Based on the philosophy that there can’t be wellness without culture, this luxury resort makes the arts as important as the Michelin-starred dining and award-winning spa.
The companies are collaborating to further develop the Cora, a two-seat vehicle Kitty Hawk hopes will be the cornerstone of an air taxi service.
The Farmestad is hotelier Liz Biden’s latest over-the-top creation.
South Africa’s favorite creative mind is back at it again. Liz Biden—the owner of the Royal Portfolio, whose properties include La Residence in the Cape Winelands and The Silo atop Cape Town’s Museum of Contemporary Art Africa—has opened a new luxury experience in the wilds of the Greater Kruger National Park.
The Farmstead debuted in Thornybush, a private game reserve that forms part of the Great Kruger conservation area. Nearby, Biden’s famed safari lodge (which is hardly a lodge at all but rather a luxurious estate in the middle of the bush) Royal Malewane features the six-bedroom Africa House and two-bedroom Royal Suites. But it became so popular that the Biden family had to go back to the drawing board to create more.
The Farmstead includes three luxury suites and the Farmhouse, a villa for six adults and two children. It has been decorated in Biden’s inimitable glamorous style—think riotous Ardmore-covered chairs and plush velvet sofas in deep emerald, blue and ruby, antique doors from Zanzibar, and a North African banking kiosk repurposed as a kitchen hot pass. Deep verandas encourage lazing outdoors in swinging daybeds or on one of the loungers sunk into the shallow end of the pool. Art, as in Biden’s other hotels, plays an important role, with notable pieces by Kudzanai Chiurai and James Jana.
Since fences were dropped on Thornybush’s eastern boundary with the Timbavati private game reserve two years ago, thereby opening it fully to the Greater Kruger National Park, increased movement of animals has resulted in a richer overall game-viewing experience. Exceptional leopard, cheetah and wild dog sightings, as well as sizeable elephant herds, don’t harm either, especially when game drives and walks are led by the most qualified guiding team in Africa, including three master trackers. All that amounts to incredible game-viewing at the Farmstead. The retreat is also built on land owned by the local Moletele community, who benefit financially through a rental agreement, a percentage of the lodge’s revenue and employment opportunities.
Sri Panwa resort’s $10,000-per-night Villa X24 is Phuket’s newest A-list hideaway.
Robb Report‘s Room of the Week goes inside some of the most over-the-top hotel accommodations around the world, from the private Parisian apartments designed by the late, great Karl Lagerfeld to a London penthouse that’s so big it has its own zip code. We thought we’d seen it all, but this Room of the Week has us drooling for a Thai getaway.
Sri Panwa‘s new Villa X24 may as well be called Villa XXXL because it’s that big at nearly 25,000 square feet. But size isn’t the only thing it has going for it: It’s also so exclusive, it’s not even on the resort’s web site.
Set on 40 private acres of lush oceanfront jungle, Sri Panwa was already a stand-out among the many luxury properties in Phuket for its seclusion and stylish design. But X24 takes the luxury quotient to the next level, featuring everything from a home theater to a private gym. And the five-bedroom, four-story villa appears to already be a favorite among celebrities and A-listers (even hard-to-please diva Mariah Carey stayed there last December).
So, what does Vila X24’s $10,000-per-night price tag get you? Each of the five bedrooms has its own en suite bathroom and boast incredible views, and some also come with an outdoor shower or water feature. But as comfortable as the chambers are, you won’t be able to resist the extravagant common areas throughout the residence. With several living rooms, a covered sala with a wraparound pond, and a number of furnished terraces at your disposal, there are ample opportunities for entertaining and enjoying alfresco meals. And with nearly every space surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor-outdoor arrangements are plentiful. Plus, the villa has two swimming pools, as well as a shallow rooftop pool that offers panoramic vistas of the Andaman Sea and serves as the perfect place for sunset photos. There’s also a gym, a steam room, and deep soaking tub. With all of these amenities, leaving Villa X24 to see the rest of Phuket might be the toughest decision you’ll have to make during your vacation.
Plus, there’s a personal butler, spa services, monogrammed pajamas, and lots and lots of bubbly.
No one would ever call the Venetian Hotel a diamond in the rough, but that may be the best description for the resort’s latest over-the-top room package. As part of its new “Want the World program, the Las Vegas resort will make sure your stay comes with everything you can think of, plus few things you can’t—like a milkshake wearing a diamond bracelet.
The four-night, $450,000 package is nothing if not true to its name, offering a next-level extravaganza that includes so many features we don’t know where to start: First, you’ll be flown to Las Vegas by private jet and picked up and driven to the hotel in a Maybach. Next up, you’ll be whisked to your 6,500-square-foot presidential suite, where you won’t have to lift a finger because, well, it comes with a personal butler.
Once you’re settled in, slip into your monogrammed red silk pajamas and then take a sip of Moët Champagne from a crystal-encrusted magnum bottle. And if bubbles aren’t your style, you can dig into the Forbidden Love, a cocktail available at The Dorsey Cocktail Bar, featuring a 21-year-old Japanese blended whiskey by Suntory Hibiki and sprinkled with gold flakes and served with one ounce of caviar.
If you’re still not totally relaxed, you can a book yourself some in-suite pampering: a champagne pedicure and diamond massage from the legendary Canyon Ranch spa.
The list goes on: There’s dinner cooked by chef Lorena Garcia of the restaurant Chica and then a two-hour salsa dancing lesson to help burn the calories off. There’s a “24k” brunch and bubbles by Yardbird, which takes its name from the 24k gold-dusted chicken ‘n’ waffles and Cristal mimosas. Also on hand is a replica of the resort’s signature sphere—but made from hand-crafted artisanal chocolate, sitting atop a cake adorned with a 2.5 total carat ruby and diamond necklace and matching 2.47 carat Burma ruby and diamond ring, all from Bellusso Jewelers. Sensing a theme here?
And speaking of sweets and gemstones, as promised, there’s also a red velvet cake batter-flavored milkshake from Black Tap that is decorated with a 5.5-carat diamond bracelet from Bellusso Jewelers—because why not?
As a bonus, you’ll never be upstaged by the selfie-snapping millennials in your midst. The package comes complete with a personal photographer to make sure every Instagrammable moment is caught on film and with perfect lighting.
Broken down, the program is a mere $112,500 per night. But hey, four nights living like this just might be priceless.
Michigan Vehicle Solutions has a sloped, louvered, bed cap that resembles the ’80s Ford Mustang Fastback.
Cartier, IWC, and Jaeger-LeCoultre reigned, but there were a few other notable mentions along the way too.