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Fiji’s New $100,000-Per-Night Private-Island Resort

Since it opened its doors in April – Kokomo is every traveller’s dream realized. Fiji’s newest resort is the epitome of paradise with the Great Astrolabe Reef surrounding the island, located in one of Fiji’s least developed areas. Naturally, the price for staying in this Garden of Eden doesn’t come cheap at $100,000 per night, but it is well worth it.

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Exotic wildlife and mouth-watering local dishes complete the low-key luxury and relaxing SPA treatments. Guests will be treated to a number of exclusive services at the five-star dive resort, outfitted for water play of all sorts, from stand-up paddleboarding and outer-reef surfing to deep-sea fishing and laser sailing.

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To further enhance the feeling of privacy and exclusivity, the island is only accessible via private Twin Otter seaplane or helicopter. A total of 140 acres house five hilltop residences ranging in size from three to six bedrooms, a beachfront residence with six bedrooms, and 21 beachfront villas, with one to three bedrooms. Designed by Sydney-based Philip Garner – they boast bright and neutral interiors that blend with the surrounding ocean and rainforest views. Abstract artworks in each room are the result of a nine-month commission by Christopher Kenyon. Meals can be served individually in-villa, or guests can dine at three restaurants.

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There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring therapies that draw from Fiji’s natural elements. Kokomo caters to the traveller looking for absolute privacy without foregoing the luxuries of modern life in utter serenity.

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The Ultimate travel spots for 2017

As the summer is drawing near, the ultra-wealthy are already lining up their private jets and yachts to jet or sail off to the world’s most exclusive destinations. Travel sites like Booking.com and Kayak have already released their top picks for having a blast in 2017, so let’s look at the best places to kick back and relax – if you can afford it.

Cuba and Abu Dhabi continue to top the list with a plethora of exclusive hotels and private villas that offer unimaginable luxury. Tourists can choose between Havana’s New Kempinski – Cuba’s First True Five-Star Hotel at $500 a night or the Atlantic Penthouse North ($1,000 per night), a four-bedroom apartment with a rooftop pool overlooking the Malecón.

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Tanzania is also a desired location to vacation at as it offers pristine landscapes, amazing wildlife and bespoke luxury. Known for its signature campsites that blend the freedom of open spaces with top-of-the-class service, Lamai Serengeti has 12 tents, split between two separate camps, each with its own veranda (but it will set you back $740 per person per night sharing accommodation; $600 per person in low season, November to December).

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Those, who enjoy opulent luxury, are advised to head to Abu Dhabi and enjoy the stellar service at he newly-opened St. Regis. The the 283-room hotel features two outdoor swimming pools, a Remède Spa, and a restaurant ran by the British chef Gary Rhodes. The London-based firm HBA designed the contemporary-arabesque guest rooms and public spaces, including a palace-like lobby with towering marble columns and the walnut-paneled St. Regis bar, where large paintings depicting Arabian sporting scenes are on display. Rooms start at $300 a night per person.

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Christie’s Beverly Hills $500 Million Flagship Exhibition

Christie’s Beverly Hills flagship has opened doors to its cult rich following and its first exhibition is more than eye-catching. The two-story, 5,400-square-foot building on North Camden Drive is a story” about art since the 1960s, with touchpoints to Los Angeles”. Well-known names as Lichtenstein and Warhol, extraordinary for their time left a huge impact on Los Angeles collectors.

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The exhibition will be open to the public until April 28 and showcases museum-quality masterpieces from Monet, Picasso, Bacon, Basquiat, Lichtenstein, Tamayo, Sherman, and Twombly. There will also be a plethora of jewels and watches. Andy Warhol’s Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) (price upon request) was painted in 1962, marking the beginning of the artist’s first solo pop art show in a Los Angeles gallery. Another worthwhile mention is Roy Lichtenstein’s Red and White Brushstroke (estimate $25 to $35 million). Local artist Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (S III Released to France Face 43.14), is expected to sell for between $13 to $16 million, is also featured prominently.

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Cy Twombly’s 1962 painting Leda and the Swan stands out with its bold, explosive colors.  The highly anticipated piece is expected to fetch between $35 and $55 million. Additional highlights in the exhibition include Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (price available upon request), Pablo Picasso’s Femme assise dans un fauteuil ($20 to $30 million), and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s La Hara (estimate $22 to $28 million).

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The Beverly Hills flagship will host art forums, guided tours, panel discussions, shows, and movie screenings. Connoisseurs can educate themselves on the trends in the art world.

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A new wave of luxury in Bora Bora

French Polynesia has a new gem on the turquoise waters of the ocean –Conrad’s Bora Bora Nui. Opened April 3, the resort is Bora Bora’s first five-star luxury opening in a decade and certainly one that will draw a flock of wealthy travellers looking for exceptional service and privacy.

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The sprawling property—Conrad’s only one in French Polynesia—is just a short boat ride from the mainland in a private cove on Motu To’opua. It consists of 114 rooms, three restaurants, a private islet and a long stretch of a pristine white-sand beach. Two of the rooms are the first multi-story overwater bungalows ever built in the archipelago. A total of 28 garden villas and 86 overwater bungalows complete the compound.

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Their décor is light and airy, elegantly blending modern luxury with Bora Bora’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Two standout presidential villas are the most luxuriously appointed accommodations. Each features two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two separate dressing rooms. The suites also benefit from upgraded amenities like a whirlpool, a sauna, and a rooftop sundeck with panoramic views over the ocean.

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A whole host of culturally focused activities is part of Conrad’s 1/3/5 program. The initiative works to entertain guests as well as bring local lore to life through itineraries that include activities like ukulele lessons with local musicians or a traditional Polynesian tattooing experience. The Hina Spa offers indulgent therapies in treatment rooms that overlook the calm waters of a sparkling lagoon in the ultimate relaxation package. Rates start at around $20,000 a night for two for the King Garden Villa.

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Exclusive Reservations You Need in Vegas

Las Vegas is one of those ‘must-see’ destinations that every wealthy traveller has on his list. But a stay at Sin City can turn into a truly memorable experience with a few exclusive reservations that open doors to some of the most prestigious clubs, shows, restaurants and after parties the city has to offer.

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Starting with Carbone – the only place that truly epitomizes the spirit of fine Italian American dining, with tuxedoed waiters and genuine garlic bread croutons. The second outpost of the cult restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi has a lot to offer its guests – from the signature favorites, like spicy rigatoni vodka to private dining, and succulent dishes like a lasagna layered with delicate egg crêpes and black truffles – gourmet lovers would be wise not to skip this venue.

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Things don’t get any more American than Joël Robuchon:’s original Mansion at the MGM Grand. And since everything is bigger and better in Vegas – multi-Michelin-starred restaurant offers an over-the-top 16-course prix fixe menu that has everything from foie gras to potato carpaccio covered with black truffles. All this comes at a cost, of course as this is the priciest restaurant in America, at $425 for a meal for two, not including tax and tip.

When it comes to sushi – nothing tops Kabuto Sushi, which is a pilgrimage spot for lovers of the Japanese cuisine. At $48, the 10-piece nigiri sushi omakase is a real treat.

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After a proper meal Vegas-style, it’s time to party with some of the hottest DJs on the music scene. You can catch them at XS – one of the most expensive nightclubs ever built: with plenty of gold everywhere, a crowded dance floor, and an outdoor pool area.

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The Unspoiled Beauty of Africa’s Forgotten Islands

This year holiday-goers can ditch mainstream locations like the Maldives, St. Barts and the French Riviera for something a bit more exotic and a lot more exclusive – the lesser known São Tomé & Príncipe is one of Africa’s smallest nations, stretching across 1,000 square kilometers of landmass and with a population of less than 200,000. However, with some of the richest biodiversity on Earth, its emerging tourism sector is quickly harnessing the scenic islands’ untapped potential.

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Bom Bom Island Resort located on Príncipe Island provides an idyllic setting for guests to marvel at pristine lagoons and dramatic mountain tops while kicking it back in modern bungalows that overlook the sea. With famous chefs and a 24-hour service staff – guests are treated to the better life and can even sneak a peek into how some of the best chocolate in the world is harvested at the at the Terreiro Velho plantation of Claudio Corallo.

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This is a travel destination that is unique for two reasons – the natural surroundings and the people. The luxurious simplicity of the rooms allows guests to have a more harmonious experience and enjoy the emerald green water and private beaches instead of getting lost in modern amenities. This is pure relaxation and becoming one with Nature at starting price of $1450 per person/night.

Bom Bom is quickly rising to fame on the international tourist scene as it is not just another overly-developed resort, remaining a tranquil place, where you can surrender to the charm and the natural beauty of this hidden gem of Africa.

Ultimate holiday getaways

Ultimate holiday getaways

This time of the year there are quite a few reasons to hit the road and visit some of the world’s top tourist destinations and these new hotels and resorts prove it. From stylish New York boutique hotels to idyllic lakeside accommodation in Italy and exotic Hawaiian destinations – the ultra-wealthy are spoilt for choice when it comes to places that are the perfect blend of modern amenities and tranquil relaxation.

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For those that enjoy the urban pace of a bustling city – New York’s renovated hotel The Lowell just re-opened its doors. Located in the prestigious Upper East Side – its 74 rooms with interiors by Michael S. Smith and a restaurant by Charles Masson and Christian Delouvrier create a real haven for people, who value comfort and class. Marble bathrooms, plush carpets and unparalleled service guarantee guests will thoroughly enjoy their stay.

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Oahu’s Ko Olina offers a slightly different experience of tropical idyll with the new Four Seasons Resort Oahu. The beachfront property boasts a modern Hawaiian style, with banana-leaf headboards and private lanais in a total of 371 rooms and suites. Guests are treated to traditional “loco moco” for breakfast and fresh catches for dinner in the four restaurants. A 35,000-square-foot Naupaka Spa offers Hawaiian-inspired healing therapies in breezy oceanfront treatment huts.

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The debut of Il Sereno Lago di Como took Italy’s luxury tourism to a new level with the 30-room hotel nestled among the rocks and leaning over the lake’s shores. The artistic interior complements the floor-to-ceiling views of the water and surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy an infinity-edge pool as well as a 16th-century estate located just 5 minutes away by Riva speedboat.

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The Aerion AS2 supersonic jet

The new 2017 will see supersonic jets a reality with Aerion’s new AS2 model. The company has been developing it for nearly a decade and now the aerospace giant Airbus has joined the team as a partner. Robert Bass, chairman of Aerion, has announced the new jet will be flying by 2019, certified in 2021, and entering service in 2022 but wealthy buyers are already expressing interest in owning one.

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The latest design of the AS2 was revealed in May. The aircraft will be capable of carrying a total of 12 passengers in a 30-foot-long cabin at speeds up to 1,218 mph. With a range objective of 5,450 miles or better – this aircraft is unique in that its high speeds will allow it to bypass the limitation that the United States government imposes on airspeeds above Mach 1 in its airspace. This means passengers of the Aerion enjoy unmatched point-to-point travel times for a civilian jet for the first time ever in international flights. Travel from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, nonstop in just over five hours will be made a reality.

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The retail price for the AS2 is expected to be above $100 million – money that business moguls will gladly pay for increased comfort, style and speed. Flight-service provider Flexjet is already the first to have placed an order for 20 examples of the Aerion AS2 supersonic jets with each one priced at $120 million. Called a “potential game changer for business travel.” – the new AS2 will set a new standard of luxury and performance in private travel.

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The Perfect villas for a winter getaway

As winter is tightening its grip on the Northern Hemisphere – there are many warm and sunny places that beckon travellers to visit them. From the Caribbean to the South Pacific – here a few luxurious places that are a private jet flight away.

Musha Cay – Bahamas

Musha Cay – Bahamas

David Copperfield’s very own Caribbean paradise, Musha Cay boasts 11 private islands with 40 pristine white-sand beaches. Guests stay on the main island in five state-of-the-art estates and enjoy such amenities as three glass-bottom docks and a fleet of watercraft vessels. Activities include treasure hunts and fireworks displays. Prices start from $39,000 per night for a maximum of 12 guests, all inclusive).

Qualia – Hamilton Island, Australia

Qualia – Hamilton

Enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with Qualia. The ultimate Australian getaway comprises 60 hillside pavilions nestled among eucalyptus trees above the Coral Sea. The resort’s 30 acres include a private beach, where guests enjoy golfing, snorkeling, and sailing. Prices vary between $866 and $4,528 depending on season andavailability.

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

This classic Yucatán Peninsula hideaway features 63 thatch-roofed bungalows on a prime stretch of white powdery sand. The resort’s ocean-view restaurant serves exceptional Mexican cuisine and its spa offers treatments based on Mayan healing rituals. Prices are between$765 and $2,575.

 Four Seasons Resort Langkawi – Langkawi, Malaysia

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi exhibits 91 Moorish-style pavilions and villas that are set within 48 acres of lush gardens and jungle. Open plan rooms with soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and expansive verandas create a laid-back modern ambiance. The property’s primary attraction is the broad sandy beach that leads to the translucent aquamarine Andaman Sea. Guests can book stays for prices of $600 to $10,600 a night.

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Seychelles as Your Next Luxury Vacation Destination

There is a new star on the pristine horizon of the Seychelles and it is the newly-opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort.  Twenty-eight luxurious two-bedroom villas with individual pools and an airy, bohemian style invite guests to the private isle of Félicité in the Indian Ocean.  The tropical-chic retreat is an ideal way to explore the island’s world-class, water-based activities—with diving and sport fishing being the top choices of tourists. Other activities are also available – there is hiking in the lush Coco de Mer Valley, sunbathing, or golf on nearby Praslin Island’s 18-hole championship course.

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Balance your core and relax with one of the resort’s more grounding experiences like the restorative treatments at the on-site Six Senses Spa (which is due to open in January). Its dramatic location on rock formations signature to the Seychelles allows guests to enjoy breath-taking views of the tropical paradise while they enjoy some much-needed pampering.

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The lavish living areas exhibit casual elegance with a sense of space and place defined by vaulted ceilings, vast windows, and expansive sundecks. The dining selections are equally inviting, which range from the interactive Chef’s Kitchen (including meals prepared to personal taste in front of the guest) to the Ocean Kitchen (freshly caught seafood complemented by locally sourced, organic ingredients), and the Wine Vault (where the chef and sommelier partner for a customized culinary experience). Guests can choose from a selection of additional amenities, such as cooking classes, a full-service gym (with personal trainer), a library, and an outdoor cinema. In keeping with the resort’s ethos for environmentalism, the resort has its own reverse-osmosis refinery for potable water, a chicken farm, and an organic garden for a fully sustainable experience.

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Availability rates can be checked through Six Senses Zil Pasyon’s website and rates for the villas start from EUR 2,170 / Night.