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Tokyo Mandarin: Yours for a Night and $670,000

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the five-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel is offering the opportunity to rent the entire property for one night for $670,000.

Under the plan, the entire hotel — 178 guest rooms, all nine restaurants and all spas — would be reserved from 3:00 in the afternoon to noon the next day.

There will also be the option to have a cocktail party for 500 people featuring pastries from an award-winning Japanese pastry chef.
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Moet & Chandon Bar Boy

The Bar Boy was originally created in 1963 by Verner Panton and was considered as a symbol of the 60s.

The new version, specially edited for Moet & Chandon, has black lacquered coating and leather interior.

The lower compartment, which contains three bottles of Grand Vintage Moet & Chandon, cools a bottle to 10 ° C in 15 minute.

The middle compartment has 4 flutes inside, especiall designed for Grand Vintage by Riedel. The upper compartment is designed for accessories.
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Aston Martin UK’s ‘coolest brand’

Aston Martin has been named the coolest brand in the UK, it has been revealed.

The carmaker has come top in the latest study by independent brand research firm Superbrands, which questioned more than 2,000 consumers.

However technology brands continue to lead the Superbrands Cool Brands survey with the rest of the top five spots taken by tech brands.

Apple’s iPhone takes second place, Blackberry is fourth and upmarket audio-visual brand Bang & Olufsen takes fifth place.
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Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition

To celebrate the partnership between Lamborghini and luxury watchmaker Blancpain, the Italian automaker has just announced a new limited edition series of Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition cars

The two marques are also behind the Super Trofeo racing series, which Lamborghini claims is the fastest spec racing series on today’s circuits

The car features a revised engine cover, a massive rear spoiler and Skorpius wheels which cover yellow brake calipers that clamp onto carbon-ceramic discs.
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Forbes 400: The Richest People in America

Forbes released its 2010 list of the 400 richest people in America this week, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was in the top spot for the 17th consecutive year.

Industrialist Warren Buffett, Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, has bagged the second place this year with fortunes worth $45 billion.

While worth $27 billion dollars, software company Oracle’s co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison is the third richest American.

With a net worth that grew by nearly $4.9 billion, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had the largest percentage gain this year, jumping from 158 to number 35 with $6.9 billion.
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The world’s best cruise ships

If you’re looking for a perfect cruise experience, your best bet is to choose a small or “boutique” liner.

That’s the guidance from the most recent edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships.

It suggests that the 11 best cruise liners in the world are considerably smaller than the massive cruise ships that we’ve seen launch over the past year or so.
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Evian by Issey Miyake Water Bottle

Evian has partnered with fashion designer Issey Miyake – known for his innovative and minimalist style – to unveil its fourth annual limited edition designer bottle.

Miyake joins a celebrated line-up who have unveiled designer bottles for the brand since 2008, including Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Paul Smith.

The new bottle design is decorated with an imaginary, shimmering flower; a symbol of youth and the evian signature message, “Live young.”
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The World’s Most Expensive Advent Calendar

Porsche Design has just unveiled their latest advent calendar which will be sold for 1 Million USD each and just a single piece per continent will be available.

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The world’s most expensive advent calendar measures 1.75 meters in height and is made from brushed aluminum with double-coat finish surfaces.

The advent calendar conceals 3 special highlights: a Porsche Design P’6910 Indicator in rose gold, an individually customisable Porsche Design Kitchen P’7340 and a motor yacht, 8 and a half metres long.

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Behind the calendar’s 24 windows many other highlights by Porsche Design are hidden. These include sunglasses made of 18 carat yellow gold, writing tools and cufflinks.

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A limited edition leather blouson made from hand-woven lambskin nappa, as well as a travel assortment from the French Classic luggage series are also on the list.

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The calendars, strictly limited to five in number, are available on request via the worldwide Porsche Design Stores. Source: AutoevolutionLuxurylaunches.

Ritz Carlton introduces loyalty program

Luxury hotel chain Ritz-Carlton introduced its new loyalty program September 15, revealing some of the high-end names it has partnered with.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards goes “far beyond providing complimentary stays and airline flights,” offering a broad selection of unique travel experiences.

Fashion names already confirmed for the program include clothing brand Vera Wang and retailer Neiman Marcus.
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The most expensive flat in history?

A penthouse flat in Monaco has been sold for €240M (US$304) in one of the most expensive residential property sales to date.

La Belle Epoque, a property occupied by Christian and his brother Nick Candy, has been bought by an unnamed Middle Eastern investor.

Each suite in the penthouse, the top two floors of a block of flats, has its own cinema, kitchen, dressing room and two bathrooms, and it has a spa, library and gardens.
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Most eco friendly hotels in the world

How to find a green hotel

Many hotels promise to be green nowadays, but where can travelers find more information to help them choose the most eco-friendly hotel?

Online booking site Travelocity believes that travelers actually prefer green hotels. According to its statistics, eco-friendly properties get higher reviews than their non-green counterparts.

For many consumers, search sites such as Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz will be the first stop in booking a hotel and all three have tried to make it easier.
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Sokkuan X Absolut Vodka

Absolut Vodka presents the “Absolut Sophie” mirror – a limited edition collectible designed by Singapore-based illustrator Sokkuan.

Sokkuan was the winner of “In an Absolut World, Every Drink is an Exceptional Experience” installation during Singapore Design Festival 2009.

The dark beauty is executed as a multifaceted mirror boxed in a matching package.

Sokkuan was inspired by the Bloody Mary legend of chanting into a mirror to summon her dark spirit; creating an alter ego Sophie Black.
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Rolls Royce Phantom Shaheen & Baynunah For UAE

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that new Bespoke Phantoms have arrived in Abu Dhabi.

The cars are based on two different motifs which are inspired by the city’s rich culture and natural landscape.

The two Bespoke Phantoms in question are inspired by Shaheen (a very famous falcon) and by Baynounah (one of the historical places in Abu Dhabi City).
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The world’s best hotel rooftops

The view from the top of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel has been ranked the best hotel rooftop view in the world by users of price comparison website Trivago.

The luxury Dubai hotel, which offers views of the Persian Gulf from a manmade island accessible via a walkway or from the 24th floor “Uptown Bar” in the main building, topped the list of global hotels that offer impressive views.

In second place was the Lebua hotel at State Tower in Bangkok, which offers sprawling views of the Thai capital from its protruding bar on the 63rd floor.
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Hotel unveils hypoallergenic suite

The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago unveiled its new suites this week, soaring high above the Magnificent Mile.

Among the Presidential Suite, the Royal Suite and the Author’s Suite however, was tucked another addition — the Hypoallergenic Suite.

Hypoallergenic rooms are standard at many hotels now, but the full-on suite from the Four Seasons is a first, complete with hardwood floor, special bedding and toiletries and shades instead of curtains.
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Maybach launches a collection of luxury eyewear

Maybach, the high-end car brand, is adding a new eyewear collection to its range of top-class accessories.

Created by German eyewear manufacturer IVKO, the various models which make up the new Maybach Eyewear are built with only the highest-quality materials.

The Maybach sunglasses are made from such materials as wood, leather, natural horn, titanium and 18-carat white, yellow and rose gold.
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Gisele Bundchen for Roberto Cavalli


To celebrate the brand’s 40th birthday Roberto Cavalli enlisted Gisele Bundchen to star in the brand’s Fall/Winter 2010/11 advertising campaign.

Decked from head to toe in lush animal prints, fur and decorative patterns, Gisele is on fire in the five image campaign shot by Mert & Marcus.
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Airbus unveils images of “plane of the future”

Airbus has given a glimpse of the future of flight with its Concept Plane, which was showcased at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire today.

The images released today illustrate what air transport could look like in 2050 – even 2030 if advancements in existing technologies continue apace.

The aircraft is more fuel-efficient and features advanced interior systems, long, slim wings, semi-embedded engines, a lightweight body and a U-shaped tail.
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Stella McCartney to design British Olympic kit

Fashion designer Stella McCartney will oversee the design of the athletes’ clothing for the British team at the 2012 London Olympics.

She has been appointed creative director for Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will help shape the clothing to be made by Adidas.

The British Olympic Association said it was the first time in the history of the Games that a designer will work with a sports brand to design the team’s kit.
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