Monthly Archives: May 2012

club sandwich

Paris Named Most Expensive City for a Club Sandwich

club sandwich

The world’s most romantic city, Paris, has been named the most expensive city in the world to order a Club Sandwich, according to research released today by Hotels.com.

The classic chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayo sandwich, available in hotels the world over, has been used as a measure of affordability by the hotel expert.

The Club Sandwich Index (CSI) will give holiday-makers an indication of the costs associated with their holiday destination, using one of the most common items on any hotel menu around the world as a barometer.
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Fisker Karma becomes a best-seller… In Holland

2012 Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma had what seems like an exceptionally strong quarter in the Netherlands outselling several well-known vehicles from luxury automakers.

It was the second-highest-selling brand in luxury four-door models between January and April, overtaking the likes of the BMW 7-series, Mercedes S-class and Audi A8.
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World’s most expensive contemporary artwork

Mark Rothko Orange Red Yellow

Mark Rothko’s 1961 oil painting, ‘Orange, Red, Yellow’, set a new auction record for post-war art on Tuesday at an “unprecedented” Christie’s sale.

The large-scale work soared to $86.9 million,  eclipsing the $86.3 million paid for Francis Bacon’s Triptych in 2008 as the most expensive post-war artwork at auction.
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World’s Best Restaurant Noma to Open in London‎

Chef Rene Redzepi

Tickets for the pop-up version of Noma in London this summer sold out in 2.5 hours. About 3,400 tickets were snatched up May 8.

According to restaurant trade publication Harden’s in the UK, about 10,000 people had pre-registered for the chance to take part in “A Taste of Noma at Claridge’s”.

The chef of the best restaurant in the world will be opening a pop-up version of his Copenhagen restaurant Noma in London this summer to mark the Olympic Games.
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Lacoste Flag Collection 2012

Lacoste Flag Collection

Lacoste Flag Collection 2012

Lacoste unveils their new collection “Flag”, carrying sporting values​​, the spirit of international competition, inspired by the flags of each country.

With major international sporting events such as The London Olympics 2012 and Euros 2012, Lacoste has decided to hoist the flags and make its emblematic crocodile the standard bearer of 16 nations.

The Croco Flag polo shirt sees Lacoste’s signature little green mascot swapping his scaly shirt for the colours of a country over a classic white cotton pique.
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Blueseed

Blueseed, the floating Silicon Valley

Blueseed

Blueseed is a conceptual floating island-ship intended to house technology startup founders and employees only 30 minutes from California’s northern coast.

The founders, who include an ex-Yahoo software engineer, plan to open the ship to inhabitants by the third fiscal quarter of 2013.

Nearly 150 technology startups have said they’re interested in building businesses on the high seas, according to a report recently released by Blueseed.
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Aston Martin DBS Ultimate

Aston Martin DBS Ultimate

Aston Martin DBS Ultimate

Aston Martin has gone public with the first details of its DBS Ultimate, a high-end upgrade to its already luxury-oriented DBS.

The Aston Martin DBS Ultimate is the last model of DBS produced, with a replacement family due to launch next year in celebration of the company’s centenary.

The vehicle is available as a coupe or a Volante (convertible). The Ultimate comes in three colors, including carbon black II, quantum silver, or silver fox.
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Palm Jumeirah

W Hotel Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

W Hotels Worldwide has signed an agreement with Al Sharq Investment LLC to introduce a new W Hotel in Dubai on the Palm Jumeirah.

Set to open in 2016, W Dubai-The Palm will be located in Dubai’s most prestigious residential, leisure and tourism hub and will offer spectacular views of the island, Dubai Marina and the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

W Dubai-The Palm will feature 283 guest rooms, including 102 suites, five WOW suites and two Extreme WOW suites (W’s interpretation of a Presidential Suite).
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Nancy Oakes

Best restaurant in the US goes to San Fran eatery

Nancy Oakes

San Francisco restaurant Boulevard, set in a historic building and designed in the manner of France’s Belle Epoque, has been named the best in the US.

At the James Beard Foundation Awards, an event known within the hospitality industry as the ‘Oscars’ of the US food world, chef Nancy Oakes’s eatery was named Outstanding Restaurant Monday night.
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missoni bedroom

Missoni Designs Condos In Manila

missoni bedroom

Missoni is partnering with Filipino real estate developer Century Properties to design the interior decor and amenity spaces of a condominium building in Manila.

Missoni Home is not new to commercial real estate. It designed the Hotel Missoni line with Rezidor Hotel Group, with hotels open or opening in Scotland, Kuwait, Turkey, Omanan and Brazil.
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The Cannes Film Festival luxury hotels‎

hotel majestic barriere cannes

Cannes’s hotels are gearing up for their busiest period of the year, when international movie stars, directors and producers will flock to the French Riviera for the city’s film festival (May 16-27).

The Croisette’s most prestigious hotels have already stocked up on all sorts of delicacies, and LUXUO got hold of some interesting figures that paint a pretty good picture of what the film industry’s brightest stars will be indulging in.
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Walking With The Wounded Everest 2012 Expedition

Glenfiddich to host whisky tasting from Mt. Everest

Walking With The Wounded Everest 2012 Expedition

Whisky distillery Glenfiddich is taking things to new heights with a whisky tasting that will be livestreamed from the world’s highest mountain.

At 5,364 meters above sea level at the Everest Base Camp, a team of adventurists will ‘nose’ and taste a selection of Glenfiddich’s single malt reserves along with a panel of guests who will take part virtually from The London Stock Exchange.
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Dubai underwater hotel

Dubai reveals latest plan for underwater hotel

A long-awaited undersea hotel in Dubai looks finally set to be built, after an agreement to develop it was unveiled this week. The Water Discus Hotel won’t be totally submerged but will be a disc-like structure with part of the building above water and the rest below the surface.

Dubai underwater hotel

The 21 rooms will be submerged up to ten meters below the surface of the water, with huge windows offering a view out from the bed and an external ‘explorer’ robot which can be controlled from the room to allow guests to interact with marine life.

According to Deep Ocean Technology, a restaurant, spa and reception area would be hosted above the waterline, with guests descending below the surface in glass-walled tunnels to get to their rooms.

Water Discus Hotel

As might be expected, the hotel would offer plenty of services for divers, with a training pool and other water sports offerings set to be available.

The hotel will also include other amenities such as a spa, helipad, and an above ground terrace should guests feel a bit claustrophobic stuck inside The Discus!

With no specific planned opening date, observers will be watching closely whether this plan comes any further than previous attempts to build underwater hotels in Dubai, which have stalled or quietly disappeared as the country faced economic ruin.