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.

Best hotels

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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The Gate – London’s newest vegetarian restaurant

Vegetarian restaurants are often not given the credit they deserve in the culinary world. Luckily, this is about to change with the Gate – London’s newest venue, where people can enjoy a savoury meal and bustling atmosphere. All, at a hefty price, of course.

The interior is airy and casual, which works surprisingly well for this type of venue.  The high-ceilinged room with low-hanging filament lighting over the tables and bar creates an intimate and social atmosphere, where clients feel welcomed. Service is fast, friendly and knowledgeable of all the items on and off the menu, which is a combination we rarely see in trendy restaurants these days.

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One thing that stands out in the Gate is their choice of wine selection, which is unusual and very experimental. The wines and beers on offer are organic and bustling with flavour, sourced from local and globally-renowned wineries and breweries, providing a complementing finish to the eating experience.

The flavour in the menu is a result from the Middle Eastern heritage of The Gate’s founders, brothers Michael and Adrian Daniel, whose Indo-Iraqi lineage results in a tantalising array of dishes.  The starters include a savoury selection of delicacies, such as miso glazed aubergine with crushed cashews, coriander and a ponzu sauce and rich buffalo mozzarella with grilled courgettes, marjoram oil and candied lemon. Grilled halloumi in chermula is another popular choice to start off your meal.

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Moving on to the main course- there are plenty of options for people who don’t shy away from trying new things. The aubergine schnitzels sit atop roasted red peppers, plum tomatoes and dauphinoise potatoes and create a surprisingly balanced dish of complementing tastes and textures.

The dessert menu has plenty of vegetarian options of popular delicacies, such as crème brûlée and vegan vanilla cheesecake.  It provides a sumptuous end to a lovely meal.

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Etihad first three-room suite

Etihad presents first three-room suite – the future of first-class travel

Transatlantic flights just got a luxurious upgrade with Etihad unveiling the spectacular three-room suite, complete with its own bedroom, living room, shower room and a 24-hour butler service and a private chef. Named The Residence – the new suite will cost $76,000 on a commercial flight from New York to Mumbai, making it the most expensive flight in the world.

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A one-way ticket for exclusive ‘penthouse in the sky’ costs approximately $38,000 (£26,000) and features a private butler and chef, so passengers can have all of their whims catered to. The cabin is available only on Etihad’s fleet of Airbus A380-800 aircrafts and comprises a living room, bedroom and shower room.

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The living room is fitted with a 32in flat-screen LCD TV, a fine leather double sofa and two fold-away wooden dining tables. The Savoy-trained butler is available to assist passengers with anything they may require throughout their flight while a qualified chef prepares bespoke meals to their liking. A narrow hallway leads to the bedroom, where there is a double bed with designer Italian bed linen, which is another first for a commercial airline. Another 27in flat-screen TV is mounted on the wall in the bedroom and there is on-board WiFi.

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Prior to landing passengers can freshen up in a private bathroom equipped with a shower, make-up mirror and hairdryer. What’s even more -the cost of the ticket includes personal chauffeured transport to and from the airport, a personal travel concierge, private check-in and access to a private lounge. Upon request Etihad can provide a trained on-board nanny to make passengers’ flight experience as comfortable as possible.

Apart from New York – Mumbai, passengers can book the suite for an Abu Dhabi – London and London – Sydney flights as well as to and from Melbourne from June 1st this year.

Luxury safari camp

Luxury safari camp Singita Lebombo

Since its opening in 2003, Singita Lebombo has remained one of the top destinations for lovers of pristine and untouched wilderness and luxurious accommodation. Located on a 33,000-acre exclusive concession in South Africa the community has now extended to Lamai and Grumeti (Tanzania), Pamushana (Zimbabwe) and Sabi Sand (South Africa).  Traditional African antiques, layered weaved rugs and Blixen/Finch Hatton overtones decorate the luxurious glass-and-steel boxes amidst planes of freely roaming elephants, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests, lions and cheetas.

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Starting at £1,104 for a stay at the lodge and £3,000 for a double room at the hotel – guests are treated to impeccable service and breath-taking views of unspoilt environment. Several one-bedroom suites, as well as private family villas with its own pool are available to choose from.  One of South Africa’s most remote and wilderness-rich experiences offers a delightful alternative to traditional hotel accommodation for people who love the unspoilt beauty of nature coupled with uncompromising service.

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An important part of the Singita experience is connecting people to nature as well as themselves. Relaxing SPA facilities are available and guests are treated to rejuvenating procedures that align body and mind with holistic and healing treatments. Full body massages, a state-of-the-art gym, trekking and running are some of the other possibilities for guests to get in shape while enjoying panoramic views of the unspoilt wilderness.

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Whether staying at the modern Singita Lebombo hotel located on a cliff top and overlooking the picturesque N’wanetsi river or the Singita Boulders (in Sabi Sand) – guests will enjoy a personal and very attentive service by the highly-trained staff. The local African culinary delicacies are prepared to look as spectacular as they taste and inspired by Western traditions.

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The rooms are spacious and provide beautiful panoramic view of the reserve, where migration routes of many prey species cross. Sightings of majestic and rare animals are common at the Singita, making it a truly one-of-a-kind luxurious safari experience.

Expensive new restaurants

The world’s most expensive new restaurants

People who enjoy dining in exclusivity and treating themselves to exotic cuisines prepared to exemplary standards of quality and presentation – will surely appreciate the following eateries that have made headlines around the globe since their opening. Expensive and expansive menus, celebrity-status chefs and service fit for a royal – these are the hallmarks of the world’s most expensive new restaurants that serve billionaires their money’s worth.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives)

The underwater pear was rightfully selected by New York Daily News as “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” in 2014. It’s exotic, it’s unique and, we have to admit, it’s pretty expensive. A one-person six-course dinner will come to about $500 and that is without drinks or tips. The palatable European-style cuisine is complemented by the 180-panoramic views of the crystal clear Maldivian waters.

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Smyth

Downtown Chicago has added a trendy, fine-dining star to its diverse walk of famous eateries, courtesy of John Shields and Karen Urie Shields. With an ambitious menu and fascinating dualistic concept (it’s a two-in-one restaurant, where the first floor houses The Loyalist, which is much more casual) – guests will be able to enjoy a whole variety of options. For the right price, of course.

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Eggslut

Las Vegas welcomes a fresh new concept in the face of Eggslut, which at a $9 a burger is far ahead of the value dollar chains most people are accustomed to. The restaurant’s signature wobbly eggs with mashed potatoes and crisp bread are definitely worth the trip to Sin City.

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Linton’s in the Garden

A delightful addition to the ranks of high-end restaurants – chef Linton Hopkins has picked the Atlanta Botanical Garden as the location for his latest venue. And if that’s not exclusive enough – guests will be able to marvel Dale Chihuly’s art and plenty of panoramic views into the garden from the open-air rooftop.

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