The beautiful Laurentian Mountains, located in the French-speaking Quebec region, are home to a one-of-a-kind heart-shaped island that can be purchased for $1 million. This is a unique opportunity to own the most beautiful and pristine piece of land that money can buy.
Apart from its unusual shape, the island boasts a sandy beach and a large forest of white pine, maple, hemlock and cedar trees that makes for a real haven for those who value their privacy. But it is not just nature that you’ll be able to enjoy there as the two-and-a-half acre property comes with a luxury open-plan log cabin with a built-in sauna.
Sitting on Lac (Lake) de l’Achigan, around 45 minutes north of the bustling city of Montreal, this is a dream-come-true for people seeking complete recluse, but with the added benefits of modern-day living, such as high-speed Internet access, satellite dish and state-of-the-art appliances. And all for just under a million – the actual price of this little bit of Heaven is $983,676.
The only way to access the island is by boat and a foot fibreglass boat is included in the price – it nestles on the 125 foot beach. The log cabin is situated in the middle of the forest –with around an acre and a half is covered with huge white pine, maple, hemlock and cedar trees while the rest is cleared. There is a 30-foot wharf is pushed out for boats to dock against.
The island is naturally landscaped and benefits from an underwater cable that suppliers telephone lines and power. The open concept log cabin features hardwood floors and a fireplace. Its rustic appearance doesn’t stand in the way of boasting all mod cons, such as phone and internet access as well as a television satellite dish.
Beautiful huge boulders are left by the glaciers, adding to the quiet allure of the property. Its idyllic ambiance is only accentuated by its poetic name – Blueberry Island and it’s being listed by real estate agent Vladi Private Islands.
Two surprisingly voluptuous new additions to Sony’s 2014 TV range have just hit the market and they’re worth exploring in detail. Apart from boasting all the ‘must-haves’ of visual technology these days like 65-inch and 75-inch screens with native 4K resolutions, the new S90 TVs features an impressive twist – one that Sony calls ‘the perfect curve’. This feature encompasses a gentle bend to deliver Sony’s take on sort of concave screen format pioneered by LG and Samsung Electronics.
The Sony curve is not as immediately obvious as on the rival curved screens. While Sony has clearly felt the need to follow the lead of its Korean rivals in adding a curved-screen option, the company has definitely gone its own way in the way the curve is applied. The dedication to finding a level of curvature that delivers that extra sense of immersion and focus without making straight horizontal lines in images is clearly visible in the S90 4K . The less dramatic degree of curvature on the new model also allows for a wider angle of the images without distortion. Perhaps best of all is the reduction of the steepness of the curve, which means on-screen reflections are not distorted as significantly as they are on heavily curved TVs.
Sony has integrated a multi-angle speaker array into the S90s’ curved left and right edges, which produces a remarkably convincing ‘surround sound’ performance. Additionally this performance can be enhanced with one of Sony’s new TV-friendly subwoofers.
The best news is that the introduction of the curved screen hasn’t influenced negatively any other aspects of quality, performance and appearance. The brand’s Triluminos technology for enhancing colours, and its 4K X-Reality Pro processing for enhanced upscaling of non-4K sources are still available. Overall, the new S90 are memorable for not one but two components – the barely visible curve and the top-notch sound.
The 65 and 75-inch 4K Ultra HD TVs will be retailing for £3,900 and £7,300 respectively and will be available just in time for the holidays.
A new name has risen on the horizon of exclusive and delectable wines and it’s that of Boërl & Kroff. This new and utterly extraordinary champagne has yet to become a household name amongst wine professionals, critics or collectors, but it gaining popularity by the day.
Even though its story is relatively new – their debut vintage having been produced in the not-so-faraway ’95 – Boërl & Kroff were destined for greatness from the very beginning. With a vineyard less than a hectare in size their champagne is so exceptional that it is bottled only in magnums or larger formats. Only a handful of releases have trickled onto the market, including magnums from 1995 and 1998 (prices from €4,410), and a deep and rich 2007 rosé de saignée with only five available in the Boërl & Kroff collector’s casket (priced from €43,250).
At this time only Richard Juhlin, regarded by many as the world’s foremost champagne expert, has been lucky enough to be the only one critic that has tasted each and every Boërl & Kroff vintage. His surprise and impression with their uncompromising quality and style has landed all nine champagnes – Boërl & Kroff entire range – outstanding reviews.
Every aficionado should experience the silky, smooth freshness and elegance of their champagne at least once in a lifetime. The wonderfully delicate texture is counterbalanced by a feeling of power, opulence and vinous concentration, producing a vin de plaisir of a new generation.
The quality of the ingredients, the care that goes into the making process, the time it takes to acquire its exquisite taste and the limited edition of the production make it an incredibly costly champagne to produce, but it is truly a unique experience. Apart from the larger formats, B de Boërl & Kroff” vintages are available in regular bottles, starting at £250 – the ideal way to sneak a peek into a glamorous hedonistic experience of the taste palette. Currently there are three-Michelin-starred restaurants in Le Bristol and Paris – as well as other Michelin-starred restaurants in the Alps, the Côte d’Azur and Deauville that represent the brand.
This Winter spend the holidays in style in an opulent CHALET SPA VERBIER – an opulent 5-bedroom (all en suite) luxury detached chalet with a spacious penthouse suite complete with a king size bed and private terrace, as well as 4 additional bedrooms; these can either be king size or twin bed rooms.
Ranked in the Top 10 chalets of Europe & the World by Tatler Russia, Conde Nast, Wall Street Journal, the United Arab Emirates Newspaper, this luxurious property nestles in the heart of the Swiss Alps, offering spectacular views, world-class service and exquisite cuisine. The chalet features a stunning indoor swimming pool regulated by a state-of the-art Siemens system that avoids use of chlorine. The pool is complemented by a massage fountain and magnificent views across the mountains, an external Jacuzzi as well as an external Canadian cedar wood hot tub and other spa facilities including Hammam, sauna, gym and a private massage room.
Guests benefit from a media centre distribution system with over 300 movies, with high resolution and blue ray projection, satellite tv, cable TV, and unlimited international internet TV with access to more than 100,000 music tracks, and ipod docks in every zone.
The property boasts unmatched privacy thanks to its exclusive location in the secluded mountains and is one of the few residences in Verbier with an indoor swimming pool. You’ll be able to enjoy magnificent views toward the Combin and Aiguille from 3 levels of terracing and a prime location of 100 metres from the Savoleyres lift and a 10-minute walk from Place Central. There is an on-all Mercedes driver service.
At a rate of $31,172 per week, it is the perfect choice for a small party with a billiard table, darts board, table tennis and cinema media room adding to the experience. All in all, it combines the best of two worlds – the serenity of one of the world’s most secluded and pristine locations with the vibe of urban nightlife and modern technology.
A spacious 16th century mansion, remodelled by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, goes on the market for £8 million. Working closely with celebrated horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll, they have created a stunning masterpiece of comfort, seclusion and serenity.
Warren Mere – a luxurious 16th century mansion located in Surrey, UK – is going on the market for the price of £8 million. The lavish property boasts eight bedrooms, three private lakes, a paddock, a stable block, a pool, a tennis court and a guest cottage with four bedrooms.
Remodelled in 1897 by Sir Edwin Lutyens – the architect best-known for designing the Cenotaph in Whitehall as well as the city of New Dehli in India and several landmarks in London – this property is an exquisite blend of rustic ambiance with a modern feel and state-of-the-art appliances.
The main house benefits from 4 reception rooms, including a family room, an orangery, a dining room and a formal sitting room. There are 8 bedrooms as well as a sauna, and extensive outbuildings complete with a guest cottage with four bedrooms, which it could be used for staff quarters.
The interiors are the work of famous Italian designer Enrica Stabile, with the style being described as a striking combination of classical and minimalist. All rooms are spacious with large French windows opening to the view of the private lakes and large yard. Natural sunlight and clever use of space accentuates the ambiance, which is light and airy.
A long driveway leads to electronically-operated iron gates before ending in a wide vehicular turning area in front of the main house. Together with the guest cottage the property sits handsomely on well-kept grounds and makes a perfect place for entertaining with the added benefit of extensive guest and staff accommodation.
The estate is marketed by agents Hamptons International, who say the asking price of the property is available ‘on application’.
The holiday season is upon us and it can be a bit daunting to come up with the perfect gift for your loved ones. Fortunately, the talented people behind the renowned luxury brand Hermés have worked hard to offer a staggering variety of lifestyle accessories that are a unique blend of style, comfort and elegance.
This winter their catalogue features stylish choices like the 16Gb Lacie USB key fashioned from genuine calfskin for £190.00 – a classy and handy way to store your data. It comes in a variety of colours to choose from.
Their range of small leather goods continues with Swift calfskin, silver- and palladium-plated Clou de Selle for the popular Iphone 4 and 5 as well as the BlackBerry. Priced at £325.00 – it is the ideal gift for Him as the ultimate symbol of stature.
The beautifully-designed Azap wallet (top image) made from calf and goatskin with silver- and palladium-plated zip fastening is something every woman would want to see under the Christmas tree this year.
It is small and elegant, but with plenty of space, featuring five multi-purpose compartments and a zippered change pouch – well worth its £1,860.00 price tag. It would go beautifully with any one of their signature leather bracelets like the Rivale Double Tour for £435.00 – the double-loop bracelet in oakum Swift calfskin features a palladium-plated clasp and comes in two stylish colours.
For the people who value the finer things in life Hermés has introduced their line of luxurious, indulgent and pampering fragrances – “Le Bain” (Bath time), a new art of living through perfume. You can choose from an alluring variety of creamy bubble bath, revitalising shampoo, hydrating balm, toning gel, soothing body milk and gentle soap – all with rich and smooth texture that nurtures the skin and creates a soothing bath experience. For a highly intimate and personalized holiday message, compose your own gift set of 3 decadent soap bars with enticing aromas for $45.00. She will be smitten!
If you want to show you care there is no better way to say it than with Hermés – bringing you unmatched style and timeless class since 1837.
The announcement comes after Hublot’s highly successful partnerships with Ferrari and Juventus, both of which were an excellent example of the brand’s commitment to excellence, competence and Italian traditions. The line of superwatch is the direct result of the fusion of two superior luxury brands and features stunning masterpieces, such as the $300.000 MP-05 with sapphire crystal face designed to resemble the outline of the Ferrari supercars and the slightly more modest $30.000 Big Bang 45mm Ceramic Limited Edition satin-finished model. Both watches boast anti-reflective treatment, PVD titanium and Anodised Black Aluminium Cylinders with White Luminescent Fastened – a design that’s been developed and produced in parallel with the renowned car.
The King Power Juventus is a timepiece like no other that will capture the eye of true connoisseurs of class and utility. With a clean and cut style, it features a sapphire dial with the printed logo of the team and Plated Appliques with Black Luminescent. The crystal screen boasts Hublot’s signature anti-reflective treatment. The model is currently retailing at $21.500 on Amazon.
This new collaboration with Italia International will bring a stream of creativity, innovation and competence into Hublot’s enterprise. The fruitful venture seeks to promote the ‘Made in Italy’ spirit alongside the Swiss uncompromising quality, culture and design.
Italia Independent is known for its creative and stylish blend of fashion and design, tradition and innovation – which produces one-of-a-kind products. Their signature eyewear, which is a true testament to the Italian sense of style, is particularly sought-after for its uniqueness. The company is known for its Tailor Made Program, which allows every client to leave their signature on a product – specifically designed to fit their lifestyle. Their standardized models, such as Colmar, K-Way and Bear start around €150 each, which is more than fair for such blend of comfort and high-class fashion.
It is not surprising that Hublot has chosen Italia for its next strategic partner given that the Italian-born company has already collaborated successfully with fashion giant Adidas in the production of a series of Adidas original products in the region of €50 to €100.
It is clear that clients of both European firms will be treated to a unique blend of distinctive styles, functionality and a statement of stature.
A truly unique and superb offering on the real estate market has graced the ‘for sale’ pages of respected agency Pastor Real Estate. Situated in the discreet but trendy neighbourhood of Mayfair – bedroom with en-suite bathroom is on the top floor of the home in the historic Red Lion Yard with dimensions of 18ft by 14ft.
The cosy apartment is an ideal urban dwelling with a distinctive appeal due to its minute size and strategic location. With an open plan kitchen, fitted with state-of-the art appliances and warm living room with a balcony measuring 17ft by 14ft on the first floor it takes the combination of luxury and utility to a whole new level. The ground floor features a study and guest cloakroom.
The asking price for the three-storey home is £1.8 million, which is a bargain, considering a neighbouring house sold for £50 million in 2013.
The property is finished to an excellent standard and is spread over three floors, providing well-proportioned rooms designed to maximise space. This freehold property is located on a charming quiet cobbled street in the heart of Mayfair, making it ideal for those looking for an exquisite and functional urban pied-á-terre.
Marketed by agent Pastor Real Estate the property is ideally situated within close reach of 26 Michelin-starred restaurants and a number of five-star hotels and exclusive boutiques. With Mayfair being a particularly sought-after location the beautifully presented apartment is expected likely to attract a fierce bidding war from wealthy buyers.
Enviably situated in a prestigious and discreet building in close proximity to St. James’s Square and the Royal Academy of Arts, this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own Britain’s most expensive one-bedroom apartment. The 700 square feet home boasts exquisitely presented living space with classic décor and contemporary fittings for the ultimate living experience.
Only 1,947 units of the Tauri 88 will be produced, making it even more exclusive. Tauri 88 will go on sale later on December, just making it the perfect luxurious Christmas present for those who think of upgrading their mobile.
Whiskey is the quintessential gentleman’s drink and no whiskeys are more prized than those from the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland itself. Although Japanese whiskeys have recently been gaining ground in the global battle for whiskey supremacy, one company still reigns supreme. Glenfiddich.
50 years ago locally sourced malt was soaked in spring water 60 hours and carefully crafted into a single malt whiskey beyond compare which only a select few people will ever get the chance to enjoy. The Glenfiddich 50-year-old is limited to a mere 50 bottles per year guaranteeing its place as one of the most exclusive and sought-after drinks in the world.
A taste that combines hints of marmalade and toffee, a hint of peat and a smooth smoky oak finish, the Glenfiddich 50-year-old is surpassed in taste only by its elegant presentation. Each bottle is made of hand-blown glass by master craftsmen and finished with Scottish silver by a sixth generation silversmith, before being individually wax numbered and carefully wrapped in handwoven silk. Lastly the bottles are encased in leather of the highest quality for their lucky new owners to have the pleasure of unwrapping.
With so few bottles being released on sale each year, the price tag is understandably high to match the demand. Although Glenfiddich themselves don’t advertise the price (if you have to ask, you can’t afford it) occasionally a bottle will appear online at around US$4000-US$5000. Whiskey like this certainly isn’t to be mixed with Coca-Cola and will be sure to leave a lasting impression on any dinner guests with whom you share it. That is, if you choose to share it at all!