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Romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day in Japan for billionaires

With Valentine’s Day upon us there is quite a bit of pressure to outdo whatever romantic experience you had last year. But if money is no object, there are a few things that can make this holiday really special. When we mention Japan we instantly think of their luxurious kaiseki cuisine, relaxing hot springs and private skyscraper hotels. It’s a magical place that brings together traditional ryokan charm and rural seclusion with spectacular Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy cocktail bars with plenty of romance to suit all comers. Here are just a few of the places that billionaires like to frequent:

Kinosaki Onsen

Hot spring bathing is a cultural tradition in Japan and not just a much-loved pastime in Japan. The serenity and tranquility of Kinosaki Onsen has long attracted tourists with the town’s willow-lined riverside looking like a picture straight out of a novel and ideal for romantic moonlit walks. Plenty of 5-star hotels are located nearby with Kojinmari, Mikuniya Ryokan and Mitsuwa Ryokan offering contemporary elegance and comfort to complete the ideal vacation at prices, starting from $750 a night.

Kinosaki Onsen, Mikuniya Ryokan

Kyoto

Considered ‘the gatekeeper of Japanese culture and history’ Kyoto attracts with its unique blend of tradition and modernity. The urban oasis provides plenty of fun activities for couples like cozy rickshaw rides or traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies and the famous ‘love stones’ fortune telling at Kiyomizu Temple. Spend a night at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton for $1000 a night or the charming Hyatt Regency for $500 a night.

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Everyone knows about Tokyo and crowds of international tourists are constantly flocking to the Japanese capital, but if you can truly afford it – you’ll want to stay away from the mainstream places of interest. Why not rent the suite at The Peninsula for $8,500 and dine at some of the trendiest, most exclusive restaurants Akasaka Kikunoi, Tofuya Ukai or Narisawa – all rated by the Guardian as having taken the Japanese culinary art to new heights.

Akasaka Kikunoi restaurant

Tofuya Ukai restaurant

Narisawa restaurant

The Peninsula suite, Tokyo

harmony of the seas

Inside the best new cruise ships of 2016

Three spectacular beauties will grace the seas in 2016, including the world’s largest cruise ship the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. The all-suite vessels will feature a whole array of luxurious amenities, such as Spas with snow rooms, helicopter pods and the first IMAX theatre at sea to name a few.

The newest ultra-luxury ship, Encore, courtesy of Seabourn will boast 300 suites and plenty of space for 600 guests. It is scheduled to make first cruise from Greece with a number of itinerary options, including a 60-day journey to Sydney, Australia. What is unique about the smaller cruise ship is the highly personalized service that has been promised. There is nearly one service person per passenger, which means the staff will be able to maintain exemplary service.

encore seabourn

encore seabourn

Harmony of the Seas is already making headlines for being the largest passenger ship. It will feature a 10-storey thrill ride, called the Ultimate Abyss, which will be the largest slide at sea at 150ft above sea level. In addition to the slide the on-board water park will have plenty of other amenities for gests to enjoy. Spanning across 16 decks, Harmony of the Seas will have the capacity to carry 5,497 passengers.

harmony of the seas

harmony of the seas cruise

harmony of the seas cruise

Another pearl is the much-anticipated Koningsdam that is scheduled to launch in May and will be the largest vessel in Holland America Line’s fleet. With a capacity of 2,650 passengers its luxurious interior will feature a two-tiered nightclub dubbed The Queen’s Lounge.

Koningsdam cruises

Koningsdam

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is a cruise that many people are anxiously anticipating for its futuristic features and mind-blowing amenities. Guests will be able to enjoy a skydiving simulator as well as robotic bartenders that mix drinks on demand. Another striking service will be the North Star – a pod that is attached to an arm for 360-degree views of the ocean.

Ready for that luxurious cruise now?

Stunning Mountain Modern Ski Escape

A $14,450,00 modern ski escape

Nestled in Park City UT USA is a magnificent estate of breath-taking architectural aesthetic and value. The contemporary ski chalet priced at $14,450,000 US dollars is a definite must-have for those who enjoy peace, tranquillity, serene landscapes and excellent quality ski slopes. It is the ultimate holiday getaway for the winter time.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

With a total of  20309 Sq Ft of which 1887 constitute the living space, it has 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms (some of which en-suit), open-plan kitchen and living room and plenty of entertainment facilities. The super interior design makes most of the available space and the house is flooded with natural light amidst the aspens and pines that surround it. Natural fixtures, wood tiles and granite are used throughout to accentuate the natural, ‘simpler’ way of living without taking away from any of the luxuries. State-of-the-art appliances are fitted in the kitchen and there is an integrated smart surround system for entertainment.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

The spectacular estate is located just the base of the Flat Iron lift, which is extremely convenient. There are also multiple outdoor areas to enjoy both during summer and winter. Designed by renowned architect Michael Upwall – the modern home balances understated elegance and livable warmth through the use of natural materials and clean, austere architecture.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

Ever since it hit the market, the property has attracted quite a bit of attention from potential buyers who also happen to be avid winter sports enthusiasts. Some of the house’s more spectacular features are an indoor lift, Jacuzzi, bar, movie theatre room and spacious walk-in closets. Guests will be able to enjoy themselves indoors as well as outdoors with so many possibilities for entertainment. All rooms are exquisitely furnished and have fireplaces for additional warmth and ambiance.

In the event of an emergency the house even has its own escape tunnel.

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Parrot Cay

The best private islands in the world

The way A-listers and the ultra-wealthy vacation is quite different than that of the 99% percent. The ultimate trend amongst the rich and powerful is to fly across half the globe with their service personnel to a private island somewhere around the Equator for utmost privacy and exclusivity.

Parrot Cay is a popular private island resort in Turks and Caicos and a personal favourite of models and businessmen.

Parrot CayThe laid-back Caribbean ambiance is achieved through a serene atmosphere of whitewashed villas, pristine beaches, infinity pools and luxury accommodation. It is preferred for its calm, tranquil allure and the complete privacy it offers guests. There are plenty of activities for entertainment and they include windsurfing, tennis and kayaking.

Parrot Cay

Villa rentals start from £1,755 per night and can be booked at www.comohotels.com/parrotcay. Guests can choose from the two Balinese inspired villas, which have a total of 1,564-square-feet of staff living quarters.

Another popular private island is Ariara in the Philippines. With just four beach cottages and two villas the resort has a maximum capacity of 18 guests and 35 staff personnel to cater to their every whim. It is the epitome of serenity and tranquillity with no paparazzi or large tourist groups in sight. Prices start from £2,155 per person for a week or £3,245 per person, including all meals and yacht transfers. Bookings can be made at www.ariaraisland.com.

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Pulau Joyo in Indonesia is a charming private island. It’s smaller than other popular destinations and features stilted pavilions made from driftwood for an authentic Indonesian feel. Ornately carved indigenous art and a laid-back, natural design make for a rustic ambiance to enjoy. There is plenty to do with ocean exploring, outdoor dining and more. Prices during low season can go down to $525 per night and bookings can be made at www.pulau-joyo.com.

pulau joyo

Napa Valley winery

California’s most exquisite Pinot Noirs

Northern California has long been prized as one of the regions that produce the richest and most palatable Pinot Noirs for decades, so it’s no surprise that in the recent years there are about a dozen new producers that have attracted the critics’ attention. The highly-valued bottles come at a hefty price, of course, although true connoisseurs are more than happy to pay it because of the wines’ texture, quality and fine production techniques that bring out the best of the vineyards’ produce.

One of the critics’ choice is Kosta Browne – a brand established in 2007 – that has quickly risen to popularity thanks to smart investments in prestigious vineyard land and special winemaking techniques that include exclusively deigned oak barrels, where the wine is stored. Their crafted wines in the 90-94 range hold ratings of 95 or higher in Wine Spectator magazine, earning them a top spot in the market. This justifies the $500 and higher price tag for their products.

kosta browne wineDemand for Helen Turley’s Pinot Noir is so great that there is a waiting list of several years to taste the tightly-allocated chardonnay from Marcassin Vineyards. The cost for the exquisite beverage is around $400 per bottle.

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Most famous for their savory and elegant Chardonnays, producer Peter Michael’s range has a price tag similar to top rated Burgundies. Their signature retained style makes the four Pinot Noirs extremely popular even with a price of $100 and above for a single bottle.

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Finally, there are the outrageously expensive single-vineyard Aubert Pinot Noirs that have a mailing list long enough to cool any buyer’s enthusiasm. That being said, the finely-crafted wines are well worth the wait and can be purchased on vonfolio.com, starting from $600 a bottle. The nuances of the premium grapes make for a spectacular experience.aubert pinot noir

huka lodge new zealand

Best boutique hotels revealed

They are so exclusive and secluded that most people haven’t even heard of them. But for true connoisseurs – finding the ultimate spot for peaceful and luxurious relaxation – these boutique hotels truly have it all.

The Pig on the Beach, Studland, England

The Pig on the Beach, Studland, EnglandEnjoy the English countryside in all its pristine glory in this 18th-century Gothic residence located in sunny Dorset. 23 rooms offer delightful bliss with their opulent rural style and there is even a greenhouse restaurant and two dovecotes on one of the buildings. The unique ambiance of the place is enhanced by the original mullioned windows and turrets as well as the massage room in the shepherd’s hut in the grounds. Rates vary depending on season, but you can’t find anything lower than £300 a night.

Huka Lodge, New Zealand

huka lodge new zealandSometimes you have to travel half the world for the best service and Huka Lodge proves it. The £1,000-a night hotel treats guests to peace and tranquillity like no other. Overlooking the beautiful Waikato River, the 1920s-style hunting lodge provides plenty of activities, such as skydiving and golf.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodiasong saa campodia

This spectacular retreat is nested in the remote Gulf of Thailand – home to the first marine reserve. For £2,265 a night guests can explore a rainforest or simply enjoy the rainbow-coloured tropical fish swimming in their natural habitat through holes in the floors of the wooden villas. Service is exemplary and there is no other place that brings together the allure of nature with the comforts of modern living so well.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

jean michel cousteau fijiLovers of South-Pacific getaways will enjoy this tropical piece of paradise. A popular destination for honeymoons, weddings and other special occasions – the £800-a night retreat offers a wide range of services and amenities to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Family pools, babysitting services and plenty of water sports are available to choose from.

Check also our previous post on top boutique hotels.

Embraer Lineage 1000E jet

Inside Embraer’s £34 million private plane

Flying with class on a private plane has never been easier after the announcement of Embraer’s new ultra-luxurious Lineage 1000E. With an asking price of £34 million buyers can be certain they receive the very best in terms of comfort, quality and performance. The plane can also be rented for the more modest sum of £8,300 per hour.

Embraer Lineage 1000The interior is a striking combination of fine leather banquettes, state-of-the-art integrated appliances and even a spacious bathroom. Additional perks include a €50,000 (£35,000) dishwasher, espresso maker and built-in microwave and convection oven. The kitchen and other spaces are,of course, subject to further customizations.

Embraer Lineage 1000Despite its size arrangement of seating has been calculated for up to 19 passengers as well as three pilots and staff to ensure there’s plenty of space. At 84.3 feet – this is the longest executive jet. The Embraer Lineage 1000E has a cabin that is divided into five sections, comprising a kitchen, seating area, staff area, master bedroom and a bathroom at the front. The bedroom boasts a comfortable queen-size bed and a private walk-in shower.

Embraer Lineage 1000Maximum flying speed is 543mph and distance – 5,300 miles (8,529 km). The plane benefits from impressive storage capacity of 323 cubic feet on-board and 443 extra in the hold, and is equipped with the latest in modern technology – Blu-ray players and Wi-Fi, plasma screens and iPod docking stations. In choosing the interior, buyers have the option to pick between 700 fabrics and dozens of carpet patterns.

Embraer Lineage 1000Watch a virtual tour of Lineage 1000E:

In terms of on-board technology the plane uses two General Electric engines and Honeywell technology. The seating area, which measures 8ft 10in wide by 6ft 6in high, is fitted with fine wool carpets and leather banquettes. For maximum comfort seats can be rearranged so passengers can dine on the laminated wooden tables. Overall, the new Lineage 1000E is fuel-efficient and silent, which makes it one of the most popular private jets on the market.

andaz costa rica

The ultimate Costa Rica getaway!

Costa Rica – the crown jewel of Central America – has another sublime spot of interest for wealthy guests who value their privacy. The gorgeous base of the Peninsula Papagayo attracts with the pristine natural wonders and outstanding service – a combination that regularly puts it amongst the world’s best hotels.

andaz costa ricaThe hotel exhibits a striking balance between contemporary aesthetics and seamless integration into the surrounding wild nature. Beautiful views of Culebra Bay can be seen from all windows of the modern structure. The indigenous style of the spaces provides a wonderful native feel to the luxurious accommodation. Guests can relax in the midst of a laid-back atmosphere while being catered to by fully-trained staff 24/7.

andaz costa ricaThe Andaz has 153 beautifully-furnished rooms and 21 luxurious suits – all of them featuring panoramic views of the bay and the surrounding area. The low-key eco style is ideal for relaxing and enjoying life in the tropical paradise to the full. SPA-like showers, king-size beds and infinity pools complete the blissful experience. Wooden floors and delicate lights help guests become one with nature.

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There is an open-air restaurant – Rio Bhongo – that serves rich and delicious native dishes all day with everything being locally sourced. Tropical fruits, grilled seafood and traditional recipes are just some of the scrumptious offerings guests are treated to. At night they can enjoy a vibrant and festive atmosphere in the close bar, where the finalist in the 2013 World Class Bartender of the Year contest Clark Jimenez works his magic.

andaz costa ricaThe hotel boasts a state-of-the-art SPA, where guests are spoilt with local therapies and massage techniques for deep relaxation. Choose from two infinity pools and two private beaches, where you can soak all the sun you can in pristine silence and tranquillity.

There are plenty of local amenities located nearby, including the private reserve Sensoria for lovers of idyllic wild landscapes.

Mukul, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Top Boutique Hotels

When it comes to luxury hotels and resorts – bigger does not necessarily mean better. A wave of smaller, so-called ‘boutique hotels have been the preferred choice of the elite in the past decade because of the unmatched level of privacy, executive service and personal attention they can provide to their guests. Their charm and intimate ambiance is the epitome of tailored service whose focus is solely on the clients’ comfort and pleasure.

Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

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With prices starting from £1195 for a night of blissful relaxation, this Parisian jewel is just a 5-minute walk from Avenue Champs Elysées and exhibits elegant accommodation and a number of amenities – Dior Institute spa, 5-restaurant and a cocktail bar. Guests can choose from 80 drinks for the personalised minibar and 5 pillow types to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible.

Blantyre, Lenox, MA

Blantyre, Lenox, MA

The secluded mansion offers a total of 21 rooms and completely redefined the meaning behind a simple country Inn or Bed & Breakfast. Guests are able to enjoy candlelight dinner under the accompaniment of a live pianist while being treated to sublimely-prepared meals. Some of the offered amenities include gold, hiking and an exquisite SPA. The Relais & Chateaux member deserves its status as a Forbes 5-Star award winner and one of the most acclaimed small luxury hotels.

Mukul, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

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Located on a piece of pristine coastline, the dream resort offers 37 accommodations in the form of freestanding casitas, with private plunge pools on the decks, walk-in double rain showers and mini bars. Plenty of amenities provide diverse entertainment for guests.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

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With less than 30 accommodations, most of them include stunning infinity pools to marvel the surrounding scenery. Different combinations of living spaces combine excellent service with views of the Caribbean and St. Lucia’s famous twin mountain peaks for an unforgettable experience.

St James’s Hotel and Club, London

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Starting at £1,200 a night, the member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a sophisticated retreat close to popular burrows Mayfair and Piccadilly. 60 beautifully designed rooms offer complete exclusivity with Murano glass chandeliers, silk wallpapers and with glossy, black lacquered furniture.

Cottars Private House, Upstairs patio

7 exquisite vacation spots for a billionaire

When every corner of the world is an available option and money is no issue, there are quite a few places that are worth visiting. Private tropical retreats, wild safaris, lush condominium or ocean exploration – you name it, it’s all just a charter flight away.

The Hamptons’ Billionaire Lane

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A convenient drive-away from New York, the Hamptons has long been favoured amongst the rich as a quick getaway from the bustling city. There is something very appealing about a second holiday home surrounded by other lush estates in a never-ending demonstration of wealth and stature.

Croatia

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Beautiful coastal line and ancient structures give this place an irresistible allure that draws billionaires from all over the world. The unique combination of modern luxury and well-preserved history and nature makes it ideal for people who can afford it.

Bermuda

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The notoriously private islands may scare away the general public with stories of unexplained disappearances and strange occurrences, but for the rich – this is just an added benefit to the tropical flora and beautiful scenery.

Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp’s is as good as any safari experience can get. The exclusive resort in Kenya boasts open-plan cottages that let man and nature live as one and achieve pure harmony. Spectacular sights and top-notch service make this an unforgettable experience.

Musha Cay

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The small private island boasts a number of attractions, such as a drive-in movie theatre, an arcade, a laser tag arena, and a pirate’s treasure hunt with an actual treasure. Of course, it will send guests back $20,000, but given the retreat’s exclusivity – it is something definitely worth it.

Rural Ireland

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Its untamed, derelict beauty has inspired many folk tales and movies, so it’s not surprising that so many billionaires flock to rural Ireland in search of pristine tranquillity and relaxation. Remote harbour villages add a certain poetic charm to the trip with poet David Wythe being your personal guide, if you can afford it.

Superyacht Nirvana

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Superyachts have long been favoured by the rich for the privacy they provide and this one exceeds all expectations. The ultimate in relaxation and privacy as it travels the open ocean; it comes with a 3D-theater, a stage and dance floor. Summer charter rates start at €900,000 per week.

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