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Continued Growth for Global Art Market, Active Buying by Millennial Collectors

Global art market up 6% to an estimated $67.4 billion, its second highest level in 10 years. US retains position as the largest market; and the United Kingdom regains its place as the second largest market ahead of China. UBS research collaboration reveals fresh insight on collecting behaviors of high net worth individuals in the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. UBS and Art Basel today published the third edition of the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report, authored by renowned cultural economist Dr Clare McAndrew, and integrating strands of research from UBS. A comprehensive and macro-level analysis of the global art market in 2018, the...

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Magical, Mystical Bagan is a Feast for the Senses

As the sun rises and paints the landscape fiery orange, I finally grasp the sheer magnitude of Bagan’s ancient monuments from my bird’s-eye perch in a hot air balloon. It’s an otherworldly skyline, dotted with pagodas, temples, shrines, stupas and monasteries as far as the eye can see. I marvel at the unrivaled perspective I have of this archaeological paradise and its unbeatable scenery. It’s one of the many memorable experiences embodied in a custom tour of Myanmar (formerly Burma) with top-rated Journeys Within, A Wild Frontiers Company. Bagan is the sacred mecca of Myanmar. In this “Golden Country,”...

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Meditation on a Virgin-Richard Branson Style

People often ask me how can I fly and not get jetlagged and stressed? While I cannot always control the plane or what happens when my luggage is placed on the conveyor belt, I can take charge and prepare mentally and physically for the flight. I try not to dwell on what kind of adventures my luggage may have while separated from me. My last few flights included: my luggage never leaving my home airport; or, it arrives, but with a smashed-in side that barely holds the clothes in the bag; or, it falls off the plane conveyor and...

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45% jump in enquiries for second passports – the ultimate luxury item for HNW individuals

A second passport or permanent overseas residency is now the ultimate luxury item for high-net-worth individuals, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations. The comments from deVere Group’s Nigel Green come as his company reports a 45 per cent year-on-year jump in enquiries from individuals across the globe who are seeking citizenship and/or residency outside their country of origin. Mr Green observes: “Wealthy individuals around the world are now increasingly considering investing in a second citizenship or overseas residency. “A second passport or elite residency in a host country are now widely perceived...

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Gulet Odyssey: Blue Voyage of Dreams

“If you come to the top of this hill, you will see Bodrum. Don’t think that you will leave the same person as when you arrived. To all those who came before you, it happened that way: they lost their hearts in Bodrum.” ~ Cevat Şakir, the Fisherman of Halicarnassus There’s a likely chance you may never have heard about a Blue Voyage before? A Blue Voyage, or Blue Cruise as it is also called, offers a truly unique and unusual recreational yacht charter adventure aboard a gulet which navigates along the ancient ruins-strewn coastlines of Greece’s beautiful Dodecanese...

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City Shifts: Four Themes Changing Luxury Real Estate In Major Markets

The character of a city is always changing. The last decade has in many ways, seen the rebirth of great cities. There has been a flowering of innovative architecture from Bjarke Ingels, David Adjaye, Frank Gehry, and many other talents doing some of their most inspired work. The renewed interest in cities has also meant a resurgence in demand for the benefits that come from urban living, specifically a desire to live in vibrant areas with walkable neighborhoods like those that have transformed both large and small cities. The coming decades will see increased population in urban areas. The...

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Soak Up the Ryokan Vibes at Ten Thousand Waves

It’s a bit embarrassing to wake up and find yourself drooling like a baby, especially when there’s someone else to witness this cringe-worthy moment. I laughed self-consciously, hoping to deflect the situation humorously. Thankfully, my massage therapist kindly helped me save face by explaining that this was a clear sign I had reached total relaxation during my deep stone treatment. I told her she was a wizard with hot rocks.   It was the prospect of a deep stone massage that drew me to Ten Thousand Waves. That and soaking in one of the tubs at this unique spa-centric...

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Denmark Wins the Bocuse d’Or 2019

As many of you know, I’ve attended and followed Bocuse d’Or for a decade. It is everything you would expect and more in a true “Olympics of Chefs and Fine Dining.” Norway and Sweden have been in the winners circle at least since 2009. It is wonderful to see Denmark join this year by earning the gold. Because the press release is so well written, we are including it to give you a sense of the excitement that is generated and view the various competition plates. I want to thank again French Master Chef Herve Laurent for introducing me...

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Chocolate for Valentine’s Day: The Food of Love?

Shakespeare suggested that music was the food of love, but judging by the tens of thousands of heart-shaped boxes presented to wives and sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, that honor should be shared with chocolate. Not only is chocolate delicious, it has been celebrated as a food that holds the promise of significant health benefits similar to those in red wine and green tea. Like wine and green tea, cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids–phytochemicals (plant compounds) with powerful antioxidant properties. While the research on chocolate’s benefits may be relatively new, it has had a long and distinguished history. Ancient...

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The New York Times Travel Show Promises the World

The New York Times Brings a World of Experiences to the Javits Center January 25-27, 2019 New York has always been considered a real melting pot of ethnic, culinary and cultural diversity. For the 16th consecutive year, the New York Times brings the world to its readers, travel enthusiasts from the tristate area and anyone in town who wants to explore the world with all their 5 senses. You will have opportunities to see, hear, touch, taste and smell authentic experiences proudly showcased by tourism boards, tour companies, cruise lines, educational programs, wellness, animals, eco-friendly travel, food, fashion and of...

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Unconventional Underwater Photography Tips

“Marine photography is just another form of photography, and if one learns more from what has been done before—on land or by the great artists—one can bring this with oneself underwater and create better images.” – Amos Nachoum When we started our Third Age Expeditions column here on Luxe Beat, we promised to provide some photography tips and tricks from time to time. This month we are sharing some tips to help improve your underwater photography. If you’re seeking something more enlightening than just being told, “Get Close, Get Closer and Shoot at an Upward Angle,” then you’re in...

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