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Aurora Space Station Orbiting Hotel – 200 Miles High at $9.5 Million for 12 Days

There was never any doubt that it would happen sooner or later. A holiday aboard a Space Station! Aurora Station will be the very first luxury hotel in space. Orion Span Inc. based in Houston, USA plans to launch the modular space station in 2021, with guests arriving the next year. There will be two crew members accompanying each excursion into space, and the platform will be in orbit 200 miles above the Earth. The station accommodates six guests comfortably, the trip will last twelve days, and the space station will race around planet Earth at spectacular speeds, taking in 384 sunsets and sunrises!

The final frontier awaits those brave enough to experience the holiday of a lifetime in an orbiting hotel. The twelve-day trip will cost $9.5 million per person, working out at about US$792,000 per night. The Aurora Station will measure 10.7 by 4.3 metres, which is about the size of the interior of a Gulfstream G550 jet. The station can accommodate four guests and two crew members. For anyone considering the trip, a refundable deposit of $80,000 is required to book a seat on the first trip.

The chief architect at Orion Span along with the operating and chief technical officers are all former Nasa employees, with a wealth of experience in the field. The company also plans to partner with a government space agency, to add a measure of security and safety. Orion Span is able to target a somewhat reasonable price of under $10 million per person is partly due to lower launch prices.

These are exciting times! The ultimate holiday is already on offer since deposits are being accepted. It is no longer in the realms of science fiction but grounded in science, technology and luxury of today. If you have $9.5 million to spare on the holiday of a lifetime, the Aurora Space Station offers precisely that!

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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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The best boutique hotels in Venice

Venice is known for its unique charm, attracting millions of tourists each year. But if you want to experience its authenticity, here are the best boutique hotels to make your stay unforgettable.

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Ca Maria Adele

This hotel, near the Peggy Guggenheim collection, is the epitome of Venetian charm. Textured golden damask wallpaper, dark wood furniture and finishing touches like gilding or glass vases create the atmosphere in every room. Guests receive fluffy robes, slippers and a mini bar with complimentary soft drinks during their stay. Themed rooms, such as the ornate Hall of the Doge, are available as well and come with its own golden cherubs and framed oil paintings.

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Al Ponte Antico

A second century palace is the setting for the Al Ponte Antico. This historical building on the Grand Canal has been restored to its former glory and is now a hotel, which is classically Venetian with gilding, Damask wallpapers, tapestries, drapes and ornate lighting. Some of the rooms overlook the gondola-topped waters of the canal.

Hotel Moresco

Hotel Moresco

All the rooms at Hotel Moresco are named after Venetian tradespeople. There’s The Weaver, The Blacksmith, The Chestnut Vendor and the Gondolier to choose from, as well as 19 others. While some rooms come with views of the Grand Canal, each space here is different. Most rooms boast extras like Jacuzzis, chromotherapy showers and Nespresso makers. The hotel is known for its spacious garden, where guests can eat breakfast in the summer or spend a few hours sipping drinks from the terrace bar.

Corte di Gabriella

Corte di Gabriella

Corte di Gabriella sits closely to St Mark’s Square. It’s located inside a 19th century palace but it has been modernized. Venetian-style wallpapers and gold frames create. In-room tablets, flatscreen TVs and mini bars are present in all rooms. The breakfast served at the hotel is one of the best qualities of this hotel with everything from mini pizzas and savoury strudels to meatballs and amaretti cake as part of the spread. The cherry on top of the hotel is its courtyard where guests are served a free aperitif between in the summer evenings.

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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.

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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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A Private Jet-Journey Through India

Silversea brings a new 8-day itinerary titled the Path of the Powerful Titans. Guests will be treated to once-in-a-lifetime tour of India’s most breath-taking sites in a private plane at a hefty cost, of course. This trip is exclusively available to guests traveling aboard the Silver Muse’s cruise from Athens to Muscat, Oman. After navigating through the Mediterranean, crossing through the Suez Canal, and passing through the Red Sea over a total of 15 days aboard the luxurious cruise liner, guests will make the journey to Delhi to start their exclusive tour of India by land and sky.

Once they land, they will spend a day touring the historic mosques, palaces, and forts of the country’s capital with expert lecturers by their side. Naturally, these tours will be far away from the crowds and offer an unmatched experience and comfort. Guests will be given exclusive access into Ranthambore National Park and spend days spotting tigers and trekking through the former royal hunting ground in specially-designed 4x4s. The Sher Bagh Tented Camp (a Relais & Chateaux property) will offer a spot for relaxation and a sunset cocktail.

After a few days out in the vast countryside, guests will head to Jodhpur and experience a taste of the opulent maharajah lifestyle. Upon arrival, guests will be transferred via vintage car to the exuberant Umaid Bhawan Palace—a sweeping royal private residence, which is now a five-star hotel. They will spend a day exploring the Old City with an expert historian as well be treated to a rare private tour and dinner at the sprawling Mehrangarh Fort. The trip will wrap up with a trip back out to the bush as guests fly to the desert city of Jaisalmer.

The Silversea Couture Collection Path of Powerful Titans itinerary starts on October 23, 2018, and is available for booking now.

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Ritz-Carlton’s new Bacara Resort & Spa

Santa Barbra just became the home of the ultimate relaxation destination – the new Ritz-Carlton’s retreat. 42,000-square-foot spa, six restaurants, and three pools create a true haven for the wealthy, where they can relax in complete privacy away from prying eyes.

The new resort sits on a 78-acre estate nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the dramatic Santa Ynez mountains. Making the most of Santa Barbara’s stunning landscape, the property is famous for once housing the Bacara Resort, a favorite Hollywood hideaway. Now, a multimillion-dollar transformation has turned it into the plush Ritz-Carlton Bacara, welcoming its first set of guests earlier this month.

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Nestled in lush courtyards and overlooking a private stretch of beach, each of the property’s 358 rooms and suites have been completely refreshed. The resort is a quintessential mix of Californian ambiance and Spanish-style architecture (low-slung, white-washed buildings, red-tile roofs) with Mediterranean influences (wrought-iron balconies, terra-cotta tile floors). Cool coastal colours give each of the rooms a vibe of modern eccentricity and classic luxury, serving as the perfect landing pad for a weekend getaway.

Boutiques of worldwide renowned brands like Hermés, Prada and Chanel are in close proximity as is the historic State Street downtown, so guests will be able to enjoy full rein of the resort’s extensive list of amenities. The resort has three heated saltwater pools, a lounge in a kitted-out cabana, and two private beaches. A 42,000-square-foot spa is the perfect place to get treated to a well-deserved massage or facial before soaking up the last of the ocean sunset from a fireside lounge on the rooftop terrace.

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Not one but six restaurants offer a delectable array of options, which range from the casual, locally focused Bistro to the indulgent Angel Oak for perfectly prepared Kobe beef. A private tasting in the Foley Tasting Room, which houses Angel Oak’s 12,000-bottle collection can be the perfect way to end the evening.

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The Australian Outback’s Most Luxurious Resort

Longitude 131º has redefined what luxury travel means since it opened doors in 2003. Now, the safari-style camp on the border of the pristine Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is making headlines once again with the unveiling of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Revealed in August, the revamped camp is taking the Outback adventure experience one step further with a new premium suite, spa, and swimming pool as well as upgraded public areas throughout. The two-bedroom Dune Pavillion is now Longitude’s most luxurious accommodation. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, vibrant indigenous artwork, and original décor inspired by the iconic homesteads common of the region.

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There is an extended deck outside with a small, black mosaic-tiled plunge pool. Guests can take a dip while enjoying sweeping views of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Uluru, the 600-million-year-old red-hued monolith, and Kata Tjuta, the 36-domed rock formation in the distance.

Guests can take a dip or clink glasses at the new elevated Dune Top, where a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes has been added along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge also has a fresh look, with a chic bar and restaurant boasting floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

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The new elevated Dune Top features a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge has also undergone some renovations and now has a chic bar and restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

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The new Spa Kinara offers indulgent treatments that rest on the ancient practices of the region’s native healers, using indigenous ingredients like Kakadu plum, quandong, Australian yellow clay, and desert salts in facials and body wraps. Therapies take place in wiltja treatment rooms, which are structures designed to mimic the traditional shelters of the region’s ancestors for a truly immersive experience.

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Old Napa Vintages Worth the Trip

Two of Napa Valley’s favourite boutique wineries—Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel—are now allowing visitors to book relaxed, private tastings that introduce them to samplings of exclusive cellared bottles going back a decade.

Far Niente has created a much more personal experience with this service, where guests can relax in the expansive gardens and enjoy the Private Cave Collection Tasting ($100 per person) with four aged selections of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as current releases. The winery offers a Private Estate Tasting ($75 per person) with four different wines from the Far Niente group.

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At Nickel & Nickel, tasters can gather on the wraparound porch, in the wine cellar of the historic John C. Sullenger House, or in the restored 19th-century Gleason Barn. The vineyard’s Private Terroir Tasting ($125 per person) presents a north-to-south sampling of eight single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, which includes limited-production bottlings only available at the winery.

Wine tasting at Nickel & Nickel have long been favoured by connoisseurs of fine wine as they introduce the senses to a palette of acquired tastes and textures.

The Private Single Vineyard Classic Tasting ($75) comprises four single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernets and demonstrates how dramatically wine can be affected by minute variations in location.

All of the private tastings last an hour and the wineries will waive one tasting fee for a six-bottle purchase or wine club signup. This is a unique opportunity to marvel the Far Niente 125-year-old stone estate building, sitting under cork oak trees planted by the original owner in the late 1800s.

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Botswana’s Chic New Safari Lodge

Natural Selection is offering a fresh take on luxury adventure with the debut of its first lodge, Sable Alley. Situated in northern Botswana’s Khwai Private Reserve, the private lodge opened in May and is as stunning as it is sustainable. The compound consists of 12 elevated tents overlooking a hippo-filled lagoon in one of the region’s most pristine wildlife hot spots.

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Sophisticated in design and ambience, Sable Alley is an earthly oasis in the midst of nearly a half-million-acre reserve composed of floodplains, rivers, lagoons, and savannas. Each of the spacious tents boasts its own private terrace; a private swimming pool and lounge offer further relaxation with a view. For guests with an adventurous streak, there is a treetop sky bed high above a watering hole to experience falling asleep to the sounds of elephants, buffalo, and big cats below.

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Sable Alley’s biggest advantage is its game-drive experience. The lodge offers a unique opportunity to explore the region’s diverse landscapes—and its stunning wildlife, including leopards, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, and the resident sable antelope. Birding is also on the menu of activities to do, especially while on foot, drifting along in a mokoro or on a sunset boat cruise.

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Guests will have the opportunity for even more intimate wildlife interactions as soon as the lodge’s series of hides are completed. They will form a line of shrouded cottages located near watering holes that offer ultra-close-up viewings. Exciting night rives are also offered to guests for a chance to encounter nocturnal creatures such as leopards, spikey porcupines and fearless honey badgers.

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All tents have been designed and decorated with comfort and style in mind. Elevated onto raised decks, the luxurious tents offer an uninterrupted view of the lagoon. Each comes with en suite bathrooms, private verandas and private, indoor & outdoor showers.

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The ultimate $1 Million Private Island Package

The ultimate lavish Caribbean getaway package costs a staggering $1 million. Guests get to stay at Calala Island a private island resort just off the coast of Nicaragua. Up to 10 guests can be accommodated in four luxurious villas on the island at a time to ensure their privacy and comfort.

The trip starts with a journey to Nicaragua via private jet from any US city. Two helicopters will then take guests from the landing site to the private island as there is a no-fly zone around the island to ensure maximum privacy.

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A host of activities and experiences are available for guests, from scuba diving to a curated treasure hunt (which comes with an actual treasure in the form of a hidden treasure chest containing gold bars and coins worth around $150,000) to caviar tasting and a cooking masterclass by a Michelin-star chef.

Guests can go on a fishing trip and have the fish they catch – cooked by the island’s Itamae Sushi chef.

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Guests can also design their very own cigar, which will be produced and presented shortly after the trip. Nicaragua’s world-class cigar maker, Joya de Nicaragua, has collaborated with the resort to send an expert team to Calala Island to help guests find their perfect cigar blend. Guests get treated to 20 boxes of the custom blends shortly after their stay.

Other highlights of the lavish trip include unlimited fine wines and Dom Pérignon champagne, a 12-course gala dinner for all 10 guests, a Hollywood videographer and professional photographer to capture all special moments. There is even a donation of $100,000 towards the building of a Nicaraguan school, built to the guests’ specifications and named after them.