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China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars (PHOTOS)
China has overtaken the United States as the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases and biggest energy consumer.But the country is also thinking in big and bold ways when it comes to how it will reduce pollution and a new plan to build a “straddling bus” is among the most space-age schemes yet.
According to China Hush, the 6-meter-wide 3D Express Coach will be powered by a combination of electricity and solar energy, and will be able to travel up to 60 kilometers per hour carrying some 1200 to 1400 passengers.
The economic crisis has not spared the world’s richest people: their losses are calculated with astronomical sums. But whether this was reflected in their vacation last year? Maybe when many ordinary families in general were forced to abandon holiday voyages, wealthy guests were taking their rest in all-inclusive hotels? No, the billionaires are in no hurry to part with their habits: they still continue to spend on holiday such amounts of money which are simply compatible with the budget of some developing countries. So let’s see where some of the richest celebrities like to relax according to the magazine Forbes.
Oprah Winfrey: Antigua
The best-known television host Oprah Winfrey loves to enjoy the peace of the Caribbeans. Despite the fact that she owns huge tracts of land on California’s beautiful lands, on Maui and Montecito, Oprah tends to rest in peace and tranquility under the huge palm trees in the washed crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean beaches.
To do this, she goes to the coast of Antigua, where her neighbors are usually celebrities such as Eric Clapton, one of the leading classic rock musicians. Here the problems seem to be decreased to the lowest level and thus there’s no needs to worry about the US hitches which are left to far from the unusual paradise.
Let’s be honest- the Caribbean are a real reserve of billionaires from various countries. The father-founder of the huge corporation Virgin, Richard Branson, apparently having decided once again to play with the words, bought himself an island Necker – one of the British Virgin Islands, and built a huge house with eight rooms in Balinese style. While being surrounded with the turquoise waters, this piece of land lies on the softest fine-grained sand. This gives an additional opportunity to swim among the coral reefs surrounding the Necker or to start learning any other kind of water sports.
Branson has a full staff of servants, including a personal chef and masseuse. Incidentally, the famous businessman from time to time turns his possession. So if you have nowhere to go relaxing and have some extra hundreds of dollars to spend freely, you can easily live there too. He enjoys hosting around 28 guests who are resting next to him.
Paul Allen: Octopus Yacht
Long stays in one place seem to be tiring and even the fact that it’s a luxurious place for resting, doesn’t save celebrities from boredom. And because of this Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, doesn’t like to have a rest on solid ground while preferring instead to swim in his own mega-yacht that costs him $ 200 million.
In this floating five-star hotel there are not only ordinary pool and a cinema. The hotel owner and his guests have a basketball court, a couple of helicopters and a real submarine for 10 people. The yacht is so big that the crew serving the miracle yacht is no more, no less than 60 people.
Not all the celebrities of this world like sandy beaches, palm trees and warmer climates. Roman Abramovich, if he does not travel on his 170-meter yacht, usually chooses to rest in the countries with a cold climate. The owner of Chelsea Football Club loves to ski, and so bought himself a small, only 80 hectares, ranch Wildcat Ridge near the famous ski resort of Aspen in Colorado.
There is no need to get surprised. The thing is that Roman Abramovich is not only owning a club following the idea of healthy lifestyle, but he also enjoys various sports himself, trying to appear to the public in his best shape.
Bill Gates: Western Greenland
Another fan of the cold countries and places can be truly called Bill Gates. Once in 2008, the world’s most famous programmer has left Microsoft, he began charity work and because of his wife, Melinda to spend much time in Africa.
Let’s not make any kind of rumors about why the African heat bothers him, and he prefers to rest in Greenland, in the heart of skiing Apussuit Adventure Camp, let’s just take this fact as a note. Greenland is a truly wild corner of the world. Even the cities of this country are quite deserted and even some of them are not even inhabited, and only at a remote resort on the west of the island is where some adventurers like Bill Gates enjoy having a vacation.
Francois-Henri Pinault: Ibiza, Spain
Although most of the billionaires do not like to be on the center of attention and thus avoid journalists, it’s not true about Francois-Henri Pinault, the son of billionaire Francois Pinault. Not long ago he decided to conquer the world of fashion and art, making a present for paparazzi, having gone with his girlfriend actress Salma Hayek to Ibiza.
Photographers were waiting for a couple of moments to take pics of the couple who were relaxing on this Mediterranean coast, and their shots hit the magazines of all over the world. However, the young Mexican was not embarrassed at all: she was so charmed by Pino (or, at least, Ibiza), that next Valentine’s Day the young and attractive couple decided to get married.
Mukesh Ambani: Mumbai, India
However, not all billionaires like to overcross the seas and oceans to soak in somebody else’s country house. Indian telecom tycoon Mukesh Ambani prefers to relax at home. To this end, he decided to arrange a home in Mumbai in its own extravagant 27-storey skyscraper worth around one billion dollars. It seems to be rather interesting to have something like a hotel for your own.
Under construction now this man’s residence will take four floors, and there will be everything necessary for a modest multi-billionaire recreation: outdoor garden, a large dance hall with a chandelier, which occupies 4 / 5 ceiling, yoga studio and a special ice room, where you can hide from the Indian heat. The only question left to be answered is the one whether Mukesh plans to have all of the house for his own or going to have some “guests” to come over?
Get out there and eat! Where to dine, cook, drink and fete
It’s the catch phrase of the gourmet traveler: “You haven’t tasted
real oysters (substitute tzatiki, pad Thai) until you’ve tried
them on Jersey (substitute Santorini, Ko Samui). But it’s true:
Although we have access to international food
in our big-city restaurants, nothing compares to going straight to the
source. We’ve searched the globe for some of the best food experiences
that the world’s islands have to offer. And we have to confess that
while we did it, we got pretty hungry. Plus, it brought a flood of
memories to each and every one of us, from the Caribbean
(potato-and-lentil-stuffed roti) to the Aegean (creamy buffalo
mozzarella with sliced tomatoes ripe off the vine, drizzled with pale
green first-pressed olive oil). Get out there and eat.
Ko Samui, Thailand
If you only know one Thai dish, it’s probably pad Thai. But just as
we promised, you’ve never really eaten pad Thai until you’ve tried it
from a street vendor in Thailand. Continue to expand your palate on Ko
Samui off the east coast of Thailand. If you don’t speak the language,
your best bet is to recruit and trust local Samuians to take you to
their favorite restaurants, perhaps Bangpo Seafood in the Mae Nam area,
where seafood, fresh or dried, and coconuts find their way into nearly
every dish. Start with khoei jii, an appetizer that’s made
from shrimp paste, shallots, garlic, coconut meat and ground chilies
spread on a coconut shell and then grilled.
Then there’s a thick stir-fry made with waay, small
octopuses that are used fresh or dried, coconut milk and fresh herbs.
But we think you’ll have the most fun signing on for one of the Samui
Institute of Thai Culinary Arts’, or SITCA’s, daily two-and-half-hour cooking classes where you start by shopping in the
local markets for items you’d be hard-pressed to find at home, such as
the carrot-length, bright-green veggie the locals call “stink bean.”
Best of all, at the end of the session you get to feast on it all.
Learn different dishes every day, or if you really want to tackle Thai
food, take SITCA’s 12-day intensive course, offered every month and
limited to four students. Rates for the half-day sessions are about
$50. www.sitca.net; www.samuitourism.com
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, just off the coast of Cancun, is one of our favorite
islands on which to taste authentic guacamole, fresh, flame-grilled
seafood, salsas and more.
Is it just us or do you, too, get intense cravings for authentic
Mexican guacamole at least twice a day? You know the stuff: fresh
avocados mashed in a stone bowl with tangy lime, sea salt, cilantro and
garlic. Isla Mujeres, just off the coast of Cancun, is one of our
favorite islands on which to taste this concoction. But let’s not sell
the island short; it also excels at tikin xic, a Maya recipe for fish flame-grilled to perfection. Try it
near Playa Lancheros on Isla’s south coast (bring at least three
hungry friends to split one fish).
The island is also known for its ceviche mixto – a little
bit of everything from the sea. Raw fish and shellfish are chopped into
tiny pieces and marinated in lime juice, which effectively “cooks” the
fish, and then chilies, tomato, garlic and other spices are added. It
is often served with fried corn tortilla chips; you can smell the hot
corn wafting in the air. Order the ceviche at Picus Cocteleria right on
the Caribbean Sea close to the ferry terminal. If you’ve had enough
fish, head instead to the taquerias scattered about downtown
(we recommend Super Taqueria Medina, which offers five different salsas
at your table and has an excellent rotisserie). www.islamujeresturismo.com
When you travel to Oahu, you have arrived at the culinary
epicenter of the Pacific-Asian world. In Honolulu you’ll find
Asian-based dishes with a bit of Americana (dare we say, SPAM) thrown
in, as well as an island twist based on local ingredients. Join Hawaii Food Tours’
Hole-in-the-Wall Tour ( www.hawaiifoodtours.com;
rates from $99). It’s offered every day but Sunday and is your chance
to taste the treats that local chefs seek on their day off. You might
try a Hawaiian plate lunch, Chinese dumplings, pastries, Thai noodles,
barbecued meat satay, Vietnamese summer rolls, Bento Boxes or crack
seed, a snack of dehydrated fruit that was introduced by the first
Chinese plantation workers.
But for strictly Hawaiian fare, don’t miss Helena’s Hawaiian Foods,
where the menu hasn’t changed much in 60 years. Order the
ribs. These double-thick, kalbi-cut beef short ribs are salted,
air-dried and cooked so they are crispy on the outside and juicy inside.
informal poll of ISLANDS editors shows that Sicily is the island that
most ignites the four-o’clock hunger
pains. It’s a landscape best experienced by taste, where trees produce
olives that wind up as delicate oils; almonds and pistachios find
their way into pastries; and juicy white plums are made into preserves.
The earth yields ripe melons eaten in spring, ruby-red strawberries
best enjoyed with a bit of aged balsamic vinegar, and tender grapes
that are crafted into biodynamic wines. And that’s just the beginning.
We haven’t even gotten to the cheese, the fish or the pasta.
Hands down, Sicily is our land of milk and honey. No matter where you
travel on the island, the largest in the Mediterranean, you’re going
to eat well. After all, Sicily is divided into 20 regions that all
participate in Slow Food, the 21-year-old, Italian-founded organization
that is committed to the connection between the pleasure of food and
its origins; www.slowfood.com.
If your island dream means you cook as well as eat, then head for the
island’s heart, midway between Palermo on the north and Agrigento on the
south, and into the kitchen of cookbook author Anna Tasca Lanza on her
family’s 1,200-acre country estate and winery, Regaleali-Tasca
After dinner, stay overnight and enjoy a cooking demonstration the
next day. Or come for five days to cook, shop, walk the countryside and
dine in village trattorias. www.italiantourism.com
Jersey, Channel Islands
We know that everyone’s island dream is unique. If yours
is to eat, then start planning a trip to Jersey where nearly 200
restaurants, four annual food festivals and regular farmers markets make
eating a year-round sport. Go there at your fighting weight and let
your hedonistic impulses run free: Never skimp on the rich butter and
cream from Jersey’s eponymous cows, always take a helping of the
delicate Jersey Royal new potatoes, say yes to your third round of Royal
Bay oysters, and order lobster tail for lunch.
This southernmost English Channel Island is nearer to France than
England, and its position in the path of the warm Gulf Stream creates an
abundance of seafood, particularly shellfish. Hence, a favorite saying
in Jersey French: Du paisson dait nagi trais fais: dans la me,
dans l’beurre et dans l’vin.” Fish should swim three times: in the
sea, in butter and in wine.” A great time to visit is during the Out
of the Blue Maritime Festival (July 7-8) for a weekend of seafood, sea
shanties, street theater and alfresco dining, plus a special-edition
farmers market featuring the neighbors’ Norman-French products, such as
foie gras, honey, cheese, candles and Calvados. It’s also a good place
to try des mervelles, better known as “Jersey wonder,”
deep-fried twisted-shape cakes that, in accordance with custom, are
never made on a rising tide. www.jersey.com
If you love noodles but want to watch your carbs, tread carefully in
Malaysia. There you’ll find a noodle dish called mee goreng.
It’s a melting pot of flavors made spicy with chili peppers and
seasoned with garlic, onion and curry powder. It’s highly addictive and
ubiquitously available, mostly from the hawker stalls along the roads
of Penang, the epicenter if Malaysian cuisine that is a fusion of
Chinese, Indian and Malay – all groups represented on the island.
At these stalls, graze your way through dozens of dishes, sometimes
served on banana-leaf plates: Taste satays, thin slices of skewered
charcoal-cooked meats whose flavors explode in your mouth; char kway
teow, stir fried rice noodles with egg, spring onions and shrimp
prepared with curry paste in hot oil; popiah, a fresh spring
roll filled with raw and cooked vegetables; and roti canai, a
chewy Indian flatbread served with lentil curry. Don’t miss the pasar
malam, or night market, in George Town where you can shop and
eat, or the fishing village of Kuala Jalan Bahru for a bowl of assam
laksa, a tangy fish soup with noodles topped with shredded
pineapple, sliced green chilies and fresh mint. www.tourismpenang.gov.my
St. Martin, French West Indies
says you have to cross the big pond for authentic French cuisine? We
say go south to the French West Indies in the Caribbean, including St.
Martin and Guadeloupe. Half of St. Martin is a property of the French
government. And though the island’s other half, St. Maarten, is a Dutch
holding, dining a la mode francais is very much alive on both
sides of the island. An evening-long, five-course meal is par for the
course. French creole specialties intermingle with local fish and
vegetables, including taro, pumpkin and coconut, but traditional Old
World fare like boudin sausage (blood sausage) and rack of lamb
is widely available.
Try the lamb in brik, a North African Arab-inspired dish of
lamb cooked in spices for seven hours then tucked into a turnover. It’s
known as Shank of Lamb at Sol’E Luna in Mount Vernon on the French
side. As in Europe, bistro dining is popular here, but like the many
haute eateries around the island, they can be expensive. The best bet
for quick, cheap (yet skillfully prepared) food is one of the many lolos,
or food shacks, lining the beaches, where you can eat grilled fish and
jerked meats. The best lolos are on the piers at Grand Case on the
north shore. www.st-martin.org;
Guadeloupe, French West Indies
Cooking traditions run deep on Guadeloupe,
where Gallic colonists first arrived in 1815. One of the best ways to
sample Guadeloupe’s superior French technique is at the Fete des
Cuisinieres, a festival celebrating the island’s traditional women
cooks, held each August since 1916 on the Saturday closest to the feast
day of the patron saint of cooks, Saint Laurent.
Among the delights are bountiful seafood towers of crawfish and
lobster as well as foods demonstrating strong culinary influences of
East Indian, Arab and African migrants to the region, influences that
include the prodigious and sometimes painful use of hot pepper and colombe,
the local name for curry, which was brought here by East Indians and
is a staple ingredient in island cooking. In fact, colombe de
poulet, or chicken curry, is often considered the island’s
“national” dish. Try it at Pipirite’s in the heart of Basse-Terre’s
jungle. If you want to try to recreate the flavors found on the island,
then don’t miss a visit to the Marche des Epices, the spice market in
like to keep their love life under wraps, so it’s not surprising that
countless celebrity couples have often been spotted on romantic
For many celebrity couples, these romantic retreats are one of their
few opportunities to spend quality time together, away from their
hectic work schedules, A-list events and hordes of fans. So when they
do get the opportunity to escape on a romantic getaway, they ensure
that the destination they choose fits the bill perfectly – just as
these celebrity couple getaways do:
Maldives is a hot spot for A-list celebrity couples who want to cosy up
in the private beach-side huts on the paradise isles in the Indian
“The star of the Middle East”
boasts the world’s only seven-star hotel – the Burj Al Arab. With
suites priced from US$2,000 up to US$28,000 per night, it’s no wonder
celebrities often feature on the hotel’s guest list.
The food, the wine, the
culture, the art, and, of course, the romance, make Italy a top
celebrity couple getaway destination. As an extra treat for their
beloved, celebrity couples can shop to their heart’s content at Italy’s
many world-renowned fashion houses.
As well as being renowned
for being the birthplace of singer Rihanna, this Caribbean island is
also home to some of the world’s most spectacular white sand beaches
with their glittering turquoise waters, as well as fine dining and
Only 40 out of more than
700 of the islands of the Bahamas are inhabited. It’s no wonder then
that it’s a popular destination for celebrity couples seeking privacy.
When celebrities have had enough of soaking up the sun amid gorgeous
beaches, they can indulge in the islands’ glitzy nightlife.
Celebrity sightings: Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Lily Allen.
Fun-loving celebrity couples
love heading to Miami for some fun under the sun. Stars can go
club-hopping all night long at South Beach, grooving to Latin beats.
Celebrity sightings: Shakira, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer
Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, Kate Moss.
7. French Riviera
One of the jewels of
the Mediterranean, the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur in French,
provides for one of the most romantic backdrops in the world. It is
dotted with many luxury hotels as well as private yachts.
Celebrity sightings: Joan Collins, Lily Allen, Elton John, Elizabeth
Hurley, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, Brad Pitt and
It may not be associated
with glitz and glamour, but Mexico still attracts many celebrity
couples thanks to its warm sun and palm-tree lined beaches. Its
nightlife is another selling point, and celebrities can often be found
downing tequila shots in one of Mexico’s many bars and clubs.
Celebrity sightings: Britney Spears,
Heidi Klum, Sienna Miller, Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer.
9. Rio de Janeiro
The second largest city of
Brazil is the perfect place for celebrity couples to get away from it
all and let their head down. Whether celebrities are off to the
flamboyant Carnaval, to an action-packed football match, or to the
beach to dance some samba on the sand, Rio always guarantees them a
Celebrity sightings: Naomi Campbell, Calvin Klein, Mick Jagger, Gisele
No romantic getaway list
would be complete without the world’s capital of romance – Paris. When
celebrity couples are in the mood for romance, they head to the City of
Lights – a place just as glamorous, fashionable, and famous as they
Celebrity sightings: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, Katy
Perry, Dita Von Teese, Emma Watson.
Diplomats Help Boost Rates at World’s Most Expensive Hotels
by Tara Loader Wilkinson
Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva commands
$65,000 a night for its four-bedroom penthouse.
Amid the recession, rock stars, diplomats and other celebrities find
solace from the doom and gloom by spending their time in sanctuary
provided by the world’s most luxurious, and expensive, hotels. While
many of us are tightening our belts, shortening our summer holidays or
even abandoning them, hoteliers to the rich and famous claim to have no
trouble filling their most exclusive accommodations, and in the case of
the most expensive suite in the world, managing to double its rate to
$65,000 (€45,642) a night.
In an annual survey by Financial News’ sister publication Wealth
Bulletin, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in
Geneva, Switzerland, tops the list as the most expensive hotel room in
2009, commanding $65,000 for its four-bedroom penthouse — twice as much
as patrons paid a year ago for its luxurious setting and views of Lake
Geneva and Mont Blanc.
The hotel’s management puts the rise down to “buoyant demand” from
government officials and U.N. diplomats.
Last year’s winner, the iconic Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four
Seasons Hotel in New York, came second this time, at $35,000, $1,000 up
from last year.
New entries this year were the third-placed Presidential Suite at the
Hotel Cala di Volpe in Sardinia, the Villa La Cupola Suite at the
Westin Excelsior in Rome and the Presidential Suite at the Ritz-Carlton
Despite the past year’s financial and economic turmoil, prices at the
best hotel suites have risen by an average of 10% this year. Herbert
Ypma, founder of the Hip Hotels brand, said: “The very high end hasn’t
suffered all that much. A lot of hotels used to having upmarket
clientele are getting the benefit of them taking far more time off than
usual — so they have more time to stay in hotels. Money was never the
issue, time was.”
Hoteliers said that although the number of business travellers has
fallen in the past year, government officials have taken their place in
the best rooms and suites.
President Barack Obama and his entourage took over the entire
Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow for three nights in June. The President
Wilson Hotel said heads of state and other high-level government
officials are fuelling demand for its hugely expensive Royal Penthouse
Vivian Deuschl, spokeswoman for Ritz-Carlton Hotels, said demand is
also coming from wealthy leisure travellers: “Last year they might have
taken three or four cheaper holidays. This year they are taking one big
vacation, but pulling out all the stops.”
The 10 most expensive hotel suites according to Wealth Bulletin’s
survey for 2009 are:
library of the Ty Warner Penthouse at New York’s Four Seasons Hotel.
1. The Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva
— $65,000 per night
Complete with a cocktail lounge, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the
President Wilson is so exclusive that bookings reportedly have to be
made through the hotel’s chairman. The suite occupies the entire top
floor of the hotel. It is reached by a private elevator, has four
bedrooms overlooking Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc and comes with six
bathrooms. Equipped with bulletproof windows and doors, it is almost
exclusively reserved for celebrities or state heads, ideal with the
United Nations headquarters a five-minute drive away.
2. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York —
$35,000 per night
Business at the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New
York has remained as buoyant as when the suite opened in 2007, according
to a spokeswoman. The nine-room suite has walls inlaid with thousands
of pieces of mother-of-pearl. There is an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, a
private spa room with a screen of living bamboo and a book-lined
library, which has a grand piano at its centre.
3. The Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa
Smeralda, Sardinia — $34,000 per night
The Presidential Suite at Hotel Cala di Volpe near Porto Cervo,
averages around $34,000 a night, although during the peak summer season
will cost as much as $45,000. Located in the hotel tower, the
multi-level Presidential Suite sprawls across 2,500 sq ft and has three
bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private gym, a steam room and a wine
cellar. It is crowned by a rooftop terrace with an outdoor saltwater
4. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome — $31,000
Villa La Cupola Suite in Rome’s Westin Excelsior embodies all things
Roman and excessive: a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi, frescoes and
stained glass windows detailing allegories of a mythological figure
paired with a modern one, such as Atlas and Television, Hypnosis and
Neurosis, Hermes and Marketing and Hermaphrodite and Fashion. Located on
the fifth and sixth floors, the suite covers 6,099 sq ft and has an
additional 1,808 sq ft of balconies and terraces overlooking Via Veneto.
Presidential Suite at Tokyo’s Ritz-Carlton.
5. The Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton Tokyo — $25,000 per
The Presidential Suite, on the top floor of the city’s tallest
building, has spectacular views of Mount Fuji and Roppongi Hills, as
well as an expansive vista of Tokyo’s impressive cityscape. It occupies
2,368 sq ft. For refreshments, guests may enjoy the $18,000
Diamonds-Are-Forever Martini, which comes with a one-karat Bulgari
diamond at the bottom.
6. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas — $22,000 per
The 10-room Bridge Suite is actually a bridge spanning the two towers
of the Atlantis Hotel. The 23rd-floor suite is decked with marble
floors, a grand piano and a 22-carat gold chandelier. It was known in
former times as “the Michael Jackson Suite” because of his regular
stays. Prices have come down from $25,000 last year and fees are
negotiable. Nevertheless, the suite is so exclusive the hotel does not
even advertise it.
7. The Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt Vendôme, Paris — $20,000
The Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt in Paris provides guests with an
“in-suite-spa” concept — with the bathroom/spa comprising a whirlpool
bath, a steam shower room and a massage table. The 2,500 sq ft penthouse
suite has a huge living room, a dining room, a kitchen and a work area.
Burj Al Arab
Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
8. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai — $19,600 per night
Since it was built in the mid-1990s, the Burj Al Arab has become one
of the world’s most instantly recognizable hotels with its billowing
sail-like structure stretching out on an artificial island into the Gulf
of Arabia. The Royal Suite on the 25th floor has a marble-and-gold
staircase, leopard print carpets, its own private lift and a rotating
four-poster canopy bed.
9. Royal Armleder Suite, Le Richemond, Geneva — $18,900 per
The Royal Armleder Suite at the Le Richemond Hotel is named after the
wealthy family who used to own the famous hotel before Rocco Forte
bought it in August 2004. The three-bedroom suite, which stretches over
2,500 sq ft on the seventh floor, has a 1,000 sq ft terrace with
panoramic views of Lake Geneva, a real log fire and floor-to-ceiling
bulletproof windows. Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte’s sister and well-known
hotel interior designer, designed the suite.
10. The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow —
$16,500 per night
To stay at the best suite in Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton would cost around
$16,000 a night — $500 less than last year. Furnished in Russian
imperial style, the 2,370 sq ft suite has views of famous Moscow sites
including the Kremlin and Red Square. The suite comes with that
necessity for the security-conscious Russian billionaire — a panic room
with its own energy and telecommunications facilities.
Research for this survey was compiled during mid-August. Prices are
rate per night including taxes.
From Financial News at http://www.efinancialnews.com
Barbie Suite at the Palms Las Vegas
Raise your hand if you didn‘t want to live in Barbie’s Malibu Dream house as a little girl? Well dreams do come true, and this time it’s not at Disney World, though it is in Disney World for grown ups. The Palms Resort in Las Vegas recently opened the Barbie Suite, designed by Jonathan Adler in honor of her 50th. (Don’t worry, Barbie, you don’t look a day over 29!)
The suite is furnished with pink and black furniture, a mirror framed by a starburst of 65 Barbies and Barbie-approved wall paper.
When you go, don’t forget to stop by the pool to indulge in one of the poolside spa treatments.
The Barbie Suite may just knock the Caesar’s Palace Villa from the Hangover out of our top must stay room in Vegas!
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Jumeirah Burj Al Arab Inside Complete View – 7 Star Hotel Dubai: A Gold Plated Dream!!! via [Jumeirah Group]
Relaxing at the Beach:
An Incredible Sunset:
8 restaurants and lounges, including:
Al Muntaha – which means the ultimate or the highest at 200 metres above the Arabian Gulf, offering modern European cuisine
Al Mahara – seafood restaurant accessible by a three minute virtual submarine voyage. Magnificent oval aquarium visible throughout the restaurant
Al Iwan – sea view restaurant. Finest Arabian hospitality with décor of dramatic gold, red and black
Majlis Al Bahar – a casual alfresco restaurant serving mediterranean specialities
Sahn Eddar – at the base of the world’s tallest atrium and offering light fine fare and Afternoon Tea
Juna Lounge – a stylish and intimate lounge with a fine selection of cigars
Skyview Bar – located adjacent to Al Muntaha, a wonderful location for pre- and post dinner drinks
Bab Al Yam – cafe restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere and stunning views