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.

Expensive new restaurants

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.

Expensive new restaurants

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.

Expensive new restaurants

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.

Expensive new restaurants

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Luxurious Costa-Rican rental Rancho Cielo – Santa Teresa

Plan your 2016 summer in advance at one of the world’s most exclusive and heavenly locations – the private 24-acre hillside Rancho Cielo complete with breath-taking views of the infamous Hermosa beach in Santa Teresa on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Pristine beaches, secluded location, top-notch service, varied amenities and luxurious ambiance – this truly is the ultimate getaway for the discerning traveller.

Rancho Cielo Santa Teresa

Guests are accommodated in 7,200 square feet of beautifully decorated space, comprising six bedrooms, spacious indoor/outdoor spaces, an infinity pool and fascinating jungle trails for them to relax in and explore. At a rate of $2100 a night for the whole complex or $1250 for the main house alone you are guaranteed excellent service and tranquil serenity to fully appreciate the Costa Rican experience.

Rancho Cielo Santa Teresa

Rancho Cielo  Santa Teresa

All staff lives within a 2 mile radius of the green complex to meet all guest requests 24/7. The secluded estate offers a unique and luxurious experience with its boutique-like services and environmentally-friendly ambiance. All food is grown locally on the property and there are many relaxing activities, such as traditional massage, yoga, surf lessons, a boat trip or a swim with the dolphins for guests to enjoy.

Rancho Cielo guests include famous celebrities and A-listers, looking to vacation far away from the public eye and escape the commercialization of popular tourist destinations like Bali and the Maldives. The eco-friendly complex implements solar panels and rain-collection systems for a fully organic experience. There are Polaris 4×4 buggies guests can rent for a drive down to the beach.

Rancho Cielo  Santa Teresa

With 6 bedrooms available for rent – all are flooded with natural light and make the most of the open spaces. Opening up to lovely large decks, all suites overlook the main pool and ocean and have en-suite bathrooms equipped with the highest quality double Helvex shower unit. Guests are surrounded by nature and treated to unparalleled tranquillity while still enjoying the benefits of modern technology.

Rancho Cielo Santa Teresa

CF8 superyacht

Futuristic superyacht with with a swimming pool and its own WATERFALL

A new concept for a superyacht is redefining the meaning of sailing with luxury with over-the-top features, including a swimming pool that doubles as a dance floor. The 262-foot vessel is specifically designed to fit a billionaire’s growing line of high-powered toys and boasts a 1,100 square feet showroom, which can accommodate eight cars. The name CF8 stands for ‘cars and family in 80 metres’.

CF8 superyacht

The conceptual model has a futuristic aerodynamic shape and is currently being developed by the Netherlands-based company Sea Level Yacht Design. Other signature features of the ultra-luxurious yacht will be an owner’s suit with 2,700 feet of deck space, VIP cabins with marble en-suit bathrooms, an eight-person Jacuzzi, a gym with sauna, private theatre, convertible swimming pool and an on-board waterfall and a showroom.

CF8 superyacht

CF8 superyacht

CF8 is still in development and can be expected to undergo some changes before becoming commercially available, but for now it has been announced the superyacht will be able to accommodate a crew of 18 members with extra cabins available for the nanny and the butler. Two lifts, a roof helipad and its own wastewater treatment system turn this vessel into a fully-functioning floating retreat. It has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 18 knots (20.7mph).

CF8 superyacht

Designed with unparalleled care to detail and ambiance, the CF8 will bring maximum comfort to guests and crew. The yacht exhibits extreme width as well as increased stability for fast and comfortable travels. Designer Niels Ruiter and design director Jeroen van der Knaap have tried revolutionizing the use of space on a yacht to the point, where every part of the interior is stylized and utilized.

CF8 superyacht

CF8 superyacht

The spectacular swimming pool located on the lower level and within a large gap on the yacht in a way that the waterfall from a ‘stream’ on the upper deck falls directly into it. And if that wasn’t enough – when guests get tired of swimming they can entertain themselves on a dance floor that covers the pool.

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Donald Trump’s new $200 million hotel to open in Washington before election

Known for his bold extravagance and visionary ideas, Donald Trump is making headlines with the announced revealing of his newest $200 million hotel that will be opened in Washington, D.C. weeks before 2016’s presidential election. Trump International Hotel will be located just blocks away from The White House and will take up the building of the Old Post Office Pavilion.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

The exclusive five-star hotel will feature three premium presidential suites as well as a 6,300-square feet two-bedroom Trump Townhouse apartment with wood furnishings and crystal chandeliers. The spectacular suite is expected to be the largest I Washington and one of the largest in the US, providing a staying experience fit for billionaires. A 20-seat dining room, 600 square foot living room, six-fixture bath and a gym will be other features that guests of the premium apartment will be able to enjoy.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Trump international Hotel will be accessible via a private entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue and guests will be able to enjoy panoramic views if the Washington Monument.  Other striking amenities include a 13,200 square foot Presidential Ballroom, restaurants, private bars, a spa and fitness centre, and a lounge area. The spacious Presidential Ballroom is ideal for VIP gatherings, such as galas and formal functions.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

14 foot-wide corridors and high ceilings create unique and light-filled ambiance throughout the 19th-century building. The original solid wood floors have been retained and restored to perfection together with the wainscoting and wall panelling. The traditional American design aesthetic is displayed in everything – from the 14 to 16ft ceilings, wood furnishings and large windows to the crystal sconces and chandeliers with soft gold accents.

Donald Trump Hotel Washington DC

Guests will be able to enjoy an exclusive library named for President Abraham Lincoln with ornate columns, hardwood floors, 25ft ceiling, high arched windows, and glass-front bookcases. Still under development, the hotel is rumoured to be amongst Washington’s most luxurious and prestigious venues once opened.

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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

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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.

luxury estate park city utah

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.

ariara

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.

marcassin three sisters winery

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

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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.