with departure from New York.

The company specializes in tailor-made itineraries for the super-rich, which means guests are guaranteed a unique travel experience in top-notch hotels and visits at Michelin-starred restaurants.  The best of Rio and the summer games will be the highlight of this unique journey, so tickets to specific Olympic events will be included in the package. Of course, guests will be treated to VIP spectator lounges and the choice of events they are offered will be customized based on their personality and interests.

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Black Tomato’s hotel of choice for the stay at Rio includes Black Tomato suggests watching the men’s gymnastics final at the Rio Olympic Arena and retiring that night to luxury hotel Fasano. It is situated on the picturesque Avenida Vieira Souto in the heart of Ipanema beach, combining the glamour and sophistication of Rio’s most upscale address with the Fasano commitment to excellence. A casual Mediterranean restaurant, infinity pool and signature cocktails are just some of the perks of this exclusive accommodation.

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Some of the other activities included in the travel package include an afternoon on Prainha, which is a secluded surfer’s beach and an unforgettable helicopter ride over the coastline. Private museum and neighbourhood tours are also intended to be part of the journey. Also an item is a hike to Sugarloaf Mountain and an evening stroll on the Ipanema, which is the perfect opportunity to experience Rio’s beach culture. Exclusive seats at the Aquatics Center to watch a swimming race provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The World’s Ultimate Resort Villa

The World’s Ultimate Resort Villa

Taking a look at the best villa rental for 2016 it is understandably why the hot property is so in demand. Breath-taking scenery, beautiful open-plan architecture, luxurious furnishings, excellent service and unparalleled privacy – the 15-bedroom estate on Sri Lanka’s central south coast delivers everything one’s heart desires.

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What’s even more – guests get to experience sublimely relaxing ayurvedic spa treatments and yoga sessions as well as traditional cooking classes and tennis lessons. All villas come with personal chefs fluent in Thai, Indian, and Italian cuisines; they boast infinity-edge swimming pools that reveal serene views over isolated white-sand beaches. Personal concierges are available at all times to do anything – from arranging a trip to the Ceylon tea fields to a tour of the 400-year-old Galle Fort.

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The resort estate consists of several luxurious villas: the eight-bedroom Villa Monara, the seven-bedroom Villa Divia, and a central pavilion that features a spa, a yoga studio, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Both villas have a library, a kitchen, a dining room, a media room, and a beachfront pool with a waterslide and exhibit the same minimalistic Asian style with a nod to European fine living that guests value so much.

Full-time staff on the resort consists of a general manager, a private chef, butlers, spa therapists, a children’s activity coordinator, and a personal trainer. The estate can accommodate as many as 30 guests. Smaller groups from eight to 16 will be able to reserve Villa Divia or Villa Monara separately.

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Plenty of amenities are available on the resort as well as on shore and day trips can even include leopard safaris in nearby Yala National Park, whale watching and surfing in the breath-taking Bay of Bengal.

The luxurious Àni Villas Sri Lanka resort can be booked at rates of $3,500 to $13,000 per night and has a three-night minimum stay.

Mumm Champagne No1 Jeroboam

The Limited Edition Mumm Champagne No1 Jeroboam

The ultimate icon of stature and luck at the Formula E series is a three-litre bottle of crisp Cordon Rouge champagne. After it began being handed out to winners of the pioneering series, the exquisite blend became emblematic of international sporting triumph. Cased in a stylish wooden crate, the bottle features a laurel crown, red sash and the number 1 – these are all traditional symbols associated with victory.

Retailing for £373.00 per bottle, it’s made from a blend of 50 different wines. This is the secret behind the champagnes’ bursting citrus taste. It has a fresh golden yellow with jade tints nuance, an elegant stream of bubbles that form a rich, lively foam and refreshing aromas of lemon and grapefruit. Underlying richer nut and caramel notes follow to give the wine structured and powerful finish. The complex fresh fruit bouquet incudes white peach, apricot and acidulous apple notes as well as lingering notes of vanilla, dried fruit and honey that blend in one luxurious taste with a touch of acidity and consistently delightful finish.

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The label of the champagne bears the recognizable red ribbon that is a symbol of the highest of French honours of the Order Royal et Militaire de Saint Louis. Mumm wasfounded in the distant 1827 by an ancient lineage of barons, and is an official Royal Warrant holder. In line with Mumm’s official tagline is Dare Win Celebrate, the limited edition sparkling wine has been awarded to Formula 1 winners around the world for fourteen years prior to Formula E’s conception.

The bubbles of the signature champagne are rich on the palate, but never overwhelming and the perfect balance is combined with a rounded, full vinosity. The light and fresh taste is a good match for lighter foods, hard cheeses, risotto and light fish and shellfish dishes. It also goes really well with fish and chips as the acidity helps cut through the oiliness of the batter.