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Say Hello to 2014 With the $1M Armand de Brignac "Empire" Collection at XS Nightclub

Dec 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

New Years Day is all about resolutions, making changes, and reflecting on the kind of year you want to have. But the eve before the big day is about celebrating with lavish parties to enjoy the last night of the year…before making a fresh start. So on the last night of 2013, XS Nightclub at the Wynn in Las Vegas will be offering its guests a $1 million way to commemorate the annual event.... Read More

The Berkeley Hotel in London Opens Chic New Rooftop Spa

Dec 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

London’s luxurious Berkeley Hotel — a celebrity haunt with guests like Madonna, Gisele Bundchen and Leo DiCaprio — has just unveiled the Bamford Haybarn Spa on its 8th floor rooftop. The spa is designed to “bring the essence of the English countryside to the heart of the city,” and was created in partnership with Bamford Organic, the UK’s premier organic beauty brand. The spa will now be the focus of the hotel’s unique rooftop space which features a swimming pool, secret garden and state-of-the-art gym.... Read More

Benneton Grauver: The Stationer To Celebs & Royals for Over 130 Years

Dec 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Nicholas

Some of the world’s most beautiful stationary sits stacked on shelves in a discreet shop in Paris’ haute 8th Arrondissment. With clients like Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and a host of French nobility, Benneton Gravuer has been turning out exquisite paper products and other engraving for over 130 years.... Read More

Take a Ferrari or Lamborghini For a Spin Around Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Dec 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

You may not know it, but Sleep Train Amphitheatre in San Diego isn’t just a music venue. It’s also home to Xtreme Adventures’ (XA) next autocross event which puts everyday people in the driver’s seat of exotic sports cars to test your skills on their race course.... Read More

ARIA Resort & Casino Creates $1 Million #VegasWeekend Checklist

Dec 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, chances are that you’ve thought of what $1M could buy you and how your experience would be that much more enjoyable. To give you an idea of how they would spend the money, ARIA Resort & Casino has created a visual checklist of all the best ways to splurge in Sin City in one weekend.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester Serves Up Authentic Portuguese Fare at 42

Dec 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Forty-two stories above downtown White Plains, The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester — the tallest building in between NYC and Boston — sits the glass-paneled walls of 42, the hotel’s restaurant. It offers stunning views of Westchester County and a distant Manhattan skyline. While the eatery boasts four kitchens, a banquet space, and lounge area that extends up to the 43rd floor, the even bigger attraction is the down-home Portuguese cooking set in a casual fine-dining atmosphere.... Read More

The Reel Miami Project Invites Viewers to Discover 6 Shorts on "The Magic City"

Dec 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

The ever-mirroring "life-imitates-art-imitates-life" cycle is the engine that powers Miami, a city where lines between fantasy and reality are intentionally blurred. Is she or isn't she Photoshopped? For that matter, is she a she? Is the hoodie-wearing youth next to her an up-and-coming modern artist, or a con artist? ... Read More

Rémy Martin's Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 Unveiled at The St. Regis Atlanta

Dec 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Swivel notes of plum and dates during your first sip; journey through flavors of gingerbread, prune stone and ginger; and settle on a slight touch of tobacco leaf — these are the flavors of the new Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 from Rémy Martin. If your palate was just wet and you want to try it out for yourself, you’ll have to shell out around $1,050 for a 1/2 ounce at select high-end establishments around the world.... Read More

Grammy Award Winner Ne-Yo Gives Back With Compound Foundation's Giving Tour

Dec 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

On Monday, December 3 the Children’s Aid Society in Harlem was visited by a very special guest. Grammy Award winning recording artist Ne-Yo was starting his whirlwind 7th Annual Giving Tour in partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Atlanta.... Read More

The James Royal Palm Continues to Shine One Year Later on Miami's Coast

Dec 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

It is easy to see why The James Royal Palm Miami has been recognized with awards and accolades from top travel publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure since its opening one year ago. A beautiful setting on the beachfront, combined with The James' dedication to details and customer service ensures that every guest has a memorable stay.... Read More

Party Like Bunnies at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago's Playboy New Years Eve Fête

Dec 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Hey Chicago, still looking for New Years Eve plans? How about celebrating Playboy’s 60th anniversary at one of the country’s most notable hotels known for their swanky accommodations and true rock and roll spirit? To commemorate Playboy’s birthday, ChicagoNYEparty.com and Becker Entertainment are hosting a New Year’s Eve formal fête at the Hard Rock Hotel.... Read More

The Musée Baccarat Puts the Brand's Finest Crystal on Display in Paris

Dec 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Nicholas

Baccarat has long been the crystal of choice for the world’s most discerning customers, the history of which is the focus of a beautiful museum in Paris’ 16th Arrondissment. The Musée Baccarat is located in the former home of the eccentric and influential French patron of the arts Marie-Laure de Noailles, and is also the brand’s corporate headquarters. Decorated by Philippe Starck, the museum features some of the most significant works Baccarat has produced over its several centuries in operation.... Read More

Giant Red Snails Inch Into New York City for the REgeneration Art Project

Dec 16, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Ah, the world of arts and culture, where the eclectic and the esoteric are seamlessly enigmatic…and then some. Eight enormous red snails are on display in New York’s Columbus Circle, as part of the REgeneration Art Project that seeks to encourage urban residents to regenerate their cities and boroughs into more joyful and sustainable environments.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Displays Life Size Macaron Christmas Tree

Dec 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

A Christmas tree that looks so delicious you could eat it has popped up inside of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Made of 8,000 colorful French macarons and reaching 8-feet-tall, the holiday tree is a whimsical life-size display of sweet proportions. Incredibly, each meringue-based treat was handcrafted over several weeks and assembled during a 58-hour marathon conducted by the hotel’s pastry team.... Read More

Two Luxury Las Vegas Estates to Be Auctioned With No Reserve This Month

Dec 14, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

New York-based luxury real estate auctioneer, Concierge Auctions, in conjunction with Synergy Sotheby's International Realty, will host a no-reserve auction that features two luxury Las Vegas properties, the Tom Ford Ranch and Penthouse 55302 at the Palms Casino Resort. The auction will occur on December 20 in Las Vegas.... Read More

Byblos Milano Hosts 007-Themed New Years Eve Party

Dec 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This year, Byblos Milano, a new club in Milan, is ringing in the New Year 007 style. Making sure everyone gets in the spirit of the evening, a dress code of elegant spy wear is required, so make sure to watch a few more Bond movies before finding that perfect outfit. Guests participating in the night will have the option of beginning with dinner before dancing the night away.... Read More

9th Annual Wired Store Open for Holiday Shopping in New York City

Dec 12, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

This season’s pop-up WIRED store—featuring the latest in upscale, cutting-edge gifts, and gadgetry—is in the Meatpacking District of New York City and will remain open through December 22.... Read More

Saltbox Serves Up Bold Dishes with Local Ingredients & Crafty Cocktails

Dec 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Duly enhancing San Diego’s cool downtown scene is Saltbox, a gastro-lounge where dining, drinking, socializing and relaxing all convene for a multi-sensory respite. To kick things up a notch, the affable eatery—located lounge-level in the Hotel Palomar in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District—recently appointed “culinary cutthroat” Jeremiah Bryant as Chef de Cuisine.... Read More

guz architects' Tangga House Redefines The Traditional Courtyard

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

I think it's safe to say that guz architects is one of our favorite firms, with every design looking like it was drafted right from our dreams. Last week we told you about the Fish House, which has a media room submerged in the swimming pool, and now we're going to tell you about the Tangga House, located in Holland Village (an elite district in Singapore).... Read More

Billy Zane Showcases His Titanic Talents at Art Basel Miami

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

While most people may only recognize actor Billy Zane for his efforts in film, he is now solidifying his role as a talented painter. Zane, who began painting in 1997, was surrounded by some of the city’s most elite onlookers at this year’s Art Basel in Miami. He unveiled his newest collection entitled Nowness with much anticipation. Done in collaboration with Lionheart Capital, PPMG and the Rosenbaum Gallery, the invite-only reception was held on the sweeping terrace of the iconic Hotel Victor.... Read More

The James New York: Decidedly Modern and Chic in NYC's Artistic SoHo District

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Located in the trendy SoHo neighborhood, The James New York is a welcome respite for visitors to the city and locals alike. Feast on delicious food at the hotel's dining concepts from Chef David Burke, enjoy the outdoor spaces, including a unique multi-level Urban Garden and rooftop pool deck and bar JIMMY, or merely sink into the comfortable linens of your king-sized bed.... Read More

Arizona Biltmore to Host the State's First Concours d'Elegance in January

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Every January, new world records are set in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area during the many major collector car auctions that take place. In Scottsdale in 2013 a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider sold for a record-breaking $8.25 million at Gooding & Co.’s sale. Likewise, RM Auctions set another milestone with the sale of a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione for $8.14 million on the same day.... Read More

Music and Art Come Together at Pop-Up Piano Miami During Art Basel Week

Dec 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

One of the most appreciated things about Art Basel this year, was the incorporation of art and music, which could be found at various venues around the city. One notable star-studded musical performance in particular took place at the Related Group's Pop-Up Piano Miami (PUPM) event, a three-day concert series. ... Read More

Key Air Adds Falcon 900C to Its Charter Fleet Plus Expanded Service to Mid-Atlantic

Dec 6, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Aircraft management and business jet charter service Key Air announced that it has added a Dassault Falcon 900C jet to its managed charter aircraft fleet. The jet, which is based in Virginia, enables the private-aviation firm Key Air to expand its services to the Mid-Atlantic area, including Washington, D.C.... Read More

Art Basel 2013 Lights Up Miami With Over 250 Galleries & Evening Parties

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Foglia

Art Basel has officially kicked-off in Miami Beach, drawing in swarms of the most creative, eclectic and chicest patrons to its epicenter of paradise to adore and envy great works of art, live performances and more. This year, Art Basel entails more than 250 galleries making up the eight sectors, leaving plenty to see from December 5-8.... Read More

Impress Your Friends By Making Your Own Custom Wine With The Wine Foundry

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sure, you can drink wine you bought from a store like everyone else, or you could help make your own and impress your friends and family with your amazing winemaking skills. If you’d opt for the latter (and why wouldn’t you?), The Wine Foundry (TWF) in Sonoma has all the tools you’ll need to turn grapes into, well…something a little more enjoyable for adults.... Read More

The Artfully Stylish Hotel Monaco Philadelphia Proves a Breath of Fresh Air

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

There are few places in America with a richer history than Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin flew his famous electricity-seeking kites there, the Quakers settled in the area to escape religious tyranny, and Betsy Ross sewed flags in her quaint cottage home in this city.  While history remains one of Philly's draws, a new surge of hospitality and culture is seeping into the City of Brotherly Love, particularly with the 2012 opening of the Kimpton's group Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Earlier this fall, I paid a short visit to the vibrant hotel and was captivated by its artful design and delightful spirit.... Read More

Absorb the Sights and Sounds of Wine Country at Meadowood Napa Valley

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Owned by local vintners and surrounded by the beauty of the wine country, Meadowood Napa Valley is a premier resort for getting to know the area and absorbing its fine wines, culture and dining delights. The property’s interiors are as beautiful and elegant as the outdoors and its dedication to showcasing Napa’s products and region is evident throughout.... Read More

Dancing With the Stars Winner Whips Guests Into Shape at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

Dec 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

If you’re ever going to achieve your secret dream of winning the mirrored-ball championship trophy on Dancing With the Stars, well, the fact is that you’re going to have to train. And here’s your opportunity to do so in the heart of the warm Palm Springs Valley with the best of the best: Karina Smirnoff. Joining the cast for eight seasons, Smirnoff is an international dance champion and a winning dancer on the show. ... Read More

Claridge's Hotel Unveils London's Most Fashionable Christmas Tree by Dolce & Gabbana

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Claridge's, a landmark hotel in London’s posh Mayfair neighborhood whose admirers include Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Madonna and Victoria Beckham, has unveiled what is undoubtedly the world’s most fashionable Christmas tree. Designed by longtime guests and friends of the hotel, the tree was created by Italian fashion icons Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The luxurious hotel, originally opened in 1812, has made a tradition of inviting its designer devotees to design a Christmas tree each year; past contributors have included Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Dior’s John Galliano.  ... Read More

PGA National Resort & Spa's $100M Renovations Create a Golfer's Paradise

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens is famed among golf aficionados for the chance to tee off on the same hallowed greens as the pros. Since 2007 the incredible 2,340 acre property has played host to the Honda Classic, a key event on the PGA Tour. It was also the site of the 1983 Ryder Cup, the 1987 PGA Championship, and the Senior PGA Championship from 1982 to 2000. ... Read More

Thor Equities Acquires $330+ Million Property On Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Dec 2, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Real estate developer Thor Equities, in conjunction with Dutch property firm Meyer Bergman and Israel-based Harel Insurance and Finance Group, has purchased the prestigious address 65-67 Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris for over $330M — though the exact price of the purchase was not revealed. ... Read More

A $22M New Look for an Old Celebrity Haunt: Kona Kai Resort & Marina

Dec 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Kona Kai Resort & Marina in San Diego is going through a bit of an identity crisis; one that is taking $22 million to fully realize. Currently, when you visit the property, you can see that it remembers what it once was, sees where it wants to be, and yet — still remains a forgotten resort that quietly rests on the shores of Shelter Island.... Read More

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