HOMES: Copper Beech Farm, Greenwich, Connecticut

TNC-1-HOTELS_forweb2-mvDistress signals? Yes. Like so many in the country, current owners John and Lauri Rudey are having trouble keeping up with mortgage payments. So the couple, who are heavily invested in the troubled timber industry, have decided to sell their 50 acre property in Greenwich, CT.

The asking price is nearly five times the record price in town, $40.8 million for an 80 acre property on Conyers Farm Road.

Big draw: Although the house was built in 1898 for a co-founder of U.S. Steel, it’s not so much the Gilded Era manse that accounts for the awe-inspiring price. It’s the untouched waterfront estate, a rival to the Rockefellers’ Kykuit compound in its well-situated proximity to New York-both are about a half hour from Grand Central via presidential motorcade, or ten minutes or so in a helicopter.

Asking price: $190 M

TRAVEL: Two Seasons Island Resort & Spa Coron, Palawan – VIDEO

1015236_670504316308379_1220431617_oGetting to the wonderfully gorgeous Two Seasons Island Resort and Spa in the Philippines is quite possibly one of the most challenging and involved trips we’ve ever covered. After the 13 hour flight from Los Angeles to Manila Philippines which isn’t so bad since we’re traveling first class anyway; one must catch one of the the two airlines that make the 45 minute flight into to Busuanga (Coron) 2 – 3 times daily. Keep in mind that all the aircraft that service are propeller driven.  Continue Reading

Africa to become the next luxury goods capital

por3eAfrica is expected to become a luxury goods and fashion powerhouse as international goods companies start eyeing new consumer spaces.

“In essence, South Africa is an exciting space right now in Africa particularly. What’s happened over the last few years is that as other emerging markets have started to really take shape, luxury brands have started to look at new markets. Africa has really been a new frontier for luxury,” the Southern Africa Luxury Association’s Silvana Bottega told CNBC Africa on Wednesday. Continue Reading

STYLE: Hermès $13,000 Basketball -VIDEO

hermes-basketball-1-630x419We happened across this information that  French luxury fashion group Hermes, famed for its exclusive handbags and scarves, had created a $12,900 basketball to grace its renovated Los Angeles store. Apparently, a leading tabloid recently reported that the luxurious French fashion label “Hermes” is offering a collection of very rare limited edition items as part of a special offer. Reportedly “Hermes” is trying to attract its upscale American consumers by opening three brand new retail outlets in select upmarket locations of the likes of Atlanta, Miami and Beverly Hills. Continue Reading

HOTELS: Plans Afoot for Dubai’s Underwater Hotel

dubai-water-discus-1Dubai is no stranger to breaking records. First, they built the world’s largest mall, then they built the world’s tallest building… And now, if plans come to fruition, the emirate could become home to the world’s largest underwater hotel.

The Water Discus hotel has been designed by Polish company Deep Ocean Technology (DOT) with the help of Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult AG. The hotel will comprise of two discs – one under the water, and one suspended above the water. The discs will be connected by five legs, and a vertical shaft in the centre housing stairs and a Continue Reading

AUTO: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

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The most potent and technologically advanced Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith is a car for the curious, the confident and the bold. From the very outset the words of the company co-founder Sir Henry Royce had informed everything that our designers, engineers and craftspeople had set out to achieve:’Take the best that exists and make it better: when it does not exist, design it.’

So we have created a car that pushes the boundaries of design and engineering. With the power, style and drama to make the world stand still. Wraith debuts the most intelligent drivetrain ever to feature in a Rolls-Royce. This is a car that can see into the future.

Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS data and the navigation system to predict the road ahead. It then automatically chooses the right gear on the eight speed transmission delivering power smoothly without any unnecessary gear

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