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.

Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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.

Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish

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.

Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend

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.

Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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.

Mozambique's Spirit in a New Luxurious Resort

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.

Mozambique's Spirit in a New Luxurious Resort

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.

Mumm Champagne No1 Jeroboam

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.

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Following its highly-celebrated collaboration with Italian architect Peter Marino in redesigning its Roman flagship on Via dei Condotti, Bulgari sets out again to seek out his brilliant vision and inspirational skills to revamp its New Bond Street flagship, which opened its doors on April 14th. The new jewelry haven is a blend of bold contemporary forms and architectural nods to the Maison’s rich heritage.

Customers can shop in a unique ambiance curated artworks and fine materials, including bronze latticework staircase modelled after the floor of the Pantheon. Precious materials are incorporated throughout –including fine marbles, marmorino and luxurious silks and velvets. Two floors over 500 square meters include a Salottino Taylor VIP lounge, intimate spaces and private rooms.

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Unique jewelry creations include the 18.55ct Diva white gold necklace set with 29 sapphires, and gold necklaces set with tourmalines, spessartines , peridots ,tanzanites, citrines , beryls, and amethysts.

The signature Serpenti motif is generously represented throughout the boutique with the Serpenti Incantati (price on request). The beautiful timepiece coils around the case for the first time and comes in two versions: 30mm in white or rose gold with a satin or jewelled strap, or a 41mm mechanical version available either in rose gold (available in limited edition to 50 pieces) with 209 diamonds and two rubellites, or in white gold with 228 diamonds and a sapphire that is manufactured in 30 pieces.

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Men will also find plenty of pieces to complement their wardrobe in the form of Bulgari’s super-masculine and sporty Diagono Magnesium watch, priced from £4,000 that is available in four colours. The classic model has been reinvented as a modern self-winding chronograph with improved performance. Another striking example of design and contemporary aesthetic is the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater that will be manufactured in just 50 pieces and whose price is available on request.

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Chef Jason Atherton

The exclusive world of Chef Jason Atherton

The dining empire of renowned Chef Jason Atherton just became a little big bigger with the addition of his latest London restaurant – Sosharu.

Sosharu is a new and exciting project for the Michelin-starred Chef who has worked with Gordon Ramsey and trained with Ferran Adriá as it marks his first attempt at Japanese cuisine. The restaurant has been carefully put together with Alex Craciun fulfilling the role of executive chef. He has spent years working in Japan, allowing him to bring his knowledge of traditional Japanese ingredients, cooking techniques and flavors to the London culinary scene.

Chef Jason Atherton

The restaurant comprises of two levels with the 7 Tales cocktail bar located downstairs. It exhibits some impressive Japanese pop iconography that definitely sets the mood for the upscale dinner later.

Each served fish is individually dressed and seasoned, with a large selection that includes sesame-topped salmon and the o-toro fatty tuna and hamachi yellowtail. Naturally, the pleasure of dining on these delicacies doesn’t come cheap: a single selection comes to about £22 ($31.60) for six pieces and £35 for ten.

Chef Jason Atherton

The outstanding dishes vary in presentation and ingredients, although as a whole they are light, rich and succulent. There are plenty of starters and the desserts are attractive and traditional like the incredibly fresh kakigori. All in all, it doesn’t come as a surprise that after its opening Sosharu is quickly becoming a favourite of London’s A-list clientele, including celebrities and the offspring of millionaires.

Similar to everything else – the service is impeccable, which adds to the allure of the clean, low-key interior that sets the mood for a casual dinner or business lunch.

Chef Jason Atherton

Overall, the combination of traditional Japanese cuisine with British seasonal ingredients has proven to be a successful one and attracting a lot of interest from the high-life of London – pouring to grab a bite at Shosharu.

World's largest diamond ring

World’s largest crossover diamond ring costs £1.6 million

In the lavish world of billionaires 41.78 carats carry the price tag of £1.6 million as demonstrated by British jeweller, Hancocks. The world’s largest diamond crossover ring is now a luxurious reality and is so valuable that the brand has given the piece a specially-designated security guard.

The one-of-a-kind ring is made of two luminous 20-carat cushion-cut diamonds positioned on a band that goes around the finger with its ends passing each other on top. The most striking feature of the piece is the unique sameness of the two stones, which is due to the fact that they were cut from a single piece of rough diamond. This guarantees that the creation boasts a level of symmetry that would be nearly impossible to replicate and the finest match of gemstones of such generous size on the market, making it the ultimate statement piece.

World's largest diamond ring

Expected to go on sale in April, it is part of the Unum range and designed by Amy Burton. The rarity of the ring makes it the only one of its kind in the world and is already attracting interest from potential buyers, looking to make their significant others feel extra special.

As one of London’s oldest family jewellers, Hancocks is well-known for the fine craftsmanship and sublime designs of its pieces, making it the preferred choice of celebrities and English nobility. Diamonds permeate its collections, which exhibit unparalleled elegance and charm, but this ring is truly a remarkable piece of jewellery – one that will surely come to be regarded as the new standard of regal luxury in the new millennia.

World's largest diamond ring

The 41.78-carat wonder is flawless in every aspect and instantly draws attention to its many sublime qualities upon careful observation. Apart from the bespoke characteristics of the diamonds – the striking symmetry and attention to detail employed in putting together the flawless composition, are also evident and well worth the hefty price tag.

Baselworld 2016

Jewelry highlights of Baselworld 2016

The 2016 edition of the prestigious Baselworld exhibition proved that confidence in the jewellery industry remains high. 1,500 of the world’s most prestigious and renowned brands revealed superb creations of astonishing precision, harmony and elegance that will dictate the trends on the market this year. Visitors at this year’s Baselworld got to experience a luxurious ambiance of precious gems and outstanding craftsmanship that uses centuries-old goldsmith and artisan traditions in the making of exquisite pieces-of-art, such as Magic Circus, which comprises 18 carat yellow gold chain colliers and bracelets embellished with minute diamond stars and vivid gemstones, Blooming – a line of 18 carat gold rings crafted with delicate dormant flower buds in red coral and diamond pave and many more.

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Famous jeweller Peter Lam showcased his latest Dreamcatcher collection, inspired by Native American folklore and symmetry. Refines bracelets and rings – all crafted in 14 carat white gold and adorned with sparkling diamonds and sapphires for the ultimate finesse and femininity. Prices of the beautiful pieces range from $1,469.99 to $3,289.99.

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Italian fine jewellery brand Picchiotti stole the spotlight with its selection of eye-catching diamond and gemstone pieces. One of the brand’s most eye-catching creations was a 5.36 carat certified Columbian vivid green emerald ring with 4.16 carats of diamonds, priced at £26,500.

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On the male jewellery front, an honourable mention goes to Shamballa Jewels who presented an elegant men’s cuff, as well as new interpretations of the classic Shamballa bracelet with rare marbles and granite interspersed with precious gems. Starting prices for their bracelets are approximately $4,630.

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Yoko London presented a whole new collection of pieces designed for the modern, cosmopolitan woman. A wide range of easily-wearable pearl earrings, rings and bracelets are the epitome of feminine grace and understated elegance, retailing for £600 to £2,000. This is the brand’s first line that responds directly to consumer’s feedback about jewellery that is more accessible and fluid.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

А monumental piece has been created by Four distinguished French luxury houses and is made available under the name of L’Odyssée d’Un Roi. This is a worthy tribute to the cognac’s historic journeys through the ages, as the collaboration features Louis XIII, renowned fashion house Hermès, cristallerie Saint-Louis and silversmiths Puiforcat. To create an object of unparalleled quality and originality to honour the luxury travel heritage of Louis XIII, each house has relied on its own centuries-old savoir-faire.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

The end result is several objects of art that will be presented as part of traveling exhibition in the course of one year that will visit the capitals of several countries. The composition is made of elements that each of the four maisons has created – a leather trunk hand-stitched by Hermès (sfour glasses and a crystal decanter mouth-blown and decorated with 19th-century maps by Saint-Louis artisans and a white-gold pipette by Puiforcat to complement the rare blend of Louis XIII. The liquor is the effort of more than 50 artisans who have spent over 1,000 hours on every piece of L’Odyssée d’Un Roi to achieve a truly phenomenal taste and texture. The exceptional blend is the result of the collaboration of Baptiste Loiseau and Remy Martin Cellar Master since 2014, alongside Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet and is an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from Grande champagne.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

Sotheby’s is expected to be auctioning all three Louis XIII Unveils L’Odyssée d’Un Roi with all proceeds benefiting The Film Foundation. It is a non- profit organization founded by famous Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and other leading filmmakers with the intent to preserve and restore classic films. Reserve price to take part in the auction is announced to start at €350,000. The elegant collaboration between the famous houses has produced a collection of fine leather, delicate crystal and rich blend of Louis XIII.