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11/2/17
The Monaco Yacht Show 2017: Typically Luxurious

The Monaco Yacht Show 2017


The Monaco Yacht Show returned for its 27th edition for four days at the end of September. The prestigious event is the most highly anticipated boat show in Europe, offering a vast selection of superyacht debuts and show-stopping exhibitions from the world of luxury. Monaco provides a fitting backdrop for such a show of opulence with its stunning coastal setting in the heart of the Riviera. Key players in the industry, such as yacht owner, brokers and journalists, took advantage of regular flights to Monaco to enjoy this year’s spectacular offerings.



Luxury on Show


This year’s edition of the Monaco Yacht Show took place from 26th-29th September and generated plenty of excitement once again. It never fails to impress, attracting many of the largest and most expensive superyachts in the world, which were on display in and around Monaco’s Port Hercules. This edition attracted an even greater assortment of luxury yachts because extra berths were added to the exhibition space. More than 125 superyachts were exhibited in the heart of the Principality and 45 new launches were unveiled.


Superyachts to Admire


The superyacht that garnered the most attention this year was the Oceanco-built M/Y JUBILEE. The awe-inspiring vessel is the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands and at 110m, it is the biggest yacht ever showcased at the Monaco Yacht Show. The magnificent yacht has a game-changing architectural design that incorporates glass in the superstructure to create an optical illusion that makes her look as if she has ten decks instead of five. It is no surprise that M/Y JUBILEE was awarded the “MYS 2017 Exterior Design Award,” as well as the “MYS 2017 Finest New Superyacht Award” at the event’s inaugural gala party.

Other standout yachts included the 52m M/Y SEVEN SINS, which has been lauded for her exquisite interior styling from Mauro Mitchell’s studio Officina Italiana Design, and the innovative Heesen-built M/Y HOME. The latter of the two vessels has been designed with a hybrid propulsion engine that allows her to sail at low speeds in total silence. A number of sales have also taken place as a direct result of the show, including Turquoise Yacht’s RAZAN and a 78m Amels superyacht that was signed for at the show.


The Superyacht Lifestyle


In addition to the impressive yachts on display, the new Superyacht Lifestyle exhibition area showcased a sensational Tenders & Toys zone, the luxurious Starboard Lounge, and the Holland Pavilion. The extremely popular Car Deck returned to occupy Quai Rainier III – alongside the largest yachts in the show. The exhibition of prestige cars included the exclusive marques Aston Martin, Bentley and Lamborghini. Some prospective buyers were offered the chance to test drive some of the spectacular vehicles. Visitors and exhibitors had access to a 230m² indoor bar-lounge, in addition to the outdoor display.


A Glamorous Occasion


The Monaco Yacht Show is the ultimate luxury networking event for prospective buyers and charterers to view superyachts before they leave for the Caribbean’s winter season. It attracts people from all corners of the globe, who fly to Monaco to participate in the most important yacht show of the season. Around 600 exhibitors and over 30,000 visitors attended the event, which seems to grow in popularity, scope and prestige every year. Every single consumer found something that appealed to his or her taste. We’re already looking forward to the 2018 edition!


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8/14/17
Must Visit: 5 Provencal Villages in the Gulf of St Tropez





The Gulf of St Tropez is known for its haven of picturesque beaches, turquoise sea and cool forest covered hills. Yet as well as its natural beauty, the gulf’s many villages and communes also offer boundless charm as well as plenty of summer entertainment and activities. For those looking for their own little slice of the gulf, whether in the form of a villa for sale in the Plan de la Tour or a beachfront residence in Sainte-Maxime, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 Provencal villages.

Grimaud


An old medieval village with a delightful 11
th century castle and rickety windmills, Grimaud is perched atop the Riviera hillside overlooking the stunning coast. It’s a harmonious blend of old and new where traditions are kept alive through dozens of annual festivals and parties as well as vineyards that help to make up a mosaic of countryside. No matter where you are in Grimaud, the sea is never far away and the port is an idea place to keep a yacht to help you explore the province’s hidden coves and empty beaches. This unique property with its traditional exterior and contemporary interior might well be the ultimate holiday home.


Sainte-Maxime


Located just north of Grimaud, this chocolate-box commune is just 56 miles from the bustling town of Nice and only 81 miles from Marseille. Traditionally a haven for artists, poets and writers who flocked to the region for its ideal climate, Saint-Maxime boasts a historic shoreline promenade with cafes, parks, pine trees and beaches where locals laze away their days. The traditional evening markets during high season are a source of many festivities where wine flows and one can find some of the finest seafood in France. This delightful new build overlooks everything and enjoys panoramic views along the coast. 


Cogolin


This small historic province is just a stone’s throw from the glitz and glamour of St Tropez. In the center of town stands the curious Raimu museum that celebrates the life of the beloved actor who passed away in 1946m as well as a pipe manufacturer which is renowned amongst French smokers. But Cogolin has far more to offer than novelty museums, and this apartment is the perfect base from which to discover it.




Le Plan de la Tour


Boasting at least 25 charming hamlets, Le Plan de la tour is a small, typically Var village on the northern border of Sainte Maxime. Attractive, peaceful and bordered by low hills, the long dry summers make this the perfect location for a holiday home. A pool is a must-have with such heat, but luckily there are no shortage of quaint re-designed farmhouses or modern villas with swimming facilities.



Gassin


Last but by no means least, Gassin is perched high up on a rock in the Provence Alpes-Cote d’Azur, right in the heart of the Saint Tropez peninsula. With a reputation as ‘the most beautiful village in France’ and an unrivalled panoramic view of the Gulf, Gassin is a chocolate-box maze of winding streets and ancient houses. In sharp contrast, its galleries are extremely contemporary and contain some of Europe and North America’s most modern figurative art. Properties in the area are highly sought after, and there are currently only two available.


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4/28/17
Any Given Afternoon: How the Ultra Rich Spend Millions on Luxury Jewelry

Who is actually buying the most expensive jewelry in the world? 


While most of us hardly even have enough money to ever take a real vacation to a tropical paradise, you know that you'd still like to daydream about what you could buy if you did have the money. At least for now you can sound more socially savvy when you know who in the world has the extra cash to put down millions for exclusive jewelry, so read on to see the five biggest private spenders in the news today:

 1. For $80 million dollars, the Qatari Royal Family purchased the 31-carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond. 

Called "the most-expensive piece of jewelry ever made in the world" as of 2015, the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond has been around at least since 1664, and its previous owners included the kings and queens of Spain, Austria and Bavaria. After changing hands several times due to the world wars, it finally turned up in a Christie's auction in 2008, which is where the famous London jeweller Laurence Graff bought the diamond for $23.4 million. Still, he wanted to improve it to make it even more valuable. Using great expertise, he recut the diamond, raising its grade to an extremely rare "fancy, deep-blue and internally flawless" diamond. Since it belonged to royalty for so many years before, it seems only fitting that royalty should possess it again. Around 2011, reports emerged that Graff had sold the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond to a member of the Qatari royal family, who wishes to remain unknown, for $80 million dollars. We do know that the head of the Qatari Royal Family, at least until 2013, was the Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who had a net worth of around $2.4 billion dollars. 



Some others just spend millions on jewelry just because they can. 

 2. Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau bought $77 million in diamonds for his daughter. 

When you're a property developer with assets worth $9 billion dollars, and you love your kids more than anything", reports Lily Huth, Senior Style Consultant with Opulent "then you can buy them anything." Just because he loves her so much, Joseph recently gave his 7-year-old daughter Josephine two presents that are more expensive than probably anything that anyone else could ever give her for the rest of her life:

  •  The largest, cushion-shaped, vivid-blue diamond that ever went to a Sotheby's auction, one was the 12.03-carat "Blue Moon" diamond ring that he renamed, "The Blue Moon of Josephine."
  • Also extraordinarily rare, he bought her a 16.08-carat, vivid-pink diamond for $28.5 million from a Christie's auction, and he renamed it "Sweet Josephine." 


 I guess it comes as no surprise given that in 2009, he also bought two rare diamonds for his 13-year-old daughter Zoe that were worth more than $40 million dollars altogether, according to the Daily Mail Online.



3. Floyd Mayweather a.k.a. "Money" bought around $15 million dollars in diamonds, just for himself.  

Here's a performer who knows how to treat himself to the "finer things in life." He proved that diamonds aren't just a girl's best friend anymore when he picked up a 50-carat diamond pinky ring to go along with a 74-diamond necklace, and each diamond on the necklace is three carats. Rolling Stone shared the details about how these new gems enhance his already highly colorful lifestyle.

See them for yourself in his photo on Instagram.


 How many millions went to buy jewelry to please wives or propose? 

 4. Victoria Beckham received at least $9.2 million in jewelry from her hubby. 


 David Beckham enjoys spoiling his wife with jewelry that's worthy of royalty. He's given her a ruby and diamond necklace worth $1.2 million, and that was just the beginning. Valentine's Day was even more spectacular with an $8 million dollar Bulgari brand diamond necklace, according to this report.

See how she looks like a queen in this photo:


 5. Surely you've heard of Kim Kardashian's $8 million dollar engagement ring? 

As you might expect, Kim Kardashian's husband is very much the same kind of big spender that she is. Kanye West got her a jaw-dropping 15-carat, cushion-cut diamond ring when he proposed. It cost $8 million not just because of the sheer size and quality of the diamond but also because it was a custom design he made with the famous jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, who also created Beyoncé’s engagement ring too. You can read more about celebrity engagement rings like these here.



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2/27/17
Find Your Bliss: Best Spas of the French Riviera



After an adrenaline-filled morning on the yacht’s watertoys or a few pleasant hours spent exploring the enchanting hill villages of Provence, it’s time to indulge in some pampering. The French Riviera is home to some of the most spectacular spas on earth, and as you float along the coast on your luxury yacht charter from Monaco to Saint Tropez, you may well be tempted to try them all.

Whether you want to try the latest in caviar facials, invigorate the senses under an ice-fountain, or drift into a blissful reverie with a gentle Swedish massage, you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the Cote d’Azur’s ultra-luxury temples to wellbeing.

Here are our top picks for French Riviera spas to restore your body and soul:


Monaco

Thermes Marins Monte Carlo Wellness Centre
Step ashore in the glittering principality of Monaco and head up the hill to the iconic Hotel de Paris, where their four-storey, 7000m2 spa complex recently got a facelift of its own.

Recently renovated as part of the Hotel de Paris’ celebrated upgrade, Thermes Marins Monte Carlo Wellness Centre offers cutting-edge treatments in luxurious surroundings of pink marble, fragrant gardens, and seawater swimming pools that reflect the ever-changing Mediterranean light.


Boasting the only two cryotherapy rooms in Europe, a garden solarium, over 30 treatment rooms, and a veritable army of well-trained masseuses, beauty therapists, cardiologists, hairdressers, nutritionists and physios, this haven of tranquillity offers a huge range of anti-aging, relaxation, and slimming treatments. You can also use the state-of-the-art gym, nourish yourself at ‘L’Hirondelle restaurant, or relax on the sophisticated Jacuzzi deck, drinking in the breathtaking views of Port Hercules and the Prince’s Palace.

ESPA at Hotel Metropole 

From the second you walk into this ultra-luxury spa at one of Monte Carlo’s finest hotels, your body and mind begin to relax. Designed as a sanctuary from the world, the softly-lit spa features a décor of elegant natural materials: Pallasandra wood, cool slate, soft leather, and shimmering micro-tiles of deepest blue. Spas bubble gently in candlelit rooms, and soft treatment beds are prepared with fluffy towels and ultra-soft robes.


The 2000m2 spa complex offers the latest spa experiences the industry has to offer. The Heat Experience offers a crushed ice fountain, soothing caldarium, hammam, sauna, Crystal Stream rooms, and two tropical showers which spray refreshing cool mint mist and tropical rain. The 10 treatment cabins include chromo therapy bathtubs and hammams, while the spa also features a fitness studio and a heated seawater pool on the deck.  Clients at ESPA can also indulge in the restaurant menu by Michelin-star celebrity chef, Joël Robuchon, to take their spa experience to the next level.

Cap Ferrat

Le Spa, Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

As you anchor off the exclusive headland of Cap Ferrat, where grand white mansions sit under shady pines, a decadent treat awaits you. The famous Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat welcomes you to its garden-setting spa set high above the sea: an 8000m2 temple of health and wellbeing set in exotic landscaped gardens. Have a massage in an outdoor pavilion, enjoying the afternoon breeze that lifts off the sparkling Mediterranean, or enjoy the lavish VIP private spa suite for couples with private terrace.


Signature treatments at Le Spa include the Green Caviar Facial and Royal Damascan Rose scrub, as well as the much-vaunted Haute Couture concept by Dr Burgener Switzerland, which is an intensely personalised treatment plan with products and treatments tailored to each patient’s skin. The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat is the only place on earth offering this ultra-premium treatment outside the Dr Burgener clinic in Switzerland.

While at Le Spa, relax in the indoor jet-stream pool, steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzi, visit the hairdresser, or take a yoga or Pilates class. The hotel complex also offers a gym, swimming pool, clay tennis courts, fine restaurant, and stunning walking paths through the sea-front gardens.

Antibes

Spa Eden Roc, Hotel du Cap

It’s almost impossible to overstate the fame of the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, for it was from this glamorous hotel that the French Riviera was launched as a summertime resort in the 1920’s. Celebrities have been flocking here ever since to dine and dance above the sea, and of course indulge in the utterly delicious treatments on offer at the hotel’s Sisley Spa.


Find your zen in one of the elegant, cocoon-like treatment rooms, or have a massage in a cabana set in the hotel’s famously lush seafront gardens, feeling the breeze waft gently over bare skin, the heavenly fragrance of aromatherapy oils mingling with salty air. Ease the tightness from your muscles in the sauna or steam room, rest up against the sea salt wall for halo-therapy benefits to skin and respiration, or visit the modern white-and-glass hairdressing salon with its exotic garden courtyard.

After your visit to Sisley Spa, adjourn to the famous sea-edge pool carved into the rock, or to one of Hotel du Cap’s outstanding restaurants, where the views are endless across the bays of Juan Les Pins, Cannes and the mountains beyond.

Cannes

L.Raphael Spa, Hyatt-Martinez

With caviar and diamond dust facelift treatments on the menu, this Cannes luxury hotel spa offers some of the most decadent spa treatments on the planet. As you walk up the majestic staircase to the light-flooded spa lobby, you feel you’re entering an oasis, a world far removed from the busy Croisette boulevard below, where supercars pull up outside flashy boutiques and beautiful people promenade under the palms.


The L. Raphael Spa takes up almost the entire top floor of the hotel, with its 46 hushed, softly lit treatment rooms brightened with splashes of the Swiss beauty brand’s signature burnt orange.
Relax on the sunny deck surrounded by green foliage, exercise in the state of the art gym, detoxify in the sauna, have your hair done in the salon hung with chandeliers, or just treat yourself to some of the finest spa treatments in the world, including the fantastically popular (and fantastically expensive) Diamond-Oxy Lift.
The Martinez hotel also offers a gym, hairdresser, organic restaurant, and a truly magnificent rooftop bar—so it’s all too easy to spend a blissful afternoon here before heading back to your yacht.

Les Thermes Marins de Cannes, Radisson Blu 

If your French Riviera dream is to float in a thalassotherapy pool set on the edge of the Mediterranean or to feel all your troubles melt away in a Roman Bath, then Le Thermes Marins Thalasso & Spa is your kind of personal nirvana. Set just 10m away from the sparkling sea, this exclusive 2700m2 spa facility focuses on the restorative healing powers of sea minerals, with an epic range of treatments including algae wraps, sea salt treatments and other thalassotherapy therapies.


Sit back in the Turkish Hammam, do a few lazy laps in the outdoor seawater pool, soak tired muscles in the heated indoor pool, and divide your time between the delights of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, caldarium, solarium and multi-sensory shower.

Saint Tropez

La Reserve, Ramatuelle

La Reserve is a serene and decadent spa hotel set up in the hills behind Saint Tropez. As a setting for a spa, it’s tough to beat, with views of the wild forest rolling down to the glittering sea, the yachts at anchor in the Gulf of Saint Tropez, and the almost mythical French Riviera light casting its spell upon the Mediterranean landscape. A massage with a view like that is not one to be forgotten in a hurry.

The spa at the heart of the hotel is simply superb— a glamorous 8000m2 temple to health and beauty, where anti-aging regimens are set by a specialist longevity doctor, and a multi-disciplinary team of beauty, health and fitness experts aim to increase their clients’ ‘youth capital’ by combating the effects of time. The complex has thirteen private treatment rooms, with a long menu of indulgent treatments focussing on stress reduction, fitness, slimming and beauty. When your treatment is done, swim in the glamorous indoor pool, eat in the Michelin star restaurant, or relax on the terrace under the shady pines, taking in that endless view of sky and sea. You’ll want to linger, for this is where dreams are made.



There are even more world-class spas along the French Riviera coastline and in the nearby hills, but sadly there isn’t space to include them all here. For more information on the best spas to visit on your Cote d’Azur yacht charter, contact the French Riviera specialists, Bespoke Yacht Charter.
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1/16/17
London: The Perfect Backdrop for Supercars


There are few places in the world as exhilarating and fun to live in as London. No mode of transport complements the fast-paced London lifestyle more than an exotic supercar. Londoner’s are notorious for living life in the fast lane and the occasional outing in a luxury car helps reaffirm this image and reconnects you to the soul of the city. Supercar hire is becoming a huge business in London where stylish and sporty cars are a permanent fixture on the streets of upmarket areas such as Knightsbridge and Chelsea. London is constantly evolving with new buildings, new nightspots and new trend-setting fashions appearing, and the situation is no different with choosing fashionable modes of transport.

It’s difficult to pinpoint a specific thing that makes London so special. It has an urban sensibility that can be found in its world-class museums, galleries and restaurants that co-exist with its innovative architecture and sensational street art. London is a key player in terms of culture, sports and the arts with massive international events such as the 2012 Olympics taking place alongside quintessentially British events like royal weddings and jubilees. Brits love to be on the move, whether that be in daily life or in participating in national events. Naturally, supercar hire goes hand in hand with such a fast-paced lifestyle and the popularity of TV shows like Top Gear is testament to the fact that British people love sports cars.




Affluent locals are now choosing supercar hire in London as the perfect way to let off some steam. It’s a wonderful way to experience pure luxury and opulence without having to commit to maintenance costs and parking fees that ownership brings. Alternatively, some people hire supercars with the philosophy of ‘try before you buy’, which is probably a wise choice when paying such vast sums. Hiring a supercar and testing it out on the streets you frequent on a daily basis is a great way to know if it suits you and figure out the best car for your needs if you’ve narrowed the selection down to, let’s say, a Lamborghini and a Ferrari.


Supercar hire in London is also popular with wealthy businessmen who are on work trips or seconded to the UK for a couple of months. Many of these travellers and businessmen are used to driving luxury cars back home, so really this is just continuing a familiar lifestyle for them. Likewise, some locals may not be based in the city year-round and they don’t want the hassle or hefty fees of dealing with garaging a car in two or more locations.


However, some people might just want to treat themselves or their loved ones to a special day out in the city, and renting a supercar is a memorable way to celebrate an important occasion. It’s a great way to make a date more romantic; imagine arriving at a Michelin restaurant in a brand new Porsche or perhaps even a rare classic edition of a vintage sports car. A smart car is also bound to impress business associates or acquaintances when you arrive at gallery openings or other high-profile events. Whether you hire a supercar in London for personal or business reasons, it definitely fits with the spirit of the city and should be on everyone’s to-do list.
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1/12/17
Some Brief on Considerable Factors While Opting For Boat Hire Melbourne

Do you have an interest in sparing qualitative time with family and friends? Do you have plans for a vacation on the ocean? If yes, then this notion is superb in assuring that not only the holidays are filled with fun but even superbly exciting.

Private boat hire Melbourne becomes perfect for getting away from the humdrum of city life. But you have to consider several aspects that are considerable in you to have an interest in hiring a boat. Budget is one of the major considerations. Besides, you need to confirm regarding destination and the activities you want to be involved in.

The next aspect is the people on the whole so that you are able to make up your mind on selecting a boat that is going to easily accommodate all the guests on board. In case of involvement of children, extreme carefulness is required along with being well-prepared to look toward every kind of situation. These all aspects have a major role to perform in assurance that you get an excellent experience in sailing. Always keep in mind that perfect planning results in a perfect holiday.

Selection of a Holiday Destination

A lot will depend on this one of the major deciding factors in regard to your choice of destination. Besides, you must imperatively to ensure your travel dates. You must see to it that weather conditions are favorable at your destination for you to enjoy to the fullest.



To illustrate, all the way through, you can enjoy the Mediterranean due to comparatively warmer temperatures. In case you are interested in visiting the Caribbean the best time of travel will be from October to May. So the selection of the spot can be done subsequent to confirmation regarding weather conditions and your preferred day and time of travel.

Selection of the Type of Boat 


Extreme carefulness is required in your selection of the kind of boat. When you decide upon your preferred place to visit, you have to be concentric on the kind of boat. It can be a lot fun to select the craft so you need to consider what all has it got to offer.

Common Types of Boat in Use 


Motor Boats: These are quite costly. Apart from hire fee, you have to be prepared for fuel expenses. Basically, the money involved in such a case will be dependent on the travelled distance and the boat engine.


Sail Boats: If you intend to spare some time with your near and dear ones then this is going to be the right choice of hiring a yacht as a cost efficient one.

Gulets: It is around Turkey that you get to see such kinds. Their size is enormous that up to 30 people can be accommodated easily. In fact, this proves to be the best possible solution in case you are on the look for airy vessels. A safe trip is ensured subject to contemporary navigation systems. 

Catamarans: Just like yachts, these have similar lengths. But these have links with shallow draft and are broader. You have to be in close contact with the shoreline and beaches. Better safety, stability and comfort are offered by them.

Special cruises are organized by the boat hire Melbourne for fetching a fabulous view of the celebrations to their clients from the Pacific Ocean with their cruises. It becomes an unforgettable experience to stare at the fireworks display and if you go for a good service of boat charter, definitely you are going to get the best view of it.

Summary

Bray. Northrop & Johnson specializes in the services of boat hire Melbourne. Their Superyacht events are inclusive of their luxury-appeal with your style, ethos and personal vision. They are comprehensible about the fact that your guest is having diverse reasons for readiness to hire one of their exquisite Superyachts.

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1/10/17
Celebrity Supercars: What Are the Stars Driving?



Rolls Royce Wraith interior

Celebrities are known for their lavish lifestyles but their expensive tastes don’t stop at luxurious villas and tropical holidays. Supercars are a vital part of being rich and famous and they’re not above showing off their sumptuous cars, whether it’s a luxury car rental or owned as part of a huge collection. From chic Aston Martins to sporty porsches, not all celebrities customise their cars, so you could rent the very same supercar that is prefered by your favourite actor, singer or sporting hero.

Janet Jackson - Aston Martin Vanquish


The youngest member of the Jackson family follows in James Bond’s trail of dust and drives an Aston Martin Vanquish. It was 007’s car in the film Die Another Day. The timeless classic boasts a V12 engine and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Pierce Brosnan is a fan, after playing Bond in the movie he bought one, but unfortunately lost it to garage fire at his Malibu home in 2015.

Janet Jackson - Aston Martin Vanquish


Rod Stewart - Ferrari 458 Spider

Rod Stewart is quite proud of his Ferrari 458 Spider and has been spotted zipping around town numerous times. The singer also has a Range Rover Sport and has been seen being chauffeured around in a Rolls Royce Ghost. Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world is also a fan of the Ferrari 458, so it clearly has impressive acceleration.

Rod Stewart - Ferrari 458 Spider

Cristiano Ronaldo - Lamborghini Aventador

 Real Madrid’s superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s annual salary of $35 million means he can afford to indulge his love of supercars. Indeed, the Portuguese football phenomenon has amassed a collection of 19 cars which include two Bentleys, three Ferraris, a Porsche 911 Carrera 2S, an Audi R8, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Bugatti Veyron and his latest, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Lamborghini Aventador


Kim Kardashian - Bentley Continental GTC

Reality TV queen Kim Kardashian might not seem to be the epitome of class, but she has fantastic taste in cars. She’s owned many supercars but her preferred choice when driving around upmarket Los Angeles locales is her blacked-out Bentley Continental GTC. Other cars in the Kardashian hall of fame include a Porsche Panamera, a Ferrari 458, and a Rolls Royce Ghost. She also bought husband Kanye West a Lamborghini Aventador to complement his much-loved Mercedes SLR.

Kim Kardashian - Bentley Continental GTC


Simon Cowell - Rolls Royce Phantom

 British entertainment mogul Simon Cowell has a Ferrari 360 Modena, a Bentley Azure (convertible) and a Rolls Royce Phantom. With its V12 engine, the Rolls Royce Phantom is a true magic carpet of a ride; its technology takes care of everything since there are no paddle shifters on the wheel and no adjustable shock absorbers or sports mode. To demonstrate its broad appeal, Snoop Dogg, LeBron James and David Beckham are also fans of the Phantom.

Simon Cowell - Rolls Royce Phantom


Gwen Stefani - Rolls Royce Wraith

 The Rolls Royce Wraith is perfect for someone who loves glamour like singer Gwen Stefani, who exudes a distinctive style that recalls the Golden Era of Hollywood. Her choice of Wraith is a one-of-a-kind in dark blue. Spacious and refined, the prestigious Coupé 632 h.p. offers fantastic performance and comfort. She also owns a Range Rover, a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, a Porsche Panamera and a Maserati Quattroporte.
Gwen-Stefani-Rolls Royce Wraith fanSupercar rental Rolls Royce Wraith


Gordon Ramsay - Ferrari California

The celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is a well known Ferrari enthusiast and has quite a collection of them, but while visiting California he drives the only appropriate thing – a Ferrari California! As the first coupé convertible produced by the prestigious Italian carmaker, the Ferrari California pays homage to the Ferrari 250 from the 1960s. Ramsay recently followed Lewis Hamilton’s lead and invested in the ultra-exclusive limited edition LaFerrari.

Gordon Ramsay Ferrari California


Sir Elton John - Maserati Quattroporte

The internationally famous singer Elton John has a bit of an automotive obsession. He’s owned many classic and rare cars from Jaguar E-Types to Ferrari Testarossas, Rolls-Royce Phantoms to Bentley Turbo Rs and Aston Martins. Last year, he auctioned his Maserati Quattroporte for £27,500.

Elton John - Maserati Quattroporte

 Maserati Quattroporte


Patrick Dempsey - Mercedes SLS

The former star of Grey’s Anatomy has a Mercedes-Benz SLS which takes pride of place in his car collection. Clearly a fan of the German marque, his collection also houses a Mercedes SUV. Dempsey has combined a successful Hollywood career with that of a racing driver and at one point he owned eight cars. Actor Eddie Murphy and singer and avid car collector Jay Kay also drive Mercedes SLS.

Patrick Dempsey - Mercedes SLS

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12/5/16
The 5 Best Greek Islands for Yacht Charters in 2017




Owing to its crystalline waters and sultry summers, the Greek islands are a favoured holiday destination in the Mediterranean. With stunning shores, ancient relics and picturesque coastal towns, there is a plethora of activities and sites to explore.
One of the best ways to navigate the islands and make the most of this inimitable location is by boat. Greek islands yacht charter allows you to combine the treats to be found on land with the unrivalled excitement and drama the sea has to offer.
Here is our useful guide to help you decide how best to spend your trip in Greece.

5) Symi

The Dodecanese island of Symi is mountainous and almost untouched by the modern developments that have beset so many other destinations. With a relaxed pace, beautiful 19th-century neoclassical architecture and secluded beaches, it offers an inviting retreat for travelers. Known for its bright splash of colourful buildings, the port of Symi is made up of little houses of blue, peach, orange and more.
While there is no need to hire a car during your stay, be prepared to get your walking boots on. There are around 500 steps that take you up the Kali Strata and the winding side streets can carry you away, but at the top you can choose from several restaurants that give panoramic views over the town and harbour. Not to mention the hidden rewards of the pine and cypress forests, beaches and monasteries far outweigh the effort it takes to reach them.



4) Naxos

As the largest of the Cyclades, Naxos is also the most fertile island. It combines high mountains with beautiful central valleys dotted with Venetian towers and mansions. An ideal setting for young families with children, the sandy beaches and shallow waters of Naxos provide a haven for all. Parents can relax by the seaside, while the kids can seek out sea creatures in the shallows.
Those who prefer a more raw beauty will enjoy the spectacular north coast which boasts a number of attractive coves and magnificent views. Naxos might not be high on the international jet set’s radar, but it’s happy with its reputation as a beautiful island rich in agriculture, tradition, and home to some of the finest beaches in the Cyclades.



3) Corfu

Between September and June, the island of Corfu is showered with rains that contribute to its luscious green blanket of olive trees. When the sun does peer through, however, island hoppers can bask on its secluded beaches that ribbon round the coastline. This Ionian island offers the best variety to suit all tastes, from its blend of ethnic cultures to its array of attractions.
Culture aficionados will enjoy Corfu’s Byzantine history and Greek mythology which combined with the various international architectural styles make it feel both traditional and cosmopolitan. The nightlife is vibrant and there is a diverse collection of bars and nightclubs in the capital Kerkyra Town and beyond. The quieter areas of Corfu are home to some of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, which remain remarkably unspoiled considering their popularity.



2) Santorini

A dream for avid Instagrammers and honeymooners alike, Santorini has dazzled tourists for many years with its whitewashed houses and bright blue rooftops. The sun-drenched island has pockets of cool shade that offer refuge, and there is a whole feast of restaurants and cafes run by locals to choose from. In fact, watching the sunset from one of Fira’s cliff-hugging terraces is one of the most magical experiences a person could have.
However, the island is perhaps most famous for the uniquely dark sand beaches of Perissa and Kamari, a result of the island’s position as a partially submerged volcanic caldera poking above the Aegean. Whether you go there for the volcanic beaches or the stunning views, Santorini and its supreme beauty is a must-see on your trip to Greece.



1) Mykonos

A slightly quieter (but still strikingly beautiful) version of Santorini, Mykonos has become more popular in recent years. It is the archetypal Greek island with its dazzling white sugar-cube buildings stacked around fishing villages and the iconic windmills of Hora looming over the shoreline.

There’s no shortage of dining options and you can sample everything from traditional dishes to upmarket international cuisine at the restaurants lining the coast or sheltered within Mykonos Town’s labyrinthine centre. With celebrities such as Katy Perry taking sumptuous summer breaks on the island, it is extremely desirable among younger travellers. Its bohemian vibe means it is a great party destination.


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6/28/16
The Beauty of Hvar, Croatia



Hvar, a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, is just one of the thousand islands dotted along the Dalmatian Coast and a perfect yacht charter destination

Less busy than Ibiza but just as chic as St Tropez, Hvar’s location allows yachts to combine itineraries with visits to Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, the Makarska Riviera, Brač, Korčula, Vis, Mljet Island and Montenegro.

A Croatian jewel

Hvar has an interesting history that has resulted in a diverse range of cultural buildings and attractions. There is a broad range of sightseeing and things to do from swimming in the cerulean blue waters, strolling the promenade at dusk in Hvar Town, to sampling Croatian wine at one of the island’s vineyards or savouring fresh seafood at a harbourside restaurant.

Hvar Town is the busiest destination with a pretty harbour, busy nightlife and attractions including the St Stephen’s Cathedral overlooking the main square, the Franciscan Monastery and Fortica Španjola, a historic fortress dominating the town from above.



Stari Grad on the north coast offers a quieter base and is popular for Dubovica Beach, beautifully restored stone houses and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stari Grad Plain that is an ancient geometrical system of land division used by the Ionian Greeks in the 4th century BC.

The island’s interior should not be forgotten; here you’ll find an aromatic wonderland with lavender fields, wildflowers, fig and olive plantations, grapevines and citrus orchards.

Close to Hvar Town, the Pakleni Islands are a lovely escape with clear water, pebbly coves and secluded beaches – drop anchor at Vinogradisce Bay or Palmižana on the island of Sveti Klement (St Klement). After a day of diving (Croatia has a vast number of shipwrecks, many protected under the Ministry of Culture), visit the botanical garden heady with the scents of salt-dusted rosemary, eucalyptus and mimosa before dining at either Zori Restaurant or Toto’s Beach Restaurant, both with exceptional sea views and fresh seafood to make any island castaway envious.



When to go to Hvar

Summer is predictably high season, especially when people visit Hvar for the Lavender Festival (June), Ultra Europe music festival (July) or Jelsa Wine Festival (August). However, Hvar has high sunshine hours throughout the year and the shoulder season is also ideal when the weather is favourable and restaurants, nightlife and attractions are less frenetic.


Five Must-Do Experiences in Hvar 

1. Head to Bastijana in the small coastal town of Jesla to sample Prošek, a Dalmatian dessert wine or Plavac Mali, a red wine grape variety which has grown well over the rocky karst terrain that sculpts the Croatian Adriatic Coast.

2. Beekeeping has been important on Hvar since Roman times. Buy some of Hvar’s herb- infused honey with health benefits from rosemary, sage or lavender.


3. Sample Hvar’s diverse nightlife ranging from a rooftop cocktail at the Top Bar at the Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel, to a glass of Croatian wine with tapas at Marco’s Wine Bar to a chilled beer while clubbing at Carpe Diem Beach.

4. Wander Hvar Town’s white cobblestoned alleyways before climbing up to Fortica Španjola. The fortress dates back to the 1st millennium BC and the current fortress was finished in the 16th-century by the Venetians (you can see the Venetian Coat of Arms above the southern gate); the walk to the top is worth the effort for panoramic views across the town and to the Pakleni Islands and in summer a cafeteria is open offering a pleasant place to pause for refreshments.

5. Dive into a plate of Dalmatian cuisine such as gregada (white wine stew with seafood and potatoes), goats cheese coated with sugar, smoked squid with rosemary gnocchi or octopus salad drizzled in olive oil and served with warm crusty bread.

For luxury yacht charters to Hvar and around Croatia, contact luxury yacht charter specialists Bespoke Yacht Charter.


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