Emaar to launch sales of top-end Dubai homes
Emaar Properties, leading Dubai developer, has revealed details of a new series of luxury apartments called Sky Collection, which occupies the upper storeys of a high-profile development in Downtown Dubai.
The homes will be on the topmost levels of the 60-storey towers that constitute its ‘The Address Residence Fountain Views Project’, overlooking the Burj Khalifa. Customers can choose from three and four-bedroom apartments, three and four-bedroom duplex apartments and four-bedroom penthouses that range in area from over 2,000 sq ft to more than 17,000 sq ft, including suite and balcony areas.
Potential investors can apply by contactin Alizée Lifestyle Selected customers will be invited for a private preview and sale, with Emaar contacting them directly.
Destino Ibiza: The luxury version of the Pacha Hotel
Experience the glamour of Pacha every day at this stylish, modern hotel featuring all the hallmarks of this world class brand. Tonal colours, comfortable lounging areas and relaxing themes are the daytime salve to exciting club nights.
Rooms come with a choice of views and are all decorated with the best natural materials to merge seamlessly with the Mediterranean landscape. Style and luxury are key commodities with nice touches like a terrace sofa, bath products and beach baskets along with up to the minute technology like fibre optic Wi-Fi.
Situated on sea side cliffs Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort is blessed with gentle sea breezes, superb views and peace and quiet. Night time revellers can take a short taxi ride to Ibiza town’s fabulous restaurants, Pacha and Lio, or the hip cafe/lounges of Marina Botafoch like Blue Marlin.
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Louis Vuitton launches new arty travel book series
Back in 1998, Louis Vuitton launched its City Guides collection, and now 15 years and over 100 destinations later, the French luxury brand has unveiled a new set of artistic travel books.
The Louis Vuitton Travel Books see a series of the world’s most interesting illustrators and artists let loose on travel destinations. First up, in Paris, Congolese painter Chéri Samba explores the French capital with his usual blend of hyper-pigmented dream like visuals. American Daniel Arsham was inspired by Easter Island, French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme ventured to New York, while Japanese artist Natsko Seki looks at London with his usual blend of pencil, color and collage.
Vuitton aim to add new destinations every year. Already set for release in 2014 are Jiro Taniguchi’s manga-style look at Venice, and Vietnam seen through the eyes of Lorenzo Mattotti, the celebrated Italian comic book author and artist.
The first four books are available at selected Louis Vuitton stores around the world, selected bookshops in France and online at Louis Vuitton for €45.
A €2000 special limited-edition version (numbered and signed) has also been released for each title, featuring original works by the artists.
Greece to begin auctioning marinas
Greece will begin this week auctioning off rights to operate dozens of marinas as it seeks to tap private investment to boost lucrative yacht tourism.
The state agency in charge of privatisation said six international tenders would be issued by June for 46 marinas in its portfolio while the tourism ministry pledged to facilitate licencing procedures for investors In addition to bringing in revenue, the government hopes that development of marinas will boost growth in the key tourism sector.
Though Greece is a major tourist destination, it has failed to exploit its marina potential and has lost out to competition from Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro. “Greece has over 15,000 kilometres of beaches and thousands of small and middle-sized islands but this is not enough,” said Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni, adding: “A total of 153 marinas have been zoned but fewer than 25 operate respectably under international standards.” “In France, which has 270 marinas and berths 166,000 yachts, there is a need for over 57,000 additional moorings. By comparison, Greece moors 9,000 yachts”.
In the upcoming tenders for marina leases that will run for around 40 years, investors will be asked for a down payment and additional sums based on operational revenue. They will also have to undertake the necessary harbour works to improve services and safety conditions.
A first cluster of marinas in the Saronic Gulf near Athens including the islands of Hydra and Poros will be auctioned this week. A second batch of five marinas including Lavrion near Athens, the popular Aegean tourist island of Chios and Argostili, the island capital of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea, will follow in the second quarter of the year.
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Monaco decides to expand into sea
Monaco plans to expand its tiny territory by building a six hectare peninsula into the Mediterranean, the city-state’s monarch Prince Albert announced Friday. “I have decided to launch an extension into the sea to the east of the principality after having studied various proposals since 2008,” Albert said.
The affluent city-state of 2 square kilometres (0.8 square miles) has already extensively used land reclamation as its casino and its policy of no income tax on individuals has attracted the world’s wealthy.
The project is to be located near the Grimaldi Forum congress centre, and at up to 6 hectares (14 acres), would add 3 percent to the city-state’s territory. At the end of 2008 Monaco abandoned plans for a 12 hectare land reclamation project that would have provided residential space for 3,000 people.
The global financial crisis was the reason cited behind the move, but it would have also likely faced fierce opposition from environmental groups due to its proximity to a marine reserve. “I will pay particular attention to ensure the project respects the strict environmental rules that I will impose, during the construction as well as during the use of the new surfaces created,” said Albert.
The Road to Happiness
Luxury hotel group Relais & Chateaux has released a set of 33 travel itineraries in 12 countries which they’ve dubbed the ‘Road to Happiness.’ Hotels admitted into the exclusive club are often historic landmarks such as castles or manors, set in some of the most bucolic areas of the world and must meet exacting standards of excellence. Road to Happiness routes are mapped to highlight the best of a region with pit stops that provide sweeping views of the oceanside, ancient ruins and historic landmarks.
Chateau de Brindos
Set in Biarritz in France’s Basque country, this five-star hotel is located next to the largest private lake in France, the perfect place for peaceful strolls and romantic stays, in the company of the local, wild ducks.
Londolozi Private Game Reserve
This private lodge is situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand game reserve in South Africa. The Reserve has been family-run for 86 years. Amenities and activities include an outdoor pool, hiking, yoga, game viewing, nature walks, bush banqueting, village visit, specialist leopard safari, photographic safari.
Maisons de Bricourt
The Maisons de Bricourt establishment offers sweeping views of the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel and an oyster farm steps from the property.
Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa
Built around a famous thermal hot spring on the island of Ischia in Italy, the hotel offers a slew of pampering services such as mud and thermal therapies as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant, the II Mosaico restaurant.
The French Laundry
Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant The French Laundry is often described as the gold standard in American dining. With three Michelin stars and a string of accolades, The French Laundry inspires pilgrimages from foodies from around the world.
A British luxury e-commerce site is selling a travel package that spans two years and takes a couple across the world in the lap of luxury, seeing all of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The price of the package? A cool $1.5 million.
The luxury trip will take in all of UNESCO’s spectacular 962 World Heritage Sites, including the Taj Mahal in India, the pyramids in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China as well as less internationally known sights such as the painted timber houses in Halsingland, Sweden and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in the U.S.
All of the sites listed have been designated as having outstanding universal cultural and natural value by the UN body. Only safe destinations will be visited.
In total the trip will span 157 countries and take two years, during which time the couple will stay in hotels such as Sandy Lane in Barbados, Hotel George V in Paris and The Plaza in New York.
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Restaurants spanning Doha, Paris, Berlin and Vietnam have made Architectural Digest’s top 10 list of the most beautifully designed new eateries in the world.
Chosen for “going beyond the ordinary,” the magazine shines the spotlight on recently opened dining destinations such as The Troll Wall in Romsdal, Norway, which does an architecturally admirable job of competing against its stunning backdrop, a location set against the highest vertical rock face in Europe.
Other restaurants that got an AD nod include the Astor Grill at St.Regis Doha, a steak and seafood restaurant where guests are greeted with a striking 5-meter tall, curved, silver sculptural art piece that wraps around the entrance wall.
Philippe Starck-designed restaurant Ma Cocotte, located in the biggest and most famous flea market at the edge of Paris the Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen, was also singled out for its eclectic interior, furnished with vintage and modern finds from the surrounding minefield of antiques.
And French chef Michel Roux’s Vietnam outpost La Maison 1888 at the International Danang Sun Peninsula Resort also made the list for its stunning, contemporary take on French Colonial architecture. Guests take their seats on opulent Louis XVI-style chairs, and dine on classic French dishes in a clean, black and white setting with leafy green plants which never let diners forget they’re in tropical Asia.
Other addresses which made the top 10 list include:
NEW YORK: NoMad and Atera
LONDON Brasserie Zédel
BASEL(SWITZERLAND ) Volkshaus Basel
CALIFORNIA (ST HELENA) French Blue