One of the World’s Best Waterside Homes

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On the Caribbean isle of St. Lucia, find your dream home at The Residences at Sugar Beach. The exclusive development is situated between the two soaring volcanic spires of the Pitons, an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Residences have been acclaimed as one of the world’s best waterside homes, matching a spectacular locale and commitment to environmental sustainability with the finest aspects of luxury living.

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Designed in a contemporary reinterpretation of French classic colonial style, each of the 38 individually tailored Residences is the epitome of elegance, featuring handpicked furnishings, landscaped gardens and a spacious terrace and infinity pool.

Owners have full access to Viceroy Hotels and Resorts’ five-star amenities, from a selection of gourmet restaurants and an on-site spa to a water sports center and two white sand beaches. 

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Knightsbridge: The Rib Room

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Hailed as a gastronomic institution within the chic environs of Knightsbridge, the Rib Room’s reputation certainly precedes itself as I arrive. The entrance to the restaurant opens up to an elegant and spacious bar that very much puts you in mind of the Great Gatsby era – it’s grand but not ostentatious; just the right amount of glamour. A couple of pre-dinner cocktails later – expertly made Bellinis – my guest and I were escorted to our table where that reputation began to show itself. For such an esteemed venue the dining options are refreshingly simple: the Classic Menu, the Seasonally Modern and the Private Dining Menu.

My initial choice of Beef Tartare (which was explained and prepared at the table) was truly exquisite, while my guest’s decision to experience the timeless Prawn Cocktail was met with approving nods.  The Rib of Beef was next on my wish list and it arrived just as I imagined it: daintily presented, succulent and flavoursome. Each course was intuitively complemented by some of the most exciting wines I’ve had this year which came expertly recommended by Head Sommelier, Louise Gordon.

For dessert, I opted for the Raspberry Soufflé that sent my taste buds into a state of delirium; my guest went traditional with the cheese board – complete with a selection of chutneys and the most delightfully tasty truffle honey. With only a hint of murmuring from our dining neighbours, the atmosphere all evening was blissfully understated. Completely satiated, I lightly pondered on the essence of the Rib Room – a classic venue that deserves every accolade that was bestowed upon it over its half a century existence.

French Delicacies

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Sipping on Moët & Chandon is definitely one of our favourite luxuries and we’re equally elated that the leading champagne brand has teamed up with the Michelin three-star chef Yannick Alléno. Formerly of Le Meurice in Paris, this collaboration resulted in the opening of Le &—a pop-up restaurant set within the L’Orangerie reception space in Moët & Chandon’s historic estate which dates back to the early 1800s. The experience begins in the property’s glasshouse reception area with a selection of seven appetizers called the 7 Salt Bar.

Each of the dishes—including dim sum with pork extract and mushroom, fregola sarda pasta with shellfish, and oyster with cucumber extract—is served with Moët Impérial and explores how salinity interacts with the bitterness and acidity from the grapes, the earthy umami from the yeast, and the sweetness of the dosage. Guests then migrate to the main dining room, which features chandeliers crafted from Moët bottles and a central open kitchen with Molteni appliances. Here, pike terrine brioche is served with mushroom extract, butter, lobster coral, and the rich Grand Vintage Collection 1985, which has hints of preserved mirabelle plums. Roasted lamb chop with potato and onion is paired with the creamy pomelo notes of the Grand Vintage 2006.

After dinner, guests are guided into a dimly lit space meant to heighten the senses of taste and smell; there they are served three shots of concentrated parsnip that was cooked sous vide and then run through an ice-cream maker several times. The potent reduction is served alongside glasses of pale-yellow Grand Vintage Collection 1999, which exhibits refined notes of nectarine and currant. The evening is concluded back in the dining room, now transformed into a lounge bar with overstuffed chairs, neon illuminated art, a DJ, and a dessert menu that pairs the romantic and fruity Moët Impérial and Grand Vintage Collection 1999 with creative delicacies such as strawberry soup, Baulus cake with beer ice and beer pie, and stirred yogurt with gelled corn extract and popcorn.

Louis Vuitton: Carbon-fiber Luggage for the BMWi8

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Frequent business travelers often encounter slinky shapes and innovative mechanical configurations of exotic cars that often end up leaving odd pockets for luggage. But with the introduction of the new BMW i8, the German marque collaborated with Louis Vuitton to create a collection of four pieces of carbon-fiber luggage specifically designed for the i8 that are decorated with the fashion house’s famed Damier pattern. Designed to make your travel experience easier, they are exceptionally light and the carbon-fiber textile used in the construction of the bags is also extremely durable. A padlock engraved with “LV” keeps the bags’ contents safe and secure, while leather name tags should help to avoid confusion in the unlikely event that an identical set is already on the conveyor belt or the bellhop’s trolley. 

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Each of the four bags is equipped with dyed natural-leather handles, and the large Weekender GM i8 also has a shoulder strap for easy carrying once it is removed from the forward trunk of the two-plus-two sports coupe. (The mid-mounted power train takes up the space behind the cabin.) The Garment Bag i8 lies on the package shelf, while the smaller Weekender PM i8 rests atop the Business Case i8, which conforms to the contour of either rear seat. Inside each bag, a microfiber lining in charcoal gray and electric blue echoes the color scheme of the car. The i8 luggage series is available upon request at Louis Vuitton boutiques worldwide.

St Kitts: Private Airport Terminal & Lounge

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A new private airport terminal on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean has opened its doors. The terminal features a Yu Lounge, which also has a facility at the Mauritius international airport. Designed by the Mumbai, India–based architecture firm Bobby Mukherji and Associates, the new St. Kitts private terminal was built to help eliminate the hassles of airport security and tedious lines.

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The terminal, located just west of the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport’s main parking apron, is primarily used as a facility for travelers flying privately to and from St. Kitts, but it is also available to passengers on commercial flights. The terminal’s Yu Lounge concierge can book transportation to and from hotels, make restaurant reservations, and help plan local activities. The lounge also offers gourmet dining services, Wi-Fi access, meeting rooms with secretarial services, and charging stations for personal devices.

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Island Hopping

Barefoot by the Sea Restaurant at Sandals Negril, Jamaica

Barefoot-by-the-Sea-Restaurant-Sandals-JamaicaDiscover the sumptuous flavours of fresh seafood with a distinctive Jamaican twist while digging your toes into the powdery white sand and sipping your Bahama Mama at Barefoot by the Sea. Feast on sumptuous cuisine and exquisite cocktails prepared by internationally trained chefs while you enjoy unparalleled service and spectacular vistas of Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach with the beautiful sea just steps away.

Surfsong Villa Resort, BVI 

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Explore tranquillity. Discover time. Redefine escape. A boutique resort located at the heart of the British Virgin Islands, its natural beachfront setting is the ideal spot for some of life’s most memorable moments, like a sundowner on the sand. Munch island appetisers in the tropical tree-shaded courtyard, mix a drink at the honour bar and relax at the waterfront beach lounge, or sway the day away in a beachside hammock.

Camana Bay, Cayman Islands 

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A vivacious community of specialty shops, restaurants and cafés, designed around lush gardens, pedestrian-friendly walkways, a kick-off-your-shoes-sandbar and an observation tower providing a bird’s eye view of the Caribbean Sea, Camana Bay offers a medley of marvellous spots for a sundowner. Whether craving a creative cocktail at one of the top-notch restaurants or preferring a more casual picnic on the green, it is the perfect place to enjoy the setting sun, cold drink in hand.

The Cliff at Cap Maison, St. Lucia 

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Hovering over the sea, like a bird in flight, The Cliff at Cap Maison is one of the most spectacular waterfront locations in the region. While the restaurant focuses on contemporary cuisine that incorporates French West Indian influences and fresh produce, the perched-upon-a-cliff deck provides cool breezes and technicolour sunsets – the ultimate backdrop against which to imbibe.

Sunset Grille, St. Thomas, USVI

Sunset-Grille-St-Thomas-USVIWith a menu built on diverse and creative American classics, the sophisticated waterfront restaurant is the perfect place for an evening libation. Located within Secret Harbour Beach Resort, the chic décor is as warm and inviting as the balmy tropical breezes enjoyed on the outdoor patio. Whether indulging in exotic Absolutely Lavender Martini or a local favourite, The Saint Thomian, the spectacular views and gracious service will whet your whistle.

Luxury Travel Apps

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We, at Platinum Services Limited, remember the time when booking a holiday meant browsing through a stack of brochures, a lengthy visit to the travel agent or booking a holiday over the phone on the recommendation of a friend. Today, thanks to the advances in modern technology, booking a holiday has never been easier. If you’re into your smartphone, you’ll know there is an app for almost anything. Here’s a list of the cream of the crop:-

PrivateFly – PrivateFly is a great app if you want to book a private jet. It gives you access to over 8000 accredited jet charters around the world and allows you to read descriptions, view photos and get the contact details you need when time is of the essence.

Amble – Developed on behalf of Louis Vuitton, Amble provides users with a unique way of capturing and sharing their travel experiences. The GPS-powered Around Me function helps users to discover new locations close to them. Once you have found a wonderful place, you can take photos, record audio snippets and create some fantastic memories of your trip.

Jetsetter – If you want 60 per cent off bookings for five-star hotels, ski resorts and spas, Jetsetter can put you in touch with the latest deals. You’ll find luxury safaris, cruises and adventure holidays on offer.

Luxe City Guides – The great thing about this app is the reviews are written and researched by Luxe’s very own team. This is a great app to have on hand if you love to explore the world’s major cities.

Goop City Guides – Devised by celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop City Guides offer a personal glimpse into some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, London and New York. There’s a dedicated tab that will help you track down the most rustic or traditional places to hang out.

Tripit – This clever smartphone app gives you access to a virtual travel PA in your pocket. Simply send Tripit your hotel, flight and car hire details and it will create a mini itinerary to keep on your phone. This is a great app for business and leisure travellers alike.

 

Virgin Atlantic: Upper Class Treat

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Designed as a fashionable yet fun alternative to the popular Virgin Atlantic Upper Class sleep suit, passengers will be able to enjoy maximum comfort while flying. “As someone who travels a lot, I know how important it is to feel comfortable when heading to the skies”, said Amber Le Bon. “The new Virgin Atlantic onesie is comfortable yet stylish – the perfect combination for long haul travel,” she continued. While, Fay Burgin, head of global public relations said, “We are passionate about new innovations such as bringing our Upper Class passengers the first ever limited edition airline onesie.”

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Kudos Virgin Atlantic!

Picchio Boat

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By Karen Brost

It’s time to take everything you ever knew about catamarans and set it aside, because award-winning designer Christian Grande has created a game-changing new catamaran concept. Named the “Picchio Boat,” this revolutionary vessel is designed to cruise for extended periods (up to 2,500 miles) while honoring family life and demonstrating a respect for nature.

Spanning a lengthy 71 feet, the Picchio Boat contains a central salon with spacious living and dining areas. The salon also features a unique “submarine observatory” set between the hulls that allows passengers to view marine life, even at night with the aid of special underwater spotlights.

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The master cabin, accessible from the piloting area, has a glass floor under the bed to give the impression that it is floating on an illuminated sea. The cabin is also equipped with a large wardrobe, vanity desks and a spacious private bath. The boat’s lower deck includes two spacious VIP cabins with private baths, the galley and a children’s playroom with foldaway berths. Lounges for relaxation are located on the stern and forward balcony. The environmentally-friendly Picchio is also equipped with two Volvo Penta IPS engines to reduce her fuel consumption by one-third compared to other engines.

 

Al fresco Dining: Wine Accessories

With summer in full swing, this is the ideal time to take advantage of the breathtaking weather conditions and experience great al fresco dining. If you’re one who likes to host such events, or will be in attendance, here’s a list of six wine accessories that’ll help you seal the deal.

Cheshire Wine & Picnic Basket is a gorgeous accompaniment to any picnic and has everything you’ll need. The set includes ceramic plates, glass wine glasses, stainless flatware, cotton napkins, a food cooler, an insulated wine pouch, spill proof salt & pepper shakers, wood handle cheese knife, stainless waiters corkscrew, and—not to be forgotten—a fleece blanket.

649Cheshire_Picnic_Basket_BR_for_Two_with_Blanket_ Bring your wine to the party in The Wine Purse—a hot item on the wine scene right now! They’re available in multiple colors and styles to go with any outfit.

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If it’s a trek to your picnic destination, you might want to bring along the Ravi instant wine chiller. This little gadget attaches to the mouth of the bottle and chills the wine as you poor.

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Pour without pulling the cork with the Coravin Wine Access System. This handy device allows wine to flow out without oxygen getting in. When it’s removed from the bottle the cork expands back to its place, sealing the bottle.

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The London Lux Wine & Cheese Cooler includes 2 acrylic wine glasses, a corkscrew, bottle stopper, cheese board with knife, and coordinating napkins.

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The Fida Mat by Patrick Frey provides supportive seating anywhere. In just a few simple steps the unfurled folding mat is transformed into a fully functional, comfortable piece of seating.

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