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This month, The Sybarite explores our top ten picks of some of the finest luxury property developments around the world, starting with London.
The luxury property market has been on the rise for many years, and this trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. For those who value the finer things in life, owning a luxury home is more than just an investment — it's a statement of who they are. While some cities such as New York, Miami, London, Dubai, and Singapore have always been the preferred destinations for luxury living, others...
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The Valentine's Travel Edit - Copenhagen
With only 48 hours to spare in Denmark's capital, I truly wanted to make the most of my time there - whilst (rather juxtaposingly) also have a relaxing, weekend city break away from the hustle & bustle of London. Yet, I had to look no further than Nimb Hotel, a through-the-looking-glass castle of escapist bliss. After arriving late on a Friday evening flight, we were welcomed with a friendly smile by the charming Peter, eager to assist us in whatever way he could throughout our stay. The service and attention to detail was impeccable, and a reflection of the Danish spirit – quintessentially hygge with a soupçon of romantic flair. Nimb Hotel is Scandi luxury personified. With only 38 guest rooms, the castle is a fresh breath of tranquility, stood gallantly behind the magnificent Tivoli Gardens (the third-oldest operating amusement park in the world which Nimb guests also get free access too!), and has been preserved and updated with an idyllic blend of grandiose Moorish architecture and sleek, boutique Scandi finishes. The fanciful Nimb Hotel also hosts a variety of other arts and culture on its grounds, garden parties, wine tastings, and opera and jazz concerts on the roof.
Our lifestyle expert reviews The Xara Palace, Relais &...
Mdina (pronounced ehm-dee-nuh) is also known as The Silent City, and we experienced this first-hand. We walked through the Vilhena gate that leads into the fortified city, amidst the crowds of tourists who are queueing to see the city dungeons and the horse-drawn carriages with drivers shouting out offers for a ride. Once night time falls, all the noise and activity melts away to reveal an almost eerie, mystical ambience within the air as the whole place goes quiet. Built like a traditional Arabic medina, our footsteps echo as we make our way down the labyrinth of interconnected paths until we reach a towering stone palazzo. The Xara Palace is a 17th century five-star Relais & Châteaux property—the only hotel inside the walls of the Mdina—and the former home of a noble family. A sign at the entrance reads: “The Maltese nobility assembles within the walls of this ancient palazzo in order to elect its committee of privileges.” The baroque building stands proudly at the end of a small slope, just a short walk from the main gates. Upon entering the hotel doors, we’re welcomed with a glass of bubbly and invited to take a seat in the lounge. From the ornate church doors towering over us at the end of the hallway to the exquisite furniture full of dark wood and brick reds, there’s an air of sophistication that oozes from every nook and cranny of the palace.
The Very Best of Thailand
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and its name is derived from the Malay word bukit, meaning hill, given its mountainous terrain. Situated 7.5 degrees north of the Equator, Phuket has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and it is also widely credited as the Asian birthplace of the contemporary pool villa. The most spectacular view in all of Phuket is that of the limestone karsts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Phang Nga Bay, from the picturesque COMO Point Yamu hotel. Situated atop Cape Yamu, on a tropical peninsula on Phuket’s east coast, the hotel is caressed by the cerulean waters of the Andaman Sea, overlooking the geological marvel. Filled with islets, sunken caverns and rock formations rising out of the sea, the Phang Nga Bay kisses wafting cotton clouds and pierces the landscape with its wondrous beauty.
A Luxury Scottish Escape: High-end in the Highlands
Given that good weather in Scotland is never guaranteed, there’s a lot to be said for leaning into the dark nights and visiting in winter. For one, this is the time of year you’re most likely to experience the magical aurora borealis, and as the only Dark Sky Park in the UK, Galloway Forest is a great location for stargazing. January is also peak mussel and scallop season, delicacies for which Scotland is world-renowned. And where better to enjoy the finest malt whiskies by a roaring fire? Scots certainly know how to make the most of the longer nights and, having recovered from their Hogmanay celebrations, turn their attention to Burns’ Night at the end of January. Nowhere does so in greater style than The Fife Arms, a relatively new addition to the Scottish luxury hotel scene in its current incarnation. Nestled in the spectacular grandeur of the Caringorms just 15 minutes from Balmoral, the landmark Braemar hotel was comprehensively renovated by a team of architects, artisans and artists in 2018. Each of the 46 bedrooms is dedicated to a local place, person or event, meticulously researched and decorated to tell the story of the area. If their Hogmanay was anything to go by – at which Dame Judy Dench was spotted carousing at the piano with Sharleen Spiteri of Texas fame – Burns’ Night will be an extravagant affair.
Where the uber-wealthy go to Ski
What is it about the opulent wealth and lifestyles of the 0.0001% that we find so enticing? We appear to turn our noses up at the existence of billionaires, yet crave the knowledge to know their net worth, the properties they own, and of course, where they vacation. Skiing has always been described as a 'rich man's sport'; the lavish locations, equipment and a certain je ne sais quoi have unquestionably made it an enviable holiday bucket list destination for any luxury traveller. Today, we'll be looking at the infamous locations of where the elite love to spend the winter months.
Review of Family Luxury in the Autumn Sun: Parga Beach Resort
The balance between a fun-filled, family holiday and a relaxing, luxury resort is often quite hard to find... but our luxury lifestyle expert, Kerene Barefield, has found the perfect, child-friendly place to whiz away to on the off-season! Having decided to treat the family to a little autumn sun, I booked five nights at Parga Beach Resort on the idyllic west coast of Greece - and I was not disappointed! After booking an early flight from London and dragging the kids out of bed at 3:45am; we arrived at Preveza airport by nine o’clock GMT. Greeted by our friendly chauffeur from the resort, he drove us along the beautiful coastline for a 45 minute journey to the hotel. On arrival we received a very warm welcome from Katerina and her team, and were shown promptly to our room. The extensive grounds of the hotel are stunning, all the rooms and suites are scattered between vibrantly blooming flora and centuries old olive trees. The smell of jasmine fills the air as we walk through the lush and plentiful grounds; it is hard to comprehend that there are over a hundred beautiful rooms hidden away in this captivating Greek resort
Review of Relax with us at Minos Beach
Beach holidays can be very undifferentiated. It could easily be filled with endless sun-bed reading and tick-box buffet food. Minos Beach Art Hotel in Crete offers a unique, inspiring experience on the other hand. Culture plays an important role in this 5-star resort. The hotel opened in 1963 but you will struggle to find any remote hint of the 60s anywhere on its grounds. The hotel is constantly renovating and if anything, the resemblance is more towards Tate Modern galleries rather than a retro Greek resort. The hotel is a member of Design Hotels and you feel it's most deserving the moment you step into the lobby. There's Giorgos Gyparakis' 1-sec art installation by the reception wall with intricate waveforms highlighting the increasing digitalisation of society.
Review of Luxury Hotel Stays in Barcelona: Hotel Arts Barcelona
Tipping is always tricky. Discretionary is hard too. No one wants to tip too much or too little. What do you leave for the charming waitress at a two-star Michelin restaurant, or the devoted bodyguard that helps keep pigeons from stealing your food? Harry is the hotel’s hawk-in-residence. Working as a security guard, he is (of course) employed by one of the most luxurious hotels in the world to guard its guests against the local pigeon community. His job (albeit an extremely important one) is to protect you, and your food, from the locals stealing the blinis off your plate, dipping their beaks into your quince jam, pecking at your Iberian loin, mobbing your matured manchego and making off with your croissant, raisin roll or other bollería pastries. Breakfast is also served inside at the safer although a little vertiginous Club Lounge forty floors above. Exclusive access is reserved to high fliers, enjoying the good life in the $2000-a-night penthouse suites and superior deluxe rooms with a, “tailored menu of exclusive benefits”. On the rooftop is a spa with a sauna/steam room boasting arguably one of the best views in the world.
Featuring Our Luxury Lifestyle Expert reviews Hilton Lake Como
Lake Como has always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit. For centuries it’s been famed for its dramatic setting, fairy-tale villages and international high-profile visitors, with many movies, including ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones’, and ‘A Month by the Lake’ filmed there. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to enjoy the city for a few days, I jumped at the chance, inviting a close friend to share the experience.
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Featuring Grand Hotel Kronenhof: Winter Luxury Staycation
Except you are not in Budapest, but in the scenic, tranquil alpine escape that is Pontresina. Think neighbouring St Moritz but without the Prada shop pretensions. This is a mountain village lined with iconic Belle Epoque hotels and authentic Engadine stone houses with ornate facades. This grande dame of Engadine hotels is the heart and soul of the village and has been welcoming guests since 1848. The personalised service means they've been getting repeat guests for decades; some came as children and then returned with their children. They've had an extensive renovation in 2021 with the award-winning French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The reception, lobby lounge, bar and reading room have all been rejuvenated to tranquil shades of blue that reflect the Engadine sky during various times of the day. You have to applaud their attention to every minutia as even the coffee table books are in hues of blue. The focal point here isn't the regal chandelier or the antique furniture, it's the lush majestic mountains of the Engadine Alps that take centre stage through the almost floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
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