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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.


IN PHOTOS: See more pictures of the futuristic bus here.

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The Top Vacation Retreat Favorites of Billionaire Celebrities. via [travelvivi]


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Where Billionaire Celebrities Spend Their Vacations
Posted by L.K.

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.

Richard Branson: British Virgin Islands

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.

Roman Abramovich: Wildcat Ridge, Colorado, USA

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?

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The 8 BEST Islands for Food! via [msnbc.com]


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Get out there and eat! Where to dine, cook, drink and fete

By Megan Padilla


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

Oahu, Hawaii


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.

The heart of Hawaii

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.


Sicily, Italy

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
d’Almerita; www.absoluteitalia.com.
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

Penang, Malaysia

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
, 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
, 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
, 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
, 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
Point-a-Pitre. www.lesilesdeguadeloupe.com

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Top 10 A-List Celebrity Romantic Getaways via [romowtravelblog]

Many celebrities
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:

1. Maldives

The picture-perfect
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

Celebrity sightings: Beyonce and Jay-Z,
Naomi Campbell and Vladislav Doronin, Catherine Zeta Jones
and Michael Douglas, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, Eva Longoria, Jude Law, Penelope Cruz.

2. Dubai

“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.

Celebrity sightings: Claudia Schiffer, Michael Schumacher, David and
Victoria Beckham, Serena and Venus Williams.

3. Italy

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.

Celebrity sightings: George Clooney,
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Sylvester Stallone.

4. Barbados

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
swanky hotels.

Celebrity sightings: Elton John, Prince Andrew, Sting, David and
Victoria Beckham, Will Smith, Tiger Woods.

5. Bahamas

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.

6. Miami

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

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
Angelina Jolie.

8. Mexico

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
good time.

Celebrity sightings: Naomi Campbell, Calvin Klein, Mick Jagger, Gisele

10. Paris

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.

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The Most Expensive Hotels around the Globe. via [WSJ]


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Diplomats Help Boost Rates at World’s Most Expensive Hotels

by Tara Loader Wilkinson

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Starwood Hotels
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
in Tokyo.

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:

Four Seasons
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
swimming pool.

4. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome — $31,000
per night

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
per night

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

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Las Vegas Barbie: New BARBIE Suite @ The Palms Hotel via [Jet Set Girls]

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Barbie Suite at the Palms Las Vegas

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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!)

Palms Barbie Suite living room
The suite is furnished with pink and black furniture, a mirror framed by a starburst of 65 Barbies and Barbie-approved wall paper.

There’s even a 2-way fireplace and a hot tub for when Ken comes to visit, in addition to the bed with a pink headboard.

Palms Barbie Suite bedroom
If we lived apart from our SO, we would insist on having a replica of this corseted chair.

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]

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Relaxing at the Beach:

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Photographic Tour of a Burj alArab hotel room:
In-Room Jacuzzi
Room Service:
An Absolutely Gorgeous View:

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

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Welcome To OPULUXELtd.com Lifestyle Design.  Your Headquarters for Outstanding Luxury Service.

Opuluxe Rentals is a listing service consortium that brings together owners of luxury assets like mansions, yachts, aircraft, automobiles and personal services with global clients who want to rent these assets.

Our job at Opuluxe Rentals is to do whatever it takes to satisfy your needs. We have been turning first class service into an art for more than 10 years.

Opuluxe Rentals is an international company based out of Beverly Hills, CA –the privileged place for pleasure and luxury.

The joy of renting luxury homes, villas, yachts, cars and more

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Why buy when you can rent? When you buy a luxury home or an exotic car, you are stuck with it. But when you rent one, you can always choose a different one in a different state or country next week. Today, a mansion in Orlando. Tomorrow a castle in the south of France, basking in the comfort of limousine service, a personal chef and a private tutor. And you can always go even more upscale next week. If words like “private”, “upscale”, “personal” and “exclusive” make your heart beat faster, look what the world of luxury rentals has in store for you…

Time is a precious commodity and we recognize it’s value to you. When planning your next extravagant event, luxurious vacation, or renting an exotic car, rely on our professional staff at Opuluxe Rentals to make it happen. The services that we provide are tailor made to meet the needs of the elite clientele that we serve.

Our mission is to epitomize the sophistication of a five-star rental and concierge service, defined by one-stop shop solution for unique and personalized services. Professionalism and satisfaction with a taste of elegance and a twist of style, embodies the very essence of what Opuluxe Rentals stands for.

Luxury car rentals – the thrill of renting an exotic car

Opuluxe Rentals offers you an extensive selection of luxury cars to get you from your house to the airport, the airport to your hotel or villa, from your home to your favorite places, or for your business trips. Your rental, with or without a chauffeur, comes with a range of services that set the standard for excellence.

Have you ever felt the thrill of slipping in behind the wheel of a brand new Rolls Royce or gassing a shiny new Porsche Boxster down Ocean Drive? If you have grown accustomed to this feeling, you know that nothing else will do. And if you have never enjoyed the experience, there is no time to lose.

For many people, the thrill of driving an high-end, exotic car – a Lotus, a Rolls, a Lamborghini, a Porsche, a Mercedes – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that just has to be felt. And you can feel it with one of our exotic car rentals. We feature an impressive range of listings from around the world, particularly in Florida, New York, Georgia and Switzerland.

Wherever you are, find the perfect exotic car rental for your taste. So this is how the rich and famous live!

Luxury home rentals – the thrill of sleeping in a luxury home

Have you ever woken up on satin sheets in a room adorned in antiques and felt like you were living in the lap of luxury. An increasing number of people live that way every day, and you can capture that uptown feeling in a luxury home rental.

There is something special about meandering down a curved stairway and passing through a great hall on your way to breakfast. Luxury homes and mansions are ideal for weddings (don’t forget to book an in-home hair stylist and makeup artist), special celebrations or even just a once-in-a-lifetime pool party.

A mansion can also make a great luxury vacation home rental…

Luxury villa rentals – the thrill of luxury vacation rentals

Is there any moment in the year when you crave luxury, when you yearn to be pampered, more than while on vacation? Of course not. That is why cruises and vacation rentals are growing in demand.

So why not book one of our luxury villas rentals and discover how it feels when the limousine pulls up to the door. One thing you are guaranteed is that a Luxury villa rental is quiet, private, roomy and comfortable…not like some run-of-the-mill hotel. While you are at it, why not book a nanny to get a little adult peace. And how about a personal massage therapist to come right to “your” mansion. Call in the hair stylist while you are t it. Go ahead and spoil yourself; order in tonight…with a personal chef. And if all this pampering gets to be just too much for you, why not call in a personal trainer?

There’s nothing like a little pampering on vacation or over the weekend, treating yourself to some of life’s little luxuries that you might not always have access to during the working week. So try one of our luxury villas. Rental fees are less than you might think, and we list them in high-end neighborhoods from Florida to Hawaii, from California to New York, from the Caribbean to France.

So go ahead and take the ultimate retreat. Join us and visit some of the world’s most luxurious locales which reveal enchanting landscapes with lavish villas shrouded in luxurious discretion by splendid flora. You just have to say the word and one of these gardens, one of these seaside pools, one of these peaceful havens is yours for a change of pace away from the troubles of the world.

Luxury yacht rentals – the thrill of sailing a luxury boat

May we introduce you to some of the most private luxury yachts found anywhere in the world? You’ll have the option of staying on board in style and comfort; or to set off to jet ski, snorkel, or visit remote beaches.

Imagine cruising through the Cayman Islands in a brand new 4-foot yacht that comfortably accommodates ten people. Sound like a dream? It’s not…not with our luxury yacht rental listings. Rental yachts are amazingly affordable, because you pay for only a portion of the upkeep. And who doesn’t like a great vacation escape on an exclusive boat.

The Bahamas and Florida are particularly popular locations for exclusive luxury yacht rentals, as are France and the Virgin Islands.

Opuluxe Rentals provides you with a yacht and a crew for a day, a weekend, or longer. From every port, a fleet of luxurious yachts sets the scene for prestige; With first class service for an escapade at sea or a destination cruise you’ve always dreamt of.

Luxury aircraft rentals – the thrill of personal jet travel

Introducing you to the world’s most extensive network of private luxury jets. Whether traveling domestically or crossing international borders; You’ll travel in style and in comfort. But, most importantly… you’ll travel securely and safely. With access to more than 5,500 aircraft, globally; We will provide you with our 24-hour service.

From turbo props to mid-size aircrafts to Boeing Business Jets, We are a premier air charter broker who promises you extraordinary care and safety.

Enjoy the privilege of getting from one capital to another quickly, from one continent to the next. This service brings together simplicity, security, and trust. Opuluxe Rental’s experience in private aviation allows us to meet even the least of your demands. We choose for you only the best aircraft with regularly trained professional aircrews. We also take care of all of the formalities.

Personal concierge – the convenience of personal service

If you still have empty seats on your private rental jet, come right back to this website and book a nanny, personal chef and personal trainer on board. We also list, for your convenience, chauffeurs (you won’t need them on the aircraft, but they come in handy when you land), barbers, hairstylists, massage therapists, makeup artists, private photographers, personal assistants, babysitting and nanny services, private tour services, location scouts, event planners, tutors, high-end spas, professional artists, upscale landscapers, personal shoppers, high-end plastic surgeons, limousine service and even private detectives.

What personal service or luxury rental do you want today?

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