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The Aeromobil, a flying supercar is on display as part of the "Top Marques" show, dedicated to exclusive luxury goods, on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. © Valery Hache / AFP

Aeromobil and Pal-V debut flying supercars at Top Marques 2017 in Monaco

The Aeromobil, a flying supercar is on display as part of the "Top Marques" show, dedicated to exclusive luxury goods, on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. © Valery Hache / AFP

The Aeromobil, a flying supercar is on display as part of the “Top Marques” show, dedicated to exclusive luxury goods, on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. © Valery Hache / AFP

Flying cars might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but two prototypes were launched Thursday on the French Riviera, at an event showcasing “supercars” in Monaco.

Dutch and Slovak companies unveiled their designs as world premieres in the tiny well-heeled principality, where luxury automakers have gathered until Sunday for the Top Marques showcase event.

Bratislava-based Aeromobil, whose first prototype presented two years ago, as shown in the video below, suffered an accident, is back with a “new generation” of flying vehicle named after the firm which makes it.

“We are taking reservations from today for deliveries expected in 2020, after the process of [regulatory] approvals is completed,” the Slovak firm’s spokesman Stefan Vadocz told AFP.

The Aeromobil vehicle, six metres long and with a fully-deployed span of nine metres, is a normal four-wheeled car which can unfold its wings to transform itself into a plane able to fly two passengers at a cruising speed of 260 kilometres per hour for up to 750 kilometres.

The price? Between 1.2 and 1.5 million euros, depending on options chosen.

Its Dutch rival for the futuristic vehicle type, the Pal-V Liberty, is the brainchild of Robert Dingemanse, whose company is based near Breda in the south of the Netherlands.

His crossover car-plane is more compact, at four metres long, and should be deliverable as early as next year, once official approvals are secured. He is already taking orders for a vehicle which will cost between 299,000 and 499,000 euros.

The Dutch flying car is in fact a gyrocopter with three wheels and a retractable rotor. It can carry two people at a cruising speed of 160 kilometres per hour for between 400 to 500 kilometres.

According to its designers, it is “one of the safest flying machines on the planet”, able to fly “whatever the weather conditions“.

Users of the the Aeromobil and the Pal-V Liberty will require both a driving licence and a pilot’s qualification.

La Villa Rocabella

Luxury villa for sale: La Villa Rocabella, Côte d’Azur, France

On the shore of the French Riviera stands the large and proud Villa Rocabella. This magnificent Belle Époque mansion, surrounded by about three-hectares (6 acres) of park with its private beach, was built at the turn of the 20th century. Typical of the Napoleon III style, it is one of the mansions designed by the famous architect H.G.Tersling of Monte-Carlo, the favourite architect of Empress Eugénie.La Villa Rocabella

Villa Rocabella overlooks the sea and offers gorgeous views of the Riviera. The finely composed garden exudes Victorian luxuriance and greatness with its majestic palms, scented pines, and many flower beds. The elegant combination between the mansion, the garden and the dazzling scenery contributes to an incredible sense of peace and luxury.La Villa Rocabella

A beautiful path winding through the gardens leads to a private beach where a rocky cave provides comfortable shelter. The very peacefulness of this shore is all that is needed to enjoy the pleasures of the sea.La Villa Rocabella

The excellent location of the Villa Rocabella; off the highways and entirely fenced, not only makes it an outstanding place where lavish receptions can indeed be held, but where quietness and privacy can also be totally preserved.

For more info, contact Arnaud Fontaneau

Compagnie Immobiliere Du Patrimoine
27, Avenue De L’Opera 75001 Paris
Tel: +33 612 04 01 74

This article was first published in Palace.

Parc du Cap: Riviera Apartments

Set on the Cap d’Antibes and ideally located for Juan les Pins, Parc du Cap boasts an enviable setting upon the Riviera coastline. Situated 15.6 km from Nice International Airport, and easily accessible by road, rail and plane, Parc du Cap residence will deliver a new level of quality, elegance and exclusivity in Cap d’Antibes. Parc du Cap is comprised of two five-storey buildings providing 88 apartments ranging from one bedroom to duplex and penthouses with roof top pools.


The development is situated in beautiful landscaped gardens with a tennis court and a spectacular pool, spa and gym area. There’s also private underground car parking together with a gated security entrance.


This article was first published in Palace.

Dior Cruise 2016

Dior Cruise 2016 Show – Best of [VIDEO]

On Monday, May 11, Dior presented its Cruise 2016 collection just outside of Cannes, at Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles.

Dior Cruise 2016

Modern fabrics and an emphasis on plaids are among the defining characteristics of the new line. Between the looks unveiled and the venue, against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, the show gave the guests an impression of freshness and lightness.

Dior 2016 Cruise Show

The choice of location is significant, as the collection reflects the spirit of the French Riviera, namely in its colors and textures. Simons emphasized shimmer and contrasting textures, along with layering effects, while maintaining an overall tone of breeziness and modernity.

Dior 2016 Cruise Show

The collection was dominated by blouses, wide-legged pants, short skirts and a modern take on the iconic Dior Bar Suit. Very summery, the dresses have elements of 1960s style but remain contemporary.

Dior Cruise 2016 French Riviera

Bold prints

Patterns, and especially plaids, were seen throughout the show, often with metallic effects. In terms of colors, black and white were fairly present, along with shades inspired by the landscapes of the Côte d’Azur — namely blues, reds, pinks and browns.

Dior 2016 Cruise Show

Held two days before the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, the show was attended by several celebrities, including French actress and Dior spokesmodel Marion Cotillard, as well as Cressida Bonas, Zoë Kravitz, Dakota Fanning and, of course, Pierre Cardin.

Dior 2016 Cruise Show

Palais Bulles

Dior to Show at Cardin’s ‘Bubble Palace’

 Palais Bulles

According to Women’s Wear Daily, the French luxury brand’s 2016 cruise collection will take to the runway at the Palais Bulles de Pierre Cardin, on the French Riviera on May 11.

 Palais Bulles

Purchased by Pierre Cardin in the 1990s, the Palais Bulles, an immense atypical mansion on the Mediterranean coast not far from Cannes, will welcome the latest ready-to-wear collection by Raf Simons for Dior.

 Palais Bulles

The show will take place on May 11, just two days before the kickoff of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, taking place May 13-24.

 Palais Bulles

Last year’s Dior Cruise Collection fashion show took place at the Brooklyn Naval Yard in New York City.

Chanel kicked off the cruise collection season on Monday, May 4, with a fashion show in Seoul, South Korea.

Hotel Cap Ferrat

Four Seasons to Manage Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Hotel Cap Ferrat

Four Seasons expands its footprint in France to include the iconic Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel as of May 8, 2015.

The iconic 73-room property has played host to world leaders, monarchs and artists from around the globe during its 100-year history.

Cap Ferrat villa

The hotel is uniquely positioned on the French Riviera. It sits on the tranquil Peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, spread across 7 hectares (17 acres) surrounded by gardens lush with lavender and citrus trees.

The property has funicular access to the seafront and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Cap Ferrat

The hotel embodies French elegance in combination with modern design elements and luxuriously appointed rooms designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the designer also behind Four Seasons Hotel George V.

The accommodations also include sumptuous suites, some with a private terrace and infinity pool for the ultimate in comfort and luxury.

Cap Ferrat inifnity pool

Guests can dine at one of three world-class restaurants, including the legendary Club Dauphin serving up a regionally-inspired menu in a casual setting by the heated seawater pool overlooking the Mediterranean.

For relaxation, guests can visit the exclusive spa, which includes 8 treatment rooms, a gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam rooms and much more.

Club Dauphin

Four Seasons currently operates 94 properties in 39 countries. 

More Info: www.grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com

French Riviera train for Russia

A new luxury train began running Thursday between Moscow and Nice in the south of France, in a flashback to the tsarist times when Russian aristocrats flocked to the French Riviera.

The Russian Railways-operated train will depart from Moscow’s Belorussky station every Thursday afternoon, and arrive in Nice 53 hours later after passing through European capitals including Warsaw and Vienna.

“Today is a day of celebration,” said Mikhail Akulov, vice president of Russian Railways, “It’s a new stage in our partnership with the French railways.”
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Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni on holiday

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday that his health was good as he has returned to work after his collapse while jogging at the weekend, but acknowledged that he needed a rest.

Sarkozy will start a three-week summer holiday this weekend, flying south to a family villa of his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, on the Mediterranean.

The residence, on the secluded promontory of Cap Negre, near the resort town of Saint-Tropez, is a solid masonry built on a rock headland.
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Luxury Hotel of the day: Byblos Saint-Tropez

For over four decades, the Byblos has been the reigning address in Saint-Tropez and is certainly unique in its architecture compared to the hotels of Cannes and Monaco.

Created as a Mediterranean village in the heart of Saint-Tropez, the Byblos is an oasis of flower-filled gardens and enchanting patios.

Rooms are individually decorated to impart tranquillity and elegance to all those who visit, in keeping with the spirit of fine Provencal living.
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French Riviera luxury property prices crash

As we wrote about back in February, Russia’s richest man Mikhail Prokhorov had reportedly agreed to purchase the Villa for $750 million but later backed out of the deal, forfeiting a $55 million deposit.

The Telegraph says there have been panic sales by owners desperate for cash.

Riviera property sources said that one British owner settled for less than $60 million in January for a Cap Ferrat property whose original sale price was $200 million.

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LEAD: Luxury Guide of the French Riviera

Plan your trip to the French Riviera with The LEAD Guide that details a very selective inventory of prestigious and unusual locations (hotels, restaurants, spas, art galleries and art villas, etc) of the French Côte d’Azur.

Published by a non-profit student enterprise – affiliated to the CERAM Business School of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France – the LEAD Guide is available in the private lounges of the Côte d’Azur Airports (Nice, Cannes and St Tropez).

It will also be sent to the exclusive yacht brokers, prestigious limousine and car renting agencies, outstanding golf resorts and renowned luxury real estate agencies around the area.

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Résidence Supérieur redefines luxury

This news is meant only for the most affluent of the society. International lifestyle designer Richard Nilsson, the founder of the extreme luxury and lifestyle company Résidence Supérieur, takes the next step in redefining luxury.

On December 8th the Black Card were introduced in an effort to redefine luxury and set a new standard for the luxury lifestyle. The Black Card will be limited to only 50 members worldwide, with an annual membership fee of 200.000 euros.

The holders of the Black Card will get access to the entire Résidence Supérieur concept, with the highest standard, quality and service when it comes to properties, cars, private jets, yachts, events, entertainment and the Supérieur Connoisseur Lifestyle.
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Residence Superieur : Live like a Billionaire

Résidence Supérieur is an extreme luxury concept designed by internationally known lifestyle designer Richard Nilsson, located on the French Riviera in Cannes.

The concept include super sports cars, private jets, yachts, butlers, chefs, bodyguards and basically any other service you may wish for.

Guests can get access to an exclusive car fleet, regularly updated, which today consists of a Wiesmann Roadster, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and Mercedes S-Class.

This villa is located in beautiful, spacious enclosed grounds (3,900 m 2). It has 450 m2 of floor space and has 4 luxury bedrooms and a garden house.
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La Leopolda becomes world’s most expensive house at $500 million

The saga of world’s most expensive house started over at luxuo with Updown Court, the most expensive mansion in the world and the100 Million Dollars Trump’s Palm Beach Mansion.

As a matter of fact, one of our reader, who left a comment, was right : some villas on the French Riviera might be even more expensive !

Various sources said Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend Daria Zhukova have just bought a home in France for $500 million. The home in question, La Leopolda, is an elaborate villa located on the French Riviera… which has become the world’s most expensive house !
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