Luxury & Ultra-Luxe

The Best Bars with a View in London

A blog post for City Wonders, September 2017
"Sky-high bars rarely have rock-bottom prices, and considering Duck and Waffle's placement bang in the middle of the city, there are plenty of high-earners willing to flash the cash here..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2017
"Sicily is a veritable open-air museum of extraordinary archaeological sites nestled among staggering and oh-so-dramatic nature (we’re talking volcanoes exploding into the night sky)..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Umbria, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2017
"Rolling hills carpeted in green, interrupted only by rows of pristine vineyards and serene olive groves, picture-perfect towns and fine cobbled-street villages: Umbria is Italy at its very best..."

The Latest Spa Wellness Trend? Salt Rooms

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2017
"It's been around since the time of the Romans, but in recent years the salt therapy trend has gone global. You'll find it used to treat everything from allergies to asthma, colds to eczema..."

Isle of Skye Region Vacation Guide

A destination guide for Expedia, December 2016
"From mist-shrouded mountain peaks to plunging sea cliffs, moss-carpeted valleys to ancient fishing villages, this magical yet windswept Scottish island is a place of wild, rugged beauty..."

Western Nicaragua Region Vacation Guide

A destination guide for Expedia, November 2016
"The variety of dining and nightlife options make San Juan del Sur a pleasant stop. The main draw, however, is the series of spectacular surf spots and sandy beaches within easy reach..."

Vila Vila Parc Website Content

Website copy for Vila Vita Parc, September 2016
"Our accommodation comes in various shapes and sizes, from chic, sea-inspired rooms and suites with ocean-view terraces to gloriously spacious whitewashed villas with private pools..."

AlmaLusa: Designer Boutique Hotel Opens in Lisbon

A press release for Bacall Associates, June 2016
"As the debut property of AlmaLusa Hotels, this boutique 28-room hotel in the heart of Lisbon offers a smart alternative for urban travellers looking for a contemporary approach to luxury..."

A Tattoo is for Life at The Siam in Bangkok

A press release for Bacall Associates, May 2016
"A craftsman of the highest order, renowned for the amazing intricacy and beauty of his work, Arjan Boo was trained in the traditional art of Sak Yant tattoos at the Wat Bang Phra temple..."

Hotel Villa Franca Website Content

Website copy for Hotel Villa Franca, May 2016
"With the picturesque cobbled piazzas of Positano and two blissful beaches just steps away, this divine hilltop retreat allows you to soak up the glamour of the enchanting Amalfi Coast..."

Finolhu, Maldives: A Revival Of Classic Beach Chic

A press release for Bacall Associates, May 2016
"Taking its cue from the halcyon days of the glamorous getaway, Finolhu recalls the evocative allure of classic beach breaks with its vintage design, retro touches and laid-back ambiance..."

Monaco and the Jet-Set Lifestyle

An article for Luxe Magazine, March 2016
"Just the name of this tiny tax-free principality conjures up images of the glamorous Grimaldis, fast-living Formula 1 drivers, champagne-popping property tycoons and high-flying film stars..."

London’s Best New Restaurants

A blog post for Samsung Live, March 2016
"London is the best city in the world for foodies, but the sheer choice of dining options can be overwhelming. To make things simpler we've picked some of our favourite recent openings..."

Adler Mountain Lodge: All-In Dolomites Luxury

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2016
"The incredible beauty, drama and otherworldliness of the Dolomites make it one of the most spectacular and rewarding natural landscapes in the world. And it isn’t overrun with tourists..."

The Mississippi Delta: A Documentary Masterclass

A workshop tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, January 2016
"Lying in the rich lands between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers, the Delta conjures visions of hard-working sharecroppers, lush plantations and the melancholy melodies of the Blues..."

Alice Sachs Zimet: Stradding Arts and Business

An article for Private Air New York (Fall Issue), December 2015
"Alice likes to get in early. Not only did she begin building a collection when the photography market was nascent, she also pioneered the first sponsorship program at Chase Manhattan..."

Super Yachts Palma

An article for Luxe Magazine, October 2015
"Summer is here, which means that in sleek marinas all through the Mediterranean, gleaming superyachts and powerboats of all shapes and sizes will be lined up like anchovies in a tin..."

Panama: Where Virgin Jungle Meets Urban Jungle

An article for Luxe Magazine, October 2015
"It is a crucial cog in global trade, the linchpin of the Americas and a valuable link between the Atlantic and Pacific. Yet Panama has so much more to offer than its famous, crosswise canal..."

A Taste of Jerusalem in London at The Palomar

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"As a spin-off of Jerusalem’s ultra-popular Machneyuda restaurant, The Palomar was always destined to triumph. It's from those famous kitchens that the head chef Tomer Amedi hails..."

Cannes Film Festival 2015: A Retrospective

An article for Luxe Magazine, September 2015
"2015 was a year when red carpet dress codes outshone the on-screen drama, when titillation was pushed to its 3D limits and when loud jeers stirred up debate about audience etiquette..."

Ten of the Best Luxury Spas

An article for Luxe Magazine, June 2015
"Looking for bliss? Then prepare to be pampered. From island escapes to jungle hideaways, seaside idylls to desert oases, here are ten of the most luxurious destination spas on earth..."

Great Wine Escapes in Chile and Argentina

An article for Luxe Magazine, June 2015
"After years of producing consistently well-regarded and accolade-earning wines, Chile and Argentina have built reputations as must-visit - and must-stay - destinations for oenophiles..."

Cuban Contemporary Art: A Collector’s Perspective

An article for Private Air Magazine, June 2015
"When word got out that the U.S. was restoring relations with Cuba, Howard Farber’s phone started ringing. The art world was abuzz. What would this mean for the Cuban art market?..."

Hotels Among the Vines: Five Top Vineyard Resorts

A blog post for From the Grapevine, May 2015
Where vineyards flourish, wine tourism follows. New and stylish vineyard resorts are moving beyond Napa and Bordeaux to lesser-known wine-producing regions all across the world..."

Infinity and Beyond: Pools With Views

An article for Luxe Magazine, May 2015
"Nothing beats a pool with a view. Whether you're looking out at a spectacular jungle scene, a deserted beach or a pretty cityscape, here are five pool panoramas that make a real splash...."

There’s Something About Maui

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2015
"The 54 residences at Montage Kapalua Bay offer views that stretch from the mountains to the ocean, and lanais (covered patios) more expansive than most Manhattan apartments..."

2015: Five Luxury Events in the Year Ahead

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2015
"Even for polo lovers, the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final is a special event - a rare chance to see the most elite polo players on form against the backdrop of the impressive Windsor Castle..."

Sirio Maccioni: A Culinary Legend

An article for Private Air New York (Winter Issue), December 2014
"It is Maccioni’s flagship in New York, designed by his long time collaborator Adam Tihany, that captures Maccioni’s glittering career trajectory since he broke out on his own in 1974..."

Private Parties: Great Island Escapes for 2015

An article for Private Air New York (Winter Issue), December 2014
"The name Song Saa means two hearts, and this island duo is home to 27 villas, some lying over water, others tucked away within the small jungle - making it ideal for a private party..."

Discovering the Mandarin Oriental, New York

An article for Private Air New York (Winter Issue), December 2014
"A weekend of decadence begins at the 35th floor lobby of the Mandarin Oriental. On order: Ambiance that is breathtaking, sumptuous, stylish and relaxing; and spectacular city views..."

Where to Invest in London Right Now

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2014
"Chelsea, Notting Hill and St John’s Wood may roll off the tongue dripping with prestige, but top-end properties are increasingly being built in traditionally less salubrious parts of town..."

Introducing Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2014
"Brand new villas in this joyously secluded private community by Belmont Resorts are ready for purchase and offer guaranteed rental returns with an authentic flavor of Caribbean life..."

Century Spires: Thriller in Manilla

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The eighth tower in the shimmering glass high-rise development that is 'Century City', this is the first building in the Philippines to be designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind..."

Like a Phoenix: Baku’s Flame Towers

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The spirit of newness in Baku, Azerbaijan, is best seen in the capital’s landmark architectural achievement, the Flame Towers; three giant flame-shaped columns that loom over the city..."

The Ultimate Napa Valley Weekend

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"With some of the finest hotels, food and wine in the country at your fingertips, you can't beat a luxe break in Napa Valley. So simply sit back, relax and indulge in this Californian nirvana..."

Touring Haiti with a Famous Photographer

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"Now you can explore the highlights of this Caribbean isle in a luxurious yet meaningful way. A two-day trip to Haiti with photographer Russell James helps Haitians rebuild their nation..."

Diamonds Are an Investor’s Best Friend

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"Sparkling diamonds are having a renaissance. It's because they are easy to transport, store and sell on, and - crucially - hold their stable value in an increasingly unpredictable market..."

How to Invest in Classic Cars

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"Appealing curves, sparkling chrome trimmings, wheels that scream out to be spun: there is a common denominator in the cars Peter Haynes exhibits. They're all masterpiece sculptures..."

A Luxury Weekend in Cambridge

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"The historic UK city of Cambridge’s riches are understated - more 'old money' than ‘nouveau riche’ - but if you know where to delve, you can have a sumptuously refined weekend here..."

High Culture, High Art: Theatre in London

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"It’s no secret that London has an impressive array of theatre options. But what is available for those inclined toward luxury? Here are three of our favorite venues with high-end offerings..."

Adventure and Luxury in Kohanaiki, Hawaii

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"Hawaii is world-renowned as a beautiful and idyllic place to live. But the Big Island’s newest private residential community offers more than the standard breathtaking views. Much more..."

Luxe and Serenity: A First-Class Trump Pairing

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"It is hardly inconspicuous. The Trump International Tower is the tallest residential building in Las Vegas, and is encased in 24-carat gold glass. But there's more to it than a flashy facade..."

Luxury on the Emerald Isle

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Home to rolling green hills and vibrant meadows, with stately homes splashed all across the country, Ireland is a majestic, whimsical place to visit. So long as you don’t mind a little rain..."

Battersea Power Station, Regenerated

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"30 years on from its closure, the iconic Battersea Power Station is being given a new lease of life, as it's regenerated into luxurious apartments, boutique shops and public amenities..."

The Quest for Quieter Cabins

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Private jets have long been adorned with luxurious features, from king-sized beds to crystal chandeliers. Yet for all these fancy features, one consistent irritant is sky-high noise levels..."

The World’s Finest Residences… in Miami

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Miami in Florida has countless new construction projects underway. There is one residential project which has (quite literally) hit new heights in luxury living. The Mansions at Acqualina..."

Be King of Your Own Castle

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Like the thought of investing in a majestic Irish property, preserving a piece of British history, or living a romantic life in rural France? A European castle should be on your shopping list..."

Heading South: Investing Down Under

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"From stately farms to vivacious vineyards to sparkling sea and sunshine, the Australian and New Zealand real estate markets offer a diverse and luxurious range of investment homes..."

A Unique Decorative Arts Collection

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"Collectors of Art Nouveau and Art Deco masterpieces are in for an uncommon treat, as the entire contents of Félix and Noelle Marcilhacs’ private collection will soon be put on sale..."

The Purple Passport: A Guide to the High Life

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"Founded in 2010 by two intrepid New Yorkers, TPP provides bright and smart online guides – and occasional e-books – to the crème de la crème of decadent global city destinations..."

Investing in Single Malt Scotch

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"When it comes to alternative investments, fine wine is often hailed as a lucrative choice. But now there’s another alcoholic beverage that is skyrocketing in value for investors. Whisky..."

St Moritz: Switzerland’s Winter Wonderland

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"It all began with a wager. In September 1864, the St Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt bet four guests that if they returned to the town in winter, they'd enjoy it even more than in summer..."

Investing in Croatia’s Coastline

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"Tourism is already a well-developed industry, with visitors flowing in to see the Renaissance towns and the Istrian and Dalmatian coasts, so real estate investment's the natural next step..."

London’s Secret Silver Mine

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"London is potted with subterranean surprises, from cavernous wine bars to wartime bunkers. Yet of all the city’s underground revelations, the London Silver Vaults is the most decadent..."

Harrods’ Exclusive New Whisky Collection

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"The palates of single malt connoisseurs will be tingling at news of the latest whisky venture at the renowned Knightsbridge retailer Harrods. It's called The Dalmore Paterson Collection.."

Prague’s TV Tower Airs Luxury Makeover

An article for Brummell Magazine, October 2013
"Since its completion in the early 1990s, Zizkov Television Tower has been perhaps Prague’s most conspicuous and contentious work of architecture. But now it has been reimagined...."

Creativity Takes Flight

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Designers specializing in this growing market are finding new ways to merge sophistication and comfort with functionality and safety, for beautiful environments 40,000 feet in the air..."

NYC Pre-War Buildings Transformed

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The Upper East Side is booming with spacious new condominiums tailor made for families and empty nesters. And the 150 East 72nd Street and 737 Park Avenue buildings are two..."

Star Design at Beverley Hills Interiors

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Ron Dayan, Director of Design, is one of the most popular stars in Hollywood, with the great, the good and the famous clamoring for him to redesign and refurbish their priceless homes..."

Fine Design at The Augustine in Prague

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The moment the door swings open, guests are reassured they are in for a treat. Beyond the threshold lies a luxurious living room, with an iron staircase spiraling up through the ceiling..."

High Bids for Old Masters

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"A selection of works, including rare specimens from the 16th and 17th centuries, were sold at Sotheby's for a total of $50.5 million – comfortably within the evening’s pre-sale estimate..."

Tour Odéon: Dazzling New Heights in Monaco

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Home to towering casinos and yacht-filled marinas, this tiny but picturesque principality is squeezed into under 500 acres, yet it has a strong standing in the global property market..."

Thoughtful Luxury with Oliver Burns

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The London-based interior design and architectural firm Oliver Burns has only been around for a decade, yet the high-end company's already been captivating audiences worldwide..."

Experiencing Exclusive Resorts in Costa Rica

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"I hear a rustling overhead. Tentatively, I look up into the shadowy tree canopy overhanging the cliff's edge, to discover a wrinkled pink face staring straight back. A Capuchin monkey..."

Ultimate Bachelor Pads Around the World

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"There are many varied elements that go into making the ultimate bachelor pad, from interior design to the gadgets and gizmos. However, the top of the list should always be location..."

Zermatt: A Deluxe Swiss Investment

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“Skiing in winter, hiking in spring, mountain biking in summer and mushroom-picking in fall – the list of opportunities is endless at this luxury chalet set in the side of a Swiss mountain...”

Own A Piece of America’s Equestrian World

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"If you're a horse lover, you already know the prestigious Two Trees Farm in Bridgehampton. And now an ideal opportunity to own this world-class horsing facility has become available..."

Collectible Cars At The Salon Privé

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“As the summer draws to a close, many of the world’s most valuable vintage vehicles shall be making their way to London for the Salon Privé motor show, running from 4 to 6 September…”

Finding the Perfect Trophy Home

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"Whether it’s a private mansion encompassing miles of shoreline, a historic manor surrounded by emerald lawns and green forests, or an ultra-chic metropolitan pad at the heart of things..."

Scotland’s Idyllic Isles

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
“Chilly, rain-soaked, barren: the islands off Scotland's western coast conjure up an eccentric vision of paradise. But two tiny Caledonian isles have been catching the eyes of investors..."

Investment in Iceland: Are the Doors Open?

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"A barren, windy corner of northeastern Iceland may not sound like prime real estate, but for Huang Nubo, it is the glittering prize at the end of a very long, costly and fraught campaign..."

The World’s Most Secluded Island Retreats

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Sometimes luxury can seem so much more divine when you are hundreds of thousands of kilometres from everyday life, secreted among one of the planet’s most secluded islands..."

Estates Showcase: Sandy Cay, Bahamas

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Imagine warm, gentle breezes, unreserved privacy and swaying palms. Nothing says luxury like a private Caribbean isle cloaked in tropical forest and surrounded by turquoise water..."

Where Luxury Meets the Barrier Reef

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Queensland's Whitsunday Islands have long been known for their lush tropical gardens and dynamic coral life. The 74 islands dot the warm tropical waters along the northeastern coast..."

Louis Vuitton Finally Arrives in Poland

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
“The world’s most valuable brand - Louis Vuitton - is to open its doors to Poland's chic elite, with its inaugural store soon opening in Warsaw. The question is: why did it take so long?…”

A Cut Above at London’s Shard

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It has been gradually slicing its way up London’s skyline for more than three years now, and The Shard - Renzo Piano's jagged glass monolith - finally welcomes its first tenants in 2013…”

Jordan’s Luxury Oases in the Desert

An article for Vertu Select, January 2013
"It was 200 years ago that explorer Johann Burckhardt discovered Petra. While trekking the desert between Syria and Egypt, he heard tales of an ancient city carved from sandstone..."

Britain’s Exclusive Beach Hut Boom

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It seems like a bargain: £245,000 for a historic home that offers unrivaled views of the Devon coast. Yet this property measures just 23 by six feet. It's Britain's most expensive beach hut..."

Russia’s Growing Luxury Car Market

An article for Vertu Select, January 2013
“Europe may be in the midst of its worse economic downturn in a century, but in Moscow you would be hard-pressed to notice. There have never been more luxe cars on Russian roads…”