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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.

Seychelles

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.

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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.

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 5 Best City Hotels

Frequent travelers know how necessary it is to be able to find an urban haven in every city they visit. And when you’re a millionaire the task gets even more daunting as you need your privacy and there is a certain standard of living you’re used to. Let’s look at the five best city hotels that have it all.

1. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

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Paris is known for its exceptional hotels, but this one is one-of-a-kind with its artful combination of European grandeur and artful Asian style. The hotel features 101 rooms including 36 sprawling suites with private balconies that overlook the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Rooms start at €1300/night.

2. Park Hyatt, Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

If you’re travelling Down Under, be sure to check in the Park Hyatt. Set in the historic Rocks neighbourhood, it is located right between two of Australia’s best-known landmarks—the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 26-year-old hotel boasts panoramic views and exceptional service. Rooms start at $900/night.

3. Mandarin Oriental, New York

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As the name suggests, the style of the Mandarin Oriental blends austere urban aesthetics with Asian style. Guests can enjoy jaw-dropping Central Park views. The 244-room hotel in Columbus Circle even has its own private park on the 35th-floor Asiate—a power-lunch favourite. Rooms start at $650/night.

4. Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London

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Located on the southern bank of the Thames, this state-of-the-art hotel takes up floors 34 through 52 of the Shard, one of Europe’s tallest buildings. It exhibits the refined and elegant style the British are well known for and is famous for the impeccable service that wealthy people are accustomed to. Rooms start at £400/nigiht

5. Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

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Located in the tallest building in the city, right at the core of Roppongi, the capital’s entertainment, diplomatic, and design-related business hub. The hotel occupies the top nine floors of the 53-story Midtown Tower, offering 360-degree panoramic vistas of Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji as well as the minimalistic Japanese style that people admire. Rooms start at $400/night.

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Inside the swanky Berlin hotel beloved by artists and A-listers

Berlin’s Ritz-Carlton hotel has long been a favourite for some of the most demanding celebrities and socialites. One look at the venue’s exemplary reputation, signature a ‘fragrance bar’, brasserie restaurant and a club lounge leaves no doubt as to why the 5-star hotel is preceded by its fame. With a concierge desk headed up by Thomas Munko, none other than the president of the German International Concierge Association, guests can expect royal treatments every minute of their stay.

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One of the more extravagant features of the hotel is, undoubtedly, the Ritz-Carlton Berlin’s Club Lounge available to guests staying on floors 10 and 11, which is effectively a mini-hotel inside the larger one. It offers bespoke opportunities for socialization away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, which makes it very popular amongst celebrities and models.

Naturally, every 5-star hotel is accompanied by its own stylish restaurant and in this case this is the Ritz-Carlton’s Brasserie Desbrosses – known for serving high-end comfort food such as veal escalope, corn-fed chicken and tuna ceviche in a 1930s’ French brasserie environment that inspires class and a delightful bohemian feel.

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After enjoying a fine meal at the Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant, guests can take a dip in the basement’s in small but beautifully formed swimming pool, which is tiled and illuminated and features a whirlpool and sauna. There is also a state-of-the-art gym for those who are feeling particularly sporty.

A late night is definitely something to consider given the reputation of the unique Fragrances Bar, a dimly lit temple led Arnd Heissen – Mixology Bar Awards Mixologist of 2014 – who is famous for his sensational concoctions. Scented by exotic perfumes, the ambiance of this place is made all the more interesting given the exceptionally original way each drink is served.

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A plush Curtain Club and a more serene tea lounge are amongst the other alternatives available to guests. All bedrooms at the Ritz-Carlton are wonderfully elegant and luxurious with rates starting from £200 per person per night for the Grand Suite.

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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.