The World’s Best Beaches
If you haven’t booked your annual dose of sun, sea and sand just yet, LUXURYMAG gathered ten of the world’s top beaches for a little inspiration.
The pinky hues of the sand in the Seychelles makes this a journey that’s worth every penny, and that’s before you’ve even sampled the luxury hotels and spas cropping up all over the islands. La Digue, arguably the most stunning of the archipelago, boasts Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uncrowded and sparkling, Providenciales is truly the gem of the Caribbean when it comes to beaches. Snorklers and divers are also well catered for thanks to the stunning barrier reef — Taylor Bay and Grace Bay were cited recently by TripAdvisor as the top beach in the world.
Rio de Janeiro
That this beach has achieved legendary status should detract from its picture perfect sand and palm trees. Truly a place to indulge in people watching, as it’s home to some of the world’s best-looking sun-worshippers.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Thousands of miles of ocean isolate French Polynesia, making it one of the world’s most impossibly isolated destinations — cue instant romance. Strolling along the sandy white shores of the island and looking out to the lagoon and the coral atolls rising in the distance is an experience not to be missed.
Saint Pete Beach
Dolphins are easily visible from this sandy haven on Florida’s West Coast, adding to the sense that Saint Pete might be one of the world’s most picture-perfect strips of sand. A stroll down the St Petersburg pier can help break up the day, if bathing in the constant warmth of the Sunshine State is getting too much.
This long peninsula offers a stunning stretch of unspoilt sand, emanating from the mainland for more than 20 km. Despite a wave of building activities, it still boasts world-beating scenery and natural attractions such as caves and cays.
The breathtaking blue of the waters around the village of Oludeniz have to be seen to be believed — easy enough by climbing some of the spectacular hills that surround this charming bay. Alternatively, go even higher — it’s one of the world’s top spots for paragliding, according to TripAdvisor.
Anyone active should make a beeline for Burleigh Heads, a top surf spot and home to many international competitions. There’s also plenty of other waterspouts on offer, including canoeing and kayaking.
Underwater Museum for Egypt Sunken Treasures
In early September the United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO, announced it is funding a team to determine if such a museum would damage the submerged artifacts.
Shopping in Bangkok
Located at the prominent Rachaprasong intersection, Gaysorn is Thailand’s most exclusive shopping center, specializing in luxury designer brands, with flagship stores of Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, as well as a selection of Thailand’s most innovative designers such as Fly Now, ‘Senada Theory and Kloset Red Carpet.
Across the street from Gaysorn, CentralWorld is the largest lifestyle-shopping complex in Southeast Asia, with an unrivalled mix of products and services at prices that put the fun back into shopping for Thai consumers and tourists.
Samsonite Black Label Now in Shining Silver
Alexander McQueen’s already conspicuously acclaimed work for Samsonite’s Black Label business luggage will get two new highlights. The unusual ribcage Hero piece (A11) and the small hard-side crocodile skin textured upside trolley (A12) will get a futuristic limited edition shining silver overhaul.
Truly admirable additions with features like the scratch resistant surface, shipped shoe and laundry bags and a TSA lock. ”Created with Bayer, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics, the bags’ shiny silver coating feature a special UV resistant mirror paint that won’t crack.”
The luggage will be available at Samsonite boutiques worldwide from November 2008 retails from $800 to $2,500. If your goal is to freak out innocent bystanders using nothing but your luggage, then this is your bag
A first look at the new Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice is a cruise ship for Celebrity Cruises. She is the largest cruise ship built in Germany and she left the Meyer Werft on September 28, 2008. This colossal ship can house as many as nearly 3,000 passengers !
The 315m-long ship is so wide it barely squeezed out of the Papenberg watergates, but ably helped by two tug-boats it escaped on it’s to the North sea, where it will head to Denmark.
amenities will include a large theater, multiple restaurant
dining options, The Patio on the Lawn, numerous bars and
clubs, Solstice Deck, youth facilities, Online@Celebrity,
and many other common and unique features. Some new
innovations that have been revealed include glass-blowing
classes/demonstrations as well as The Lawn Club, a live
grass lawn between the ship’s funnels on the upper deck.
This U.S. cruise ship will have four sister ships, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse, and two as-of-yet unnamed ships. The sisters will enter service in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Celebrity Solstice will be officially launched some time in November this year, giving a huge challenge to other liners that have suddenly become so puny in comparison to this giant.
The Samsonite Swarovski Trunk
If you are in the need of some new luggage and are looking for something that is a bit out of the normal and attracts attention, then you should check out this new collaboration between Samsonite’s Black Label and Swarovski.
This re-edition of a 1920’s trunk got entirely covered in Swarovski rhinestones that will succeed in grabbing every co-traveler’s attention.
As with any item given the Swarovski touch, it is sure to be expensive, and only a limited few will be able to get their hands on the Samsonite Black Label Swarovski Trunk—there are only thirty available worldwide
World’s most extravagant party
The event, for the grand opening of the $1.5 billion Atlantis, The Palm, will have 2,000 VIP guests. Kylie Minogue will perform - her first concert in the Middle East - and the final bill for the four-day beachside celebrations is estimated to exceed $30 million, the London Telegraph reports.
The 1,500 room resort, located on the world’s largest manmade island, the Palm Jumeirah ( which has been built to resemble a palm tree when seen from above) features 16 restaurants including a branch of Nobu, and is partially bankrolled by the Dubai Royal Family.
Virgin Galactic unveils space tourism craft WhiteKnightTwo
The era of space tourism has begun. Out in the Mojave desert, Virgin Galactic has unveiled, the WhiteKnightTwo, the new transport ship they’ll be using to carry their not-yet-unveiled SpaceShipTwo into suborbital space.
With a 140-foot wingspan, it’s the largest all-carbon composite aircraft ever built and many of its component parts have been built using composite materials for the very first time (A major benefit of using carbon composites is fuel efficiency.)
Luxury Safari in Tanzania
I also like my luxury. I do not always get to indulge but deciding on exploring the Selous there was, and still is, only one lodge for me, Beho Beho Luxury Safari Lodge. Beho Beho is a small camp in the huge Selous Game Reserve. It is the oldest camp in the reserve and enjoys a stunning setting overlooking a beautiful valley dotted with riverine woodland, home to some of Tanzania’s most precious wildlife.
With just 8 bunda’s (luxury two-person villas), outstanding food, and I suspect the best staff and guides found anywhere, there is very very little not to like about Beho Beho. But at more than $1,000 per person per night, I can honestly say it’s worth every single penny.
those elephants! Our guide, Sean, led us as close to several
of the beasts as was comfortably safe. The elephants oftens
stuck their trunks into our 4×4 to get a further look/sniff
at us, and we them. They are brilliant animals and seeing
them on TV doesn’t do them justice. Most nights they would
meander through our camp, snacking on the trees while we had
our dinner by candlight, while the birds and beasts of the
Selous serenaded us - bliss.
The safari was arranged by aardvarksafaris.com. The staff are very good and there were lots of phone calls from them to me, plus emails, to ensure they were organizing exactly what I wanted, before a penny exchanged hands.
Top Ten Reasons to explore the Selous Game Reserve Tanzania
1. Selous Game Reserve encompasses 48,000 square kilometres, or 5% of Tanzania’s surface area, making it larger than Switzerland. Only about 16% of the game reserve is accessible to visitors due to its landscape.
2. Seeing a herd of zebra, a group of bull elephants and dozens of impala and hyenas – all in the space of an hour’s bush drive.
3. Waking up in the blue-light of an African morning, while being serenaded by birdsong as fresh, hot coffee is left outside your lodge door.
6. Having to wait until two bull elephants stop grazing just in front of your bunda (lodge) so you can get inside.
8. Watching the open-mouthed expressions of the group in the bush truck next to you as they are surrounded by a group of bull elephants, jostling for road space and making lots of noise.
9. Experiencing ‘khaki fever’ for the first time (falling for your safari guide).
10. Watching a newborn giraffe suckle its mother while its umbilical cord is still attached.
Luxury iPod Traveling Case by Pinel & Pinel
Made of wood and covered with luxurious durable leather, the iCase comes in 51 colors with built-in pockets to hold your accessories, and integrated Altec Lansing wall surrounding speakers with a remote control.
The iCase comes with iPod video, but it is compatible with all iPod models (as well as the brand new Apple iPhone 3G.
The New York City Waterfalls
Visitors to New York this summer will find something unusual even for this celebrated city — four monumental, man-made waterfalls in the East River along the shores of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Governors Island.
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson is the creator of the public art, titled “The New York City Waterfalls,”. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund (they cost about $15 million), the project is said to have been designed to protect water quality and aquatic life.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg - unveiling the work last week - said: “New York is a place where big ideas are realized […] These waterfalls will be just as awe-inspiring as any found in nature. They really must be seen to be believed.”
The waterfalls are between 80 feet and 120 feet high and will be installed temporarily on the Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge, between Piers 4 and 5 below the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, in Lower Manhattan at Pier 35 north of the Manhattan Bridge and on the north shore of Governors Island.
To be energy efficient, project organizers have pledged to use pumps powered by the East River’s tidal water current and utilize low-impact lighting such as the LEDs used for the new New Year’s Ever ball. They’ll also tithe the guilt away by buying carbon offsets to neutralize the project’s emissions.
The waterworks will flow from 7am to 10pm seven days a week, will be lit after sunset, and operate from July to October. A limited number of free tickets will be available every day for a boat tour of all four; anyone who misses out on the free ride can pay $10. The installation is expected to generate more than $60 million in tourism and economic activity.
Stress free travel in Bangkok
The Metropolitan Bangkok, sister to the chic Metropolitan outpost in London, has launched a new package specially designed for passengers passing through Bangkok on their way in and out of Asia, who find themselves at the city’s Suvarnabhumi Airport with a lengthy layover.
The new package allows for a stress-free stopover at the hotel, permitting guests to relax and recharge in style while waiting for the next leg of their flight.
A limo transports guests directly from the airport to the hotel, where one can immediately profit from the relaxing facilities at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape (including an extensive gym, hydro pool, steam rooms and outdoor lap pool) and an indulgent one-hour COMO Shambhala Massage.
Guests can enjoy A revitalising lunch or dinner (three courses, including fresh juice) at the Metropolitan’s healthy restaurant, Glow, where Executive Chef Daniel Moran serves light and nutritious COMO Shambhala Cuisine. Based on fresh, organic ingredients, menus provide an ideal energy boost for fatigued travellers (Bangkok is a common gateway for travel to Thai beach resorts, as well as The Maldives and Bali.)
“Touchdown at the Met” is available for US$200 per person (if travelling alone), US$150 per person (party of two), US$134 per person (party of three) or US$125 per person (party of four), excluding tax and service charge.
Note a minimum five-hour stopover is required to make time for this package.
Rich Russian to send parents into space
Those who enjoy reading our blog may have noticed how tough life is for wealthy people who never know how to spend their money. Fortunately, companies such as Virgin always come up with great ideas to get their money back from their super rich oil suppliers.
A Russian businessman has paid $200,000 dollars to take his parents kilometers above Earth on a ride in a space ship, the Interfax news agency reported overnight.
“When I told
my mother we were going to fly in space, she asked me just
one question: ‘When?’ said Kutsenko, a 34-year-old who runs
an advertising agency. “We booked a couple of extra places.
Maybe one of our friends will want to come too,”
Another businessman, Timur Artemiev, also bought tickets along with his wife for the trip on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo craft, which is to take them 100km above the Earth.
Galactic commercial director Stephen Attenboro said 250
people, including 11 Russians, had signed up for flights on
SpaceShipTwo, according to the agency. The company’s
commercial space flights are due to start in 2010.
Passengers will take a two-hour flight and spend four minutes floating in zero gravity.
Space will now be the ultimate frontier for grooms and brides in 2011, when Rocketplane Kistler Japan who teamed up with wedding planner First Advantage begin hosting weddings aboard a 1-hour space flight that reaches an altitude of more than 100 kilometers (62.1 miles).
The cost of $2.2 million per wedding includes a photo and video album, “original space wedding dress”, wedding certificate, transportation cost from the launch site, accommodation, four days of rehearsal and live broadcast of the ceremony to those making up to the running reception on ground !
The space wedding services are scheduled to begin in 2011, but the group will start accepting applications early next month.
The world’s largest swimming pool
Already drawing the crowds in the South American resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile, this artificial lagoon and swimming pool has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the the biggest and longest swimming pool in the world.
The pool is 1013 metres (3,324 feet) long and covers an area of 8 hectares (19.77 acres), had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons (250,000 cubic meters ) of water. It is even navigable in small boats !
The idea to create this resort came as far back as 1997, when Chilean real estate developer and biochemist Fernando Fischmann, wanted to create a revolutionary resort. The motivating factor to create such an immense pool was the Pacific Ocean itself. The waters of the Pacific Ocean coast of Chile is cold, unclean and dangerous, so Mr Fischmann wanted to create a place for people to swim and enjoy water sports in a comfortable and safe environment. Rather than creating just another small swimming pool, he wanted something totally extraordinary.
The water is pumped in from the Pacific Ocean and treated before being pumped into the pool. The water temperature is kept at 26°C. It is 9°C warmer than the adjoining sea, allowing it to be used on cold days
Let’s take to the sea for $1 billion
At least, that’s the message from the world’s biggest cruise firms as they invest more than £1billion this year on huge new ships, many specifically designed for the British market. They hope to finally shake off the ‘quoits and cribbage’ image of holidays at sea with sleek modern facilities, must-see destinations and exciting excursions to attract younger travellers.
Giant among the newcomers will be the 160,000-tonne Independence of the Seas, arriving in Southampton later this month. The £420million Royal Caribbean ship, which shares the title of the biggest liner in the world with its two older sisters, is the length of five jumbo jets. Its crew will serve 100,000 meals a week to 3,600 passengers and among its attractions are a climbing wall, ice rink, surf machine and a shopping mall.
World’s Most Expensive Champagne Balloon Ride by Krug
Krug, the French champagne house, has come up with a new way to attract luxury consumers by offering the world’s most expensive balloon rides, available in locations all over the world ; in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tuscany, France – and Gloucestershire.
Besides the obvious trip up in a luxury balloon (gleaming hardware, basket lined with premium white leather) you also get gourmet dining complete with champagne and butler service while you’re in the air for a price tag of €50,000 for a group of up to 8 people.
Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru
Imagine a candlelight dinner with your loved one under the stars in the middle of the ocean. With only the ticklish feel of silky soft sand on your toes, and the melodies of gentle ocean waves caressing the shore, the universe seems for an instant a private Edenic playground for just the two of you.
Welcome to the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the Maldives. The jewel of the North Malé Atoll, the Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru is only 25 minutes by speedboat from Maldives’s international airport at Malé.
The resort’s 48 luxuriously appointed villas have their own private outdoor jet pool, sundeck and pavilion, with the ocean just a few steps away. Wake up each day to the warm embrace of the sun’s golden rays. Listen to the balmy sea breezes whisper secrets of seafaring tales from afar. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out to explore the numerous dive sites that dot the 26 atolls in the Maldives.
t day’s adventures.
Cox & Kings’ Bombay delight
Another proof of India’s growing economic power is the success story of Cox & Kings. The British travel company was founded in 1758 for officers serving in India. The company will be conducting their IPO on the Bombay Stock Exchange next month. In order to make this stock offering possible the UK parent company of Cox & Kings had to be taken over by its Indian subsidiary. The company plans to raise $130 million in the IPO.
What’s even more interesting is that Cox & Kings has entered into a partnership with the state-owned Indian Railways to build a luxury Orient Express-style train. The train will travel from Mumbai and Rajasthan across to Varanasi and Kolkata. Right now India currently has only two luxury trains, and they only travel within single states.
In an article in the Telegraph, Peter Kerka, the chief executive of Cox & Kings said that while seven years ago the bulk of Cox & Kings’ UK business involved shipping passengers from Britain to India. Today more Indian families are taking vacations all over their country. The company plans to increase its travel franchises in India from 15 to 300 by the end of 2008.
Samsonite Launches Solana and Hommage 2 Collections
The Solana line is designed to pack everything you would need or could possibly think of for your trip in a neat and organized fashion. It comes with a toiletry kit, wet pocket or removable suit sleeve. There’s even a 5 cm expandability for that extra packing space.
The Hommage 2 collection is an extended line of chi-chi luggage from the Hommage collection, and is only available this summer. With its nappa leather trimmings and lighter tones of almond ecru, sun olive, chocolate and charcoal black, the Hommage 2 collection exudes beauty and timeless elegance. The collection consists of duffles, spinners, shoulder bag, rolling tote, beauty case, toilet kit, lady bag and messenger bag.
SpaceShipTwo to touch new horizon in space tourism
Who says the word ‘dream’ only belongs to the dictionary of fools? Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of companies, visualized a far-fetched dream of space tourism years back, which now with dynamic support of designer Burt Rutan and financier Paul Allen is on the verge of become a reality.
A space-marvel, SpaceShipTwo, will not only open new dimensions for tourism industry but also set new standards for space research and aeronautical engineering. ‘SpaceShipTwo’ won’t take off like other spacecrafts from the ground, however, it’ll initially be lifted by the ‘White Knight Two’ (a carrier plane) to an altitude of 50,000 feet to continue the space voyage on its own.
SpaceShipTwo, an enhanced version of the X-Prize-winning ‘SpaceShipOne’ concept, will only carry eight people, including two pilots and six passengers, in a single voyage into sub-orbit. While the White Knight Two is all set to kick off, whereas, SpaceShipTwo is about 60% complete and will be ready for test flights, which are scheduled to commence in the later half of this year. Space travel by any means is not an ordinary expedition, neither is $200,000 ticket price that the unique tourists will have to pay for the lavish trip.
Nestled on the pristine Haa Alifu Atoll at the secluded Northern tip of the Maldives, the tranquil island of Manafaru sits in the glittering turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. This is where the exclusive and luxurious Beach House makes its home, offering travelers the perfect tropical island getaway.
The resort's 68 luxurious thatched villas and suites are set amidst the lush greenery and wild natural beauty of the island. Each blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spheres with open-air baths and outdoor dining areas characteristic of Maldivian architecture, pampering guests with their own private pool and butler.
The Beach House boasts a range of exciting recreational facilities, with a five-star PADI Dive Center, a water sports school, tennis and badminton courts, a bungee trampoline, library and game center. Guests can also make use of the resort's spa, dine at the three gourmet restaurants, or mingle at the three bars and dedicated wine cellar.
For those eager to explore, discover the hidden treasure of the Maldives with excursions to nearby inhabited islands. In addition, access to the resort's two private islands will make for the most intimate island dining and castaway experiences for a memorable island holiday.
- Amazon Village, Brazil
- Badrutt´s Palace, Switzerland
- Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand
- Choupana Hills Resort, Portugal
- Clayoquot Wilderness Outpost Camp, Canada
- Cousine Island Resort, The Seychelles
- Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle, Thailand-Laos-Burma
- Green Magic Nature Resort, Southern India
- Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village, Australia
- Tented Camp at Meroe, North Sudan
- Abercrombie and Kent
- Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
- Fours Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
- Newland, Tarlton and Co
- Olonana, Masai Mara National Reserve
- Paws Up – Tent City
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The best Ski-Hotels worldwide
- Copperhill Mountain Lodge – Ǻre, Sweden
- Fairmont Tremblant – Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
- Hotel Cheval Blanc – Courchevel, France
- Hotel Terra Jackson Hole – Teton Village, Wyoming, USA
- Solaris Cambrian Hotel & Spa – Adelboden, Switzerland
- Sonnenalp – Vail, Colorado, USA
- St. Regis Resort – Aspen, Colorado, USA
- Stein Eriksen Lodge – Park City, Utah, USA
- The Lake Crackenback Chalets – Crackenback, Australia
- The Post Hotel – Lake Louise (Alberta), Canada
- The Windsor Hotel - Toya, Japan
- Amanpulo, Philippines
- Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
- Cala di Volpe
- Casa de Campo
- Corumbau, Brazil
- Cuixmala, Mexico
- Eagles Nest, New Zealand
- Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Beach, Florida
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Routes, Trips & Places
The Most Beautiful Luxury Trains Around The World
- Eastern & Oriental Express
- El Transcantábrico
- Hiram Bingham
- Palace on Wheels
- Pride of Africa
- The Golden Chariot
- The Royal Scotsman
- Venice Simplon Orient-Express
The Most Romantic Places
- A boat ride through central Paris
- Empire State Building New York
- In a gondola in Venice
- Juliet’s balcony
- Picnic on the Beach at Sanibel Island
- Rick's Café Casablanca
- Schloss Neuschwanstein Bayern
- The Trevi Fountain
- Tiffany & Co. – Schmuckgeschäft in New York
- Turtle Island
World's Most Fascinating Routes
Impressive Natural Wonders Of Our World
- Iguazu Falls
- Lake Baikal, Siberia
- Mammoth Cave
- Mauna Kea
- Mount Everest
- Rio Amazonas
- The Galapagos Islands
- The Grand Canyon
- The Great Barrier Reef, coral reefs, Great Barrier Reef, South Pacific, Australian coast, diving
- The Sahara Desert
Best Places To Get Married
Favourite Holiday Escapes
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
- Jasper National Park – a Canadian Winter Fairy Tale
- Los Angeles
- New York
- North Berwick, Scotland
- Relaxing in the Santa Monica Mountains
- Riga, Latvia
- Southeast Corsica
- Spiekeroog, Beach Walks
- Spiekeroog, North Sea island
- Alain Ducasse
- La Grande Cascade
- La Table de Joël Robuchon
- Le Comptoir du Relais
- Les Ambassadeurs
- Pierre Gagnaire
- Relais de l'Entrecôte, Paris
- Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris and Le Chalet Fleuri, Vosges
- Atrio, Cáceres
- Café de l’Homme, Paris
- China Club, Berlin
- Comerç 24, Barcelona
- Crudo, Rome
- Do & Co, Wien
- El Bulli
- Eleven, Amsterdam
- La Pergola
- Le Club 55, Saint Tropez
- Lucques, Los Angeles
- Monsieur Vuong, Berlin
- Musculus in Alsace
- Osteria Mozza
- Per Se, New York
- Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
- Restaurant Ikarus, Salzburg
- Restaurant Schwarz & Weiz, Munich
- Restaurant Steirereck, Vienna
- River-Kasematten, Hamburg
- Sketch, London
- Spice Market, New York
- The Cupola in „Three on the Bund“, Shanghai
- The Fat Duck, Bray/Berkshire
- The French Laundry
- The Great Gallery Restaurant, London
- The Penthouse, Santa Monica
- Tokyo Bay, Fort Myers
- Turandot, Moskau
- Vogue, Istanbul
- Yauatcha, London
- “Aquarium” in Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris
Capital of Cool: the best shops in Milan
- Dsquared2, Milan
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Amanpuri Villa Homes in Phuket
Homes of Lake Andamen on the west coast of Phuket are
equipped with luxury and accommodation found nowhere else in
Behind the legendary Aman Resort, hidden behind a grove of palm trees, lie the thirty villa homes designed by Ed Tuttle, one of the world’s star architects. Each villa, many of which are directly on the ocean, has its own pool, maid, and cook. A Spa service is available round the clock, including exquisite massages, therapies, facials, scrubs, body wraps, baths, and beautifications. Amanpuri owns over 20 yachts, which are always available for exclusive overnight or day trips. The most desired yacht of all, the Maha Bhetra, is a 27½ m long luxury cruiser with a 5-man crew and cook. Wow.
Villa Lake Como Luxury XIII
One of the
most beautiful villas in all of Northern Italy – The Villa
Luxury XIII is a summer paradise on Lake Como.
The Luxury XIII villa is only reachable by boat, and that is just the edge of its exclusivity. Located far from the noise of everyday life, this corner of Lake Como is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the serenity of Northern Italy. The 30,000 m2 lakeside property is adorned with beds of flowers and huge cypress trees. A tennis court and several parks provide serene outdoor entertainment, while indoors one can choose from a fitness center or the home cinema. Naturally, butlers, housekeepers, and cooks are available with round the clock 5-star service
Taiyou Solar-Powered Lift System for Sightseeing in Any Mountainous Area with Lots of Sun
The new prototype by Fredrik Hyltén-Cavallius can be termed to be revolutionary in terms of both design and concept. vehicle can be said to be a replacement for the tried and tested mountain gondola for transporting between the mountains. For the starters this open faced sun-powered pod comes out to be a strong contender with good strong safety harnesses to support the device. This two-seater wonder has a sliding floor and it slides on the two wires hence it is more stable in high winds as compared to how a regular gondola will be. Overall it’s quite a chic product.
Colim Concept : A Cool Combination of A Car and A Caravan Camper
The new vehicle design by Christian Susana is a nice combination of car and a camper. Christian has called it Colim ( in Motion), which might not win many points on looks department, but still is quite useful given the kind of flexibility it offers. Colim provides the advantage of detaching the front part if one does not have a usage for the home part. Design wise it reminds more of geometric shape, which one can say to be a welcome change from the regular designs, but the designer has really explored a possibility using different shapes which may pave way for better shaped cars.
The designer says : “The Colim concept - an acronym meaning ‘colors of motion’ - is an intelligent mobility concept which stretches primarily the bridge between caravans, camper, lifestyle and business. Dubbed a ‘lifestyle motor home’, the cockpit can be disconnected from the usable living space. The livable area is flexible, with individually applicable multi function modules. Designed for two people (max. four persons), the motor home offers the possibility to personalize its four mobile ‘walls’ according to the present life situation of the user. This flexibility is not only limited to the living area, but also features in the cockpit.”
Designer : Christian Susana