Friday, November 30, 2012

World's Most Expensive Penthouse Sells For 237 Million Euro

Barely a month after that a London penthouse had sold for 170 Million Euro ($220 million), making it the world's most expensive private residence, the record has been shattered with the 237 Million Euro ($308 million) sale of a palatial penthouse in Monaco (above). The Monaco property, called La Belle Epoque, has quite a history; formerly the home of billionaire banker Edmond J. Safra, it's where he was found dead following a mysterious fire that gutted the apartment in 1999. The three-bedroom, 1625sqm(17,500-sq-.ft.) duplex penthouse, which includes a double-height library and vast roof terraces complete with mature 15-foot trees and an infinity pool, is thought to have been purchased by an Arab sheikh, the Economic Times reports

The apartment's luxe features include a panic room with reinforced glass and surveillance cameras, cinema screens which emerge from walls at the touch of a button, numerous walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms, a leisure room with billiard tables and arcade video games, a Jacuzzi and spa, and a media room with special executive chairs which convert into beds. The penthouse was sold by British property developers Christian and Nick Candy, who acquired the space relatively cheaply following the fire from Lily Safra and hired designer Martin Kemp to oversee 31Million Euro ($40 million) in renovations, including a dining room (above) with a platinum leaf ceiling.

 The two-storey residence is believed to be the most expensive penthouse in the world and it was designed by Candy and Candy, a design company in London. Some of its highlights are the full height library, the cinema rooms, the infinity pool, the panic room with surveillance cameras and, of course, the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Regina Hotel Baglioni Rome

The luxury Italian "The Regina Hotel Baglioni" hotel is a stone’s throw from the Borghese Gardens, Borghese Museum and the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti with its fabulous shops and cafes.
Built in 1904, the luxury hotel in Rome welcomes its guests with marvelously furnished rooms that once hosted elite guests in history such as Queen Margherita of Savoy.
 The luxury Italian hotel is styled in a liberty-style building, the hotel has hosted a refined clientele in search of traditional space, able to satisfy any need. The place reflects the spirit of Italy at the beginning of the XX century and it is esteemed as one of the most significant historic buildings in Rome.
 Rooms and suites are inviting, elegant and come with WiFi Internet access – what you would expect from a 21st-century luxury hotel. Some rooms come with delightful views of Rome. The Panoramic Suite on the 8th floor comes with its own terrace and outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub, offering stunning views over the rooftops of Rome.
 The Brunello Lounge & Restaurant boasts an exclusive access directly onto the Via Veneto and welcomes guests and locals in a unique style blending contemporary design and traditional, Italian elegance. It is the ideal place to taste wonderful dishes full of Mediterranean flavours created by the internationally acclaimed Chef Luciano Sarzi Sartori. It really is the ultimate place for fine dining and tantalising cocktails in Rome.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pierre Marcolini Belgian luxury chocolats

One of the greatest Chocolatier of all times!  Pierre Marcolini whose name is famed among chocoholics, is Belgian by nationality and Italian by origin.   Absolutely exquisite chocolate by the master of his craft.

Pierre Marcolini is a traditionally trained pastry and chocolate chef who has won several titles such as World Pastry Champion in 1995 and has opened a string of very successful shops in his name in Brussels, Paris, London, Tokyo… Not just that, but the man has charisma and his apparition at the Salon du Chocolat was greeted like that of a rock star, complete with Japanese girls shrieking his name! Now we also found out that beyond the great chocolate artist and the successful businessman there’s also a great guy who is driven by his passion for chocolate.

The aim of Pierre Marcolini is to bring to the world, perfection when it comes to luxury chocolate. In order to do this Marcolini travels around the world meeting producers who are passionate about their work. These producers lead Marcolini to discover rare and very precious beans which are then processed in the workshop and yield chocolate of the finest. This chocolate is more intense, delicate in flavor and harmonious than any found the world over.

The luxury chocolate squares of Pierre Marcolini each weigh barely more than 6 grams. Thanks to the master chocolatiers passion for chocolate and travelling to ensure the manufacture of some of the very best chocolate in the world each luxury square has more texture, fullness and finesse. The secret to making luxury chocolate such as this is finding the very best ingredients and Marcolini goes to the ends of the earth to uncover only the very best.

In fact Pierre Marcolini never compromises when it comes to the raw materials needed for his excellent creations. Travelling to such places as Madagascar, Trinity Island, Latin America and Mexico in search of cocoa beans he is not satisfied with just bringing back the beans as they are. The beans are subtlety blended from the different regions and working with the original aromas the chocolate master creates flavors that are unequalled. Anything from ganaches created with teas from around the world to origin Crus chocolate bars. Marcolini believes that the secret to success with luxury chocolate of the very best lies in the creation of your own coating and using only the very best selected ingredients. Each of these enhances the specialty of the other to create chocolate that is unique, original and always different.

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