Lifestyle

  • 28 Feb 2014 at 12:57 PM
  • Lifestyle

Meet the Special Forces Vets Who Want to Take You on a Luxury Golf Vacation…to Beirut

Looking to have a real adventure on your next golfing vacation? You might want to look into Cavalry + Company and their Middle East packages. With access to some of the most exciting golf courses on earth, their guides are special forces veterans taking people on truly one–of-a-kind trips envisioned by luxury hospitality professionals.

The company currently offers two packages which both start off playing a few days across some of the best courses Dubai has to offer, before boarding a private jet to either Kabul, Afghanistan or Beirut, Lebanon. The courses include: Emirates Golf Club; The Montgomerie, Dubai; Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club; Desert Course; Jumeirah Golf Estates; and Al Ghazal. Guests will also stay at either The Four Seasons, Beirut or The One & Only Palm, Dubai during the Kabul trip.

The Kabul Golf Club is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world. In fact, less people have teed off at this course than have climbed Mount Everest. Guests will also have the opportunity to become an official lifetime member and, as Cavalry + Company puts it, “Officially have the best golf story of anyone back home.” Read more »

Located in the tropical paradise of the Mexican Riviera is the Hidden Beach Resort. At the striking gated entryway as you walk past duo statues of stone frogs (symbolizing cleansing, renewal and transformation) and through massive solid wood doors, a different kind of luxury awaits.

When you enter, it feels like a real-life Garden of Eden and Champagne is handed to you upon arrival, enhancing the welcoming atmosphere. For those that have never heard of Hidden Beach, it is an au naturel resort (clothing optional).

Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma Hotels is the only all-inclusive, luxury nudist resort in the Mexican Caribbean. The property is made up of 42 gorgeous beachside suites with perfectly manicured grounds decorated with luxurious sun beds, palapas, a gourmet restaurant, two bars, a disco, gym, giant hot tub and pools. Read more »

Courvoisier has gotten into the spirit of the Chinese New Year by offering a limited edition release of its most expensive bottle of cognac to date, the L’Essence de Courvoisier. Considering it’s the Year of the Horse, they named this special offering L’Essence Du Horse and are planning to retail it for $3,500.

Packaged in a wooden box, each Baccarat-made decanter features an engraving of Napoleon on his horse and an ornate crystal stopper inspired by the French leader’s signet ring. A soft leather was added around the bottles sides, meant to evoke the leather found in horse saddles. Read more »

  • 05 Feb 2014 at 1:07 PM
  • Lifestyle

Martone Cycling’s Grand Model is the Gold Bicycle You’ve Been Dreaming Of

Admit it, you’ve always wanted a gold bicycle and now’s your chance. Martone Cycling’s Grand model (fitting, right?) is made using with Hi-Ten steel and alloy, with aluminum caliper side pull brakes. The leather saddle is water resistant and the two-speed automatic shifting promises you won’t even have to worry about cables or maintenance. All of their bikes come in men’s and women’s versions, and are available in a variety of colors (including bright red and silver). The women’s bikes come in one frame size, while the men’s bikes give you two options (52cm or 56cm) with sizing charts to help you figure out which is best for your height.

Own it for just $899.

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  • 30 Jan 2014 at 12:10 PM
  • Lifestyle

1700s-Era Stradivarius Violin Transformed Into Glittering Award-Winning Swimming Pool

No one wants a boring oval swimming pool in their backyard. Not only is it expected, it certainly won’t put that one competitive enemy/friend in his place. Clearly, if you want something that will really impress people, a pool tailored to your lifestyle, you need to call up Cipriano Landscape Design. Just take a look at this Violin Glass Tile swimming pool found in Bedford, NY, designed to reflect the homeowner’s passion for collecting and playing violins. Not only is it stunning to look at it, the pool also won the 2013 Best Swimming Pool Design Award from the Northeast Spa and Pool Association.

This custom-built pool replicates a 1700s-era Stradivarius violin, down to all of the instrument’s details and intricacies — including purflings, f-holes, a bridge, strings, a tailpiece, and a chinrest. The finish is made using 500,000 translucent glass tiles that sparkle and change colors depending on the reflecting light. “Typically gradient tile patterns transition in one direction, or possible two if they are transitioning outward from a centerline,” explains Cipriano. “Unique to the violin pool, however, the tiles were blended to transition in a four-way gradient pattern.” Read more »

by Mila Pantovich of JustLuxe

The Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland was always one of our favorites — even though as kids we kept our eyes tightly closed — and we especially loved the jeep. For whatever reason, hopping into that off-road auto always made us happy. Well, the amphibious Panther combines the thrill of Indiana Jones with the joys of cruising through water, making the transition to land in just 15 seconds. Read more »

Whenever I see a personal-sized submarine I think of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou — you know, when nearly the entire cast is stuffed inside the little yellow sub in search of the elusive jaguar shark — and this five person model is no different. Able to dive to the depths of 656 feet, you can explore tropical species in reefs and spooky shipwrecks with your buddies. The sub is climate-controlled and meets all of the International Maritime Organization guidelines, as well as being classified by Germanischer Lloyd with two life support systems that give date on depth, internal pressure, battery status (giving up to eight hours of adventure), temperature, thruster status and trim tanks status. Speaking of thrusters, thanks to the two horizontal and two vertical ones you have full directional control (including up and down) and can get to a top speed of 2.5 knots (four at the surface).

Own it for just $2,700,000.

  • 26 Sep 2013 at 8:21 AM
  • Lifestyle

Show Your Lamborghini Loyalty With This $8,400 Murcielago LP670-4 SV Desk

Photo Courtesy of Design Epicentrum

Whether you have a Lamborghini sitting in your garage or not, this strange table is certainly a unique way to show everyone your allegiance to the famed Italian auto brand. Sold through Design Epicentrum, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV desk is a replication of the SV’s nose, complete with tires and headlights. Read more »