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.

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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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World’s longest indoor ski slope in Dubai

Dubai is soon to witness the construction of the world’s longest indoor ski slope that will be situated inside a new complex. It will comprise the world’s tallest residential building, the largest dancing fountain and the aforementioned ski slope that will stretch for 1.2km. The first phase of the 40-million square foot complex is expected to be finished by 2020 and has an estimated cost of $6.8 billion.

Dubai indoor ski slope Other amenities will feature a 350-room luxurious hotel, a mall with 300 restaurants and a marina. The residential tower will stand at 2,333 feet and will be able to accommodate up to 78,000 residents. The multi-use destination is constructed with functionality and convenience in mind, housing everything under a single roof.
Getting there and enjoying the many amenities can be done in style and unparalleled comfort through the exclusive service of Etihad Airlines at the cost of $28,090.

Dubai indoor ski slopeTo prepare guests for the lavish flamboyance of the oil-rich capital, the airline’s fist-class ticket experience reaches new heights in luxury with private mini bars, 23-inch cinema screens, portioned suits and several course warm meals available on board. Opting for a flight on UAE’s other signature airline – Emirates – will cost you $30,000, but it’s worth mentioning this is the preferred choice of A-listers and VIP businessmen. The airline uses exclusively A380s, A340-500s and 777s that provide plenty of space for fully partitioned private suites that are equipped with mini bars, mattress beds, vanity tables and even on-board SPA and massage facilities.

Dubai indoor ski slopeAs part of the premium services of both airlines, flyers will be treated to an on-flight concierge team as well as private butlers. There is high-speed Wi-Fi, fully-equipped entertainment stations, live TV and broadband with internet mobile.

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Fendi’s new travel collection

Fendi’s new travel collection reinvents and reimagines the classic glamour and beauty of old-school Hollywood. Inspired by iconic Italian film star Silvana Mangano – the collection is the epitome of feminine grace and timeless elegance with practical and eye-catching pieces.

Fendi Travel Collection

Born out of a close collaboration between the late actress’ daughter Veronica De Laurentis and Fendi’s current designer Silvia Venturini Fendi, the collection comprises of luxurious pieces including a fox fur wrap coat, a double-F emblazoned roll aboard, and several versions of the brand’s signature satchel handbag. The leather Silvana Mangano Boston bag is the first item that captivates with clean, cut shapes and subtle luxury – trademark for the company and sells for £2,190. The travel suitcases have a wonderful vintage appeal to them with natural elegance and sophistication. Reminiscent of a past long gone – they fully capture the allure of distant travel at a time when it was a memorable occasion and fit surprisingly well in modern context (price starts from £2,650).

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The collection became available in April and can currently be purchased at any Fendi boutique as well as online at Net-a-porter.

Two items from the collection stand out with striking sense of beauty and style – the trench coat and gilet, priced at £1,960. With a generous fox fur lining enwrapping the neckline and figure-hugging shape, they are an absolute must-have in the wardrobe of the elegant, modern woman. Fendi is known for designing works-of-art that perfectly complement the delicate allure of the female nature and these fashionable pieces are a perfect continuation to their trademark tradition.

Wendi Travel Collection

Fashionistas will be pleased with the introduction of several new models of the beloved Boston bag in a variety of exotic skins and bold colours. The classic shape of the iconic piece has been retained with subtle, albeit eye-catching, variations in new fashion homage. Prices for the bags start at £2,250.

Bellagio Hotel - favorite among millionaires

Bellagio Hotel – favorite among millionaires

Located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, the Bellagio hotel is the most popular hotel among the world’s richest, multi-millionaire guests. The notable 8-acre lake between the building and the Strip houses the Fountains of Bellagio, a large dancing water fountain synchronized to music.

The hotel has won the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award. The main tower of Bellagio has 36 floors and a height of 508 ft, while the Spa Tower, which stands to the south of the main tower, has 33 floors and a height of 392 ft. The Bellagio counts 3,993 guest rooms and suites, furnished to meet the highest standards of luxury and comfort. In December 2011, Bellagio completed a $70 million upgrade, remodelling all of the main tower’s rooms.

The Fountains of Bellagio performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip. The magnificent show of light and music takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings. The fountain display is choreographed to various legendary pieces of music.

According to a study by New World Wealth, Bellagio with its world-famous Fountains, luxury shopping, spa, restaurants and nightlife racked up approximately 6,400 visits from multi-millionaires over the past year. So, with the Bellagio on the first place the list of hotels that received the highest number of millionaire visits includes the Plaza hotel in New York, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Waldorf Astoria in New York, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and The Breakers in Palm Beach.

Costa Diadema

Costa Diadema

The most extravagant of the Costa fleet, the new Costa Diadema, will sail on its maiden voyage in November 2014 from Venice to Savona. Costa Cruises has invested approximately US$745 million in what will be the largest cruise ship flying an Italian flag. Built by Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard in Venice, the Costa Diadema is also known as Costa Tiara. It’s the tenth ship to be delivered by Fincanieri to Costa Cruises.

Costa Diadema will be capable of accommodating 4,947 passengers and 1,253 crew members. It is 306m long and 37.2m wide and it features 1,854 cabins. The most impressive attraction of the vessel will be the Samsara spa covering an area of about 7,800m². The interior of the ship is designed by Architect Joseph Farcus. It will carry some 7,874 works of art, including original art, reproductions and silk-screen prints by 41 artists (38 of them Italian).

“The whole project of the ship is based on ‘pure design’ aimed to affect the emotions of every guest. The design philosophy is sophisticated and contemporary. We have been trying to create special designs, which affect the emotions of the guests indicating to them they are sailing in a very special environment created for their leisure and delivering them to the real destination, their dreams,” said Fracus.

Costa Diadema will include 15 bars, three swimming pools (one of them with a retractable roof), a multisports pitch, eight hot tubs, an outdoor jogging track, library, baby pool, restaurants with excellent food and many more. The ship will be equipped with six Wärtsilä 12V46 main engines with an output of 75,600kW and it will set sail for a series of Mediterranean cruises immediately after its inauguration.

Dubai's new $1.5 billion Royal Atlantis Resort

Dubai’s new $1.5 billion Royal Atlantis Resort

Yet another extraordinary resort will be built in Dubai. The Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the construction of a new resort by the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Royal Atlantis resort will cost $1.5 billion and it will be located at the Palm Jumeirah next to the Atlantis resort.

Royal Atlantis will include 800 rooms, suites, 250 luxury hotel apartments, private gardens and infinity pools. The resort will rise to 46 stories on the waterfront and it will also house recreational, entertainment and services facilities. The modernist design of glass and stacked blocks will definitely dominate the Palm skyline. “This next phase of Atlantis, including the luxury residences of The Royal Atlantis, will continue to drive the growth of Dubai forward,” said Al Shaibani. “This investment reaffirms ICD’s commitment to support the long-term growth of our domestic hospitality market, a key pillar and growth sector for the Dubai economy.”

The 800 rooms will offer guests spectacular views of the ocean and the Palm Jumeirah island. Luxury rooms and suites will be built under the supervision of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, while the interiors will be taken car of by MGA Design.

Until they build this magnificent resort you can visit the Atlantis, Dubai hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah. It is themed on the myth of Atlantis and it also includes distinct Arabian elements. This is a very famous hotel in Dubai and one of the most popular among tourist.

Marlon Brando's South Sea Island Paradise Resort

Marlon Brando’s South Sea Island Paradise Resort

The private island of Tetiaroa is opening a high-end luxury resort called ‘The Brando’. This atoll served as a summer residence for the former chiefs and kings of Tahiti. The Pacific Beachcomber Group has been developing the Brando Resort, in line with the actor’s vision, which aims to be the most luxurious eco-friendly resort on the planet.

Just 30 miles north of Tahiti, the Brando luxury eco-hotel has 35 villas located along the coast of Motu Onetahi (each with extensive views, private beach area and plunge pool), Varua day spa, eco-research station, staff village and private runway. The 2.5-mile-long island is only accessible by private plane. If you want to come there you will have to take a 20-minute flight from Papeete’s Faa’a International Airport. The flight is operated by the island’s exclusive private airline, Air Tetiaroa.

“There is nothing like The Brando in the world, and we look forward to sharing this paradise with our guests and making their stays with us truly memorable and life-enriching,” said the resort’s general manager Silvio Bion.

The island boasts white-sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, exotic birds, and abundant marine life. The resort also offers two gourmet restaurants, two hotel bars, a luxurious overwater spa, an organic fruit orchard, vegetable garden, and an environmental research station.
The actor, who lived on the island for several years, said: ”My mind is always soothed when I imagine myself sitting on my South Sea island at night. If I have my way, Tetiaroa will remain forever a place that reminds Tahitians of who they are and what they were centuries ago.” It was all part of Brando’s vision to transform Tetiaroa into a sustainable resort.

Çırağan Palace

Çırağan Palace

Çırağan Palace is the last example of Ottoman period. It’s turned into five-star luxury hotel of the Kempinski Hotels chain. The palace is connected with a wonderful marble bridge on the Yildiz Palace on the hill behind. Your next trip should be on the European shore of the Bosphorus between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy in Istanbul, because that’s exactly the place where this magnificent palace is situated.

This grandiose property was a residence for sultans and now the numerous royals and heads of state staying at the Çırağan Palace and claim that this is indeed an extraordinary place with excellent service and accommodation. Guest rooms overlook either the Bosphorus or Yıldız Park, formerly a hunting forest for the sultans. It has also a luxury spa, wellness centre, indoor pool and a fitness centre.

The hotel’s four restaurants, each one accented by a balcony or terrace overlooking the Bosphorus, offer world-class food as well as a service. With the infinity pool, delicious food, tastefully decorated rooms and magnificent views this hotel is luxury at its best. 11 suites in the imperial Palace was once enjoyed by the majestic Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and now you can enjoy in them too.

For sure Çırağan Palace is one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites but it will give you a chance to get a taste of the good life.

Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co

Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co

Spa comes as the best solution when we talk about an ideal place for rest and relaxation, because what is better than a good spa to recover your body? Banyan Tree Spa can give you body treatments inspired by traditional Asian healing disciplines. The spa is located in an area renowned for its pristine coastline and natural scenery.

Banyan Tree Lang Co offers view of the East Sea and the magnificent Truong Son (Annamite) Mountain Range. Inspired by the glory of ancient Vietnamese dynasties past, the architecture and design are really stunning. Modern and traditional elements are perfectly blended and provide exceptional comfort and peace. Banyan Tree Spa therapists have learned from the best experts on Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Bintan in Indonesia and Phuket in Thailand. Through each spa experience they focus on spiritual, mental and physical harmony.

Banyan Tree Spa offers special packages such as Royal Banyan, Thai ginger healer, Balinese, Island dew and Thai classic. For example, the first one features the Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Therapy and the Jade Face Therapy that improves skin condition. Choose the one you need the most and enjoy in an exotic environment and wellness practices that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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